Saturday, September 6, 2008

Look before you leap!

Sin Chew Jit Poh will not apologise, neither will Ahmad Ismail. The cracks are everywhere.

Nonetheless, no point to blame each other. No need to apply pressure on Sin Chew or Ahmad to apologise.

The bottom line is, Malaysians should be more careful in making any statement that may incite racial and religious anger. We have been in Merdeka mood over the past 51 years and every citizen deserves every legitimate rights bestowed upon them.

I personally believe Ahmad shouldnt has raised the 'pra-Merdeka' issue in his speech in Permatang Pauh on Aug 23. Malaysians are aware or their roots. If Ahmad wanted some supports for his statements, then he should as well say that Indians came from India, many Malays came from Indonesia and the Kelantanese (some) got their ancestors in Thailand or Kampuchea.

Come on. Be sensible about it. Many Malays, too, are descendents of Java, Maluku, Sumatera and Kalimantan.

Questioning someone's root is okay but to say they are immigrants after they were born, bred and contribute to our nation-building, is not proper. We share the same roof now.

For that Sin Chew reporter whom Ahmad accused of misreporting (if he really did), please subscribe to the prudent concept of journalism, be factual.

We dont want to create any chaos in this lovely nation. We dont want to become like Thailand or Iraq or the Philippines or any countries oftenly plunged into politics of racial and religious sensitivities.

For Ahmad and that Sin Chew reporter, use your brain next time, will ya?

15 comments:

cikgu tua, JELI said...

bujai. you are a true malaysian. i do agree with you that after 51 years of independence, we should stop talking about roots. let it be the personal domain of individuals. malaysians are enjoying an environment that no other countries are willing to adapt to. if we love this kind of scenario, we should be more careful next time. politicians, especially, must observe this

Anonymous said...

good one, bro.

hentam je orang2 macam ni. lain kali, jgn bagi amaran. tangkap je kalau betul menghasut sentimen kaum, masukkan ke kamunting dua atau tiga tahun... baru padan muka!

si pitak said...

if ahmad is wrong, send him to kamunting for some brainwashings. if the sin chew reporter wrongly reported him, he too should go to kamunting.

sue-ann, MIRI said...

bujai. the time has come for the government to be more sensitive to such statements. if no action is taken, sooner or later it will become a time-bomb... believe me!

sue-ann

Anonymous said...

sir,

why did he not complain of being misreported? why did it take more than 10 days for him to say something?

thanks.

dannalli said...

Yes, stop talking about roots and don't champion on this issue.

I for one, ..my great great grandfather (Rahman)was from Jambi and my great (one level down) grandmother (Membunga, we addressed her as Tok 'Nga)was from The Kingdom of Siam.... during the Bunga Emas era.

Now, WE are of the same RACE as RAKYAT MALAYA/MALAYSIA. The Indonesians has accepted the race mentioned as BANGSA not referred to race/flock.

Thanks 'Wareigh' for a simple posting and Selamat Berbuko.

kulitpisang said...

http://www.kulitpisang.com

UMNO tak Rasis!

Ketua UMNO Bahagian Bukit Bendera, Datuk Ahmad Ismail, didakwa berkata, orang Cina adalah pendatang yang menumpang di Malaysia dan oleh itu mereka boleh mengharap mendapat layanan sama rata.

Ini di petik dari laporan www.malaysiakini.com. Kenyataan ini telah di bantah oleh UMNO sendiri sebagai bukan suara UMNO. Pemuda DAP (Dapsy) telah membuat laporan polis di Perak, Selangor, Melaka, Pulau Pinang dan Negeri Sembilan. Tindakan membuat laporan polis juga di buat oleh MCA dan Gerakan.

Datuk Ahmad Ismail memberitahu bahawa beliau tidak akan memohon maaf walaupun Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak telah berbuat demikian.

Sebaliknya, kata Ahmad, beliau tidak melakukan sebarang kesalahan.

Ini merupakan reaksi pertamanya sejak tercetusnya kontroversi itu minggu lalu, ekoran ceramahnya sewaktu pilihanraya kecil parlimen Permatang Pauh yang didakwa telah menyinggung perasaan masyarakat Cina negara ini.

Menurut Ahmad, beliau tidak berkata atau melakukan sebarang kesalahan, dan oleh itu, tiada sebab baginya untuk memohon maaf.

Katanya, beliau akan mengadakan sidang akhbar khas di bangunan Umno Pulau Pinang Sabtu ini berhubung isu tersebut.

Sidang akhbar itu akan diadakan selepas mesyuarat badan perhubungan Umno negeri yang akan dipengerusikan oleh Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Sambil menafikan bahawa kenyataannya itu berbaur perkauman, Ahmad berkata, beliau berkawan dengan orang Cina dan India sejak kecil lagi.

Sehubungan itu, katanya, beliau tidak pernah dan tidak akan menjadi seorang yang bersifat perkauman.

Ahmad turut mengecam laporan media yang menuduh beliau mengelak daripada bertemu dengan wartawan dan jurugambar yang menunggunya di luar balai polis Seberang Perai Pusat di Bandar Baru Perda sejak dua hari lalu.

“Saya tidak minta mereka tunggu. Jadi mengapa mereka tuduh saya lari dari mereka?” soalnya.

Ahmad telah memberi kenyataan di balai polis negeri di Georgetown malam tadi, ekoran beberapa laporan yang telah dibuat terhadapnya.

Kes tersebut disiasat mengikut Seksyen 4 (1)(B) Akta Hasutan 1948 yang membawa hukuman denda tidak lebih RM5,000 dan penjara minimum tiga tahun, atau kedua-duanya sekali.

Ravikumar said...

Sir,

I respect your stand on this issue. I also don't see why anyone should talk about pendatang/penumpang these days. Me, my parents and even my grandparents on my mom's side were born in Malaysia.

I know no other land and I love this land and everything in it.

So when someone tells me I am a pendatang it saddens me very much because I belong to this soil. We all may have different cultures, but we all are Malaysians. That is what makes Malaysia so special... we are enriched by this diversity and yet we are one.

Thank you Sir for pointing out this on Uncle Kadir Jasin's blog. That is how I found your blog.

bujai said...

anon,
he took that 10 days to come to his senses, probably...

bujai said...

dannalli,

kito semuo samo. if we keep on discussing roots and origins, then may as well we stop being malaysians

bujai said...

kulitpisang,

soal asal-usul, pendatang dan sebagainya harus dikikis dari mentaliti rakyat malaysia. kita sudah merdeka 51 tahun. jika kita asyik persoal asal-usul orang lain, kita sendiri akan marah kalau orang lain persoal asal-usul kita pulak.

ingat bagaimana iraq langgar kuwait pada hujung 1990? iraq dakwa kuwait pernah menjadi sebahagian wilayahnya dan oleh itu berhak ke atasnya.

macam mana pula kalau malaysia berkata singapura pernah menjadi sebahagian kawasannya dan oleh itu boleh mencerobohnya bila-bila masa?

sejarah adalah untuk kajian. yang baik dijadikan teladan, yang tak baik dijadikan sempadan. kalau sejarah boleh mendorong kita untuk menidakkan hak orang lain, maka hak kita juga perlu dipersoalkan oleh orang lain.

bujai said...

ravikumar, bro,

thank u for visiting.

we are all malaysians. its not easy to manage a multi-racial nation like ours, which is always at the envious of others.

after 51 years of independence, issues like these should be left behind after what happened in 1969.

i have been to more than 70 countries as a journalist but malaysia is still the best, very much special not only to me but also to my foreign guests.

dont talk race, religion and color anymore. our fathers of independence have fought together for it - malay, chinese and indians - and we cannot let anybody to stir the peace and stability.

history has taught us a lot about mutual respect and co-existence... so, be a true malaysian then!

chia, kluang said...

bro,

probably your stand on ahmad ismail is the best posting from a blogger, so far.

i hope malaysians will accept the fact that we have been together for so many years, and that the questions of roots should not arise anymore.

christine, penang said...

ahmad ismail patut ditahan kerana menghasut. dalam suasana masyarakat majmuk hari ini, isu keturunan tidak harus dibangkitkan lagi

Anonymous said...

bujai,

i agree with u that most malays, too, are descendents of indons, thai, myanmar, cambodia and others.

if ahmad ismail is good enough with ROOTS, where did his ancestors come from? the MOON?