Helen was lamenting that we rely on who we want to believe and thus we will not be fair and objective. I think its a fair write. I have called for an objective media than the rubbish MSM and AM we have now but won’t elaborate any more. But thought to record down my comments for future reference. Its incomplete as I still need to develop the UMNO prognosis as well as how to move ahead.
What we are seeing now is a reaction of both polarities. I expect going forward it’ll get worse. Why? Its the Internet and the liberal values we’re adapting to. I was reading Times the other day and do think the current fissure is in a great part due to the advent of Internet/social media. We used to be circumspect and keep things private. Now everyone think they own the world, becoming more nacarcisstic and have no inkling that what they do have a reaction. They are reality tv ready thinking that others want to see them.
So what’s happening now is everyone posts thoughts and views as to what they think it should be. Being abusive or vulgar are not an issue. Being racist and highly aggressive are not an issue as well.
So the advent of Internet has opened the pandora box on being racial. The non Malays are becoming more assertive. This to me is an expected reaction and to a large extent its acceptable . But then I think DAP pushed it too far left when they pushed the Malaysian first agenda cloaking the Chinese interest. Suddenly everyone becomes racist and they become the saint. The pru 13 thus showed the true colours.
So what we’re seeing is a reaction from the right. The Malays will be more and more assertive and consequently the non Malays (generally the Chinese) too. Both have and will become hyper sensitive. This does not bid well. The Chinese is epitomized by dAP and Malay ( to a lesser degree) UMNO. Issues of race and religion will become more and more prominent and these parties becoming more racial in outlook.
What should we do in moving forward? We should adopt what we have done in the past. We recognise each other differences and compromise. We acknowledge we live together and thus be sensitive and emphathize with the other. That’s what we should do.
But to do this, DAP must stop the hypocrisy that they fight for all malaysians in particular the Malays. No Malay sees that except the syok sendiri DAP supporters. Mca is too weak now.
We must admit that we are racial in our everyday life. Issues after issues come from a deepening sense of racial character. DAP must recognise this. DAP Chinese must recognise that they don’t fight for the Malays and thus stop proclaiming they’re Malaysians more than Malays when they’re the same. And by all means stop this racist accusation.
Why must DAP do this? Because de facto they are the current Chinese standard bearer. Because by doing so then we all can come for a compromise. How? Ill write later as this is too long. But if they don’t do, there’s no more meaningful discussion. We will have Umno (and in fact PAS also) moving more to the right with race and religion and DAP moving to the left with Malaysian first concept cloaking the ethnic interest. With DAP’s insistence that they are not racial when they are, how are we to meet in mid point. This believe in high moral standing and accusing others racist, will never see the need for DAP to compromise.
Until then we are doomed into deeper polarization.