An associate editor of The Star, M. Veera Pandiyan, is determined “to prick the bubble of those using race to woo votes”.
Methinks he’s taking his scissors out to stab Umno, MCA and MIC that are perceived as using Race to woo votes.
Veera blames the imminent general election for the issue of race “being used to win votes”.
His article pursues the theme that “Race is really a myth but racism is very real”.
Methinks Veera is implying that those using race to woo votes are racist. Hence he is implying that BN is racist.
“We all are the same”
Veera’s column yesterday was headlined ‘The myth of race and reality of racists‘.
He wrote in The Star:
- “biologically, the concept [of Race] is a myth”
- “All humans are of the same species – Homo sapiens”
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Well actually, at least one of the Dapsters hailing from Subang Jaya is really a beruk (the commenter going by the pseudonym King Kong) but perhaps this little factoid may not be of much interest to the Star editor.
Get this through your head — there is no such thing as Race
Veera wrote in his Star column yesterday:.
- “there is no national, religious, linguistic or cultural group or economic class that constitutes a race”
- “wouldn’t life be much more pleasant if people get this through their heads?”
- “Here in Malaysia, there is no escape from the issue of race.”
- “one ‘race’ is being persuaded to keep its hold on political power and another seems to have been swayed over to oppose this”
- “With bigotry getting worse by the day as we approach the polls, we should perhaps pause and look at our biological similarities rather than our inherited ethnical differences.”
This Star associate editor Veera writes as confusedly as if he is channelling Hannah Yeoh who had once tweeted “racists must be taught how to love” (screenshot above).
“Our biological similarities” huh, say what again?
What does Veera mean when he asks us to “pause and look at our biological similarities”?
What similarities do we share? Urm, I have two legs, you (dear reader) have two legs and Veera has two legs. And your point is, Veera?
Veera writes that “one ‘race’ is being persuaded to keep its hold on political power”. Methinks he means the Malays.
Veera further writes, “With bigotry getting worse by the day as we approach the polls …”
Somehow I don’t get the feeling when Veera speaks about “bigotry” that he has the DAP in mind.
So who are the bigots?
Veera says that because the election is looming, the politicking is daily making bigotry worse and worse.
So according to the logical conclusion of his argument, it is the politicians and their parties who are the bigots. The question is which one?
The Star has a big readership in Penang, the Klang and Kinta valleys as well as in Johor.
You can imagine how, for the last five years, The Star readers would have been bombarded with many articles just like Veera’s.
Can you imagine the kind of public opinion that has been shaped by this MCA-owned paper?
This Star editor is telling his readers that there is no such thing as Race (which divides human beings and causes disunity) but nonetheless, that racism is real in Malaysia.
Since there is really no such thing as race, the parties making Race an issue must be deliberately creating a bogeyman for the purpose of scaring voters and winning votes.
Umno’s slogans are ‘Hidup Melayu’ and ‘Untuk Bangsa, Agama dan Negara’.
Therefore the Star editor would naturally disagree with Umno’s political philosophy which hinges on Melayu (a race) and whose three prongs include safeguarding Race, Religion and Country.
DAP’s motto is race last and Malaysian First.
Therefore the Star editor would quite naturally be in agreement with DAP’s political philosophy which desires to wipe out Race identification in birth certificates and other official documentation.
The upshot is that The Star has many other editors identical to Veera who have made the paper what it is today. These editors can reach an audience 5.63 million. How nice for the MCA, the owner of the paper.