J-Star CEO Wong Chun Wai is again ranting against “the hate mongers who are hell-bent on sowing disunity”.
As usual, the diatribe in his newspaper column today is targeted at perceived sordid racists and bigots who spew “hate rhetoric” (according to the EvangeliSTAR narrative).
Wong Chun Wai thinks some people are “idiots”
This time Chun Wai goes even further and adds to his Scorn List those folks “with little intellect”. He says, “incredibly, all these [economic and business] concerns do not seem to bother the hate mongers. How can we blame them, as they are idiots after all…”.
He specifies the idiots as the “self-appointed heroes of their race and religion”, “political wannabes and minnows”. The uber evangelista adds, “I really feel pity for this pathetic lot”.
The only talent of this idiotic-pathetic lot, Chun Wai concludes, is “to create disunity” among moderate Malaysians.
Wong Chun Wai: “This country has already got enough religious and racial bigots”
Divisive devils: Those ‘Race & Religion’ morons
“Hate-spewing, divisive, race-obsessed ignoramuses” is what the J-Star editorials have been repetitively labeling other Malaysians in conjunction with the MCA media’s Moderation campaign – see street billboard above – conducted against the “extremists” and “racial and religious bigots”.
Chun Wai ought to elaborate on what “unity” is there to begin with in Malaysian society when the Chinese and the Malays speak different languages, profess different religions, work in different sectors and live in altogether different worlds.
The values held by Malays and Chinese are “not merely different but often conflicting”, writes Dr Mahahir Mohamad in The Malay Dilemma (p.14).
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The DAP’s “Malaysian Malaysia” is Lee Kuan Yew’s brainchild
Excerpt below from Prof. Leo Suryadinata’s paper titled ‘Citizenship, Indigenism and Ethnic Chinese in Southeast Asia: Some Observations’.
Prof. Suryadinata writes:
“The first serious challenge [to Malay indigeneity] came from the Singapore leaders in Malaysia in May 1965. Lee Kuan Yew, for instance, engaged in a debate with Ja’afar Albar, then secretary-general of Umno, after the Malaysian election. Lee challenged the special status and privileges of the Malays, arguing that no one racial group was any more native than the others.
In his words:
‘According to history, Malays began to migrate to Malaysia in noticeable numbers only about 700 years ago. Of 39 percent Malays in Malaysia today, about one-third of them are comparatively new immigrants like the Secretary-General of Umno, Dato Syed Ja’afar Albar, who came to Malaya from Indonesia just before the War at the age of more than 30. Therefore it is wrong and illogical for a particular racial group to think that they were more justified to be called Malaysians, and that the others can become Malaysians only through their favour.’
Lee’s words drew irate responses from the Malay leaders.
“To say that the Malays are like the other races in this country and that they have no extra right in calling this country their homeland is an insult to the Malay race.”
Tun Abdul Razak, then second in command in Malaysia, also attacked Lee, saying, ‘Mr. Lee not only upset the Malays but also the ruler and everybody else.’ He even argued that Lee should be removed if the people of Singapore wanted to maintain good relationship with the Malaysian Malays.”
Those presently taking up the “Malaysian Malaysia” cry are, in effect, echoing Lee Kuan Yew’s polemics from the 1960s.
Marry in haste, repent at leisure
Dr Mahathir Mohamad argues that “if citizenship is conferred upon races other than the Malays, it is because the Malays consent to this”.
“The conferment of citizenship on non-Malay communities which are heterogeneous, unassimilated and too large to be manageable was made rather hastily.” (The Malay Dilemma, p.170)
Indonesians are absorbed because they inter-marry with the local Malays. The Chinese don’t do that.
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Provocation by the Chinese
Dr M also believes that “whenever the Chinese are in a minority, they always avoid provoking the Malays” (The Malay Dilemma, p.15). However when the Chinese are stronger, such as in Selangor in May 1969, they threw caution out the window.
According to the 1970 census data of the Selangor population of 1.63 million, Chinese totalled some 755,900 persons, Malays 562,200 and Indians 298,600.
At the time of the May 13 race riot, the Chinese controlled the towns. One out of every five Chinese living in the peninsula resided in the three big towns of Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh and Georgetown.
In Selangor, 45.4 percent of the state’s population was urban. The Federal Territory had not yet been created in 1969 and KL was still a part of Selangor.
1941 peninsula population: 43% Chinese, 41% Malays
There were periods in our history when the Chinese outnumbered the Malays.
“What may also shock many others is the fact that in 1941, there were more Chinese (43 percent) than Malays (41 percent) in Malaya.” revealed historian Dr Ranjit Singh Malhi – see Malaysiakini, below.
In the aftermath of the Japanese 1945 surrender, the Chinese tried to take over the country. A political void had been created in the post-World War II anarchy called the ‘interregnum’.
It was in this brief interregnum that the Chinese mistakenly overrated their own strength and lost any sense of restraint. Coming out from the jungle, the armed Bintang Tiga took revenge on Malays whom they suspected to have collaborated with the Japanese occupiers.
The communist guerrillas killed women and children in the kampungs with great cruelty. The Malays then ran amok and slaughtered the Chinese with their parang panjang in a carnage far worse than that seen during May 13.
Dr Mahathir said that “whenever the Chinese are in a minority, they always avoid provoking the Malays”. The Chinese today are still a minority but they don’t behave like they’re in the minority.
Melayu hilang di tanahairnya
The population table above is taken from the book 13 May 1969: A Historical Survey of Sino-Malay Relations by Leon Comber (KL: Heinemann, p.5).
Over five decades from 1920 to 1970, the Malays were steadily losing their land and country.
The colonial economy was out of Malay hands. Rubber estates above 100 acres, export crops plantations and the big tin mines belonged to the whites. Trade and commerce was dominated by the Chinese. The vast majority of Malays lived in the rural and coastal areas, and were padi farmers and fishermen.
There was a discernible sense of panic among the natives reflected in writings in the Malay newspapers and periodicals regarding the Malay dilemma.
Today the Malays are once again being provoked and panicked, this time by the Yahudi Yeohs.
Is it too much to ask the DAP evangelistas to leave the Malays and their religion well alone? They’re really freaking out the Malays.
Tun: “There never was true racial harmony”
“Looking back through the years, one of the startling facts which must be admitted is that there never was true racial harmony,” said Tun Dr Mahathir.
It is mainly due to the idealistic myth-making of the Alliance that the muhibbah picture of Ali, Ah Chong and Arumugam was painted and etched onto the national landscape. The reality at ground level is pretty much the opposite.
The Tun explains:
“Racial harmony in Malaya was therefore neither real nor deep-rooted. What was taken for harmony was absence of open inter-racial strife. And absence of strife is not necessarily due to lack of desire or reason for strife. It is more frequently due to a lack of capacity to bring about open conflict.” (page 14, The Malay Dilemma)
All Dr M verbatim quotes taken from the Marshall Cavendish edition (2009 reprint) of Mahathir Mohamad’s book.
Citizenship is not identical with nationhood
The Chinese capacity for ‘In Denial’ is simply awesome. Aside from insisting that Malays are also pendatang and mocking the “perantau” explanation, the Malaysian Firsters like to posture as if they are the country’s most patriotic citizens.
Citizenship is flexible
Pre-1939: A Singapore Chinese who was born before World War II might be a Chinese citizen and a British subject at the same time
1942-1945: During the Japanese occupation, he was a Japanese subject
1963-1965: He was a Malaysian citizen
Post-1965: He became a Singapore citizen
Hannah Bananas: If he migrated to Australia, he could eventually take up Australian citizenship
The example above provided by Prof. Leo Suryadinata who says, “Citizenship is sometimes wrongly equated with nationhood”.
Puan Sri Pauline Chai emigrated to Perth, Australia in 1980, and later moving to Victoria, Canada in 1989 and is now living in London.
Loving their enemy is the reason Chinese refused to fight the communists
Malaysian Chinese may have citizenship papers but they don’t always behave as if they’re Malaysian nationals, for example, in their refusal to stand up when the national anthem is played. On top of that, some of them are unable to speak the national language at all – see yesterday’s Utusan story above.
The truth of the matter is that the Chinese prefer to evade national service call-up. In 1951 during the Emergency, the British introduced military conscription but Chinese youths chose to run away to China rather than be recruited to fight the communists.
Hannah Yeoh’s Christian ‘Love’ credo may help explain why young Chinese men refused to defend Tanah Melayu during the 1948-1960 insurgency.
Are the Yahudi Yeohs being provocative?
A group of concerned citizens led by former Inspector-General of Police Tun Hanif Omar recently warned that repealing the Sedition Act “would be a colossal mistake, unhelpful, a setback for continued peaceful coexistence between such classes of communities and would surely lead to anarchy”.
Without the Act, it would be open season for the Yahudi Yeohs to challenge the Federal Constitution’s basic structure pertaining to Islam, the Malay special position, Bahasa Melayu as well as the Raja-Raja Melayu.
“Provokasi yang melampau oleh pihak tertentu boleh mengakibatkan perkara yang buruk. Sesal dahulu pendapatan sesal kemudian tidak berguna.” – former IGP Tan Sri Musa Hassan (tweet on 2 Sept 2014).
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Updated: 13 Jan 2015
This posting was originally titled ‘Lee Kuan Yew and his disciples vs the Tun’.