Picture from sobnation.
I believe it’s really difficult for Malaysians to go beyond racial lines of thinking. This is evident in Malaysiakini’s top news headline: Selangor Exco: 5 non-Malay, 2 Women.
While I appreciate the historical context of it (as government executive posts were often dominated by Malays under BN), I don’t see the relevance in making a bis fuss about it, and highlighting the racial slant. Perhaps, it is the terminology ‘non-Malays’, which bothers me.
Selangor’s 10-member state executive council looks likely to open a new historical chapter with half of its line-up being non-Malays. It is understood that PKR have been allocated four exco positions in which two members – Dr Xavier Jayakumar (Seri Andalas) and Elizabeth Wong (Bukit Lanjan) – are non-Malays. Three more non-Malays in the list are Ronnie Liu (Pandamaran), Teresa Kok (Kinrara) and Ean Yong Hian Hua (Seri Kembangan) from DAP.
Hey, paper, all the above mentioned are Malaysians!
When do we stop identifying each other by race? The media should be pioneer in guiding a new train of thought. Especially an ‘independent’ media.
To me, Xavier, Elizabeth, Ronnie, Teresa and Ean (who I haven’t met) are all Malaysians. And the sooner we start thinking that they are, the better!
It’s not useful to go on perpetuating the racist slant and the racist mind. To me, the better word to use is ‘minorities’.
“Selangor Exco – more voices for minorities?” – would have been a really nice headline. It would have indicated the real issue at hand. That indeed, we are lacking of minority voices in the state assembly and Parliament.
But I am not the editor, eh.
Indeed, the question to ask is: what about political representation for the ‘Orang Asal’ or indigenous people in Selangor. How about this group of citizens, who have lived longer on this Malaysian soil than any of us Melayus, Cina or Indians. I believe they are many of them in Selangor as well.
Truth is, we do not lack Malay, Chinese, or Indian voices. We lack Malaysian voices! We lack voices who speak for Malaysians as a whole. And really, the sooner we realise this, the better!
Ps. Raja Petra says it better here in his article: Ugly Malaysians
Look at Malaysiakini’s latest report on the Selangor State EXCO line-up. Malaysiakini reported that out of the ten EXCO Members, six are going to be non-Malays and four of them women. Who the hell cares whether six are non-Malays and four are women? Are these people being chosen to run the state because of their race and gender? Should they not be chosen because of their qualifications and capabilities? Who are these six non-Malays and four women anyway? Are they the best of the lot? Will they outperform and outshine the previous Khir Toyo administration? Are we going to see Selangor grow and prosper by leaps and bounds? Is Selangor going to be paradise on earth?