Aukus is the nuclear security pact between Australia, the UK and the US.
The countries in this new tripartite defence grouping are far apart in geographical distance and even located in three separate continents — Oz in Oceania, UK in Europe and US in North America.
What they have in common, however, is the English language — making them collectively the ‘Anglophone’ countries.
BELOW: Pinterest gif shows how the entire British isles developed to speak English after 1,600 years, in the process subsuming other languages like Pictish, Scottish, Irish, Cornish, Welsh, Old Norse (Nordic), Gaelic and Cambric — source: Vivid Maps
Anglo + phone
‘Anglo’ is a prefix indicating a relation to, or descent from, the Angles, as Pak Google tells us.
Angles are the English people.
The word ‘telephone’ (tele + phone) for example literally means ‘distant sound’ or transmission of sound over a distance.
Other words with the ‘tele’ prefix include television, telecast, telegram, telegraph, teleconference, teleprompter, telecommunication, teleportation, telekinesis, etc.
Canada and New Zealand are Anglophone countries too although the Canadian province of Quebec and its city of Montreal are Francophone, i.e. French speaking.
The premiers of Canada and NZ, Justin Trudeau and Jacinda Ardern respectively, are too woke to join Aukus.
Nonetheless Canada – coincidentally – is holding its federal election tomorrow (Sept 20). It’s a tight race and the conservatives could return to power if they manage to unseat the Obama-endorsed Diversity & Inclusion Justin Trudeau.
China and the Chinese diaspora
Aukus was launched to counter China, according to the BBC.
Beijing in turn has denounced the Aukus deterrence as a threat to peace in the Indo-Pacific region.
Just like England spread its English people to the youngish sovereign nations of Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada, China has spread its Han Chinese (in the majority) to Taiwan, Singapore and (in the minority) to other areas such as Xinjiang, Tibet, Inner Mongolia as well as countries in southeast Asia.
DAP’s cloud cuckoo land
General Affendi Buang, who is chief of the Malaysian armed forces, said two days ago that roughly one in five of their young recruits is non Malay.
The figures revealed by the top general sounds about right to the layman observing from the outside. Sabah and Sarawak pribumi do indeed look like they make up a significant part of the non-Malay army intake.
DAP exco Ramasamy (also Penang’s forever DCM II) prefers instead to be tigerish about the stats.
Writing an opinion piece yesterday in Focus Malaysia, Ramasamy said “I think Affendi, a high ranking general and the commander of the three wings of the armed forces, must be living in fairy tale world, having difficulty separating facts from fiction!” for Affendi to claim that the armed forces is free from race favouritism and ethnic quota.
In Ramasamy‘s DAP world view, the military “is an extension of the larger political establishment which is premised on race and religion” and therefore “predicated on the employment of one race — the Malays”.
Ramasamy also asserted “Those holding top ranks in the army, navy and the air force are invariably Malays” and asked “How many non-Malays are holding top ranks in the three wings of the armed forces?”
Ramasamy is typical of his party and their supporters.
He expects Malaysian Chinese to be generals, admirals and colonels on merit without first considering how many Chinese are in the military to begin with, in order for them to be promoted through the ranks.
Hopefully granular data on the actual number of Malaysian army recruits of Chinese descent can be revealed to the public to assuage Ramasamy’s misgivings against General Affendi.