See! I told you that I will suggest a solution in my writing.
It took a former prime minister who used to lead the Malay-based party that ruled for sixty years to form another Malay-based party and make a promise to the Malays that their special privileges would not be taken away, to bring about a change in the government.
I have to stress that I am not saying having language requirements shouldn’t be allowed. What I am saying is that it can also be misused as a tool of segregation and racism.
Changing mentalities is what needs to be done instead of imposing laws that encroach on personal and individual freedom.
Those who have reaped all the benefits of an unfair system are the ones objecting.
Haven’t we moved away from racist policies and discriminatory actions? This is one of the reasons many Malaysians voted out BN – because they were so entrenched in race-based politics.
Sadly, race is the very foundation the country was built on.
Here is an incident that happened almost half a decade ago and to constantly harp about it just seems like we are going overboard with it.
The premise was to have me, as a Malaysian journalist, documentary filmmaker and writer, to travel around the country trying to understand what makes up the DNA of a Malaysian.
I’ve always identified myself as a Malay my entire life. Except in kindergarten, when I told everyone I was an English boy because I spoke English.
People like Zawawi are not ignorant. His kind has no hope and can’t be helped any more. But people like Mak Tam can be saved. In fact, they could be the vary saviours that Malaysia needs right now.