Reported today in The Star:
“As up-and-coming new face Rowena Yam pointed out, the plan not only addresses the economic gap between island and mainland, it also addresses the aspirations of the Penang middle class.
“Penang has a large middle class that is very private sector driven. The features of the plan has particular appeal for this group,” said Yam.
Rowena Yam is a Penangite.
Penang is where the Chinese middle class are the loudest of the loud.
Rowena herself is very loud too. As loud as the woman in the Bersih 3.0 viral video. Tengok lah sendiri kalo tak ‘cya — the YouTube (below) was recorded at Speakers’ Square in the Esplanade.
English is their mother tongue
1:17 — Rowena: “Now they have damned us to be a silent majority because we were silent way too long. Alright, now if you want your voices heard, if we want our voices heard, alright, then you must, must, must work together. This is not our battle, this is all of us. All of us must go. Register ourself. Give the mandate to the people to go and fight for this PPSMI as an option. Right?”
[The crowd replies “Yeah”. “Malaysia Boleh”.]
2:02 — Rowena: “Now they say that Science and Maths is best taught in mother tongue based on a Unesco report. Now I ask you all, what is your mother tongue?”
[The crowd replies “English”.]
2:16 — Rowena: “Thank you. That answers the question.”
And then we have that other woman who, from her sunglasses and dyed hair, looks like someone also from the middle class.
She’s speaking in accented English ya (not in Chinese).
TRANSCRIPT (begin 4:18)
Woman: “You should basically take this down, show it to the world. This is your duty as a reporter, as a journalist. Otherwise get out of this country. Get out of this country, get out of this country, get out of this country. You’re corrupted, corrupted. Respect Malaysia, you white idiot!”
Foreign reporter: “Saya boleh cakap bahasa Melayu. Saya orang Islam, saya tinggal di sini, isteri saya orang Malaysia. Jangan biadab kau. Saya buat kerja.”
Woman: “Shit attitude! Shit attitude!”
Then there is Auntie Bersih — Anne Ooi, another Penangite and a Christian.
Her BM is quite good.
Speaking at a DAP fundraising dinner, Anne says:
“Malaysia is practising racism. There are two classes of people, one class there (gestures high) and one class here (gestures low). I don’t want to be in the second class anymore.”
Reporter: “We’re all from alternative media ya.”
Reporter: “Alternative media.”
Anne: “Alternative? Kita ada pilihan, alternatif? Alternatif apa tu? Siapa yang ada pilihan?”
Reporter: “It’s your choice. Now we’re giving you a choice. It’s your choice.”
Anne: “What bloody choice?”
Reporter: “You can say whatever you want. We’re recording.”
Anne: “Berambus lah.”
Below is the Bersih 3.0 song. Its Chinese singers tell Malaysia and the world what they want too. They are soft-spoken and polite.
They sing in Mandarin and the video is subtitled in English. (Where’s the national language?)
我 们 要 的 不 多
不 分 肤 色 区 分 你 我
和 谐 共 处 和 安 乐 的 生 活
A claim by HuaYong – “their number [i.e. Malaysian First] is quite small no matter how you count it” – is something we ought to appraise.
How much influence does Malaysian First have on public discourse and national ideology, and how far are they capable of eroding the position of vernacular school?
HuaYong has several times already pointed out the irony of how the Satu Sekolah Untuk Semua group fail to realise that the Christian, Anglophile DAPsters are really the SSS’s best ally to abolish SRJK (C).
It looks like HuaYong and I belong to the same generation. Like him, my BM was better than my English when I was in primary school.
I do not remember speaking English as a child (before reaching 10-12 years old).
HuaYong and I were unlike some preschoolers today, i.e. urban children whose mother tongue is English according to Rowena Yam in the video above (she’s Gerakan btw, not DAP).
This blog’s vernacular school (VS) series:
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