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,

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