Friday, April 2, 2010

I'm Malay First

This is a very good article written by a friend of mine. He chooses to remain anonymous but allows me to publish it. Thanks bro!
I am totally upset with the current issue of Muhyiddin v Lim Kit Siang regarding "I am Malay first". With all respect for your privacy and political stands, I cannot help but share with you my personal view on this.

Kit Siang's question, whether he realises it or not, is absolutely seditious and is indirectly posed to every Malay on this land.As if he deliberately wants to question our legitimacy as Malay! Why must we decide whether we are Malay first or Malaysian first? We are simply BOTH, what is wrong with that? Why can't he accept BOTH to be definitive features of us? This question is so childish; it is just like asking "whom do you love most - dad or mom?" Of course we love BOTH! Regardless whether we answer dad first or mom first, the reality remains both are dearest to us and we will never compromise or undermine any of them, isn't it?

Imagine if the same question is posed to someone of mixed parentage, like Eurasian - "Are you white first or Asian first"? The answer of course would be I am BOTH! Even if one said I am white first, Asian second or vice-versa, it doesn't change the reality and the fact that he fully recognises that he is of mixed parentage. Why must others make an issue with that? Can't we just accept everyone for what he/she is, and just work together like family for a better Malaysia, 1 Malaysia?

Kit Siang must realise that for the sake of peace and stability in Malaysia, Malay interest IS Malaysian interest, and Malaysian interest is Malay interest. If Malay's interest is not well taken care of, the majority race will continue to be left behind in the economic field and later vent their frustrations to create social and political problem which can be very costly to our beloved country. Similarly, if Malaysian interest is not catered for, Malay cannot benefit from overall peace and prosperity because the marginalised minority can cause instability and break up the country.

So there is nothing wrong at all if Muhyiddin wants to be Malay first, Malaysian second, as long he has full conscience that both are dearest to his heart. I remain respectful to him as a national leader and I totally abhor Kit Siang's conduct which has nothing to do with the people's interest and everything to do with scoring political points.

All Malaysians should condemn Kit Siang's cheap tactics and remain respectful of the rights of all Malaysia to be *religion* first, *race* first or Malaysian first - and let us all love Malaysia with every beat of our heart and till the last drop of our blood.

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