Malay silent majority elect to be disconcertingly quiet

May 5, 2016 at 12:03 am 35 comments

FMT today yesterday (as it’s three minutes past midnight) carried an identical Bernama news item on an abused Terengganu girl in both English and bahasa Melayu.

The story appeared in English first and followed by its BM version. They were accompanied by the same photo illustration.

Reader responses to the article in English was vehement while responses to it in BM was muted — see screenshots.

Language differences

BELOW: Screen capped at 10.25pm on May 4

The report titled ‘Gadis mangsa dera dibiar kebuluran, digigit, dicederakan’ drew only one comment from a reader with a Chinese name who nonetheless wrote her remark in English. She expressed sympathy for the deceased victim.

The report was FB shared two times.

BELOW: Screen capped at 10.45pm on May 4

The report titled ‘Autopsy reveals woman tortured to death’ drew seven condemnatory comments from four readers with a Chinese name, one reader with an Indian name and two readers using a pseudonym.

They generally wanted the culprit(s) to be meted a harsh punishment.

The report was FB shared 31 times.

Two separate spheres

The differences in volume and pitch could have something to do with the peculiarity of FMT‘s reasder demography, i.e. the portal might simply have more non-Malay readers.

Or the non-Malay readership in FMT is more vociferous.

My own observations (incl. from my monitoring of blogosphere) are:

(i) The Chinese are probably fewer but those who are Christian make their self-righteous online presence felt through sheer pushiness. They’re also louder than their actual numbers.

A good example would be the noise or incessant RBA clamour in the Life of Annie blog.

(ii) The Malays are greater in number but they prefer to read quietly without saying anything. Even when they venture to comment something, their feedback is generally restrained and certainly more polite.

An example would be in my blog. I have currently 6,915,183 hits and I am also Alexa ranked in Malaysia. These are indicators that I do have a readership albeit a sometimes deliberately silent one.

From the back-end of my blog as the admin, I can see what web traffic is coming my way and from where they’ve been channeled, e.g. some are routed via the blogroll in established pro-Umno or Malay language blogs.


Najib: Beware of Opposition’s psy-war tactics‘ (FMT, 4 May 2016)

Tub-thumping on the pulpit

The problem, as I see it, is that the Chinese in cyberspace have effectively drowned out the voice of others. They bully – even terrorize – other netizens and they’re in denial as well as beginning to believe only in their own propaganda.

The other problem is that the Malays are keeping the cards close to their chest. Maybe they do talk strictly among their ethnic community members but unlike the Chinese, they do not use the loudhailer to try and stamp their sentiments on the public narrative.

chinese girl clap

Amoi DAP

Incapable of any introspection

Instead of feeling smug and cocky thinking that they have won the shouting match, the Chinese should have at least exercise a modicum of self-awareness and wonder what is going on behind the Malay wall of silence.

Still waters run deep, and the Malays are not letting on about their inner thoughts.

I would advise the Dapsters to stop shouting and start listening but I know that such advice would only fall on deaf ears.

Do they really have no idea?


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  • 1. tebing tinggi  |  May 5, 2016 at 7:06 am

    There is a Malay proverb ,”macam Cina karam” ,it’s tell too much noise around ,or kechoh .

  • 2. CikKiah57  |  May 5, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Malays are not quiet.
    They talk but in their wassap group.
    So beware.
    Silent is golden.

  • 3. Melayu Malaysia  |  May 5, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Helen, air yang tenang jangan disangka tiada buaya.

    Most Malays are Muslims and yes, we are restrained, for the good of everybody. If everyone is on speakers and hailers, it will be hell and will lose more goodwill of whatever remains.

    Bersabar separuh daripada iman and many of us, do think…is it worth it to be loud and, usually rude?

    And Melayus also realised, the Chinese has maxed-out their voices in the last PRU.

    PAS and UMNO, tho not exactly warmed but they are basically on the same platform.

    Whatmore can Melayus want….exceptions are the tokong arse-lickers, and admirers of the PM who ruled the country for a very long time and putting ALL citizens at ransom with his one-sided agreements with his cronies.

    And we also learn from the Chinese…..only without messages in the mooncakes…

    • 4. Orang Perlis  |  May 5, 2016 at 1:46 pm

      Maaf Encik Melayu malaysia.

      you certainly dont speak for many Malays.

      Nor do I claim to speak for any Malays as well.

      My point being; in this day & age you cant pigeonhole the dominant ethnic community in Malaysia into just a limited no of groups. dah splintered into many types of thinking, attitude etc….

      Malays not loud? Malays not rude?

      Melayu dulu2 mungkin lah kut.

      Melayu sekarang dah lain.

      I see that Helen base her observation on more popular alternative news portal. ( my apologies if this is not accurate) You may want to expand your sample base on social media ( if we go on a benchmark based on web presence).

      • 5. IS Malays hyppocrites  |  May 6, 2016 at 5:34 pm

        Right on. A Malay who claim PAS and UMNO are on the samd platform must be stupid. G25 Malays are UMNO foundinv fathers like Tunku or Hussein Onn.
        And the son of Tun Dr Ismail is one of G25 eloquent spokeman.
        So this guy is a ätupid arabised Malay no doubt. Most likely ISMA believer.

    • 6. IS Malays hyppocrites  |  May 6, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      You dont speak for the modern liberal malays dickhead. You are speaking for IS arab colonised malays. More arab then stupid arabs. See his attack on moderate malays G25.
      Moderates G25 is against arabs desert laws 😈.His attack on liberal purportedly because it is western shows these dude shallow thinking.
      The western world have been fighting religious fanaticsm and inquisition from christianity, thus liberalism is what define civilised world today. Democracy and liberal goes hand in hand. If not blacks ,women cannot even vote.

  • 7. grkumar  |  May 5, 2016 at 11:47 am

    It is the silent creep of the rivers of lava pouring out of a mountain of suppressed emotions.

  • 8. grkumar  |  May 5, 2016 at 11:55 am

    What concerns me most and should in my view concern all reasonably minded people is, the fact that the decades of abuse and denial of the right to properly respond to these abuses by online rags like Malaysia Kini (unless you pay for that right which then is not a right but a privilege-even then curtailed) and those taken off the grid has created a substantial pressure cooker amongst the Malays.

    All it now needs to stoke retribution of the worst kind is a small and relatively insignificant trigger (which this particular incident is not) to raise the temperature of the Malays. And when it does it brings their frustration and anger to a point there will be no turning back till the ‘boil is lanced’ and there is some blood letting as has occurred in the past.

    The opposition, Ambiga Srinivasan, the Malaysian Bar via its very vocal members, serving and retired judges and those so called NGO’s who have been hurling insults at Islam and the Malays an at every available excuse at their government must take the blame for it.

    That list of troublemakers must necessarily include Sisters in Islam and the so called reformists whose ideas of reform is to declare their apostacy and then insult the prophet and their religion

    • 9. Melayu Malaysia  |  May 5, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      Also don’t forget the group of ex-civil service G27 or now, more than 27….and worse still are the Melayus who benefitted from NEPs and pro-Malays policies but now forgotten their roots and wish, now, they are not Melayus. The more western than the west, more liberals than the liberals.

      And also those who only enrich their family members and cronies during their leadership

      • 10. grkumar  |  May 5, 2016 at 12:59 pm

        Like as it appears from emerging evidence Dr. Mahathir and his friends. Couldn’t agree more with you. As for the G27 or whatever they now call themselves, they were a damp squib and did nothing more than to grab some of that spotlight created by the bonfire of the opposition that’s now died down.

      • 11. shamshul anuar  |  May 6, 2016 at 8:08 am

        Melayu Malaysia,

        Aptly said. BETUL pun.

        There are groups of people among Malay community who benefit the most from DEB by being sheer family members of the who’s who in UMNO.

        Malays are not angry when they reap the benefit of DEB. It is after all law of human nature to help your family members first. But what irritate the Malays is that these people after making full use of DEB, mock UMNO, DEB by saying DEB hinders growth, unfair(to Chinese) bla bla bla.

        They said in order to progress, we need to abandon DEB. They ignore and deny the fact that they progress not not so much because of their own merit but because the very government that they hate(UMNO) believes that Malays should be given chances.

        When they are in power as an example in the bank, They refuse to put Malays in senior ranking positions. They prefer Chinese as head of Departments. in short time, most of senior ranking positions are given to Chinese. As the position to promote is in Chinese hand, most of those promoted are Chinese. Never mind there are capable Malays who works years in that department who knows in and out of banking duties.

        These malay ungratefuls “patut kena tembak je”.

        • 12. Orang Perlis  |  May 6, 2016 at 9:38 am

          Maaf En Shamsul, see below

          “There are groups of people among Malay community who benefit the most from DEB by being sheer family members of the who’s who in UMNO. ”

          Pray tell; berapa ramai sangat , in taking consideration of the mass population, yg benefit from this arrangement? Also, Im sure you are aware, this is also happening in the present, be it with UMNO or opposition. yet we let it slide….

          ” Malays are not angry when they reap the benefit of DEB. It is after all law of human nature to help your family members first. But what irritate the Malays is that these people after making full use of DEB, mock UMNO, DEB by saying DEB hinders growth, unfair(to Chinese) bla bla bla.”

          Fact: DEB had a good purpose/vision. It IS UNFAIR to many Non Bumis but thats just reflective of the ethnic makeup, whereby in any population with X no of ethnic majority, there will always be an element of unfairness to the minority…happens everywhere in the world. But along the way many abused the privilege offered DEB, which is also a fact. Now, are you saying it is wrong to speak against abuse of the DEB policies? Or lets say, if a Malay did NOT utilize the full extent of DEB privileges, have they no say about the DEB? kalau ada nampak kelemahan, nak kita duduk diam sahaja?

          “They said in order to progress, we need to abandon DEB. They ignore and deny the fact that they progress not not so much because of their own merit but because the very government that they hate(UMNO) believes that Malays should be given chances.”

          i dont know who “they” is and I dont know who is talking about abandoning DEB. For me personally, DEB should be revised to reflect the current times.

          “When they are in power as an example in the bank, They refuse to put Malays in senior ranking positions. They prefer Chinese as head of Departments. in short time, most of senior ranking positions are given to Chinese. As the position to promote is in Chinese hand, most of those promoted are Chinese. Never mind there are capable Malays who works years in that department who knows in and out of banking duties.”

          Fact: I dont know about your claims about a “bank” , i dont work in the financial industry, so which bank is this? kalau dia pilih melayu katanya favouritism, kalau pilih cina katanya tak nak tolong bangsa, Unless we know the exact criteria, who’s to say these malays prefer chinese over malay?very grey area this…

          however, the fact is, when there is a majority of a certain ethnic group in an organization, there is bound to be empathy towards your own kind. i started work in Indahwater , majority melayu, ada juga India & Cina. same thing happened ( melayu kena promote, yg lain habuk ja). so i left. masuk engineering company Cina . same thing happened ( melayu dpt habuk, cina naik ) so i left. so in the end masuk company mat salleh which had a balanced ethnic representative.

          Full disclosure: I have family members in UMNO. Also a high ranking one in the previous administration and not ONCE have i asked for any favors nor help in securing business ka, scholarship ka, tolong anak masuk this and that ka…..

          now , does that deprive me of my right to criticize UMNO as an organization?

          • 13. shamshul anuar  |  May 6, 2016 at 4:13 pm

            Orang Perlis,

            I have no problem if the company was established by a Chinese. As the company grows, he fills up the senior position with chinese. I have no problem with that.

            I have problem with ungrateful Malays who are put in senior ranking positions in Govt link institutions. Yet they bar malays from high ranking positions. If these Malays start their own business, then it is their right to appoint anybody they like.

            But it is not their family business. They are there as the govt(UMNO) put them there.

            You are nit aware about such banks. Hmnn. Meaning you have not looked into depth. The problem is real. Try thinking of banks once associated with malays and start looking on those who are employed in senior ranking positions. Do not just look into who is the CEO.

            DEB has its wart and all. But it does deliver. If I were to be UMNO leaders, I will not worry much into what the Chinese say. Even if I fulfill what they ask, they will still reject UMNO. So why worry about them.

            Do not worry into putting Malays into organisations that Govt control. It is the practice on this planet for any govt in power to put people of its own race, color, religion into key positions.

            Look into DAP. Despite claiming multiracial, none of CEC members are Malays.

            CRiticising UMNO is OK. No big deal. But slandering like what DAP does is not OK.

            And Chinese vote are crucial. But nobody is indispensable. they can vote the govt out or they can be out of the government.

  • 14. Surrhead  |  May 5, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    bravo….good job on pitting the malays against the chinese…..again….There’s a saying – “if you can’t do good, it’s ok. but don’t do bad”

  • 15. truth  |  May 5, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    i can notice that nowadays (many) melayus are also growing to be rude.

    • 16. Helen Ang  |  May 5, 2016 at 7:55 pm


      • 17. Orang Perlis  |  May 6, 2016 at 9:39 am

        No just protun Helen, thats unfair you know.

        If you are on FB you can see the mudsliging between malays happening on both sides of the fence.

        its VERY2 vulgar, crude & rude.

        • 18. Helen Ang  |  May 6, 2016 at 3:04 pm

          Thank goodness I’m N-O-T on Facebook. I am aware that it’s a blood sport arena.

          And furthermore, unlike the average Malaysian, I save three hours of my time daily by avoiding the social media.

          Btw, worse than mudslinging is the loss of humanity in the Dapsters. You get comments like “I hope its the start of God’s wrath on these despicable scums of the earth” wrt to the copter crash in S’wak.

          See and other reader responses in the portals who are like-minded. They’re consumed beyond redemption by their hate.

    • 19. I am Woman  |  May 5, 2016 at 11:12 pm

      Learn from the best …

      • 20. truth  |  May 6, 2016 at 7:45 am

        nazri is one of the ‘bad guys’ in umno that tarnishes the party’s image…so sad that he is still around in umno

  • 22. fatin  |  May 5, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    am from d east coast n I notice that d chinese from d west coast generally bolder n forthright disposition, aloud, rude……a contrary with d eastern malay n chinese which is more gentle. i think it goes in social media too. i find it disturbing when I try to interact in it, especially when u ve to ve ur say….. d chinese find it difficult not to play u down n superiority in them even when disparities r not so every time I look at that unacceptable notion I just telling myself not to engage in it. well, that’s pretty clear in FMT n Mk’s, subscribe comments. they (d cments) r in parity with their culture.

    • 23. wawe  |  May 5, 2016 at 9:04 pm

      That explains the silence. We just distance ourselves from wasteful activities, pitting at each other. There is no point in crossing verbal swords with the obsessed, anti-establishment lot. Their minds are loaded with negativity towards others. Anything others do is wrong to them. They could yell all their hearts’ content but nobody is listening. All rhey’d get is the lashback through the ballot box. That is what the silent majority is all abour. We’ll definitely be deafened by the noisy lot.

    • 24. shamshul anuar  |  May 5, 2016 at 9:36 pm


      And that explains why PAS “kena kencing” by DAP.

      PAS, with its based in Kelantan had no idea how ruthless DAP is. PAS leaders thought DAP is like Chinese in Kelantan, submissive and integrating well with malay majority.

      As such PAS mocked UMNO for warning them on futility of seeping with the devil. But soon PAS learnt that UMNO has been telling the truth. DAP is ruthless.

      I notice that as minority, Chinese show courtesy. But once they are in control, others(meaning non malays) , they only think about themselves.Saying this is nough to make me being labelled as racist.

      Woe betide the Malays if out of anger they destroy their only bargaining chip:POLITICAL POWER.

      • 25. fatin  |  May 6, 2016 at 10:03 pm

        we eastern people r weaned off our mothers tit at a 2 or 3 yr so we dun really upset when u suspect our lowliness as gullible. no we r not. our mothers typically kick ass when it come s to people bullying their kids. on d other hand most of d mothers in western states graduated from some college or uni, full time jobs but leaving their kids ….u know well by maids or at nurseries. their kids coping with enormous struggle to grow. that was when they started to dictate those characters…..bold, rude, loud….n bracing if u bound to feel positive about it. thus what makes d people in d east n d west different.

        about pas got pissed….i dunno who is pissing onto whom? n that d men lewd moral…kah..kah. thanks God we women r not. wat i know….men of umno had done it bfore. i dunno anyone, including myself, that has any problem with it. maybe they shouldnt ve done it…but that politic. anyone can piss on anybody. it happened everywhere…all d time.

  • 26. Abdul H Ismail  |  May 6, 2016 at 2:17 am

    It is called amok. The blind fury that sets Malays apart from the rest of peoples in Malay land. May 13 was a communal show of amok. Yes, it does escalate from individual to community. The Low Yat incident was just a primer, a warm up, a prelude. The Lims and evangelistas are agitating for another. But 95% seem to support these hate-mongers. The sad part? Some innocents (presumably the 5%) are going to be caught in the crossfire. I do hope and pray that you, Helen, and your family will be protected. As that wise man, Santayana, said: “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

    • 27. Surrhead  |  May 6, 2016 at 11:01 am

      Your justification behind an amok is absurd.It says that it does not have to be right, but the agenda is to create fear. And using low yat as an example shows that. I bet you adore that shahrul as a malay hero……with all this and you are calling others hate mongers……well done, abdul……..

      • 28. Abdul H Ismail  |  May 6, 2016 at 8:49 pm

        Most Malays do not take time to justify themselves. They’d rather say, “Lantak pi lah.” But the spectre of Amok is very real. This is the effect to the cause. You decide how you would like to be treated. There are many Malay heroes, Surrhead, of which you and your ilk know none.

        • 29. Dayak United  |  May 7, 2016 at 4:09 am

          Nonsense. You keep talking bullshit

        • 30. Surrhead  |  May 9, 2016 at 10:58 am

          Abdul… regard fear mongers as heroes, that shows as lot, and unimpressive. BTW, individuals like you can only instill fear by being in a crowd, i don’t think you have the balls to face any man alone. And i hope you are not a true Muslim, because Muslims have to justify to every actions thought and made.

  • 31. Dayak United  |  May 6, 2016 at 5:33 am

    You don’t have the guts to do it. Go ahead, go out tomorrow and go amok on the non-malays. I dare you

    Unlike the malays, we non-malays are not beholden to Najib and his dedak

    So if want to go amok? I suggest Najib and his lackeys. Unless you need his dedak to survive.

    • 32. Abdul H Ismail  |  May 6, 2016 at 12:43 pm

      To some, the monopoly of stupidity is indeed something of a wonder.

      • 33. Dayak United  |  May 6, 2016 at 3:40 pm

        Now you sound like you scared. You talk about Mei 13, you talk about amok.

        You think non-malays cannot amok? Be warned

        • 34. Helen Ang  |  May 6, 2016 at 11:23 pm

          Dayak United & Abdul H Ismail,

          Pls end this conversation thread.

          • 35. fatin  |  May 7, 2016 at 9:56 am

            yes….cut them loose b4 d real amok bags d annoying hell


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