Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Why Mahathir accused Dong Zong of racism?

Is Dong Zong racist?

Is protecting vernacular education racist?

The dictionary defines 'racism' as:

a. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others.

kaytee's examples: Ketuanan (Supremacy) Aryan, Israeli-Jews, Melayu are all racist appellations

b. a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.

shall kaytee provide another example of ketuanan Melayu - eg. matriculation process, entrance to certain positions (Civil Service, Armed Forces, ministerial appointments, universities - staff and students, etc?)

c. hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.

eg. kafir harbi, apa lagi Cina mahu, anti-Melayu, anti-Raja, anti ini and itu etc.

One visitor-commentator to my blog wrote conspiratorially:

Within hours of Toonsie labelling Dong Zong as racist MCA jumps to DZ’s defence. Unholy trinity at work? Check Sin Chew newspaper today. Will they in turn defend MCA and push blame to DAP? 

Ah Wee should have advised DZ to publicly accept Nie Ching’s explanation on Khat after their closed door meeting last week. Instead DZ denied any agreement had been arrived at and accused her of jumping the gun, thereby embarrassing her publicly. Now even after Guanee and Nie Ching got a compromise solution (reduced pages, teaching made optional) DZ is embarking on a petition drive instead, at whose prodding I wonder.

I replied:

"Within hours of Toonsie labelling Dong Zong as racist MCA jumps to DZ’s defence"?

I too would have jumped to DZ's defence because DZ has been only protecting vernacular schools from Mahathir's RACIST intrusions.

It's not new, that is, Mahathir's intrusion. Wasn't he also responsible for the debacle leading to his planned Ops Lalang, allowing a then naive Anwar Ibrahim (and now Maszlee) to mess around with vernacular education?

I haven't had a chance yet to rush to DZ's defence - maybe today I'll blog on Mahathir's most HYPOCRITICAL comment of racism, coming from the ultimate racist that he was/has been/is and forever will be

And how could DZ have accepted Nie Ching's kerbau on the affair being wrapped after a consensus when there was NO consensus on issue?

FMT reported:

Vincent Lau, a former chairman of the Dong Zong, said Mahathir’s comments were unfair. “When the people oppose, you call them racist,” he said, adding it was not right for government leaders to resort to name-calling against those who disagreed with its decisions.

“The government is just too insensitive to the voice of the people. The prime minister and his ministers are appointed for all Malaysians, not just one particular group,” he told FMT.

MM Online's Executive Editor Joanne Lau tells us (extracts):

COMMENTARY, Aug 13 — I am sure the people behind the vernacular education lobby group Dong Zong do not see themselves as racists.

If anything, they probably think they are defending the rights of the Chinese community to have Chinese medium schools that are accorded the same recognition as other government schools... where lessons are taught in Bahasa Malaysia.

And there, as they say, is the problem. Much has been written — ad nauseum, if I might add — about why the non-Muslims in this country feel like they are increasingly being marginalised.

Some of us tiptoe still around the problem while others shout about it every chance they get. Interestingly, DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang, who used to belong to the latter group, now finds himself uncomfortably on the other side.

As I had blogged some years back (during BN ruling days), Mahathir's anti-UEC began 43 years ago. His anti-UEC would also mean his anti-vernacular education.

Mahathir as then Education Minister in 1975 hated the UEC so much, that he threatened the Chinese educationists about issuing the UEC.

On this episode of Mahathir's anti-Chinese education outburst, Dr Kua Kia Soong enlightened us via an extract of FMT:

Dr Kua Kia SoongDr Kia could live peacefully in Britain if he wishes but chose to remain in Malaysia to fight and struggle for the reform battle. His wife is British & he was told by British authorities he is eligible to stay in Britain permanently

Extracts from the FMT article:

At independence in 1957, there were 86 Chinese secondary schools in Malaya.

It was only after the 1961 Education Act that many of these schools were forced to become English-medium (yes, not Malay-medium) at the time. Only 14 Chinese secondary schools remained as “independent” schools.

It was after the “Independent Schools’ Revival Movement” in the 1970s that the number of MICSS (Malaysian Independent Chinese Secondary Schools) climbed to 60.

In 1975, when the MICSS decided to hold its first Unified Examination (UEC), the Chinese education leaders were summoned to Parliament by then Education Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and were told in no uncertain terms to cancel the examination “or else…!”

He did not ask for any response and dismissed the Chinese educationalists with a curt "That is all."

The Chinese education leaders carried on regardless of the consequences and the UEC has been held every year since. To date,there has never been a leak in any UEC examinations and the curriculum and marking of exam scripts are carried out every year with professional precision.

Finally, Dr Kua gave a flying kick into the face of our so-called Education Ministry by telling us:

Malaysians should also know that there are hundreds of non-Chinese students in the MICSS and more than 80,000 non-Chinese students in Chinese-medium primary schools of Malaysia.

This is in sharp contrast to Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) that does not admit ANY “non-Bumiputeras” into this public institution even though “non-Bumiputera” taxpayers have also paid for this institution.

Does UiTM violate national sovereignty? This Bumiputeras-only policy definitely violates the International Convention for the Eradication of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).

A form of the previous White South Africa's apartheid policy and current Israeli 'Jewish State' status.

racist Israel

In March this year (just before GE14), the Malaysian Chinese News published Tun M: Delay in recognising UEC as Umno is afraid of losing Malay votes, which reminds straightaway of what MB Selangor, Amirudin Shari, is currently attempting to do, to revert the law on religious conversion of minors back to the wicked unilateral mode, one causing unbearable sufferings to people like M Indira Gandhi, all for the purpose of winning Malay votes for Amirudin and his gang.

yo Bruder, we're gonna win more Malay votes lah
[to eff with the likes of M Indira Gandhi] 

Extracts of article on Mahathir's claimed delay in UEC connected with bid to win more Malay votes follow:

On how Pakatan Harapan would support the development of Chinese education in the country, including building Chinese independent schools and recognition of the Unified Chinese educational certificate (UEC), Dr Mahathir replied: “Right. However, Chinese independent schools are set up by the Chinese. They want their Chinese education, mainly education from China.”

"They want their Chinese education, mainly education from China"??? - What utter eff-ing bull.

Yes indeed, what a humongous lie that Chinese independent schools want their Chinese education to be mainly from China. Wah, Mr Tai Tok-Kok. That has been the perpetual bullshit to suppress the recognition of the UEC.

Despite the Chinese independent schools following as closely as possible the Malaysian educational requirements, Mahathir has singularly been the man who was strongly (and I suspect STILL is but perhaps now silently, wakakaka) against the UEC.

the most racist Malaysian PM 

Under him, the previous Malay-dominated government was determined, whatever, whenever, however, to NOT/NEVER recognise the UEC, which ironically has already long been recognised by 400 foreign tertiary educational institutions throughout the world, including universities in France, Germany and Russia, let alone the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, NZ, Singapore and Chinese speaking nations like China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

It has been 43 years since Mahathir threatened Chinese educationists NOT to issue the UEC, so Commander Thayaparan has been spot on when he wrote it's COMPLETE horse manure why Harapan needs time to recognise the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC), ...

... more so when (as Commander wrote) ... Mahathir Mohamad was an Umno operative, he made unilateral decisions all the time. He got things done with just a stroke of a pen. Of course, during his brief tenure as opposition leader, he disavowed those things which were deemed not kosher and pleaded ignorance.

But hasn't the Old Fox been up to his unilateral dictatorial self again?

But Commander also wrote:

Seriously, even if the MCA said something constructive, the mobs would tear them to pieces.

[kaytee notes: I know - I read this sort of prejudiced remarks every day]

Pakatan Hellhound-speak

(yes, Evil Unleashed, wakakaka)

Meanwhile, DAP political operatives hardly raise their voices against anything Mahathir says, because to do so would mean that they were somehow in charge.

[wakakaka, you're telling me man]

And God knows, we do not want to spook the Malays. Or, at least, I hope that is the reason, because if they truly supported whatever the prime minister says or does because they think he is right, we are truly screwed.

Someone like Kua Kia Soong questions why Harapan is reneging on its election promises or at least waffling on them, and he is vilified. 

But every one of his articles is a reminder that the promises made could be carried out if there was a political will to do so; or if there isn’t, if Harapan supporters kicked up a fuss.

Every time the MCA raises an issue, they have their track record about collaborating with Umno thrown back at them.

[wakakaka, how true, how true]

Never mind that the real power brokers in Harapan are not only cut from the same mould as Umno, but as the weeks have dragged on, are demonstrating that they are playing the same games they did when the party was at its nadir.


Now we know,. don't we, who has been the RACIST!

It's an evil Old Man who is bitter at his foes, his perpetual grudge against the Chinese (since his university days in Singapore), his self doubts about his lack of success with his wasteful but grandiose schemes, and who always resents the better educational standards of vernacular schools.

And he calls others racist(s) for the reason he could NOT account for his responsibility(ies) (vicariously or self) of his policies - his defensive aggressive tactics to avoid accountability. 


1 comment:

  1. Toonsie complain 2.0 is 3X harder than 1.0.

    Well, that's the way it's supposed to be in a rollicking democracy. Even President Trump get hentam by Congress, Senate, and mere District level Courts, not to mention Supreme Court.

    Toonsie 1.0's job was easy. He had 2/3rds majority in parliament, he had power to make all important appointments, nobody dared to challenge. Even Sultans were muzzled.

    Toonsie 2.0's job susah sikit. Bersatu only has 13 seats (frogs don't count), Toonsie appoint Tommy Thomas as AG kena scolding, appoint Latheefa and Bador, lagi kena scolding......

    Scolding by mere backbencher MPs and assemblymen...from his own coalition Harapan... like Ramkarpal, Patto, Ronnie, Santiago, Maria Chin, in case you haven't noticed they are all non-Malays, ok Maria is borderline... during his first reign MCA, Gerakan, MIC were so well behaved, all together say "Yes Sir Yes Sir Three Bags Full" at every cabinet meeting...today having DAP in his cabinet is like eating durian with the thorns still there.

    "This Wednesday's cabinet meeting sure they will hantam me about Lynas, Zakar Naik and Khat. I hope it won't turn out to be Khat-astrophe"

    Tun Siti Hasmah must give Toonsie head massage tonight with minyak angin cap kapak, kepala pening...