I am no science buff but remember reading about putting frogs in cold water
and then slowly putting the water to boil.The frogs (unlike the Perak
species) will die as they will be unaware of the change in temperature that will ultimately prove fatal.
Dear Malaysian brethren of whatever ilk - we will suffer the same fate
as the innocent frogs if we let the country spiral to another Iran or
I am - in today's parlance - a 3rd generation pendatang (immigrant).
Lets call it GENPENTIGA - Generasi Pendatang Tiga. I suppose it can't be
that bad when a GENPENDUA became PM for 22 years. But then he
metamorphosed into a Malay and cut his Indian roots - only to go back to
Kerala recently to see if there were any offshoots, I suppose, or
perhaps some trait of mortality dictated that he visit his roots in his
I look at my children GENPEMPAT - Generasi Pendatang Empat and wonder
what place they have left under our sun. Should I leave them in the
water where they are comfortable or kick them out of their 'comfort
water'? Old frogs like me might as well die in the Malaysian water
anyway - we are fast reaching our 'sell by' date.
I would like to share, if I may,
some developments and events that have brought me to this juncture and
by doing so, hope that the GENPEMPAT open their eyes wider and see
beyond what meets the eye. These are in no order of priority - but
illustrate the point to me nonetheless.
I am no East Malaysian but I remember how he perished in a plane crash
with a few others. What if his plane was sabotaged? What would have been
if this did not happen? Would Sabah be the same as it is today - with
millions of new Malaysians? Would he have stood up to the shenanigans in
KL? Would Sabah be 1 / 4 partner
in Malaysia together with the Malaya , Singapore and Sarawak instead of
being colonised into 1 / 13 and be submissive to Putrajaya ? Would
Malaysia be the same today?
What played out in the 'transfer' back to BN control opened my eyes as
to what could happen on a Federal level. If the elected Speaker can be
literally dragged out of his seat, what is there to suggest they can't
drag you out of your house? Remember, you are a PENDATANG. Of course,
his replacement could not be a Malay so they had to get another
PENDATANG to be the puppet - to try and even the score. The new MB is
also a PENDATANG but he has the right qualification as PM GENPENDUA -
if you get my drift.
The goings on currently in Selangor mirror
Perak to some degree. The previous MB - also a GENPENDUA but with the
deemed suitable qualifications ran the administration like a bandit in
Java but still has not been brought to the 14th floor in Shah Alam to
coerce some information from him about how he managed to have such a
successful dental practice to be able to own a palace bigger than what
he could have seen in Java.
Teoh Beng Hock
Pendatangs beware. If your children are getting married soon, even the next
day, keep them under 'house arrest' for their own safety. Every time my
kids go out, we worry till they are back safe. If you work for the
'wrong' boss, it could cost you your life. But then, if you work for the
'right' boss, you may save your life and yet lose your soul. So
PENDATANGS, choose between your life and your soul.
I ask myself, if the same fate would have been met if it was someone
with a fairer complexion or at least the same 'qualification' as the
ex-MB of the same state in which he died. Kugan and his type are today
seen as an 'inconvenience', pests, scroungers and lately even christened
'pariahs'. I suspect Kugan had deeper roots in Malaysia than the ex-MB.
Whatever wrong he may have done, the video
clips of his relatives barging into the mortuary and the outpouring of
anguish left a lasting impression. In the same vein, when one of my
staff was killed in a motor accident,
the records at the mortuary showed that the cause of death was 'MABUK'.
He was a teetotaller. On my insistence and with the timely arrival of
the foreign pathologist who was employed there, the records were
corrected. Just because he was of Indian origin, it was felt apt to put
In the school that I went to (VI), we were taught history only till Form
3 - unless you did Arts in Forms 4 & 5. My children were both
Science stream students till Form 5 but they had to do History. I had a
peek at their textbooks - seems like History has changed a fair bit.
They are fed rubbish, to put it mildly. It is HIS STORY
as told and imagined by a few bigots. My daughter's book had an image
of a Sikh with a turban - but with the description Orang Bengali!. Don't
they know that Bengalis are from Bengal and Sikhs are Punjabis - from
I suppose this is is to be expected when many wear the mantle of 'Malay'
despite coming from all corners of Asia - they have tried to lose trace
of where they originate. Turks, Arabs, Chinese, Indians, Pakistanis,
Bangladeshis, Cambodians,Thais are all re-badged? Malays. We now await
the Africans, Caucasians and Eskimos to join ranks and be members of
UMNO Baru. A relative of Obama might yet lead Malaysia .
SPM Answer Scripts (I laugh so loud on this...)
When my children sat for their SPM examinations a few years ago, they
had to tick a box to indicate if they were Muslim or not. Was it because
they were in need of divine intervention in the event they are not
Muslim? Or were the scripts marked according to whether they were halal
It is widely accepted that the successor to the HSC - the STPM, is a
tough examination. But stroll into an STPM class and you will observe
that the Bumi students are conspicuously less. They are doing
matriculation which we are led to believe is on par with STPM for entry
to local universities.
GENPEMPAT are likewise conspicuously less in matriculation courses. The
intakes to universities are then claimed to be on merit - despite being
based on different examinations. With all this, how does one unify a
The very fact that there is an attempt to copyright this word shows
acute insecurity. In Pakistan , I was greeted with 'Assalammulaikum'
during my work visits there. To them, it was just being polite and
civil. Here, it becomes 'confusing' and threatening. The fact that the
Catholic church won a High Court case in this matter only to have it
appealed with no hearing date in sight illustrates the insecurity and
illuminates the deceit of the authorities.
When they joined to form MALAYSIA , little did they realise that this
majority Christian state was going to be swamped by aliens to the extent
that the aliens outnumber the natives. The flushing in of these aliens
over a concentrated period of time had a very sinister motive.
Pendatangs should always be conscious of this. In Malay I call it NIAT
JAHAT. The parallel that comes to mind for me is Ali Jinnah and his
actions in carving out Pakistan (history as I learned many,many years
after leaving school) from pre-independence India . Till today, Pakistan
knows no peace for a sustained time.
The man in the street seeks justice on earth in the courts. Our judicial
system simply fails the test on perception alone. Our history books as
they stand are not going to record how this institution degenerated into
the sewers by the actions of 1 man principally. The AG has an image
problem (and I am not referring to his face). The CJ is supposed to be
on record as having admitted to bribing clerks or junior staff to get
things moving during his time as a lawyer. Add to that he was an UMNO member. Pendatang - do you see the writing on the wall?
Scaling Mt Everest
2 of the mountaineers who reached the summit were of Indian origin.
Rumour has it that the premier at the time was dismayed that the leader
couldn't be there instead due to blisters on his feet. The injured
leader however, never begrudged them and shared in the joy of the
conquest. One of the 2 has since died and his widow is still bewildered
over the snatching of his body on claims that her husband had 'masuk
Islam'. Pendatang, when you die, your wife may be subject to so many
hassles you wonder if it was worth conquering Everest. Your carcass is
more important than your conquest.
(I use the term 'carcass' deliberately.)
Jail for Lim Guan Eng
This Pendatang is now a Chief Minister and doing a damn good job - in
between ducking attacks form Utusan and Umno and their stooges. But
remember he went to jail for speaking up for a victim of rape. From a
perverse point of view, was it because he was a Pendatang and the
alleged perpetrator was not? Pity there wasn't Wikileaks then.
Cow head Incident
Blatant, flagrant, insulting. But not as dangerous as a candlelight
vigil with women taking part. Whilst the cow's head went on display in
Shah Alam, the Home Minister went on display to show the cow brains over
television. That the police allowed them to bring it all the way to the
MB's office gate shows their partiality as far as I am concerned. Mark
this episode, Pendatangs.
Malaysia 's own fifth column. Just observe how they move about like
uniformed thugs - especially raiding foreign workers' quarters. They are
just insecure bullies garbed in state sponsored uniforms. Many are not
in it for love of country. More for love of money - from extortions.
Close parallel to what exists in Iran . Ideal source for extra judicial
activities - so Pendatangs, be wary. Also 'progressive/liberal/moderate
Muslims need to be aware. Again, just like what happened over the years
in Iran and Pakistan.
A car I have vowed never to buy - for what it represents. Aggregate all
the money to protect this deity, we could have used the same to fund a
decent public transport system in the country. Like others taken for a
ride, I beamed with 'pride' when the first car was launched. Now, it has
become a mirror of the NEP implementation - overpriced,
under-performing, waste of resources. I suspect the hidden agenda
behind this project was to have a HALAL car.
My Muslim friends tell me that Buka Puasa is a time to have a simple
meal to break the fast. What we are having on display is an orgy of
gluttony. Tables in hotels overflow onto passageways and corridors for
this time of year. And many a time, the host of a table is a Pendatang.
The guests come sometimes shamelessly comparing the offerings at
different hotels in front of their paying hosts. Is there any meaning
left in this supposedly holy month?
The person clinging to power in the Ivory Coast - at great cost to his
country - is giving us a taste of what can happen in Malaysia . Please
pay attention to what Laurent Gbagbo does. The same ingredients are
here. UMNO will take heart from him, from the Burmese Junta, from
Mahinda Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka , from Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe . For
Ibrahim Ali, these are angels sent from heaven and will be given
honorary PERKASA membership.
Legacy of Mahathir
There is no denying his intellect. Unfortunately, I will remember him as
the person who singularly destroyed what Malaysia was to me. No need to
elucidate - it is there for all to see.
The Malaysia as I knew and loved is no more. It died a slow death after
battling cancer for 22 years but is there hope for resurrection in the
horizon - not for me but for GENPEMPAT?