- A day of silence and contemplation on race and religion for our nation?
- The way we handle things
- Dr M, prime minister for life
- The actual Malay dilemma
Posted: 15 Aug 2013 03:56 PM PDT
We do have a few thousands who died on May 13, 1969. We have an attitude of not wanting to know or discuss about it, seemingly for the benefit of the next generation. The business as usual on May 13 every year is like a collective amnesia with little or no impact on the next generation as a pertinent history lesson.
Kuo Yong Kooi, MM
World Environment Day is celebrated every year on June 5 to raise global awareness of the need to take positive environmental action. It is run by the United Nations Environment Programme.
Posted: 15 Aug 2013 03:40 PM PDT
If we prefer to do things the emotional, confrontational and punitive way, I am afraid our country may not survive the repeated torments. Over the past one month alone, we have seen one after another religiously sensitive incidents taking place in our country, where people resort to abusive language to vent their anger and dissatisfaction while the authorities punish the perpetrators with arrests and court charges.
Tay Tian Yan, Sin Chew
The "surau dijadikan tokong" incident could have given different results if we had handled it differently. Unfortunately, things don't always move the ideal way.
Posted: 15 Aug 2013 03:22 PM PDT
Mahathir fed the Malays a false premise that Malaysia was their land and that the world owed them a living.
Mariam Mokhtar, FMT
The political analysts who postulate that former PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad prevented reform within Umno Baru are wrong; Mahathir is the major obstacle for any meaningful reform in Malaysia, not just for Umno Baru.
Like it or not, we are all Mahathir's children – that man and his policies have affected all of us, in one way or another, in the same manner the behaviour of an errant and irresponsible father, will impact on his children.
Mahathir's existing policies make non-Malays despise many Malays, because the Malays are reticent about speaking up against the injustices and attacks against other religions and cultures.
Mahathir's policies make Malays arrogant and so they demand that those who refuse to bow to Malay needs and Muslim doctrine, should leave the country or have their citizenship revoked.
Mahathir's racist policies may unite all in Umno Baru, but it is the nation which is left divided. Mahathir may not be in government, but his henchmen ensure that his legacy is preserved and that his family dictatorship continues with his son, Mukhriz.
Mahathir is like the prime minister for life, who refuses to leave office with dignity. His supporters are so deferent to him, that they treat him like a de-facto monarch.
The impact of the Iranian revolution in the late 70s also marked a turning point in our history. In 1979, Ayatollah Khomeini swept into Iran and the Iranians embraced him having suffered years of oppression at the hands of the corrupt Shah of Iran, a puppet of America.
The resurgence of Islam throughout the world, may have energised PAS but it was Mahathir who felt threatened. He had to make Umno Baru more Islamic than PAS, in an attempt to entice the Malays who had drifted to PAS.
Mahathir fed the Malays a false premise that Malaysia was their land and that the world owed them a living. He tinkered with the education system, so that Malays became uncompetitive.
To proceed unhindered, Mahathir removed the controls which should have prevented corruption. With his men in the judiciary, the police, the civil service and the media, these institutions voiced only his thoughts and suppressed all other opinions.
Mahathir's closest allies are beholden to him. He gave them an economic leg-up and like the transformation which Cinderella underwent, they became billionaires overnight. Why bite the hand that feeds them? Reform is the last thing on their minds.
A confused sore loser
Further down the Umno Baru pecking order, the party member or politician may not realise that he is part of a slick well-organised syndicate, run along the lines of the mafia.
One who is loyal to the party will be amply rewarded, but one who decides to opt out of the "family" is sought-out and destroyed.
As long as he is loyal to the party, he will be afforded protection and riches, as well as power. With this in mind, why would Umno Baru politicians and active supporters desire reform?
With apologies to American Express cards, the Umno Baru slogan might as well have been "Making the Impossible, Possible". How else would a TNB meter-reader become a Cabinet minister? How else would a son of a minister have a special role in the Tourism Ministry? How else would members of this elite club get away with crimes ranging from financial mismanagement, abuse of taxpayers' money, sexism, racism, nepotism, cronyism, extremism, murder and money-laundering?
Would a CEO of a public listed company dare to admit that it is his prerogative to say when he will retire?
All these injustices happen because the rakyat are compliant. Mahathir triumphs because few dare oppose him.
In the past few days, Mahathir said that in a mature democracy, losers should accept defeat and wait for the next election to try again.
For a start, Malaysia is not a mature democracy. In fact, it is not a democracy. Elections are rigged. Leaders refuse to leave willingly. The will of the people is not respected. He should have also said that in a mature democracy, the ruling party does not cheat in the elections.
Mahathir is a sore-loser. When he lost to a PAS candidate in 1969, he blamed the Chinese for switching allegiance from Umno to PAS. Did he have a hand in instigating the race-riots of 13 May? By the end of the year, he was sacked from the Umno Supreme Council and expelled from Umno. He then wrote his racist book, "The Malay Dilemma".
When Mahathir and Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah locked horns in an Umno election in 1987, Umno was declared an illegal organisation following litigation. Mahathir acted with venom when he won by a tiny margin; he purged people from his ministry, he stripped the judiciary of its independence, he ordered a crackdown on his detractors. Mahathir does not accept defeat willingly.
At a press conference organised after the Perdana Global Peace Foundation conference on the Palestinian cause, Mahathir said the rakyat had to pay for the price of freedom with an increase in gun crime and shootings.
Is Mahathir a little confused? He equates freedom with an increase in shooting. Does he think the Palestinians, who are being shot at and who do some of the shooting, have much freedom?
Posted: 15 Aug 2013 11:15 AM PDT
Can't you see that you are being played and made a fool of by your own people? And these are your own people who confess to be your leaders and are apparently protecting your interests?
Zan Azlee, TMIIt seems that one of the big discussions amongst Malaysians at the moment is if we are actually getting too sensitive. This is because of the "offence" that we have been taking over all kinds of issues.
First of all, there was the Alvivi case where this idiotic Chinese couple took a picture of themselves eating bak kut teh which they spread online and offended the Malays in the country.
Then there was the case of a Malay woman making a video with her pet dogs which caused a stir and offended the Malays in the country.
After that, an owner of a private resort allowed a group of Buddhists to meditate in a room which was also allocated as a surau. And this offended the Malays in the country.
At a first glance, I can see the reason why many people are starting to think that Malaysians are actually getting too sensitive for their own good.
But at a second glance, I think I'm beginning to see a trend here. Can you see it? It seems like those who constantly get offended happen to be Malays.
Sure, they constitute about 60% of the country's population. But it would still be unfair to extrapolate and conclude that Malaysians as a whole are becoming too sensitive.
What about the remaining 40% of Malaysians? The Chinese, Indians, indigineous groups and the "dan lain-lain" are as equally Malaysians as well.
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