Now they are at it again. After a few months of 'lull', MIC and Perkasa are throwing punches at each other all over again. The issue is still Interlok.
I am not a realist but when history is concerned, I hate those who changed and refused to recognise it. Just like the white Americans who erased the fact that it was the blacks who actually built and established the White House.
Of course history brings out the dead from their graves. History can be inspiring, some of it makes us elated. But most history displays sad episodes of our ancestors, those who fought for Independence, World War II and sacrificed all they had for us to live in a better condition today. History also provides us with guides and clues as how we can improve human relations and build a nation.
But why do we need to change history when 10 was 10 and black was black back then? Yes, our government is doing its best to safeguard the interest of all, including the minorities but still, why must we change history if it means to please everybody? Why can't we leave it as it is?
Can we change history facts by saying it was the Japanese who actually invented the atomic bomb for the Americans to use it against them or make the world believe that it was Magellan who discovered Malay Peninsular? Maybe in our effort to please our neighbors, it's wise to change the fact that it was Malaysia who started attacking Indonesia during the Confrontation.
Why must we keep on bashing up each other over history matters?
And is there a need to bring up the matter 54 years after we gained Independence? Don't we have any better things to do rather than inciting anger and multi-racial hatred?
In the first place, who gave the names such as Tanjung Keling and Masjid Kapitan Keling? Who added 'Cina buta' to the Malay proverbs? Why wasn't there any opposition at that time. Why only now, more than 100 years after such names are already established and gazetted?
I think if we want to please everybody, we should also include Samy Vellu to the list of Independence fighters along with Tunku Abdul Rahman, or Lim Kit Siang as the co-founder of Majlis Amanah Rakyat so that every data in our history points to 1Malaysia!
So, is there a need to bicker over this petty issue? Unless you want our presence and future generation to live under a thicker prejudice, then you can go on playing up with such a political game.
Ohh... do you know that the late film star-cum-chief minister of Tamil Nadu, MG Ramachandran or MGR was the founder of MIC and the Muslim convert Cat Steven initiated Perkasa!