Dec 5, 2009

Jews of Asia

Referring to an article widely circulated recently:

‘BTN (Biro Tatanegara) taught me the Chinese are the Jews of Asia’
By Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani

Some highlights from the article:
He said that the Chinese community were “the Jews of Asia” and were just itching to take over when Malays were disunited and broken.

The speaker also revealed a greater Chinese conspiracy where the Chinese Malaysians were working together with Singapore to topple the Malay government.

He also went so far as to criticise Malay girls for dating boys from other races. “We should save our Orang Asli from the Chinese people. They are like the Palestinians and the Chinese are Israel. We must fight the Jews,” the lecturer told his students.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin defended BTN yesterday and claimed that it was not racist but is line with the 1 Malaysia concept.

Sounded something like Nazi Germany?
It's not difficult to anticipate something like this coming. For decades Malaysian Chinese and Indians have been treated like second class citizens. Whenever foreigners ask me "why do you study in Taiwan?" I would always feel ashamed - it's not because I'm not smart enough for my country, it's because my country doesn't want me.
I see this as an insult to all Malaysian citizens. And when I say Malaysian citizens, I mean all people, regardless of color and creed, united as a whole under the name of Malaysia.
While I cannot qualify being a true Malaysian - I've grown up there but contributed nothing, as yet. My parents are good, hardworking Malaysian citizens who spend their 50 years of life paying good, hard-earned money to the government. My mother, a government servant, doesn't mind working extra hours. My father always paid his taxes and bills on time. Together they cared for their parents, taught their children well to become the future generation of a country we all call home.
And now they're being labeled. The Jews of Asia.
All they hope for was to see a competitive and advanced Malaysia. They contributed taxes to the country but projects after projects were canceled. They harbored the hope that Malaysia would indeed become a developed country in 2020. They earn an income just sufficient for one child to study overseas, so since I was in high school they repeatedly told me - "if you can, strive for a scholarship, preferably by the government. So you can stay and work for your own country." They objected when I was offered a Singaporean scholarship, like so many others my age. They were good, hardworking citizens of Malaysia.
And now they're being labeled. The Jews of Asia.

I believe Malaysians are united enough to withstand whatever government agencies and the people in Putrajaya is scheming. Now I finally realize what Yasmin Ahmad had been trying to tell all Malaysians all along. 3 simple words - united we stand. We can choose to end this.
Stand up and stand tall.

2 comments:

w.i.g said...

truly a sad day for our nation. i just read the article your post was about. somehow it's just not surprising these things do come into play. it's all just based on racial politics in malaysia - and somehow, the nation can't see past that.

but .... let's just continue working hard!

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