Friday, February 01, 2008

MCA /DAP 你们不能说点新鲜的东西吗

最近MCA和DAP在媒体的没有营养的对骂,让我感到很厌烦,已经厌恶到极点了。同样的东西,讲了那么多年,每一次的大选就要炒一次,难道除了这些,没有其他可以讲了吗?

后来我在自由媒体发现了这样的文章,刚好说出了我的郁闷。

文:陈利威

大选前的陈腔滥调,其中一个最佳的例子,即是由马华公会中央宣传局祭出,然后行动党接腔的“以华制华”案例。这个例子,尽显陈腔滥调的精粹。

陈腔滥调最主要的特点为时空错乱。“以华制华”这个提法,是上个世纪70、80年代,笼罩在虚幻的华人大团结论述下,大行其道。虽然华人大团结只是一种幻想,但使用这个金字牌令,指责对手“以华制华”,却可栽赃对方破坏团结的欲加之罪。

遥想那个时代,美苏超级强国的冷战还没有结束,资本主义阵营也需要大团结在美国旗下,美苏各方也纷纷利用不同的国家来制止对方前进。“以华制华”是非常冷战的语言。

再遥想那个时代,马来西亚还没有双峰塔,全国各地也没有林立的购物商场,两三个电视台永远播放沉闷的节目。那是物质不丰裕,资讯不发达的时代。“以华制华”在那种背景下,只利用了简单的逻辑,煽动种族主义的社会心理,就横行天下了。

如今到了21世纪,冷战早已结束多年,点击手中的滑鼠,世界各地的各类资讯与知识,就无限摊开,许许多多新的论点和事物,眼前一亮。很不幸地,两个代表华裔的主要朝野政党,却仍然在你来我往“以华制华”,这个景象,少了20世纪时的精彩,也没有20世纪的热度,反而只像小孩子的争吵多于现代的政党政治表现。

一个基本的前提,这个时候,华人不能只是活在本身的小圈子。这是一个必须融合与交流的时刻,在经济上如此,在政治上也不例外。因此,“以华制华”的讨论,还剩下什么意义呢?
之所以说大选没得选,大选没有意思,看看如“以华制华”的政治辩论就可以体会了。作为独立思考的选民,很想问问那两个政党,你们的辩论,到底带来什么影响?什么新的政策将诞生了吗?

他们只是为了辩而辩,是一场空有噪音,深度不足的辩论,似乎要延续上个世纪根本就没有结果的争论。朝野如果只一再重复没完没了的陈腔滥调,大马如何进步呢?

这篇文章说得真好 --

对于马华,我本来就非常反感到极点;对于国阵政府的种种弊端,我更是痛恨不已。

当很多人都说我们应该支持反对党的时候,很遗憾的,我在反对党的阵营已看不到什么出路,看不到我们的反对党到底可以将国家带到什么地方去。

现在的我,如果会投票,不是因为我相信反对党,而是因为我更厌恶执政党 -- 对于这样的选择,其实是很悲哀的,不是吗?

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At February 01, 2008 11:51 PM, Anonymous San said...

The existing government of Malaysia, seriously hasn't an inkling what depths we, as a country has plunged in educational standards, from pre-school to tertiary levels.

Or maybe, the powers-that-be in fact do know, but are completely bankrupt of ideas on what must be done to climb back out of this bottomless hole, and what they are lip preaching is just so that they will continue their jobs, and hand the reins of a near death nation to the next unfortunate successor.

Don't waste your time and ours. As long as your teaching staffs, administrators and students that are chosen based on color and religion, and not based on merit and performance, there is no way they can even be in the top 100.

Just have a look at the qualifications of all your politicians as compared to those of Singapore. Even our prime minister has no credible qualification except being a crony of Mahathir.

What is the important of building university which is not recognised by neighbouring country, i.e. Singapore!

Talk is cheap. What are the ministers strategies to make our world class universities? If you admit mediocre malay students to fill quotas, insist on having a malays as the vice chancellor (VC) and promote lecturers based on skin color rather than ability, there is no way we can move even one notch up the ranking ladder.

For a change, put a Chinese or an Indian as the VC, that is if the minister is sincere in bringing about change, I am sure there will be progress. Most importantly, bar Umno politicians from interfering in university affairs.

This is a gigantic asking. Just dream on, man……….Pray more, you may get money but not world class universities!

All talk only but in reality can't achieve. It needs patient and understanding on the education systems. The proper guideline and implementation. Not easy to do. Talk can. To do it cannot.

Sadly it seems to be that the best education system Malaysia has ever had was under the British time. Since then it has gone downhill until where it is today. Malaysia is not famous for raising standards, but for lowering standards incessantly. Now 15 A1s is nothing but rote learning bookworm.

What else have we got to lose? We are almost at the bottom and dropping, and the only way to go is up. If you have children planning university education, start looking elsewhere.

Save money if we have and send our children overseas, just like Mahathir and all our ministers have done for their children.

 
At February 01, 2008 11:57 PM, Anonymous aston said...

Everyday the only things the regime and its cronies do are to tell lies, nothing but telling lies!

On the other hand, the "mainstream media" is not doing any meaningful investigative reports but only helping the regime to spread lies.

 
At February 02, 2008 12:02 AM, Anonymous honyang said...

Malaysia belongs to the ethnic Chinese as much as the malays. The malays are not the original aborigines in malay Peninsula. They have only arrived in Malaysia just a few hundred years earlier than the Chinese who have been there since the Tang Dynasty or earlier.

And there are many other indigenous peoples in Sabah and Sarawak who are not related to malays at all. Therefore Malaysia is not the country of the malays alone. It is just as much the country of the Chinese and the many other races from the Indians to the many aborigines and indigenous peoples.

For the Chinese - the British colonial era was much more beneficial than the current malay bully era. During the British colonial era the malays were polite and the Chinese held just about all the highest positions in the government and the police.

Now there is hardly any Chinese left in the government and the police. And while the Chinese were allowed to do any business during the colonial era, they are now not allowed to do anything other than own a few shops.

The society was also much safer during the colonial era. There were hardly any crimes when the efficient Chinese police officers ran an efficient police force to minimize crimes.

And the Chinese were very safe being able to call on the protection of the Chinese dominated police. And the government was also very clean, corruption free and efficient under the British rule.

Now the government is just a cesspool of corruption where nothing is done. Therefore, for the Chinese - the malays are the daggers in the heart. If Malaysia had remained under the British rule, it would have grown as rich as Hong Kong. The worst thing that has happened for the Chinese is independence.

The Chinese have migrated to Malaysia and other Southeast Asia places as early as the Tang Dynasty more than 1000 years ago. For instance, Mountain Kinabalu means Chinese Widow (Mountain Kinabalu is in Sabah, East Malaysia).

This shows how long Chinese peoples have been in Southeast Asia. Chinese have certainly earned the right to feel they are rightful citizens of any country and place in Southeast Asia.

Furthermore, United Nations does not discriminate against immigrants in any country. The UN does not sanction a set of rights for so-called immigrants and natives. All have the same rights. Even in UK no Chinese or Indians have to pay more for food or for housing. But in Malaysia they do. Therefore, the Chinese and the Indians don't need to tolerate this.

It is also bad logic to say the Chinese are recent migrants to Malaysia. As indicated above, the Chinese have been in Malaysia hundreds of years before America was even 'discovered' by Columbus.

If the white Americans are entitled to consider themselves masters of America, then certainly the Chinese have even more moral right to consider themselves masters of Malaysia.

As I have pointed out before, Sabah and Sarawak are not homelands of the malays. The Chinese were in Sabah and Sarawak long before the malays were ever there.

The Chinese have been there longer than the whites have been in America. The Chinese have been in Sabah and Sarawak even longer than the malays. The Chinese have been responsible for most of the wealth of Malaysia. Therefore, they are entitled to consider themselves equal owners of Malaysia.

As I said, the Chinese had been in the government, the military and the police under the British but are now out of the government, the military and the police under the malays. The Chinese were also allowed much more freedom to do business under the British than under the malays.

In fact, the Chinese can now do no more than own small shops. So it is obvious that the Chinese had been better treated by the British than by the malays. Just because the British had created division between the Chinese and the malays does not mean the Chinese are now treated better by the malays.

I have no doubt at all, that if the British had not left, Malaysia would be just as developed and prosperous as Hong Kong or Singapore. The stupid malays have ruined the Malaysia economy while robbing the Chinese.

I didn't see the Chinese fighting the malays under the colonial rule. If there were any fighting - it started after the British had left when the malays started killing the Chinese in the May 13 incident in 1969. And now the malays are constantly threatening the Chinese with more massacres similar to the May 13.

 
At February 02, 2008 12:06 AM, Anonymous fargowin said...

This can only happen in Bolehland. Thank heaven, I don't live in Malaysia anymore. But I pity my comrades there. Someone should assassinate Bodowi to teach Malaysian politicians a lesson. Looks like the only way out……….

Ex-Malaysian in US.

 
At February 02, 2008 12:13 AM, Anonymous shinwee said...

In other countries, education policy is molded by the highly qualified educationists. Much research is done before implementing it. But here Malaysia, the education system is formulated by Umno, who are the least qualified to do it. No wonder it is going down the drain.

The education standard of our southern neighbour, Singapore is second to none! Learn from them. Copy wholesale their syllabi and use it here. I am sure they are willing to allow us to do it simply imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Overnight, we are at par with them!

Obviously we are making it wrong on something that had been correct. Why is it so?

There are many politically privileged people trying to turn local education institutions into inferior grade, so those can afford i.e. themselves can train their children overseas and come back be more superior than others. Is it not the case?

This is happening as the politicians like to exploit the education issues in their hidden agenda.

I wonder how do they muster all the resources and human capital to nurture our young minds to become professionals and future leaders. And what is the credibility and credential of the lecturers is going to hire.

It is a problem of meritocracy where officials are more concern about implementing policy to look good, rather than achieving real change to serve their final customers - the students.

I won't even be surprised if the politicians start blaming Chinese parents after the mother tongue is offered, and imply bias and racism.

I used to play a game called "World Game" before……….

Basically different countries have to trade or exchange goods to fulfill each other needs. But the end of game, although the world total resources are enough, we never achieve our goals at the country level because of self-interest.

Just as the issue here in teaching mother tongue in national schools. The keyword is resource allocation!

The irony is while we want teachers to teach "Mandarin" in national schools, but we don't even recognise those who graduated from Taiwanese university to teach.

That is why we have shortage! Aren't they are better equipped to teach since they come back from Chinese-speaking universities.

Still remember the news of a China-trained Malaysian medical graduate who can't have his medical degree recognised by Malaysia. Come on - what is Malaysian health standard compared to Japanese one! Since when we decide not to recognise medical degree from the advanced countries. What are their levels?

They have superb health insurance system covering every citizen; One out of five citizen is 65 years and above (life expectancy); The medical treatment using stem cells technology is already here (now there is even better technology than by-pass the clogged arteries);

Where are we? Still our Malaysia is arguing whether to recognise their degree!

My message is - We must think a bigger picture and streamline our system for betterment of our society!

That is your job, all the ministers and the bureaucrats! People's interest must come first!

Everybody can have fancy ideas, but whether they are workable and eventually benefit our students, lie in your planning and implementation!

They will never change. The habit of instilling false hope in the minds of Malaysians will continue among government circles. It is up to us to conscientious them more and more, until Malaysian society gets the clearer and bigger picture.

Well, only time will tell.

 
At February 02, 2008 12:17 AM, Anonymous yuking said...

If you turn on BBC, there are fair and equal coverage on the UK opposition parties.

So is NHK (Japan), so is KBS (Korea), so is CNN (America), so is CBC (Canada), so is ABC (Australia).

Even in our neighboring Thailand, their TV coverage is fair for both ruling and opposition parties!

Only in this Umno hijacked country that you find most lop-sided idiotic coverage on Umno and its running dog partners!

 
At February 02, 2008 12:21 AM, Anonymous ruyom said...

But of course non-malays, especially the non-malays born after 1957 will see things differently.

First of all, they did not choose to come to Malaysia, especially not with its present system of government. It is not their fault that the British, more than one hundred years ago, brought in so many Chinese and Indians, and made the Umno malays feel insecure.

It is not their fault that many of the immigrants, with the permission of the British, toiled to be successful and that made the Umno malays felt threatened by it. And since when did success become something you have to be punished for instead of celebrating?

It is not their fault that English is the dominant language of technology, science, diplomacy, commerce, and just about any branch of knowledge and has been entrenched in Malaysia since 1786.

They can't understand why the government is hell bent on destroying the system of government left behind by the British, a system that Singapore kept, enhanced and used to become one of the richest, most well planned, most advanced, competitive, cleanest and admired countries on earth, despite being just a rock the size of island.

They feel puzzled that the Umno-controlled government talks with a forked tongue - asking Malaysians to be united and at the same time - asking the non-malays to accept second class citizenship, and then Tun Razak own son Najib threatened to bathe a keris (dagger) with Chinese blood. To them, this is a contradiction.

Why were Chinese and Indians in the armed forces here Malaysia etc, in significant numbers before the 1970s? And there are a lot of lucrative deals in the army and police, and some are below the table and some like it that way.

"Why is that there are so few Chinese in the armed forces?"

Well, I think you know the answer why. Like so many government institutions, there was a form of ethnic cleansing in the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, which saw the determined push of non-malays out in favor of increasing the number of malays both at the rank and at the leadership positions.

That is why you see a dramatic change in the complexion of the government if you compare, say the 60s and 90s. That is why non-malays avoid government institutions, not just the armed forces - it is the same with organizations like Bank Negara, EPF, etc.

Over the years, the Malaysia government institutions have evolved into very hostile environments for the non-malays.

Look at Singapore, the Chinese are in the army etc, so are the Indians and the malays. Yes there was an issue with the malay pilots. But there are significant Indians there in the civil service as an example since the Chinese are majority there.

Anyhow, onto the comments that touch on Singapore experience. Yes, making English the medium of instruction has served Singapore well. Just the other day, I was at a conference held by an MNC and employees came from all over Asia.

One of the most senior people in from the Singapore office was a malay and he was highly articulate, and obviously made it to such a high position based on his capabilities. And he is not the first Singaporean malay I met that held an important position in an MNC.

I always wondered why some Malaysian malays in some other forums say that if Malaysia adopts Singapore system, they will not survive. The Singaporean malays I met are doing just fine. Yes, many Malaysian malays hate Lee Kuan Yew and indeed Lee may have been a racist, but the Singapore system existed before him, he refined it, and people who came after him keep refining it, and it works well.

Anyway, yes it is anecdotal but nonetheless, these Singaporean malays I met are doing well. Whenever I go to Singapore, I see Singaporean malays working productively, and everyone in Singapore is virtually guaranteed a decent house.

They have access to world class education, world class government planning, world class landscaping, world class medical facility, world class public safety, world class shopping, world class transportation, world class working environment (and due to Singapore high per capita income and strong Singapore dollar, they earn enough to afford good stuff to

You want to know why so many Malaysians choose to be discriminated in white man's land or go south? It is not because of the NEP.

It is because our right to be Malaysians has been questioned. It is one thing to have to sacrifice for your fellow citizens. It is another thing to sacrifice for a citizen of a country where you don't even belong.

 
At February 02, 2008 12:25 AM, Anonymous kok said...

Nobody can help us now.
This government is run by the Umno malays.
They can twist and turn as they like.
They don't give a damn about the other races.
So we all go for help internationally!

 
At February 02, 2008 12:32 AM, Anonymous samp said...

I refer to the comment - Mahathir did more harm than good.

I cannot but agree with some writer. As I plan to move my family overseas, I feel really sad for my country and friends I am going to leave behind.

Mahathir was a great man and he could have done a lot for the country. He was determined, intelligent, sarcastic, well qualified and witty but unfortunately, somewhere along the way he succumbed to human failings like all of us.

He became a slave to ego and greed and as a result, his heart was corrupted and he could not see beyond himself. Alas, it is too late now.

I can see no great Malaysian leaders in the pipeline. Initially, I thought that Hisham could have been a great leader being a professional but after the 'keris' incidents and his racists remarks, I know he won't be going far.

A great leader must be a leader for all, irrespective of race.

Life is full of regrets when we look back but the one regret I am not prepared to have is my children's future as I may not be around to see the next generation lead their life. As parents, what are we working for if not for our children, the next generation?

Sad to say, most of our leaders cannot see that and ironically, they are the one blessed with the power to shape the future generations, including their children.

 
At February 02, 2008 12:37 AM, Anonymous reek said...

It is been interesting to read such free-flowing comments on an all "Malaysians" free for all.

The "malays" are not a race. I am so sorry that you are only hearing this now. The rest of the academic world has known it for years.

Evidence, and not mere gut-feeling please.

From Yunnan to Taiwan, to Philippines, to Borneo, back to Cambodia, then to Kelantan, mixed with Achenese, Pattanis, Negritos, Jakuns, Javanese, Indians, Chinese and Arabs again.

In short, a Chinese mixed sub-race. Why not just say Chinese?

 
At February 02, 2008 12:44 AM, Anonymous kentanjim said...

Well even telling lies is a privilege. Only privileged people can lie. So you see in Umno everything is a privilege for them.

 
At February 02, 2008 12:52 AM, Anonymous Hon said...

Friends, I have voted in 6 elections for the DAP and got my friends to vote for the party too, but after some gerrymandering - the seat has gone to the BN in the last 4 elections.

There is too much cheating. Don't forget the election commission is also a "component party" in the BN. Then there is this postal votes which are actually phantom votes which all go to the BN.

Chinese majority seats are now mixed seats. Chinese votes are transferred to malay majority seats to dilute their strength. And worst still many Chinese are blindly voting for the BN, not because they like it but because they don't want to rock the boat. With the oppositions in disarray, I don't see how can we deny the BN even a two-thirds majority in parliament.

Honestly, such a racialist, corrupted and arrogant government votes have been voted out in any civilised country in Europe. As to all, you know and I know that integrity and reform is alien words to the BN.

What this country needs is a compulsory education, and what it desperately needs is an inferiority complex because a lot of Malaysians I see wandering the streets seem they feel that Malaysia is the best country on this earth but frankly, it is far from it.

How can Malaysia compete against America or Japan when its economy can't even compete with the miniscule economy that is Singapore?

As we have witnessed in the last couple of decades, without freedom of press and information, there will be no accountability, responsibility and transparency!

Prime minister promises will never be achieved and the rots will continue to a point of no return at the great expense of Malaysia and her ordinary people!

If he has faith then he should just drop all the un-perform ministers to cut the story short without needing to make all this nonsense proposal and making this a never ending sad Malaysia story……….wasting our country's time!

Malaysia is out of global competition day by day but ironically our "top management" still playing their immature "not ready" games.

Kids, don't you feel tired challenge with all this timid and irresponsible humans for your entire life? They are all wealthy "not ready" players but you know one day all the lay people will suffer……….I really feel sorry for all the Malaysians.

I have prepared myself for that day to come and I hope you guys will prepare yourself too. We really want to safe our country but our "Boss" don't want……….what to do?

Badawi performed the worst in the last few years. He never walked his talk and gave away pledges. If Badawi is a man of honour, on the same measure, he should sack himself first.

What a shame! Badawi will go down in history as the most hopeless prime minister of Malaysia.

I believe the only way forward is to promote the revolution that gives back power to the people. People power as opposed to Umno power! The country will cleanse itself then.

 
At February 04, 2008 9:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Friends,

Sorry for my broken English.

We all understand the root causes for all corruption issues. In stead of keep pointing malay and staburn
Chinese and Indian, what not your all come out so simple and nice wording to awake them the right of the vote not only "jom makan with lucky draw" yearly at kampung or BN
branches.

Let them know their are the one who can stop corrupted rotten heads
to continuous selling off Malaysia.

Through this way, our discussion just significant....and the corrupted rotten heads are worried about this kind of wording.

Rottens fishes like your all keep pointing each other and their gain the innocent malay votes to sustain their power.

Don't be trapped.

Please use your power of languages to awake them, to save malaysia.

Thank you.

 

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