… self-inflicted injuries.
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Ellese is an occasional commenter in my blog.
Ellese recently commented that ‘Moving Past the Issue of Race‘ written by Ong Kar Jin in the Loyar Burok website (17 April 2013) is a “rubbish article”. I agree with Ellese.
My previous write-up on Ong’s “moving past race” essay can be read at ‘GE13: Chinese too loud, Malays too quiet‘.
Ong Kar Jin won The Star‘s 2011 public speaking prize for talking about how Malaysians are indoctrinated to become racists.
Ong’s article was reproduced in The Malaysian Insider (18 April 2013).
A reader in TMI responded to Ong’s article with the following comment; the reader calling himself/herself TC888 said (partial quote):
“Like YB Hannah Yeoh of Subang Jaya, I fill the race column with “Anak Malaysia” and “does it matter?” for religion.”
Another TMI reader responding to Ong’s article linked the issue to the Malays living in rural areas who are under the thumb of the “Umnoputras” (bold emphasis added by this blogger).
The TMI reader, mtelvira, had commented:
The comment by ‘mtelvira’ presumes that “the rural rakyat” are under the stranglehold of “the UMNOputras (who) use the posturings of race”.
Hence I’m bringing up the TMI discussion here since it might be of interest to some regular readers of this blog such as Orang Kampung and others who live in the “rural hinterlands”.
Excerpts below from Ong Kar Jin’s article titled ‘Moving past the issue of race‘:
- “By being explicitly race-based parties, they [Umno, MCA & MIC] state they are their race first and Malaysian second.”
- “The result has been a vicious cycle of spiralling communalism, of fear mongering and hate-inciting.”
- “Now, I am not a diehard PR cybertrooper. […] But the main reason why I am supporting PR is because they represent a shift, however minor, away from racialism and towards nationalism.”
- “And as such [viz. Pakatan parties not having constitutions explicitly based on race paves the way for further racial integration], I am also staunchly against any move to dilute PR’s policy, non-race based brand of politics by capitulating to Hindraf demands.”
- “Come this General Election 2013, Malaysians have a chance to change the political narrative from one of race to one of policy. To move beyond an archaic, apartheid-like system that emphasises distinctions instead of commonalities.”.
The trouble with BN is that its purported media machinery fills The Star pages with Ong Kar Jin-type propaganda and delivers such ideas – like those expressed by Ong above – to an audience of 5.63 million, among which are young people belonging to Ong’s age group.
Urban youths make up the bulk of the two-and-a-half million newly registered voters who will be casting their ballots for the first time on May 5.
They are the ones who will kill the MCA.
POSTSCRIPT: Why does The Star still fail to ask the race of Hannah Yeoh’s second child since the paper had carried yet another write-up on her today?