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ALL MANKIND were once one single community; [then they began to differ -] whereupon God raised up the prophets as heralds of glad tidings and as warners, and through them bestowed revelation from on high, setting forth the truth, so that it might decide between people with regard to all on which they had come to hold divergent views. Yet none other than the self-same people who had been granted this [revelation] began, out of mutual jealousy, to disagree about its meaning after all evidence of the truth had come unto them. But God guided the believers unto the truth about which, by His leave, they had disagreed: for God guides onto a straight way that wills [to be guided]

AL BAQARAH (213)

WHITHER ORANG MELAYU?

Can we ever deny our racio-ethnic heritage and the world view that has been shaped  by it?

Can we ever put aside the socio-cultural values that have been a part of our upbringing and shaped our psyche?

Can we forget the history that honed our people’s old  hopes and dreams, and created their new visions?

IT IS MY BELIEF THAT WE CAN’T!

And Obama’s inaugural speech revealed so clearly the black sensitivities which he managed to camouflage throughout the long ride to the presidency. And in that moment of glory, he showed the world he was proud to be a black US President –  not another white one!

You could see that as he tilted his chin up he was revelling in his half black heritage. And he made sure the choice of presenters at the inauguration was mainly black. 

You could see that of  the multitudes that thronged the inauguration, half of them were deliriously happy black people! And you could tell that  in their hearts they cried GOD IS GREAT!

Am I being RACIAL? RACIST?

I DON’T THINK SO!

I’m being honest and realistic! That no matter how much you want to be a universal man/woman, to be squeaking-clean unbiased and unprejudiced, your racio-ethnic socio-cultural ghosts and demons will come back to haunt you again and again!

Can the Malays forget  being Malay; the Chinese, Chinese; the Indians, Indian…? 

Can we embrace being one Bangsa Malaysia and cast aside what makes us three and more – Malay, Chinese, Indian…?

I REALLY DON”T THINK SO!

Bangsa Malaysia is our nationality, a political entity that helps us to forge common ideals and visions, hopes and dreams as a nation state and as the Malaysian people.

The more we share the more united and integrated we are. The more there is conciliation and collaboration between and among politicians and their parties, the more the nation’s people can achieve and the more the Malays, Chinese, Indians and others can develop together and  in their own racio-ethnic groups!

TAKKAN MELAYU HILANG DI DUNIA kalau dunia diperluaskan dan dikongsi bersama di samping mengekalkan warisan kita, socio-budaya kita, agama kita sebagai ORANG MELAYU!

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  1. January 23, 2009 at 1:38 am

    it depends on how you define Malays? Chances are the melayu we often refer to is already a bangsa malaysia because he or she would already have a bit of Chinese, Indian and Portuguese blood!

    Mana nak cari melayu tulen?

  2. 2 ninitalk
    January 24, 2009 at 10:26 am

    Nobody is racially pure!

    But Malaysia does have a Constitutional definition of “a Malay” which includes not only descendants of the indigenous peoples of Malay stock who inhabited the Malay Peninsula but also the various Indonesian ethnic groups and those of Arab and Indian Muslim ancestries. The constitutional definition also includes the Chinese, Indians and others that have converted to Islam and satisfy the prerequisites i.e …” habitually speaks the Malay language, practises Malay customs …”etc

    The notion of a Malay vis a vis the Jawi Peranakan is discussed more fully in the book “Images of the Jawi Peranakan of Penang (2004)” by Halimah Mohd Said & Zainab Abdul Majid

  3. 3 ocho-onda
    February 3, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Being proud of one’s race, cultural roots or heritage does not make one a racist.
    Racism will only show its ugly head when one places one’s identity as a race to favour one’s own race and to discriminate against another race, to benefit one race ,at the expense of another race.
    The sun and the moon shine on to all creatures, great or not so great.
    And yet there are parents who favour one child over another even though both are of the same flesh and blood ! This is one of the many paradoxes of human behaviour.
    We are one nation of many peoples,one world of many nations. We are all humans regardless of race,religion ,creed or gender!

  4. 4 ninitalk
    February 3, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Hello ocho-onda – so glad you are visiting.
    Yes I did make the distinction between “racial” and “racist” in a letter to The Star some months ago, much like what you’re saying here. We can’t help being partial but we have no excuse whatsoever for being prejudiced and discriminatory!

  5. 5 ocho-onda
    February 3, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Glad to know that you have got your own site now ! I have also just started my own. Please feel free to visit some time. Cheers. 🙂

    http://ocho-onda.blogspot.com/


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