Saturday, March 15, 2008

Enough of racial politics!

Tak akan Melayu hilang (Susan Loone)

I hear the last rattles of a dying rattlesnake are the fiercest. If this is true then the coming days will see a serious backlash from sore losers - as is evident from recent events in Penang. Malaysians will have to be on the lookout because the only argument these people have is the useful but dog-eared race card.

I not only think the exercise reprehensible, it is a shameless and vile attack on the democratic process. Worse, it elevates the basest of human instincts and makes racism a kind of twisted human right. Why should any one race be superior to another? Why should we continue to talk about Malays rights when it’s patently wrong for unity? What logic is there in perpetuating racial paranoia? Is there something remotely unacceptable about need-based affirmative action instead of a race-based one? Can these people not see that the longer they cling to their crutches, the greater the threat of their very extinction?

UMNO protest for NEP at KOMTAR (Anil Netto)

If anything, the reason voters fled BN for Barisan Rakyat is because they got tired of an ethnocentric government. No enlightened civilization promotes racial politics. The ones that do it are neither enlightened or civil. Any party that resorts to bullying other communities to protect their own will never gain their respect or earn their allegiance. How long more must this bullying tactic be tolerated? If PM Abdullah takes no action against such misguided attempts to win the affection of those who spurned BN, he proves yet again that he has eyes that do not see and ears that do not hear.

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

1 comment:

Rev. Sivin said...

after a little pause ... my confirmed suspicion is correct ... on propaganda based journalism or plain sloppy journalism.

Jeff Ooi has the story on Bernama and Utusan Malaysian here -->