…THEY ARE MERELY IMAGINARY CITIZENS OF
MALAYSIA AND IMAGINARY CITIZENS OF HONG KONG AND . INDIA
By Mansor Puteh
They say they are Malaysians, through and through, yet, their actions say otherwise. And given the chance, they will want to shout out loudly that they are nothing but imaginary citizens of Malaysia and imaginary citizens of Hong Kong and India.
They do not behave like they have already landed in this country; they are still stuck in Hong Kong and Chennai waiting for the next junk or ship to take them to Perlabuhan Kelang – or Port Swettenham, like their ancestors did, unless if they had decided to go to Singapore instead, where they slowly found their way northwards to go anywhere in the Malay Peninsula.
They have not fully adapted to the weather and the local ways, with many still not sure if they are in Malaysia but elsewhere.
Some of their off-springs have started to think they are imaginary citizens of America or some other countries in the west, judging from their alien names, which they had conveniently and unashamedly replaced the ones which were given by their parents when they were born; names which do not sound good to them. They are ashamed of their original names and identities. So they started to behave like westerners.
And if they are successful and are given the opportunity to become editors of newspapers and magazines, they will make sure they use these opportunities to further promote the culture of those countries – Hong Kong and India so much so that these publications look like they are published in these countries and imported into Malaysia. But they have the KDN publishing permits they have to renew every year. Yet, the officials at the ministry of home affairs do not seem to realize that the publishers have been getting the KDN permits purely to publish foreign publications.