Dua for heavy rain to stop
You asked - Who are the enemies of Malaysia?,I am Malaysian and I fully realise that certain sensitive topics if not discussed in moderation and with prudent tact and thoughtfulness may unintentionally or inadvertently offend and cause mischief and angst.
,So, be forewarned that I am not a professional writer schooled in the art of civil writing and that I am not writing this factually but rather allegorically or rhetorically as a dialectical reverie and hopefully with a sense of light-hearted humour and wit and self-effacement, self-deprecation, self-ridicule and self-introspection.
So take it somewhat with a pinch of salt as totally satirical in intent and scope.
,Any perceived oblique reference to any person or race or religion or ideology or tradition that appear to seemingly criticise, humiliate, degrade or savage is definitely unintended and I therefore sincerely apologise and seek your magnanimous indulgence, forbearance and pardon.
,Marilah kita mula mimpian aku.
[Let us begin my reverie].
Siapa atau apa yang musuh Malaysia, negara ku? [Who and what is the enemy of my country Malaysia?].
Ya itu lah siapa dan apa yang menjurangkan, mengbahagikan warganegara Malaysia.
[It is whoever or whatever that divides the citizens of the country.
] Didalam perkataan alegori didalam tulisan saya disini - itu yang tak faham macam mana buat makanan rojak bagus.
[In allegorical terms in my writing here - it is that who or which has no idea about Malaysian rojak or how to make a good rojak.
],[For the global audience I shall restrict my Bahasa to the bare minimum, unless the context requires it for the desired colour or complexion or vernacular effect.
],Rojak is Malaysias National salad dish.
There are two versions - (i) rojak buah, which is a spicy fruit salad, and (ii) rojak mamak or pesambur, which is a spicy vegetarian salad with fried tofu, fried prawn and other types of fritters, hard boiled eggs and samba sotong (calamari).
,Photo of rojak buah,Photo of rojak mamak or pasembur,We cannot deny or run away from the absolute undeniable fact that we are a cosmopolitan multiracial multireligion multicultural and multilingual society.
Understanding this simple fact is key to understanding the allegory that we are a rojak society.
,In our diversity and perhaps even disparity and inconguency, when we are adeptly and masterfully gathered and tossed around and mixed and cleverly condimented and spiced, we are in effect indivisibly united and bonded and also seductively and alluringly and delectably delightful and delicious and tasty in our composite rojakness.
,Yes, we might be individually (again in allegorical terms) - a sambal sotong, a tofu, a mengkuang, a cucumber, an egg, a mango, a pineapple or even salty, sweet, sour or spicy in our disposition or dispensation or demeanour - but should the rojak recipe be well written and well thought through intuitively and instinctively, and well executed we are simply inconceivable magic beyond words - rasa istimewa yang berlaksa luar penerangan! - [a taste so special in its thousand tastebuds that it is beyond description!],We do not just eat the eat.
We do not just eat rojak! We also talk the talk We also talk rojak! Yes Bahasa Kebangsaan kita ya lah Bahasa Rojak.
[Our National Language is the Rojak Language].
That is our true vernacular or patois - a maddening inexplicable mishmash singsong cross-garnish of Bahasa, English, Hokkien, Cantonese, Tamil etc.
We are not truly multilingual, most of us anyway, but we are truly at the same frequency of rapport and understanding of mutual communication, when we speak our indigenous homegrown rojak language!,It can be very hilarious or it can be very spiteful and insulting or even sarcastic and biting, because if you are clever with your accentuation and turn of phrase and puns and sleight of tongue or nuances and innuendos and parody or lampooning, you can laugh till you cry and you can even turn upside down!,Let us now laugh at the Chinese shall we? Just for fun of it, since I am Malaysian Chinese.
Chinaman: Mana pugi you? I mau pugi too.
Dua olang kongsi pugi.
[Where you go? I come too.
Two can go together.
] Sorry! The non-Malaysians have to get a Malaysian friend to translate the lampooning!,But we also walk the walk! We borrow things and ideas from each other and toss things around like a salad, so that there is a certain commonality in the way we do things.
So in our rojak way, whatever the race of an older or elderly person, he or she automatically becomes an Uncle or Auntie.
,When the Chinese give red ang-pow (money packets) for Chinese New Year, the Malays would give green money packets for the Muslim Hari Raya.
The Chinese love or propensity for money also means they do not care about the colour of money! That was meant to be a joke about the Chinese for evidently they would hunger to make money whether it is legal money or illegal money! Just a joke in jest!,The Chinese adopted the Malay open house custom for Hari Raya and so now the Chinese also have open house but the catering is now Halal.
How else would the Malays attend to get ang pows? In fact many of the high class Chinese restaurants are now halal.
The Tamils do not have open house for their Deepavali.
They are too stingy and also they want to drink toddy which is haram (opposite to halal).
So how can the Malays attend eh! That was just another joke! That is totally not true! I was just checking and testing whether you as a reader are retaining a sense of humour.
The Tamils (but with all the rampant graft and corruption by the M.
(Indian component of the National Coalition Government) leaders, most Tamils are too poor!) do indeed have open houses and some are beginning to give purple or saffron (I think!) money packets and most are in fact vegetarian and do not drink!,But back to commonality.
We Malaysians, whatever our race or religion, respect, up to the point of being obeseqious to, our elders and the rich and exalted.
Whatever our race, in our rojak way we walk the (same) walk.
When we encounter someone illegally double parking or blocking our driveway or weaving in and out the ubiquitous traffic jams and snarls in KL, we say - Cilakah you! What you think? Your grandfathers jalan kah!,And we all blame the rain or the traffic jam when we are late - Sorry lah! You know - kreta kena sangkut mah! - big traffic jam lah! Or instead of the traffic jam, substitute the excusitis with - Walau! Hujan berat lah! [Unbelivable Man! Heavy Rain!],And that is how rojak we Malaysians are in our walk the walk, in our liking to end phrases and sentences in a social conversation in vernacular with a u2018sentence-final particleu2019 like a u2018mahu2019 or u2018lahu2019 or u2018mehu2019 or u2018bahu2019 etc.
It is like an emphatic verbal expression or inflexion of endearment or rapprochement or doubt or disagreement,Anyway, joke time is over - now to more serious discussion.
,(1) The British was our enemy because they divided and ruled.
They never made any effort to bring the three major races together.
They kept the Malays in the rural areas instead of urbanising them before Merdeka.
They only educated the children of the Malay royalty and had this propaganda of making anglophiles out of them.
Instead of making Malay the common and administrative language they made English the common and administrative language.
All their policies were on the basis that they would be our rulers till perpetuity.
In fact were it not for the fact that they won the war but lost on Colonialism the British would not have granted us our independence.
The British had no notion or intention whatsoever of ever stopping being a Colonial imperial power! Many of our present problems today are due to the fact that the British Colonial government had no thought of assimilating and integrating the Chinese and the Indians into the indigenous Malay society!,(2) All foreign ideology or concept, whether democracy, capitalism, meritocracy, autocracy, plutocracy, whatever the cyor ism - cannot, I suggest, simply be transplanted, like a donor organ, wholesale into the Malaysian society, without first modifying it with suitable Malaysian characteristics or vaccinating the Malaysian society first to immunised it against any fatal organ rejection - is an enemy.
,This is simply not understanding the importance of rojak and how to make a good rojak!,We Malaysians are a King (like a Father) first and family first society! A family is like a rojak! Inculcating in us to be individuals each having the right to be free to speak and voice our own opinion etc is surely going to kill our Malaysian society.
Why! Instead of being a family like a rojak we each care for sendiri [self] not family.
Instead of rojak as a family we bergerak (act) selfishly putting self as an individual first before the family as we would otherwise do traditionally of family first.
Kita sendiri pilih dan makan sendirian.
[We choose what we want to eat for ourselves].
As a result, now, everybody wants to be King! Our leaders even put themselves above our King! Because there is no understanding of King (like a Father) first and family first as in rojak!,How can that be? Let me explain.
We have traditionally not worried about any freedom to but only worried about freedom from - as in freedom from hunger, poverty, homeless, ill heath, crime and public disorder, corruption, oppression, exploitation.
,The British had resorted to and now our Western style democratic Barisal National , UMNO-led government is doing the same - adamantly indulging in corruption, oppression and exploitation, under the guise of giving us individual rights! All hogwash!,And thus effectively, our Government is now more of an expert than the British in their divide and rule modus operandi.
The apprentice now exceeds the Master in his excesses!,Return us to our traditional King and country and raayat!,(3) And in the old days before Colonialism, the King did not allow religion to divide and rule.
The King was a Father figure to all his subjects.
Religion was treated as a private and personal devotion.
In the public arena with his different children what was paramount was homegrown indigenous adat-adat.
In my childhood living in Chow Kit next to Kamoung Baru, my Malay neighbours would attend mosque but at the same time we believe (yes, both Malays and Chinese, in a rojak way, we believe) in Native spirituality as in bomohs, jungle spirits and Dato Kong!,Why? Because it provided a link to our ancestors who were here in Malaysia before the Whitemen, before Islam or any other religion ever arrived on our tropical shores.
Whatever religion we might want to profess, each to our own, we should not however dismiss what is in our genes, what we are that we have inherited from our ancestors roaming around the Malaysian jungle before the Arab or Indian or Chinese traders or the Whitemen colonisers.
,I could go on, but I think what I have written should suffice to understanding and appreciating the importance of having and maintaining a rojak culture in Malaysia.
,Vincent Cheok,Addendum 22/3/18,This was what Zaid Ibrahim said today on Malaysia Today -,u201cThis election is also about the Malays, about Islam, about who we are and the values we live by.
When people u2013 including foreigners u2013 talk about Malaysia, they know that Malays govern this country.
Other ethnic groups are not well represented in the public sector.
u201d,u201cThe top leaders u2013 whether political or hereditary u2013 are Malays.
Malays in the civil service carry out all major decisions in the country.
They teach and administer at our schools and universities.
The registrar of societies is a Malay.
Our top judges are Malays.
Our army and police are all manned by Malays.
u201d,u201cThis is, in essence, a Malay country.
Everything about Malaysia is about the Malays.
If the world mocks us, that means they are mocking Malays.
If the world thinks our administrators are slaves to Najib, then they are saying Malays are slaves.
This general election is about Malays, and the results will show everyone who we really are.
u201d,This is a very profound statement by Zaid Ibrahim.
I have no personal connection with him.
But as a retired lawyer I know of his skill and competence as a lawyer.
It is not easy to succeed in legal practice.
That he became a top lawyer in Malaysia speaks for itself and for the man.
,Basically when the Malays already rule the country, they cannot blame others if something is wrong with the country.
If the leader is incompetent and corrupt, you cannot just keep him on because he is Malay.
The answer instead is to choose another Malay as the leader - someone who is competent and clean, as in you can respect and trust as having honour and integrity.
,But being a Malay as the leader does not mean you only lead for the Malays alone, you lead the entire country including its minorities, you lead all Malaysians.
This is a very salient point in terms of good leadership - a Malay led Government must govern for the full benefit of all Malaysians!,And that means even when it comes to religion that a Malay must be a Muslim - a Muslim Malay.
That is not the same as being a Muslim Arab! A Malay would remember and honour his Malay ancestors and the Malay history and the Malay adat-adat and all the budaya and cerita lama orang tua Melayu.
When we see Malaysia becoming a mini-Saudi Arabia, something has gone amissed.
It should always be - Malaysia Peratama, Malaysia Bersatu Negara!,Vincent Cheok