"An attempts to seize political power would CRUSH Chinese Existence"
-Tai Zee Kin-
Petikan dari seorang rakan berbangsa Cina secara jujur menyatakan kerisauan tentang sikap tamak orang Cina di Malaysia yang bakal mengancam kewujudan bangsa mereka sendiri. Apabila mereka terus gagal berintegrasi malah tidak mampu berbahasa Melayu, mereka akan digantikan dengan bangsa pendatang lain yang sanggup "menjadi Melayu" mengikut tafsiran dalam perlembagaan dan seterusnya diberikan hak Bumiputra. Bangsa Melayu yang berang akan memaksa kaum cina yang tamak ini keluar seperti apa yang berlaku kepada Robert Kuok dan kilang gulanya. Bak kata pepatah; "Orang Tamak Selalu Rugi"..Tuesday at 9:20pm ·
Reposting an Old Blog of mine. suddenly just felt like doing so Bumiputra, for the non-Bumiputra when the constitution was drafted, all malayan thought that was the best compromise. The chinese and indian immigrants were only there for at most 2 generations (excluding the minority peranakan (chinese) or Chitty Peranakan (indian) who stayed since 1400s).
First I invite you to imagine this scenario. Imagine in 8 years time, the second generations of the 6-8 millions Bangladeshis, Indonesians, and Nepalese, started to demand for citizenship, citing that they are born bred in malaysia, speaks BETTER MALAY than many of the malaysians, and live the lifestyle of a Malaysian.my first question is, in what way would you grant MASS citizenship to them? My grandmother told me, the situation back then was the same. She was a MCA member back then since Tan Cheng Lock. The chinese has No where to cling to.
China was in war with Japan and Communist practiced Close door policy. Taiwanese regarded malaysian chinese as “HUA QIAO”, and technically labelled us as if we have perpetually migrated away, like those in US or European chinese.with that in mind, the only way to settle, was to ASK the then government, british, for mass citizenship, citing contributions to the development to then Malaya/Federation of malay land, and swearing loyalty. HOWEVER, the native (concept of native was very simple back then, either you are a Nusantarian (from nusantara), or you are NOT nusantarian. The british were Prepared to Grant mass citizenship to these Chinese people through the Malayan Union Charter, which was intended to make all three : straits settlements (penang melaka singapore), Federated Malay states, and non federated malay states, into CROWN COLONIES. UMNO was then formed to rally the nusantarians (malay) to oppose the Malayan Union charter.
Like it or not, they are NOT prepared to allow the british colonial master to GRANT mass citizenship to the then Immigrants who doesn’t intergrate/assimilate into their culture. (i use their, because the racial line back then was VERY clear. no chinese speaks malay!) British have to succumb to the pressure of UMNO. so were the Chinese. and Tunku was then tasked to find out a grand compromise between the Malays/nusantarians and the Immigrant chinese/indians. The grand compromise, that convinced the then local Malays, to accord these 1st and second generation chinese immigrants MASS citizneship, was that their need to be treated “special”, hence the Reid Commission’s drafting of “special position” in educaiton and economic sectors. The Chinese back then agreed to it. My father asked me, when then, this notion and consequences from the grand compromise ends? I reckoned that the MAIN premise that causes the grand compromise for mass citizenship, is because of the maintainence of “chineseness” of our grandparents.
They started chinese school, insist on communicating in the chinese language, live the life style of chinese. Technically, building another chinese state/province outside China. Teaching the values of chinese, reading books from china (pre-cultural revolution) etc. there is no sense of integration whatsoever. This “MAIN PREMISE” attracts retaliation, which is the “SECONDARY PREMISE” of bumiputra-hood. If you study the concept of bumiputra carefully, you would have realised it’s not so much on “protecting the interest of natives”. the ideology and philosophy of bumiputra concept entails two big aspect. The first aspect is to curb the “chineseness”. Chinese merchants back then, were close to the british rulers. you have peranakans who wear Kerongsang bearing Queen Victoria’s image. you also have chinese chambers of commerce who have british patrons. it shows that apart of foreign control of our economy (Professor Shamsul Amri said, almost 50-60%), the Chinese controlled almost 70% of whats left. technically speaking, the native Nusantarians has no economic power at all. They were of the view, that if these minority immigrants, after holding such immence economical power, attempts to seize political power, would crush their existence. you can’t blame them for having that thoughts. It’s a sentiment that is common almost among absolute majority of them. That’s where they need extra assurance if they were to agree to grant mass citizenship.
The second aspect, is the “emotional” insecurity of the existence of large population of “chinese immigrants” and “indian immigrants”. There is fear of these two large immigrants group (back then), who REFUSE to integrate/assimilate (i know it’s a harsh word to use, but that was exactly the reason), would unite against the native nusantarians (mostly malays) and kill of their religion and culture. This emotion actual DETERS the nusantarians back then to even AGREE on granting mass citizenship to the 1st and 2nd generation of Immigrants.
Look at the Chinese guy who got punch by KFC. he hold a press conference. this guy, cannot SPEAK english and Malay. And i can tell you, there are HELL LOTS of chinese like that in Malaysia. Genevieve Bois and Dimishtra Sittampalam can vouch. they said there are Hell lots of urban chinese who stays in PPR, cannot speak english or malay. Many of my friends back in Kedah too are like that. These chinese went to chinese primary, Chinese independant, and went to Taiwan/china for their tertiary.or some went to Singapore or Europe / US. They never did cross path with the Native Nusantarians. They don’t know what is khutbah jumaat. They don’t know why FEMALE malay from Kelantan is called MEK Farhana Roslan. They don’t know why MALE malay from PERAK is called YOB Amir Fareed Rahim. They don’t know Malay people don’t go to “register” their marriage. They don’t UNDERSTAND the malays’ thoughts and lifestyle. In essence, they refuse to integrate or refuse to find a common ground with the Malays. EVEN in mamak, chinese are sitting with chinese, malay are sitting with malay.
by Tai Zee Kin