Two rallies are planned at 3pm today to support Utusan and Perkasa over their '1Melayu, 1Bumi' slogan. One at Utusan office in Ipoh and the other at MCA HQ in Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
The slogan drew first blood from MCA and DAP, two Chinese-based of 'different ideology' parties. Malay chauvinism, it seems, is also fast backfiring. Former PM Tun Dr Mahathir said on Saturday the label itself would be a disaster to the nation.
Now, who is right or wrong doesnt matter, not just yet. But the Malay-Chinese confrontation is bringing us back to the era of mid 1940s when our British Colonial master introduced the Malayan Union that could have turned the Malays as beggars in their own homeland.
British idea to award immigrants from China and India with equal citizenship had, for the first time saw the Malays to defy 'politics were the prerogative rights of the royal families' mentality they held for centuries, and launched a massive anti-Malayan Union campaigns throughout the country.
The Malays were the destitute lot then. The Malay Rulers also were part to blame for 'selling' their respective States as British Protectorates. But when the Japanese came, the British abandoned Malaya.
The Malays were doing the right thing then in protecting their legitimate rights as owners of Tanah Melayu. The British, in taking up the Malays for granted, brought in people from China and India to work in their tin mines and rubber estates. The Malays were known to be less interested in such economic activities, except for planting paddy and as fishermen.
These immigrants helped the Malayan economy grow. Their contribution is well-recognised, even by the Malays. And when they were given equal citizenship under the administration of Malayan Union, Malay discontentment was minimal except for those in Umno.
But more than 50 years after Independence, the Malay-Chinese issue flares again. Why are they against each other when the Malays in Umno and Chinese in MCA are buddies in the ruling Barisan Nasional?
Are the Malays to blame for their 'still lagging' position in this country as compared to the Chinese, and perhaps the Indians too? And is it because of the much reduced Chinese votes for BN in previous by-elections and the recently concluded Sarawak state election?
Many said the Chinese will never change since they already have almost everything in the country except political control of the government. But does Umno really dictates Putrajaya? And how are we going to face the next national poll should this time-bomb is not defused by now?
The problems with modern Malaysians now is their thickening prejudice among each other. The post-Independence harmony is fast diminishing. Those were the days when the three major communities helped each other in many ways and aspects. They understood each other well enough.
However, the non-Malays began to grow pessimism over the government's affirmative plan in the 1970s meant to assist the Malays boost their economic standing in a thriving multi-racial nation. They, the non-Malays went to the extent of accusing the indigenous Malays of wanting to rob them of their wealth and high standard of living.
Had the '1Melayu, 1Bumi' slogan was chanted during the Malayan Union and before the immigrants were made citizens of Malaysia, they could have fared better than Umno. However under 1Malaysia concept, we need to admit the fact that we are now one. But again, disparity gap claims its tolls in domestic politics.
Racial tolerant too is making ways to race chauvinism. But are blaming MCA for tailoring to DAP's 'Chinese chauvinism' when Umno and Pas are agreeing to talks on a solidarity government? Are we blaming the Indians as well when Hindraf was formed to the likes of Perkasa and few Chinese-for-Chinese organisations?
Now, what will be the future of the country if a Malay-for-Malay, Chinese-for-Chinese and Indian-for-India politics thrive?
We are so fond of blasting the issue out of context. Had we resorted to the post-Independence and Perikatan concept of 'musyawarah' (consultation), today's bad episode would have been settled amicably.
Another thing. I consider the government failure in containing such chauvinistic activities is also leading to it.
So, whoever wants war, go ahead! You want racial riots, you make the calls!
But who should we blame for all this? The BRITISH?