Monday, January 31, 2011

KHIR JOHARI’S SON JOINS DAP.

…MORE MELAYU LIKE AND UNLIKE HIM SHOULD DO THE SAME, TO ‘INFILTRATE’ INTO THE PARTY SO THAT THE DAP’S FANGS CAN BE CUT RIGHT UNDER THEIR VERY NOSE.
By Mansor Puteh


…AND KIMMA, THE INDIAN-MUSLIM POLITICAL PARTY SHOULD JOIN THE MALAYSIAN INDIAN CONGRESS OR M.I.C. TOO, TO TURN THE PARTY INTO LESS OF A HINDU ONE.

DESPITE THE DEMOCRATIC ACTION PARTY (DAP) INSISTING THAT IT IS NOT A RACIAL OR CHINESE-BASED PARTY, IN MOST INSTANCES, THEY BEHAVE LIKE IT STILL IS.

THE DAP TODAY IS A FAR CRY FROM WHAT IT WAS BEFORE.

Now with the infiltration of many non-Chinese, especially the Melayu, they have no choice but to undergo certain basic changes.

But despite that, they will still show their true Chinese colors when they can get the opportunity to do so.

First they tried to bring up road signs in Mandarin. This attempt failed miserably. They only managed to pain red color on their faces.

Then they tried to enlist some fung shui experts to help them maintain Perak. This they also failed.
The fung shui element was also introduced in Pulau Pinang, a state they still call British Penang, by moving their chief minister from the official residence to a rented bungalow.

This move, they think, is a move to stave off whatever bad luck that might come his way.

But bad luck still comes, to where Guan Eng goes, one after the next one.

A noted anti-graft activist, Tunku Aziz Ibrahim joined DAP and within moments was elected to represent DAP in Dewan Negara.

This could never happen if he had not done so.

The fact that he had not chosen to join Umno but DAP instead, should be a cause of worry for the DAP, which can now be seen to be a party which is not transparent, so much so that it needed to accept such a person who headed Transparency International.
This logic was missed by the senior DAP leaders who also did not know if Aziz had indeed infiltrated into their close-knit organization and he had already got what he had wanted by being appointed the DAP Senator in Dewan Rakyat.

The effect is how cunning Aziz and this particular Melayu is – for being able to be selected by the party to be in Dewan Negara, a spot which if he had not bothered to join the party, would definitely have gone to any Chinese in the DAP.

Now, Khir Johari’s son, Zairil has also joined the party. He is a businessman so he is okay to be independent-minded, as he does not depend on the state or federal government for his subsistence.

There are many other independent-minded Melayu who can do the same, if they feel they are not too enamored with the government anymore and especially if they failed to get contracts from it.

But the truth of the matter is that Aziz and Zairil are doing the Melayu a great big favor. They are definitely not doing the Chinese in the DAP any favor.

They may have their own personal reasons for doing so, but they cannot help but want to look at the bigger picture, of how they had been turned to the other side if not because they did not believe they could do something to their cause within the system of their own fathers and perhaps grandfathers.

Khir Johari would not turn in his grave if he knows of his son’s move to join the DAP and not Umno.

There is even some glee in the announcement that Zairil and DAP had made on his move to join them.

The reason being they are mere decoys for the Melayu to further infiltrate into the party to change its philosophy and attitudes of their senior leaders who are now sounding less coarse than they used to before.

They have been conned. And it is happening right before their eyes.

They will see the infiltration of more Melayu into the party so that in the near future, it cannot operate in the same way it had done before. It has to change to suit the racial composition of its members.

For a start, one can see that they can not communicate in Mandarin, but in Melayu to accommodate the large number of non-Chinese.

Just take a good look at PKR, a multiracial political party: They communicate only in Melayu, even though they have many Chinese and Indian members.
But the numbers are still too small for these non-Melayu to operate separately even at the divisional levels.

It’s the same with Pakatan which comprises of the parties in the other coalition which communicates mostly in Melayu.

So it is not to any great advantage that both Aziz and Zairil have joined the DAP.
The DAP should start to worry if there are more Melayu like them who want to infiltrate into the party so that their version of Chinese chauvinism cannot be sustained any longer.

All it has to take is for just five percent of the members of the DAP comprising of the Melayu, for it to change its stripe.

And those Melayu who want to join the DAP are not those who want to be ordinary members; they have other designs of their own. They want to be elected.

And the top party leaders know how to use them for their own propaganda, but without realizing what this can lead them to do in the near future.

DAP can become another PKR with Melayu majority.

Aziz had led the way for it to happen. Now Zairil is supporting him.

Expect few more Melayu like them to join DAP so that it can become evidently clear how the Melayu are infiltrating the party and changing it from within itself, and right under their own eyes.

In fact, by joining the Pakatan coalition, they had also started to do it, by trimming their original goals to meet with the new demands from the other more stable coalition members, particularly PAS.

We’ll see which other Melayu join the DAP in the near future, and how the party starts to crumble and implode from within.

In fact, the MIC, too can suffer the same destruction and implosion if the Muslim-Indians start to become more exertive than they are now.

They only had one Muslim Tamil in their politburo, S.O.K. Ubaidullah.
The Indian-Muslim party called Kimma should join M.I.C. to force it to become less Hindu.

Friday, January 28, 2011

SHRIEKS AND SHRILLS FROM COMMUNITIES WHICH ARE FAST SHRINKING. – PART II.

…AND FOR NOTHING THE MELAYU IN MALAYSIA ARE BEING CHARGED FOR NEGLECTING THEIR WELL-BEING.
By Mansor Puteh



I PITY THOSE CHINESE AND TAMILS ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO HAVE VERNACULAR SCHOOL BACKGROUND BECAUSE THEY FEEL INFERIOR, FOR NOT BEING ABLE TO COMMUNICATE IN MANDARIN OR TAMIL THAT MUCH EXCEPT AMONGST THEMSELVES.

THOSE WHO ARE IN THE SMALL TRADING BUSINESSES IN THE ‘PASAR MALAM’ AND AT THE STALLS THEY OPERATE IN THE SHOPPING COMPLEXES HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO SPEAK IN MELAYU AS THE MAJORITY OF THEIR CUSTOMERS ARE MELAYU.

THEY CANNOT AVOID FROM SPEAKING IN MELAYU. SO OVER THE YEARS, THEIR COMMAND AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE LANGUAGE SEEM TO INCREASE AND THEY ARE NOW ABLE TO RELATE TO THE MELAYU EVEN MORE.

They cannot survive without Melayu support.

And this is what the Melayu have got from them, especially by their community leaders who still harbor some leftover negative feelings about them.

They question ‘ketuanan Melayu’ and what it means and stands for, yet, they gleefully display their honorific titles which denotes how they value them.

Many Chinese are willing to do anything to ensure that they can get them so they can affix the ‘Datuk’, ‘Tan Sri’ or whatever title that are bestowed upon them.

Even the hardcore illegal moneylenders want to have a ‘Datuk’ affixed before their name.

This is how ‘ketuanan Melayu’ has cast a spell upon them which they still want to question. They don’t know what it means, so they are angry with themselves when they hear the slogan being cried out or written about like there is no ‘ketuanan Cina’ and ‘ketuanan India’ and the other ‘ketuanans’.

In America, England or Australia, where some of the Chinese in Malaysia had gone to seek their fame and fortune, they never asked about ‘ketuanan orang putih’. They never complained about being sidelined; they gladly enroll their children to the local schools which only have English as the medium of instruction.

They keep a low profile and behave well as citizens or those countries even when the countries do not allocate a single sen or an inch of land where they could build their vernacular Mandarin or Tamil school or temple. They are still model countries for them.

The reason being they are overwhelmed in those countries; so they are not able to do much. If they complaint, they can be seen as ungrateful.

Here, they are happy to be behave like ingrates who are not satisfied with their lot.
They do not talk about the many Chinese billionaires. They only highlight those amongst them who fail, but never admitting that they are so because they all have poor education at their vernacular school.

They never cared for the many Melayu in the rural areas who are still without proper supply of water and electricity. Yet, they are Bumiputeras.

They only want to be provided for. The best chance is during the elections and especially the by-elections where they made their many outrageous demands.

But even after getting them, they still voted for the opposition not because they like them, but because they had no choice, so they can demand some more.

The reporters from the Mandarin and Tamil newspapers hardly ever try to ask questions in press conferences. They stay to the back and write what the reporters from the Melayu and also the English language publications ask.

Unfortunately, there are still many Chinese and Tamils who do not, since they are not in such businesses. They end up not being able to speak much Melayu at all.

On the other hand, the foreign workers who have just come to the country for one year, yet they are able to speak in Melayu better than those Chinese and Tamils who were born in the country and have lived here all their lives.

They speak Melayu with a very thick accent and the vocabulary is limited to around two hundred words. One cannot engage with them in any meaningful conversation other than to exchange pleasantries.

It is too bad that there are still many Chinese and Tamil political and community leaders who insist on having their way with their schools.

And amongst those who are in the criminal activities, just how many of them have vernacular school backgrounds? Ask Bukit Aman for the statistics.

A general observation can tell just how many of those who have the national schools backgrounds go into the world of crime.

Who are involved in the counterfeiting of discs, smuggling into the country of goods from China and the flesh trading in the country? What is their educational background whether they have the national or vernacular school background?

Maybe a more serious study on this should be conducted by Bukit Aman and the well-meaning educational and community groups.

Now the MCA are trying to demand an allocation of one billion ringgit under the Tenth Malaysia Plan or Rancangan Malaysia Kesepuluh (RMK-10) to be spent on their schools. How much will the MIC then want to demand from the same government?

This is about sixty-six ringgit per Chinese, if the population of this community is said to be fifteen million persons.

Unfortunately, if we divide the amount amongst those who is in the vernacular Mandarin schools the average is even higher.

None of the Chinese political and community leaders want to discuss why are there so many Chinese and also Tamil parents who prefer sending their children to the national schools or ‘sekolah kebangsaan’ instead.

There must be a good reason for them to want to do so. This is very clear when they see how many of them succeed in their education and who are more confident with themselves.

They do not see their children and themselves as being less Chinese or less Tamil. On the other hand, they see them as being more Chinese and more Tamil as well as more Malaysians.

And how much are they demanding from their respective communities who had in the past provided them with the money to run their schools which they touted as ‘independent schools’?

Now they want to become ‘dependent schools’ instead.

This is a major shift in their attitude and strategy.

But to many, this also represents their desperation at seeing how their own communities have failed to provide for the continued existence of their schools which they had all along wanted to be independent of the national schooling system.

If the one billion ringgit is allocated, then they too must abide by the dictates of the government, which is to conform, or else they are not seen to be loyal.

The MCA has also admitted that most of the Chinese and Tamil voters for the opposition are those with vernacular school backgrounds.

So does this mean that they want the future voters to follow this trend, which can amount to the MCA being displaced by their own community? Are they doing their other Chinese-dominated parties a favor then?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

SHRIEKS AND SHRILLS FROM COMMUNITIES WHICH ARE FAST SHRINKING. – PART I.

…FEW SUCCESSFUL CHINESE AND TAMIL WITH VENACULAR MANDARIN AND TAMIL SCHOOL BACKGROUNDS ARE MAKING IT AS THOUGH THESE SCHOOLS ARE GOOD FOR THEIR COMMUNITIES WHEN FACTS PROVE THAT MANY CHINESE AND TAMIL STUDENTS DROP OUT OF SUCH SCHOOLS EARLY.
By Mansor Puteh



CAN’T THE CHINESE, TAMIL AND MELAYU EXPERTS IN EDUCATION SIT DOWN TO DISCUSS THIS MATTER ONCE AND FOR ALL, SO THAT IT DOES NOT GIVE RISE TO UNNECESSARY ISSUES AND PROLONGING CONTROVERSIES WHEN THERE WERE SUPPOSED TO BE NONE?

IN THE COUNTRIES IN THE WEST, THEY READILY EMBRACE THE LOCAL CULTURE, SPEAK AND STUDY IN THE LOCAL SCHOOLS AND EVEN HAVE LOCAL NAMES.

BUT IN MALAYSIA THEN WANT TO REMAIN AS THOUGH THEY ARE STILL IN CHINA OR INDIA.

Can’t this matter be discussed openly and excluding sentiments and emotions, not by politicians who like to play the ‘racial cards’ but by experts, by also taking into account the state the Chinese and Tamils in America and other developed countries are in and how they behave there?

This is so when the Chinese and Tamils who emigrated to other countries, they immediately behave properly and do not make unusual demands on the governments of those countries, who do not treat them better than when they were in Malaysia.

How much does America and the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand and the other developed countries many Chinese and Tamils or Indians in Malaysia look up to and want to go to live, allocate to their communities there?

Did the Chinese and Tamil communities truly benefited from their vernacular schools?

There are so few of them who are successful and they are the ones who are in the government.

Those who are not, are mostly in the commercial sector, which for now is still being dominated by the Chinese.

But their future in the private sector is not going to be permanent as it has forced many Melayu to go into this sector too since the non-Melayu have been hectoring for the government to open up the public sector for them.

At the same time, more and more Melayu are interested to go into the private sector as the market for things Melayu and the consumer base for them has expanded.

So it won’t be long before the Melayu dominate the private sector as well as the public sector by virtue of the size of their population.

These Chinese and Tamil community and political leaders neglect to say that they did not pursue their university education at the universities in china, Hong Kong or Taiwan and in India that have mandarin and Tamil as their medium of instruction.

All of them studied at the universities in the country where the medium of instruction is Melayu, for which they are using a lot more in the course of their daily official duties.

Without this, they won’t be turned to parliament or sit in the cabinet or even hold top posts in their political parties in the government or the opposition.

So few successful Chinese and Tamils are not good reasons for the sustenance of their vernacular schools, when the facts are so obvious and stacked against them.

How many of the Chinese and Tamils in Malaysia who have vernacular Mandarin and Tamil schools are marketable in Hong Kong, Taiwan, china and India?

Yet, many are saying that the two countries are emerging giants, yet, not many Malaysian of Chinese and Tamil origins are in demand in those countries.

And where in the world has the government provided a single sen or an inch of land to their Chinese and Tamil communities? Only Malaysia does that.

Most of the students of the vernacular schools drop out early and they are the ones who feel inferior for not being able to relate to the others and in Melayu or English well.

There are so few successful ones. And they are the ones who have managed to get university education in the national schooling system and who want to make it seem that their vernacular schools are good for their communities.

Many drop out of such schools so early so they do not have much of a future and not being able to speak much Melayu or English. They are in the world of their own spending too much time watching films and television programs and listening to music from Hong Kong or India.

And those who are successful, and who enter the publishing world, will use the opportunity to over-promote Hong Kong and India, even if they work for publications in the English language.

If one attends any public function, formal or informal, chances are there are so few Chinese or Tamil who have vernacular mandarin or Tamil school background.

The Jomheboh function organized by tv3 and similar events organized by RTM and the government ministries and agencies including those organized by private companies also face similar problems.

Those with Mandarin and Tamil school backgrounds find themselves outnumbered and outsmarted.

So they end up living amongst themselves in their little confines which are getting tighter and tighter everyday, as the Melayu start to be everywhere.

So much so all the major shopping complexes the LRT stations and the trains now have more Melayu.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

‘PARIA’, ‘INTERLOK’ AND A NATIONAL BEST-SELLER.

…‘INTERLOK’ WAS CRITICIZED BY SOME INDIAN HINDUS FOR EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE REASONS WHY THE NOVEL WAS SELECTED BY THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE TO BE USED AS REFERENCE FOR FORM FIVE STUDENTS.
By Mansor Puteh


DOES ONE NEED A STICKY CONTROVERSY AND A CONFUSED M.I.C. OFFICIAL NOT WELL-VERSED IN MELAYU LITERATURE TO HELP SELL BOOKS IN MALAYSIA?

IT’S DISGUSTING HOW THE INDIAN HINDUS IN INDIA AND IN MALAYSIA STILL WANT THE PARIAHS TO BE UNKNOWN ENTITIES WHO CANNOT EXIST EVEN IN LITERATURE SO THEIR FEELINGS ARE SHARED BY MANY OTHERS.

THIS IS HOW DISGRACEFUL THEIR BEHAVIOR IS.

So no wonder the pariahs are still the untouchables and the unclean.

The whole issue surrounding the novel by Abdullah Hussain boils down to this, that the Indians in the upper caste do not want the pariahs to be given a life for themselves, but they are too scared to admit it, so they want to blame the Melayu author for it.

If the African-Americans could declare ‘Black is Beautiful!’ then why can’t the pariahs of India declare ‘Pariah is Noble’?

What shame is there for them to be so described?

After all they have already been marginalized so no new and fanciful term of Harijan or ‘children of god’ can change that as long as the attitude of the other Indians of the different classes continue to treat them differently than they do to their own kind.

The word Pariah is not like the other words such as Nigger, Red Indian, Pale Face or Jap, which were created by other humans to denigrate other humans; it was a word in the Indian system.

Somehow the term ‘Mat Salleh’ for the White Folks said by Malaysians is not derogatory now.

So to say that the word pariah is demeaning and it is derogatory, reflects poorly on the things that had caused it to be created. It was definitely not created by the Melayu or any author.

It is therefore strange how they had been so condemned and being branded pariah for so long, yet, they are now not allowed to be so described as such?

Those who did not like to be pariahs forever have left Hinduism to revert to Islam or the other religions where they are given a new identity and life.

Please bear in mind the Melayu and Muslims in Malaysia do not have any negative feelings or attitude towards the pariah.

Because in Islam everybody is equal. After all the Arabs and Muslims were the first people in the world to accept the African Blacks or Negroes, long before White America could see them as human beings.

So if there is a Melayu and Muslim author who uses a character in his novel who is a pariah, his intentions can be said to be noble.

So who are the ones who are demeaning the pariahs – the Melayu author or the Hindus themselves – because they did not want people whom they call pariahs to be heard and seen or be used as characters in novels, so that they are taken out of their caste system?

So that a member of the pariah caste cannot be used and highlighted in any literary work, so they are pushed aside so they do not exist.

Who then can be charged for wanting to push them aside, the Melayu author who gave his time to profile him or the few vocal and confused and poorly trained Indian leaders in Melayu literature?

Also, was it not the Melayu in ancient times who had willingly embraced Islam because they did not believe in the religion or religions of their ancestors?

I remember when I was in secondary school; the history lessons gave a very detailed description or analysis on why the Melayu in Tanah Melayu and throughout Southeast Asia rejected the religion or religions of their ancestors.

If I list some of them here, some angry Indian leaders will become angrier. The reason being they are not able to accept historical facts and accept them in their proper context.

There must be a few hundred million Indians who are Hindus who are in this group in the Hindu caste system in India today.
Where are they? They are not known; they are not seen or heard.

They are supposed to suffer in pain and not allowed to be portrayed in any feature film in India which only highlight the plight and anxieties of the higher class of Indians – those who are fair and educated as well as cultured – they who are in the cities and other urban areas but not those who are still stuck in the rut in the same form since the last few centuries.

There were many others who had left it by reverting to Islam or other religions, including becoming atheists or free-thinkers.

And how so often writers of Indian origins living outside of India look down on their own kinds in India.

Look at Nobel Laureate V S Naipaul’s novel, ‘A house for Mr Biswas’ where he says so in more graphic details and with a lot of vehemence.

Whereas the word pariah or ‘paria’ in ‘Interlok’ the novel by Abdullah which was first published in 1971 didn’t. It only tries to do the contrary, which is something the Indians or Hindus in Malaysia do not care to do.

This novel somehow became a national best-seller forty years afterwards.

Maybe it is a novel idea to use one or two words which can cause some others in the M.I.C. and even M.C.A. to feel uneasy with, so they can be enlisted as promoters for the book.

This can be the new trend to get the M.I.C. and M.C.A. to promote those books.

And all of that happened because of just one word – ‘paria’.

What other words that is deemed to be offensive? They do not say, so no one knows what they are until they are used and then all hell will break loose.

The success of ‘Interlok’ was also helped when one M.I.C. official became a critic of the novel.

The title of the novel can give a good idea of the main intention of its author.

One suspects he had not read the book in full or who has any knowledge in literature to appreciate it better than to condemn it.

He even went overboard by withdrawing the novel as a students’ reference book for literature when it is not his duty to do so.

‘Paria’ is not a word invented by the Melayu. It is an Indian word which has been accepted into the English language.

So the discourse on ‘Interlok’ has locked some into a debate which is at the pariah level.

Many works of art, other than novels have used the word, including a music album which has it its title.

The Melayu being Muslims do not care if there are pariahs anywhere; they do not believe in the caste system which is inherently Hindu.

The Indians accepted them as it was in their Hindu teachings.

And if there are those who find the particular group of people whom they call pariah, it is the Hindus and not the Muslims who use them the way they are described by the Hindus themselves.

Therefore, some Hindus in Malaysia find it offensive that the word, ‘paria’ or pariah is used in a novel written by a Melayu author, it is not because they want to look down on this group of people.

On the contrary, the author only wants to welcome them to the world so they are accepted for who they are.

Therefore, it is just the Hindus who find them to be offensive so they are not allowed to be touched, and they are also not allowed to be mentioned even in novels because they feel guilty with themselves, if there are pariahs whom they look down upon, which they own religion had created.

The reason why Hinduism had created the pariah together with the other groups in their caste system is to show the division amongst their brethren.

Did Hinduism encourage this system to continue? Or, was it to make them come together?
This is for all the Hindus to answer.

But the truth is many Hindus who were pariahs left the religion if they want to get out of the stigma of being a pariah which is still frowned upon by many Hindus in India as well as in Malaysia and elsewhere.

So one can say the controversy which arose from the use of the word ‘paria’ in ‘Interlok’ was due to an unqualified literary critic who can be also described as a pariah literary critic.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

RE-WRITING THE HISTORY OF MALAYSIA WILL REKINDLE BAD INTENTIONS OF THE IMMIGRANTS AND PUT THEM IN THE RIGHT SPOT IN THE HISTORY OF THE COUNTRY.

…IT CAN ALSO CAUSE THEIR DESCENDANTS TO FEEL ASHAMED AND REMORSEFUL.
By Mansor Puteh



HOW FAR BACK IN HISTORY DO THEY WANT MALAYSIANS TO LOOK AT?

THE ICE AGE? THE STONE AGE?

WELL, HOW ABOUT THE TIME WHEN THE WHOLE OF SOUTHEAST ASIA WAS UNDER HINDU OR BUDDHIST INFLUENCE BEFORE THE WHOLE COUNTRY AND REGION REVERTED TO ISLAM?

However, the Chinese and Indians in Malaysia today only want to start writing about the history of the country when they had already been seconded and fully supported by the Melayu, so they want themselves to be collaborators for the development of the country.

They want and insist that Yap Ah Loy had ‘founded’ Kuala Lumpur but without mentioning his nefarious commercial activities around gambling and vice and the triad for without which he and the other wealthy Chinese towkays could not succeed and survive.

If indeed he had done so, surely, he would not have called it by this name. He would definitely want to call it by any Chinese name.

One doubts it if he could speak Melayu at all, and could never be able to say ‘Kuala Lumpur’ and knowing what it means.

The name Kuala Lumpur was and still is a very difficult word for many Chinese and Indians to pronounce; what more for the Chinese in 1873.

In fact, most of the Chinese in Malaysia today can’t even pronounce the word Merdeka properly; they call it ‘Menteka’ which is gibberish.

But do the Chinese and Indians in Malaysia dare to deal with real history, and go back to the time when the whole of Tanah Melayu or Malaya as the English called it, was under Hindu or Buddhist influence?

And do they want to find out why and how the Melayu then rejected these two ancient religions?

Their skin will crawl if they know why the Melayu then rejected them and embrace Islam instead, which spread like wild fire throughout Southeast Asia, except for Bali and some other islands which were and are still isolated and not well populated.

If the Chinese and Indians are not brave enough to deal with the history of Malaysia and of the other countries in the region, then they should not try to talk about history – their own versions of it.

They have their own versions of the history of Malaysia and of how their ancestors had come to the country.

But they are the sick and highly inaccurate versions.

So they are in perpetual self-denial, of not being able to accept historical facts. They aim to distort them and recreate new ones, which are totally meaningless.

They also want to highlight the virtues of some of their own kinds and proclaim them as heroes of the land, when they were never such persons.

They are at the most side-kicks for the major Melayu leaders, who crowded around Tunku Abdul Rahman, because Tunku was forced to tag them along to the independence discussions with the British officers at Lanceister House, London in 1956; or else the British would not offer the return of Malay or Tanah Melayu to the Melayu then.

So when can then go on to write about how Hinduism and Buddhism were expelled by the people whose ancestors had long become strong adherents of the two religions?

I doubt it if this can happen. It will cause many Chinese and Indians to squirm. This, they cannot afford to do especially when they realize how their population is shrinking. The amount of shrinking correlates to the amount of squealing that some of the more vocal Chinese and Indians are making each day, on all sorts of issues.

They try to arm-twist the Melayu but they don’t realize that they are the ones who will be elbowed out when they turn around to discover that everybody around them are not like them, but who are Melayu who have converged to the city and town centers where they were once sparse and so few in between.

It is sad that the highlighting of the ancient temples in Jawa and Cambodia has not created the right impact on the Chinese and Indians in the country.

They are meant to inform and remind them how Malaysia and the other countries were once under Hindu and Buddhist domination. But they are not anymore.

The monuments, temples and mega-temples of Borobudur, Prambanan and Angkor Wat were left to decay until they were rediscovered by western colonial officers with Stamford Raffles discovering the Borobudur in 1818.

They are now mere tourist destinations and not functional temples for the Hindus and Buddhists even for those living in those countries except for Borobudur which is still being used by the Buddhists there for their annual celebration.

In fact, some 20 January, only at the Batu Caves Hindu temple complex there is the Thaipusam festival. In the other countries in the region, such a celebration of this size and nature is not held, even in Indonesia where there is a sizeable number of Indians still.

There is nothing noble that anyone can think of in the acts of the Chinese and Indian immigration to Tanah Melayu.

They were not invited by the Melayu. The Melayu were doing okay relating with each other from other lands throughout the region, until the lands were fractured to form countries under the auspices of the European superpowers then who were mostly Catholics or Christians.

The Chinese and Indians were brought into Tanah Melayu by them.

This is how the re-writing of the early history of Tanah Melayu or Malaya must start. And it is not a comfortable spot for the study of it to start from as the subsequent episodes are no better.

And they mostly deal with the way their ancestors and themselves have been treating the Melayu who are charitable and kind to them, or else their ancestors would not have been allowed to come to the country.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

RELATING EARLY MALAYSIAN HISTORY CAN BE VERY DISTURBING, -- PART II.

…THE ANCESTORS OF IMMIGRANTS CAN NEVER BE GRATEFUL FOR WHAT THE MELAYU HAD PROVIDED THEIR ANCESTORS AND THEMSELVES, EVEN WHEN THEY NOW HOW BACKWARD THE MELAYU ARE STILL WITH THEIR TRADITIONAL VILLAGES BEING TAKEN AWAY FOR DEVELOPMENT.
By Mansor Puteh



IT IS A PITY THERE ARE MANY NON-MELAYU COMMUNITY AND POLITICAL LEADERS FEEL MORE SYMPATHETIC TO THE CAUSE OF THE NATIVES, YET, WHO DO NOT CARE FOR THAT OF THE MELAYU WHOSE ANCESTRAL VILLAGES HAVE BEEN TAKEN AWAY FOR DEVELOPMENT.

THEY ARE JUST TRYING TO CREATE A WEDGE BETWEEN THE MELAYU AND NATIVES. YET, THEY DID NOT REALIZE THAT THE MELAYU ARE ALSO NATIVES WHO HAVE PROGRESSED BY THEIR ANCESTORS REVERTING ISLAM, WHEREAS THEY HAVE NOT DONE THAT TILL TODAY.

SO NOW THE INDIANS FELT THEMSELVES TO BE MARGINALIZED AND ARE ALSO DEMANDING TO BE TAKEN INTO THE MAINSTREAM SOCIETY. THEY ARE MAKING PROGRESS SLOWLY AND SURELY.

But there are some of them who insist that the process be speeded up so they can be at par with the others, especially the Chinese in business and the Melayu in politics and administration of the country.

Why are they suddenly feel this way? And how come they had not stirred before?

Did it have to take a small group of disgruntled Indian (read Tamil) lawyers who cannot be said to have not benefited from having been in this country, to create another interesting fuss?

Whereas, the long list of Indian political leaders starting surely with V. T. Sambanthan, is said to have failed their community. But so far no Indian has bothered to see it that way and blame him and the others after him for the travails faced by the Indians in Malaysia.
But alas, of the Indians in the country, it seems that only the Tamils are in dire straits. The others in the community are not experiencing similar bouts of anxiety or facing an economic dilemma, with the Sikhs who are amongst the smallest community of Indians who seem to be contented.

The problem may be due to the fact that the others in the Indian community do not send their children to the vernacular Tamil schools; and if there are, the number is very small because their parents do not want their children to later on think and consider themselves to be Tamil when they are Sikhs, Malayalees, Telugu and so on.

So Indians of these groups do not seem to face similar problems of assimilation as the others.
This is not something which is difficult for anyone to agree, including by the Melayu themselves, as their induction to the mainstream society will also be good not only for them but for the country, too.

Because the Melayu had long wondered if they are truly interested to be in such a situation, since many of them were still reluctant to leave the rubber estates and come to the fold.

So, for starters, the history of Malaya and Malaysia is very difficult to explain and BTN officials are also in a fix of not knowing how to relate it to those whom they are offering short courses, many of whom are still young and who may be very sensitive about many things, even if they are related in simple and straight forward ways.

Fortunately, those who have reservations on the courses are so few, compared to those who agree with them. And of the few who disagree and who are badly affected by them, their reasoning cannot be accepted at all.

But somehow the media has played up the issue so BTN now has to do some soul-searching to come up with better ways to give the courses. What better ways are there?

And first of all I would like to suggest that those few individuals who felt angry with the way Birotata Negara (BTN) conducted its courses, to give some lectures on the history of the country to see how they can manage it without being charged for not telling the truth.

It is not easy to talk about the history of Malaysia, from ancient times to the pre-second world war years till before and after Merdeka of 31 august, 1957.

There are many things which are not good to the ears; worse if they are depictions of the society and country in the form of films and other dramatic art-forms.

So no wonder, not many Malaysians favor watching films that are set during such times.

Historical epics are generally frowned upon as what has happened to the few films made in the country that try to deal with different aspect of its history.

Malaysian history, therefore, cannot be described in its colorful ways; it has to be told only in polite way so much so that the history is distorted beyond recognition.

Even the only feature film made by a Malaysian-Chinese company called ‘Kinta 1881’ which depicts Chinese immigrants who are at war with each other factions failed at the box office with the older Chinese not showing any interest in it, and the young Chinese feeling alien to the story.

The Chinese in Malaysia seem to care only for those costume or historical epics produced by film companies in China and Hong Kong which glorify ancient China.Most films from Taiwan which are in Mandarin and sometimes a mixture of Hokkien are also not favored as they are too strong on modern social issues.

On the other hand the films set in modern times from Hong Kong are favored because they are too fantastic and far-fetched and also too western, are liked the most as well as their unending soap operas.

Especially the history of Chinese and Indian immigration to Malaya and Nusantara Melayu or ‘Nanyang’ or South Seas Lands, as the Chinese describe this region.

And no wonder not many Chinese and Indians in Malaysia like to see themselves on television so much so that they still crave to see the Chinese and Indians from elsewhere particularly from China, Hong Kong and India.

This explains the dearth of local film and television drama productions that are shown in the cinemas and on television.

Ironically, just south of the Melayu Peninsula, Singapura seems to be happy telling everybody how the country came about, especially to its citizens when they can ignore the fact and pretend that their ancestors had been in the country since the land was formed when it cracked from the tip of the Melayu Peninsula.
The Singapura government does not deny that the Melayu were the original inhabitants of the land while the Chinese were coolies who had come from South China mostly. They do it without feeling any sorry for themselves; they were just telling the truth. And they show it in colorful and large floats that are paraded during their National Day in August.

And they did not make it a policy to replace the original names of the places in the republic with new ones, so much so we could still have a hospital named after a caribou shed or ‘kandang kerbau’. Only much later they renamed the hospital as KK Hospital using its initials.

And when they had to replace the name of an island south of the main island called Pulau Belakang Mati or Dead-end Island, the chose Sentosa Island instead.

It is also quite ironic how I see it that giving way to the demands and dictates of the Chinese and Indian community leaders in the country will in the end cause them to be absorbed into the mainstream society which in end can result in them not having their own voice like they do today, especially if all of the demands and dictates are met.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

RELATING EARLY MALAYSIAN HISTORY CAN BE VERY DISTURBING, -- PART I.

… EVEN THE AMERICANS, BRITISH AND THE OTHERS DO NOT WANT TO DO IT WITH THEIR OWN HISTORY.
By Mansor Puteh



BIROTATA NEGARA AND THE HISTORIANS CAN NEVER BE RIGHT BECAUSE SOME MALAYSIANS ARE CONFUSED WITH IT AS THE SITUATION IN THE COUNTRY CONTINUES TO CHANGE.

BUT FOR SOME COUNTRIES, WHOSE CITIZENS ARE IN A STATE OF DENIAL, THERE IS NO WAY FOR THEM TO BE EDUCATED IN THE HISTORY OF THEIR COUNTRIES OTHER THAN TO TEACH IT TO THEM, SO THEY KNOW WHERE THEY ARE AND WHO THEY ARE.

MANY OF THE OTHER COUNTRIES DO IT INDIRECTLY BY CREATING FILMS, TELEVISION PROGRAMS OF ALL TYPES AND USING THE ARTS MOSTLY.

They do it almost everyday so much so that it comes as second nature to them, which also forms part of their everyday cultural and artistic activities.

Whereas in Malaysia, it has to be done in a more direct way. And since everything is new and it is related to in retrospective it becomes controversial because of that, since there are some smart people who do not want the history to be related in such a fashion as it is embarrassing to them.

And because of that they do not need to have their own version of BTN courses to educate their citizens especially those who have different racial backgrounds and affinity with the majority race.

In Malaysia, there is the official version the history of the country and now there seems to be other versions as well; and most of them are those that are being rewritten by the others who are not Melayu who want to see it in a different way altogether.

They may not be wrong. But at the same time, they may also not be right since they are looking at the whole thing in a totally different light altogether.

But since their dominant population is overwhelming, the minorities do not have much of a choice other than to blame their ancestors and parents for giving birth to them in those countries.

So countries such as Siam, Myanmar, the Philippines, Indonesia and the others in the west do not have to face ‘racial’ problems like the other countries which have small but significant minorities who insisting on having their way all the time.

The Tamils in Sri Lanka found it difficult to exert themselves too much until after three decades they found their cause to be a lost one with the defeat and annihilation of the Tamil Eelam or Tamil Tigers or LTTE that had waged a war against the predominantly Chingala government and country.

The Tamils in Sri Lanka did not have a ghost of a chance to force their political agenda in the country being localized, marginalized and economically backward compared to the native Chingala.

But in some countries, because the minorities are economically sound – more than the native population, they can do some exerting, like their lot has not been taken care of, despite having what they have, yet they still want more.

Malaysia is experiencing a bit of a tension which arises from historical factors which are not openly debated or discussed. Some are now being mentioned openly and more so in private spaces.

The ‘social contract’ is one.

But the real ‘social contract’ is one which encourages the Chinese to pursue their business, while the Melayu look after the country, leaving the Indians still trapped in the rubber estates for which they had to take a long while before they are ‘evicted’ from them because of the less stress on rubber which used to be a very important export commodity of the country.

It had been said even by Tunku Abdul Rahman and the many other early Melayu leaders that the Chinese were to be allowed and encouraged to pursue business so they can acquire wealth, knowing how they were all poor and not having an inch of land when they first came to this country.

The idea is to give them a leg-up so that they did not feel depressed and wanted to leave Malaya to return to China, like many of them did. But the real reason was to discourage them from joining the Communists.

But somehow, this deed and ‘this other social contract’ which is not written as the other ‘social contract’ concerning Melayu rights, etc, has not been discussed by anyone, much less by the Chinese community leaders themselves.

The problem with them is that they choose what to discuss and what not to discuss like they did not want to feel embarrassed with themselves to find out how they had been given the leg-up and advantage by the Melayu and its leaders for so many years.
If they were not given this opportunity with the Melayu insisting that they also go into business, then today we can see how the economy of the Melayu to be. And surely, the equity of the Melayu in the country would have been a lot more than that of the Chinese today.

One can see how the Melayu were helping the Chinese by patronizing their businesses. And even if was only one Chinese family in a Melayu village, yet, the Melayu give them the business by patronizing their store.

In the past many Chinese kids had to work for wealthy Melayu as drivers and laborers. Tunku Abdul Rahman’s Residency staff also saw many of them working as gardeners.

But the situation has changed now that the Melayu are aware that this deed is not acknowledged. And it is not going to be good for the Chinese if they continue to harp on the ‘social contract’ while neglecting to admit the existence of ‘the other social contract’.

Maybe this is what’s making some of the Chinese community leaders feel peeved about that the Melayu have realized their folly in wanting to see the Chinese prosper but to their own disadvantage, so now we see more and more Melayu entering business engaging in petty trading as their jumping pad to do bigger things in the near future.

And we can now also see the many commercial centers which are Melayu-dominated. Just drive from Hulu Kelang to Dataran Merdeka passing through Melawati, Setapak, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and one can see how it is so.
Shahalam is perhaps the best example of Melayu economic domination.
There are so few Chinese businesses in this area. There are some who operate restaurants but they try to pass for Melayu establishments.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

ANOTHER DAY AT THE NATIONAL BLOOD CENTER:

WHERE ARE ALL THE KIND-HEARTED PEOPLE – THE ULAMA, PRIESTS, SAMMYS, NATURALISTS, NGO LEADERS, BENEVOLENT POLITICIANS, BLOGGERS AND THE MANY DATUKS, TAN SRIS AND TUNS…AND YOU?
By Mansor Puteh


I HAVE NOT SEEN MANY DOCTORS AND MEDICAL AND NURSING STUDENTS DONATING BLOOD.

IN FACT, I HAVE NOT SEEN ANYONE FROM MERCY MALAYSIA, AMAN MALAYSIA, PUTERA 1MALAYSIA, AND THE OTHER HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATIONS WHO HAVE DONATED BLOOD REGULARLY AT THE NATIONAL BLOOD CENTER OR PUSAT DARAH NEGARA.

THEY, WHO DARE TO GO TO THE TOP HOTSPOTS IN THE WORLD RISKING THEIR LIVES, YET, WHO HAD NOT BOTHERED TO START DONATING BLOOD WHEN THEY WERE STILL SMALL.

So this proves that the only reasons why they are in such humanitarian organizations doing all those things are because of personal ones; that they are what many are talking about. So they can get media attention and be seen as humanists.

But alas, they are humanists who do not care to donate blood which is a fairly simple thing to do as a life-long habit.

This is the sad tale of the many top and regular blood donors of Malaysia and how they are treated kindly when they are donating, but like retired pedigree race-horses and forgotten.

I was at Blood Center today, donating blood as usual and for the 329th time.

I could have become the top blood donor of Malaysia if I had not stopped donating for ten years when I was studying and living abroad and doing other things afterwards.

My blood type: O+. What’s yours? Have I seen you there at any time through the few decades I have been to the blood center?

Maybe I have.

But chances are those who have been coming to the center to donate blood over the years, sometimes every three months or even every two weeks as in my case, we might not have seen you.

I have seen only few people from the film industry; one of them is Accapan. Where are the others from this and the other industries?

And where are the kind-hearted ulama and those mentioned in the headline of this essay? And where are you?

There is no blogger who has been known to have been donating blood.

In fact, there is no Raja or Tengku or Tunku who has been sighted coming anywhere near the center.

I also did not see any Datuk, Tan Sri, much less Tun donating blood at the center.

Of course one cannot expect to see any Datuk, Tan Sri or Tun donating blood after they were given the titles. But if they were such kind-hearted persons, surely, they would have thought of donating blood when they were small.

But they have not. They were not so kind-hearted when they were small after all, and only so when they were much older and have got posts in the government and other agencies which had caused them to be so recognized by the King, Sultans and governors, when they are already too old to start to donate blood; and they can only now donate their time and views and perhaps some money to charitable bodies of their own choice.

Where are the Michael Chongs, Lam Thyes, Mother Mahadevans, and the other kind-hearted persons who have all been hailed as being the people with the most kind souls in the country?

And where are the Marinas? Where are those in Sisters-in-Islam?

I did not see anyone in politics in Barisan or Pakatan coming regularly to donate blood. I know it is not glamorous to do that. There is no media coverage for such deeds.

So they’d rather spend their time shouting and complaining as this can ensure that they are heard and seen. This is what matters the most to them, not donating blood which is a slow and quiet process, which the media hardly ever takes notice of.

Even the top blood donors of Malaysia are relatively unknown.

I don’t even know who they are.
The National Blood Center also does not have a gallery of photos of them anywhere on their bulletin boards.

Some of them had donated more than 400 times. Some of them have stopped donating blood after they are sixty years old.

But what did they get in return for all the blood that they had donated, which had benefited strangers? Nothing.

This is how the blood center, the ministry of health and government treat the top blood donors and the regular blood donors in the country like they are not needed. They are only useful if the hospitals need blood.

To the hospitals, they are their trusted blood production source; they are not important on their own. They can be forgotten.

They should be happy that they have a whole drawer of souvenir ballpoint pens, mugs, tie-pins and tee-shirts they had collected in the last few decades.

Former blood donors are useless, like they are not pedigree race-horses anymore when they were valued in the multi-millions of ringgit. Now in their retirement, they are not worth anything. They can only be used for horse-riding in circuses and the parks, while the sickly ones are conveniently put to sleep.

How many patients who are your relatives including your goodselves, who might have benefited from their charity.

They did not get much or anything other than a free meal after each donation, which does not cost more than two riinggit.

And sometimes, they also get souvenirs in the form of key-chains, tee-shirts, ballpoint pens and mugs.

I gave my souvenirs to friend and some of the staff at the center.

The ministers of health that we have had since Merdeka had also not been known to be a regular blood donor. They were appointed to the post for other reasons; one of which is he must be a MCA member.

The deputy minister of health today is Rosnah. She is the most unlikeliest person to be given the post. Why? She does not fit the bill.

SHE IS SIMPLY TOO BIG TO TAKE THE PART. She is obese. So she is setting such a bad example to anyone who wants to look good and keep themselves healthy.

She is probably the most awkward-looking deputy minister of health in the world.

Can’t they find another person who looks healthy to take up the post?
Farid Ariffin was once a deputy minister of health. He used to smoke like a chimney. But he immediately stopped smoking. He told me he did not take up any regime to force him to stop smoking without suffering from any withdrawal symptom. He invoked the power of the ‘Bismillah’.

And with such a short and simple incantation, he stopped smoking.

Even the new director of the center does not bother to visit the donation hall, unlike his predecessor, Hanim who often came by to speak with the donors.

The present director of the National Blood Center did not even have the courtesy of proposing to the ministry of health to get them to produce a documentary on the top blood donors of the country.

Is the reason being that she did not want them to be known, so some of the problems and issues that they had succeeded to sweep under the floor be exposed, or if she does not want the public and country to know who they are – the ordinary persons who are not asking for anything, who serve the community and the seriously sick, and some of them could be you or your close relatives who managed to survive in the end due to the charity of these blood donors who you don’t know or care for?

This can happen if the unknown top and regular blood donors are allowed a say to express their displeasure.

But my best bet is the blood center does not want the top blood donors any media exposure. They are only good when they are donating, but not interesting or good when they are not.

In fact, which country in the world that has highlighted their own top blood donors? Has any country in the world ever produced a special documentary to highlight them? Have they been put at their rightful places in their societies?

No.

The reason being the top and regular blood donors of any country are not important or interesting. They are not good role models.

They are just numbers to be cited by the directors of the blood centers and ministers of health when necessary to inform the country how many people are donating blood and how many more they want to get.

The present director is not known by any of the donors or seen by them.

If I have the authority, I would replace her with someone like Hanim or even Yasmin who was Hanim’s predecessor at the center who also made her interest to visit the donation hall.

The minister and sometimes his deputy came to the center for the World Blood Donors’ Day, on 16 June. But the donors are not invited to attend it not that they want to. Many of them won’t come unless if they are also donating blood that day.

How much financial allocation does the government and ministry of health allocates to the blood center to celebrate the World Blood Donors’ Day each year?And how much did they allocate to celebrate Hari Seniman or Artistes’ Day on 29 May? And why was the minister of information, communication and culture (KPKK) able to convince the government to offer the allocation when the ministry of health cannot?

The ministers of health and their deputies just didn’t care, because they did not think it was important to highlight the deeds of the top and regular blood donors in the country, because they and the senior staff of the center are also not the top and regular donors.



Friday, January 7, 2011

MALAYSIAN POLITICS IS AT THE ANAL STAGE OR SECOND CHILDHOOD. – PART II.

…NO OLD MALAYSIAN POLITICIAN HAS BEEN KNOWN TO HAVE MOVED ON TO DO BETTER THINGS IN THE NEXT STAGE OF THEIR POLITICAL AND PERSONAL LIFE AND BE FETED AROUND THE WORLD…AND THE POOR STATE OF OLD MALAYSIAN INTELLECTUALISM.
By Mansor Puteh



FOR HOW LONG WILL THE CURRENT GENERATION OF OLD HATS AND OLD GOATS IN OLD MALAYSIAN POLITICS BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE TO REIGN?

AND WHEN CAN NEW MALAYSIAN POLITICS BE CREATED SO WE CAN MOVE ON FROM WHERE THE OTHERS HAD LEFT?

IN FACT, EVEN MALAYSIAN INTELLECTUALISM IS OLD AND DATED. IT HAS TO BE UPDATED WITH THE EMERGENCE OF NEW INTELLECTUALS WITH THE RETIRED AND DISCARDED INTELLECTUALS AND FORMER ACADEMICIANS REPLACED.

So it means that old professors don’t die, they just move along…feeling unashamed for using their brains which had become drained with new ideas or views on anything and are willing to share some old and refurnished ones with everybody.

It is therefore ironic how old academics and former university professors are given more attention when they retire from the university than when they were in it.

There is even some who suddenly appeared from nowhere to run for election for the opposition.

Who was they were when they were teaching at the university? No one knew them then and no one wants to know them even now.

If they were not able to attract much attention when they were attached to the universities, then why should they be given more attention now that they have retired?

Some of them have suddenly become centers of attention and their views sought even thought their views may not be much. And they are given high honorific titles to add to the earlier academic titles that they had got while teaching at the university.

They have no shame or self-respect for using the titles of their past jobs at the university like it is a permanent post.

The end of Mahathrism has not caused that to happen. But it can only happen if he has given up on politics since he represents the best of the crop of old hat.

He is ‘aided’ by Anwar Ibrahim who seems to have taken Malaysian politics to a stunted level.

And in some ways, PAS’ Nik Aziz too can be blamed for having stunted Malaysian politics with his own peculiar way of wanting to be in the same picture as the rest of the flock.

The others are Kit Siang, Karpal Singh of the DAP and Hadi Awang and Mustafa Ali of PAS.

To these old men, move on I say…and move on to a higher level of existence and go international with Nik Aziz becoming – if he can – get better recognized as a religious leader.

Unfortunately, he has not been able to do much and has never been known to have been invited to talk on Islam even in the neighboring countries.

The reason being he is a politician and Islamic leaders’ views on Islam can always be questioned simply because they are always clouded and blinded by their narrow political ideology and those of their party.

In fact, the other old politicians too have not been known to be interesting speakers on international issues in international forums with Kit Siang not having been invited to speak on international Chinese issues and matters in Hong Kong, Taiwan or China.


In fact, he has also not been known to have spoken in public forums in Singapura.

Karpal has also not been known to have been sough for his views on law outside of Malaysia.

So now everybody can see why these old politicians stick to what they have been doing all these years since Merdeka, and they do not seem to be able to move on.

So they stick around for as long as they are allowed to do physically simply because political life in Malaysia is too limited and the experiences one can get from being involved in it are too repetitive so it does not mean much even if one has one hundred years of experience in politics in Malaysia as the real experience is too small to be recognized by anyone.

Worse, political activities in Malaysia can also cause the politicians to suffer from amnesia, where they easily forget what they had just said at the forum the night before.

Worse still, Malaysian politics can now be said to be in the anal stage. In simple English, it is called second childhood.

In some ways it is true.

There is no other time when Malaysian politicians are so enamored and focused on anals.

The courts and judges too must feel awkward to be involved in the scam of having to deal with annals and be part of the annals of old Malaysian politics and their generation of many weird politicians and political animals who seem to be able to have more than nine lives.

They emerge from one life to the next with party shirts of different colors and supporting new parties they created.

In many way it has especially if one looks at the front-pages of some newspapers and especially in certain blogs which like to hog on what’s being published on the front-pages of these papers and those that deal with certain political personalities in the country and the many other has-beens.

In medical term, the anal stage means ‘second childhood’, a stage where humans are supposed to get to once they are done with the other earlier stages, especially one starts to behave like babies again.

And it’s nothing to do whatsoever with the sodomy trial which is happening now.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

MALAYSIAN POLITICS IS AT THE ANAL STAGE OR SECOND CHILDHOOD. – PART I.

…WHOSE TAKING IT TO THIS STAGE AND HOW LONG WILL MALAYSIAN POLITICS BE STUCK IN THE RUT HIJACKED BY THE OLD GENERATION OF OLD POLITICIANS WHO HAD NOT ENOUGH OF OLD STYLE POLITICS AND POLITICKING AND WHO LIKE TO RAISE OLD AND TIRED ISSUES CONCERNING RACE AND RELIGION?
By Mansor Puteh



MALAYSIA NEEDS NEW POLITICIANS BUT NOT NEW ANALS AS THE MAIN FOCUS OF OUR DAILY ATTENTION.

FOCUS MUST BE ON THE BRAINS AND NOT ON THE ANALS. AND THEY ARE NOT TIRED BRAINS BUT FRESH ONES WHO CAN COME UP WITH FRESH IDEAS AND DEAL WITH NEW ISSUES FACED BY THE NEW COUNTRY.

MALAYSIAN POLITICS MUST BARE INTELLIGENCE AND WISDOM AND NOT BARE NEW ANALS AND SODOMY AND OTHER UNNECESSARY DEFAMATORY CASES IN COURTS THAT SEEM TO GO ON AND ON SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY ARE MERE EXTENSIONS TO THE POLITICAL ACTIVITIES OF THE COUNTRY.

Is there light at the end of the tunnel for Malaysian anal-stage politics?

And when will we see the replacement of the current generation of politicians and political rejects who had had their thrills in the past and who still crave for more?

Is a career in Malaysian politics one that cannot take anyone further? Or is it a dead-end career where if one gets in it, one is invariable stuck in it for life?

Political leaders in other developed countries move on especially if they are trounced in a general election.

In Malaysia they stick around even if they have lost few times because they simply have no shame of being rejected again and again.

They do not exhibit fortitude, but shamelessness in full view of the public.

Because to many politics is in Malaysia is open to everyone who does not have any shame; they stick around in it because there is no high expectation from them from the public and voters.

The public and voters must share the blame in this malaise. They should have shown more tact in dealing with those types and reject them when they run in the next election.

Voters in Malaysia should know better that getting elected to office comes with a lot of perks.

One is paid well for doing something so little.

In fact, the job of the politicians in Malaysia is basically about not serving the ‘rakyat’ or voters but of serving the party or more exactly, the party president.

Everybody in the party, especially its officials want to attract the attention of the party president who decides who to choose to run in elections and who to hold public office.

It is a lucrative job to hold office and it is something which no one can get otherwise.

In America or the other developed countries, one can succeed in business in enormous ways, so there are not many people who are willing to go into politics.

Only those who are truly dedicated and clean enter politics because their lives are bared for the public and media scrutiny.

In Malaysia, we have not come to this stage, since those in politics think they are above the law, and the media and public do not have a say in their daily conduct.

They escape scrutiny so they can get away even with crime with some who even think they can also get away with sodomy charges.

In Singapura, there are so few who are keen to enter politics so much so that the government has to increase the remuneration so high to entice some to enter politics.

Some do, but they are not genuine politicians as the system in the country is such that they do not have to do much either, as the top leadership assumes leadership role and where all plans and schemes emanate from.

In America, only the super-rich or super-educated enter politics.

This is because the country is huge and has wide choices of fine people who have exhibited leadership.

Those who enter politics normally do not think of financial remuneration, since it does not pay much to be a senator or even a president.

In this country, actors and film directors and other artists are paid thousand times more than their presidents or their senators.

In Third World countries, which Malaysia is in many ways, politicians get more than the average citizens, comparatively speaking from how much energy and effort they put in their jobs compared to what they are paid for.

And not much is expected from the elected members of parliament and state assemblies and the cabinet.

In fact, they do not have to function at all and just be ‘public relations officers’ of their respective ministries or agencies to get by.

So no wonder, not many want to retire after a stint in it; so they try to hang around in it for as long as they can.

And if they are finally asked to leave, they do so reluctantly with some who insist on not being left out, so they establish their own political party.

Malaysia is stuck with a group of politicians from the old generation who speak in a language not many people today understand.

They raise the same issues concerning race, religion and the like in the parliament and in public forums.

The media is also to be blamed for having the same generation of old editors and their old journalism which have all caused the whole country to regress.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

WHAT CAN WE MAKE OUT OF THE LOOK EAST POLICY WHICH SEEMS TO HAVE BENEFITTED JAPANESE FIRMS IN MALAYSIA ONLY?

…SOME MALAYSIANS COULD STUDY IN JAPAN AND ABLE TO SPEAK AND WRITE IN THEIR LANGUAGE BUT NONE HAS ANY PERMANENT RECOLLECTION OF THEIR STAY IN THE COUNTRY.
By Mansor Puteh



WHAT CAN THE GOVERNMENT BE PROUD OF THE LOOK EAST POLICY ANYWAY?

IT HAD DIED A SILENT DEATH DUE TO NEGLECT AND ITS USELESSNESS AFTER THE GIMMICK RAN DRY. .

A SPECIAL SEMINAR ON THE LOOK EAST POLICY WAS ORGANIZED IN DECEMBER, 2010. WHAT DID THEY DISCUSS AND BENEFIT FROM?

Before they went any further, let me say many are wont to believe that the look east policy mooted by the then prime minister, Mahathir Mohammed had failed. Has it failed miserably?

Did it serve any real purpose? That it was only able to distract some who thought there was brilliance in the idea.

It turned out to be nothing but a mere gimmick. The Japanese didn’t care as much as the British who cared when he implemented the Buy British Last even this pseudo-policy did not last. It could not last for long.

What is there that he and the others could be proud of the Look East Policy?

If it had been better the Look Within The Muslim World Policy, it would have been a lot better as most Muslims have not or never attempted to look within themselves to know who they are and what they can do collective to create a new force in the world of economics and the arts which can form the basis for the Unity of the Muslim Ummah.

But this didn’t happen.

The strongest point cited by the government then was for Malaysians to learn good work ethics from the Japanese which they had been practicing all these years since their country embarked on their development and economic plans to recover from the devastation wrought from the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 which caused the country to surrender to America and the allied forces.

If this was so, then why sent the Malaysian students all over Japan to study technical courses when they should major in management so that they could be absorbed into the relevant ministries and also the police force as well as MACC, and so on where they can impress their work ethics technique on the others to learn from?

Japan had already become an industrialized nation before the Second World War. They were so developed so much so that they were able to manufacture the sophisticated weaponry that allowed them to go into military adventures throughout Asia.

Their goals were thwarted only with the Atomic bombing of two of their cities.

So what the government had wanted to do with the introduction of the Look East Policy has not materialized.

He did not fully understand fully the thinking of the Japanese. He was only impressed by a certain part of their character which is their discipline and concentration and their strong cultural upbringing and pride.

These are what many Malaysians seemed to lack so he thought by sending some Malaysians to Japan they could be uncalculated with such virtues.

But alas, the number of those who had gone to Japan was so small and insignificant that they are not able to create wonders when they returned to Malaysia to work at posts which are not so strategic as to be able to allow them to practice what they had learn while in Japan.

They ended up being just like the others in the workforce.

One does not know how many Malaysians had gone to Japan to study under the Look East Policy. The number must be so small and insignificant that they are not able to form an association to carry out social and cultural activities to bring attention to themselves.

Those Malaysians who were lucky enough to be sent to Japan to study at their universities have not become prominent.

They have only become cheap expert and specialized labor for the Japanese companies in Malaysia which managed to get them for free, when it should have been their effort to send young Malaysians to Japan to study and all at their expense.

So now we can find many of those Malaysians who had studied in Japan for many years are working with the Japanese firms when they should have been given employment in the ministries and agencies.

And if the Japanese firms in Malaysia wanted to get Malaysians to work for them who have education at their universities, then that chore should be theirs.

But none of them seems to have become prominent or significant.

They are able to speak in Japanese which is a great advantage, but many of them have forgotten how to write in it.

I was lucky to have met some of them when I went to Japan few times in the 1980s and stayed with them because I knew some of them who helped me shoot some scenes for my film, 'Seman' which was also shot in Japan and Hiroshima.

Many of them stayed in apartments in the Nakano district.

Once when I was there it was during Hari Raya Haji and they had a gathering. I was invited to attend it and to meet the other Malaysian students all of whom thought I was a Japanese lecturer of some of their friends.

I was quite amused when I answered in Bahasa Melayu, they remarked if I was South Korean!

The truth about the Japanese and how they had managed to develop their country is not only because of their work ethics which had impressed the government.

But more than, the Japanse were insular and only wanted to consume, use and share things that they need.

So with this attitude and determination, they create, produce and manufacture all the things that they need and in the process, because of their own brand of economic theories and models which were not fashioned on those that were taught elsewhere in the West including at Harvard, they were able to defy conventions.

Their products that were later exported to Malaysia were considered to be a joke with their vehicles being said to have tin cans for their body.

But they persisted and the same motor brand that were frowned by many Malaysians are some of the most popular in the world, including in America which had caused Japan to become destroyed for which they had risen to develop their country.

The other reason was because the Japanese experts do not exert themselves by trusting themselves; none of them had been declared by the western economic magazines as being smart economists.

Yet, they would soon cause some of their major corporations to buy over some major American establishments in the entertainment industry for which caused the Americans to feel eternally grateful, so that all the negative attitudes that they had grown to keep with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor disappeared.

Therefore the Look East Policy as envisaged by the government then was flawed because of these reasons.

But it is not too late for the government to learn from this mistake and truly and relearn from the Japanese and shape new economic policies that can be truly beneficial to the economic growth of the country.

Malaysia may be very small in size, so products and other goods cannot be produced and manufactured that bring in economies of scale.

But we can always count on the Muslim World market and provide them to this market which is far wider than the market reach of early Japanese products.

So in no time, Malaysia can become a very strong economic force which can even supersede that of Japan and even China, because of the ready market that we have in the Muslim World which has so far been surrender to them for so long.