I weep for you, Oh Malaysia
A few days ago, a friend sent me the video of Anneke Gronloh’s 1960’s hit song, “Oh Malaysia.” Watching it brought back tons of memories of the Malaya (and then Malaysia) I once knew. Sure, we had problems even in those days but we had something bigger to keep us going – the dream of a Malaysia where the fullness and richness of our diversity would find expression and come to full flower. We were all brothers then, strong, united and hopeful.
On Saturday night, reading the news reports that yet another Pakatan Harapan minister (Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq) had suddenly reversed course on the issue of the controversial Indian fugitive Zakir Naik, it dawned on me that the dream we once cherished is no more.
Decades of Umno rule, of race-baiting and outright racist policies, of constantly belittling and disrespecting racial and religious minorities, of disowning them at every turn and seeing them as enemies, have taken its toll. All talk of national unity now is moot and meaningless.
I for one had hoped that perhaps a new government – a coalition of hope no less – might pump fresh oxygen into the lungs of a dying dream. That night in May when the unbelievable happened, I thought that at last we had found men and women who would be worthy standard bearers of our hopes and dreams.
There was no talk then about pushing racial agendas or depriving others of their rights or denigrating anyone’s religion. It was simply about building a better nation where the rights of all would be respected, cherished and promoted. Surely, in this wonderful nation of ours, it is possible to create space for all our diverse ethnicities, to build a culture of respect and tolerance for all, to create an ecosystem where all Malaysia’s sons and daughters could flourish.
Now I’ve come to the realisation that even the modest dreams we had was a bridge too far for the Ketuanan Melayu ideologues and elites that now dominate our political landscape. They do not share the same dreams. They do not care for the brotherhood of all Malaysians. And they cannot be counted on to defend our rights with equal vigour.
Take Syed Saddiq, for example. Only a few days ago he called for Zakir Naik to be deported saying, “An attack against our Chinese and Indian brothers and sisters is an attack against all Malaysians.” And yet there he was fêting the same man who mocked his “brothers and sisters” and insisting that it’s time to forgive and move on.
Never in the field of Malaysian society has so much harm been done to so many by just one man
- with apologies to Winston Churchill and his 'So Few'
Surely forgiveness must come from those who were aggrieved, not from some politician who’s too afraid to stand up for what is right. Does he even understand the depths of disappointment over the issue that many of the people he represents feel?
It’s hard not to conclude that they are all the same in the end – PPBM, PKR, Umno or PAS. They’d rather mollycoddle a fugitive Islamic preacher from India than keep faith with the millions of Malaysian Indians who voted for them. They’d rather dine with someone who taunts their “brothers and sisters” than reach out to the millions of Malaysian Chinese who helped bring them to power.
Perhaps they are now so blinded by power that they are no longer even capable of understanding the pain and angst of other communities.
Simply put, Pakatan Harapan has betrayed us. Time and time again, they have put their own interests ahead of that of the people who voted them into office. While they pander to those who didn’t support them, reformasi languishes: the lives of the people have not improved; oppressive laws remain on the books; institutional reform falters; UEC remains unrecognised; the corrupt run free; Lynas continues to contaminate our land, and the ever controversial and divisive Zakir Naik remains protected.
And while they play their games, the cancer is spreading; the voices of hate and bigotry against ethnic minorities grow stronger.
The Perlis mufti insists that Malaysia is for Malays and muses about the need for a Malaysian Saddam Hussein to rein in the non-Malays.
Dr Asri defends Ketuanan Melayu
The Perak mufti urges the government “not to bow to pressures from the minorities.” An officer from Jakim reportedly incites Muslims to murder infidels. An inappropriately named “unity convention” weaves a few isolated incidents into a grand conspiracy by Christians to undermine Islam and Christianize the country. A former IGP declares that the Malays have now “lost power”. How does one even respond to such mind boggling inanity?
Even Entrepreneur Development Minister Redzuan Yusof – who is in office today thanks in part to the support of non-Malays – now complains that “Malays have compromised too much… that it is time for Malays to rise up and defend Malay culture before it is destroyed”.
Amazingly, in the face of such insidious racism, PH leaders, the centurions of Malaysia Baru, have been largely silent. They are quick to offer excuses for men like Naik and bend over backwards to accommodate him but have nothing much to say when their fellow citizens are vilified and demonised.
Clearly, defending our diversity, defending the core idea that is emblazoned on our coat of arms – “Bersekutu Bertambah Mutu” – is now so politically risky, so unpopular, that they’d rather remain mute witnesses to bigotry than speak up.
This National Day, as I reflect on our journey as a nation, I know I will mourn for the Malaysia I once knew, for the Malaysia I thought we could be. And neither the fireworks nor the marching bands will drown out the dirge for the dream that once kept me going.
now we hv saddam hussein, next we look for osama, finally khomeini then we r truly merdeka, from imperialist, like how ccp did.ReplyDelete
U actually meant like how those Formosa clowns did!Delete
nope. i am talking about dictator n american enemies.Delete
How do compare with CCP?
Uplifting 800M dirt poor peasants from poverty within 40yrs!
Yet, within the same time span, nep is still been uphold to provide tongkat to the privileged race!
U r definitely talking through that orifice down under yr torso!
The battle for a New Malaysia has only just started and Dennis is already weeping in despair. Given up.ReplyDelete
Lim Kit Siang has been battling for 5 decades and he still hasn’t given up yet. He knows the battle has just started with DAP now working from within the government, not from the streets.
Dennis thinks after May 8, 2018 Malaysia has magically transformed into Disneyland where everyone is singing hallelujah praise Allah and supports a New Malaysia.
Let’s remind him that in GE14 the popular votes were:
PH 5,685,252 votes (50 percent)
BN 3,624,921 votes (32 percent)
PAS 2,043,159 votes (18 per cent)
In other words HALF the population still wants Old Malaysia. Many of them will go to great lengths to sabotage efforts to build a New Malaysia. Lim Kit Siang and DAP understands that. Dennis does not.
Kit Siang: Should I just forget about New M'sia and quit?
Aug 28th, 2019
Amid the declining confidence among its supporters, Lim Kit Siang has noted the calls for him to throw in the towel after five decades in politics.
“Shall I just forget about New Malaysia and call it quits?” he asked.
Citing its decades of struggle and sacrifice, Lim vowed that DAP would not break the people's faith nor turn its back on its principles as well as the hopes and objective of a New Malaysia.
gosh u lot are sounding like a spoiled rotten kid who was refused candy... we want new malaysia but now back to old malaysia bla bla rantingsReplyDelete
can somebody tell me exactly the characteristic/ features of this so called new malaysia? wht exactly u lot want to achieve?...youhv a goal which is new malaysia but a goal cant be achieved if not clearly defined or quantified. please someone enlightebed me to wht exactly is new malaysia?
cos wht im seeing now is new malaysia =
minority want to rule majority,
its ok to calk malays pendatang but punish severely whn tables turned ( refer to statement by 1 MINISTER)
if malays say somethg then they are bloody racists( i see this as MO to silence the Malays so the Malays are seen as weak and spineless)- heck i might be wrong but proof is in the pudding
play victim and cry racist whn u didnt get wht u want,
shove your own edu syllabus to the mainstream edu while refuse to follow the govt edu sylabus ( please this one really show ur lot hypocrisy and this speaks loudly on the guest mentality...tell me if US and UK amd even the Auusie will let the chinese immigrants open their own chinese schooL and refuse to go to their standard..u thk trump will tolerate this guest mentality? i would think he would reintroduce the Chinese Exclusion Act and i bloody support him to do so!!!
and dont even get me started on the refusal to assimilate here from language --> participation in
defense(dont want join army but go and badmouth saying the army just eat and sleep...wht hati hitam mental lot)
so now tell me wht exactly the parameters of New Malaysia
Meanwhile in India, Modi is kicking and killing millions of muslims in Assam and Kashmir But not a flinch frm the likes of you...instead some even pledges support to this tyrant..again guest mentality proven here
Also i urged you to watch DZN lectures..he did comparison on religion in detail. If u not satisfied can always invite ur religion head to do debate with him based on facts not emotion and rantings. all of us must seek the truth and we can only get from knowldgeable person like DZN. He will elightened all of us on the real islam.Your lot anti DZN just show ur prejudism, scaredness and islamophobic mentality.
He already apologised just like u lot when speaking ill abt malaysislam ( even worse cos ure calling urself our brothers in nation while DZN is outsider- read namawee, the old chinese guy who said army eat/ sleep and many more). Still not happy meh?
ktemoc, prior to last election ive always been avid reader of ur blog (now no time)...if ure as rational as u seem u will see wht im trying to say here...
New M'sia! Aka more secular & less zombieic impulsive demands.
BTW, from those farts that u have raised, obviously u DON'T understand the foundation of Malaya/M'sia!
U just die2 want to regurgitate the ketuanan agenda chants. U r a ketuanan freak - pure & simple! Yr new M'sia agenda is dulu, kini dan selamanya ketuanan melayu!