Chedet wrote about Malay Unity and Malaysian Unity today in his blog chedet.com. I wrote in my YM status that I disagree with chedet, and a friend of mine came to my room saying he agrees with chedet because there is a racial element in each and everyone of us.
But some people are more racialist than the others.
I wrote this below and tried to put in chedet.com’s comment, however, it is not published (yet). So, at this friend’s request, I shall publish my humble comment on chedet’s entry today.
I have to disagree with you Tun.
1. Since the birth of Malaysia, the rakyats are always divided into races. Every people is thinking about themselves and their own races.
2. And this has affected our lives greatly. Even when drivers “mengelat” during rush hours, we always ask “That fella is a Malay, Chinese or Indian?”. What’s the matter? If someone “mengelat” in traffic, does it matter which race he/she belongs to?
3. I blame this totally on UMNO, MCA and MIC for racially-based politics and political party.
4. Your ideas today are idealistic and not practical. You have been in power for over 20 years and after you stepped down, things just got worse, racial-wise. You can blame PakLah for a weak rule for the past 5 years, but are you saying your 22 years of power doesn’t have any effect on the current situation at all?
5. Fact is, people really feared you back then, and blogosphere was at its infancy if not nonexistent. Now that PakLoh is weak and rakyats rely on blogs much more than the mainstream media, they already understand what’s best for them is not race-based politics.
6. If people rejects failing and deteriorating racial politics, I’d say it’s just a natural course in action. Why opt for slow integration when fast integration can be achieved once racial politics are rejected? As I said, your ideas are not practical for the current situation.
7. If you aim “we may be able to create a truly Malaysian identity where race would gradually become less important,” then why play the racial issue, and dragging less racialist Malaysians into being more racialist?
8. You shouldn’t expect the rakyats to “bersyukur dengan pemimpin”. That is already lame and expresses desperation for company and gratitude.
To understand more about the people’s sentiments, read and compare the comments below chedet’s entry and Malaysia Today’s comments on chedet.
My comment is certainly not the best. And efenem should be less political and more doctoring 🙂