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The Chinese dilemma of Kuik Cheng Kang

The recent Amanat Mahathir congress predictably triggered an avalanche of existential angst at Sin Chew, the largest circulation Chinese-language newspaper outside of greater China, and Malaysia’s most influential Chinese media.

Sin Chew Daily deputy executive editor Ho Lee Peing clutched at her pearls, lamenting “Should we leave this land out of sheer despair?” See her Oct 14 column headlined ‘Totally hopeless now?’

Ho (pix above) said she could fully understand those agonizing “whether to leave this country for good in search of a greener pasture elsewhere”. She has repeatedly asked herself “whether there is really still hope for this country”.

The Sarawak-based deputy executive editor is also “disturbed by the ‘appeals’ proposed at the congress”, i.e. the clatch of Malay First resolutions tabled at the tribal drum-beating during our current period that Ms Ho considers to be “hostile environment for Chinese Malaysians”.

BELOW: Leader(s) of DAP 2.0 hugged around the shoulder by their dearly beloved Tun 

Waving ‘hi’ to New Malaysia

No hope and no Malaysia Baru lah

Similarly suffering “a deep sense of despair” is the Sin Chew reporter Michel Chng who covered the controversial Amanat Mahathir event in Shah Alam two Sundays ago.

Chng said the hurtful congress prompted her to rethink the Singapore option where she has family members living.

In her viral Oct 8 article, she wrote:

”What terrified me was the tone with which the speakers delivered their speeches. When they made remarks that would hurt the feelings of non-Malays and jeopardize national unity and harmony, the participants – students from these four universities as well as members of PPBM, Umno and PAS – responded with thunderous applause and ecstatic cheers.”

Likewise desperately wringing her hands and even “choking back tears“, Chng too worried, “Is there still hope for this country, the New Malaysia?”

After careful introspection, Chng came to the conclusion that politicians from both sides fervently champion a toxic mentality in order to ensure their own survival.

“Now I know the most difficult part is not to change a government, but the mentality of the people,” Chng concluded correctly.

BELOW: Hannah Yeoh gave disingenuous and self-serving advice to young Malaysians when she urged them, “Don’t change your country, change your government!”

Short-lived, one-term Hope government

Chiming in this week is Sin Chew deputy editor-in-chief Tay Tian Yan through his column titled ‘Something is rotten in the state of Malaysia’.

In Tay’s derivation of the famous Shakespeare “rotten” Denmark quote, the king (Mahathir) who has no intention of stepping down to make way for the Danish prince (Anwar) quickly sends Polonius (Hishammuddin Hussein) to do the dirty.

Oh “the dark side of humanity and unpredictability of events”. Oh Malaysia Baru, where art thou gone?

Summing up a conspiracy theory presently making the rounds, Tay yesterday elucidated:

“And this new version will see DAP and Amanah taken out. How to form a new government without DAP’s 42 seats and Amanah’s 11? Naturally, this shortfall has to be filled by Umno and PAS.”

If emigration has long been an oft-repeated question among the ‘completely disenchanted’ segment of our minority Chinese population, how now when the next and future government of this country will be Melayu-Islam pekat? Err, run for hills?

With friends like Guan Eng, who needs enemies? 

The most lengthy rumination on developments sparked by the congress is provided Sin Chew Daily editor-in-chief Kuik Cheng Kang in his column two days ago on ‘The Chinese dilemma’ after Amanat Mahathir touched a raw nerve.

Kuik is rightly distressed by certain vindictive actions of the Harapan gomen of New Malaysia. He wrote: “In these two years, the Chinese community is feeling a new pang seeing the unjust treatment accorded to Utar, which has churned out countless of local Chinese graduates“.

He is also genuinely concerned over the resolution passed at the Amanat Mahathir congress to phase out vernacular schools with the utmost speed.

Squashed between what he lists as Chinese Dilemma #7 and Chinese Dilemma #8, Kuik inserts the following observation, “What an irony to say this is the ‘New Malaysia’ we have!”.

(Helen says: Hey dude. Your community provided the most rabid support for the Hope coalition of which Mahathir is chairman. As ye sow, so shall ye reap and if your harvest happens to be a whirlwind, then you’re only getting what 95 percent of ya’all voted for.)

As for the final dilemma on Kuik’s list, he wrote: “The ninth dilemma is the identity crisis Chinese Malaysians are forced to confront after the 2018 general elections, whether they should identify themselves as ‘Malaysian Chinese’ or just ‘Malaysians’.

And there you have it – an abstract of the lamentations by Sin Chew’s significant men and women.

Be honest with ourselves and admit the truth for once

In my humble opinion, Kuik’s Chinese Dilemma #9 is really a nothing-burger.

Let’s just look to PAS and alif-ba-ta for inspiration. Alif is for Agama, Ba for Bangsa, Ta for Tanahair. The ummah is a global solidarity and borderless. And I personally agree with Islam First party PAS in putting religion as the foremost criterion for triaging our allegiances.

It is a pity that Sin Chew boss Kuik Cheng Kang is taken in by the DAP’s manufactured-crisis ‘fake’ question on whether this country’s 6.7 million Chinese need to identify ourselves as ‘Malaysian Chinese’ or only as ‘Malaysians’?

The answer is quite simple. You rarely hear Melayu calling themselves Malaysian Malays.

Race is immutable. Even should we speak the national language exclusively as do the Chinese in Indonesia, their bahasa fluency did not preclude the May 13, 1998 pogrom in Jakarta from taking place.

Nationality on the other hand is a variable. If Hannah Yeoh’s previous application years ago for permanent residency had been successful – who knows – she might today be calling herself an Australian Chinese.

If the rioting Hongkongers succeed in making the UK grant them the right of abode in London, they would soon be British Chinese. A Malaysian Chinese who moves to Alabama and acquires citizenship there would be an American Chinese and no longer be Malaysian.

So which one are we, Mr Kuik? (1) Malaysian Chinese or (2) Malaysian or (3) Chinese?

You know the real answer as well as I do.




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13 thoughts on “The Chinese dilemma of Kuik Cheng Kang

  1. Agree but please don’t liken leaving this land for good to so called ‘brain drain’. We are not losing any talents; just a bunch of racist people. It is good riddance actually. Also don’t forget to tear Malaysia passport and cut your IC.

  2. Sadly, to those may be devoid of any talent, we are certainly “not losing any talents” (“talent”), perhaps we can say drain brains say no brain drain?

    We are losing plenty of talent we should have worked very hard to keep in our country. We come across plenty of accounts of how our talents benefitted other nations, while they also benefit themselves, bless them.

    Regardless of country, I hate talent wasted. One can even say if the Almighty endows someone with that, who are we all to deny that to one who is divinely blessed?

    Trouble is we lack people with wisdom, foresight, vision (not of the crap 2020, 2030 kinds), and talent (not of the bogus degree, half degree, Malaysian universities kinds), instead we have those backward great unwashed forever envious, threatened, and fearful of those with errm – talent, who want a less scary environment in which the cavemen do not get challenged.

    And even worse we get chickenshit politicians pandering to the cavemen who want to feel safe in the Stone Age, one dumb lot dutifully abusing another…

    When these two bunches of sh*t for brain get on with business – namely thump their chests to sooth their fragile ego, it is always about race and religion.

    Instead of the perpetual cheap display of pathetic victimhood, why not we have a culture of may the best man win, the less smart looks to the smart to nurture them, the strong protects the weak… the minority even improves the majority, why not?

    We cannot let the monkeys run the zoo, the time to stop that nonsense was decades ago…

    1. re: “the perpetual cheap display of pathetic victimhood”

      Don’t forget the victimhood display of/by Sin Chew, DAP, MCA, Umany and of course needless to say, the Dapsters.

      1. Yes, that too.

        And three bags full.

        How’s about no one victimhood be more valid and more justified than that of “the others”?

  3. Power sudah dapat, ekonomi sudah dapat, security sudah dapat, rumah cantik sudah dapat, kerja besar sudah dapat.. actually what else should the malay surrender in order for “Malaysian Chinese’ to love this country and integrate with its multi racial society without feeling hopeless and despair.. tell you the truth, muak dgn sikap kiasu and selfish of “Malaysian” ni. Can’t this brand of “Malaysian” just feel at home without the need to win over the Malays in everything? Must it be a competition all the time? Must feel they are smarter, richer, prettier than Malays to feel they are Malaysian.

    Tell you the truth, there are many..many smart , rich, pretty, pious Malay out there. We just don’t shout it to the whole world. We are just happy being a true Malaysian. Loving the rain, loving the food, loving the humbleness, loving the giving, loving the peace, loving the country. “Malaysian” very lucky actually that we, Malays have a lot of loving… so dont push it ok. Tapi kalau rasa terseksa sangat hidup di Malaysia, by all means.. do the necessary. I stay in USA many..many years, tell you the truth, banyak je graffity dedicated to chinese to go back to their country.. but never seen one in Malaysia.. So just be happy, hidup je lah aman damai and be a MALAYSIAN. Cheers


    1. “so dont push it ok”

      What’s “it”?

      I am loving the rain, “humbleness” – even when there’s none when one starts to claim that, loving the “giving”, loving the “peace”, loving the country… but I can’t be loving the “food”, it’s quite awful, so help me G*d!

      To me, there’s no such thing as a “Malay”.

      Would “just another human being” do?

      To me, a “Malay” does not have any attribute different and distinct from a “Chinese” or an “Indian” or “Aboriginal” or whatever.

      Vice versa.

      Or is or are there really any difference/s between that construct “races”?

      What’s “it” to “push” unless a supermarket trolley – or a crap origami coffin on four cheap wheels like a bleeding Proton?

  4. one more question… why “Malaysian” choose country like singapore, australia, usa, uk to migrate.. why not China. These “malaysian” can be all the chinese that they want in china. eat chinese, drink chinese, sleep chinese. speak chinese, study chinese…… hairan

  5. “why not China”

    Why “China”?!

    There is no law, no rule, no natural order of things and no divine wisdom a “Chinese” should best “migrate” to “China”.

    What kind of silk pickin’ idea is that?

    No one tells the Irish in Boston or anywhere in the US to piss off to Ireland. Or tell the Italians in the US to bugger off back to Italy. Or Greeks in Australia back to Zorbaland, Etc., etc…

    Or tell the “Malays” to balik Africa.

    Why are “the Chinese” such a huge problem to some? They make huge contributions and pay lots of taxes in many countries in the world, they are well-loved, valued, pose absolutely no danger to any country as a sheer minority they usually are.

    The “Chinese” can be as Chinese as they like – and as American or as any national as they like, there isn’t ever any problem with most enlightened country with their Chinese.

    One should not need to have to specially go to China to be any more Chinese than they want or need to be.

    And if the Chinese want to be “more Chinese” in any country, that shouldn’t be made into any big issue, I see nothing wrong with that anymore than someone wanting to be Superman, Batman or Spiderman – it is a waste of energy to shag off about that, I say Good Luck to all that, let anyone be what he wants to be, I can live with that, I won’t feel “inferior” or want to tear my hair out.

    I cannot be more “Chinese” in China or even Taiwan, I like Malay women, vice versa… I don’t fancy going to China to hear any Malay well-loved by the Chinese, singing in English.

    All the same, I can consider a “balik Indonesia” – I always see our culture as somewhat and somehow nicked from there, anyway..!

    1. Nope. That single-paragraph suggestion by Maz up there provide more sense than this myopic monologue of yours, Mr Paul ‘Bitch. His question is more correct: if the chinese so much cling to their chinese-ness why migrate to the west? Why not to China where that kind of parochial tendency is preserved?

      To ordinary people, this is not only a legitimate question, but a sensible one as well. But nooooooo, not to you. In your effort to be a star Helen Ang sidekick analyst, you had to pull in non-sequitur examples involving Irish or Italians in America, saying nobody asks them to go back to Ireland or where they come from if they so much insist in their own native cultures.

      This is where your ability to analyse is suspect, and your intelligence compromised. Dey thambee. There is a HUGE difference between and the local chinese dapsters. Though the Irish or Italians are staunch in their heritage, they are are proud of their new America. They blend in, they integrate, and they help build America to what it is. And I don’t mean just the buildings in her.

      I can’t say the same thing for our local counterparts here. They INSIST to have their own mother-tongue schools. The Italians don’t do that. They do not respect the Sultans, they don’t tespect the peoples that allowed them to live here in the first place, and hell, in just a little more than 10 years after been given citizenships, they rallied across the nation to have bloody confrontations to the original inhabitants of the land in a massive display of superiority complex. You mean the Irish do that too in America?

      They have pure disdain on the National language, they still feel an inherent attachment to their communistic motherland. And to you this is okay since the Irish, Italians in America are in the same predicament?

      Mr ‘Bitch, let me school you a little bit on political commentaries. Actually, political writings is not merely the ability to string together a few words together so that they make some nice English eye-candy rhymes. For that you can just do poetry or comment on the latest Istana Budaya plays.

      For political commentaries one must have some kind of sane analytical beef and legitimate points. You must have what we’d call political maturity. I know the advent of the internet mass media attract free-flow infantile views too to be mixed inside mainstream reading materials, of which yours is just one case, but this is unfortunate.

      To read more, think more, speak less and write lesser, until you have gained this maturity I am talking about, is the best recourse for you at the moment. I know you are itching to give counter rebuttals defending your position right now, but don’t. You’ll make more fool of yourself.

      1. “…I know you are itching to give counter rebuttals”

        You “know” wrong.

        Your bomoh psychic ability fails you bad.

        I can hardly grasp your freaky ramble, sorry, you drink undiluted soysauce?

        My bewildered response can only be a disguised yawn, sorry again…

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