Dr. M's here. (Btw, why the silence? Starting to really miss him already!)
This is an interesting excerpt.
And another one:
AR: Still though the last time that we saw you on Talk Asia, you said that, I'm quoting back at you here, your government is making every effort to make sure that Malaysians are united, that there will be no racial prejudices among them. Yet in that time there has been a survey which was released saying that many Malaysians of all ethnic background actually buy into the stereotypes that are leveled against them. With that in mind, do you think that you might have underestimated the situation here of the differences that do exist amongst the various communities.
AB: The differences do exist, that's a fact because of the cultural diversity. In a situation where there is cultural diversity there'll be differences. But we celebrate these differences. But what we would like to see, that we all desire to be together, to live a life that is peaceful. We want to respect someone who doesn't belong to our own ethnic group, who's not of the same religious faith. A desire to be friendly, and to do things together. And most importantly that all of us love this one country that belong to all of us, that's Malaysia!
But, fast forward a month now, mudah lupa?
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Even Badawi's son-in-law has exploited racial divisions to subject the Chinese groups, already resented for their success in the economy, to further mistrust. 31year old Khairy Jamaluddin is deputy chief of UMNO's youth wing, ABID. In September, he said that Chinese political groups would exploit any splits within UMNO. When questioned about this, he had responded: "What is there to apologize for?...I am only defending my race."
The sight of Hishammudin Tun Hussein waving a keris in the air, broadcast through the nation, also raised concerns. One UMNO delegate at the conference, Hashim Suboh, had said: "Datuk Hisham has unsheathed his keris, waved his keris, kissed his keris. We want to ask Datuk Hisham, when is he going to use it?"
Abdullah Badawi has asked for meetings with editors of Chinese-language and Malay editors of newspapers, where he is expected to ask them to "tone down" their reporting of religious and racial issues.
Lim Kit Siang, leader of the DAP (Democratic Action Party), the main opposition party, said on Friday, November 18: "If a Malaysian Chinese or Indian politician had warned of riots, being prepared to shed blood or even going amok, the Internal Security Act would have been invoked."
Malaysia's 49 years of independence have been marked by the Islamist and racist policies of UMNO. The Malay Muslims are given special rights in its policy of "ketuanan Melayu", the "Malay Agenda". It seems that only now is it starting to realize that such a racist agenda - when actual ethnic Malays only comprise 50.8% of the population - can only help to destroy a country, not to build it up.