The recent HardTalk episode of Syed Hamid Albar and Sarah Montague has recieved mixed reviews. I have been observing other socio political blogs and for some reason after reading a few it gave me a foul aftertaste.
I got an anonymous comment on my entry on the matter. Let me just post the whole thing here for the convenience of my dear readers...
Don’t agree with your analysis. Those in the know can vouch that Syed Hamid was lying through his teeth to get out of the corner.
“Malaysia allows inter faith conversions. They just have to go through the processes.” Reality: This in nothing further from the truth especially when if comes to conversions out from Islam.
“Lina Joy wanted to change her name on her ID and this is not allowed.” Reality : Lina Joy applied to have her religion recorded in her ID changed from ‘Islam’ to ‘Christian’. She did not apply to have her name changed.
“All the races in Malaysia are happy with the race relations right now” Reality: Need I say more?????
“Ethnic Indians are richer than Malays” Reality: Most Indians have remained as labourers and working in plantations all these 50 years as if time had stood still.
Please do not be too hasty to interpret his composure for the truth. Some people are capable to put up a straight face especially those that have so much experience in deceiving their own countrymen.
Clearly this is an opinion and everyone who is anyone is entitled to it no doubt. However a rebuttal on that opinion is also just. This is my take on the Minister's predicament (Non-nationalist need not read this part).
A minister represents every citizen in the country that the minister serves under. So as representative to all us Malaysians I think he has done exactly that. Protecting our internal issues from being dissected by some pale man or woman from a country that is thousands of miles away that has no inkling what sambal belacan tastes like.
For some apparent reason the point that this minister said on a few counts that "Yes, we do have problems" puts everything clearly already. Not all 25 million citizens of Malaysia are happy. That is impossible. But we do work out differences in ways that most Nations can just dream of.
From Ghostline I fished out the last line of a posting about this interview..."Excuse me while I check the Constitution to see if there’s anything to prevent us from importing Sarah Montague as our Prime Minister!" May I ask what nonsense is that? With all due respect if more and more of us starts thinking this way we can and shall be colonized again. Now that deal is simply hard to digest and the struggles for the past 50 years would simply be wasted. I am sorry Ghostline...you can check the constitution right down to the last super script. I doubt you can find anything that will make your ridiculous idea come true.
What I see from the BBC interview is that Syed Hamid Albar simply did what he had to do in order to save all our faces and stating that no foreigner can or should ever meddle in our country's affairs. Opinions can be said but still it will never be put into any substantial account since Non-citizens can never have any rights in any country for that matter.
But indeed it is sad to really find some individuals who play the racial issues to a hilt and cock a gun to prove a point. It is also sad to know that there are amongst us that thinks that we would be better off allowing a foreigner to head the administration of our country. If this is a sellout....I say we shall all be naked to the bone somewhat akin to selling our souls to the devil.
If Malaysia were to fall to a foreign power expect to see me in the front lines aiming head shots and skinning balls and skulls of the foreigners and traitors.