Nov 26, 2006

The "Joker" says The Keris is here to stay

Sometimes no one can understand how certain people can get the position as a minister. It's really hard to comprehend that such mentality is benefiting the people and the country. In one hand, we have the joker stating that the keris is here to stay and he is willing to carry a kungfu sword too;

The keris is here to stay. I told Liow (MCA Youth chief Datuk Liow Tiong Lai), give me your kungfu sword and I will carry it. I am doing it on a question of principle, until people realise the keris is not there to threaten non-Malays but to motivate the Malays. These are all symbols to get Malays to move.

We will do whatever it takes to bring them to a point where they don’t feel they are alienated in their own country. We’ve tried everything and if it can help Malays be more focused on what they can do, then my conscience is clear. I did it for the future. I want non-Malays to understand that our doing this is not to take anything away from anybody. That is also enshrined. Allowing the release will help the stability of the country. It won’t drive off investments. [The Star]

and in another hand, MCA is having a roadshow to explain the Chinese communities that statements made by UMNO delegates are not racist in nature. How can one explains a racist statement to the rakyat that it is not racist. Even the Deputy Prime Minister said that action will be taken on "Extreme" UMNO delegate members. So what is the point of the roadshow?

In the special briefing, party president Ong Ka Ting made the assurance that the party leadership had conveyed the Chinese community's demands to the government and that they will not compromise the rights of the Chinese community.

"The leadership thinks that the (impact of the) previous briefing was not significant, so they want to extend it to grassroots leaders in all states," said the MCA leader who declined to be named.

He said that the roadshow was planned before the Umno assembly but racist statements made by Umno delegates would certainly become one of the main features at the briefing.

"This is one of the issues that the Chinese community is most concerned." [MalaysiaKini]

So is the keris not a threat to a multiracial nation like Malaysia?

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Lin Peh said...

Keris is not a threat la. Neither is Mat Rempit, Zakaria, etc ';-)

Anonymous said...

Why see the keris as a threat? I can agree on Hishammuddin on this. The keris is not only a Malay symbol but also a symbol of Malaysia. Just like a baju Melayu is a symbol of Malaysia. Chinese, Indian, regardless of race, as a Malaysian, we should be proud of cultures and identities unique to our country.

What I don't agree on is the way Hishammuddin and his kaki's puts the whole issue into context. I don't understand why we can't all move towards being 'Malaysian' rather than Malays, Chinese, or Indian. It's all this bullshit about which race is superior or inferior and the whole Malay Agenda crap. It's all so friggin primal like we are animals protecting territory. Tan Sri Murad Mohammed Noor has a piece in the NST today that touches on this topic.