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Were we ever united as a country, truthfully?

Helen Ang

Below is a 100-year timeline.


There was generally no social interaction between the races in Malaya.

By the 1920s, the Malays were starting to feel uncomfortable with the huge presence of alien workers. This discomfort was expressed through the Malay publications and writings of the time.

In response to the Malay unease, the British colonial government began taking steps to curtail the inflow of Chinese emigrants by enacting the Immigration Restriction Ordinance in 1928.

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12 thoughts on “Were we ever united as a country, truthfully?

    1. RE: “And what you hope to achieve by getting united?”

      Bersekutu Bertambah Mutu. Unity Is Strength.

      Or as the Christians would say, a house divided against itself cannot stand.

      1. Faizal,

        That is the general idea. We can add many more phrases like “bersatu teguh bercerai roboh, berat sama dipikul ringan sama dijinjing” etc etc. All these buzzwords are fashionable but too vague and too broad without specific application. Just like 1Malaysia. Nice to say, nice to shout but what it means actually?
        I have 2 questions:

        1. United in what context/substance?
        (eg. celebrate each another’s festivities)

        2. What is the objective of achieving no. 1 above?
        (eg. increase understanding of each another’s festivities)

        (Aren’t we already achieved that. What more unity we need?)

        1. Setakat celebrate Gonxi Deepa Raya tak cukup. Look at my other comment earlier.

          The objective is simple. The survival of our nation. If we don’t come together, our nation will break apart eventually.

          Now, if you don’t agree with where we’re headed, vote with your feet.

          No, seriously. Put aside emotion, resentment, all that. Look at it objectively. A divided nation is a weak nation. People will be fighting, things won’t get done.

          But if the price of a strong nation is a nation that’s united around a set of ideals you can’t agree with, then you have to find a another nation. Another country to call home.

          Think about it this way. There are people who feel Islam is too prevalent, so they migrate to Western countries. Then, there are people who feel there isn’t enough Islam, and they end up in Syria.

          Once both these groups leave, then whatever is left, that’s the future of our nation.

          1. re: “Now, if you don’t agree with where we’re headed, vote with your feet.”


            Dapsters should indeed emigrate … to Tasmania.

            The more who go, the better. Adios amigos.

            1. Helen, why syok sendiri in hoping Dapster will emigrate? The millions of voters that voted for DAP will not leave Msia. They will continue to stay in Msia. They may go overseas for work, vacation, study and business. But Dapsters will come back and continue to vote DAP. You cannot get rid of them. Dapster will ensure the politics in Msia to be divided between BN and Oppo.

              Not even the highest law of Msia or the Agong can strip any Dapster of his citizenship and expel them out of Msia.

          2. re: The survival of our nation.

            Survival in what context? Economy? Politics? Please elaborate.

            re: A divided nation is a weak nation. People will be fighting, things won’t get done.

            Divided in what sense. If 48% voted BN and 52% voted Oppo, is this divided? If yes, should we just abolish election? Let BN rule perpetually?

            re: united around a set of ideals

            What ideals?

            re: Once both these groups leave, then whatever is left, that’s the future of our nation.

            Again, your idea is only good to say, good to hear but can it be implemented?

            There is nothing to compel anyone from leaving a country. A person may commit the heinous crime (say waging war against Agong), yet the government cannot expel him from Msia or strip off his citizenship. At most he will be imprisoned or given death punishment.

  1. Helen,

    An interesting take on what Denmark is facing vis-a-vis the immigration debate.

    As one historian there puts it, “we are a multiethnic society today, and we have to realize it — but we are not and should never become a multicultural society.”

    It’s like how the US is a “melting pot” of different races, but they have only one culture: American.

    And that culture is based on the majority European culture of the original European colonists.

    We can’t change our ethnicity, because it’s genetic, but we can change our culture. Which also means, if we choose to retain and practice a non-majority culture, we’re choosing to stand apart from the majority.

  2. No point uniting since the majority of them never intend to stay much longer than needed. Countries like Australia, Canada and Singapore used to be very popular. But the focus is now on China. Many have already gone there on a one-way ticket. Soon this country would have less problems to grapple with. Hence, disunity is not always bad.

      1. Though staying is not an option, however, the few who choose to remain behind have no choice but to emulate their counterparts in Kelantan or Terengganu.

        1. Well, you can force other to emulate when there’s 98% malays and muslim around…..what you are dreaming is something that won’t happen in your lifetime… you gotta take into account the impact of globalization, internet and foreign worker & immigrants….can you comprehend what i am trying to put forth here?

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