A TIMELY KICK IN THE BACKSIDE

By Yin

Thank you Steadyaku47 for the timely kick in the backside, says Yin.

“This “not sitting on our backsides” is not just for the Malays only! All Malaysians should make their voices heard by the extremists who are destroying the country’s multi-ethnic and multi-religious make-up. If you ‘Nons’ do not have leaders who are prepared to stand up and be counted on these matters, then let these extremists hear your individual voices over and over again until it is heard.”

Hussein Abdul Hamid aka Steadyaku47.

Thank you Hussein Abdul Hamid, but at the same time I am disappointed that you have restrained yourself. You should give it to the “Nons” with both barrels! Tell it like it is man! If you can be hard on the Malays you can also be hard on the “Nons” –  why are you discriminating?

I have some choice words for these people.  I can swear in four languages and several dialects. (We are multi-lingual in Ward 5) but I am not allowed.

Let me say this loud and clear.

The “Nons” are by and large a useless pathethic lot! That’s the long and the short of it.

How many “Nons” have spoken up like Siti Kassim, Tajuddin Rasdi, Haris Ibrahim, Mariam Mokhtar etc?

Check any list you care to and you won’t find a “Non”.

How many were at the Bersih marches? My observation is that the majority were Malays.

We sit on the sideline and cheer these people on. We let others fight our battles. The above mentioned could very well have said and done nothing. In fact if they did that they would have been very handsomely rewarded. Yet they speak up and take action risking the ire of their own community while most of us come up with lame excuses like “no chance so why bother”, “dream on”, “be pragmatic” (this is a very Chinese thing. They know the price of everything and the value of nothing),  “don’t know what to do”, “cannot write”, “I am fed up with politics” “every politician is the same whichever party you vote so why bother” etc etc. You can write a book “A Thousand and One Excuses For Sitting On Our Backsides”.

Having said that, I agree with the last observation in that most (not all) politicians are useless. Politicians are just for themselves.  They are there for the big fat pay, the perks, the pension and if they are corrupt (which many are) the money they can make.

But that is all the more reason why we must do something ourselves – take our future into our own hands; don’t leave it to these scumbags.

For this reason MAJU’S proposition to field non-party candidates is worth considering.

Since Ambiga Sreenevasan and Maria Chin in the heady days of Bersih there is no “Non” who stand out in fighting the racism, religious intolerance and corruption that has brought our country to its knees.

Have we forgotten how our grandparents and parents sold our future down the drain by their apathy?

They left it to MCA and MIC. They were more interested in making money. They thought that their money would save them. What they forget is that whoever holds the power decides whether you get the licence to operate. Whether you are allowed to tender for a contract and if you do whether you get it. They can take anything away from you anytime. Ask Robert Kuok; he built a shipping empire only for the government to demand a share (almost free), rice millers who have operated for generations, had to close shop when their licences were not renewed so that they had to sell on the cheap to UMNO vultures waiting on the side. Bus operators found it not viable anymore when their routes were taken away from them.

In the past we could worship freely. Now we are constrained by the sensitivies (imagined or otherwise) of religious extremists.

There are other issues – education, citizenship, culture, the list is long.

We cursed our grandparents and parents for their apathy. Let not our children curse us for ours.

Yes, things have gone very bad – and that is because we did nothing. The wound has been left festering for too long when it should have been dealt with from the start.

Now even the token “Nons” in government is no more. The extremists have shown their true colours. They don’t want a Malaysian nation. They want a Malay nation.

For the first time Perak has no “Nons” in the cabinet. The MB has declared that it is not necessary.

In the Federal Government they have two lackey – token “Nons”.

The state of the nation is critical but it is not hopeless.

Many of our Malay brothers and sisters are prepared to fight for a Malaysia for all. They are prepared to take on the racists and religious extremists when the white knight of the “Nons” – DAP – sold us out for a  place at the top table.

We have become cheerleaders. We cheer others on from the sideline. Asking them to risk their heads while we keep ours beneath the parapet.

There is a lot we can do. I accept that not everyone can be an activist. I understand that most of us have a living to make (so have our Malay brothers and sisters).  I know it is very disheartening that even when we did our part in GE14 those we voted for have let us down.

It’s not going to be easy and no one can promise success. But unless we try we will fail. Malaysia will fail.

Do even small things like writing to the press or a website. Encourage your friends and neighbours to stand firm. Even by not spreading negativity you are helping.

Namewee did his part in his award winning film Babi. Wong Yan Ke, Yap Wen Qing and Tan Li Yuan, of Umany (University Malaya Association of New Youth) spoke up and despite being hauled up by the police, have maintained their ideals.They are young Malaysians. I am sure there are others for all communities.

Maybe there is hope after all. But unless we join them, these green shoots will wither.

Show some positivity, show some “can-do” spirit instead of discouraging others by your negativity and cynicism. Use your own initiative to do whatever little or much you can, but don’t sit on your backside.

If we want Bangsa Malaysia; if we want equal citizenship  and fair treatment by the government; if we don’t want encroachment on our rights; we have to speak up.

Today they shut down some liquor outlets, what will they do tomorrow? The country will go ‘dry’ if we let these religious extremists have their way and from there, hudud is not far behind. They condemn liquour as evil but they don’t condemn corruption and racial discrimination. Munafiks!

We stand to lose much much more than just the freedom to drink if we don’t  stand up for ourselves. They made it hard for your grandfather to do business; they are doing the same to you. They will do even more if you let them.

If everyone does his bit in the end it will become a mass protest. Our voices will be heard. They cannot ignore 40% of the population for too long. 

Look in the mirror. That person you see is responsible for the situation you are in; not someone else. And only he can put things right again.

Thank you Steadyaku47 for the timely kick in the backside.

(The views expressed are those of the contributor and do not necessarily reflect the views of Rebuilding Malaysia.)

By Yin, 
Letters from Ward 5, Tanjong Rambutan

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  • Fred Chong says:

    Folks, pls don’t turn around and attack your own natural supporters like some in the opposition, start questioning Anwar or Mahathir as we need all the numbers and need to stand united.
    We are all playing our role to bullied a better Malaysia, all together.

  • Paul Wolfobitch says:

    “… the government would easily turn it to say Chinese DAP communist threaten to take over Malaysia.”

    They did same with the ethnic Chinese in Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand… but the majority of the even smaller minorities of ethnic Chinese in those countries didn’t exactly roll over and whimper like dogs, nor did most of them died while defending themselves or fighting for their rights.

    So what’s the next and the next excuse, please, O Malaysian Chinese – apart from our useless and worthless “Chinese” politicians?

  • Paul Wolfobitch says:

    “Since Ambiga Sreenevasan and Maria Chin in the heady days of Bersih there is no blah blah..”

    I thought them two took their shillings for foreign interests, the “down trodden” of Malaysia but useful “oppressed” and useful idiots, what-some-more..!

    After the elderly aunties did their rallies for them foreign interests (and themselves) , sweet fragrant fcuk all happened for Malaysians.

  • A Suseela says:

    Sometimes it is part of a strategy for the Nons not to voice out directly but to support the Malays who are vocal, because some issues are more acceptable when brought out by a Malay. A Non would more likely be belittled, with race and religion thrown in whereas there is a chance for the matter discussed to be looked at when a Malay brings it up. Having said that, I certainly agree that ALL of us need to play a part in being vocal about all things improper and put an end to this political race religion game by the politicians while they rob the country and us for power and resources.

  • Paul Wolfobitch says:

    “(this is a very Chinese thing. They know the price of everything and the value of nothing)”

    How does that “price” and “value” thing apply to “the Chinese” – errr because it doesn’t!

    Apart from an unhealthy ethnically (and commercially/economics) ignorant and insensitive choice of words, it doesn’t even fit in with the rest of the sentence or paragraph.

    Get your stereotypes right first and let us rejoice in your judgement – and slag, thank you!

  • Adrian says:

    I myself participated in the rally’s as well as voted for change.

    One needs to be reminded of how the ruling government can make non Malays scapegoats that have led to the May 13 incidents where the “non” paid with their lives. Will the new movement protect the “non” from another May13?

    If hypothetically speaking that Bersih rallies had a majority of Chinese for an example, the government would easily turn it to say Chinese DAP communist threaten to take over Malaysia. Then what?

    How about when certain groups spew racial hatred towards the nons. Everyone kept quiet.

    The nons have been the scapegoat for everything. See what’s going on with Namewee. Everything blame DAP communist. Now we are again blamed for being more in front.

    As the big brother of 70% of the population should stand up for the younger minorities who is getting bullied every time and now blame why the nons are keeping quiet.

    The “non” do their part through votes and behind the scenes work such as funding. Not necessarily it must only be in front. As for the non being in front will easily play into the hands of the ruling party.

    • Paul Wolfobitch says:

      “… the government would easily turn it to say Chinese DAP communist threaten to take over Malaysia.”

      They did same with the ethnic Chinese in Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand… but the majority of the even smaller minorities of ethnic Chinese in those countries didn’t exactly roll over and whimper like dogs, nor did most of them died while defending themselves or fighting for their rights.

      So what’s the next and the next excuse, please, O Malaysian Chinese – apart from our useless and worthless “Chinese” politicians?

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  • Ahmad Muhammad says:

    Yes next election elect the Independent candidate hopefully he will act on his own and not follow the party corrupted way. Hopefully mature enough to talk and work some sense among the other Independent candidate and built a better condusive political future.

  • Hwong Y A says:

    Our country still has vast land and opportunities for every one. It is the greedy that tries to grab more for creating unfair rules to the citizens. Thus making the country more disunited and going backward.

    • Paul Wolfobitch says:

      “… It is the greedy…”

      It is also the voting public that puts them in power.

      And just how many do you think can get on the internet and read the rants here?

      How many of you would want to get your asses out of town and go and sow your pearls to them “rural” folks? The urban areas are only a very small fraction of Malaysia.

      The opinions here are but only a very small amount of opinions in Malaysia.

      Should we not try cutting out the crap about any “others”, Malaysia is also filled to the toilet bowl with those who think only they have “the” opinions.

      And, as usual, only their opinions are the ones with the big heaving tits..!

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