Saturday, May 29, 2010

DIFFICULT TO PLEASE THE CHINESE VOTERS. – PART II.

…BARISAN LOST SELANGOR IN THE 2008 ELECTIONS, NOT TO PAKATAN BUT TO VOTERS WHO DID NOT HAVE ANY CHOICE BUT TO VOTE FOR THE OTHER SIDE ALTHOUGH THEY MAY NOT WISH TO VOTE FOR PAKATAN AT ALL.
By Mansor Puteh



SELANGOR LOST TO PAKATAN IN THE 2008 GENERAL ELECTION BECAUSE FORMER ‘MENTERI BESAR’ OF THE STATE, KHIR TOYO WANTED TO TURN THE STATE INTO A SQUATTER-FREE STATE.

ACTIONS BY THE OTHER STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS ON DELINQUENT SMALL AND PETTY TRADERS HAD NOT GONE DOWN WELL WITH THOSE WHO WERE INVOLVED.

MOST OF THEM ARE THE CHINESE WITH SOME MELAYU AND INDIANS, ALL OF WHOM WHO WOULD DEFINITELY NOT WANT TO VOTE FOR BARISAN LIKE THEY DID IN THE LAST GENERAL ELECTION AS WELL AS SOME OF THE BY-ELECTIONS EVEN IF THEY WERE GIVEN FINANCIAL AID DURING THE CAMPAIGNING.

But most of all, some of the hot-blooded Umno old and new geeks did not know the ground too well to realize they were not the best qualified persons in the country with their deplorable academic backgrounds and ‘track records’ of not doing much other than to talk the talk. They are Umno’s and Barisan’s worst enemies.

Some of the old leaders of Barisan didn’t realize they could get re-elected in their party elections but what they did not realize is how they could be trounced so easily by their non-members, who are the voters.

So this explains why many of the ‘old goats’ in Barisan were trounced including Samy Vellu.

This also means it’s no point in being elected to high office in the MIC or the other parties in the Barisan coalition, if one cannot get similar support from the voters who are mostly non-Indians.

MIC candidates face insurmountable odds because they have to seek supporters from the non-Indians in general and by-elections, so they cannot talk too much about their own interests of those of their party, since they are basically dependent on the support of the other communities, with the Indians not having any constituency that has Indian majority to talk about.

And those with Chinese majority are slowly being eroded so much so in the years to come, there won’t be any Chinese majority area to talk about even in the city centers which were once the exclave domains of this community.

There are many voters amongst those who were affected in the raids on illegal small and petty trading as well as those who operate other illegal activities.

We see them on the news almost every night and every week on other crime programs. All these created a negative effect on the minds of the Chinese and some other Melayu and Indians who feel affinity with the brethren who are affected by such actions, which are good for the country but not for them personally, despite them to be legal and legitimate.

Many people are in such businesses which are illegal in nature because this is all that they can do given their poor academic qualification dropping out of school so early in their lives.

Most of them, unfortunately, are those who studied in the vernacular Mandarin and Tamil schools who can’t speak much Melayu.

They work as small and petty traders doing all sorts of businesses and driving taxis, which often find themselves on the other side of the law.

How on earth could these taxi-drivers who do not speak or write in Melayu well get their driving licenses in the first place?

It is not easy to pass the written test, because the level of Melayu used is not for those who have vernacular school backgrounds, whose understanding of the language is not high.

Even the uneducated Melayu could not understand much about what is asked of them in the written tests.

Trying to keep the cities and countries in order may be good for the many others, but not for those who are dependent on the illegal businesses with their premises which are often located at wrong places and they not having the proper permits, and engaging illegal workers.

Just how many illegal factories are there in Selangor alone! They are mostly operated by the Chinese who are not well-educated. They employ illegal workers from abroad for years without being harassed.

Occasionally some of them were rounded. And they will never find it good to vote for the government in any election, not because the government is bad, but because they had never been told to be appreciative of the law, because of them not knowing much about the law in the first place.

And most of them are the Chinese who have vernacular Mandarin school backgrounds, who drop out of school at standard six or form three.

They do not have much education and who are involved in petty and small businesses including the illegal ones.

And they are many of them.

And how can the government expect them to be supportive of them when their businesses are often the centers of raids by the local authorities?

Will those who operate illegal factories and employing foreign workers without getting the work permits and who also often flout the laws want to support the government? They will be amongst those who will vote for the opposition, especially if their businesses are affected.

And what about those Chinese who operate makeshift stalls that offer counterfeit discs and those who manufacture them?

There are also those Chinese who are involved in many other illegal businesses such as prostitution, human trafficking and what not. The number is fairly large.

And each time there is a raid by the local authorities or law enforcement officers on the premises where they operate, the government loses votes.

The number of Chinese who are involved in illegal activities is large. They can become substantial especially if they vote en masse for the opposition, not that they like the opposition. It’s just that they hate the government a lot more.

So no matter what the government does and promises, this group of Chinese voters will vote the opposition.

In fact, there are also many Melayu small and petty traders who are like the Chinese, who operate their businesses illegally or who flout the law.

And they are also good candidates for voters of the opposition because this is the only way for them to vent their anger at the authorities for giving them such a hard time.

Malaysian voters tend to be too selfish; they think only of themselves and their personal well-being. They vote according to how much the authorities do not punish them for operating illegal activities.

Even if the local authorities and law enforcement officers do not conduct raids on the illegal activities of the errant traders and businesses when there is about to be an election or especially during the election campaign, those voters who were affected will still vent their anger at the government and who will cast their votes against them.

So this explains no matter what the government does and offers them during the campaigning period, there will still be a large number of the voters who will vote for the opposition.

It’s not that they like the opposition; it’s just that they did not have any choice but to vote for them, even when the opposition does not conduct any serious campaigning or offering goodies to them.

There must be a way for the government not to allow this situation to happen, whereby a voter had to vote for the opposition simply because they are not happy with the candidates Barisan had given them.

There is no choice at all, if they do not like the particular candidate; they have to vote the opposition.

There are many voters who refrained from voting anyone if he did not think the Barisan candidate did not deserve to get his vote.

But there are many others who voted the opposition because the voting papers say you have to vote somehow.

In other words, most of those who had voted the opposition may not necessary wanted to do so, but since they had no choice they had to cast their votes to them anyway.

Many of the senior Barisan leaders especially do not realize that they may go on to win in their party elections, but they must also remember that the real support from them do not only come from their party members but the others too especially.

And it was in the last general elections which saw many of the more senior ones being trounced from their constituencies simply because they were not favored by the voters.

This explains why many MIC, MCA and even Umno candidates lost in the last general elections because the voters of the other races did not vote them in.

So one may be the president of MIC or MCA, but the voters in any general election comprise of members from the other communities who may not like the behavior or attitude of these leaders.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

DIFFICULT TO PLEASE THE CHINESE VOTERS. – PART I.

…MOST OF THEIR LIVES ARE MISERABLE BECAUSE OF THEIR POOR VERNACULAR MANDARIN SCHOOL BACKGROUND AND HOW THEIR MEDIA CREATES A NEGATIVE IMAGE OF THE GOVERNMENT AND THE MELAYU.
By Mansor Puteh



…AND NO THANKS TO THE FILMS FROM HONG KONG…AND THE OVER-PROMOTION OF THINGS HONG KONG BY THE MALAYSIAN CHINESE MEDIA.

THE CHARGE THAT THE CHINESE IN MALAYSIA ARE DESCENDANTS OF IMMIGRANTS IS DEPENDENT ON THEIR BEHAVIOR TODAY WHO BEHAVE LIKE THEIR ANCESTORS DID.

IT’S GOT NOTHING TO DO WITH THE MELAYU WHOM SOME CHINESE CHARGE FOR CHARGING THEM AS SUCH.

In America’s Chinatowns, there are two types of Chinese – the FOB and ABC – for the ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ and ‘American-Born Chinese’. So the Chinese in America also distinguish the types of Chinese who are not the same.

And no thanks also to the small group of Malaysian Chinese film and video makers who are inclined to take the Chinese in Malaysia into the larger Chinese Diaspora for which they are still marginalized.

Besides, there are many Melayu who are former Chinese or who have Chinese ancestry; they are the ones who make the other Chinese feel like they are still immigrants.

Many of the Chinese left are petty traders and those who are in illegal petty businesses definitely do not want to vote for the government no matter what.

They speak a smattering of poor quality Melayu and watch too much programs from Hong Kong. They are psychologically more Hong Kong than Malaysia. But they have Malaysian citizenship.

Many of them conduct their business in such a tardy fashion by disregarding the law; they use their houses as factories and park their vehicles everywhere.

They read only the Mandarin newspapers and magazines and watch programs on television which are from Hong Kong mostly.

They live in a cocoon who do not know their immediate neighbors; the only Melayu and Indians they meet are those who come to their stalls where they are forced to speak in their bad Melayu.

But they get by simply because their numbers are big comprising of people with their similar backgrounds.

They don’t even watch local Melayu programs let alone go to the cinemas to see Melayu films. They probably know P. Ramlee but not the other actors because his name has been mentioned many times.

Their parents might have watched some P. Ramlee films when they were popular with the multiracial audiences in Malaya then. But not after that when the film industry in Singapura closed and the owners of the studios moved their bases to Hong Kong where they started to produce Chinese films which were also imported into Malaya and later, Malaysia.

This gave the Chinese in Malaysia a renewed connection with their Motherland; thus their fascination for things Hong Kong.

Because most of them are not well educated having dropped out of Mandarin school so early in their lives, they do not go by the normal way of conducting their daily lives or businesses.

They think they can operate their businesses and even factories illegally because they can bribe the officers, which may be a fact, to a certain extent considering how they have been in such businesses for so long.

Just how many of the Chinese and even Indians or the Melayu traders, for that matter, operate their small businesses legally, one never knows. But there are stalls everywhere.

The members of parliament and state assemblies in their areas do not seem to care; they also look elsewhere because they cannot take action on them because they fear losing votes from them.

This is what Malaysia and Malaysian politics have become; those who want to be elected to office must kow-tow to the needs of the voters who want to conduct their daily lives committing petty crimes and be allowed to do so.

They can never be satisfied with what they have and have been given. They want more. The start with getting a little bit of something but ending wanting for more and more of it.

Most Chinese temples started off as being a small shrine, which appears in the form of some joss sticks being put in a glass. It grows up to become a wooden shrine, and later a concrete one, until it is now a complex.

The Chinese in ancient Melaka was given a small piece of land the size of about ten feet wide, but they extended the land backwards. So no wonder all the houses along Heeren Street or Jalan Tun Cheng Lock in the city are very long but narrow.

The early Chinese community leaders first said they wanted to establish their own schools which were independent of the national schooling or Sekolah Melayu system. Then they start to demand to be given financial assistance.

The later Chinese community leaders then said they wanted to be given the permission to establish their own colleges and universities, so their students could enroll into it. But later they demanded to be given scholarships.

The Chinese start by asking for something small, but it often ends up becoming a lot more.

It’s the same with their so-called independent schools which started as shacks, but are now huge complexes.

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Reporting on police activities against the criminals and raids on illegal establishments and similar reporting in crime programs on television maybe the cause of discontent amongst those who are affected, and they are mostly the Chinese with some Melayu and Indians.

Can’t the anti-vice and anti-criminal operations be conducted quietly and stealthily without bringing in the media to tag along?

Do the law enforcement officers and other authorities have to highlight their deeds all the time?

Where in the world do you see their police officers appearing on television almost every day?

No wonder we see many police officers becoming media heroes because of this. But does this help the cause of crime prevention and to prop up the image of the government in the long-run?

The media has therefore created unnecessary heroes from amongst the senior officers in the police force, but at what expense?

And where are the smart psychologists in this matter again?

Unfortunately, this creates a negative image of the police force and other law enforcement agencies which in turn affect the standing of the government in the eyes of the ordinary folks who see them as being vicious, since those who are hounding the criminals are the Melayu, while those who are often hounded are the non-Melayu, especially Chinese.

We see on television the many illegal business premises which are raided by the authorities almost every day, in the news programs and other weekly crime programs.

They create in the minds of those who are also not involved in them, because they have affinity with those who are. And most of them are Chinese with some Indians. There are also some Melayu traders who are occasionally rounded up.

Therefore, it is not easy for the government to get votes from those whose lives are miserable because of their own doing and for the government to do its job of cleaning the cities and countries of any criminal activity.

On the other hand, the opposition does not have to do all the cleaning, since they are not the authority. They can only raise their concerns in the parliament and state assemblies and get applause from those whom they claim to represent.

The opposition can become endeared to the disenfranchised crowd and voters by taking up their cases, some of which are clearly illegal ones.

However, now that they have managed to wrest control of some of the states and they are supposed to do the task of developing and cleaning them, they find out that they are now being targets of scorn by those members of the public and voters themselves, pretty much the same way the government had experienced before.

Friday, May 21, 2010

THE SIBU BY-ELECTION AND UMNO’S AND THE MELAYU’S ‘ENEMIES IN THE BLANKET’.

…EXPOSING THE SECRET CHINESE ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL MODEL (CEPM).
By Mansor Puteh



ACCEPT ALMS AND CONTINUE TO BEG FROM UMNO AND BARISAN AND CONTINUE TO VOTE THE OPPOSITION TO GET MORE OF THEM.

THE OPPONENTS OF UMNO AND THE MELAYU ARE THOSE WHO ARE OUTSIDE OF BARISAN. BUT THE WORST ONES ARE THOSE IN THE COALITION ITSELF. THEY ARE UMNO’S AND THE MELAYU’S ‘ENEMIES IN THE BLANKET.’

THE LOSS OF THE SIBU PARLIAMENT SEAT TO THE DAP CANDIDATE SHOULD BE A HUGE BLOW TO UMNO’S BUT NOT TO THE MCA’S AND GERAKAN’S EGO AND STANDING.

But there are valuable lessons that can be learnt from this debacle, if one dares to look at the outcome in an obtuse manner.

It is a loss for the Melayu and Umno, but a win for the DAP as well as the MCA and Gerakan, except that they are not able to jointly celebrate it openly.

Umno and the Melayu leaders must realize fast that their real opponents are not amongst the other Melayu, but from the Chinese and Indians who are in Pakatan as well as those in Barisan – they are the undeclared and unofficial opponents within and without Umno and Barisan. Unfortunately, the Melayu have not realized they this.

That the Chinese in and outside of Barisan and Pakatan are in a complot to deny Melayu Majority Might and Influence. They eat the Melayu from within and without these two coalitions, one which purports to support the government and the others, the opposition.

The Chinese, regardless of whether they are in Barisan or Pakatan are the same; they have the same backgrounds and aspirations which is to further reduce Melayu presence in the commercial sector and now in politics. But this is under threat as more and more Melayu venture into business.

This is the Chinese Economic and Political Model or CEPM which no-one is aware of. It has been in existence since Barisan was formed. It is to ensure that Umno, Pas and the Melayu are in perpetual disagreements with each other so they can benefit from it.

As for the Indians, they seem to be lost in the middle; they are also not able to do much with their dwindling population.

The most that they can do is to meddle in issues which are not important with light banters that their leaders in Barisan and Pakatan can dare to make occasionally, just to get the Melayu and Chinese to look at them briefly so they could still be counted.

The Indians in Malaysia who are in Barisan and Pakatan are unfortunately, being led by the same small group of men, who have been in politics and also law too long. So instead of concentrating on expanding the economy of their community, their leaders only know how to get more of their temples and schools upgraded, not that this is not important to them.

So this is how we can see more and more extraordinary temples which are made of crystal and even stone.

All the Chinese and Chinese-dominated political parties are the same. They have the same ideology and philosophy, except that their methods are different with some pretending to be with Umno and Barisan and the others, with Pakatan.

So the DAP win in Sibu is also an MCA and Gerakan win, too. This is how the Chinese in these two major Chinese political parties in Barisan see it.

To them, it’s Umno and the Melayu which had lost, not their parties or the Chinese and Indians. Barisan is there for the MCA and Gerakan to stick with Umno.

There are similarities between the Chinese voters and their voting trends with their brethren in Hulu Selangor, in the Peninsular Malaysia and those in Sibu, Sarawak.

There is an unholy pack amongst the Chinese and Indians in Barisan and Pakatan, which the Melayu in both these coalition do not know of.

Chances are they will never know they have been taken for a long ride, with the Melayu leaders feeling enamored that they have non-Melayu friends and supporters in their respective coalitions.

Have anyone heard the Chinese leaders in MCA and Gerakan criticizing their brethren in DAP, for instance?

This is something which all Umno leaders are not aware of; that these Chinese and Indian parties in Barisan are working against the interests of the Melayu and of Umno in the Barisan coalition.

When will the Melayu leaders in Umno realize this that they have opponents outside of Barisan as well as inside of it, too?

Is it also not a statement made by the Chinese voters in Sibu on the reappointment of Chua Soi Lek? And what did they think of Taib Mahmud who has been chief minister of Sarawak too long?

Maybe the MCA and Gerakan as well as the other Chinese parties in Barisan want the outcome in the Sibu by-election to be like what it was, so that the Chinese in this city can be better served by the governments of Sarawak and Malaysia who will continue to make offerings to them even without them asking.

This is what matters to them the most. So losing Sibu to the DAP is not a big issue with the MCA, Gerakan and the other Chinese parties in Barisan, since their brethren are served better this way, so they can get more than they need from the two governments.

This is despite the alms they had given to the Chinese schools amounting to eighteen million ringgit, all of which meant nothing to the Chinese voters there.

It’s not that they were ungrateful; it’s just that they wanted more than eighteen million ringgit. They wanted to belittle the Barisan, Umno and Melayu leaders.

They also wanted to get as much as they can from Barisan – meaning the Melayu – before the time comes when their community shrinks further in size, so they become less relevant to the state as well as national politics in Malaysia.

The Sarawak state and federal government should have done what the Republic of Singapura had done, which is to disperse the population of the Chinese in Sibu and the other areas where they are in a majority.

This is to ensure that there are no real Chinese or Indian majority areas in the country.

As for the Indians, their own population is fast diminishing so they are not able to stick with each other. There is now no Indian majority area in Malaysia, save for some so-called Little Indias in Kuala Lumpur, Kelang and perhaps, Melaka.

As for the Chinese, most of their areas are now shared areas, leaving the former Chinese new villages which have started to see how they are also being disturbed by the economic development around them.

The federal government has done a good job to ensure Kuala Lumpur and the other major cities and towns in Malaysia which were once Chinese dominated to be less so.

The situation is so ‘bad’ today that Kuala Lumpur, the capital city is now almost a Melayu city.

With the development of Kampung Baru into a new township and the Pudu Jail by UDA, more Melayu will converge into the city to make it more vibrant and Melayu.

So the governments of Sarawak and Malaysia must start to introduce new plans for Sibu, so that the city can have more Melayu and Bumiputera presence. How?

By creating new development centers in this particular city and bring in more of the Melayu and other Bumiputeras to go into business; with them first starting out in petty trading, which forms the backbone of the Chinese economy.

Petty and small trading is what had caused the economy of the Chinese to flourish. They involve businesses in many fields that can allow many of the uneducated Chinese with vernacular Mandarin education to enter.

I have not been to Sibu before. In fact, I have not been to Sarawak or even Sabah before, except for the one-hour transit stops I had made to the airports in Kuching and Kota Kinabalu I had to make on my trips to and back from Tokyo.

I will surely want to make my first trip to these two East Malaysian states in Kalimantan in the near future.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT. – PART II:

…MALAYSIA EXPERIENCES WHAT THE AMERICANS EXPERIENCED IN THE SIXTIES WHEN THEIR YOUTH TOOK THE FLIGHT OF FANCY WHICH CAUSED THEIR SOCIAL AND CULTURAL VALUES TO BE RE-DEFINED AND DOWNGRADED.
By Mansor Puteh



BLAME IT ON POOR QUALITY VISIONARIES, THINK TANKS, NGOs, SOCIOLOISTS, PSYCHOLOGISTS AND ECONOMISTS AND THE CYCLE OF EVENTS THEY HAD CREATED DUE TO THEIR LACKING IN FORESIGHT AND INTELLIGENCE.

THE REAL-LIFE DRAMAS IN AMERICA OF THE SIXTIES INVOLVE ELEMENTS WHICH ARE THE SAME AS THOSE WHICH APPEAR IN THE REAL-LIFE DRAMAS OF MALAYSIA TODAY – THE RECKLESS YOUTHS, TARDY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, FAST CARS, PUBLICITY CRAZY LAWYERS AND THE BEFUDDLED MEDIA.

BUT GENERALLY, THE REST OF THE COUNTRY LOOKS ELSEWHERE AT THE PERSONAL PROBLEMS EXPERIENCED BY THOSE WHO ARE SO RECKLESS WHO DON’T CARE FOR THEIR PERSONAL WELL-BEING.

Only the media do. They have to, to preserve their ‘dignity’ and report redundant and repetitive news which still have not taught many, like it is a long soap opera that will be created and reported again and again.

These are the elements that are present in many a drama – a potent mixture that can often-times bring in a lot of fanciful reaction from those parties concerned, not that they are aware of it.

Maybe, all these parties in Malaysia ought to take the Screenwriting One course, which will be very good for them to have a good idea of what drama is, so they know how to create better ones in the future, so they know how to avoid themselves from being in the middle of an unnecessary drama themselves in the future.

For some, its too late; they are already characters in such real-life dramas, so they have to go along with the plot however tired it may be, to go on playing the plot of the ‘vanquished’ and those who suffer; these ‘heroes’ who are trying to maintain the ‘good name and good reputation’ of those who had died.

Did they ever try to do all these when their children were still live?

A criminal is created; he is encouraged to be created, because he has to be ‘trained’ to be one in one way or another.

His first criminal activity is first to cheat himself. The second is to cheat his close relatives, by stealing their vehicles and lying on his nocturnal movements and activities.

Then he finds accomplice from amongst his cousins, relatives and other friends, so they can form a formidable group.

Criminals do not just happen; they have to be put in a certain background to allow them to venture into crime. And they have to be ‘told’ that a criminal is also a good option. If they know how to cheat themselves and their families, then it will be much easier to cheat the authorities.

So all the parties concerned, the parents of the dead, their lawyers, the lawmakers, the police and media know what part they are playing in the particular episode – that of real characters or just the clowns!

If the central issue is the loss of human life, of human values; then the other parties are just the clowns or jokers whose existence in it, is for distraction!

Here is where my training in screenwriting has come in handy, because you learn about causes and effect in screenwriting which forms the backbone of any story for without which it cannot develop.

So when a tragedy happens, those youths who were involved in it can expect those whom they had left behind to find ways to say they were angels, even when the facts are so clear that they were not so angelic.

Parents of those youths and those who support them, suffer from self-denial. They do not accept the fact that the ends have proven that their children did not care for their feelings.

If one does not wish to get certain effects, whatever possible causes that could lead to one getting the final effects must be thought of before hand, as any mistake can prove to be fatal.

Or, do they want to ignore it and allow more underage kids to be involved in similar incidents so they can benefit from them?

Will they all ignore the experience and treat it just like an episode and move on before a similar one is repeated which involves another juvenile delinquent, his parents, the same lawyers and the police?

So a corporal has been charged in court on 10 May, over the shooting of an underage automobile night-rider. If the driver had been the most wanted criminal, the corporal would have been feted as a national hero. Unfortunately, this didn’t happen.

And unfortunately, too, the corporal’s employers had not come to his support. This is unlike the express bus drivers who were known to have driven while on the phone and in the influence of drugs, yet who are given legal support by their employers.

Even newspaper organizations take it as their responsibility to support and back their reporters and editors who have been sued for defamation.

The American government goes out of their way to protect their soldiers even if they had bombed entire families in Iraq and Afghanistan by mistake without even admitting it as a mistake.

It’s unlike the case which involved Rodney King, the African-American who was pulled to the curb by the police in California and who was assault by some police officers.

The incident was recorded by video and it was clearly a racially-motivated one, with the victim who was totally helpless and at the mercy of the officers who knew he was harmless and also African-American.

There was an almost similar case when a trigger happy Chinese businessman admitted to firing his pistol at an Indonesian man whom he alleged or assumed had wanted to rob him at his house in Petaling Jaya.

The matter ended there, without the business being charged for murder, simply because the person who was shot was a foreigner and the person shooting him was not a policeman but a Chinese man! How could everybody take his word for it?

Where are the well-meaning NGO leaders and UMNO Youth members who would transverse distant lands to try and save Malaysians who had been convicted for drug smuggling?

Are they trying to say it’s better for Malaysians to commit crimes abroad where they can expect to be given preferential treatment by the government and the other organizations but not for those who do them in the country, even if they are in uniform?

Will this make police officers more cautious in the future so much so they will allow any getaway car to move on just so they do not make any mistake and shoot at another juvenile delinquent?

This can happen. If it does and notorious criminal gets away, blame it on the well-meaning activist-lawyers who are only to serve the cause of justice on one side but on the other.

They have been casting aspersions on the police and also try to assume the role of the judges by making their own pronouncements on who is guilty and who is not even before the corporal was charged in court. How could they be so brash for insisting that they are right?

But why do the same lawyers and the many others who would habitually flock and march to the nearest police station to lodge police reports every instant they can get, to get the police to use their judgment and the bidding for them, when most of the times they despise them?

Malaysia does not seem to have laws which punish underage drivers who steal vehicles even from close family members and those who accompany them on rides in the car.

Maybe it’s time we did, so we can also punish those who allow those juvenile drivers for abetting in the crime they commit along the way, wherever they drive at.

Could it be that the police offer had by acting in the way he did, to stop much more eerie future crimes to be committed by the juvenile driver if he was not stopped and is still being allowed to go on the road?

How many times can a juvenile driver be ‘allowed’ by their close family members from ‘stealing’ their vehicles, without them realizing it?

Let the new laws be very severe, so that they act as a deterrent to would-be criminals at the wheels who do not know traffic laws and how to behave while driving, especially when asked to pull by the police on patrol.

Friday, May 14, 2010

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT. – PART I:

OF JUVENILE RECKLESSNESS, INNOCENCE, DELIQUENCY AND LAWLESSNESS…WHICH RESULT IN A SHORT STRING OF EVENTS LEADING TO AN UNFORTUNATE END IN ‘ONE NIGHT IN SHAHALAM’.
By Mansor Puteh



(Note: I find the comments made by certain psychologists and psychiatrists on why Malaysian motorists like to jump the traffic lights to be too vague and stupid. This is a minor issue which is that the offending motorists are taking advantage of poor enforcement and punishment.

They should have foreseen such problems few decades ago and said so and convinced the government to do something so that they could not happen.

But now it’s too late. They can only look at what has happened in retrospect and then create some intelligent excuses on why such problems happened.

Maybe it’s not too late; they can still offer suggestions to the government on how to curb traffic delinquencies, but do they know how? I doubt it.

It’s got nothing to do with a person’s personality traits, as the same person will behave better if they know the punishment for making such traffic offenses is debilitating as in Singapura.

Its how much society and the authorities ‘allow’ anyone to do is what makes some to do it, and the social and cultural influences one can get through the popular medium of the cinema, television and music.

So one can also blame the media for creating confusion amongst the young in the country.

Maybe the psychologists and psychiatrists are too old to be able to understand the thinking of the young today. And they are not just a group of young people; they are differences between the young Melayu and the others whose problems need to be addressed differently.

The government of Singapura had long ago foreseen actions by their motorists so they immediately introduced stringent laws to curb unruly behaviors of their motorists.

There is a larger problem which has to be addressed so this tiny issue can be solved.

They sound too bookish and too general like they are not referring to anyone.

I can easily rubbish them, especially since their views were solicited and not given to them as they see fit.

The reasons they gave are not smart at all; they are not case specific. They are not good for anyone to ponder on the issue.

There are other more intelligent answers that one can give to analyze this problem. And it’s nothing to do with the personality disorders the motorists have. The real answer is that our lawmakers have been sleeping and enforcement too lacking, so one can commit traffic offenses and only rarely one can be charged for them.

Who amongst these types and the others, will want to propose that traffic offenders must be reclassified as criminals? Because their actions can often cause the death of innocent people, if they are drivers who are involved in accidents?

Someone driving without a license and is underage, can therefore, be classified as a criminal.)

‘IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT’ – AN OLD BLACK-AND-WHITE HOLLYWOOD FILM STARS CLARK GABLE AND CLAUDETTE CORBET AND DIRECTED BY FRANK CAPRA IN 1934, HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS A CLASSIC – TO THE AMERICANS. IT WENT ON TO WIN A STRING OF THE COVETED OSCARS.

I SAW THIS FILM IN THE FIRST SEMESTER FOR THE HISTORY OF MOTION PICTURES, PART I AT THE UNIVERSITY AND GIVEN BY NOTED AMERICAN FILM CRITIC, ANDREW SARRIS.

‘IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT’ IS A ROMANTIC COMEDY.

‘One Night in Shahalam’ isn’t. It’s a tragedy for some, but not for the others especially those who are in the ‘who-cares’ segment of the society.

The American film has so far been quite forgotten; because time has taken its toll.

The real-life Malaysian version would soon be forgotten too as for the other equally tragic and avoidable tragedies – unfortunately, even by those same lawyers who handled the cases previously.

What happened in ‘One Night in Shahalam’ recently can also be said to be a classic, but one of confusion – but of a different kind – of which the plot is reminiscent of many earlier Hollywood films of the Sixties.

It was when many of their young tried to grow older faster than necessary, of underage boys and also girls have their destiny in their grips, all became confused by the politics of the time and the rejection of social values and dumping of the mores and even religions; when churches that had stood for centuries were left vacant until one by one they were turned to discotheques or hotels.

They gave Hollywood many stories which were gripping with some which ended in tragedy.

So Hollywood film stars became their new gods and goddesses.

Unfortunately, in old Hollywood films dealing with criminals and delinquents, there was this last part of the film called the denouement. But over the years, directors neglected to have it.

What is the denouement in the ‘One Night in Shahalam’?

A bit of the Sixties Hollywood happened in Malaysia, in the ‘One Night in Shahalam’ fairly recently, but not to the extent that happened to the youth in America who went way too far, because their society and parents allowed them to do so, since their hold on religion, too, was weak.

In Malaysia, this didn’t happen. But occasionally traces of it do, such as in the carefree attitude of the young, especially from the middle class Melayu where the young can get easy access to some old Proton Sagas to take a ride of fancy by sneaking out late at night for their dice with danger.

The person must have been driving a while to be able to go out so late and so confidently. Where and who taught him how to drive and whose car did he use to do it? Why didn’t his cousin stop him from driving without a license? He is also a contributing factor that led to the unfortunate incident.

Why didn’t he say so in his press conference, how they had been negligent all along.

Unfortunately, most Melayu parents did not have much experience or education in the American Cinema or Hollywood to know plots which were used then which are now trite.

So no wonder, they have become party to new ones which are repeated in Malaysia some which end in tragedy, which not many will want to share with them.

Many Malaysians really do no care if someone who is underage were to drive into his personal disaster.

If he did not care for his personal safety and the possible agony his parents and family could face with his recklessness, then, why should anyone want to feel sorry for what he had done to all of them?

Alas, it is tragedy which many other Melayu and Malaysians have now begun to accept to be less tragic, but quite ‘entertaining’, much like watching old Hollywood films of the Sixties.

‘It’s not that we do not care; it’s just that we have problems of our own to look after. You can cry a river, but who’d hazard a chance to walk in my shoes?’

It provides valuable lessons for many to learn from. But do they care to look at what happened on that ‘one night in Shahalam’ this way?

And not having a strong cinema awareness base, Malaysians do not understand life as we should.

This is what the country gets if the government does not care to develop the cinema truly and properly leaving it to those who are not trained.

Lessons from the world of make belief of the cinema can shape the country’s destiny that gives us valuable lessons.

So lessons not learnt, are lessons that will be repeated. They appear in many forms; one of which is the excesses of youthful exuberance which unfortunately is being expressed in their exposure to poor quality Melayu films that dwell on them in the silliest way.

Are there valuable and important lessons from the night out for a juvenile that the others like him, their parents and the lawmakers and the police as well as lawyers can learn from?

Do they want to institute new laws that restrict the nocturnal activities of the juvenile after seeing what has happened to one or two of them?

When a leader of a political party got killed when a lorry laden with overload wood hit him when he drove into them, the politicians immediately took actions to introduce new laws to force lorry owners have special extensions to their lorries so the extra load could be covered by a fake back.

Unfortunately, none of the underage child of such personalities had been killed by driving late and without a license that caused him to be shot in the head, or else, his father would have by now instituted some forms of law to curb underage children from driving, at night or even in the day.

But how on earth can they do this without they themselves having to bear the consequences?

Even if their children were caught driving late at night and without a valid driving license, they still have a host of alibis and excuses to absolve themselves of all blame.

Monday, May 10, 2010

‘WHO AND WHAT CREATE CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES IN MALAYSIA?’ – PART II:

…LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS OFTEN GET THE BRUNT, WHILE SUSPICIOUS CHARACTERS AND CRIMINALS ARE FETED LIKE HEROES.
By Mansor Puteh



THANKS TO THE NEW AND CONFUSED JOURNALISM – BAD NEWS IS GOOD NEWS; AND GOOD NEWS IS BAD NEWS – WHEN THEY DO NOT KNOW THEY ARE SERVING JUSTICE OR THE LAWYERS OF THOSE WHO WERE DEAD WITH THEIR PARENTS OVERWHELMED BY GUILT FOR NOT STOPPING THEIR CHILDREN FROM COMMITTING JUVENILE DELIQUENCIES.

ARE WE IN THE ERA OF THE ANTI-HEROES, WHEN PEOPLE SYMPATHIZE AND RELATE TO THE CROOKS OR ANTAGONISTS MORE THAN THE HEROES OR PROTAGONISTS?

THERE ARE MANY WHO DARE TO QUESTION, TO ASK AND TO MAKE WILD ALLEGATIONS AND FEEL PROUD OF IT. IS IT THE ‘IN’ THING TO DO NOW FOR MANY ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE IN JOURNALISM?

Have the lawyers, parliamentarians cum lawyers and other activists and the newspaper editors no shame in trying to ‘benefit’ from the dead and juvenile delinquents and the others again and again?

The juvenile delinquents and their parents are the ones who should be the main focus of attention.

If they had not been negligent, all the silly and unnecessary criminal cases and controversies as well as scandals could have been avoided – much to the chagrin of the media owners who do not have much to write about or dwell on, perhaps?

That certainly isn’t good news to the high profile lawyers, media and whoever that can benefit from such unnecessary crimes and issues.

The main thing is to avoid such incidents from repeating themselves in the future and not to happy to find them. This, the lawyers, media people and police as well as the other well-meaning personalities do not know how to do.

So they allow the status quo to remain with other juveniles and unsuspecting criminal candidates to emerge from amongst us in the near future.

Malaysians do not want to be in a police state, but it needs policing because the people cannot be trusted to be with themselves as many of them do not care for law and order – they ignore and break every law given the chance.

They are the same lawyers and the same parliamentarians cum lawyers who have actually benefited from crimes that had happened and the dead who give them such opportunities to trust themselves.

They are the ‘Heroes of the Dead’.

How many lawyers have been known and seen to cry if the cases they handled went awry and those whom they tried to defend goes to prison on a long-term sentence or worse, if they are sentenced to hang?

To the lawyers, it was just another job; they move on to the next and see what else they could benefit from it this time.

To them, winning and losing is nothing; what matters the most is that they get a steady job of defending criminals and those who are charged in court so they can reap tidy profits from them.

It’s the same with the media which can also benefit from reporting criminal, police and court cases.

In the past, they toed the official line; now for the sake of ‘openness’ they prefer the unofficial line instead and in the process bring out those who are obviously guilty and potentially guilty to give them ample space to rebut and also rebuke the authorities.

And there are also some parliamentarians cum lawyers who also want to get on the bandwagon to shove their way into such issues which are often controversial and news grabbing.

But alas, the people in the streets don’t seem to care anymore; with those in the food stalls or ‘warung’ busy sipping their ‘pulled out tea’ or ‘teh tarik’ and eating their packet of ‘nasi lemak’.

They ask: Why should they care for the miseries of the others, when they too have their own to worry about? Who’s going to pay for the ‘teh tarik’ and ‘nasi lemak’?

But why are the same lawyers and the same parliamentarians cum lawyers not using their legal minds to try and find new laws and regulations that can ensure the members of the public are protected so they do not become useless to themselves?

The truth is that they are not too smart to realize how they can actually help to save the juveniles and the other members of the public from harming themselves. They are so dumb to realize that having a degree in law and become too bookish cannot take them very far, except to the front-pages of the newspapers.

But these often have to be at the expense of those who have been dead.

What’s the point for those lawyers and parliamentarians cum lawyers to try and exert their presence and solve crimes that had happened when some have already been killed?

It is too late.

But it is still not too late for them to use those legal brains they claim to posses in great abundance to do what I am now telling to do, failing which one can easily come to the conclusion that they are not interested to stop or curb the incidents of crime but to allow them to happen so they can continue to benefit from them.

This seems to be the case and the attitude of the press has also not changed for they, too, can benefit from crimes which are repetitive and totally unnecessary which happened because the lawyers and parliamentarians are too busy doing other things, and looking elsewhere, for new crimes which are similar to happen so they can jump on the bandwagon and take another round of ride around the legal quagmire and rigmarole.

These well-meaning lawyers and parliamentarians are therefore mean for not being able to arrest such crimes.

Even without much legal background I can see how such crimes could have easily been avoided, that a fifteen-year-old student could be involved in a car chase ala many of the silly Melayu films which were shown in the cinemas, for which the student might have seen before.

Speed racing along narrow roads late at night for a person so young can be curbed, only if the same lawyers and the same parliamentarians had done a good job at trying to curb them.

They can introduce new laws and regulations to do this, but they did not do so.

Will they now want to do it after seeing similar cases being repeated in almost similar forms?

Young Indian men are found dead while in remand. A young Chinese man was said to have jumped from a high-rise office building…all these could have been avoided if the lawyers and parliamentarians are not busy looking for such unusual crimes to happen so they can jump on them and crowd around their family members and close friends to offer their expert legal advice.

But what good can they now do to the dead who are buried in the ground with some who have also been turned to dust?

There is no good at all. But is there anything that can be learnt from all this? Yes, there is.

But unfortunately, none of the same lawyers and parliamentarians and even the police do not seem to have any clue of it.

So with the parliamentarians making lousy and ugly noises in both the houses of the Rakyat and Negara, petty and silly crimes involving the most unlikely characters continue to happen.

Yesterday it was a young Chinese man who flung to his death from a high-rise office building. And few days ago, a younger Melayu student was gunned down while speed racing in a residential area early in the morning.

Tomorrow, similar things will happen as the same lawyers and parliamentarians busy taking up similar issues to the same court houses where they had fought tooth and nail many times before in order to get justice to the relatives of the deceased.

But alas, they should know that despite their protestations and those of the others who sympathize with the relatives of the deceased, the dead continue to lie buried in the graves.

No valuable lesson has been learnt.

The same lawyers and same parliamentarians and even the police are all at a total loss of not knowing what’s been hitting them.

What sort of useless and silly crimes will happen next? And who will be involved this time?

We do not know. We do not care.

But one thing’s for certain is how the same lawyers and the same parliamentarians cum lawyers will be first to come to the scene of the crime to unveil what happened prior to it so those who are involved in it are brought to justice.

They do not care for those who are still alive and who could be given extra protection from the other members of the public and especially from their own selves.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

‘WHO AND WHAT CREATE CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES IN MALAYSIA?’ – PART I:

… ARE THERE DIRECT LINKS BETWEEN THE LEGAL PROFESSION, THE MEDIA AND THE ADVERTISING INDUSTRY THAT CAUSE CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES TO BE CREATED AND ‘ENCOURAGED’ TO HAPPEN – BECAUSE THERE’S A LOT OF MONEY TO BE MADE FROM OTHER PEOPLE’S MISERIES AND SUFFERINGS?
By Mansor Puteh



WHO STANDS TO BENEFIT FROM CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES THAT HAPPEN IN THE COUNTRY?

IT’S OBVIOUS THAT THERE ARE SOME WHO SUFFER, BUT THERE ARE ALSO MANY WHO CAN ACTUALLY BENEFIT FROM THEM.

DON’T THEY NOT KNOW HOW TO STOP NEW AND ALMOST SIMILAR TYPES OF CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES FROM BEING REPEATED?

And all this happens with those in the two houses of parliament debating on other issues while new criminal case creating another round of anxieties for the bereaved and those who can benefit from them?

It has the same plot with similar allegations and counter allegations and press conferences involving the same lawyers and parliamentarians cum lawyers and other well-meaning NGO personalities so much so that it becomes another episode in a long soap opera serial that has the same plot with some calling for the setting up of a royal commission, presenting of the white paper in parliament and an inquest, etc.

But they can never resurrect those who have died while the parties concerned dilly-dally on how to go about to reveal the truth behind the crimes that had happened.

They are not able to use the old cases to find ways to avoid new ones from being repeated in almost the same manner. They just go with the flow because this is their limitation.

Yes, there are some direct links between criminal activities and the relevant parties.

And the public are also not totally blameless in this matter; they had voted in the wrong people to parliament and are complicit to most of the crimes that have happened for their being too lackadaisical about it, thinking what is happening is nothing but a show involving the others until the same tragedy strikes them.

This can also allow us to wonder if the lawyers, law enforcement officers and politicians are properly trained. Do they have the right background to be whom they want to be?

How often senior police officers in other countries appear on television and the papers than their counterparts in Malaysia?

Do the newspaper editors also know how to manufacture news without being involved in them directly and indirectly? Are they saying to themselves, ‘Stop it, I like it?!’

The links are so direct and clear, but the psychologists, sociologists, psychiatrists and politicians and even those in Bukit Aman can’t see them.

Now they can. And what are they going to do about it?

Chances are they won’t know how to go about solving criminal activities in the country in the long-term and in the structural manner.

They only know how to jump on them with the police trying to ‘benefit’ from them to prove how caring they are at trying ensuring that the country is in peace, while the lawyers pretend to be sympathetic and the media giving a splash hoping to reap profits for their companies.

And don’t expect these sorts of issues to be raised, discussed and even debated by them. Even the experts in Bukit Aman and the police academies and other anti-crime bodies and associations and NGOs can’t conjecture anywhere near this line of argument.

But isn’t there veracity in what I’m alleging here?

That crimes are created; they just do not happen because some people in our society just like to do it.

Most of them who had committed all sorts of crimes had to do it because they were influenced by elements that interact with each other which I have mentioned above.

The advertising industry churns a lot of rubbish and propaganda everyday trying to dissuade the people not to toe the line; they often pester them to go beyond their limits. And they are not there just to sell products.

And the well-meaning lawyers and other politicians are not just there to soothe the tortured souls and try to get justice for the bereaved.

Alas what good is there to the dead who are gone? And what good can the relatives and close friends they had left behind get from their painful experiences and being in the glare of publicity that they could get for a while before their lives return to normal being unknowns they were before the personal tragedy happened to them?

In the end who stands to gain the most from crimes that had been committed?

Have the lawyers, parliamentarians cum lawyers and other activists and the newspaper editors no shame in trying to ‘benefit’ from the dead and juveniles and the others again and again?

Lawyers make a lot of money from crimes; so they are very sympathetic to those who are in dire straits. They cry all the way to the bank, as some others like to say.

Newspapers sell and their companies also make money if there are lots of them – so much so one can start to ask now if they are truly trying to sympathize with the bereaved or to benefit from their miseries.

And the advertising industry creates a lot of confusion and introduces new social and cultural and even pseudo-religious values to the young. So no wonder most crimes in the country involve the young.

So crimes may be bad for those who suffer from them, but not so to those who can benefit from them.

Who says crime does not pay then? They do. They are good for the lawyers, some parliamentarians cum lawyers and newspapers.

And we have a so-called minister in the prime minister’s department but what is his function other than to be nothing more than the communications manager. He does not know how crimes are created and how to avoid them from being repeated in almost similar fashion.

With the fast expanding middle class and people with confused preferences and needs or values, we can expect to get crimes which are also new to the country from which the relevant parties can indeed benefit from.

Their predecessors had in an earlier time of few decades ago could only deal with petty crimes involving people stealing chicken eggs or peeping on women bathing at the public wells.

There was not much crime committed then, so the need for lawyers was also not pressing. Now there are many lawyers who would be unemployed so crimes have to be created to serve their interests.

So, let’s pretend to be sympathetic while they can benefit from it.

Those lawyers are no better and no worse than the same lawyers and the same parliamentarians cum lawyers and newspaper editors.

Such modern-day crimes are definitely not good for the police as each crime that happens require different methods to stop; some of which can cause some members in the force to suffer from them having tried to do their job as the criminals often present new scenarios without realizing it.

Criminals can be careless, but the police officers cannot. That’s what the lawyers and media people seem to think.

Criminals are not pounded upon by the media and public, but the police are often the target of scorn if their method of defense and often to apprehend the criminals and potentially dangerous individuals went awry.

In the meantime, let some people pretend to show concern to the bereaved while they reap in the profits.

There is no insinuation of any sort here; what I am writing is evidently clear for everybody to see. But in Malaysia there are not many who could see the whole matter this way or else some of them would have written about it.

Don’t they know how to use whatever ‘expertise’ and legal brains and special positions as parliamentarians to influence the introduction of new laws so that such incidents do not happen in the future?

There are some lawyers who seem to be fired up if there are crimes which should not have happened in the first place but which did anyway.

These are unnecessary crimes which create unnecessary controversies and unnecessary newspaper reports.

So no wonder lawyers, some parliamentarians cum lawyers and the newspapers thrive when there is crime – which ironically translates to them having a lot of things to do and much to gain from.

And the lawyers are mostly the Indian and Punjabi ones.

I don’t blame the police for having tried to do their level best to protect the public from harm. But they are often pushed to the defensive and unnecessary charged because some of the members of the public do not know how to keep themselves from harm because they are happy to break the laws.

In the end those who have to stand in the line of fire from all sides, are the enforcement officers who do not know what they are up against, working in environments which are hostile and for a public who are ungrateful.

Yet, when there are incidents of crime, the first thing the public do is to call the police. Why didn’t they call the lawyers and parliamentarians cum lawyers?

Sunday, May 2, 2010

UNAVOIDABLE RESULTS OF THE HULU SELANGOR BY-ELECTION – THE INDIANS TRUST THE MELAYU WITH THEIR FUTURE, LEAVING THE CHINESE LEFT TO BE ON THEIR OWN

…AND HOW THE VERNACULAR MANDARIN SCHOOLS LOSE THEIR INDEPENDENCE.
By Mansor Puteh



THE OFFERING OF THE THREE MILLION-RINGGIT GRANT BY THE GOVERNMENT TO A VERNACULAR MANDARIN SCHOOL IN HULU SELANGOR SERVES AS A WARNING TO THEIR COMMUNITY THAT THAT THEIR SCHOOLS ARE NOT INDEPENDENT ANYMORE.

THEY HAD TRIED TO REMAIN STOIC IN DEFIANCE BUT THEY COULD LAST TOO LONG BEFORE THEY FALTER AND NOW START TO BECOME BEGGARS.

THIS SHOULD BE A CAUSE OF WORRY FOR THEIR COMMUNITY WHICH MEANS THAT THEIR ECONOMIC HOLD IN THE COUNTRY MAY BE EXPERIENCING A DECLINE, OR ELSE THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO SUPPORT THEIR ‘INDEPENDENT’ SCHOOLING SYSTEM.

Worse, it is just the first step towards them surrendering their schools to merge into the national schooling system or the sekolah Melayu in the future the more the population of the Chinese shrink and the more the economy of the Melayu increases and expands.

Therefore it was not a coup by the vernacular mandarin school or their community, but a huge blow to their psyche and independence.

But one of the strangest outcomes of the recently held Hulu Selangor by-elections is how the Indian voters and public have moved away from trusting their future with their alliance with the Chinese creating unholy kingmakers, which alas has only benefited the Chinese and not the Indians.

And the Chinese voters in this constituency are mostly with vernacular Mandarin school background who seem to be living in a world of their own.

They are living in a state of denial for too long of having been fed with a lot of propaganda by their vernacular press and those in English which are controlled by their brethren who do not seem to want them to leave Hong Kong where they are stuck at. So everything about them is Hong Kong, Hong Kong and Hong Kong…

They have not come to the realization what Malaysia and the Melayu are.

That the economy of the country is slowly being eroded from them, but which is now slowly but surely going into the control of the Melayu.

They may have felt so, especially when they see the many Melayu traders operating their makeshift stalls beside and around all of them.

They can also feel it when their business had started to shrink as more and more Melayu customers started to go to the stores operated by their own kind and not to the ones they operate.

The Chinese in Hulu Selangor must also feel that their future as traders is bleak. But with not much education and not able to speak Melayu and English, they do not have social mobility like many of the other younger Chinese and Indians who do have that.

It’s got nothing to do with the Indians now wanting to return to the Malaysian Indian congress or MIC.

And where was Hindraf in this equation? Nowhere.

It was an unholy alliance and an unofficial one based on the wrong premise that a larger non-Melayu political defiance and resistance could pose a serious threat to the Melayu hold on the politics in the country, ganged up by the immigrant backgrounds of these two communities.

And the Indians can see for themselves, despite the exertions of many other non-Melayu social, cultural and political activists, how more and more Indians from India are willing to come to Malaysia to work even as illegal workers in the food stalls.

This is despite the fact that how some of them have alleged the Melayu majority and government had ‘systematically’ marginalized them for too long.

And many Chinese, too, should be aware of how many Chinese from Beijing especially who are willing to come to Malaysia to work as foot reflexologists and doing other things, because they are not able to get a decent job in their own country.

So who are the Indians and Chinese in Malaysia who charge that they have been subject to ‘institutional discrimination’ and were not able to progress when their brethren who had only recently come to the country are able to benefit from the country?

But alas, this ganging up did not serve the interests of the Indians as the Chinese deserted them and went on their economic quest to control the politics of the country, leaving most of the Indians, still in the same places as their ancestors were.

Most of them have seen how the Chinese had been using the Indians to add to their leftist leaning and gain a lot of advantage as kingmakers this way.

In this way, they were able to gain much from the Chinese right as well as the Chinese left, meaning, the Chinese parties in Barisan and the other Chinese parties in Pakatan, all of which aim to serve their own community only.

They had left the Indians in the lurch.

So the by-elections were when the Indians shown their contempt of the Chinese minority which they had ganged up to try and swing the results of the elections in the past.

But all this came to naught as the Chinese continued to ignore the plight of the Indians even after getting the support from them in almost all the elections that had been held till the last general one in March, 2008.

The Indians in Hulu Selangor had shown their bravery by ignoring the Chinese and came to town on their own by supporting Barisan which they see as the Melayu whom they can trust with their future.

This trend is set to continue as more and more Indians begin to finally realize that their future is in the hands of the Melayu and not in the hands of the Chinese whom they consider to be too self-centered to allow Indians into their psyche, other than to use them to win votes for their candidates.

And in fact, the Chinese did not vote for Pakatan, as it seemed to look like. They never had in mind of doing so.

They only did not vote for Barisan. And they wanted to see Barisan fulfill their election pledges of giving them alms which Barisan did, despite being given the boot by the Chinese voters in this state constituency.

This does not go down well with the other Chinese who are grateful and also with the Indians who are now able to see who the Chinese in Hulu Selangor are and how their education and community leaders are, being weak souls for having accepted the three million-ringgit grant offered by the federal government.

It is just a ploy to fool the Chinese leaders by not exactly saying that they are of a certain stripe, with no backbone by bending too far to the back to accommodate their narrow views of things and in the process allow the so-called independent Chinese schools to be further downgraded to become no more than DEPENDENT SCHOOLS.

And many will also want to see if as yet another step for such vernacular schools in Mandarin and Tamil to move towards being ultimately absorbed into the national schooling system of the ‘sekolah Melayu’.

This can happen the more such schools continue to demand financial support from the government, and aided by the diminishing population of their communities so that the economy of the country are not in the hands of the Chinese anymore but the Melayu.

Then the Chinese and Indian or more appropriately, the Tamil communities will be able to see more of the ‘usefulness’ of their vernacular schools that they had trusted too much in the past in the true light that they do not give their children much of a future in this new Malaysia that only serve the propaganda of the Chinese community leaders only.

And the giving of the three million ringgit grant by Najib to the vernacular Mandarin school in Rasa should be seen not as a coup for the Chinese education, but as a huge blow to their psyche. This is how low they are willing to stoop in order to get such funds.

And they are definitely not going to stop here. They will make more demands and get everything they want, while the still stick with the Left where they have no future of getting any assistance and support from.

So in the end, the younger Chinese who are in such vernacular schools and the Tamils who are in their own vernacular schools will be uncalculated the feelings of being indebted to the government and especially to the Melayu, too, and their future is not in the hands of their own community leaders who had already forsaken their ideals.

This is the real outcome of the by-elections of Hulu Selangor.