The latest were the attack in Jakarta and today's horror at Burkina Faso.
Honestly, I was not so sure where is Burkina Faso until I checked the world map.
|Burkina Faso is in red|
I think the news were all over the net, so there's no need for me to provide the links here.
Could the same bloodshed happened here?
Apparently it could.
Here is a story of terrorism in Malaysia today
Congratulations to the police for their success.
But how could this happened in Malaysia?
I think the answer must be due to racial and religious extremism.
Malaysia, being a truly multi-racial country is actually very much exposed to such extreme elements.
We are nonetheless lucky all these while because of our moderate ways.
Other then the communist insurgency and a few relatively minor racial clashes, we have been spared from an all out blood letting such that happened in other countries.
The May 13 incident in 1969 is relatively minor if compared to all those massacres and ethnic cleansing recorded throughout the world's history.
But still, the risk of one becoming an extremist is actually quite high among Malaysians.
Let me put myself as an example.
During the run up to the last general election in 2013, I was blogging in support of BN on the platform of moderation.
I was promoting a better understanding between especially the Chinese and Malay communities, so that moderate ways could be sustained for the betterment of the country.
It was in line with the campaign strategy of PM DS Najib Razak.
Then the Chinese tsunami happened on polling day of May 5.
I was angry and frustrated that the Chinese community actually succumbed to what to me was the opposition's tactics of racial incitement.
The election results devastated my belief that the Chinese would not turn their back on the moderate Malays who have been their friends, especially in keeping the Malay extremists at bay.
I did a series of postings to express my feeling at that time.
However, it was hard for me to sustain that anger for long.
This is a posting which I did less than two weeks after ranting and raving against the Chinese,
Guiltiness of being a racist
You will probably laugh if you read the post, considering what happened to me recently.
Honestly, I felt guilty at that time for trying to turn myself into a racist.
Hard as I tried, it just didn't really work out.
Later on I even made fun of myself for being like that.
This is an example of it,
It's actually quite silly to hate the Chinese when being in love with one of them.
After a while I accepted the reality that I was just being stupid to be angry with the Chinese for the way they voted in the last general election.
It's just the reality of Malaysia's racialist politics.
I simply have to accept and deal with it without hating anyone.
Later on, I started to do postings such as this,
I was probably lucky because of my personal background which makes it hard for me to turn into a full blown extremist or racist.
But most other Malaysians may not be so fortunate.
It's easy to succumb to the easy but dangerous path of extremism, especially in these days of social media where any nut case with a computer may write something or another to instigate and inflame racial and religious sentiments.
We simply can't afford to let such racists and extremists to take over the shaping of our mind-set in this country.
I hope the authorities could do something to stop irresponsible lunatics from continuing to fan hatred among Malaysians.
I believe it's the only way we can prevent those tragedies in other parts of the world from happening in our own country.