I dont want to comment on what Wong Chun Wai and Syed Nadzri wrote. What Dr Mahathir wrote, too, should not arouse sentiment as he (as a former Prime Minister) is very much aware of the whole scenario ignited by Bukit Bendera Umno division head Ahmad Ismail.
As I wrote in my previous posting, the issue of descendants and roots should be put behind us. After 51 years of Independence, Malaysia cant affort another chaos like that of 1969. We have had enough of it. Its time to consolidate, to manage this big house of us.
I have full respect for what MCA sec-gen Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan said on Sunday that Barisan Nasional is a big house built by Umno, MCA and MIC as Parti Perikatan after Merdeka. There is now way that any member of this house will leave (to join others) and ruin it.
This is a true Malaysian spirit, the spirit of co-existence, muhibah and mutual respect. Let's not spoil it by making desparaging remarks about our roots - that Malaysian Chinese came from China, the Indians came from India and the Malays have got their roots in Indonesia, Thailand and elsewhere.
Its bad, very bad! For Malaysians to question each others' roots is like what a Malay proverb says, 'Meludah ke langit, kena muka sendiri' (If you spit upwards, it will fall on your face).
Almost 80 per cent of Malaysians, including the Malays, have their roots elsewhere. So, people like Ahmad Ismail should realise this (I think his ancestors are from India or Pakistan or the Gulf).
We actually should leave it to the domain of the individual citizen, irrespective of where their ancestors were from. Even my great grandpas were from Sumatera (my mom's family) and Lisbon (my dad's). Only my late grandpa was born here but my parents were born, bred and brought up in this lovely country, and so did I and the rest of my siblings.
Thinking about it, there is nothing sensitive asking about roots but to politicise it should not be allowed. It is our personal domain. As we have shared this country for so many years now, why should we dig up the history?
Remember how Iraq invaded Kuwait in the late 90s? Because they claimed that Kuwait used to be part of them.
Imagine if Malaysia still hold to similar account that Singapore was part of us... what will happen?
So, if any of you out there wanna talk about roots and ancestors again, go spit on your grandmother's grave first!