3 September 2015
‘Malaysian’ in tourism posters, ‘Chinese’ in rallies
COMMENT He dropped the bombshell midway through dinner. The reasons, he argued, were better opportunities and having grown tired of racism in Malaysia.
But racism exists everywhere, I protested, hoping it would dissuade him from emigrating but it was greeted with laughter instead.
“I do not mind being called an immigrant elsewhere. But it hurts when I am told that I am a ‘pendatang’ in the land where my father and I were born. I do not want my children to endure this as well.”
With that, I knew nothing more could be said or done except to bid him farewell.
The racial remarks that keep piling in the aftermath of last weekend’s Bersih 4 rally reminded me of that conversation with a friend, who is now residing in New Zealand, where he claims to be happier – at least on non-gastronomical terms.
It seems that the minority Chinese community is accepted as Malaysians by certain politicians and their demagogues as far as tourism posters or advertisements are concerned.
But when a predominantly Chinese crowd takes to the streets to protest against the government, their actions are viewed through racial lens, evoking calls of counter-rallies and warnings of racial bloodletting.
Then again, how is calling for reforms to ensure free and fair elections as well as good governance a racist agenda?
If that is the case, then this brand of ‘racism’ should be propagated. And the ‘racists’ should be proud of themselves for wanting to create a better tomorrow for all.
The response to the racial composition of Bersih 4 was expected. After all, it came as a blessing in disguise for certain political parties.
RK ANAND is a member of the Team Malaysiakini.
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#Bersih4 . 3161 RTs/URL shares by 3124 users from Aug29-30
Not a single cent paid. Not a single lie told. Not a single empty promise made. Yours truly,
Ini bukan soal parti atau Cina, ia soal negara – Khairul Naim Rafidi
Hasil persidangan dengan beberapa orang teman dan wartawan baru-baru ini, kami mendapat satu konklusi orang Melayu akan kurang hadir ke perhimpunan Bersih disebabkan beberapa perkara seperti perpecahan dalam PAS, kematian “arwah” Pakatan Rakyat dan sememangnya rakyat sudah jemu serta muak dengan politik.
Keesokan harinya, pandangan kami serba sedikit disokong dengan hasil kajian Merdeka Centre apabila 70% daripada 600 responden Melayu menentang perhimpunan ini. Manakala, 81% daripada 310 responden Cina dan 51% daripada 90 responden India menyokong bantahan tersebut.
Justeru, sekiranya melihat daripada kaca mata seorang propagandis, saya tidak akan melepaskan peluang untuk menggunakan isu Cina dan DAP sebagai alat paling ampuh bagi mempengaruhi rakyat bagi mencapai matlamat politik.
Namun, ada kemungkinan, berdasarkan kajian di atas, kata-kata pihak ini benar, dan bukanlah satu propaganda yang saya fikirkan.
Maka, saya tidak boleh percaya bulat-bulat, sebagai Melayu yang bertanggungjawab dan bermaruah, saya harus lihat dan perhati dengan mata kepala sendiri.
Ketika di tempat kejadian, saya bersama dengan tim Sekolah Undang-Undang Rakyat (SUUR), sebuah kolektif dan gerakan yang memperjuangkan kesedaran undang-undang dalam kalangan rakyat melalui kuliah awam (public lecture) serta program berteraskan anak muda dan kesukarelawan mengedarkan buku merah (panduan tentang polis dan hak rakyat) kepada peserta-peserta demonstrasi.
Kami, semuanya berketurunan Melayu, tetapi masih boleh bergaul dengan peserta-peserta di sini, kerana sedar kami ini rakyat Malaysia.
Kami hadir atas inisiatif sendiri, wang sendiri, tenaga sendiri tanpa ada kebergantungan atau menjadi tunggangan sesiapa.
Selepas berjam-jam menunggu, mata saya keletihan. Saya mencari dan mencari, tetapi masih tidak berjumpa. Saya hanya jumpa rakyat Malaysia.
Maka pada hari itu, sebagai seorang yang berketurunan Melayu (bukan sekadar Melayu Perlembagaan), saya akhirnya dapat menyimpulkan ini bukan lagi soal parti politik, bukan lagi soal Cina, atau apa-apa, ini soal negara, Malaysia ini negara kita, Malaysia ini negara merdeka!
Is this the man who threw a firecracker at Bersih4 rally participants, injuring four of them?
Kena tangkap kat balai polis dang wangi jawabnya tido lokaplah tok mlm ni untung cina2 tu belasah tok sorang2….malu lah jd melayu cakap aje lebih 30.000 ribu orang konon butuh…
Kita dah jumpa sapa dalangnya yg bertindak membaling mercun bola untuk membuat kekecohan ketika himpunan bersih….emmmm hensem orgnya…mcm lalat…
Monday August 31, 2015 MYT 1:13:43 AM
Bersih 4: Man throws firecracker at protestors, injures four
KUALA LUMPUR: A scuffle ensued at the Dataran Merdeka area after an individual apparently threw firecrackers at Bersih 4 protesters here, injuring four.
A protester who witnessed the incident said that the man, dressed in a black T-shirt and yellow headband, threw it at some protesters resting at a car park.
He said the man tried to throw another but was foiled by other protesters.
“He was identified and immediately cornered by protesters,” he said.
He added that the police arrived to calm the situation, and the man was given some medical attention.
“The medical team treated him and he was arrested and brought away,” he said.
The four injured protesters were also given immediate medical attention.
A medical officer, Yap, said the injuries were not so severe.
“There were some bad burns but nothing more,” she said.
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Captain Najib may be forced to walk the plank
YOURSAY ‘The only reason he is fighting to stay on is the fear of the consequences…’
Odin Tajué: PM Najib Abdul Razak, don’t talk big. There is no need to make reference to the sail and anchor of your imagined pirate skiff. You are no fearless, resolute warrior. Far from it.
Going by the comments of several Malaysians ranging from nobodies to individuals of some stature to luminaries, you are a hen-pecked husband.
Yes, we know you will stay put. You definitely will not even take a temporary leave of absence, never mind step down from your position. Doing either will mean certain end for you, a devastatingly ignominious one.
One can’t prove it – not yet, anyway – but circumstantial evidence says you are guiltier than sin vis-à-vis the US$700 million/1MDB/SRC International grand scam.
You are safe for now, because you are surrounded and protected by a pack of men of the same bent as you. But the time for reckoning will come. Yes, it will as certain as the sun rises in the east.
Iiiizzzziiii: The real danger this country is facing is a leadership crisis that involved the PM and his ministers.
When a leader cannot differentiate between corruption and donation, between facts and lies, between democracy and totalitarian government, then what will happen to the freedom and rights of the country’s citizens?
What is the constitution for then? Just some papers with some printed words that can be amended or discarded on a whim and fancy?
The sin committed here is not by one person but by all those who knowingly give their support in return for reward. And these are the people who are going to steer the country?
Do they have the interest of the people at heart or they are just paying lip service while busy enriching themselves so that they can live happily ever after when the ship has finally sunk.
Anonymous_1421806811: Najib lost all credibility when he accepted a RM2.6 billion “donation” into his personal bank account.
I believe the only reason he is fighting to stay on is the fear of the consequences and the possibility of a long jail sentence should he relinquishes his power.
We can expect him to behave like an animal caught in corner fighting for its life.
Liow: Putting racial spin on Bersih 4 bad for country
When asked on reports that most of the participants in the Bersih 4 rally over the weekend were Chinese, MCA president Liow Tiong Lai said putting a racial label on the illegal rally was not good for the country.
“This has nothing to do with race. Our country is a multi-racial country. Everyone has the right to voice out their opinion, but must do so according to the law. We are a democratic nation,” explained the transport minister.
He was speaking to reporters after attending the ‘Kembara Kasih Merdeka 2015’ programme in Putrajaya today.
All quarters should look ahead and ensure that the multi-racial people in the country will stay united in facing current challenges, he added.
Nama: Suhaimi Taliban Jawatan: Ayahanda Parti: UMNO Ditangkap membaling mercun kearah peserta Bersih4 ptg semalam
Name: Suhaimi Taliban position: Party: his father Caught throwing Fireworks towards UMNO participants Bersih4 pm yesterday
MACC adviser: Chinese flexing muscles at Malays
MACC adviser Tunku Abdul Aziz Ibrahim has described the Bersih 4 rally as a manifestation of Chinese disdain for the Malays.
Referring to the fact that Bersih 4 was attended mostly by Chinese, Tunku Abdul Aziz said this was a calculated attempt to hurt Malay feelings on Merdeka Day.
“I have no intention of being politically correct when I say that it is obvious that this undeniably Chinese funded and organised demonstration had chosen carefully the dates to flex their muscles and to show their complete and utter disdain for an event of great emotional and spiritual significance for millions of Malays.
“That the Chinese have never identified with Merdeka through our 58 years of independence is not in dispute. That is their right.
“But this provocative and racially insensitive act is arrogant by any reckoning and something which I will long remember as a deliberate challenge to Malay sentiments and sensitivities,” said Tunku Abdul Aziz in a commentary published by New Straits Times today.
Bersih declares fourth rally a success, claims half a million turnout
Bersih declares fourth rally a success, claims half a million turnout http://bit.ly/1X40wuu
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 31 — Electoral reforms group Bersih 2.0 declared today its fourth and biggest rally a success, claiming that as many as 500,000 people had participated in the two-day event that took place peacefully here at the heart of Malaysia’s capital city.
Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah said Bersih 4 was a “historic” achievement that proved a mass protest does not necessarily have to end in violence.
“It is our greatest achievement…a very historic event.
“Let it be documented that the event was very peaceful and that despite the number of crowd we dispersed exactly at the stroke of midnight,” Chin told a press conference here.
Monday August 31, 2015 MYT 7:42:04 AM
Cops deny arresting Maria Chin
KUALA LUMPUR: Police have denied that Bersih 2.0 chief and activist Maria Chin Abdullah was arrested after the Bersih 4 rally ended.
A news portal claimed that the Bersih leader was arrested at about 12.40am on Monday to facilitate investigations.
“We did not arrest Maria. I don’t know where the they got their details from,” he said.
Comm Tajuddin urged the public not to circulate unverified reports to avoid provocation.
MariaChinAbdullah dtahan polis pukul 12.40, slepas 34 jam himpunan Bersih tamat. Dbawa dgn kreta polis, tapi taktau ke mana. Terus brjuang!
Video: Penganjur Bersih, Maria Chin Abdullah Ditahan Polis http://www.suara.tv/2015/08/31/maria-chin-abdullah-ditangkap-polis/
Even though the Bersih 4 rally ended just last night before midnight on a high note, today’s main newspapers’ front pages with the exception of the Chinese press seemed to have largely moved on from the mammoth rally.
Instead, they focused on Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s Merdeka Eve speech at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre last night as well as the National Day celebrations today.
The conclusion of the two-day Bersih rally was relegated to a few short stories inside the newspapers, a stark difference from yesterday’s front pages where it dominated, turning news racks Bersih yellow.
Not all newspapers have moved on from the rally, as Umno mouthpiece Utusan Malaysia continued its front page attack on the rally with the headline ‘Biadab, Kotor‘ (Rude, Dirty).
For the other newspapers, most of their stories on the Bersih rally highlighted the fact that it stayed peaceful throughout and that it ended peacefully.
In contrast, the Chinese dailies continued to front page and give prominent reports to the rally, with China Press, Guang Ming Daily and Nanyang Siang Pau all leading with the rally’s Merdeka Eve finale.
Guang Ming for example had a three page exclusive, including reports that business picked up tremendously during the weekend rally and brought in hefty profits to traders, in direct contrast to Utusan’s claim yesterday that Bersih had ruined business in the heart of the city.
Sinchew Daily meanwhile played it safe by leading with the government celebrations alongside mention of the Bersih rally on the front page.
It is notable that Bersih even made the front page of Taiwan’s Taipeil Times.
Free Malaysia Today
Zahid wants action against Bersih ‘mastermind
Leaders should also be monitored, ‘we know the actions taken by them’ says Umno vice-president
IPOH: Umno vice-president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the authorities must take stern action against the mastermind behind the organising of the Bersih 4 rally.
Ahmad Zahid, who is also home minister, said the authorities should also monitor the leaders behind the rally.
“We also follow every word they say, we know the actions taken by them,” he told reporters after opening the Ipoh Timur Umno division meeting today.
He had been asked to comment on action that could be taken against those involved. Ahmad Zahid said among the legal action that could be taken against them are the Peaceful Assembly Act, the Sedition Act, the Penal Code and Police Act.
Thanking the hundreds of thousands of yellow-clad rally goers, Maria praised them for their courage to be present @ Dataran Merdeka
#Bersih4 participants take the term “Bersih” really seriously.
#Bersih rally-goers continuing to pick up trash as the crowds disperse.
Dua suspek membaling mercun ditahan polis berhampiran Dataran Merdeka tgh malam ini. Pix Ghazali Kori, Nabihah Kamal
Tens of thousands of Malaysians of all colours at
#Bersih4 chanted MERDEKA ten times and sang national anthem.
andy telasai retweeted malaysiakini.com
A night that will be surely remembered by many! 🙂
andy telasai added,