With the rain in Shambala
Wash away my sorrow, wash away my shame
With the rain in Shambala [...]
Everyone is helpful, everyone is kind
On the road to Shambala
Everyone is lucky, everyone is so kind
On the road to Shambala [...]
How does your light shine, in the halls of Shambala?
- Daniel Moore
Political analysts Ong Kian Ming and Onn Yeoh, who write regularly for Malaysiakini has followed up with their earlier advice to the Pakatan rakyat to have a shadow cabinet by discussing Possible DAP ministers.
There was one sentence in their article which disappoints me immensely, but which confirms my earlier and similar disappointments, that we Malaysians (and should I be bloody using this word to address/describe our nationality?) aren’t yet ready for non ethnic based (or biased) politics.
Bangsa Malaysia is still somewhere in Shambhala.
Everyone knows the BN component parties have adopted, either in unadulterated or subtle form, an ethnic (or racially) based approach, structure, membership, policies and action. Even the post 1972 Gerakan Party is no exception. And whoa, before anyone points out the PPP as a multiracial party, I have to say that it won’t qualify as it’s only a one-man show.
The DAP, whether it likes it or not, just or unjust, correct or otherwise, has been and still is viewed by Malays as a Chinese party with strange Chinese names like Karpal, Kulasegaran, Ramasamy Palanisamy, John Fernandez, Charles Anthony Santiago, Gobind Singh, Manogaran, and even (unfortunately unelected candidates like) Zulkifli Mohd Noor, and (this name from my uncle) the late Ahmad Che Rose, etc.
Of course today PKR claims to be, and has a right to, as a multiethnic party, but in this post I won’t go into why it has become so from its original form, KeADILan, which was nothing more than a splinter group of UMNO.
But what caught my annoyed eye was the Ong/Onn sentence stating:
“While other key ministries such as defence, foreign affairs, home affairs and education will likely stay in Malay hands, with most going to PKR, at least one of these portfolios would probably be allocated to PAS and perhaps to a bumiputera party from East Malaysia.”
Why must only a Malay (even from PAS or a bumiputera party from East Malaysia, eg. previously Tun Mustapha and Tun Rahman Yaacob) be entrusted with certain key ministries?
Why can’t a Chinese or Indian Malaysian (OK, say only from PKR) be the Home Affairs, Education or Foreign Affairs Minister?
And the Defence Minister?
As I wrote in Malay 'sacrifice', Chinese 'sacrifice' about those young tebuan-heads waving keris-es:
And just where were these young punks when Chinese servicemen were serving the nation on the fields of combat, and recognized for their sacrifice (the real type) by being awarded Malaysia’s highest gallantry honour, the Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa (SP)* – people like Superintendent Paul Kiong and Deputy Superintendent Sia Boon Chee, whom the nation owes incredible debts for their sheer and unsurpassed bravery in infiltrating and living for years with the communist terrorists in order to break the insurgents apart.
Then there were those awarded the Pingat Gagah Berani (PGB)* - the late Lt Choo Yoke Boo (awarded posthumously), late Lt Chang Tatt Min (awarded posthumously) of the RMAF, and 2nd Lt David Fu Chee Ming of the Rangers.
* Indian Malaysians had also been awarded the SP and PGB for combat
This was the citation for David Fu.
He was the Platoon Commander of 8th Platoon of C Company, 4th Battalion Royal Rangers. He was tasked and placed in the Tanah Hitam area of Perak to track and destroy the enemy in his sector of operation.
On the 27th August 1970, his platoon of 24 men made contact with a group of about 70 enemy combatants. The enemy unknowingly had entered his sector. Thus started a heavy and intensive battle lasting 7 hours. Under his unwavering leadership, the men fought on, successfully killed 4 of the enemy. His patrol did not suffer any casualties.
For his outstanding gallantry and bravery in the finest traditions of the Ranger Corps he was bestowed with the Pingat Gagah Berani, by the King. He left after exemplary service as a Captain.
Yet … a Chinese or Indian Malaysian cannot be entrusted with either the Defence or Home Ministries.
It's obvious that even political analysts like Ong and Onn have obviously recognised there are limits or barriers to acceptability of non-Malays in Malaysian political position.
This ethnic discrimination, distrust or disrespect is not new as we have seen the difficulties of the new coalition wrestling with the MBs' positions for the States of Perak and Selangor. We saw the PKR Malay leadership falling straight into cautious conservative conformity, as if they were adhering to an UMNO policy, formula or directive.
Even the Sultans were not receptive towards having a non-Malay as a State premier to the extreme extent that in Selangor the coalition avoided appointing Teresa Kok as the Deputy MB because she was Chinese, Christian and a Charbor (female), a triple whammy to poor Teresa, whilst the Perak Regent came up with his tango-formula.
How many more years will it take us to drop those kulit-fication? How far are we still from Shambhala?