Can you tell which one in the photo below is China’s ambassador to Malaysia, Huang Hui Kang?
He is pictured with a group of Malaysian Chinese in Petaling Street.
His Excellency Dr Huang distributed mooncakes yesterday during his visit to KL’s Chinatown. Yup, there are towns named after China dotting various parts of the globe.
Needless to say, we overseas Chinese are called after China (China/Chinese) in our ethnicity. Malaysia has the second biggest Chinese diaspora in the world – see table below.
There are some seven million Chinese in Malaysia’s total population of 30 million compared with less than three million Chinese in Indonesia’s total population of 250 million.
Ubah selling like hot cakes – thank you J-Star for your promo
Mooncake is a pastry eaten to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival and Malaysian Chinese love eating mooncake even though Malaysia is a tropical country that does not have the autumn season.
We eat mooncake according to the Chinese calendar and the festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month (equivalent to period between early September and early October).
Ambassador Huang distributed mooncakes in Malaysia’s Chinatown yesterday packaged in a classy red box. A popular item this year is the DAP mooncake. In the photo above, you can see the Ubah hornbill mascot on the box cover.
The J-Star is promoting this mooncake sale by Johor DAP – the YBs seen above. Ubah mooncakes are going for RM50 per box and the DAP Aduns hope to sell 30,000 boxes before the festival begins.
BELOW: A close-up of the DAP mooncake embossed with the Ubah campaign’s hornbill mascot
Symbol of rebellion
A popular folklore connected with the mooncake is about uprising against a cruel government.
Legend of Zhu Yuanzhang and Mooncake Uprising
“The custom of eating mooncakes on Mid-Autumn Festival is said to have begun in the end of Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). At that time，the general populace, faced with the unbearably cruel governing, rose up against the Yuan Government in succession. Under such circumstances, Zhu Yuanzhang, the first emperor of the later Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), set out to organize an uprising by uniting the various resisting forces. However, due to the oppressive presence the governmental officials (which included many searches of people and their property), it was extremely hard to deliver messages.
“One day, Zhu’s military counselor, Liu Bowen, came upon an idea, and ordered his subordinates to hide paper slips with ‘Uprising on August 15’ on them in mooncakes. Then, the moon cakes were distributed among insurrectionary armies in different places, asking them to support the uprising on the night of August 15. When the day came, all insurrectionary armies converged to participate in the uprising. Soon, Dadu (Beijing), capital of the Yuan Dynasty, was captured.”
Source: ‘Mid-Autumm Festival’ @ http://www.ebeijing.gov.cn/Culture/EnjoyBJ/t950624.htm
Chinese all around the world celebrate the mooncake festival.
BELOW: The J-Star promoting handicraft that’s a nice yellow lantern for the mid-autumn festival (the traditional Chinese lantern is red)
Expansionist China flexing her clout and muscle
This year China is the world’s largest economy.
China’s GDP is $17.6 trillion compared to the USA’s at $17.4 trillion, according to the IMF’s World Economic Outlook released in December 2014.
Chinese everywhere in the world are thrilled to learn that by 2030, China is projected overtake and leave Uncle Sam far behind. China is anticipated to control 18 percent share of global economic power against the United States’ 10 percent – see chart below.
Small, weak and powerless minority
‘Chinese’ in the list below denotes Chinese descent.
Top 10 richest men in Thailand in 2015 as ranked by Forbes:
- Dhanin Chearavanont – Chinese
- Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi – Chinese
- Chirathivat family – Chinese
- Chalerm Yoovidhya – Chinese
- Krit Ratanarak – Chinese
- Vanich Chaiyawan – Chinese
- Santi Bhirombhakdi – Thai
- Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth – Chinese
- Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha – Chinese
- Thaksin Shinawatra – Chinese
We are Chinese
Siamese if you please
We are Chinese
Siamese if you don’t please
Now we’re looking over our new domicile
If we like we stay for maybe quite a while
BELOW: From left, Indonesia’s billionaires Mochtar Riady and Boenjamin Setiawan, the Philippine’s richest man Henry Sy & family, and Thailand’s No.1 tycoon Dhanin Chearavanont
Top 10 richest men in Indonesia last year as ranked by Forbes:
- Robert Budi Hartono & Michael Hartono – Chinese
- Eka Tjipta Widjaja & family – Chinese
- Anthoni Salim & family – Chinese
- Susilo Wonowidjojo & family – Chinese
- Chairul Tanjung – pribumi
- Sri Prakash Lohia – Indian descent
- Boenjamin Setiawan & family – Chinese
- Peter Sondakh – Chinese
- Mochtar Riady & family – Chinese
- Sukanto Tanoto – Chinese
- Dhanin Chearavanont – Chinese
Top 10 richest men in the Philippines last year as ranked by Forbes:
- Henry Sy – Chinese
- Lucio Tan – Chinese
- Andrew Tan – Chinese
- Enrique Razon, Jr. – Spanish descent
- John Gokongwei, Jr. – Chinese
- David Consunji – Chinese
- George Ty – Chinese
- Tony Tan Caktiong – Chinese
- Robert Coyiuto, Jr. – Chinese
- Andrew Gotianun – Chinese
Would they have done the same to Tun?
“The Chinese rejected [Ah jib Gor] totally despite his declaring himself to be their brother.” – said Tun Mahathir Mohamad in his blog Chedet yesterday.
Ostensibly the Chinese at Bersih 4.0 were against Najib Razak because of the RM2.6 billion donation.
Do you think that the slap-with-shoe treatment is only reserved for Najib personally because of the lack of transparency over 1MDB?
The Chinese want “love” to be given a chance – see placard in photo below
If it was instead Tun Mahahtir or Dollah Badawi or Zahid Hamidi or Hisham Hussein holding the reins of power at this very moment, do you think any of these Umno bigwigs would escape being similarly subject to the same kind of abuse?
Slap Najib because Chinese are against corruption … konon
Kick Najib because Chinese want a clean government … konon
Punch Najib because Chinese demand accountability … konon
Was Bersih really nothing at all to do with race?
Is the behaviour at Bersih 4.0 really due to Najib’s blemished reputation and unpopularity?
Or is Najib just a convenient excuse for the Dapsters to vent? Do you think if Dato’ Onn Jaafar were the president of Umno today he would be treated with respect by the DAP Chinese?
Oh but wait! There’s no such thing as “Chinese” in Malaysia.
There are “zero Chinese” in Malaysia. We’re all Malaysians, says the politician below whose face is rounder than the roundest mooncake.
The gesture by the Chinese ambassador in visiting Chinatown is significant and pregnant with meaning. Would he have sent the signal yesterday if there were “zero Chinese” in this country as the DAP is harping?