Independence Day 2007

48 hours to 50 years of Independence !











...but race & religion still haunt Malaysia .

A six-minute rap video on YouTube that mocked Malaysia's national anthem and enraged its majority ethnic Malay community has reopened old racial wounds as Malaysia marks 50 years of independence from British rule this week, while the nation remains a split personality -- exposing worrisome racial and religious divides, and stoking fears of more tension ahead of an anticipated early general election.

Race and religion are touchy issues in multi-racial Malaysia, where Malay Muslims form about 60 percent of a population of roughly 26 million that include Hindus, Buddhists and Christians among the sizeable Indian and Chinese minorities.

MALAYSIA TRULY ASIA ?

Dubbed the "melting pot" of Asia for its potpourri of cultures ( and food ) Malaysia has long been held up as a model of peaceful co-existence among its races and religions.

The education system however remains fragmented. While Chinese parents prefer to send their children to Chinese schools, {and Indians to Indian schools} rather than the mainstream "national" schools to which Malays go , { the rich and the famous including patriotic politicians send their precious to private institutions and yes ! top foreign colleges like LSE , Nottingham U and Oxford ( not forgeting Monash too .) The polarisation continues into universities and even in the workplace, where the different races hardly mix with one another,
xcept when they lust after these delights below :




oily ooozzller char keow tuey from the Penang Chinese.....fiery Indian banana leaf rice



The wonder pyramid nasi lemak from da kampungs



A recent survey on race relations found that only 66% percent of those polled had ever had a meal like these with fellow Malaysians of other races , that also looking staidly across the tables from each other. Much of the blame lies with the political system.
The other 34 % won't even sit near each other...omg

Time for the Merdeka Super 50th Edtion Roti Canai Muhibbah next Mr backlane Mamak ?

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Malaysian PM AAB widely expected to call a general election within months, tried to soothe the growing resentment among non-Malays when he promised last week that he would be fair to all races.

Not surprisingly, internet chatrooms are abuzz with racially charged debates following the YouTube posting. { so for a change on this special occassion have
malaysiakini today for your supper ok & feel da hardcore for once } !

Merdeka !

...this has been a breaking commentary from Yahoo Malaysia
... slightly censored and mildly modified by team bsg...
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Happy Holidays ...
and please sit closer will ya ?

Comments

watever it is..lets food unite us together and celebrate merdeka!
k.t.x said…
emmmm, as long as my office is not allowed to register with the MOF and awarded a gov glam-contract, i'd spend my time sleeping late and go hv breakfast with my parents.

how i wish BKT can be our national cuisine, just like curry in UK. ok la ok la, tomyam fishhead to bind every flavor......'lah'.
lucia said…
first non food, political post of yours?

*sigh* what is there to celebrate this coming friday? nothing!
tigerfishh said…
Happy Independence Day!

Food always brings people together and sometimes integrate them.
Food blogs too!
Kelly Mahoney said…
Well Happy Independence Day. Food is love, as my mother always says.
Selamat Hari Merdeka. Love this country.
Hijackqueen said…
Wah, never know you can also can blog political stuff wor. Happy Independence day!
Cat Cat said…
Very nice blog.

Will definitely spend some time reading all your posts.
Selamat Hari Kebangsaan.

I miss my beloved country very much. Wish I was there!

Can I link you to my blog?
zorro said…
Thanks for visiting. Not all Malays condemned the YouTube rapper. Only the Malay Press and UMNO politicians. I have many Malay blogger friends who took the more reasonable view....these are the one who did make a mountain out of a ant-hill (smaller than mole-hill). You may just make a glutton out of me....will visit you to shet my appetite.....where do I get the best lamb-shank?
MeiyeN said…
sometimes it's hard to eat da "truth" .. if you know what i mean :) 50 years of independence, oh well let's not say much... Happy "Merdeka" to da teambsg! :D
haha..sensitive issue covered..yeah let the food unite all the races together
wmw said…
United we eat!
team bsg said…
koe
that is the good and bad bout our country , on the one hand floggers guzzling like heaven while our angryfied political-social bros and sis shootout like hell against some force if only we could come 2gether sometimes...the result could well be exotiplosion !

ktx
its time u have breakfast with that cute minah and that saucy letchmee soon bruder

lucia
haha at least we got each other !

tigerfish
right on , but its getting complicated. we want we should we would but wouldn't ...

kelly
yr mom's love is showing so more food from your kitchen and more cool pixs ok

ll
merdeka and happy birthday ( means u r the independence babe ) no wonder so whizzingly fresh and cool !

hijackQ
we try , since we feel the prreleasure sometimes and it can affect our appetites. Happy holidays ! Look for the bridge !or where it was

cat cat
thank you yes , plse link up we look forward to your greeneries and flowers and yes happy merdeka !

zorro
welcome... the masked one ! its great to know we still have sentimantal but tough crusaders in this trying times ! No doubt the racial landscape is complex as are the food but yes the lamb shank you should visit some of the nice blogs as linked to our site on the left. We are afterall the backstreet vultures and thats how we caught you blazing up and down !keep on zzzzzzzzzzzz !

meiyeN
ya but suppose your omnisweetness could calm some rough waters , happy holidays but try no go malacca but maybe Perak nex ok !

kbcg
yes ! we will create a CKT cum NL cum bananaLR nex

wmw
this one's your natural job since many of your kakis are from multicultures including latins
honyang said…
I actually admire the guts of Namewee to sing out this Negarakuku. True, the language used is a bit rough but at the end of day it sings out nothing but the truth about how most Chinese Malaysians and the other races see this country. Marginalisation, corruption, civil service bureaucracy, etc.

If the song is nothing but praises of Malaysia, then it is just another lame song. A lame song that is usually being sung by our Umno to deceive all Malaysians. Is Namewee song seditious? How about the keris waving incident? That was not seditious? Disrespect for Islam just because it was said that some of them were 'out of tune' when praying?

How about demolishing of those Hindu temples? Isn't that total disrespect for other religions? I hope someone from the ruling parties can enlighten me on these issues.

If the government intends to strip Namewee of his citizenship, then first strip off the citizenships of Umno members, the arrogant keris waving minister and also those who authorized the demolishing of Hindu temples.

Until I see that, I don't see any reason why we should strip off the citizenship of a young Malaysian who is frustrated with the way Malaysia turned out after 50 years of independence.
samp said…
Malay nationalists especially Umno would rather let Malaysia bankrupt than let it progress and prosperous, manage by the Chinese.

They will rather let the people and country suffer than hurting their own ego. That is the fact and this system will remain until Malaysia is bankrupt.

This country is in for very hard times and year 2020 will see the country going down the drain as an even more underdeveloped country.

The NEP is the very reason why I and many of my partners refuse to invest in Malaysia. We know this is a loss of opportunities for us but it is also a loss for Malaysia because it has lost investments and jobs creation.

For example, we start a business. We take all the risks and do all the hard work. Say, we are successful and have grown sufficiently for us to relax. We do this by listing our shares in the KLSE so that others can share in the fruits of our success.

What happens! The Umno government insists that we reserve at least 30%, for malays often, at a discounted price. What have the malays done or contributed towards the success of our company? Nothing.

They have done nothing towards it! Yet they want to take our success at a discounted price and also have two chances to get the shares. Once at the 30% reserved shares and second, at the general balloting.

Why cannot they buy our shares like all the others? No! Our feeling is that they are robbing us of our hard work and the risks taken by us. To say that this policy is to help the bumis is a lie and rubbish.

It is to enrich the Umno malays only. The poor of all races do not benefit from this at all.
fargowin said…
The truth hurts.

The Chinese or the yellow race is what brings progress. Just look at Asia……….is enough.

Whether they do it internationally or locally they will survive.

We can distinctly see the lowering of Malaysia standards of living as the percentage of Chinese in this country goes down.

In the 70s we were tops with 40 over percent of Chinese and today with only 25 percent we are far behind Singapore, Hong Kong and Korea.

Main reason is the number of such Chinese emigrating to these countries - the best ones and rich ones.

Next ten years as the percentage goes even lower, we would be nearing Indonesia or Philippines.

Meanwhile enjoy your stay and the good time.

On the whole as the Chinese spreads out throughout the world, the average standards of these will have much higher standards of living over others.
ruyom said…
We are reminding Najib and Mahathir about this, that Malaysia is not an Islamic state and it is not in a social contract.

Malay Sakai, so please tell prime minister about it. Umno has always threatened the non-malays with riots and chaos. Nobody in Malaysia has started riots and chaos except for Umno.

Umno has a deep rooted tradition of starting riots and chaos when every time they can't debate sensibly.

The social contract is there alright and many do not question it. But is the social contract followed according to the spirit or hijacked to the benefit of a few?

Just look at the number of huge projects that has failed is proof enough. Yet these are treated like normal - part of everyday happening.

Gosh……….

All the social contract talk does not hold any water, when you have people in power, namely Umno abusing their power. In fact, they are indirectly telling you, that they have the right to abuse the power. Is this fair? Of course it is unfair. You don't even need a social contract to tell you whether it is fair or not.

Social contract didn't say that Malaysia is an Islamic state. On the contrary the social contract expressly stated that Malaysia was and is not an Islamic state.

Now the deliberate misinterpretation, apparently accepted by Umno, is that Malaysia (including Sabah and Sarawak) is an Islamic state!

Sabah and Sarawak would never have joined Malaysia if they had known that Malaysia will be deemed an Islamic state.

If the social contract meant that the non-malays would merely exchange the British masters for the malay masters, they would never have agreed to join the malays for independence.

What is the difference of having the British lording over the non-malays and having the malays doing the same to the non-malays! Probably worse. At least, the British had some respect for fairness while the malays have none!

So to get independence, the malays needed the non-malays. Without the non-malays agreement, the British would not have granted independence. So, is that not also part of the social contract? It is not a one-sided malay right. The malays would not be where they are without the non-malays.
kok said…
When Umno says that you have insulted race and religion and that you are a traitor, then wear it as a badge of honour.

If Umno fascists and supremacists say that you are a traitor to the cause, then you must have done something right and that you are on the right path.

You should be really worried if Umno starts praising you and putting you on a lofty pedestal, because it means you have turned your back on everything that is positive, rational and just.
julee said…
Isn't a shame to call it Islamic when the entire Umno regime is corrupted to the core and acts with impunity as though there is no God.

I would say Kelantan is more Islamic than the entire Umno regime.

This Umno regime violates every single injunction of God.
aston said…
Country IQ (2006)

Hong Kong 108
Singapore 108
North Korea 106 (Dictatorial Regime)
South Korea 106
Japan 105
Peoples Republic of China 105 (Communism)
Republic of China 105
Italy 102
Iceland 101
Mongolia 101

Very interesting - the entire top 7 slots are occupied by yellow skins.
oversee said…
We will be celebrating our day of independence but somehow or other, that sense of joy or pride is totally absent in me, and I guess with many others too.

As usual, government leaders will be coaxing the public to be patriotic by flying our flag and yet, until today, I don't see many doing it unlike past years.

In any case, I am writing this letter with a sense of despondency that independence day has hardly raised any excitement in me anymore, and perhaps I know the reason why.

As a citizen and a non-malay, we have been branded with all sorts of names - 'pendatang', terrorists or extremists.

As a non-Muslim, I live in apprehension everyday because for some rhyme and reason best known to Umno, we have suddenly been declared an Islamic state even though our sacred Constitution states otherwise.

When we question the Islamic state declaration, we are told that if do not like it, we can get out. I am wondering what our East Malaysian brothers (Ibans, Kadazans, etc) have to say about this.

We have an Umno leader who has to go on a 'keris' wielding spree during the recent Umno general assembly. Would it not have been appropriate if Umno leaders - on the first day of their meeting - release white doves as a symbol of peace and wish all Malaysians well?

We are not getting any more united than 10 years ago. Today the racial divide has gone from bad to worse and if that is not all, religious divide has also encroached into our way of life.

It is such a big let down knowing that I am not even considered a part of the Malaysian community on this auspicious day.

One thing I am looking forward to this independence day is to sleep late, have a good rest and be ready to toil again after Aug 31 just so to put food on the table for my family.
team bsg said…
honyang
what u have mentioned I do believe ppl on the ground feels ( probably worse ) and is to be expected when one feels unashamely marginalised( per NEP ) so obviously. This racial thing has a high corelation to the political landscape and smacks plenty of hypocricy may have nothing to do with religion per se

samp
its obvious when there is interference with normal economics then the output will be distorted so foreign or other investors being business ppl will look for safe invesment and highest returns. A hidden agenda or ulterior motive such as the NEP will of course give rise to abuses where the ppl in power will stop at nothing to achieve their own selfish ends ! Who cares about the others ! The poor as u say will become poorer since they are inherently weaker ( or is it more righteous ? )

fargowin
there has been many statistics of late showing the drastic relative slide of Malaysia's per capita etc vis a vis neighbours which is clearly a direct result of distorting of meritocracy and abuse of plain economics

ruyom
the wild posturing of politicians of late signals a major confrontation is at hand so we can expect more grandstanding and waving of crooked metals. We see a looming leadership crisis where there is no clear 2nd or 3rd strongmen at the 1/2 past 6 political stage. All are perceived as emminently corruptible with shady tracks stuck on their asses while those at the backrows are nowhere to be seen nor heard. We believe the country is approaching some kind or crisis where the public perception of those entrusted to do their jobs are scrambling for the fast fading remaining padis ( not yet devoured by rats ) with wanton disdain to all and sundry. Comparing with British ? Maube we could have a computer similation !

kok
obviously UMNO is feeling the heat and manually piloting their leftover grains now that their chosen autopilot head seems to be quite dislocated with err... is it goats ah ?

julee
the UMNOrians are mixing up race , religion and politics as a mamak rojak with too much gravy. sure we won't touch them even for free

aston
that has been true for sometime now we believe. Some say chopticks has something to do with it ? but then we have India !

oversee
we will be the first to tell you racial integration is a farce and for show , only on official parades ( charades ) ! maybe religions just don't mix unlike rojak.. A lot of this has to do with personal greed and ambitons and nothing to do with the community , race , religion or ??? really. Back to basics actually where take all and leave nothing behind. Who cares ! its sad but the truth and is quite human nature except when we have a very clear principled superleader ( but hes not here yet ). Maybe later ?
fatboybakes said…
wow, what an uncharacteristic team bsg post. I guess we are quite united by food lar.
team bsg said…
fbb
hahaha so you noticed ! its good to let go some hot steam now and then...just can't avoid it we guess !