1. There’s a saying, Durian dengan mentimun, menggolek rosak, kena golek binasa. This is the situation facing the Chinese minority in Malaysia. In our case, the Chinese are of course the metaphorical cucumber. Malays are the buah durian.
2. Lousy.Engineer, a semi-regular commenter at my blog, remarked @ 2015/02/26 at 8:32pm,
“Helen, I can tell you that you’re an outlier here. I can wager with you that if you ask 10 out of 10 women out there if they love handbags or not, you’ll get a resounding ‘yes’. Same with shoes and clothes.”
I had mentioned @ 2015/02/26 at 4:02 pm that I don’t want and nor do I use handbags (and I have little interest in clothes and shoes either).
According to the dictionary definition, an outlier can be “a person or thing situated away or detached from the main body or system” or “a person or thing differing from all other members of a particular group or set”.
My views, I must say, represent an outlier that is a vast distance from the main body of my ethnic group. What I write does not find favour.
Considering how isolated is my position (I’m the rare Chinese who does not hate Umno), I’m not inclined to believe that the hatred for Umno by the majority of the Chinese can be abated any time soon.
3. In my previous posting, I was writing ironically (in case literal visitors failed to read between the lines).
I wrote in irony:
- Segala apa yang tak betul dengan Malaysia ni mesti bersabit dengan Umno. Ia satu-satu teori yang mampu menyingkap di mana letaknya silap kita.
- “Umno” = satu rumusan ringkas dan jitu yang menjelaskan punca negara kita bercelaru.
- Apa yang disebut di atas mungkin tampak tak masuk akal dan kurang saksama tetapi itulah hakikat sebuah pemerintahan Umno / Najib.
(a) “All that is wrong with Malaysia is Umno’s fault” … unfortunately, this theory is what many among the 90 percent pro-opposition Chinese subscribe to. Their “Asal bukan Umno, ABU! ABU! ABU!” war cry comes from such a mindset.
I don’t agree with them. To me, the DAP is the one largely responsible for the Politics of Hate. When MCA was stronger and DAP weaker, we did not have racial tensions reaching our present levels.
(b) “Simplistic faith that Umno is all-powerful and controls everything” … this belief that Umno’s hidden hand pulls all strings allows the pro-oppo Chinese to conveniently lay the blame – for whatever – at Umno’s door.
Again, I don’t agree. To me, the ignorant Chinese are too gullible (because lacking exposure) about how the government works. The behemoth bureaucracy, in real life, does not function in the sinister way they impute that it does.
As one example, the Dapsters like to accuse Umno ministers of sowing “divisiveness” among the races.
Now if they were to read the minutes of the Cabinet meetings, they will soon realise that the discussions of our federal ministers are generally positive in tone and geared towards problem-solving. The ministers are hardly plotting to foment racial discord.
The Dapsters might have come to the conclusion too that Agriculture Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob was acting under orders from higher up when he mooted the idea to boycott Chinese traders. In truth, it is much more likely that Ismail Sabri was channeling the deep disgruntlement felt by the Malay grassroots.
The current anti-Chinese sentiment is a movement from ground up, and not the other way around (i.e. not flowing from top down).
(c) “Umno rule / Najib’s administration is unfair and irrational” and hence the degrading labels given the Malay party by the DAP Chinese, such as “Bumno”, “Dumno”, “Scumno” etc, and the uncouth nicknames they slap on our prime minister which I will not repeat.
Once more, I disagree. To me, Umno is more moderate and tolerant than the DAP. It is the DAP leaders and supporters who are being unreasonable and not thinking in the long-term.
If the Chinese were more objective and weighed our community’s realpolitik options intelligently, they would have thrown their support behind Najib Razak – someone who by natural inclination is Chinese-friendly – and his 1Malaysia outreach. If they had reciprocated even a fraction of his overtures, the Sedition Act would have already been abolished by now.
After all, Najib did the unthinkable by doing away with the ISA but he received no thanks and no credit for his watershed decision.
The above is how I would appraise the Chinese articles of faith about the politics of this country. However 90 percent of my fellow Chinese vehemently disagree with me.
What kind of people
My assessment of our politics of the day is aligned with what @JebatMustDie expressed in his tweets above. JMD is a blogger whom I’m acquainted with.
He tweeted (I): “BN thinks the Opposition here in Malaysia are matured and sincere. No, they just want to see this country burn just to take over”
He tweeted (II): “The problem with Umno is that they think their political opponents are matured, can meet in the middle and humane. Oh dear”.
You’re mistaken if you thought that I dislike Najib Razak.
On the contrary, I believe that he would have been a forward-looking and progressive PM had the circumstances permitted. Unfortunately, he could make no headway with the Chinese who are all out to destroy his party, as well as with the nationalist Malays who do not condone his liberalization of national policies.
My main beef with Najib is that as an insulated anak bangsawan, he has no clue as to the true nature of the BN’s opponent – gutter streetfighters who are sneaky, slick and sly.
Below is one example of a slick and sneaky DAP evangelista politician @hannahyeoh.
The self-professed Anak Malaysia Puan Speaker had declared that there are “no Malays, no Indians too and zero Chinese, all [are] Malaysians”.
Yet her party in Sarawak is filing a motion in the state assembly to make ‘Dayak’ a race that is recognized for official registration purposes.
Not “divisive” meh? After all, the purportedly colour blind evangelistas are the ones daily screaming from the rooftops that Malays are “racist”.
Dodgy Podgy porky and pie
One foot out the door
Are the Chinese able to speak the national language without making our ears cringe? Or string together a coherent sentence in bahasa Melayu?
Why do they refuse to join the army? Why are they so abusive of the police? Why the blatant Islamophobia and contempt for Malay customs and aspirations?
And why are the Chinese signing in droves the petition to Washington inviting foreign interference in our sovereign affairs with regard to the Anwar sodomy conviction?
BELOW: Tonight’s Malay Unity rally poster
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction
Sino-Malay relations are almost beyond repair. Ismail Sabri’s snub during the recent Chinese New Year celebrations was a first and is reflective of the recent frosty relations between Umno and MCA.
In fact, Umno has grown altogether indifferent to MCA. Its war room will chart the Malay party’s own course heading towards GE14.
Tonight the Perpaduan Melayu gathering is scheduled to swear a new oath to replace what was adhered to in the past. After all, the Chinese had already torn up the established social compact (the Alliance consociational model) when 90 percent of the community flocked to the opposition.
Malay unity will indeed happen – it’s not a matter of … IF … but WHEN.
Amanat Dato’ Onn, Mac 1946, hayati lah
“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”
– Randy Pausch, a computer science professor
I’m quite able to see the two-tiered nationality in Malaysia just as how my fellow “non-bumiputera” Chinese see it. The difference lies in how I chose to react to our status as an ethnic and religious minority here.
The other difference is that I’m highly sceptical of the DAP and am convinced that the party is making false promises to the non-Malays.
Another crucial difference is that I’m able to be at peace with Islam. This is the most essential aspect because the kalimah ‘Allah’ issue will escalate and rupture.
The aggression and militancy of the DAP evangelistas is actually hastening Malaysia’s path to an Islamic theocracy, especially if Umno succumbs to the influence of the PAS religious orthodoxy.
Imagine reversing the situation, i.e. flipping the chips
Malays should try the following alternative scenario-building exercise. Ponder on the three following possibilities in our history.
(1) If the DAP had succeeded in ruling Selangor in May 1969, what would have occurred in Malaysia?
I personally reckon that if the DAP had been able to take the reins of government in Selangor – the most developed and populous state some five decades ago when the rest of the country was still agrarian and economically backward – Malaysia today would be an apartheid.
The minority of prosperous Chinese would become the ruling elite and the Malay masses would remain poor. A minority Chinese administration would never be as accommodating to Malays and Muslims as the Malay-Muslims have been to the Chinese and the Christians.
(2) If this peninsula had had Chinese kings, would these Chinese rulers have been prepared to give two million citizenships en masse to non-Chinese all in the span of less than a decade (1953-1960)?
The answer is No. Absolutely not.
You can deduce the Chinese insularity and communalism from the way the DAP delegates voted at their last party election. You can see also how MCA conducts all its activities in Chinese, a tack which keeps Umno functionally in the dark as to what is developing.
(3) If Lim Kit Siang had been prime minister instead of Mahathir Mohamad, what path would Malaysia have taken?
Despite the reputation ascribed to him by his detractors, Dr M is nowhere near as high-handed and inflexible as the DAP leadership. Kit Siang is petty and vindictive.
Malaysia under the Dapster Family would be an oligarchic plutocracy which is missing the Malay middle classes.
All that has happened since the Chinese tsunami has opened the eyes of the Malays. The former trust is has been lost due to the grasping greediness of the DAP evangelistas. There’s no possibility of meeting in the centre anymore.
A Moment of Peace
enjoy it while it lasts
68 thoughts on “Perpatah tentang durian dan timun”
PRU 13 is a watershed. It shows to the Malays 2 important facts:
1) That Chinese as a race is not grateful at all. They refuse friendship and generosity offered by Najib and UMNO.
2) The election also shows the Malays that they, not Chinese will determine the governance of the country by virtue of their numbers. All this while, Utusan and UMNO had been drumming to the Malays that Chinese are the deciding factor. All this garbage stopped immediately after election.
While the “mantra” was “ini kalilah” immortalised by DAP and STAR, suddenly after election, they suddenly mention “we are all Malaysians”.
The Malay-Chinese relationship immortalised by UMNO-MCA ties as all but over. Malays no longer trust Chinese or Chinese based parties, especially DAP.
re: “friendship and generosity offered by Najib and UMNO”
I can agree that the hand of friendship was extended.
However I still feel that the Chinese are discriminated against and confronted with closed doors and glass ceilings.
The difference is that I’m willing take a wider/broader perspective of the discriminatory situation we’re faced with and other mitigating factors, i.e. we (Chinese) are at fault also. The blame must not just be one-sided.
I view it as struggling in quicksand. The more and harder you kick, the faster you will sink. The trick is to keep calm and float.
Funny is it not. Malays feel that Chinese wants everything while Chinese say they are discriminated against,
It is not about blame game. This is about telling the Chinese that they are allowing DAP to play dangerous game. The result is a disaster as DAP slanders day in day out.
What Chinese expect the Malays or UMNO to do? UMNO has extended unbelievable generosity that no other countries are willing to do. UMNO is willing to tolerate separate school and close eyes on massive discrimination against Malays in private sector.
UMNO simply can not give anymore. The risk is being rejected by Malays themselves. Even now Malays feel that Najib is too accomodating.
re: “UMNO has extended unbelievable generosity that no other countries are willing to do.”
True, Umno had.
But we’re not moving towards equal and inclusive citizenship.
Like I said in my previous comment, I acknowledge that the Chinese are at fault too and we should our share of the blame for the arrested nation-building process.
we must shoulder our share of the blame
“equal and inclusive citizenship”. Can you elaborate on this.
(A) Inclusive: Why was it that the Chinese woman (No.2) civil servant was deemed unfit to be confirmed as the head of PKNS after the retirement of her Malay superior? – controversial case that was in the news
Where is it in the Constitution that it states a Chinese cannot be put in charge of a government agency?
(B) Equal: House prices
Say those above RM500,000. If a Malay buyer can afford to purchase a 1/2 million house, why should he be entitled to a mandatory discount while a poor Chinese find it difficult to access low-cost state housing?
RE: “(A) Inclusive: … Where is it in the Constitution that it states a Chinese cannot be put in charge of a government agency?”
You’re right, there’s nothing in law which disqualifies an ethnic Chinese from heading a government agency.
Just as there’s nothing in law which disqualifies a Malay from heading a Chinese-owned and Chinese-run business.
It’s just discrimination. And the practical consequence of the Golden Rule: what goes around, comes around.
RE: “(B) Equal: House prices”
There’s nothing equal about it.
But it is FAIR. Unequal prices flows from the special position of the Bumiputeras, which was established IN RETURN for mass citizenship during the formative years of our nation.
Or, look at it from another angle. Where is the equality in offering mass citizenship to the Chinese and Indian migrant workers of the Merdeka generation but refusing the same for the legions of Indonesian and Bangladeshi migrant workers from the 1980s onward?
Or, from yet another angle. Don’t want unequal housing prices in a Malay majority state? Look at Brunei. No discount, no mass citizenship.
re: “But it is FAIR. Unequal prices flows from the special position of the Bumiputeras”
Can you explain how the pricing of houses is to be derived from the Article 153 enabling mechanism? As far as I’m aware, it’s for reserved quotas (scholarships, positions in the civil service) and permit/licences.
As a country, we should rightly move to equal citizenship but I’m realistic enough to admit that we’re not heading and getting there.
We had made our choice to be Chinese (and Indian) “First” rather than Malaysian First and as we’ve made our bed, so we should lie in it.
‘Can you explain how the pricing of houses is to be derived from the Article 153 enabling mechanism?’
It does not have to be. When it says special position for the Malays, it does not discriminate and it should not discriminate. How so??
As for the Selangor state episode, the lady, berkeupayaan, she ‘helmed’ it for a period of time despite the brouhaha. And the noise coming from the akar umbi, standard la Helen, MALAYsia what, Malays come in many colours too.
Ada yang ok dengan perempuan tu pegang jawatan tu dan ada yang tidak.
re: “she ‘helmed’ it for a period of time despite the brouhaha”
She automatically stepped up the next rung of the ladder. The thing is that she was not confirmed in her post acting as No.1.
Kalau disahkan jawatan sebelum bersara, pencen nanti boleh dapat lebih lah.
RE: “Can you explain how the pricing of houses is to be derived from the Article 153 enabling mechanism?”
Short answer: Possibly under the Agong’s general responsibility to safeguard the special position of the Bumiputeras.
Long answer: This is Bolehland. Just about anything can be derived from Article 153.
And so long as the discount rules remain unchallenged in court, they remain effective government policy.
The special position is a minefield. Too many non-Bumiputeras approach it from a strictly legal point of view, when it’s as much a constitutional issue as it is a political issue.
If one side insists that the special position is to be interpreted strictly according to the Constitution, with no room for political horse-trading, then what’s to stop the other side from challenging things like vernacular education in the same manner?
Mandarin and Tamil vernacular schools are not strictly kosher under the National Language Act. And the fact that the government supports these two mother tongues, to the exclusion of others like Iban, KDM, Telegu, Hindi — that’s not strictly kosher under the equality clause either.
So it’s better that these issues remain in the grey area between what is constitutional and what is politically expedient.
Seriously, it’s the Golden Rule at work. If one group starts to berkira, the others will too.
You’re a pragmatic person willing to navigate the grey areas.
So were the earlier MCA leaders although the Chinese today, who are braying against the party, have sadly failed to realise and appreciate the remarkable feat of compromise which the Alliance managed to pull off.
The MCA is a victim of its own success because the ethnic composition of our country is a miracle really albeit little that the Dapsters are aware.
It’s also a pity that the current MCA relationship with Umno has broken down.
Double click on green table above to view.
“Unequal prices flows from the special position of the Bumiputeras, which was established IN RETURN for mass citizenship during the formative years of our nation.”
You can remind that particular point of yours to those who are now in their 80s, 90s or maybe already dead and buried in their coffins. But how do you communicate those words with today’s generation?
How do you tell that to a 20 something Chinese lad that he’s “unequal” because this country gave his grandfather a citizenship many decades ago, so he needs to “recipocrate” what his grandfather was given?
That’s a two generations gap. I’m sure MCA would be tongue tied to remind that to today’s youths.
RE: “How do you tell that to a 20 something Chinese lad that he’s “unequal” because this country gave his grandfather a citizenship many decades ago, so he needs to “recipocrate” what his grandfather was given?”
Tell him that the “benefit” given to his grandparents was passed down to his parents, and then passed down to him.
Tell him the only reason he’s a citizen is that his grandparents were granted citizenship.
If he’s foolish enough to say he’s a citizen because he was born here, ask him whether a child born in Malaysia to Nigerian citizens automatically gets Malaysian citizenship.
If you want to get technical, school him on the difference between jus sanguinis — citizenship by blood — and jus soli — citizenship by place of birth.
Just as nobody imagines a Malay to be the Prime Minister of Singapore, nobody too should expect Malays to be over generous in appointing a Chinese in areas where they(malays ) have position to hire.
It is the thing called “law of human nature”. You can be generous but you keep the top post to you and your “kind”. I am sure you realise that in Public bank, Hong leong, most of top positions are filled by Chinese.
There is no word” Chinese” in constitution. At time when Constitution was made, the non Malays were still immigrants. They had no legal position to bargain.
One thing about the Chinese in this country is that they expect Malays to give and give. Yet they (The Chinese) refuse to compromise. DAP still behave as if they own Malaysia. They insist on separate school yet cry out loud wanting to share “Allah”.
AS FOR Malays entitled to mandatory discount, Malays perceive it as their right as “natives” who in 1957 granted 1 million citizenships to non Malays. What I meant is that mass citizenships were granted not for free.
The minute DAP plays racial game such as lamenting chinese are called “pendatang”, Malays will bring the call to abolish Chinese schools.
re: “What I meant is that mass citizenships were granted not for free.”
Si Dapster tu kan buta sejarah? Selepas dua generasi, dah takde kesinambungan lagi dari segi ingatan (race memory) yang melekat pada ahli-ahli masyarakat pendatang.
The Reid Commission recommended that the Special Position should only be retained for 15 years following Merdeka and after that be subjected to review.
The Chinese among the Gen Y today do not have the historical perspective that we’ve been discussing in my blog and they don’t want to have to keep paying in perpetuity for the “strokes of the Sultans’ 9 pens” which granted citizenship in a big sweep.
Even if you explained to them (not that I’m confident they’re capable of understanding), they will retort “cerita lama lah”. It’s just a lack of maturity and this maturity is not necessarily tied to age.
That’s why I don’t believe that the 90 percenters can be persuaded return to the centre.
‘The Reid Commission recommended that the Special Position should only be retained for 15 years following Merdeka and after that be subjected to review.’
Itu cadangan saja tak perlu ikut pun. Majlis Raja-Raja tak kata apa, siapa Reid or Kit Siang for that matter nak bising2???
re: “siapa Reid”
His commission drafted our Federal Constitution.
Ya la Helen, saya tau, tapi I ask you again, siapa Reid? Negara ni merdeka bukan bermakna sebelum ini tidak berdaulat, tapi nak bagi bebas daripada penjajahan saja…nak ambil balik negeri2 yang dijajah…
Siapa Reid nak dictates Raja-Raja Melayu??
Can you define ‘daulat’ pls?
Reid was doing his job and it was a big job with a huge responsibility.
Today, the chance of getting a review on Article 153 is even more remote than in 1972 (15 years after Merdeka).
The May 13 riots preempted the 1972 and please note that 1969 was only a round dozen years after Merdeka.
‘Can you define ‘daulat’ pls?’
negara ini dah ada masters. with or without Reid.
But you all keep saying that the Malays were backward because Tanah Melayu was so long under the rule of the “colonial masters”.
The British Residents wielded real power. Their “advice” to the Sultans were de facto commands.
‘But you all keep saying that the Malays were backward because Tanah Melayu was so long under the rule of the “colonial masters”.’
This is partly true also. But then again having read the Perjanjian Persekutuan Tanah Melayu, I’m sure you are aware that when it comes to Adat2 Melayu and Islam, Sultans had the absolute says.
‘The British Residents wielded real power. Their “advice” to the Sultans were de facto commands.’
And some court cases, perhaps ie Kelantan state gomen and Sultan Abu Bakar of Johor had won against British or Colonial related coompanies, kalau tak salah, lupa la, nak cite the cases. Thus the above statement is also not absolutely true!
(1) Unlike the DAP evangelistas, the Brits had the good sense not to interfere with Islam.
(2) As for adat, the colonialists had, in fact, further inflated the pomp and ceremony surrounding the Raja-Raja Melayu. Kira diorang tu pandai ambil hati lah – feed the rulers’ sense of self-importance.
(3) But where it counted, i.e. in politics and economy, the Brits were in control.
(4) Sultan Abu Bakar was the smart and most important one. But other Sultans did not prevail over the British. The Perak ruler had to sign the Pangkor Treaty. The Kedah ruler pawned Penang island and province Wellesley.
(5) Court case:
Mighell v. Sultan of Johore (1893)
The Sultan – in his alter ego as Albert Baker when in England – promised to marry Jenny Mighell but broke the engagement. The aggrieved lady sued him for breach of contract.
‘Kira diorang tu pandai ambil hati lah’
‘– feed the rulers’ sense of self-importance.’
I disagree. Partly I believe the Sultans had genuine interest to safeguard the Malay adats and Islam. Raja dan Rakyat berpisah tiada. It pretty symbiosis in nature. Otherwise I’m sure the ‘Sultan Mahmud Mangkat Dijulang’ will recur!
re: “Partly I believe the Sultans had genuine interest to safeguard the Malay adats”
I won’t quarrel with you over this – your statement above.
I’m talking about the British machinations.
They elevated the rulers’ role in adat (like I said, of which the pomp and splendour of the court was deliberately enhanced by the British) so that the Sultans have enough duties to keep them occupied and hence will leave the British alone to manage the economy with minimal interference.
‘The Chinese among the Gen Y today do not have the historical perspective that we’ve been discussing in my blog and they don’t want to have to keep paying in perpetuity for the “strokes of the Sultans’ 9 pens” which granted citizenship in a big sweep.
Even if you explained to them (not that I’m confident they’re capable of understanding), they will retort “cerita lama lah”.’
Yet Guan Eng ada muka nak cakap macam ni?
Guan Eng calls on Pakatan partners to honour spirit of consensus – See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/guan-eng-calls-on-pakatan-partners-to-honour-spirit-of-consensus#sthash.UPRdBKtD.dpuf
Yang DAP dok persoal ‘kontrak sosial’ 24/7 tu apa???
Historical perspective is not meant for us to be nostalgic. It explains why the Constitution the way it is now.
Why the word “Melayu” was mentioned 34 times along with “Orang Sungai”. But there is no mention of word “chinese’ in the Constitution. why? Because while Constitution embraces modern nation building , it too recognises the history of the nation.
It is a win-win situation. Chinese, Indians are accorded citizenships, a much price status while Malays, due to willingness to open the land previously exclusively Malays , are accorded official status as “bumiputera”.
Actually among Malays, we are quite generous in term of meeting demands of Chinese. But looking at attitude of Chinese politicians who whack Malays in order to gain Chinese support, Malays have decided that they should be calculative too.
Chinese often question Malay Special position in Constitution. actually that is not special position. There is nothing special about article 153. The article was included IN RETURN to Malay rulers agreeing to massive citizenship exercise to Chinese and Indians.
Why must Chinese harp on article 153 when UMNO does not abolish vernacular schools. Najib is wrong by saying Constitution guaranteed vernacular schools. Constitution guarantees the right to use, learn mother tongues. BUT IT IS SILENT on vernacular school.
DAP of course wants to rewrite history. If can, they want to start national history at 1957. as for the Chinese, they are” detached” from the Malays . They go to separate schools, read different newspapers, and listen anything on Malays from Malays who are credible to Malay community.
Quite a number of time(when they accused UMNO as racist) I told Chinese friends on massive citizenship offers by Raja raja Melayu. I notice all of them were completely surprised.
Suddenly all anger towards Article 153 , UMNO, “appears’ to diminish significantly.
It should be “listen anything on Malays from Malays WHO ARE NOT…
Malays are dead set against reviewing Constitution. To them, it is a ploy to make Malays let go of Article 153.
‘as for the Chinese, they are” detached” from the Malays .’
Thanks too MCA, DAP and Gerakan, esp for their continuous denial of the country history.
review saja, bukan repeal macam isa. sekarang nak review pun boleh, kita tambah lagi apa yg kurang.
(B) Equal: House prices
Say those above RM500,000. If a Malay buyer can afford to purchase a 1/2 million house, why should he be entitled to a mandatory discount while a poor Chinese find it difficult to access low-cost state housing?
I partly agree with what you stated here Helen, especially for a house price RM500K onwards, shouldn’t allocate any bumi lot. Working in a housing development myself, for houses above RM500K, the take up rate for bumi lots is barely 10% and once the construction stage reaches 50% or if there isn’t any Bumi applicant the units can be applied for Bumi release and it will definitely price higher.
I vehemently disagree with you Helen, that a “poor Chinese find it difficult to access low-cost state housing?”. Every low cost house has an allocation for Bumi (Malay, Indigeneous, Muslim (Not converted), Chinese & indian. The said Chinese is at fault for he doesn’t know the correct way on how to go about it in applying for a low cost housing probably due to the fact that he lack comprehension in BM nevertheless speaking the language.
If the house prices is level for all races than the malays an indian would certainly be marginalised as the Chinese has the economy prowess and the upperhand in every transactions.
Last but not least, I wish the Govt would change their policy for foreigners to purchase a residential in Malaysia. I hope they would limit them to only High rise only and not as present where they’re free to own a house be it landed (2 Storey terrace onwards) or high rise. The Malaysian govt should be more stricter in this segment as it definitely affects the house prices for us local..
Can you please point out some examples of state housing projects with Chinese occupants?
re: “Every low cost house has an allocation for Bumi (Malay, Indigeneous, Muslim (Not converted), Chinese & indian.”
Can you tell me what percentage is the Chinese quota, with an example of the relevant project? Thanks.
The earlier chinese were respectful and ‘taat’ kepada negara Malaysia like Tun Tan Cheng Lok, Tan Siew Sin and the like. It is the later generation that is too ‘biadap’ and becoming kiasu.
Tan Cheng Lock and his son Siew Sin were Baba Melaka.
If Tunku Abdul Rahman had thought that the rest of two million Chinese who were given citizenship were anything like TCL & TSS in being successfully acculturized, then Tunku was dead wrong.
Helen, I think these later year Chinese have been brainwashed by DAP beyond reason. What say you ? Anyway to reverse the tide?
re: “these later year Chinese have been brainwashed by DAP beyond reason. What say you?”
re: “Any way to reverse the tide?”
Clone Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang.
Cloning TKL? Sorr but I have to disagree with you there.
He doesn’t lack putting in the elbow grease part, I’ll give him that. But in terms of intelligence, sadly lacking. Try following him on Twitter. He can be really dumb at times when he’s “holding the fort” from attacks.
WCK, perhaps. But his seemingly personal war with Airasia & Tony Fernandes reflects badly on him to as he seems disinterested with other issues of public interests.
TKL can be anal retentive, and that’s not necessarily a bad trait. In the present war against the Dapsters, I’d venture to say that is a good tactic to annoy the hell out of them and he does that admirably.
TKL is like the Energiser Bunny; he just goes on and on and on – which is precisely the quality needed when confronting the unhinged mob. You wouldn’t have missed that I’m repetitive myself by design ,)
If WCK seems disinterested in other issues of public interest, it could be that he considers himself retired from politics.
But I do so love his pitbull tenacity wrt AirAsia – my least favourite big corporate entity. Now if he could be persuaded to sink his teeth into other targets … endless possibilities!
You being repetitive is palatable as you find ways to repackage old ideas to reinforce the point. I might not comment regularly but I read your posts regularly as I find it an interesting case study of sorts in marketing.
As for TKL,if his purpose is only to irritate the living daylights of the opposition zombie, he’d be the man. But if he’s the future of Gerakan, they’ll be irrelevant come GE14, if they aren’t already.
WCK tenacity in tackling AA is admirable. He’s like a dog that has picked up the scent of its prey. His incessant attack on TF & BK Sidhu for spinning is a sight to behold. As you articulated, perhaps he’s retired. Or he’s still recovering from the aftermath of PKR politics &
re: “you find ways to repackage old ideas”
Hahaha. I surprise even myself how long I’ve been able to sustain the 1-IDEA, heh.
re: “to reinforce the point”
You’re too kind. I’ve been a cross between woodpecker and sledgehammer in order to drive it home.
re: “As for TKL, if his purpose is only to irritate the living daylights of the opposition zombie, he’d be the man.”
Roll out the batallion of irritating clones, I say. (The other thing I like about TKL is how he’s unfazed by all the flak directed at him.)
re: “But if he’s the future of Gerakan, they’ll be irrelevant come GE14, if they aren’t already.”
We’ve only got a 10 percent talent pool to pick from. The inspired name “Rosmelda” – which I’ve latched on to – appears to have been invented by the Dapster agitprop.
re: “His incessant attack on TF & BK Sidhu for spinning is a sight to behold.”
Yes, and he does it with chutzpah.
TKL doesn’t block anyone ever unlike our champions of free speech. He’s got a few trolls who will smash him several times a day every day but he’ll just ignore them & soldier on.
Gerakan does appear to be running out of ideas tbh. They appear battle weary & on the verge of passing out. Even Mah Siew Keong appears to be nothing more than just warming the seat & going through the motions before (hazarding a guess here) he’ll announce his retirement when the GE is called.
As for MCA, LTL looks very weak compared to WKS. I wonder when will WKS launch his coup d’tat to size the throne?
They try to remain relevant by parroting DAP’s stance but doubt that’s gonna save their hides.
As for Chinese realizing in time DAP is no different from MCA, there is no turning back. The Malays are already developing a siege mentality against the Chinese & the bridge has been reduced to ashes. If PR wins the next election, they’re still screwed. They just don’t realize it yet. Or perhaps they do, but they just don’t want to accept that it’s inevitable
re: “TKL doesn’t block anyone ever unlike our champions of free speech.”
To think of the crap that I’ve had to put up with for electing to keep my blog open and the time and trouble it costs me to respond to the drive-by shooters.
Madame Speaker must have blocked SCORES of Twitter users. There are the dozens who are on record and there are others like you who’ve been blocked by her but don’t tweet about it.
It’s true that BN pollies and people are more democratic while PR pollies and people are preachy moralizers. This has been my experience.
re: “He’s got a few trolls who will smash him several times a day every day but he’ll just ignore them & soldier on.”
Dapsters are gremlins or if you watch Serenity/Firefly, then you’d know the Reavers.
re: “As for MCA, LTL looks very weak compared to WKS. I wonder when will WKS launch his coup d’tat to size the throne?”
You’re right. WKS is the brains between the two.
re: “They try to remain relevant by parroting DAP’s stance but doubt that’s gonna save their hides.”
Why would the Chinese want to opt for the poor imitation?
re: “If PR wins the next election, they’re still screwed.”
Why do you think so? DAP will remain a big party post-GE14.
I mean big party as part of the Pakatan ruling coalition, should they win.
It’s purely a matter of time before the volatile atmosphere combust. All it needs is the spark to get the fire going. Only question will be the scale when, not if it happens.
At that point of time, lines be drawn. Malays & Muslim will put race & religion ahead of political affiliation when that happens. And when shit hits the fan, guess who’s gonna be everyone’s favorite targets?
DAP being a “big” party but they will not be able to go it alone. As a part of PR, they play the big brother bully role very well. But alone, even with 30 or so parliamentary seats, they’ll just be fly in the ointment, an irritant at the most.
So if as a Chinese you hedge your bets on DAP, here’s a newsflash. They’re just as bad if not worse than MCA. In fact for all the civil liberties they claim to fight for, they do clamp down hard on dissent & criticism. So its back to square one no?
Life would have been more peaceful had they accepted the fact that they are “2nd class” citizens. I’ve accepted that & put my head down & work harder to ensure I’m not deprived in any way. But nope, their kiasu-ness shines through & they absolutely have to be numero uno. They say you can’t have your cake & eat it. The Chinese community at large are going to learn close up what that means pretty soon imo
RE: “Anyway to reverse the tide?”
If I was feeling particularly nasty, I’d say Ops Lalang 2.0 should do the trick.
But I’m not feeling nasty, so I say… let it be.
In a few years, the reality will sink in. They’ll realize that DAP is no different than MCA — all talk, no show — and that the fundamental fabric of our nation will continue to be Malay and Muslim.
And they’ll go on with their lives.
Don’t forget they’re Malaysians. And to be Malaysian is to complain, complain, complain… and ultimately do nothing.
Teh tarik prices go up, we still drink teh tarik. Petrol prices go up, we still pump the same amount.
So no need to reverse the tide. It will reverse itself.
The tide will be helped along if there was a battalion of Tan Keng Liangs in the battlefield. I still say clone him and roll the TKL action figures off the assembly line. Throw in Wee Choo Keong too.
In other words, I’m saying that those of us Chinese, willing and who have on our own initiative been fighting the DAP, should be empowered.
As a BN voter, I feel betrayed by the MCA for its complicity with the DAP agenda and lending (or allowing to be hijacked) the MCA media, machinery and other resourses to be utilized for the DAP’s benefit.
Thus I strongly believe that the troublesome MCA must be put out of the way so that for Umno can fight DAP mano a mano in the next general election.
The chauvinist Maoist cultural revolution left an indelible scar upon the Chinese psyche . . . and challenged its intellectualism, civility and traditional religions which are struggling today to regain their footing against the Red nihilistic onslaught.
RE: “The above is how I would appraise the Chinese articles of faith about the politics of this country. However 90 percent of my fellow Chinese vehemently disagree with me.”
The biggest losers in the coming years will be those in this 90% who think that it’s possible to change (1) the special position of the Bumiputeras and (2) the position of Islam in Malaysia.
From the 1970s until now, our electoral politics has been dominated by the Bumiputeras and the Muslims. And these two majorities have significant cross-membership, i.e. Malay-Muslim.
Even if PR were to win GE14, there is no way it will be able to effect any meaningful change to Article 11 (religion) or Article 153 (special position.)
Let’s not forget that Malays already account for half of the ENTIRE population of the country. And together with other Bumiputeras, form 70% of the population.
So whether it’s BN or PR, it will still be a Bumiputera and Muslim majority government.
Right now it’s already Ketuanan Bumiputera and Ketuanan Islam. But in the years to come? The current size of the Malay population and its rate of growth means Ketuanan Melayu will be fait accompli.
That’s what these 90 Percenters keep ignoring. The basic arithmetic is against them.
re: “Even if PR were to win GE14, there is no way it will be able to effect any meaningful change to Article 11 (religion) or Article 153 (special position.)”
Pakatan won Selangor with a 4/5 majority, i.e. 44 seats in the 56-seat state assembly.
Even with this whopping advantage of numbers in the DUN, Pakatan as the ruling state government still does not dare touch the 1988 enactment which would pave the way for Christians to use kalimah Allah.
Like I’ve said, sneaky DAP is only hoodwinking their supporters through hate propaganda.
DAP has been instigating the Chinese that they’re “second class” citizens.
But is the DAP honest enough to be upfront about the fact of Article 153 and how under the present conditions (requiring 2/3 Parliamentary majority and royal assent), the Malay “special position” is almost untouchable?
How does the DAP propose to deliver to its Chinese supporters the equality ( code words: “beyond race”, “colour blindness”) that the party promises?
RE: “Even with this whopping advantage of numbers in the DUN, Pakatan as the ruling state government still does not dare touch the 1988 enactment which would pave the way for Christians to use kalimah Allah.”
I still remember when BSM got raided, three DAP ADUNs called for the amendment of the 1988 enactment.
Immediately, DSAI told them to shut up. And a few days later, LKS issued a gag order.
RE: “But is the DAP honest enough to be upfront about the fact of Article 153 and how under the present conditions (requiring 2/3 Parliamentary majority and royal assent), the Malay “special position” is almost untouchable?”
I don’t expect DAP to be upfront about that. Just as I don’t expect UMNO to be upfront with whether they will support or oppose PAS’s Private Member’s Bill on hudud.
They are politicians. That is how the political game is played. Until we find an effective alternative to spin, empty promises and divide et impera in politics, we’re going to have to live with the fact that politicians will continue to use those methods.
It’s up to us to see through the sandiwara. Articles 11 and 153 are politically permanent. As much a part of the basic structure of our Constitution as the mass granting of citizenship and the limited autonomy afforded to Sabah and Sarawak.
And I’m not even concerned about our fellow citizens who refuse to realize that.
Their ignorance is as irrelevant as it is futile.
Our security forces (PDRM and AF) are professional, competent, and above all else, loyal to the fundamental pillars of our nation. If they sense that internecine strife is imminent, I have no doubt they will defend that basic structure — regardless of the wishes of the politicians.
RE: “Simplistic faith that Umno is all-powerful and controls everything”
Let’s not forget that Sedition Act prosecutions were still being initiated BEFORE the PM’s u-turn.
What does that say about our criminal justice system, and our government as a whole? Those wheels kept turning even though the PM and his consultants had already made their wishes known vis-a-vis the Sedition Act.
re: “It’s up to us to see through the sandiwara.”
I wish more Chinese are able to see through the DAP sandiwara. Then I wouldn’t be in such a tiny, vulnerable minority.
Nobody likes to be slandered. I am, continually, because my views do not sit well with the DAP powers that be.
The worst thing about DAP supporters (and Anwaristas too) is how they will defend the indefensible. We should defer to facts. Instead the fanboys choose to zealously prop up the Pakatan fiction.
RE: “I wish more Chinese are able to see through the DAP sandiwara. Then I wouldn’t be in such a tiny, vulnerable minority.”
Abide and endure. The tide is changing. Good tidings on the horizon… hehe.
Anecdotal evidence. In the past two years, I’ve seen more and more commenters in TMI and FMT who are pushing back against blind loyalty to DAP machinations.
And I’m assuming they are non-Malays, since they use non-Malay names and write in English. (Stereotype, I know… but I seriously hope it’s not wishful thinking on my part.)
“I wish more Chinese are able to see through the DAP sandiwara. Then I wouldn’t be in such a tiny, vulnerable minority. ”
“Able to see through” and “deliberately not waiting to see through” are to different things. In Penang voting is all about not having too much Huanna power. “Deliberately” forgeting what Anwar did when he was in UMNO like he is some born-again is what Penang lang do.
I know one Chinese guy who called Anwar, AI in 1992 (Artificial Inteligence because he is so stupid) now says it is Anwar who shows him the beauty of Islam unlike UMNO. He would white wash all the sodomy charges.
See through or not wanting to see through!
Is the Chinese guy a Christian?
No. But gone to Christian school.
‘That’s what these 90 Percenters keep ignoring. The basic arithmetic is against them.’
Tepat sekali. Tengok ni.
Multiracial Reverted Muslims (MRM) president Firdaus Wong Wai Hung (centre) with the movement’s senior consultant and deputy president Ng Kuan Beng (left) and the vice chairman of the Malaysian Chinese Muslim Association (MACMA) Adam Lee (right) – See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/despite-threats-muslim-evangelical-group-invites-critics-to-discuss-islam#sthash.QvpYas3Z.dpuf
Since you are understand the Malay psyche, you would also know this to be true. If all Malaysian Chinese & Indians were like you, there would NOT have been a bumi/non-bumi category.
‘sentiment is a movement from ground up, and not the other way around’
Sama macam Sedition Act 1948 la Helen….akar umbi nak benda tu kekal, there’s nothing Prez UMNO can do then…
‘Are the Chinese able to speak the national language without making our ears cringe?’
Malaysian First tapi Bahasa Malaysia last???
These Gomen servants are paid to speak bahasa. In line with Perkara 152 Perlembagaan Persekutuan. Yang tak faham boleh minta kawan, jiran dan rakan sekerja terjemahkan (habislah, bergaduh lagi nampaknya, lost in translation!). Hahaha. Classy.
Muhyiddin for PM!!!
I’ve been fighting, screaming, shouting and imploring the Chinese community in Klang not to be taken in and swallow line, hook and sinker what the DAP says way before the Chinese Tsunami engulfed us during the last two GE but, alas, the mind-sets of this group of ignorant fools are casts in stone.
Even amongst my friends and relatives I’m being treated like an outcast or pariah within the Chinese community because I do not subscribes to thier Ketuanan Cina mentality.
I’ve been called stupid, Huanna kui, Lip huan liow (peluk Islam) and many more names that will make even the most seasoned cringed in embarrassment, and like you, I’ll continue to whacked this group until they wakes up and face reality instead of living in denial syndrome.
Top on my list are those so-called born again Christian (orang tua dia sembah Tua Pek Kongs and Datuk kongs under the trees but these a##holes sucks the white man’s dicks) sons of the gun that hides behind the church.
I’ll tell these shit heads that I’m Jesus Christ.
You screwed up my Beautiful Malaysia and I’ll sent you to hell……..because I’m the Antichrist.
“I’ve been fighting, screaming, shouting and imploring the Chinese community in Klang not to be taken in and swallow line, hook and sinker what the DAP says way before the Chinese Tsunami engulfed us during the last two GE but, alas, the mind-sets of this group of ignorant fools are casts in stone.”
The problem with the Chinese is that we have the rebel trait. We MUST go against the norm collectively. For example Gerakan came into power to oust MCA who is Perikatan- in which UMNO is a member. Now it is the DAP to rid the MCA/Gerakan who are UMNO components.
May I point something I noticed during the Chinese New Year? I am a banana and the Chinese educated were amazed I know who is Yap Ah Loy. In fact I interviewed a few Chinese school kids and they asked who the fuck is Yap Ah Loy? Wow, what the fuck do they teach in school these days.
The Chinese school kids who think Mandarin is the most important language in the world don’t even know who their founding father. Worst of all, why do the Chinese speak Mando-kian (Mandarin with a geli Hockien accent) – this includes school teachers.
Good morning Helen,
I applaud you, I don’t know how you can endure the constant Chinese bashing from the comment section even though its warranted or not. I guess even they the C-bashing is a bit more subtler without vulgar unlike in TMI or FMT.. Even though its not directed to you but being a Chinese I guess you certainly will feel the pinch. Even I cringe when I tried to read the comment section in TMI & FMT for a month (Fully retired, now mostly MMA & Comic news)
In my social circle having a ratio of 5:4:1 Malay, Chinese, Indian friends, even I have to vent out my anger in a healthy way after hanging out with my Chinese friends. In our TT session of 1 hour, 20 mins will be allocated to UMNO bashing….
Thanks for staying strong and providing an outlet for the majority of us here to vent out our feelings… KUDOS kak Helen : )
Chinese bashing? We certainly deserve this. We call people “potato” only to find out we mixed up the legumes – actually casava.
Today the DAP is debating how high class is our education. How high class are the DAP MPs to begin with.
Is Tasmania a very hiigh class univeristy? Or is Tasmania how higher than Melbourne?
As I mentioned in my earlier comments, how many Chinese actually go to go universities? How many fo to Princeton, Sydney, Queensland or any universities in Hong Kong or Beijing?
I know of many who go to Preston, Western Sydney, Southern Queensland and all to Taiwan. Hong Kong has such a high standard that even the locals can’t get in.
What high class? Some how the Sepet kid who get 47 marks is telling the brown kid who got 42 marks and the black kid who got 41 marks that they are stupid. Please-lah. Mediocrity!
In fact if you can worship a failed accountant and a failed lawyer turned event manager, you can’t be too clever. If you got 47 marks, you would worship the 48 marker as a role model.
You got to school for years and can’t speak Malay properly or English. The school is called “Chinese school” but they don’t speak Mandarin but Mando-kian. This is very high class.
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