He said such an article is not helping Barisan Nasional to win back Chinese votes, and may cause difficulties for the coalition in Sabah and Sarawak.
My friend, who is a staunch BN supporter had sounded very distressed.
"Can you help counter this RPK's article?" he asked.
Seriously, I wish I could help him, but in this case I don't believe I can.
I explained to him that he needs someone with a bigger and more influential platform to do that.
Mine is after all merely an insignificant anonymous blog - just a little anchovy compared to RPK's hugely popular Malaysia Today.
I do understand though why my friend was so worried about such racially provocative articles.
I was also guilty of writing such articles in the aftermath of GE13's Chinese tsunami. And my post of those sorts were relatively well read.
I was mostly venting out my frustration at that time because I was so disappointed with the Chinese for choosing to abandon the moderate Malays of the establishment during that general election.
But, as I previously wrote, things cooled off after that as things slowly went back to normal.
I believe the Chinese political tidal wave of 2013 had also receded to a certain extent over time. The signs were there during last year's Sarawak elections and twin by-elections of Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar.
BN actual managed to get a decent percentage of Chinese votes during those elections.
I never expect BN to get overwhelming percentage of Chinese votes in future elections but it would be good enough if the percentage could be increased to 20 or 30 percent. Maybe it could help stop our society from becoming more racially polarised.
More importantly, it may even shut up those who are advocating racism as a political tool.
Actually, I never believe that we Malaysians, despite all those racial rhetorics, are really racists at heart.
Those ugly racist feelings, for me, were the faults of politicians who exploit communal sentiments to win support.
These bad people and their minions always tried very hard to deny that we Malaysians could live together and that there are those among us who could be the best of friends or even love and accept each other the way we were.
In my last post
Annie's favourite Ang
I highlighted this (excerpts),
Later on I have a Chinese friend who is like Hillary. He doesn't play a guitar but can mix around with Malays very well. He is so well liked that even the local Pekida and Tiga Line guys hang out with him. I think it's something to do with his sincere heart.
A commentator then accused me of lying about having such a friend as he can't believe that such a Chinese exist. Pekida and Tiga Line are after all known to be extreme Malay organisations.
In my reply, I provided this link to a previous article of mine where I mentioned about my friend,
Yes, that Chinese friend of mine really exist and if the commentator who accused me of lying bothered to check on him, he will discover that my friend is exactly as I described him.
The guy even looks a bit like a young Hillary Ang of the Search fame.
|A young Hillary Ang|
When his father died a few years ago, I spent several days with him and his family at the funeral parlour during the wake. A group of Pekida guys turned up there to pay their last respect and convey their sympathy to my friend and his family.
It turned out that the Abang Long of the group is sorts of his "abang angkat".
The Pekida and Tiga Line people are not exactly the same as the people of Ku Klux Klan, okay. If we take out the politics, these guys are as normal as anyone else. They also like good people irregardless of race and religion such as in the case of my friend.
For me, all that matter is for us to regard each other with sincerity and honesty.
As for my Sabahan Chinese friend's request, all I can say is - let us all try not to be influenced by people who want us to hate and fight each other so that they can benefit from the chaos that comes out of it.
Give it a try, okay.