So just how “racist” were the Malay paper headlines, really?
Continues from Dapsters call Malay sport editors “racist”
Even MCA president Liow Tiong Lai has jumped on the bandwagon, saying,
“I am disappointed with their [Kosmo! and Berita Harian] comments. It’s utter rubbish. The [mixed doubles badminton] pair did Malaysia proud for winning us a medal”.
Of course an Olympic silver medal is fantastic and Malaysians are proud of Peng Soon and Liu Ying for their achievement.
But if we were to apply the same Kosmo! headline – “hampakan jutaan rakyat Malaysia” – to the outcome of last night’s badminton singles match between Lee Chong Wei and Chen Long, wouldn’t you agree that millions of us were ‘disappointed’ that Chong Wei stumbled at the final hurdle?
Chinese not showing very much goodwill to others
Likewise “sekadar raih perak” is politically incorrect with regard to the unanticipated good performance by Peng Soon and Liu Ying. The adjective “sekadar’ diminishes the sterling accomplishment of an – almost – top world finishing.
But again, if the identical headline i.e. our player “merely managed to get a silver” were to be applied to Chong Wei’s defeat at the hands of the China player yesterday, it’d not be out of place albeit it would still come across as demoralizing.
Whether the phrases (“hampakan jutaan rakyat Malaysia”, “sekadar raih perak”) were inappropriate depends on the context in which they were used.
Personally I feel they were not appropriate to describe the unexpected medal delivered by our unheralded pair of Peng Soon and Liu Ying.
Inappropriate the choice of the words may have been but were they truly “racist”?
How sure are we that the reporters/copy editors at Kosmo! and Berita Harian harboured the ill intent to perpetuate racism against Chinese?
We don’t know their niat, do we? Making a mountain out of a molehill with perpetually screaming this “racist” lah, that “extremist” lah.
There were even online comments which confidently asserted that the off-kilter headlines were because Malays disliked the Chinese and did not relish the idea that our country’s Olympic success is largely being contributed by the badminton squad comprising Malaysian Chinese.
The always angry Chinese minority
It’s become a reflex on the part of the Chinese (meaning Cina DAP) to attribute the worst motives without extending any leeway untuk bersangka baik. Or at least to mitigate the severity of their bad assumptions.
I would even go as far as to say that Cina DAP are prone to project how they themselves feel and react – usually negative and often belligerent – onto the other races who might not actually feel and react the way the Chinese insist that they (Malays) must or they do.
As one example, take the Chinese reaction to the candidacy of an Umno MP’s widow Mastura Mohd Yazidin in the Kuala Kangsar by-election.
Pro-opposition commenters told Mastura – whose husband perished in a copter crash and thus causing his Parliament seat to be vacant – that “if she can’t take the heat, she should get out of the kitchen”, i.e. don’t run in her deceased spouse’s constituency if she fears to become the target of mudslinging.
They also reminded her that “politics is dirty” and therefore Mastura should not be expecting a kid gloves treatment since she has, after all, decided to take the plunge into politics on her own volition.
Their dire warnings to Mastura reflect the DAP ethos of dog-eat-dog world, in which there is no let-up in the rough treatment despite the Umno candidate’s bereaved status.
The DAP view of the world is not necessarily one shared by others. Giving Mastura the gutter treatment (like what MCA’s Chew Mei Fun suffered during the Kajang by-election) is not the sole option that exists in a political battle.
To the DAP, however, it is nothing short of a jungle out there. One has to eat or be eaten alive. DAP’s street fighter supporters will never be able to fathom that other people are simply not like them and need not necessarily react, respond or behave like they (Cina DAP) do under similar circumstances.
Take for instance the by-elections in Manek Urai, Kelantan upon the demise of PAS’s Ismail Yaacob, and in Sungai Limau, Kedah following the death of PAS Menteri Besar Azizan Abdul Razak. Both were contested without any marked hostility between the PAS and Umno camps.
In Kuala Kangsar where the DAP were campaigning for their minion PAN, Chinese netizens were determined on attacking, even if it meant that in the process, mud is slung at the grieving candidate (Mastura) who does not carry the typical baggage associated with a career or seasoned politician.
On the other hand, PAS which was also involved in the three-cornered fight did not feel that they needed to go for Mastura’s jugular.
Victims of Chinese herd mentality, RBA character assassination
Have the residents in Lynas turned into mutants as alleged by Dapsters — see pix above?
DAP propaganda misrepresented that Lynas produced “dangerous radioactive waste” (duh). Guan Eng even called the rare earth plant in Lynas a “nuclear reactor” (double duh).
Yet when Datuk Dr Looi Hoong Wah (a medical doctor) pointed out that the DAP was spreading misinformation about Lynas, he was immediately savaged by the DAP flock using standard RBA smear tactics — details here.
Recently Dr Lim Mah Hui and (every now and then) Dr Kua Kia Soong – both PhDs – were subjected too to DAP’s Rottweiler modus operandi for their audacity in challenging and contradicting the DAP narrative.
Likewise, another doctor (medical) who goes by the moniker ‘AK47’ in my blog, was character assassinated by the RBA for disagreeing with the DAP groupthink.
The behaviour of Cina DAP is extreme in their buruk sangka of other people’s motives.
They see racism and bigotry everywhere. They see in the tactless newspaper headlines (on our badminton Olympic silver) a case of Malay media practitioners wanting to deliberately “insult and spit on the Chinese”.
They see racism and bigotry in the initial disqualification of their flagbearer Ola Bola from a film festival award, when the movie’s ineligibility stemmed from failing to meet a Finas guideline that 70 percent of its dialogue must be in bahasa Melayu.
I don’t know if the Malay media had really meant to be “racist” against our national badminton players as claimed by the Dapsters. But I for one am willing to give Kosmo! and Berita Harian the benefit of the doubt.
So why is it that many Chinese will not extend the same goodwill of not crediting the worst intentions to members of the Malay community when it is they (DAP Firsters) who thump their chest the loudest on muhibbah?
Kosmo! and Berita Harian amended the headlines in their online versions after being upbraided.
On the contrary, it is next to impossible to get Dapsters who harbour extreme prejudice to honestly reevaluate even after they are effectively countered with facts and figures. This is the main difference between Cina DAP and the rest of Malaysia.