July 26, 2006

Ethnic Relations

Posted in Malaysia at 12:51 am by egalitaria

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.

What has been bubbling is now frothing over (not yet spilled – this should wait). The Ethnic Relations guidebook used in UPM (Universiti Putra Malaysia) has been somewhat controversial. There is much talk now over what should be included when teaching a sensitive yet crucial subject as Ethnic Relations in local universities. (of course ignoring in the process all those who flock to private universities – let’s not mention those foreign ones; what traitors to the country they are especially if they stay on for good contributing to white men’s economy!)

I’m not sure if Malaysiakini will sue (I’m quoting and citing you validly here) but this letter written in to Malaysia’s alternative news source online is an interesting opinion to document: Some may beg to differ.

It (ethnic relations) should start being recorded and interpreted from the arrival of the Malays in Malaya as the only people indigenous then were the Orang Asli. Then and only then will the the young generation of Malays will stop referring to or thinking that non-Malays are ‘pendatang’.

Many will recall the statement of our previous prime minister of 22 years made in Sarawak many years back referring to the Chinese and Indians as ‘immigrants’. Activist Dr Kua Kia Soong, in his immediate response said and I quote ‘… so are the Malays, history is our witness’.

Let us teach the present and future generations true history, without colouring, prejudice, bias, or adulteration – the true facts as they happened. That is history. Let us be honest. There is nothing to be afraid of the truth. (KSN)

Tricky, tricky this. What is the next move in our Royal Cardgame? Ahh.. how much more interesting to see what unfolds in Malaysian drama than to watch Winter Sonata Korean dramas in bed.

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