This Little Malay Ripple That Joined The Tsunami

by Karina Bahrin (Notes) on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 9:07pm

Dear Prime Minister and all in UMNO

I am, by your definition, Malay. Except it is said that in our family folklore, my paternal grandmother was probably biologically Chinese. And yes, my mother is a former Catholic from the Philippines.

Not that any of that should matter because, as far as you are concerned, I am Malay.

Only, I did not vote for you. And neither did a whole lot of other Malays,despite what you would like to think. Do the math. If 80% of the population voted, then surely, you cannot blame the erosion of your power on the Chinese minority. Or did you fail that subject too?

I voted for the Opposition because as a Malay, I myself have had enough. Not because I necessarily like all the Opposition leaders, but frankly, I just like you lot less. Because despite all your rhetoric about the Opposition being a lying, conniving bunch, I have personally born witness and been on the receiving end of YOUR lies and policies that stoke racial and religious polarity. Not the Opposition’s.


Because your government is the only one I have ever known since birth. And what I see and experience every day in my life is your creation.

Yes, I am a recipient of your Bumiputera scholarship. I went to one of the world’s best schools. In my graduating class, there were less Malaysians than you could count on one hand. The truth is, I could have obtained my own scholarship from someone else in the world if I wanted to. And believe me, there are many times I wish I had taken that route, so that I can be relieved of the only burden of debt I feel towards you and your policies.

After graduating from university, I chose to return home. Yes, I was apparently bonded to work for you for ten years, in repayment for the education you provided me. But instead, you chose to let me go. And I still remained here. Because this is my home.

I could have chosen to work in one of the richest and most developed countries in the world, but I decided to remain in Malaysia.

Over the last twenty years, I have never relied on favours or connections to get a job. It is against my principles. And I have done well. Believe me. I can get a job in corporate Asia if I want to. I used to have a job with one of the world’s largest companies, overseeing seven countries in the region. Bosses tried to entice me to leave – decamp to Singapore, Hong Kong and even Japan. But I still chose to stay here.

In the last four years, I decided to leave corporate Malaysia, because the extent of the rot I saw within its walls were so bad that if I knew any more , I would have to migrate. You may find this hard to believe, but when us ordinary Malaysians are exposed to the incompetence of our policy-makers and leaders, appalled is an understatement. More than that, the arrogance (and worse, lack of sheer, basic intelligence) of many of those in power whom I have met, whether in the government,quasi-government or private sector crony companies, made me begin to believe that Malaysia was not capable of producing good leaders.

You see, I have benchmarks for comparison. I have worked with some of the world’s biggest leaders, names you would recognise in a heartbeat. Don’t believe me? Try Colin Powell. Or Kissinger. Or Bill Gates. And NONE of them can equal the arrogance and despicable character of some of Malaysia’s corporate and government leaders I have met.

Since I have left corporate Malaysia, I have become a small business entrepreneur. And to no surprise, there was zero assistance to be had, even with my Malayness. Funds that should be used to catalyse entrepreneurs like me had dissipated. Government funding vehicles were uninterested, because hey, they have no time to do due diligence on a company asking for a million Ringgit or two. What’s the point? It takes just as much work to do the due diligence for a company asking for ten times that amount.

So I struck it out on my own. And Alhamdullillah, things have been good. In fact, they are so good our small little engine that could (it’s a tiny boutique hotel) won an award as one of Malaysia’s top bed and breakfasts within the first year of operations.

None of my achievements are because you helped me.

Yet, at every election, at every opportunity you get, you turn around and tell me how much you do for me.

Well honey, you lie.

So no, it is not just the Chinese who voted for the Opposition this time. Because you can count on at least THIS Melayu who did as well. Please stop insulting me and negating my role in your erosion of power. If you had any sense, you would realise this, and realise it quickly. And figure out how to win Malays like myself back.

But my faith in the good of your kind unfortunately does not stretch that far. And today you reaffirmed my lack of confidence in you a thousand-fold.

Keep insulting my fellow Malaysian Chinese. It will not bring me closer to you, because I do NOT count you as my people.

The Malays I am part of are a people who have for generations lived shoulder-to-shoulder with other races, because we ourselves know our own history, and accept the fact that we are a race that is borne of a meld of many others. We are a race that has itself experimented with different brands of theology, are unafraid of adapting aspects of other cultures into our own and has NEVER thrived in isolation. Unlike Japan, we do not have a history of cultural, social or economic growth that does not coincide with an era of openness, cross-border trade or cultural assimilation, be it with or without force.

If you are going to blame the Chinese for your losses, please,blame me too. And the rest of the Malaysians who did the same. We ALL did it. And yes, the entire classroom is standing up this time.

  1. #1 by bush on Thursday, 9 May 2013 - 10:01 am

    1. From Aspan Alias Blog,

    Despite the electoral fraud.The analysis has shown that PR has won in Peninsula Malaysia but lost in Sabah and Sarawak. East Malaysia stills the Fixed Deposit for BN.

    This mean that most of the ”people” from semenanjung has rejected the BN.
    Meh kita tengok satu lagi aspek keputusan PRU 13 yang melibatkan kerusi-kerusi parlimen yang diperolehi oleh BN dan Pakatan rakyat mengikut wiayah: Semenanjung Malaysia dan malaysia Timor ( Sabah & sarawak).


    Semenanjung Malaysia = 76 kerusi
    Malaysia Timor = 57 kerusi
    Jumlah = 133 kerusi

    Pakatan Rakyat

    Semenanjung Malaysia = 80 Kerusi
    Malaysia Timor = 9 kerusi
    Jumlah = 89 kerusi


    Dari tabulasi diatas 3 fakta utama yang dapat dilihat, iaitu:





    data diatas boleh diulas dari pelbagai segi mengikut selera penyokong parti mana, namun, satu fakta yang jelas – walaupun BN menggunakan pelbagai cara untuk memenangi hati rakyat di semenanjung, malah keseluuhan kempen BN bertujuan besar untuk ini, BN TELAH TEWAS DI SEMANJUNG MALAYSIA.Jadi, kelebihan undi popular yang dimenangi oleh pakatan rakyat itu bukanlah satu fakta sampingan jika dibaca bersama-sama data yang saya kemukakan diatas. Data diatas juga menunjukkan bahawa “TSUNAMI MALAYSIA” sudah berlaku dan momentumnya adalah real dan mempunyai energy yang kuat.

    Bagi memanjangkan hujahan fakta ini, terpulanglah kepada pembahas-pembahas sekalian untuk meneruskannya dari perspektif masing-masing

  2. #2 by balance88 on Thursday, 9 May 2013 - 10:35 am

    I am always appalled when people, in particular politicians, always looked at things with a racial slant. I wished for the day when we can all just call ourselves Malaysian. Whats wrong with that. The reality is we are all Malaysians.

    And politicians here must understand that they are voted in by the Rakyat. When they are voted out, they should ask themselves what more they could have done or what things could have been done better rather than being cry babies looking for blames and accusing the voters of being ungrateful. The voters do not owe them a living but they do owe the voters a living because the people voted for them. Unfortunately, our politicians seems to think that we are obligated to vote them in and they throw tantrums like a child when voted out.

    This is public life and if any politician cannot accept this, then do something else like maybe be a lecturer? Our politicians need to grow up, be more mature and accept defeat if fought under fair competition conditions, gracefully.

  3. #3 by cseng on Thursday, 9 May 2013 - 10:57 am

    Well written, very well, whoever you are, what race you are, you are truly a Malaysian we proud of.

    There were times…
    winning is not longer glorious, but dignities are!

    There were times…
    “Devils that you know” is not logger better, as goodmen rise to de-triumph the evil!

    There were times…
    People would reclaim the stolen courageous, stolen victory to restore the dignities of democracy!.

    That time is now!

  4. #4 by lee tai king (previously dagen) on Thursday, 9 May 2013 - 11:00 am

    The french are sexist. Its in their language for god’s sake. To them certain words (quite of a few of them actually) are segregated by their sex. Yes, french words do have sexual distinction.

    And what about umno? To umno some words, it can be any word and in any language, bear certain racial belonging or inclination. Like say, tsunami. This word has a certain chinese ownership. So do words like “anti-corruption” and “anti-crime” and and “good governance”.

    This is the reason why jibby jib described the recent tsunami as a chinese tsunami.

  5. #5 by iamstillhumanmsia on Thursday, 9 May 2013 - 11:15 am

    After Dr M press statement yesterday on seeking Najib to step down and “ungrateful chinese and greedy malay”, I some how had this thot … Could the true “Dhalang” behind all the past 1969 and recent political commotion is M plan?

    Najib statement meant to target Chinese but he added more flame by target both chinese and malay. Could this a attempt to repeat the 13 May incident (which is next week) & then blame it on LKS/DAP again.

    Anwar was accused of sodomized repeatly even failed miserably. Now LKS/DAP, it always the same plan again and again. Fortunately this time, ISA had been abolished.

    If some how it works, it’ll prepare a red carpet for his son to become next PM without much challenge.

    This may had been plan way ahead during his premier period to continue his legacy. If u really think about it, even he had “retired”, the power/influence of forcing replacement of PM is still there. Badawi was ask to step down … now Najib.

    Pakatan will probably need military support to turn thing around. We need a military coup like thailand did in 2006.

    Fight on … Cuba LagiLah !!!!

  6. #6 by Bigjoe on Thursday, 9 May 2013 - 12:31 pm

    The number of Malays who voted against UMNO/BN is at worst not very much less than the Chinese. But even if you find clear evidence of electoral fraud and hence the Malays may actually be MORE than the Chinese in voting against UMNO/BN, the fact of the matter is Mahathir and Najib is going to keep doing their Racist and Blaming rantings…

    The truth is the priority right now within UMNO/BN, and therefore the country, is about negotiating an agreement on what to do within themselves first. Mahathir priority is still to seal his legacy in history and to that end, he won’t allow Najib to ultimately determine the future of UMNO/BN.. What Mahathir will do is anyone’s guess but everyone in UMNO including Najib will be dancing to his drum-beat..The problem is Mahathir himself really don’t have a clue what to do which is why he is ranting and will continue to do so until he puts in place a real plan.Najib at best can only just play according to Mahathir’s drum-beat, stealing what else is left, until is over for him..

  7. #7 by SENGLANG on Thursday, 9 May 2013 - 12:35 pm

    Politic is always deceptive and full of manipulation by the politicians for their selfishness. It is also a game and the rules is not for the participants to follows but how smart for you to bent on them. The game could be dirtiest and its depend how high is the stake.

    Regardless how the politicians will play their games, the end and final score will go the people. Its is the degree how much price to pay. That is the game.

  8. #8 by sheriff singh on Thursday, 9 May 2013 - 12:39 pm

    Dear Missy.

    You must try to forgive Najib. Really. Yes. Forgive him. He was born a bit deformed – his brains, or whatever he has up there, is very compartmentalised. Maybe it was all mushed up during that unfortunate rugby game in school when he insisted on playing goalkeeper.

    He can now only count to 1. He can only see 1 colour. He likes to show off and poke his 1 finger. He thinks 1 is everything. He is however very good at alphabets and can conjure up amazing but meaningless letter combinations always with 1 in it. It is a talent he picked up drinking soup daily in England.

    He has an identity crisis however – he likes lip-stick, gloss and a dash of mascara on the side. Whether he cross dresses I really don’t know but he does wear Chinese mourning clothes to celebrate the New Year.

    To the Chinese he calls himself Ah Jib Gor. Why? they don’t know. They think he is some sort of debt collector or gang leader and is very suspicious of his shifty looks.

    Sometimes he goes jay-walking about in Little India and asks the Indians there for ‘tembikai’. He will then go sit at his usual table at the corner shop and order goat’s milk kow-kow. They humour him as they don’t want any trouble.

    He has this permanent silly blank look and smiles all the time as if he is high on some root or milk or soup.

    In short, Missy, we have a very confused and messed-up kid up there running the place dishing out everybody’s money and making empty promises thinking he’s Santa Claus. And yes, he sometimes imagine he is God although he is a card-carrying member of the ‘Devil’s’ party.

    Missy, he needs a lot of counselling. Can you help him somehow? Give him a job as a chamber-man maybe ? He can’t clean clothes or linen however, as he’s no good at Bersih, whatever version. Oh pleeeze, try and help this poor, poor hen-pecked and hara.sed man.

    Have pity on this poor kid. It is not his fault. It is always somebody else’s fault. He was Born This Way.

    God bless you.


  9. #9 by john on Thursday, 9 May 2013 - 2:35 pm

    It just full of complete FALSEHOOD whenever C4 open his mounth to claim (LIE) “victory – CHEAT” on G13. C4 is a Hippocrite without any Maruah but there again, from ALTANTUYA case he is much worst – with blood on his hand !. The RAKYAT Must bring C4 to come clean ON Altantuya ( C4 must face cross-examined in court ) as long as it remain status quo. C4,Bumno proven no Maruah at all in tarnishing the Malaysian PM office on this matter !.

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