Have we gone backward

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Seeing the recent development, It made me wonders if Malaysia an apartheid country. Though Ahmad Ismail claimed that he didn’t do any wrong with such command, knowing it better, what he said was no different of those apartheid practices as seems as the South Africa before President Nelson Mandela ‘quilling’ the practice marking the end of the apartheid world.

Malaysia hold high during the time of Mandela ‘independency’ calling an end to the apartheid regime, being better known as anti-apartheid has put Malaysia in the forefront of the fight against apartheid. Quoting Tun Mahathir’s saying that “Malaysia has all the different “kaum” and all live in harmony. South Africa should use Malaysia as an example and put a stop to the apartheid” This was a landmark remark by our dear leader.

Though I do not condone the political parties making the remark of one political figure’s remark a tantrum to beat on, yet I see that all the yelling and spatting and padding on the back by different camps of politicians has made the whole charade an apartheid show. As a Malaysian, I do not agreed that community leader put their feelings on the issue of racism, which I’ve thought that it should have been behind us many many decdes ago.

A bit of Malay’s history (Not Malaysian History). Googling on “origin of Malay” shows:

Origin of the Malays

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The Malays originated in Yunnan, China. They Proto-Malays were also known as Jakun.

They were seafaring people. Probably because of their seafaring way of life or trading, they were believed to have lived in coastal Borneo. They then expanded into Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula. A Portuguese historian, Godinho de Eredia, referred to the Malays as Saletes (Orang Selat, or People of the Straits).

The Malays played a major part in the Making of great Malay empires of Malacca and Johor. Present day Malays of the Peninsula and the coasts of the Malay Archipelago are described anthropologically as deutero-Malays. They are descendants of the tribal proto-Malays mixed with modern Indian, Thai, Arab and Chinese blood.

They were seafaring people. Probably because of their seafaring way of life or trading, they were believed to have lived in coastal Borneo. They then expanded into Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula. A Portuguese historian, Godinho de Eredia, referred to the Malays as Saletes (Orang Selat, or People of the Straits).

The Malays played a major part in the Making of great Malay empires of Malacca and Johor. Present day Malays of the Peninsula and the coasts of the Malay Archipelago are described anthropologically as deutero-Malays. They are descendants of the tribal proto-Malays mixed with modern Indian, Thai, Arab and Chinese blood.

Sources: http://library.thinkquest.org

One must say, If one; Ahmad Ismail; would consider that all Chinese in the country are Pendatang, I would seriously ask him to rethink of his origin as they were initially from China after all. Malays are the straits people (Orang Selat) seafarers and thus making them the same as the Chinese migrants in Malaysia; only differences between the two are that the Malay; who were originally Chinese; arrived in this region first and the migrants Chinese later.

The Chinese has a proverb:饮水思源(Literally means:Thought of the fountains when drinking of the water it flows out) which means “Think of the origin of cause” or “back to origin”

Doing much of which that we can, The leaders from both camps of politic is trying to avoid the issue of racism and trying to offer a fix to it. Only exception is the cause itself, the one who started to play the blame game. Listening to one of the recording prove by one news reporters recently at the fateful event shows that the comment made by Ahmad was duly confirmed. Yet he twist around claiming that what he meant was that Chinese was immigrants and not the understand that Chinese is still consider immigrants. In fact, of the two comment, the former one though being a fact, really sided apartheid practice while the latter one can be resolved by a simple apology. I think Ahmad Ismail should apologise to his ancestor because he has just threat them as Immigrants (Pendatang).

To my understanding, Ahmad’s recent comment on “Jaga Hati Orang Melayu” has also proved my earlier point. Such thinking is no different from an apartheid. Most of my Malay’s friend (9 out of 10) called him an apartheid; which itself is quite a charge. This type of doing only cause Malaysia to fall from being anti-apartheid to pro-apartheid. It is also Malaysia’s fall from grace.

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