Tuesday, January 02, 2007

The sheathed keris comes a-courting

From the STAR, page N24 (2 Jan 2007):-

Unique Aspect of Education
Hisham: Differences an advantage

The presence of different types of schools is a unique feature of the country, which gives it a comparative advantage, says Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Tun Hussein.

In making his point in an exclusive interview with Nanyang Siang Pau, he said the Government would continue to preserve and protect this aspect of the education system through the National Education Blueprint.

"People should not regard the various types of schools in the country as a hurdle to be cleared," he said. "After all, this is not a zero-sum game because multiculturalism is an added advantage and a strength for the country."

Hishamuddin also noted that the existing situation in the country reflected the freedom allowed for the development of vernacular schools as well as other types of schools.

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Ever heard of the Cantonese saying, "Kin yan kong yan wa, kin kuai kong kuai wa"? (Literally translated to: Speaking the language of man in front of man, and speaking the language of the devil in front of the devil.)

Methinks this is a clear sign that the wheels are being greased for the next general election.

And the courting and wooing of the Chinese community is given serious attention, starting with MCA declaring itself the voice of the Chinese. (The Star, page N4, 2 Jan 2007)

MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said, " Whether the MCA is prepared for the election or not is not the main concern, it should be whether the MCA is at all times relevant, effective and trustworthy in the eyes of the general public and community. "

I agree.

I wonder following the events of 2006, how many voters now feel that MCA is but a shameful excuse of a party representing the Chinese community in Barisan Nasional?

That extremism (be it racial or religious) is tolerated by the party leadership speaks volumes about where the weight of political power rests in reality - making MCA, MIC and all the other parties representing minority interests a big joke, relevant, effective and trustworthy only during election year.

Haven't we heard it all before? Are we being conditioned to be cynical because well, our politicians have always adhered to the motto "Cakap Tak Serupa Bikin" right across the board?

2007 could well be the year when the keris is kept well-sheathed to avoid any untoward incidents which may result in self-inflicted fatal injuries.

And I for one will be glad. Frankly, the creepy sight of that misai-man with mouth gaping and keris in hand isn't exactly something I enjoyed looking at.




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3 Comments:

Blogger Maverick SM said...

Ya, a lot of hardwork now to win back the confidence of the other races.

3/1/07 07:53  
Blogger PabloPabla said...

I ain't gonna be tipued this time ;)

3/1/07 09:17  
Blogger freelunch2020 said...

i am convinced that all these old generation guys will never break free from their race-tinted glasses.

why can't OKT say something less racist like MCA is the voice of Malaysians?

or is it cos we are kaum pendatang, we cannot be the voice of the bumiputera?

back to, only a chinese can understand my problems ah? also, i cannot read chinese ..so how????

BODOH punya politikus!!!! apa hal banjir tidaklah membawa mereka ke tempat lain....like indonesia...

p.s found your blog somewhere on someones' linklist.

6/1/07 22:03  

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