By i hate n’sync
BN politicians are particularly slow on the uptake on many fronts, especially the really stupid lies peddled by some PR supporters.
What I absolutely cannot fathom is why nobody from BN, not Umno, not MCA, not MIC took refuge from the fact that they ARE all race-based political parties and they STILL collaborated over half a century to keep this country going — Compromise? Give and take? Deference? Call it whatever you want, we knew it was not easy but we had a good foundation and a great run.
Was it necessary to wash away all our ethnic identity in the name of unity or equality? Why can’t we be Malay, Chinese, Indian, Dayak, Kadazan or Iban and still be Malaysians?
What is WRONG to be a Bumiputera or a Non-bumiputera? Inequality is not addressed by making everyone Bumiputeras. Why should Malaysians be ashamed of their unique heritage and ethnic make-up?
Recently some poor chap got so confused about ethnicity and nationality that he beseeched everyone to stop identifying themselves by race. He is definitely not alone.
Not all of us are Hannah Yeohs who seek to define ourselves along monotheistic lines.
Some of us recognize that we identify ourselves on multiple axes – race, religion, gender, state or language, but to HAVE all these differences and still able to call ourselves MALAYSIANS is a far greater achievement than a pure breed of Aryans (or their wannabes) who think that our diversity is a bane instead of a bonus.
Why should we refuse to being asked our ethnicity in official forms and documents? We should proudly declare our identified heritage, culture and ethnic identity, but it does not mean that allow others to discriminate us on the basis of race.
This is the level of thinking for most Malaysians, they say that the government should not collect racial profile or data, but the real issue is not with the information, but how it is going to be used. It is like getting rid of your house so that it would not be broken in to, or selling your car so that it could not be stolen.
That is how absurd the people who insist on calling themselves as a “Malaysian” race.
Comment originally @ 2013/05/16 at 11:21 pm
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The graphics are sourced from the blog Planet of the Monyets. The Monyet King (blogger) had written:
“In the past weeks, many have been trying to tell others that they are not racists. We must move away from race-based politics, they say. We must shun racism, they shout. We are all Malaysia, they scream. And together with their scream and shouts, they have also produced cute posters and images to tell the world that they are ‘color blind’.”
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By Helen Ang
Note that in the Malaysian Firster version of the kumbaya-United Colours of Benetton poster (above) making the rounds in the Jerusubang World of Facebook, it is now Ah Chong who takes the centrestage over Ali and Meenachi.
The idea that “(Malay) + Chine(s)e + Ind(ian) = Malaysian” is also propagated prominently in the national news pages of The Star — below, page 8 of the paper’s 13 May 2013 edition.