Sunday, September 6, 2009

Umno loves Indonesia...please come and make our country yours!

Please read the article below by Tunku Abdul Aziz:
Indonesia, we are not your whipping boy
The Javanese have done it again. They have burned our national flag.
Many years ago, I was interviewed in London by BBC Radio 2 as part of a series on the great languages of the world. I was asked about some significant differences between Bahasa Indonesia and our own Bahasa Melayu. I feigned ignorance about the existence of a language called Bahasa Indonesia. I said what Indonesia claimed as its language is really Bahasa Melayu.
They had no choice but to use Bahasa Melayu, the lingua franca of the Malay world to communicate among themselves because they never had a common language to begin with. Malay is undoubtedly the basis of their language. So, if we do what they in Indonesia do so well, we should be burning their flag every day because they have purloined our national language.
An excessive display of nationalistic zeal is generally considered "ugly" in civilised societies. The Indonesians by their actions have reduced themselves into sad figures of ridicule and fun. Their claim, and not for the first time, that we have infringed their "cultural copyrights" is totally absurd. They now have got it into their heads that we should stop singing our national anthem because the tune was Indonesian. What else next? Stop eating satay and wearing kain batik because these are Indonesian?
I remember the time when Indonesia took it upon themselves to rename the Indian Ocean as the Indonesian Ocean, and had the new name put on their official map. The Indians demurred, and Sukarno the regional bully boy realised that it was not such a clever thing to do after all.
Last year we had Wahyu Susilo of Migrant Care, an influential labour organisation telling us "We also want Malaysia to legalise illegal workers and not simply deport them home." Then, again last year we were reminded by Indonesian lawmakers that Malaysia-Indonesia relations were "at their worst since Sukarno's days of Konfrontasi in the sixties."
The reference to Konfrontasi is mischievous in the circumstances. It was a attempt to stampede us into submitting to their will. Indonesians should want to forget that disastrously miscalculated adventure which ended with a bloody nose for their country. On the positive side, it brought to an end the reign of the megalomaniac Sukarno only to be replaced by the rapacious Suharto. Perhaps we had a match in our own country, and we should not gloat over it too much. As a matter of interest, even the normally calm and staid Najib when Deputy Prime Minister was moved to refer to Malaysia as the "Whipping Boy" of the Indonesian media whenever they felt they had a grievance, real or imagined, against us.
I mention all this as a way of reminding ourselves that history provides important lessons for us all. Patterns of political behaviour are often deeply entrenched in the consciousness of a nation, and in the case of our big and unwieldy neighbour, this phenomenon is more marked than is good for them. We want to continue to maintain good neighbour relations with Indonesia, but Indonesia must remember that we are not a client state, and there is a limit to how far we are prepared to go to be nice. We have to think about protecting our national security interests and not putting them at risk. After all, our responsibility is to our own people, first and last.
I recall vividly the burning of our flag in 2002 in Jakarta, that very violent capital of Indonesia. Dr. Mahathir, the then Prime Minister responded in a statesman-like manner to the crude officially orchestrated provocation in which the petulant Speaker of the People's Consultative Council, Amein Rais played a big role. So, in the most recent incident, we were yet again treated to a pattern of behaviour that seems to have been well integrated into the great Indonesian cultural psyche, and that is part of their culture they can keep without any fear of copyright infringement by Malaysia.
It is obviously difficult for us to engage such a volatile country without causing offence and endless misunderstandings, but we must show patience and wisdom and do all we can to keep the relations on an even keel. Indonesia is still a country in transition and has yet to find its own realistic level in international relations. It seems to lack the confidence of a potentially rich and credible nation, and therefore occupies its time in the luxury of blaming others when things do not go their way. I suppose they will now want to take back all their nearly two million nationals, both legal and mostly illegal, working hard, and robbing hard, to keep body and soul together.
We are not your whipping boy. Grow up Indonesia!
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You and I are aware of that for the sake of further strengthening Malays numerical superiority in Malaysia, those people in Umno who have the streak of recklessness have began their seemingly unselfish policy of "freely" giving citizenship to largely unskilled/uneducated workers from Indonesia, and if you compare the citizenships granted to Chinese and Indians in 1955., there were only 1 million in total. Nevertheless, since 1955, at least 6 million Indonesian have been granted citizenships, Khir Toyo's father only came to Malaysia in 1940s (FYI, as a peranakan, my ancestors came to Melaka in 1780s, almost 300 years earlier than Mahathir's Indian father).
I personally have no problem with granting citizenship to Indonesians as our country is doing so to provide a better future for their children and our country can become their "Promised Land", however, what I can't tolerate is that even after they've become "imported" bumiputras, they are still supporting "Indonesia team" and some of them even booed Malaysia team in our National Stadium in 1992 Thomas Cup badminton final between Indonesia and Malaysia!
I am writing to Umno to consider "import" Malays from Fiji, South Africa, Christmas Island, the Philippines because these Indonesia immigrants are not grateful and mudah lupa (easily forget)...they've come to this country to be immediately upgraded to "BUMIPUTRA"- (the prince of the soil) whereas in Indonesia they could be the most insignificant "the dust of soil". As "IMPORTED" Bumiputra, they are given the fair opportunity to openly share my 100% local-born pure Malay Bumiputra neighbours' rights and privileges, no wonder my 100% pure Malay Bumiputra neighbours are complaining that they're getting lesser and lesser... and now Umno, being the most cunning, points their dirty middle finger at Chinese Malaysians and accuses them of "stealing" too much so Bumiputra are still getting lesser and lesser, without realizing that Chinese have been the main contributors towards economic stability so much so Umno can attract "imported" bumiputra to come to this country...
Hello Umno, why not ship in another 30 million "imported" bumiputras from Indonesia, and see for yourself who are actually stealing your wealth? And see for yourself 30 years down the road what kind of Malaysia you will get...
Or merge with Indonesia then you can have at least 99% all-Muslims constituencies and finally put all the historical mistakes behind and realize the great dream of "MALAY UNITED KINGDOM"?? And see for yourself how much the Indonesians will respect the Sultans....
If Malaysia will be better off, JUST DO IT!
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Do blame me if your daughters have to be maid in Singapore...

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