FMT columnist Selena Tay’s article today titled ‘The Malay psyche and Chinese philosophy‘ is the portal’s banner story this morning.
Selena is a Christian as well as a DAP delegate “who had voted at the DAP Women’s Congress held in KL on Dec 9” (2012). She believes that PAS supporters are “the Malays [who] will be able to see the difference between right and wrong without using racist lens”.
Presumably Umno supporters are not the Malays who will be able to see the difference between right and wrong without using racist lens.
An excerpt from Selena’s article is reproduced below:
“In this issue of the assessment hike, the Chinese deem that the excessive increase is wrong but for the Malays, everything that the government does is right because the government is Malay.
This means that all the government’s initiatives, whether good or bad will get the total and undivided support of the Malays.
Of course this is only a generalisation but the fair-minded Malays are few and are an exception to the norm.
This columnist’s friend who conducted the survey among Malays found them agreeing to the assessment hike as they say that the hike is good for the nation.
The Malays are unhappy that the Chinese are opposing it, saying that the Chinese always oppose anything that the government does.
This assessment hike is really an eye-opener on the clash of philosophy between the Chinese and the Malays and the whole exercise shows how divided Malaysian society has become.
The pre-Merdeka Malays were a gentle and friendly people but this all changed after the late sixties.
Still, the situation is not all that bad. The PAS Malays will protest the massive assessment hike and in them there is still hope that the Malays will be able to see the difference between right and wrong without using racist lens.”
Selena Tay also generalises that “fair-minded Malays are few and are an exception to the norm” (screenshot below).
You may recall that earlier in her article Selena had been convinced that PAS supporters are “the Malays [who] will be able to see the difference between right and wrong without using racist lens”. Nonetheless, as exemplary as these folks are – but being Malay nonetheless – they are only few and are an exception to the norm, according to Selena’s reckoning.