Oh, look! Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim has got Dr Mahathir’s nose and Samy Vellu’s lips.
J-Star CEO Wong Chun Wai writes in his column today, “Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is open about his ancestry, acknowledging it could be traced to Kerala in India”.
According to Chun Wai, Abdul Azeez is a Malay only “technically and legally” as well the Umno Baling MP’s “forefathers also landed in Malaya by boat”.
Hypocrisy of the Malaysian Firsters
Chun Wai’s article today is titled ‘No place for extremists‘.
According to Chun Wai, Azeez’s “balik tongsan” jibe at YB Kota Kinabalu (DAP’s Jimmy Wong Sze Phin) “could be construed as racist and derogatory”.
Chun Wai writes:
“Abdul Azeez speaks excellent Tamil, and it is no secret that his ancestors came from India. Not much difference from the ancestors of the MPs he insulted. His forefathers also landed in Malaya by boat. In fact, he is Indian …”
Let’s apply what Chun Wai says to his DAP evangelista friends.
“Mama Muniandy speaks Cantonese albeit hubby’s Tamil is “not functioning“, and it is no secret that her ancestors came from ‘tongsan’. Not much difference from the ancestors of the Umno MP whom Chun Wai is taking to task. The Muniandys also landed in Malaya by boat. In fact, they are Chinese (and baby’s birth cert says so) …”
BELOW: The Big Mama
Articles 153 and 160 of the Federal Constitution
Chun Wai appears to be picking a bone with Azeez qualifying as a constitutional Malay. The uber evangelista quotes the Federal Constitution as defining a Malay to be “a person who professes the religion of Islam, habitually speaks the Malay language, and who conforms to Malay customs”.
But Chun Wai omits to mention that the definition of ‘Malay’ in Article 160 of the Federal Constitution also mandates that to be orang Melayu one has, before Merdeka Day, either to be born in Malaya or born of parents one of whom was born in Malaya, or living in Malaya or be the son/daughter of such a person.
The year and place of birth requirements and parents’ antecedents stipulated in Article 160 could be interpreted to disqualify someone like Ridhuan Tee “who professes the religion of Islam, habitually speaks the Malay language, and who conforms to Malay customs” from being recognized as a constitutional Malay.
Chun Wai also writes, “Malay citizens who convert out of Islam, for example, are no longer considered Malay under the law and hence lose the bumiputra privileges afforded to Malays”.
Does Chun Wai have an issue with the official conflation of the Malay and Muslim identities?
Chun Wai: “No one can erase one’s roots”
Chun Wai writes, “So Abdul Azeez is a Malay, technically and legally, but no one, including Abdul Azeez, can erase one’s roots with regard ethnicity and ancestry”.
He says Azeez calling on DAP’s Jimmy Wong to balik tongsan is “no different, really, from calling the person a pendatang or immigrant”.
Why are Chun Wai and his ilk jumping like kera kena belacan when the pendatang word is mentioned? After all, he himself has declared that Azeez cannot erase his roots with regard to his ‘Indian’ ethnicity and the ancestry of his forefathers from India.
One standard for the Indians and a different one for the Chinese, is it?
Chun Wai’s advice to the Umno leadership
Chun Wai writes, “Such use of derogatory words by people within and outside the political system should be viewed very strongly by the leadership. When no action is taken, the leadership is sending very wrong signals to the people”.
I do not reckon that the Umno leadership will sanction Azeez. There will be no reaction, just as there was no reaction to Ismail Sabri and Tajuddin Abdul Rahman for their recent remarks on the Chinese.
The non-action by Umno against Ismail and Tajuddin has already sent a signal to the Chinese.
In fact, Azeez can confidently say Chun Wai and his paymaster the MCA “boleh bising sampai kiamat, ada aku kesah”.
Chun Wai writes too, “Something is terribly wrong when MPs still call fifth and sixth generation Chinese and Indians in Malaysia, who are rightful citizens, pendatang or ask them to go back to China and India”.
Why doesn’t Chun Wai wonder if something is also not terribly wrong when fifth and sixth generation Chinese are unable to speak our national language?
And offhand, I can’t recall any brouhaha with regard to Umno MPs telling Indians to balik India. The call is usually confined to the Chinese. Just like the call is consistently for Chinese schools to be closed down, We don’t hear Malays calling for Tamil schools to be closed down.
The evangelistas just want to drag Indians, and on the religious front – Hindus/Buddhists/Taoists/Sikhs – into their crusade against Muslims. Sneaky bastards.
The J-Star defines ‘moderation’ on evangelical Christian terms
Chun Wai concludes his article today, saying, “It will take some time before we stop seeing everything from a racial and religious perspective, as the nation still does”.
Then pray tell, why does Chun Wai view Azeez as an Indian and not Malaysian foremost?
Chun Wai also insists, “Malaysians must come together as a people. For this to happen, the moderates must work harder to emphasise the relevance and importance of commonality. We must not allow the extremists to derail moderation.”
Chun Wai is wrong. What we must not allow is for the evangelistas to define what is ‘moderation’ and to characterize orthodox Muslims as “extremists”.
It is the BN that has no more place for the hypocritical MCA.