When DAP politicians are speaking to a mixed crowd, their words could not be more sugar-coated. “We’re all Malaysians,” they coo, dripping honey from one side of their mouth.
“Not Chinese … zero Indians here.”
However when they think they’re speaking exclusively to their own race in their own tongue, they show their true colours.
In a speech for an Indian audience – video below – DAP cabinet minister M. Kulasegaran refers to “them” (a group of people Kula does not specify) as pendatang.
He tells his Tamil-speaking listeners, we’re not the pendatang, “they” are.
“They”, “we” ↔ “we”, “they”
Kula (and his DAP non-Malay colleagues) are unable to leave behind their adversarial ‘us’ vs, ‘them” dichotomy even after their party has succeeded in grabbing federal power.
Transcript and translation of the above “pendatang” video clip is prepared by Malaysiakini.
KULASEGARAN SAID: “A lot of people, when asked about our history, (they say our) history dates back 120-130 years.
“Not true. When we first came here (it was) 2,500 years ago. The evidence is in Bujang Valley. There are temples there… buried.
“THEY were the pendatang, WE were not pendatang. They and us are the same.
“If you ask a lot of our students, they will say (our history is) 100 years…’because my teacher told me that’.
“I say, knock that teacher’s head. You can quote me on that. We have the right to stay here, this is our motherland.
“WE have all the rights to stay here as THEY do. Don’t give up. We must tell our people that…”
[Italics and bold emphasis are this blogger’s.]
My question to Kula and DAP Indian operatives:
You say that your people came to this peninsula “2,500 years ago”.
Historically speaking, around roughly the same time two-and-a-half millennia ago, there was the mighty Kalinga empire in the Indian subcontinent. The Kalingas were dynastic rulers of a kingdom spanning a wide region.
So why the sensitivity, outrage and taking offence today when Indians are called “keling” by our locals? Is the Kalinga heritage something to be proud of, or is it a racial slur?
Make up your mind which is it!