Gerakan deputy president Dr Cheah Soon Hai said non-Malays as a whole should not be branded with negative traits like “arrogance” just because of the actions of a few.
Dr Cheah was responding to remarks by the Umno vice president – see, ‘Non-Malays getting arrogant, says Ahmad Zahid‘ (The Sun Daily, 1 Sept 2014)
Aping the ‘superior’ West
Zahid had attributed this arrogance to the perception by the non-Malays that “foreign cultural norms [read: Western] are inherently better” than the Malay culture practised locally.
There is a need to add that the Western world is synonymous with Christendom, and their cultural values overlap or are embedded in their religious norms.
Take for example the way in which the Westerners celebrate Jesus’s birth as a festive season, and how the White Christmas popular tradition is copied here in tropical Malaysia where it never snows.
BELOW: The evangelista Born Again icon for Chinese youths
Zahid: DAP leaders getting arrogant
The J-Star also reported the Gerakan deputy president as saying it is likewise unfair to stigmatize Malays just because a few – “like Perkasa or Isma” – are extremist in their views.
“I am certain they [Perkasa and Isma] do not represent the Malays,” Dr Cheah added.
Gerakan’s logic is that Isma does not represent the Malay race because they’re just an “extremist” organization whose numbers are relatively few when compared against the large total population of Malays in the country.
The J-Star CEO Wong Chun Wai, in fact, wrote in his 18 May 2014 column that “instant NGOs, with a membership of five persons, including the wives and children of the presidents claim that they represent a particular race or religion” but of course they don’t.
Okay, we get it. Isma does not represent the Malays.
But does The J-Star‘s line-up of Malay faces – see ‘Voices of Moderation’ ad poster below – represent your ordinary Malay either?
- Marina Mahathir
- Zaid Ibrahim
- Razali Ismail (chairman of Global Movement of Moderates)
- Zainah Anwar (Sisters in Islam co-founder)
- Karim Raslan
- Azmi Sharom (Voice of Moderation charged for sedition!)
- Anas Zubedy
- Wan Saiful Wan Jan
- Sharyn Shufiyan (Tunku Abdul Rahman’s great granddaughter)
‘Moderate’ sheen burnished by Najib Razak
Zahid was quoted by The J-Star as saying its rival publication The Sun Daily had taken his comment – about non-Malays becoming increasingly “arrogant” – out of context.
J-Star, the self-proclaimed Voices of Moderation and acclaimed pro-Christian paper, yesterday published a clarification by the Home Minister and headlined ‘Most non-Malays are moderates’. It is the leaders and supporters of DAP who are the arrogant ones, Zahid told The J-Star.
BELOW: The J-Star online editor on Sabah & Sarawak
SIDE NOTE: The moderate voices campaign in the campuses – see Sunway Collge ad below-– is supported by Najib Razak’s pet NGO, the Global Movement of Moderates. Sitting on the GMM board of trustees is Wong Chun Wai.
(Why did the PM install the Father of the Scissorati in GMM, you wonder.)
The publicity blitz to promote ‘moderation’ is also supported by Pemandu boss, Minister in Najib Razak’s PM Department Idris Jala who is also one of the faces in the J-Star ad (above) and street billboards.
Bottomline: How much is the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) contributing to this J-Star Voices of Moderation campaign?
Click to enlarge J-Star ‘Voices of Moderation’ ad
So the logic of Zahid and The J-Star‘s reasoning is this
(1) Most non-Malays are moderates – J-Star headline
(2) DAP leaders and supporters are arrogant (i.e. not moderate) – Zahid Hamidi
(3) Since most non-Malays are moderates, they cannot possibly be DAP supporters who are immoderate.
(4) And since most non-Malays are not DAP supporters (logic #3), the party cannot possibly have a strong base among the Chinese.
Recap: Zahid does not believe Chinese, Indians dll are arrogant. He thinks it is only the DAP leaders and supporters who are disrespectful that are arrogant.
Logical conclusion: DAP supporters are only very, very few.
BELOW: The J-Star poster boy message that’s being taken to college campuses
J-Star‘s brave views and bold ideas for a better Malaysia
The MCA (closet DAP) paper is urging Malaysians to “be part of the conversation #moderateMY“.
They – the Chinese and the Christians – are a minority but their voices are really very, very loud and they’re dictating this “moderate” conversation.
If you disagree with them, you”ll be classed among “the hate-spewing, divisive, race-obsessed ignoramuses” (see HERE).
But please don’t mistake this EvangeliSTAR assertiveness as arrogance. The minority are aware that they’re not the majority view. Or are they aware?
BELOW: The sole Chinese Chief Minister in Malaysia
ABOVE: A round dozen Malay Menteri Besar and Ketua Menteri but not a quarter as loud as one solo Penang CM even when they’re all combined
Everybody tends to forget that the Chinese are really not many in Malaysia. From their assertive … but definitely “moderate” and harmonious behaviour … it’s difficult to guess that the Chinese are not 66.7 percent of the population. They’re 24.6 percent but still display instead the confidence usually strutted by a big majority.
And it’s similarly hard to remember that the meek and mild Christians make up “only nine percent” of the population.
The J-Star CEO Wong Chun Wai complains that the voices of racial and religious bigots – must be the 91 percent non-Christians – are getting louder and hijacking the country. He asserts that all moderates must unite to “stand up against religious and racial bigots”!