"Racism is man's gravest threat to man - the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason"
-Abraham J. Heschel
If we keeps on labeling one of our brother as an outsider, an outsider he will be.
Lately, we Malaysian likes to call names. One of the famous one is 'pendatang'. Why are we so insecure in life sampaikan we have to constantly rebranding ourself to something that we thought inferior than others. "Hey, I am better than you la Ah Seng, I am bumiputra you know, you are just pendatang.. balik naik tongkang la". I can accept it if this come from someone uneducated. But hell, our very own elected representative Yang Berhormat and ex-Yang Berhormat and Datuks said this so openly. Geezz.. Then you agonizing why Chinese have their own Negarakuku song, do not vote, do not join the armed forces to defend
our their your country, do not hire Malays in their company... why in hell should they if all this while you treat them like 'pendatang'? Timm kaiii? mkau chou aaa?
I may be naive, I have limited resources as I am Sekolah Kebangsaan product you see... did the Chinese rob the Malay or bumiputra to get rich? One of the wealthiest Chinese, the classic rags to richest one that we know is late Lim Goh Tong.. the casino king. We read his biography about how hard he have to work to build his empire. And along the way did he somehow rob a Malay? Can you give me one name of any Bumiputra or Malay yang being denied his right supaya mendiang Goh Tong berjaya? Can you?
One of my Chinese friend was excellent in Math.. so genius that everytime we had Add Math test, she will always get 100% mark. Wonder what she ate. Did she somehow denied me my hak bumiputra to get her full mark? Did I feel cheated? Hell, no, because if I have to trade my life with her to get the full mark I'll kill myself. While we other girls are busy comparing and exchanging boyfriends, she's daydreaming about algoritm. Oh no, alpha theta phi are not hot and certainly never sexy. And she can never beat me in Bahasa Melayu though... ;)
As genius as she was, she was not accepted to local universities. I feel so guilty of being accepted instead of her as our SPM results are almost the same, at last I get A1 for AddMath (SPM result doesn't care whether ur A1 is 100 marks or 90marks - which i believe is mine). Ini pun thanks to her for tutoring me in exchange of a perfume. haha.. Her family somehow predict this anyway and already saved a fortune so that this Amoi can study oversea. Her family was not that wealthy and her education cost her family a lifelong luxury. So, today, here we are, me with my predictable government job, she with her hi-income oversea job, currently based kat Japan. So, salahkah kawanku si Amoi ini apabila pendapatan dia melebihi pendapatan aku seorang bumiputra ni? Patutkah aku menghalau Si Amoi ini naik tongkang?
I believe my Chinese friends, Indian Friends, Eurasian Friends all deserve to call this land their home too. Our weaknesses, our failure, shouldn't be blame on others just because they have different gene and successful. The road to success are not easy for them too. Why should we cut the cake according to race, according to religion? Does that make us a better person? A patriot? Guaranteed ticket to heaven?
All this unjustified hatred, that we pass on to our childrens , how many of us can honestly say that we are in this pathetic situation because of our 'pendatang'. And what does that word means anyway?
What a sad gloomy world...