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IN MIND POLITICS

The Chinese it is tragic. Their house have no windows!

The Chinese have got their priorities right….so they think!

Their “rice bowl” matters over anything else. When things get tough, as they are now, and as they have been for some time, the Chinese tell their children to study hard and migrate. Decades ago when the British wanted to give equal rights to everyone, the Chinese minded their own business and left politics to the Malays. Malaya Union was abolished, Umno came into being and went about forming a nation that we now see today.

Malay rights and Malay privileges came first with Malay politicians deciding how and where the Chinese will find their next rice bowl. The Chinese did not participate in the political process then nor are they doing so today in numbers and with the passion that Malays have. We Malays will stand up against other Malays if our beliefs, passion, and political will are ignored by other Malays. But what of the Chinese? 

THE CHINESE, THEIR HOUSES HAVE NO WINDOWS (Author unknown)

I looked out the window.

And I saw. Thousands and thousands of Malays in the Bersih Rally. They were fighting their own kind for a cause they believed in. And they risk being ostracized by their Muslim brothers. And they risk much.

I looked out the window.

And I saw. Thousands and thousands of Indians holding the picture of Gandhi in the streets. All were teargassed and many beaten with batons. At Batu Caves, they were locked in, pumped with tear gas, and sprayed with chemical water. 80 are awaiting trial. 31 are charged for the attempted murder of a policeman that attacked them. All their leaders are under ISA. The one that got away fled the country.

I looked out the window.

And I saw. Thousands and thousands of Chinese closing their doors. Minding their own business. Watching soap operas. Playing mahjong. Going to the gym. Planning for holidays. Eating bah kut teh. Enrolling their children in private schools. Going for line dancing. Changing to a bigger car. Perming their hair brown. Going to the movies. Shopping.

The Chinese. They don’t look out the window. Their houses. Have no windows. Politics is a ‘dirty word’ in their home; as a Chinese, they disengage themselves completely from this ‘unproductive’ activity. 

The Chinese are told that politics are not for them. They are told that their ‘houses have no windows’, so mind your own business and close the door.   They are told that if Malaysia is not good enough, they must get a good education and emigrate.

They are told Malaysia is not their home. They have no home. They are the Jews of the East. When trouble starts, they ought to look the other way. If it gets worse, they emigrate. Money talks. So long they have money, some country will take them.

For the Chinese, it has been 100 years of ignorance. Is it blissful? No. It is tragic.

 

 

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