‘Balik China’ issue: Ridhuan Tee wants action on non-BM speakers
By Sharifuddin A. Latiff
How time flies… It feels like only yesterday that the Icker-Tee ruined my Raya.
One year down the road, and here he goes again with his ‘Apabila agenda kaum diutamakan’.
In his Utusan column today — which you can also read at ridhuantee.blogspot.com — he rips into the “species” for whom the ‘race agenda’ is paramount. No, he’s not referring to the Malays.
Ridhuan writes that it’s not surprising the police officer could have told off ‘go back to China‘ (directed at the 51-year-old woman snatch theft victim who went to his station to make her police report). It must have been the policeman’s long pent-up frustration with regard to Malaysians who can’t speak the national language, Ridhuan makes the excuse for his behaviour.
He blames vernacular schools for Malaysians being unable to speak the national language.
He complains that 70 percent of those visited by the census officers recently who failed to cooperate were Chinese because they’re unable to speak Malay.
“[In other countries] A basic problem such as national language would have long been settled. It is enforced by law. Whosoever fails to comply is sent back. This stern action is clearly fruitful. But not us [in Malaysia]. We’ve been too soft until the very people we’ve been so kind to is stepping on our head.”
(Masalah asas seperti isu bahasa kebangsaan telah lama selesai. Ia dikuatkuasakan melalui undang-undang. Sesiapa yang engkar akan dihantar pulang. Tindakan tegas ini ternyata membuahkan hasil.Tetapi tidak kita. Kita terlalu berlembut sehingga kaduk naik junjung.)
“What is happening in our country has never happened elsewhere. It is only us who have been too liberal and accommodating. Hence, the ultra kiasu take advantage. Rest assured you wouldn’t see any of this news [discussion on this topic] being given attention in the ultra kiasu websites such as Malaysian Insider, Malaysiakini, CPI and others.”
Ridhuan insists that merely having a campaign to promote BM is not enough because of the proliferation of racialist media (media perkauman) and also the widespread use of foreign languages can no longer be controlled. He proposes that the federal constitution may need to be amended to strengthen the position of BM.
As usual, the ‘Icker’ leaves me stumped. He’s waging war on Malaysians who choose to use Chinese or English over BM. In this, he goes on a rampage against Malaysian Insider, Malaysiakini and CPI.
The two news portals (MK & MI) and the NGO website (CPI, which is on our blogroll, see right) all have active BM sections. Furthermore, Malaysiakini is quadrilingual, CPI trilingual and Insider bilingual.
Actually, I suspect Icker is really raging against that “species” (the ultra kiasu) rather than the language mediums of the three portals he slams.
If his wishes are granted and the Chinese return en masse to China, next Raya I shall have fewer friends visiting for a taste of our family’s home-made, mouth-watering pineapple tarts. Rugi!