Questioning the citizenship of Chinese MalaysiansPosted: September 5, 2008
“If the Chinese can question the special rights of the Malays, the Malays can also question the citizenship of the Chinese.”
I’ve previously said that nothing should be beyond intellectual discourse.
So let me put this straight. Ahmad is now questioning the “citizenship of the Chinese”.
For clarification purposes, I’ve looked up the definition of the word “citizen” in the dictionary.
Citizen: (1) an inhabitant of a city or town, (2) a native of a country or state, or a naturalised member of it.
Inhabitant: a person or animal that lives permanently in a place
Native: a person born in a certain place (there were others, but this one is sufficient to make the point I’m making)
Naturalise: to confer citizenship on (a foreigner)
Yes. In the history of Tanah Melayu, the Chinese CAME from China. Hence why they were called Chinese to start off with. And contrary to what some people would want us to believe, the Chinese did not only start coming to Tanah Melayu during the British rule. They were found abundantly in Melaka, even before the Portugese came.
But that is NOT THE POINT!
The point is, we have all sorts of people who have become citizens of Malaysia. Be they naturalised members, meaning first generation Malaysians, or immigrants, if you want to call them that. Or be they “natives” in the sense that Malaysia is THE country that they were born in, and is the only country that they relate to.
There is no question involved in the citizenship of non-Malays in Malaysia. We are all citizens of Malaysia, through and through. And as citizens of Malaysia, we are all entitled to equal rights as protected under the Federal Constitution of Malaysia, just as how we are all under the same laws of Malaysia.
Now, Ahmad. Have I answered your “question”? Or are you waiting for the likes of MCA and Gerakan to give you a “reply”? I seriously doubt you’re going to get even a hiccup out of them though.
**And just a little note to Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, this is the PENANG UMNO we’re talking about here, who has come out full force to support Ahmad Ismail. It’s the UMNO that’s supposed to come under YOU! Where now, are you going to put your face?