Tan Sri Pheng Yin Huah, president of Hua Zong which is the Federation of Chinese Associations, said apart from orang asli and Sabah and Sarawak natives, other races were once pendatang. See ‘Stop using “pendatang” to describe Chinese and Indians’ (The Sun Daily, 8 Nov 2015).
If Chinese originate from China and Indians originate from India, why then are 95 percent of Malaysian Chinese unable or so reluctant to accept that Malays originate from Malaysia or going by its earlier name, Tanah Melayu?
One of their ‘spokesman’ Wong Chun Wai last Sunday in his J-Star column invoked “commonalities”. He wrote:
“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.”
Well, let’s see what ‘commonalities’ are shared by the people of the Nusantara, shall we?
Those living in Malay archipelago / gugusan kepulauan Melayu have:
- a common skin colour – they’re brown skinned islanders and stretching to as far as Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia
- a common religion (in part) – Islam in Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, southern Philippines, southern Thailand
- a common language (in part) – the ethnic Malay Thai nationals living in the southern provinces of Thailand speak Malay aside from Thai
- a common culture (in part) – as far north as Taiwan, its aborigines, i.e. hill tribes, have a folk dance that appears very similar to the Dayak’s. See video below and note the dancers’ costumes.
Singapore’s Article 152 on Malay ‘special position’
Singapore in its Article 152 of the Constitution recognises Malays as the country’s indigenous people. Listen to Lee Kuan Yew (video) reiterate this fact in the Singapore Parliament.
Jose Rizal, who is the Filipino national hero, is a Malay – see below. Men in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei share the name ‘Rizal’. It is a “commonality” in the Nusantara.
Indonesians in Sulawesi, Java and Sumatera have ‘race’, religion, language and culture in common with the Malays in Malaysia. In fact, Malays in Malaysia have more in common with their Indonesian cousins than they do the bangsa Anak Malaysia.
Bangsa Anak Malaysia have no “commonalities” with majority population
In slamming the so-called “extremists” like Umno’s Azeez Rahim, Wong Chun Wai had insisted, “the moderates must work harder to emphasise the relevance and importance of commonality“.
To answer the concept question, i.e. what do the Firsters have in common with Malays, here’s a quick checklist:
- Race … no
- Religion … no
- Language … no
- Culture … no
- Custom … no
- Food … only Nasi Lemak
It is national borders that are “artificial construct”
Some Firsters like Jacqueline Ann Surin push the canard that Malay as a race is “artificially constructed” – see screenshot below – by certain quarters for their political and other vested interests.
Surin writes that “the notion of the ‘Malay’ is a political construct that was initiated by the British, and continues to be a construct perpetuated by the current powers that be …” – ‘The problem with Malay unity’ (The Nut Graph, 25 Feb 2013).
To Ms Surin, “the rallying cry for Malay or Muslim unity can actually be heard as a clarion call for pitting Malaysians against one another”.
So not only are the Firsters saying Malays are pendatang too but some even insist that there is no such thing as a ‘Malay’ race.
Adat merantau – the Malay seafaring spirit
Ustaz Muhammad Fauzi Asmuni has explained the concept of ‘perantau’ (Ismaweb, 23 Okt 2014) vis-a-vis the ‘pendatang’ polemics.
For Isma, “bumi Islam Melayu itu adalah konsep negara yang sudah bertapak berkurun-kurun sebelum penjajahan”.
Umno has been poor at articulating this, especially to the Dapster evangelistas.
The people of the archipelago are/were island hoppers.
Our country did not begin in 1957
National boundaries between Malaysia, Indonesia and southern Thailand were drawn by the white colonialists when they carved up this region into their respective spheres of influence.
Isma’s Ustaz Fauzi wrote:
“[Rantau Melayu] telah diisytiharkan sebagai kerajaan Islam untuk berkurun-kurun. Dengan erti kata rajanya memerintah dengan sistem Islam, undang-undang Islam, budaya yang diamalkan budaya Islam, ulamanya ramai, adat istiadat Islam.
“Apabila datang penjajahan, penjajah mula mengubah sedikit demi sedikit. Kemudian apabila merdeka, orang mula lupa sejarah, terutamanya sebahagian daripada kaum Cina dan India. Mereka menuntut supaya kita lupakan sejarah dan mulakan sejarah baru bermula dengan kemerdekaan. Jadi mereka kata, selepas merdeka, mereka sudah duduk di sini, jadi sepatutnya kita bina negara baru.
“Saya tidak setuju dengan cadangan itu kerana sepatutnya kita perlu lihat kembali kita punya sejarah. Sejarah kita adalah negara Islam.”
Evangelistas and their ‘glory to glory’
I have asked before ‘Are the evangelistas willing to make peace with Islam?‘.
It is a question posed in all seriousness.
With the BN being put on the backfoot of late, the DAP’s Christian triumphalism is rearing its head. DAP evangelistas are convinced that they’re “moving from strength to strength, faith to faith and glory to glory” (see tweet below) and making over Malaysia in their image.
Their politicians and activist clergy are shoving their evangelical Christianity in our face. This is not something we can swallow. It’s like a bone stuck in our throat.
Just how anti-Islam is the DAP?
When is the DAP going to sue the Pahang Mufti and Jabatan Agama Islam Pahang over the controversial rhetoric that the party is anti-Islam?
Some DAP supporters refuse to recognize the Malays as this country’s indigenous people.
When they instead keep parroting that Malaysia is a secular country, it is tantamount to a refusal to acknowledge the weight of Islam and its role as the “religion of the Federation”.
(Yet Hannah Yeoh – pix left – is willing to wear tudung litup when fishing Malay votes.)
The article specifying Islam in our Federal Constitution comes at No.3 which goes to show the utmost importance placed on this religious faith.
Article 1 is the most important and spells out what constitutes Malaysia.
Article 1 says,
“The Federation shall be known, in Malay and in English, by the name Malaysia. The States of the Federation shall be Johore, Kedah, Kelantan, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Penang, Perak, Perlis, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor and Terengganu.
Clause (4) of Article 1 includes the Federal Territories.
Article 2 says,
“Parliament may by law admit other States to the Federation; alter the boundaries of any State […]
BELOW: More tudung posturing by Hannah
Article 3 says,
“Islam is the religion of the Federation; but other religions may be practised in peace and harmony in any part of the Federation.”
At this juncture, we need to ponder if the religion of the Born Agains is being practised in peace and harmony in our country.
Even the police are looking into this matter of whether the evangelistas are disrupting peace and harmony.
Do the Muftis of the other states agree with their Pahang counterpart that the DAP is anti-Islam? What say the Mufti of Perak?