Thursday, October 30, 2014

Political Asylum, University Students And An Administration Scared Of Its Own Shadows

If you asked the average Bolehlander about political asylum, he would likely shake his head and stare at you like you were not up there in the head.

That is how rarely, if ever at all, that we hear of Malaysians seeking asylum.

However, in the space of a month or two we have already heard of not one, but two Malaysians, and young ones at that, doing just that.

The latest seeking asylum in Sweden had alleged that he was being treated like rubbish by the rulers and the dUMNO led government, threatened with death by gangsters and the Malay right wingers, and even harassed by the authorities,

This recent asylum phenomenon tells you of an increasingly intolerant administration running scared even of its own shadows. Maybe this is not surprising after all - realising that, for the first time ever since, they have lost the moral legitimacy to rule on a minority vote, Ah Jib's administration may be resorting to rough hand tactics to scare and cow the rakyat into submission.

By going on a recent sedition blitz, arresting not only politicians but also law professors, lawyers and laymen for speaking up, Ah Jib's administration is showing that it is intolerant and afraid of criticisms and discourse.

The more you try to suppress public discourse and opinion, the more you risk antagonising the people. There is only so much you could do, especially in this cyber age, to suppress public opinion and discourse before you realise that you have gone too far.

Is that why we are beginning to see even our otherwise malleable and timid university students willing to risk their academic future and the prospect of arrests to speak up in defence of the people's right to freedom of speech and expression?

We must say bravo to the University Malaya students who had invited Anwar to speak at their campus despite attempts by the university authorities to frustrate it and take the organisers to account.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Are We Pendatang, Travellers, Explorers, Settlers, Malaysians Or What?

Malaysian politics is such that now and then, hangers-on, rent seekers, their masters and agents have been trying to score points by painting others as pendatang to stay relevant and in the public eye.

This has caused much bad blood until someone pointed out that, except for the native orang asli and pribumi of Sabah and Sarawak, we are all immigrants.

This got one smart alec to avert that Malays are not in fact pendatang but travellers who settled here.

Not to be outdone, an internet news portal reader retorted that if that was the case, then the Chinese who followed Zheng Ho the great explorer to, and settled in, Bolehland are neither in fact pendatang but explorers.

Now that leaves me wondering where the Indians stand.

I am not an Indian, but I have read that there is some archaeological evidence that there was an early Indian settlement in Kedah. If true, this would make the Indians early settlers.

So, if we are all travellers, explorers and settlers but not pendatang, are we not Malaysians?

Whether we are pendatang or not, we are all Malaysians.

All this pendatang toing and froing is just asinine, divisive, inimical, destructive and not profitable to national cohesiveness and needs to stop.

Unfortunately, we look like not going to see the end of it anytime soon,

Friday, October 24, 2014

Zuckerberg, Mandarin, Bolehland And Malaysian Politikus

While Facebook's founder was impressing his Chinese audience with his beginner Mandarin, we have smart alecs advocating abolishing Chinese vernacular schools.

These geniuses would have us believe that vernacular schools are the cause of racial polarisation. In fact, they would have us believing in anything so long as they gain from selling their vacuous wares.

Thinking Bolehlanders don't see how racial polarisation comes from having vernacular schools.

Racial polarisation in the Bolehland context, comes from the specie of Malaysian rodents called 'politikus' or political rats in English.

These are the obnoxious oxymorons (forget the figure of speech, think of the persons) who would gad about making others feel uncomfortable and unwelcome that really drives the divide between the races - and all done, ostensibly for the good of the nation but really for their own personal gain!

Unity comes not solely from a common language but more significantly, from feelings of being appreciated and welcome.

If you constantly remind others to be grateful because you assert that they are pendatang, you are not going to endear the races to one another. (The irony is that we are all, in ones sense of another, immigrants except perhaps for the orang asli and the pribumi of Sabah and Sarawak?)

A common language only helps to bridge the gap between the races but it is the heart that unites.

Still, is there harm in learning to master more languages, especially in an increasingly globalised world? (Even in the vernacular schools, the national language is taught and not neglected)

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