WITH Malaysia Day having just passed, it seems like Malaysians are plagued by controversies. The heat from the last general elections have not died down and the recently released movie Tanda Putera by Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba seems to ignite other sentiments as well.
Without needing to dwell too much into rhetoric and mud slinging to either the ruling party or the opposition, I, as a citizen of Malaysia, would like to let our leaders know this: enough is enough.
Malaysians, regardless of race, religion or political allegiance, are sick to the core of racial propaganda and division. It is time to come clean and move forward as one country.
Ask any American and they will tell you they are American, not Caucasian, Chinese, African or Hispanic. It is the same for Singapore, Indonesia, Canada and even Australia. Why, or how, are we any different when the melting pot of Malaysians comprises the diversity of so many races, it can be likened to the many species of flora and fauna in the Malaysian rainforest!
If we are to take a scientific methodology, every experiment should have a hypothesis or a primary end point. Running or administrating a country has one major end point, prosperity. Every single citizen will want their country to be safe, so they are able to exercise their daily lives without hindrance, fear or discrimination. All these rights are already enshrined in our constitution, formed by our forefathers when they struggled for our independence without any weapons, with not a single drop of blood shed. Did we not learn anything from this? Or are we so foolish being the more “modernised” Malaysians who cannot even think along the lines of racial tolerance? Don’t we see that our differences are the very essence that makes us who we are today.
Malaysia, she is beautiful is she not? She has sheltered us from the most fatal natural disasters (we are enveloped by the Pacific ring of fire yet we have no volcanoes or earth quakes) while providing us with rich natural resources (fertile land, tin, petroleum and much more). Now, more than ever, we must love her, protect her and thank her for all she has given us in the last 50 years, since the formation of Malaysia.
To our political figures, both the ruling coalition and the opposition, stop slinging racial agendas. We cannot undo the past but we can shape our future. To individuals fanning racial sentiments: stop it. Know that we Malaysians are better than that and we are wiser than before. I, for one, will not want to let the likes of Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Tun V. T. Sambanthan and many others down. They fought for independence to give us our Malaysia of today. We must now move forward, inheriting and realising their vision: A Malaysia for every Malaysian. Think “Malaysian” first, and race second. Is that not who we already are?
Kua Chong Ming