Academician Tee Boon Chuan, director of the Malaysian Centre for Ethnic studies at New Era College, participated in a forum last night jointly organised by the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSAH) civil rights committee and Oriental Daily (obviously a Chinese interest forum) and has this to say about Chinese Malaysians with regards to claims of their ‘marginalisation’.
Tee reckoned that the Chinese community in Malaysia are being marginalised not from a racial aspect but from a religious one.
However he averred that the Chinese are actively marginalising themselves by being apathetic to social problems.
He said: “Whenever there is a problem affecting the Muslim or Malay community, the common reaction from the Chinese community is that they don’t care. By doing this, they are marginalising themselves.”
“The Chinese must change this attitude. Whatever problems affecting the Malay community for example, will eventually affect the Chinese community. Anything that happens in the land is also a Chinese problem.”
KTemoc opines that while Tee’s assessment about the Chinese ‘marginalising themselves’ has been spot on, his recommendations for Chinese to be more involved in Malay affairs failed to recognise that the Malays or rather the Malay leadership don’t tolerate non-Malay involvement in their affairs unless it’s of the 'kami sokong' variety.
Just look at the recent debate, just a mere debate, on bumi equity, and the PM himself has emerged from his usual elegant silence (undoubtedly after advice from his advisors) to pulverise ASLIs’ report as ‘irresponsible’. That’s a very harsh word for the PM to use against an independent think-tank, based on advice from parties of interests.
By using such a harsh term to criticise ASLI's study on bumi equity, the PM has disappointingly adopted an aggressive defensive attitude. He could have used his experts to shoot down ASLI’s report per se with facts, if they have any, without the need to resort to such disparaging and threatening choice of words.
Whenever an UMNO leader uses such disparaging words, you may assume he's either running out of patience or running scared of facts. Hornets and keris may yet follow.