From the SUN
, page 10 (Wed, 16 May 2007):-
Chinese are patriotic and loyal: Najib
Press Digest by Kong See Hoh
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak says he believes the Chinese in the country are patriotic but are not good at showing it.
He said there was no doubting the Chinese's loyalty for the country, but stressed that they must know how to express it, such as by taking part in various government-sponsored activities and celebrations.
... Asked for his comments on the criticisms every now and then by certain politicians, and even ministers, that Chinese are not patriotic, Najib said Barisan Nasional leaders no longer harbour such thinking.
He said he has many Chinese friends and gets along well with the Chinese.
On unity, the deputy prime minister said Malaysians now are more united than they were 50 years ago. There is also more interaction among the races now than before, he said.
He said nowadays, the emphasis is not on the differences among the races because when Malaysians make friends with fellow Malaysians they do not see whether the other party is Malay, Chinese or Indian; rather they look at their character and personalities.
"We look at (other people's) personal qualities, more than (their) skin colour or religious beliefs."
... (Blogger's emphasis in bold.)
days to go before our country celebrates 50 years of Merdeka.
Timely reminder to take the Jalur Gemilang
out from the back of the closet, give it a good wash and prepare to wave it
before another round of "threats" start coming your way to do your patriotic duty.
It happens every year, and this year is not going to be the exception, more so because some people feel so emotional about the half-century mark.
Frankly, how much does it cost to get the elephant off your backs, huh? I mean, they don't really care if you mean it, just DO it!
And, Najib is trying hard to be politically correct in his speech targetted at the Chinese community.
But he is really telling the truth about how unity is so shallowly defined in the Malaysian context, especially what is demanded of you from the Barisan Nasional government.
When you take the economics and politics out of it, Malaysians are great with each other, just as they are warm and friendly to a non-Malaysian who seeks their hand in friendship.
It only gets ugly when the economic pie is up for grabs.
When elections are round the corner and votes need to be secured by hook or by crook.
When economic and politicial survival of a dominant group necessitates the trumpeting of communal cries for individual agendas not necessarily conducive to national unity in the long run. Heck, some of those demands are even suicidal to the long term survival and competitiveness of their people.
But who cares, right?
Being shallow is not a sin.
Being stupid and incorrigible is nothing to be ashamed of. Being mediocre can get you far in this country that rely on dubious standards to measure achievements and success.
Despite coming close to 50 years of Merdeka, we have not achieved much progress in demanding higher standards for ourselves and our country.
Maybe it is time to activate a National Agenda for all Malaysians to take a good hard look at ourselves and start preparing for something that is truly worth celebrating 50 years from now.
Labels: BN politics, Unity