Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Sometimes I Hate Being Chinese

The current trend of racialising election results is extremely worrying. 

  • PM Najib: "Elections results... due to a Chinese tsunami."
  • Utusan Malaysia headlines: "Apa lagi Cina mahu?" (What more do the Chinese want?
  • Mohd Ali Rustam, ex-Melaka MB: "The Chinese are ungrateful and racist!"
  • Papagomo, influential pro-BN blogger also today called the Chinese ungrateful, implying Chinese should go back to China. A reader whose comment was liked by many also commented that the Chinese should be slaughtered like pigs.

The truth is that statistics show that the urban Malay vote also experienced a huge shift to PR, and since PR actually won the popular vote, 3.1 million of those votes were actually Malay.

A Malay friend of mine actually messaged me to apologise on behalf of the Malay community. I told him there is absolutely no need to apologise. Unlike some people in power, I know better than to stereotype people based on the color of their skin. Unlike some people in power, I know better than to emulate Hitler and condemn a whole ethnicity. And unlike some people in power, I know Malaysia, now more than ever, needs unity.

Sometimes I can't help but hate being Chinese. Why can't I just be Malaysian?

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