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If you care for the Malays, don’t confuse them


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If you care for the Malays, don’t confuse them
By Zan Azlee

Many people believe that to create a united Malaysia, one of the main tools is language. And that is why we have an official national language which is Bahasa Malaysia.

It is the medium used in our national schools and also the official language in all of our government offices. Every citizen understands it so they all can communicate with each other.

This is not much of a problem for the Malays because Bahasa Malaysia seems to be their mother tongue anyway and it is spoken at home among family members.

For many minorities in the country (obviously the Chinese and Indians), it may not be the first language they learn because their mother tongue would probably be something else.

So they learn it as soon they start going to school. They have to anyway as it is a requirement if they want to pass the national exams and qualify for university.

Oh yeah, I am sure it is also because they want to integrate into the rest of the society and, well, be united as a nation, as citizens who share a country.

So Bahasa Malaysia is really a unifying language that can bring everyone together. That is the noble intention, I guess. But is it really true?

Well, that is what they want you to believe. Do not be fooled. Bahasa Malaysia is really a language just for the Malays, and the Malay Muslims to be more specific.

Bahasa Malaysia when spoken among the Malays is fine. They use it casually with friends and family, officially at work and spiritually when praying. No problems there.

The trouble only starts when people from other races and religions start speaking Bahasa Malaysia. That is when all hell starts to break loose. And I really do mean hell.

The Malays start getting confused because they now do not know who is Malay and who is not. They will not be able to tell others apart and in turn forget who they are.

“Whoa! That guy has really small slit eyes and he is speaking Bahasa Malaysia! Is he Malay? Wait a minute! Am I Malay? Am I not? Arghhh!” [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

The Fat Bidin Podcast (Eps 35) – Two Malay guys on Chinese New Year


The Fat Bidin Podcast (Eps 35) – Two Malay guys on Chinese New Year

What do these Malay guys know about Chinese New Year? They know they’re tired of generic Chinese New Year stories in the media, that’s for sure.

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The day we become a single Malaysian race


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The day we become a single Malaysian race
By Zan Azlee

I have celebrated Chinese New Year my entire life. And being a Malay Muslim and living in Malaysia, I feel myself very unique and special for doing so.

It is not hard to understand why. I have Chinese and Malay blood in me. My grandmother on my mother’s side is Chinese and the ethnic influence is very strong.

My brothers and I all speak Cantonese (however poor our pronunciation is) and when we speak English, we are very easily mistaken for being Chinese because of our accent.

When I was in primary school, some Malay classmates would tease me and say that I am committing a sin by celebrating Chinese New Year and collecting ang pows.
At first I was confused, but very quickly I realised that they were all just stupid and did not know what they were talking about. I was proud of that.

Of course, our family celebrated Hari Raya too and so did all our Chinese relatives who would gather at our house every single year without even needing an invitation.

And as how life naturally is, my Chinese grandmother eventually died and this year is the second Chinese New Year without her being with us.

So now, during Chinese New Year’s eve, we joke that we are really just a bunch of Malays flipping salmon in plum sauce with chopsticks and gulping down “chai choy” without any real reason to do so!

The pure Chinese immediate family member is gone. But it is alright. We have her blood running in our veins. And we still celebrate the first and second day with the entire Ang clan. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

The Fat Bidin Podcast (Eps 33) – Is Ismail Sabri really racist?


The Fat Bidin Podcast (Eps 33) – Is Ismail Sabri really racist?

Back from a three week break, expert racists Zan and Aizyl listen to Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri’s explanations for calling on Malays to boycott Chinese traders. Is he racist? Or are some of us irresponsibly ignoring our true racial roles?

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What if the Chinese called for a boycott of Malay businesses?


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What if the Chinese called for a boycott of Malay businesses?
By Zan Azlee

When a person is a public figure, especially someone who is in public office, it goes without saying that he or she will constantly be in the public eye.

It would be difficult to draw the line between what is considered private and personal and what is public and should be known by everyone.

For someone who is in the public office, the responsibility is so high that his or her actions will always be scrutinised by the people who he represents.

And this is rightfully the way because the public has elected that person to carry out the administration of the office in their name.

The people are the boss.

So when an elected official, a cabinet minister no less, posts a statement on his Facebook page that reeks of generalisation, stereotyping and racism, the people should pay attention.

Yes, I am referring to Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri, the minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, who said that Malays should boycott Chinese businesses who do not lower their prices after the reduction in oil price.

It does not matter if the minister explains that it was given in the best of intentions. As a person who has been elected by the people, what he said is just wrong and unethical.

What would the minister (an UMNO member) say if, for example, a member of the MCA said that all Chinese should boycott Malay retailers who sell bad quality products? [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]