There is a country called China. Its people are Chinese.
There is a country called India. Its people are Indians.
And then there is this country, today nested between latitude 2° 30′ N and longitude 112° 30′ E.
Not too long ago, it looked like this:
Now imagine if we did this …
Below are Japanese in their traditional dress.
Supposed we emptied out from Japan half the people (i.e. every 50 individuals out of 100) who look like the young ladies below.
And we let these folks below take their place in Japan instead.
Ubah ~~ Change ~~ swap 50 Japanese ladies with 39 of these fair-skinned beauties and 11 of these dark skinned beauties below.
Can or not?
Then Japan will become a beautifully plural society, diverse and multicultural.
Good what, no?
All things considered, the Malays in the peninsula have been historically accommodating of the minority races.
People just tend to incline to ethnic homogeneity, don’t you know?
That’s why we go to Chinese school, speak Chinese, eat Chinese food at Chinese restaurants, live in Chinese-majority neighbourhoods, watch Chinese movies and TV programmes, listen to Chinese radio and Chinese songs, use weibo (Chinese ‘Twitter’-like thingy) and baidu (Chinese ‘Google’-like thingy), read Chinese magazines and newspapers including one title published in Malaysia but called China Press – Zhong Guo Bao (masthead left).
And oh ya, grab AirAsia tickets for “cheap” holidays in China.
But we daily call the Malays “racists” and “extremists”.
Not content with mere name-calling, the Bintang Lima Firster cadres who terrorize the countryside will not even permit those chocolate-skinned folks to refer to themselves as “Melayu”. The ones who do are made to feel as if they had committed some kind of obscene social transgression.
The J-Star CEO Wong Chun Wai in his newspaper column today headlined ‘Slipping into our racial cocoons‘ demanded that we celebrate our diversity and pluralism and embrace multiculturalism.
Yes, I guess we could do that if everyone was minded to.
But the behaviour displayed currently is counter-productive to achieving the end objective of pluralism.
What celebration of diversity can there be when 9 out of every 10 Chinese thinks like a DAP clone and the last holdout is hunted down so that he will be brainwashed to think like the majority 90 percent?
The Chinese want a homogenous society. Lim Guan Eng aspired to a “zero opposition” Penang, i.e. sorry lah no more Umno Aduns.
Pluralism? What pluralism?
Guan Eng wanted to wipe out the Umno mindest from the DUN. “Zero opposition” translates into all Pakatan Aduns, no Umno, in the Penang state assembly.
You wanna know how the Firsters really behave, instead of what they pay lip service to?
Read the comments on Alifah:
- Malaysiakini Facebook (506 comments)
- KiniTV Facebook (460 comments)
- Yahoo! aggregator (196 comments)
- Malaysiakini (selected subscriber comments)
Now if the Firsters believed in diversity, they would welcome that the Isma girl dresses differently from them (she wears tudung litup).
And if the Firsters truly believed in multiculturalism, they would welcome that she communicates in BM, which is a different language from the one they use. They would laud her for crossing religion lines, you know, “building bridges”, blah blah blah.
Did they do all or any of the above?
There are more than 1,500 reader comments on Alifah generated from just a single article alone. (Note: I’ve omitted the Malaysia Chronicle link as I consider that site a toxic dump.)
Go ahead. Read those comments, and come back and tell me that those people actually do what they say — i.e. foster diversity and multiculturalism.
And today Wong Chun Wai, the J-Star CEO gripes: “Seriously I find it disturbing that the voices of mono-ethnicity and mono-religion are becoming louder in Malaysia”. He’s alluding to Isma.
The 5 bullet points below are a summary of my previous article ‘Isma vs Evangelista, Round 2‘.
- Wong Chun Wai has told the world that he collects books on Islam “on a monthly basis”.
- He also said: “My private library has one of the best collections of books on Islam, I dare to say“.
- Wong has been attacking Isma consistently in his last three column articles.
- He called Isma president Abdullah Zaik an “ignorant fool” and a “bigot”.
- He places Isma as a group “at the other extreme”.
The Chinese missed their chance to get their “Equality” wish when they failed to support the Malayan Union in 1946, when they failed to support Dato’ Onn Jaafar in the early 1950s and when they failed to support Ah Jib Gor as the 1Malaysia PM but instead slapped him in the face with a tsunami.
Three strikes and you’re out.
We are heading for the “mono-ethnicity and mono-religion” that Wong Chun Wai so dreads. Padan muka.
Tu lah, balasan setimpal terhadap insan-insan evangelista yang terlalu licik bermuka-muka dan berpura-pura.