Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Red Rally and what it achieved

 The Red rally or Himpuan Rakyat Bersatu held today by Malay NGOs was a big let-down for peace loving and patriotic citizens, including the Malays at large, who I am sure would have felt ashamed and insulted by such meaningless protest.

They say they are fighting for Malay rights, but what is there to fight for when their rights are fully granted by the government that is predominantly Malay? Who is disputing their rights?
It looked stupid of them to take to the streets shouting abuses against fellow citizens of another race that has contributed so much and continuing to do so to the development of the nation. To me their action is totally insane and illogical.

Worse still it has to take place on such an auspicious day for the nation and the people, the 52nd Malaysia Day, a day when we should be celebrating our unity not shouting abuses against our own fellow citizens whom we have worked together hand in hand for over 6 decades.

No one race can be attributed sole to the success of our nation as everyone has done his/her part to elevate the nation to what it is today. Yes, every Ahmad, Ah Kow and Muniandy has contributed to the well-being of our nation and has a legitimate share in the good and bad of our country. No one race alone can do that and if this continues, the future of the country will be doomed.

It was reassuring to know that only about 40,000 Malays took to the streets on Malaysia Day, despite Umno boasting of having over 3 million members. In fact this is a failed rally achieving nothing but meant just to protect the weaknesses of their leaders, who are under probe for major misappropriation of funds.

It is sad and painful that as ordinary tax paying citizens we have to helplessly watch in the side lines as the country is being ruined by misrule and abuse of power. However as the saying goes and history has proven, truth may seem to be silent for now but it will always triumph in the end.

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall, always” - Mahatma Gandhi

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Malaysia Day 2015 – biggest challenge to unity

As we celebrate our Malaysia Day, a day of unity, we are being confronted with the biggest challenge to that unity. On that day thousands of Malays in red shirts are to take to the streets to protest the rally by Bersih 2 weeks earlier that called for greater democracy, fair and clean elections, freedom to dissent and most significant to demand the resignation of the Prime Minister due to the numerous scandals surrounding him and his government. 

While the rally by the red shirts may be their democratic right but their aims to counter the Bersih which they claim is Chinese - controlled is uncalled for at this time of great racial and religious divide. The least we need now is a rally of one race against another which is dangerous in a multiracial nation. After all the present generation, regardless of our race, we are all Malaysians, with common identity. goals and origin. 

It is unfortunate that such feelings are being aroused at a time when the PM and Umno President  is incriminated in major financial scandals involving billions of ringgit and abuse of his power to stop a fair and independent investigation into the alleged misappropriations. All the people want is greater accountability and transparency in his dealings and that of his government. 

What we need now is not a rally by one race against another but a rally by all Malaysians against corruption, abuse of power and racism. This is what Malaysia day should be all about, uniting against the abuses and wrongs in the country. 

As ordinary peace-loving citizens we are extremely anxious, disturbed and upset by the red shirt rally tomorrow, an auspicious day for all Malaysians as we celebrate the formation of Malaysia. Let us not say or do anything  to aggravate the situation further but remain calm and pray for our nation, that our leaders will see the wisdom of forging closer harmony and goodwill among one another and not further divide our already polarised communities.We must unite against all forms racism if we want to progress as a nation.This is not an option but an obligation for each one us.

May God bless our nation. its leaders and its people with wisdom, peace and unity 


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