We have been failed by the system..Posted: July 2, 2008
..and in the most horrid way possible. For what other way to instill racial hatred and discrimination, than to to mess with the minds of those eager to learn? How better to create a new generation of “like-minded people” (like minded to the govt, that is), than by allowing these sponges absorb all this absurdity?
I refer to the following excerpt, which is part of the graduation message read out to UM students:
Therefore, I as the Head of Graduates of University of Malaya would like to advice all our fellow graduates of University of Malaya to combine forces and prepare ourselves together with all the necessary knowledge and preparation before we continue our fight in the actual battle field. This advice implies mainly to our Malay Graduates. We must treasure the sacrifices made by our ancestors which tried so hard to ensure that Tanah Melayu ( Malay Land ) is free from the intrusion of alien races. We must not fall into the category of those who forgets their roots until they will be taken over by other races. Graduates must prove themselves that we are capable and the best choice to take over the throne of governing the country in the future. This implies with the theme of MPMUM Progressive, Dynamic, Professional. There is nothing more important that can compared to our always-sensitive and improving Graduates. I also would like to advice all Malay Graduates to prepare ourselves in facing all sorts of unpredicted challenges that may occur in near future, relating to the rise of our fellow citizens, in particular to the non-Malay races. Don’t let ourselves slack and allow our “enemies under the blankets to attack us” (direct translation from the Malay idiom). Don’t allow our Malaysia to fall into the hands of those who are irrelevant.
Just a reminder, this is a message to LOCAL GRADUATES, graduating from one of the top universities in Malaysia.
To say that I am disturbed and sick, would be an understatement. Somehow this throws some light onto some issues I raised before this about ABIM and PKPIM and their “protest” of a raised quota of scholarships for non-Bumiputeras.
I don’t understand what race has got to do with education. Has the system always been like this? Has this notion of “racism” been continuously fed into the minds of the students? Or is this speech made only after the last General Elections, and also in light of the more recent “talks” about ketuanan Melayu.
It makes me wonder if there were non-Malay students sitting there, listening to this kind of poison. Had they no objection to what is obviously a speech on Malay Supremacy? Or have they been numbed by the system already?
*After some thought, I feel the need to correct myself. It is not about whether there were any non-Malays sitting there. It is about whether the graduates there agreed to what was being said or not. Surely a right-thinking person would be offended by the contents of this speech, no matter the race.
I lie not when I say that I am saddened by this. The speech was loud and clear. It was a direct nasihat to the MALAY graduates to be careful of the “rise of their fellow citizens, especially the Non-Malay races“.
Are we not Satu Bangsa, Satu Negara?
Every single “patriotic” song I’ve heard so far has mentioned the word “perpaduan”. Or have the people forgotten?
Every school that has murals painted on the walls of their buildings are bound to have at least ONE mural painting depicting the three major races in Malaysia holding hands in harmony. Or have the people forgotten?
Our national anthem starts with: “Negaraku, tanah tumpahnya darahku, Rakyat hidup bersatu dan maju”. Or have the people forgotten?
Or perhaps, do the people truly believe that perpaduan means perpaduan kaum Melayu? Do they truly believe that the painted murals of three people of different colour wearing different costumes holding hands and smiling do not mean that these three people of different colour wearing different costumes holding hands and smiling are supposed to live together happily? Do they truly believe that Malaysia can only be referred to as Negaraku by the Malays?
I beg to differ. I hope I am right when I say that I believe many others would agree with me.
I’m afraid I have been rendered speechless by the absurdity of this. We have been failed by the system. But I will not fail to stand for what I believe is right.