I was not there, but I do remember how exciting the whole thing was.
It's basically a procession of gods, for the Chinese community in JB.
You all can read more about it here
I also remember that it got the national heritage status just before the last general election in 2013.
You can read about it here,
As reported, it was announced by PM DS Najib Razak himself.
That was in 2012, the height of 1Malaysia.
It was quite obvious that the move was to appeal to the Chinese community's sensibilities so that they would be nicer to the establishment.
Unfortunately, that didn't happen.
The overwhelming majority of Chinese in JB, as elsewhere didn't vote for BN in 2013.
Nonetheless, last year, it was announced that the government will
seek world cultural heritage status for Chingay
After national, they go for world pulak.
I was telling myself that it looks like the BN government has not given up on the Chinese.
Good lah that way.
I also almost gave up on them, but only later on realised that it's wrong to give up on those who are part of us.
For better or worse, people who disappoint us are still part of us.
We should not give up on them.
Just because the Chinese didn't support the government yesterday, doesn't mean they will not support the government tomorrow.
Kipidap, dongibap....as they say these days :)
You just can't throw the Chinese into the sea, okay.
They are Malaysians too.
Well, today there's the RUU355 gathering at Padang Merbok in KL.
It aims to gather 200,000 people, which is about the same size as the chingay event in JB last night.
It's supposed to menyatu padu kan umat Melayu dan Islam.
The agenda is to further empower the Syariah courts to the same level as the normal courts.
Though denied by the organisers, it's definitely a Pas' event.
If successful, I believe it will pave the way for bigger things than just empowering syariah courts.
I believe it will pave the way for the implementation of hudud in this country and Pas becoming the dominant political party representing the majority Malay Muslim community.
No need for Umno after this. Unlike Pas, Umno can't promise paradise.
That's why I can't help laughing when some Umno people said they support RUU355.
Well, if that happens, then good luck to the Malay Muslims and the rest of Malaysians.
I'm migrating to Japan, okay :)
Hey, you all can make the RUU355 gathering an annual event like the chingay procession and get it the national and world heritage status too.
That would be nice, eh.
Okay, this is a video of the Chingay procession in case you all are wondering what it was all about,