Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Overcompensating publicly for personal trials & tribulations

Years ago my workplace buddy, born of mixed ethnic parentage (Dad a Malay and Mum a Chinese), was always under personal 'trial & tribulations' and indeed stress to prove he was more Malay than a Malay without his type of parentage.

He was one of the nicest blokes I have had the pleasure to know – in fact he was one of my three top mateys. So I felt quite free to tell him that his internalized ‘trial &tribulations’ appeared rather racist to someone who didn’t know him. He confessed he was suffering from a fear of not being accepted by the Malays because of his Mum.

I wonder whether that’s the same bugbear a certain DNA-Denier is suffering from, and who reckons he has to chase the Chinese out of Malaysia to enhance his acceptance in his adopted community wakakaka.

There are various forms of such bugbears. One variant that I suspect had happened recently to my hero Karpal Singh was his atypical (note: not typical) outburst in calling for the death sentence for the school bus driver who went mad and attempted to rape a lil’ sweetie on his bus, right in front of all the other kids.

Karpal is one who has been against capital punishment so his unusual demand of such a draconian penalty against a ‘mentally sick’ person was startling. But I am glad to say he has recovered from that aberration as he had recently cautioned Pak Haji Nik Aziz against introducing the penalty of stoning women to death for abandoning their babies.

As a wannabe-Freud I suspect Karpal could be embarrassed by the rapist being an Indian and wanted to lash out at the culprit of the heinous crime for bringing disrepute to an Indian community already under social siege for ownership of a majority of crimes.

Now I see perhaps this same internalized ‘trial & tribulation’ in Loh Seng Kok of the MCA.

Malaysiakini reported in its 'Strip the surau vandals of citizenship' that Loh stated: Those found guilty of vandalising the surau in Negri Sembilan should have their citizenship revoked ... The attack violates the basic tenets of the Rukunegara and the culprits, if ever apprehended, should be stripped of their citizenship.”

Maybe Loh thinks those teenagers caught vandalising a surau are Chinese, and he is overcompensating?

On the other hand, I could be wrong where Loh has been merely rubbing it in for UMNO because those kids are Malays?

Prior to 05 March 2008, Loh was the federal MP for Kelana Jaya and had annoyed the Malay pollies (both UMNO and PAS) for speaking out the truth in Parliament in 2006 against our BTN-rised ‘imbalanced’ history textbooks, new prayer recital guidelines and the problems faced by non-Muslims with regards to places of worship.

My 2006 posts on him are as follows:
(1) MCA MP warned by UMNO and PAS!
(2) 50 UMNO Youths Threatened MCA MP!
(3) For & Against MCA MP Loh Seng Kok.

Following the incident, MCA did not select him to stand in Kelana Jaya on 05 March 2008, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise because he avoided the humiliation of being trashed by PKR’s last minute candidate, his clan man Loh Gwo Burne wakakaka.

Loh Seng Kok has just gone overboard in calling for the citizenships of the young surau vandals to be stripped off, in the way that YouTube rapper Namawee was threatened.

As a MCA leader, he should realize that stripping someone of his or her citizenship is restricted to very serious crimes against the nation, like serving in a foreign army and waging war against one’s own country (which incidentally is different from an insurgent who fight against a political establishment but not the country).

But my dear Loh, stripping citizenship off someone most certainly doesn’t apply to perpetrators of petty crimes like vandalizing or rapping out a political song, or for that matter, even serious crimes such as murder.

Let’s have a more civilized political debate and balanced policy proposals instead of the usual grandstanding, overly dramatic and draconian calls of stoning people to death or stripping them off their citizenship or stinging them with trained tebuans (hornets).


  1. Loh was not allowed by umno to contest the 2008 General elections for question Islamic history being taught over World history in schools. Now, with his "patriotic" outburst, he hopes to be allowed by umno to contest the coming 13 GE. It is overdue to bury the mca this time

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