"Maruah Melayu" means Malays' dignity.
The main objective of the planned rally was counter the recent Bersih 4 which was mostly attended by members of the Chinese community.
From the reports that I read so far, the organisers feel that the rally was necessary as the Malays were angry at the Chinese for flexing their political muscle at Bersih 4.
The Maruah Melayu people said they are going to gather half a million Malays at the Chinese-business district of Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur on that day.
It's supposed to be a show of force by the Malays to tell the Chinese not to trample on their dignity.
Personally, I think the whole idea is silly.
Bersih 4 was not about the Chinese wanting to chase the Malays back to their kampung or into the jungle.
They were demanding for the country to be governed better or something like that....if I was not mistaken.
The Malays were in fact welcomed to join it, but only a few turned up.
Yes, there were some stupid people doing stupid things such as stomping on the picture of PM DS Najib Razak, but I believe they were isolated incidents.
Well, too bad because DAP was the main driving force behind Bersih 4, and therefore there was not many Malays at the rally.
Most Malays still see DAP as a Chinese entity which doesn't really care much about them.
Still, I don't feel that the Chinese were out to get the Malays that day.
Okay, fine, that's my personal opinion. You all may disagree with me.
Nonetheless, what kind of rally it's going to be this Maruah Melayu thing if they really want to proceed with it?
Are the participants going to walk along Jalan Bukit Bintang chanting " Cina pegi balik Tongsan!" (Chinese go back to China)?
That's not very nice, isn't it?
I'm sure the rally will be covered by not just the local media but also those pesky foreign ones.
Images of Malays shouting their head off telling their Chinese fellow citizens to go back to China will be broadcasted world wide.
Everyone who watch it will probably ask, "Who are these bunch of ugly racists?", and someone will reply, "Oh, they are Malays. Well, they are that kind of people. Lazy some more. Not like the Chinese."
Well, that's not really going to restore Malays' dignity, right?
I think if the organisers still insist on having the rally, they better make sure such scenario doesn't happen.
Otherwise, instead of memelihara maruah Melayu (defending Malays' dignity), they are just going to tarnish it.
And they better get a bigger crowd than Bersih 4.
Otherwise, it's going to further embarass the Malays because for every single Chinese in this country, there are at least three Malays.
Therefore the Maruah Melayu rally must be three times bigger than Bersih 4.
Please, I don't want them to turn up by just a few hundreds and start marching down Jalan Bukit Bintang chanting that they represent Malays and their dignity.
People will laugh, okay.
Maruah Melayu nanti jadi Malu Melayu pulak.
I hope that by Sept 16, if they can't gather enough people to attend the rally, they will cancel it.
I think there are better ways for the Malays to preserve their dignity.
For one thing, they should work together to clean up their current political mess.
That mess is actually the reason why the Chinese turned up by the hundreds of thousands at Bersih 4.
They went to the rally on their own without anyone sponsoring them.
I personally know two Chinese Malaysian ladies who flew in from Hong Kong just to attend Bersih 4. They paid their own flight tickets.
Maybe Malay leaders should swallow their pride and meet to settle their differences which were the actual cause of the mess.
That way, there would not have been Bersih 4.
Can't they sacrifice a bit for the sake of the ordinary Malays that they led and all the other Malaysians?
Is it so difficult for them to do that?
I really hope the Malays can get out of this mess and go back to improving themselves so that they can catch up with the Chinese community which is obviously more prosperous and disciplined.
Shouting at the Chinese and trying to scare them will not help the Malays preserve their dignity.
They should instead unite to overcome their problems and work together to improve their well being.