Excerpts from Dr Chandra Muzaffar’s article published yesterday in Malaysia Today and elsewhere.
“[The Razak Report] is emphatic about the role of the national school as the channel for promoting national unity.”
This blog notes that DAP is the foremost force in our country promoting nationalism because its cherished slogan ‘Malaysian First’ testifies that the said political party, its members and their supporters are the most nationalistic of citizens.
DAP, its members and their supporters – being first-tier nationalists – are quite naturally the ones keenest on promoting national unity. Kalau bukan dema, siapa lagi?
It is for this reason DAP is forever slamming the deputy prime minister, whom they accuse of putting nationalism and national unity second, for the crime of – according to DAP – failing to declare himself Malaysian First.
“To become national, the Bahasa Malaysia based school has to emerge as the school of first choice for all Malaysians.”
It is absolutely heartwarming that Chandra used the phrase “first choice for all Malaysians”. In other words, Malaysian First. Yaaay, DAP is so proud of you, professor, as what you say reflects perfectly their aspirations.
“Parents will also be impressed by the school if student discipline is strictly enforced within a caring environment.”
Exactly! Chandra’s thoughtful attention to providing “a caring environment” just goes to show how attuned he is to the ingrained culture of brotherly love in the DAP. We are all brothers and sisters, no more Malay Chinese, Indian ethnic divisions, hosanna, hosanna, hosanna!
“Teachers should treat all students, regardless of their backgrounds, with fairness and a sense of justice.”
This is simply too marvellous. Fair treatment “regardless of their backgrounds” describes to the ‘T’ what DAP has been fighting for, especially since March 2008. Backgrounds must be disregarded, there are no two ways about it. Chandra and DAP are unerringly on the same page.
“The national school teaching community should be much more multi-ethnic and multi-religious than what it is today.”
DAP couldn’t have said it better themselves. Malaysian Malaysia Malaysian First is the only way to go.
“More non-Malays and non-Muslims should be appointed as School Heads and Senior Assistants. At district, state and national levels, the education office or department should reflect the multi-ethnic composition of the nation. … What this means is that within the three component elements of the education system — administrators, teachers and students — ability should be recognised and rewarded.”
What you’ve just said about “ability should be recognised and rewarded” fits the bill of the party stand on Meritocracy. For this DAP triply salutes you, Dr Chandra.
“In a nutshell, there has to be a total transformation of the national school.”
Chandra’s peroration must leave DAP awed and breathless. He not only urges “transformation” but a “total transformation”.
‘Change’ is the DAP clarion call. Change we must. Change, change, change, we will.
Jom Ubah! Let us bring CHANGE!! to our beloved Malaysia. And let us start with the man in the mirror. DAP will courageously lead the way to change and be the beacon of light on our path to national unity.
I really see that DAP must make you an honorary life member. You have managed to make the most eloquent appeal of the party’s lofty ambitions and pious struggles. You are selflessly taking to a broader audience the very cause that DAP holds most dear.
DAP wants change, DAP will change!
Change or prepare to be changed.
The gist of Chandra’s argument is that the Malay language can play the role of “develop[ing] a national identity out of tremendous ethnic diversity” and this carried out via the national school.
When DAP shouts “Malaysian First” from the rooftops, this – in a nutshell – very same is what the party is telling the length and breadth of the country, from Kubang Tiga to Pekan Nanas, and rolling like a tsunami across the South China Sea.
Chandra has successfully fleshed out the DAP Malaysian First national identity which rejects ethnic diversity. No more Chinese “silos” (Chandra’s word, DAP’s heart and soul). No more Indian “silos”. No more ‘Chinese babies’. No more ‘Indian’ babies. Only Malaysian babies.
The future speaks: Malaysian First, therefore Chinese Last
Another public intellectual Zaidel Baharuddin brilliantly elaborates on the DAP position.
“Recently StarIpad organised a Twitter question and answer session with Subang Jaya assemblywoman cum DAP poster girl, none other than the lovely Hannah Yeoh.
“Yeoh is known for many things but amongst her bravado none can outdo her courageous act of insisting that her baby be listed as “Malaysian” instead of the conservative definition of race. Indeed truly befitting for someone who considers oneself to be Malaysian first.
“Now it just so happened when the #AskHannahYeoh Twitter Q&A was about to be conducted … I posed a question to our feisty assemblywoman on whether she finds it ironic that someone who considers herself Malaysian first yet at the same time supports vernacular schools, especially with regard to this particular [Dong Zong] rally where the educationists vehemently insist on Mandarin, to the point that it even surpasses the national language. …
“Here’s the thing: pushing politics aside, don’t you think that it is a valid question? I mean when one proclaims to be Malaysian first, shouldn’t national identity be at the forefront of your ideologue and an integral part of national identity is the national language?
“I’m not trying to be a nationalistic hawk here. After all, I don’t consider myself to be Malaysian first but I have never heard of the notion that being a proud British citizen does not equal to conversing in English competently.”
Zaidel, I’m sure you’ve heard of the saying ‘a picture speaks a thousand words’.
You have asked: “Shouldn’t national identity be at the forefront of the DAP ideologue”?
The answer for Zaidel: A resounding YESSS!
And that is why she has tens of thousands of Malay Twitter fan followers.
You’re on the right track.
Your next step is to stride hand-in-hand with the DAP to make the CHANGE happen. The best platform for both you and the party is the Lim Guan Eng-Chua Soi Lek debate (Part II).
DAP is Malaysian First. MCA is sadly still stuck in its Chinese silo.
The debate platform is the best occasion for DAP to tell all Malaysians how it will bring about a necessary Malaysian First transformation for all Malaysia-loving citizens. You must lend them a helping hand in this.
I saw some nasty reader comments directed at you, e.g. like the one screenshot below from Malaysia Today.
From the way they express themselves and their inability to rise above and beyond Race, we can be sure the commenter is from Umno. (A DAP man would never say such things.) Please ignore these detractors and rest easy in the firm belief that righteousness shall exalt the nation.
May success be upon you to bring about Change, Change, Change. Godspeed in your noble endeavour to spread the DAP-Malaysian First ‘Jom Ubah’
message gospel far and wide.