A Reuters story titled ‘Rohingya targeted as coronavirus stokes xenophobia in M’sia’ hit the wire today and was picked up by newspapers, digital media and Internet news aggregators around the world.
We’re being called “ugly Malaysians”, “xenophobic”, “racist”, “inhumane” and a host of other nasty names.
European Rohingya Council rights spokesman Tengku Emma Zuriana Tengku Azmi was quoted by Reuters as saying Facebook suspended two Malaysian pages with more than 300,000 followers after she flagged them.
Malaysians are being suppressed from holding critical views on uncontrollable immigration and deprived of our freedom of speech. Like FB, the Change.org petition site had similarly pulled down petitions featuring calls by Malaysians to deport the Rohingya which were supported by “hundreds of thousands” of signatures.
Malay-sia is the Malay archipelago
“The campaign against Rohingya in Malaysia is dangerous, vulgar, and inconsistent with Malaysia’s human rights obligations,” said Amy Smith, the executive director of NGO Fortify Rights.
Virtue signalers are busting the hypocrisy meter this Raya season, parroting the same old tired pro-illegal immigration, pro-human trafficking, pro-people smuggling talking points.
Virtue signalers are also fueling the type of negative stories peddled by Reuters and its liberal Western cousins.
‘Most of us are migrants in this country’, wrote Jules Rahman Ong in Malaysiakini,adding that xenophobia serves to diminish those Malaysians who lack emphaty for the Rohingya.
(Speak for yourself, Jules.) Jules Rahman Ong is flogging the false rhetoric that Malaysia is an immigrant country. His “most of us are migrants” chorus is standard Bangsar Malaysian liberal sloganeering.
History of Rohingya brutality
REPORT (reproduced verbatim): A Rohingya armed group brandishing guns and swords is responsible for at least one, and potentially a second, massacre of up to 99 Hindu women, men, and children as well as additional unlawful killings and abductions of Hindu villagers in August 2017, Amnesty International revealed today (22 May 2018) after carrying out a detailed investigation inside Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
Based on dozens of interviews conducted there and across the border in Bangladesh, as well as photographic evidence analyzed by forensic pathologists, the organization revealed how Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) fighters sowed fear among Hindus and other ethnic communities with these brutal attacks.
“Our latest investigation on the ground sheds much-needed light on the largely under-reported human rights abuses by ARSA during northern Rakhine State’s unspeakably dark recent history,” said Tirana Hassan, Crisis Response Director at Amnesty International. UNQUOTE
There is a long historical record of other acts of violence by Rohingya fighting to secede from Burma since WWII.
Stop smearing your fellow Malaysians!
In the letter to the Malaysiakini editor screen captured above, Michelle Liu wrote:
“The recent outpouring of hatred towards Rohingya refugees on social media has been nothing short of appalling. One ‘meme’ stood out in particular to me – it was an edited comic strip depicting a human and a dog sleeping in a room. The human, who had been sleeping on his bed, ended up sleeping on the floor because the dog had climbed onto and gradually took up all the space on the bed.”
“I am sure the original comic strip was intended to depict the funny sleeping habits of dog owners and their beloved pet dogs. The edited comic strip, however, painted a different narrative as if the dog had stolen and occupied the bed which is rightfully the human’s. You get the racist idea: here, the human is the ‘Malaysian’ and the dog, ‘Rohingya’.”
Michelle Liu’s slur above of her fellow Malaysians as ‘racist” who do not share her pro-Rohingya virtue signaling is most egregious.
I’ve since managed to have a look at the comic strip referred to by Michelle. And no, the cartoon was certainly NOT racist. Its storyboard merely parallels the well-known parable of the Arab and his camel that nudged its sleeping master out of the tent – little by little – on a cold night out in the desert.
Michelle Liu further wrote:
“This set off so many alarms in my head. It scares me to think that there are Malaysians who actually believe that Rohingyas are like dogs but at least I know for certain that these people are outright racists. The scarier ones are those who do not hold such a belief but are willing to go to the extent of likening Rohingyas to dogs just to express their opposition. Persons of this category are willing to sidestep their sense of morality in order to push forward certain agendas.”
‘Either way dehumanisation is never a good thing. In fact, it is often a precursor to escalated violence and hostility against vulnerable minorities: Adolf Hitler had referred to the Jews as rats. During the Rwandan genocide, the Hutus have called the Tutsis ‘cockroaches’.”
Oh my fur and whiskers! Michelle (quoted above) is such a drama queen.
Malaysians don’t ”actually believe that Rohingyas are like dogs” lah, Michelle, just as nobody is likening Rohingya to cats or komodo dragons.
When we use an idiom like “let the cat of of the bag”, nobody had stuffed a caterwauling cat into any bag to begin with. As with the idiom “to let sleeping dogs lie”, no human is being literally compared to a snoozing dog.
There is no “dehumanization” going on, much less (in Michelle’s woke words) “any precursor to escalated violence and hostility against vulnerable minorities” or rodenticide/insecticide against J-rats or T-cockroaches.
For more pictures, CHECK OUT ‘Cats’ reaction to hashtag # migran juga manusia’
Cukup-cukuplah. Stop the bullying and let Malaysian Muslims celebrate Raya without being daily badmouthed as Nazis and Hitler.
Malaysians do not harbour a wicked agenda against migrants. Malaysians care about other Malaysians and just do not want our frontliners to catch the coronavirus.
Currently the Semenyih immigration depot is the latest Covid-19 cluster where a total of 21 PATI have tested positive. Poor Health DG (below), still working and no holiday.
Our authorities are correct to want to protect Malaysians from exposure to the risk of infection so that we can all be safe and sound to quietly spend Raya with our loved ones.