There have been quite a number of comments calling for the abolition of the Chinese education system in response to my past few postings.
This is one of them,
There were however a few who disagreed, such as this one,
The following is my personal opinion on the matter.
The whole debate is actually a waste of time and energy.
The Chinese schools are here to stay.
The Barisan Nasional government has pledged not to close down the Chinese schools or convert them to any other type of schools.
I was personally present when former education minister TS Muhyiddin Yassin, who was then also the deputy prime minister made the pledge to a group of Chinese community leaders during campaigning for the Sungai Limau by-election in November, 2013.
That was just months after the Chinese tsunami of the last general election.
It was not the first time Muhyiddin, who is still now the deputy Umno president made such a pledge.
PM DS Najib Razak also repeatedly made similar pledge, especially in the run-up to the last general election.
The opposition parties were also promising the Chinese community the same.
In fact, they even went around telling the Chinese that the BN government was discriminating the Chinese schools.
It was one of their main selling points in the 2013 general election.
So, even if you replace the current government, you will not be able to change the current status quo of our multiple education systems.
That's why I'm of the opinion that all the huffing and puffing over the matter was such a waste of time and energy.
Anyway, have you all ever wondered why despite the existence of the Chinese schools in the country, we are still relatively at peace with one another?
Bear in mind that Bosnia, Sri Lanka, and other countries which tore themselves apart because of racial and religious differences of their people didn't have multiple school systems.
A single school system doesn't guarantee everyone will love each other very much, okay.
All those Arab countries which are now embroiled in civil strife and horrific blood letting also didn't have multiple school systems.
Maybe race relations could be better in this country, but so far, we are not yet at the level of hating each other so much that we are willing to kill one another.
Do they teach the Chinese kids to hate the Malays in such schools?
I don't think so.
Most of the Chinese schools, especially the independent ones have been around longer than the national schools.
They were set up by the Chinese migrants when they settled in this country over 100 years ago.
The schools are part of their heritage.
My mother is a product of the Chinese education system.
She studied in a Chinese school since standard one all the way until she graduated from a university in Taiwan.
It's true that she didn't mix much with Malays until she met my father.
But she never hate the Malays or even look down on them.
I did ask her once what she thought of the Malays before she met my father, who is actually her first true Malay friend.
"I don't really have any opinion of the Malays at that time. They are just a different kind of people than us Chinese. I definitely didn't hate them," she said.
For me, it doesn't matter which type or types of schools we have as long as the end results are good.
It's the good values promoted by the schools that matter.
Maybe our educationists from the different types of school systems should sit together and come out with workable ideas on how to bridge the interaction gap between their students.
I think that's a better idea than all these wasteful debate on whether to abolish the Chinese education system.
Another solution is for all politicians to stop exploiting racial sentiments to further their ambitions....but then again, that's asking too much, isn't it?
The elderly statesman basically repeated his allegations against PM DS Najib Razak and I assumed he did so with the intention of laying them down as simple as possible to make it easy for ordinary folks to understand why he is now against his once protege.
Information Minister DS Salleh Said Keruak whom I guess now is the chief defender of the prime minister dutifully answered to Dr Mahathir's assertions in his own posting,
Ever since I started blogging, I identify myself more as a Muslim Malay.
Most DAP cybertroopers who hang out at this blog see me as a Chinese-hating Malay racist.
Well, actually I'm not.
As I previously wrote, I love my Chinese mother, my Chinese grandparents, my Chinese cousins, my Chinese aunties, etc.
I even love my Chinese ex despite him being such a bastard.
How can I hate the Chinese when the only one I have ever allowed to.....well never mind....I think you all got my point.
Still, I like the Malay side of myself very much.
Being Malay is unique, because I think there are so few of us in this world as compared to the billions of Chinese.
My ex once told me that his younger sister thought that I'm sort of an exotic girl just because I'm a Malay and dating her brother who is quite a common Ah Beng Ah Seng type.
Well, that's until she found out that I'm as sepet as her and she actually only out-Chinese me because she eats pork while I'm not.
Nonetheless, I made it a point to speak in Malay whenever I was speaking to his elderly parents and in English to his siblings.
They can't speak Mandarin anyway and my Cantonese is rather pathetic.
I quite miss his kind and gentle mother now that I don't go to his family home anymore.
Whatever it is, I was definitely proud of being sort of a Malay.
My Malay hero back then was former Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman, who is a really good leader and principled man.
Every time someone accused all Malay leaders in Umno as being corrupt, I would point them to Ghani and said that's one Umno Malay leader who is incorruptible.
But these days I find it a bit harder to be proud of being a Malay.
I think the latest Malay role models are less than inspiring.
In fact, most of them are quite dodgy characters.
There is this Red-shirts leader Jamal ikan bakar Sekinchan who was arrested last night in connection with the planned rally at Petaling Street today.
Then of course we have Ibrahim Ali of Perkasa,
And also this really weird character Rani Kulup of the "kipidap" fame,
Really not much choice isn't it?
Unless of course if you all don't mind KJ very much....
Not bad ehh....
So macho and manly.
I know, a lot of people still can't forgive him for those fourth floor days,,,,but really, who else are there other than KJ?
Well, there's this Kedah MB, seen here joining the kampung folks cutting up meat on Hari Raya Haji,
But some of you already branded his father as a liar and traitor to Islam, Malays and Malaysia.
So, if the father is like that then I guess the same goes for the son as their ancestry was even traced all the way back to the traitor Mendeliar Kutty who sold out the Malacca Sultanate to the invading Portuguese in 1511.
Errr....actually, I don't believe such bullshit but you all can read about it here,
Speaking before 15,000 members of Pesaka from all over the country, Najib said: "Slapped once, we did not do anything. The second time...nothing...the third time...nothing...but the fourth time had crossed the limit. Malays also have rights.
"The Malays will stand up when their pride is scarred, when their leader is insulted, condemned and humiliated. It's enough, do not repeat such vengeful acts," he said.
I think most people may assume that Najib, as Umno president has now make it clear that the Malays can go on their own at running the country if the other communities were not willing to respect them as the majority and dominant race in this country.
Well, too bad for MCA, MIC and other non-Malay or non-bumiputera based parties in the BN coalition.
Actually, I'm sad that it has come to this.
But, I also think that Najib has no other choice than to take such a stand.
He was being whacked left, right and centre of late and when such an opportunity arises, he grabbed it to his advantage.
Who could blame him for that.
In my opinion, the Chinese, or to be more exact, the DAP gave Najib the Malay unity lifeline.
Bersih 4.0 was a rally too far for them.
Still, bear in mind that the seeds of all these racial posturing were actually planted way back before the last general election in 2013.
The racial sentiments played by DAP to whip up support among the Chinese community in the run-up to the general election was too obvious to deny.
There was DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, who while speaking in front of thousands of Chinese called upon them to go against the Barisan Nasional government as he contended that they were being treated as second, third, fourth or even fifth class citizens.
Remember that Guan Eng?
Then there were other race based issues being brought up to further inflame, especially the Chinese sentiments.
They even accused BN, or to be more exact Umno of practicing apartheid to oppress the Chinese who are the most prosperous and advanced community in the country.
I was in Johor at that time and I felt the surge of anger among the Chinese electorate as the DAP's campaign built up to a crescendo in the final weeks before the general election.
The mammoth crowd of up to 300,000 people, mostly Chinese, at DAP campaign gatherings in Taman Sutera in Skudai was the ultimate show of force in the fight for the crucial battle for Gelang Patah.
I was in the thick of it.
Former Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman who was about to retire from politics was roped in back by Najib to stand against Guan Eng's father, DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang in the Chinese majority constituency.
It was the first time an Umno leader was fielded in such an area.
I wonder if current Johor Menteri Besar DS Mohamad Khaled Nordin would ever be willing to do the same.
I learnt that the aim of fielding Ghani against Kit Siang was to stem the Chinese electoral tide which at that time was building into a tsunami.
It was an appeal to the Chinese community, especially in Gelang Patah - here is a good moderate Malay leader who had done a lot for you. Please choose him over a Chinese leader who had done nothing except telling you all to topple the Malay-led government.
It was an impossible mission.
Ghani was wiped out by the Chinese tsunami on May 5, 2013.
Admittedly, I was emotional when I wrote this the next morning,
The posting remained as the the most read of this blog's for over a year.
Regular readers of this blog may noticed though that I had somewhat calmed down since then.
Several other moderate Malay leaders suffered the same fate as Ghani.
One of them was TS Mohd Ali Rustam, then the Chief Minister of Malacca.
Ali is the chairman of Pesaka which organised the Red-shirt rally.
He made it plain after the general election that the Chinese voters in the constituency which he contested betrayed him despite his good track record as the Chief Minister and the friendship he supposedly enjoyed with members of the Malaccan Chinese community.
I remember Ali being quite bitter about it.
Unlike Ghani, who never publicly blamed the Chinese electorate of Gelang Patah for his defeat, Ali didn't mince his words about it.
I have the opportunity of talking to Ghani several times over these past two and a half years since the last general election and not once did he say any unkind word about the role of the Chinese in ending his political career at such an unpleasant note.
He merely blamed DAP's racialist tactics for what happened.
But not all of those moderate Malay leaders are like Ghani.
Most became hardliners like Ali after the Chinese tsunami.
DPM DS Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who was previously never really known to be a Malay champion suddenly became sorts of one after making some tough remarks in defence of what supposedly Malays' rights.
The Umno vice-president went on to be elevated to what he is now on the ticket of being a Malay hardliner.
It's the popular stance to take among Umno leaders now.
As it turned out, even Najib, who is the most moderate of them all has turned tough.
Well, it can be argued that he is being so to divert the public attention from his many problems, but still, the fact remains that we now have a set of Malay leaders who are hardliners running the show.
The moderate Malay leaders were either swept away by the Chinese tsunami of 2013 or transformed by it.
Bersih 4.0 actually completed the process when it prompted the Red-shirts backlash which cemented the positions of the Malay hardliners.
Freedom of expression and speech should go both ways.
In America, even the racist Ku Klux Klan have the right to voice their hate towards the black people.
That's freedom for you, actually.
You cannot say you have the right to say what you like but those who oppose you don't have the same right, no matter how wrong they are.
Anyway, as I had stated previously, I wish both sides didn't have those rallies.
They are not going to settle anything.
To the Bersih people : If you don't like PM DS Najib Razak and his Umno gang, just don't vote for them in the next general election.
To the Red-shirts Melayu : If you don't like the Chinese, don't vote for any of the Chinese candidates whether they are from DAP, MCA, Gerakan or any other party.
No need to get all worked up like now.
It's a waste of energy and time.
Rallies don't make this country any better.
It's just for syiok-syiok only. Nice for ego and that's about it.
These rallies will only work if we Malaysians are really oppressed and living a hard life.
For now, I still think things are not too bad.
The fancy kopitiams are still full of customers, pubs and clubs are opened, designers' clothes are still selling, etc.
No one can claim of being starved in this country...yet.
There are also still too many foreigners coming here to make a living, from the Indonesian domestic helpers and Nepalese security guards to those mat sallehs who hang out at the expensive watering holes in Bangsar.
And the government's machineries are still functioning with things done mostly without us having to bribe the civil servants....almost all of the time.
Some people are complaining that things are pricier now, but still, I think they are still affordable.
It's up for us to make the adjustments.
We cannot complain of suffering just because now we can only afford to have fancy Japanese dinner once a month instead of every week previously.
Really. If you are really suffering, please tell us all how you suffer in the comment section below.
Maybe Najib and Rosmah will read your comments and find it genuine that they will do something about it or at least maybe donate some money to you.
Okay, I'm leaving office now.
Driving out-station tonight.
Need to get out of KL for the weekend.
Really cannot tahan this place.
Stuffy and depressing.
Here's a bit of music and clips from a very good movie for your entertainment,
I have to admit that the Maruah Melayu Rally today was a success.
Maybe it didn't restore the Malays' dignity which its organisers claimed they were championing, but in term of turn-out, it seems to match the rival Bersih 4.0 which was dominated by members of the Chinese community.
I'm still against street rallies though, either it be in red or yellow.
But I guess these rallies will from now on be a new culture of our society.
Maybe we are indeed now matured enough to have these rallies without destroying our country.
After all, the rallies have ended peacefully.
There was a commotion at Petaling Street today, but I guess that's an isolated incident.
The main body of the protest had abided by the laws and that was good.
I'm also glad that they turned up in a big enough number that they didn't embarass the Malays whom they said they represent.
Still, I'm worried over where all these are leading us Malaysians.
It looks very much like we are becoming more racially polarised than ever.
The rally today, despite it's Malay rights undertone being somewhat muted by the organisers, was still meant to tell the Chinese who dominated the rival Bersih 4.0 rally that the Malays are still in charge of this country.
That's to me is not a good indication of what the future lies for this multi-racial country.
The leaders among us must do something to stop this phenomenon.
I really hope that they realise what's going on and the danger of what's coming if the trend continues.
I think they really need to sit down and talk instead of shouting at each other just to further their political agenda.
Those rallies may be relatively peaceful now but I'm still not comfortable about it being a new element in our culture.
There are a lot of negative vibes about it which I feel could eventually harm this country.
What I was worried will happen because of the planned Maruah Melayu rally is beginning to happen.
The rumour mongering is going at full swing now.
My mother just now forwarded to me a message she received from her friend.
She asked me to put it in this blog and tell people not to believe it,
This is the message;
Forward from Trekker: I was in FRIM just now and they were having a parade practice for sept 16. There were a lot of fiery speech's. A big part of it contains were very seditious contents calling for violence against Chinese and to kill Chinese. I would believe other groups would be as bad or even worst. So the threat of violence on the day is very real. It is best to advoid going out on 16/9. You may even want to stock some necessities "Fren just came back fr a talk by tony pua. Tony pua said pls stay at home on sept 16. Certain party try to create unrest n declare emergency n arrest the opposition for creating unrest. Stay home so not give chances for "them" to achieve their mischief. Pls spread among ur frens. Above from an ex colleague in KL All Indian and Chinese Friends, Pls pass the word around to all your friends, brothers and relatives. There are groups in every state trying to agitate and pick fights with Indian and Chinese youths. This will help to start a racially motivated riot and spread through the country. They just need a small issue of even a motorcycle accident to start a fight. Pls ask all Indians and Chinese to stay calm and avoid any misunderstanding no matter how small. For the time being be humble, helpful, even apologize. Let's let this red shirt issue pass. So that they cannot divert the attention on racial issues and concentrate on our PM's cheating, lying and other cases. Pls stay calm. Forward this to all Indian and Chinese youths ad they have been targeted for the racial conflict to start.
I'm against the rally from the start.
For me, it's just some politicians playing the racial card to be popular.
Now there are people, such as those who spread the message above, who use the rally to paint the picture of Malays as being an intolerant and arrogant race.
Malays are also being depicted as being prone to violence.
I felt very bad that the police and KL City Hall had given the organisers their approval to hold the rally.
Nonetheless, I knew that the authorities may have no choice as the political pressure on them to let the rally happen may be very intense after the Bersih 4.0 rally.
Whatever it is, I hope the rally is going to be really confined to the Padang Merbok where it had been designated and there will be no marching around.
Maybe if the participants can really be disciplined and abide by the laws, they can negate the bad image being painted about them by people such as the ones spreading the above message.
I did ask my mother how she responded to her friend upon receiving the message.
She said she is not in a habit of sharing any unverified information via social media.
"I told my friend that we will be helping the red shirt gang by painting the Malays, who are our Malaysian brothers and sisters as racists and instigating fear among our own Chinese community," she said.
Woke up early and straight away got into a debate with someone at breakfast.
The lady is pro-establishment and supports DS Najib Razak.
She was angry with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for attacking the PM.
"Tun is an old man, don't get angry with him lah," I said.
I told the lady that being angry wouldn't solve anything.
"Don't you know that most of those who fought this Umno civil war are doing it due to personal interests?
"Very few of them actually think about the future of Umno or even the country," I rambled.
The way I see it, most of the people on both sides have something at stake or a score to settle.
They attack Dr Mahathir or Najib, depending on which side they were on, not really because of the country or the party, but because they got something to gain if their side wins.
That's the sad reality of this ongoing Umno civil war.
That's why bystanders should not get too emotional about it
The angry lady was puzzled why then that I defended Dr Mahathir.
She knew that I was never really a Mahathirist.
In fact, I never even have a conversation with the man unlike most of the bloggers now fighting for both sides of the warring factions.
"It's because we can't afford to burn bridges now. BN (Barisan Nasional) will need every single votes it can get for the next general election and that includes those of Dr Mahathir's supporters.
"If you whack the old man now, than those votes will be lost."
"But Tun is being too much. He didn't think about all that when he started attacking Najib," replied the angry lady.
"Tun is an old man. Old man should be allowed to say anything that he wants. If you want to defend Najib, then go ahead and do so, but don't whack the old man. Whacking an old man wouldn't make you look good," I said.
Yeah, why can't they let the handsome old man says whatever he wanted to say?
They should just do the right things and let the good outcome answers Dr Mahathir.
And of course don't steal people's money and such as alleged.
If there were mistakes, then just apologise, explain how the mistakes happened, and correct them. That's all.
Just make it plain and easy for the people to understand why certain things needed to be done the way they were.
It's actually quite simple.
We can do without all these aggravations.
The worst are those who thrive on adding fuel to the fire.
The people should not listen to these batu api (instigators) who are doing it out of self interest.
Everyone needs to be cool instead of getting all riled up.
If Muhyiddin stays as a party leader, the rebels will see it as a victory for them and it will encourage them to continue the fight.
I don't think Najib will let this happen.
But yesterday Najib decided not to act against his estranged party deputy.
He must had realised that the time was not right to sack Muhyiddin and his other critics at the party's highest level as the sentiment against him was still very strong.
Najib may also be aware of the danger of relying too much on DS Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, the new deputy prime minister and Home minister, who is now the only one with the real capability and instruments to oust him.
After all, some of Zahid's people have of late becoming rather blatant in displaying their ambition.
Anyway, the hundreds of Muhyiddin's supporters, mostly from Johor who gathered at the vicinity of the party headquarters at Putra World Trade Centre yesterday may also reacted in an unprecedented manner should their leader be removed from his party posts.
I believe Najib has managed to buy some time to strengthen his position by not removing Muhyiddin now.
What is interesting is that while Muhyiddin admitted that he is aware of the conspiracy, he did not explain why he kept quiet and did not bring it to the attention of the Prime Minister considering that the number two should be covering the number one’s back.
It is like a security guard at the bank telling the police that he was aware that a robbery was going to take place but he is not involved in the robbery — he just did nothing to stop the robbery.
What was the reason Muhyiddin kept his mouth shut? Did they threaten him that if he revealed the conspiracy then he, too, would be brought down? Or was he promised that if the conspiracy succeeds then he would become the beneficiary by taking over the job of Prime Minister?
Anyway, if they do go ahead with the plan to table a vote of no confidence against Najib in Parliament next month the answer to those questions would be revealed. If Muhyiddin refuses to join the vote then he is definitely not involved in or is part of that conspiracy. If, however, he joins the no confidence vote, then he is definitely with the anti-Najib group.
I asked my friend Wan Dal Cha, who is a pacifist in this ongoing Umno civil war for his opinion and this is what he said to me via Wassap;
Awal2 lagi (Immediately) someone in Najib's outfit has already tipped off RPK on some of the things discussed at the MKT (supreme council meeting). About a conspiracy. RPK fully intends to deepen the intrigue. And he is getting lots of help.
There was indeed an investigation. Semua orang tahu (Everyone knows that). It was not a conspiracy. And yes they briefed Muhyiddin as the second in command because the No 1 was being investigated.
The nation has gone past this particular phase. Move on..