I am not a hardcore Malay nationalist, not an Umno member (or any other party), and have no plan to be actively involved in Malay-based organizations.
I don't even like Malays such as Ibrahim Ali and his Perkasa gang.
However, I do care for the survival of the Malay culture and identity as well as its future as a community. I take great offence when others maliciously insulted or exploited the Malays.
I feel that the Malays as a whole have never been mean to others. Collectively, they are arguably the most docile people in the world. They never disturb others unless provoked.
Maybe due to their rather easy going attitude, the Malays are regarded by others as being less competitive, not sufficiently intelligent, and even lazy.
As it is with the ways of this world, being nice is good, but overdoing it may end up with others taking advantage and try to exploit that niceness to the maximum.
Being nice has always been interpreted by not so nice people as a sign of weakness. And weak people have always been regarded as pathetic and treated with contempt.
What happened at the DAP Congress in Penang the past two days was exactly how pathetic the Malays could be regarded by others and the contemptuous manner they were being treated should serves as a reminder of what the Malays' future could be in not that distant future.
Being a Malay, I could not help but feel sad as I watched the few Malay delegates at the DAP congress went up on stage to savage the Umno/BN government which had all these while been trying its best to look after the interests of the Malays who are still the least well off among the races in this country.
True, that government do have weaknesses and not perfect, but to accuse it of being totally evil and corrupt? As if it has totally failed this country? Is the current government that bad? Be honest la? Is our country among the worst in this world?
Maybe those Malay DAP speakers were taking the cue from DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng who in his opening speech made such accusations, alleging that Umno/BN had for 55 years been robbing the country and pushed it to the brink of bankruptcy. Probably those Malays want to prove to the other delegates that they are as DAP in spirit as the rest of them.
Well, they did get the applause from the floor. I guess, nothing is more satisfying than watching your enemy being spit upon by their own kith and kin.
But, as we all know now, when it comes to what really matter, the other DAP members only regarded those Malay DAP people as just the pathetic Malays that they are. They are only fit to be the token Malays in the party leadership.
It's the worst humiliation when two of them were appointed to the central executive committee after none of the eight who contested came even close to get elected.
It is racism, pure and simple. The Malays were reduced to filling up a quota in a party which claims itself to be multi-racial.
All those DAP's talks about "the time is ripe to discard racial politics" were just hypocrisy at its worst.
All those Malays in Pas and PKR should see all these as what awaits them if they insist on their current path. Or are they too blinded?