No need to apologise, bro Zahid. Whether some quarters of the community were hurt by your statement about the 'less sense of patriotism' among the non-Malays for not joining the armed forces, you should stand by what you said as that is what most Malaysians are!
I did mention in my earlier postings here and here that 'the Chinese will only be interested to join the army and defend a country where they form the majority...' And that is a pure fact! Had Singapore still a part of Malaysia, they will leave the armed forces to the Malays but now that Singapore is theirs, they are more than willing to defend the Republic!
Sound harsh, isnt it?
However, look at some countries where the Chinese are the second largest majority. The United States, Canada and Australia for instance, do you see many of them in the armed forces?
The people who asked you to apologise at the Dewan Rakyat (here) are looking for some political mileage. As Pak Lah's era has opened a wide door for the non-Malays to question the status of the Malay monarchy and the rights/privilege of the Malays and Bumiputras, they are looking down at the Malay politics.
Even those from MCA and MIC are getting so vociferous in questioning such issues. The Malays had long accepted the fact that the duty to defend the country is theirs while other Malaysians could sleep well and digging money and gold for their own prosperity.
No, bro... this is not about racism. This is fact. So, their minor participation in the armed forces has nothing to do with patriotism. Not joining the army too has nothing to do with it. If they are patriotic enough, they would accept the fact that the Malays are still far behind them and as such they must not question the rights for them to advance.
(read jebat berkokok and listen to what Zahid says on U-Tube)
Where did the Indonesian Chinese go when racial riots erupted in 1999 and 2000?
So, no need to rekindle the past. There were many Chinese and Indians, together with their friends from Iban, Dayak, Murut, Khadazan and other tribes who fought against the colonials and communist. Those were the days.
And why did the British bring the Chinese and Indians to Malaya during the early days? To defend the land?
So, let's live with the fact that the Malays are keeping the motherland safe and sound for others to become rich! Nothing is wrong with that!