Sunday, August 31, 2008
Bangsa Malaysia everyday please!
Malaysians are always reminded on National Day, without fail by our politicians, that we are one race and one people. This is our country and that without the cooperation of the major races independence would not have been possible. Without Sabah and Sarawak, Malaysia would not have been possible. And so, through the dances and songs, all the races are represented. Very much like the recital of the Rukunegara at the National Day parade today, where students of various races were there. The quesion is why can't we be Bangsa Malaysia everyday. Why must this be possible only through parades, dances and Tourism Malaysia video? Why must our leaders claim to represent Malaysians one day and their own community the next day? When will we stop having to state our races when filling up forms instead of being just Bangsa Malaysia? When will our politicians stop worrying about the religious background of our elected MPs? Why should PAS president Hadi Awang be worried if there would be more non-Muslim MPs from Sabah and Sarawak? When will our politicians mean Bangsa Malaysia when they say they will defend the country for "bangsa dan negara"? When will our politicians realise that the Chinese and Indians are Malaysians and no longer "bangsa pendatang" and that many of our Umno leaders can trace their ancestry roots to India,Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Yemen, Thailand and even China, which is nothing unusual as Malaysia is a melting pot of various culture. This is a diversity which we should be proud of. Dr Mahathir Mohamad has never hide the fact that his ancestors came from Bangladesh and that does not make him any less bumiputra or Malay or any less Malaysian. So, the rest of us, regardless of our races, have as much as stake in Malaysia too. We are born here and no matter what happens, we will never pack off because we are Bangsa Malaysia.