Thursday, August 31, 2006

Rotation and the Merry go round.

Reading about the demand of Penang UMNO Youth call on the rotation on the post of Chief Minister of Penang makes me remembered when Sabah had its own rotation post and ended up a stupid plan after all. The intention is clear because they want the post of Chief Minister of Penang to be held by UMNO representative. In previous years, UMNO in Penang had called for the post to be replaces to UMNO representative rather to LDP because the majority of the State Assembly seats are from UMNO. I don’t know if this is playing stupid or what, but I think that it is the way for them to take what they want.

If those people think that rotation post is the solution, why not rotate the post of Malaysia Prime Minister. Definitely, the respond that we get is war. We can see in the case of Lina Joy which revokes the fundamentalist crying out loud like hell goes loose. Ironically, in another turn if something was done, no one to be blame. Another tone of word and argument spoken as it is not a big deal. This happens when Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi’s son in law Khairy spoken about the threat of UMNO when getting weak that the Chinese will take this opportunity to rise power. Never do they know once upon a time due to the banning of UMNO by the ROC, MCA is the one who become the middle man. One source saying, the previous MCA President Tun Ling Liong Sik was appointed a post as acting Barisan Nasional chairman before it passing the post back to former PM that time was Tun Dr Mahathir.

Kulim State Assemblyman Boey Chin Gan, who is also Youth vice-chief, said Khairy was not even an Umno member in 1987. "How can he say that MCA took advantage of the situation then" he said when responding to points raised by delegates.
He added that it was not fair to blame non-Malay political parties just to score political points. MCA leaders had never resorted to such tactics, said Boey, who was the former Press secretary to MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting. Johor delegate Yeong Kian Heng said it was not true that MCA took advantage of Umno’s weaknesses, as Umno was part of Barisan Nasional. "In 1988, when Umno was declared illegal, (former president) Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik became the Barisan Nasional chairman."He did not take advantage of the situation."

NST 26 August 2006


As a Malaysian, I find it hard to celebrating the 49th Independent of Malaysia. To look it in more details, the total year is also confusing to Sabah and Sarawak people. On 1957, Sabah and Sarawak haven’t got their independent not after 1963 and on the 16 of September. Maybe it not so significant to people who live in west Malaysia but to east Malaysia such as Sabah and Sarawak, it feel a bit awkward. Correct me if I’m wrong, but what I know is that Sabah and Sarawak got it independent due the agreement of joining the Federation of Malaysia. I recently watch on Discovery Channel that point out Malaysia was actually the combination of Malaya and Singapore combination. Lee Kwan Yew, the former PM of Singapore is the one who lobbying Tunku Abdul Rahman in which he is not really interested at that moment to join with Malaya and started a Federation of Malaysia or Malaya-Singapore in condition with Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei joining too. I can conclude that Lee Kuan Yew should be a more significant person over the existence Malaysia rather than Tunku Abdul Rahman itself.

So, where are Sabah and Sarawak fit in? The new generation was bombarded with lots of version that they heard from theirs parents or grand parents and the version they learn at school. I recall the time I was arguing with my parents over the fact of what really happen during the Sabah history and found out that not all that written in school text books is accurate. Even the constitution changes in the priod less than 50 years compares to America Constitutions that was not even altered for 200 years. We’re not supposed to celebrate the independent in which we have did not have it in historical perspective. It just like celebrating your birthday two weeks earlier and change your age to 6 years older because somebody to told you to do so. It just doesn’t seem and feel right.

I’m not trying to project any anti-Malaysia sentiment and still feel blessed to be a citizen in a not equally same with the so called bumiputra or local native. I just really disappointed to know all the lies and fact of life to be a non-bumiputra and branded as a second class citizen. When our politician talks about the brutality of the Israelis over the neighbors Islam countries, the unfairness of America’s and western economic and trade policies, I cannot help to know that they talk the talk but not walk the walk. The same and equality are not a good idea as being told that the Malays are still not prepares to compete even after close to 50 years of independents. Every one of us knows what really happen, but chooses to ignore it because it involving the general interest.

1 comment:

lynnx01 said...

I totally agree with you. Why not put 16 Sept 1963 as our Malaysia Day? What for I celebrate a day which has no significant to me at all (31 Aug 1957). When Spore went out, we should have pulled out together. We have petroleum and timber.. but look at how underdeveloped we are. Look at the so-called highways in Sarawak.. we waited for years and years (since I was a few years old to being 20!) for the bridge to be built across Rejang River, connecting Sibu and Sarikei. It's such a big mistake, but we're supposed to keep our mouths shut. So I better shut up or else I might get into trouble.

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