What’s DAP gonna do about Interlok?

“I read the novel and found it repugnant not only to the sensibility of Indians Malaysian but also to Chinese Malaysians, and even Malays,” — M. Kulasegaran DAP vice-chairman Observing that Interlok has a political agenda, Kula added too that the novel is vile and gross. He was reported by Malaysiakini as saying, “You can’t … Continue reading

LIVE Updates from Interlok forum

1100: Forum attendees are mostly NGO members, some YBs, hopefully this will activate more Malay/Chinese grassroots #interlok 1058: Moderator winding up. Crowd gets ready to leave. Just realised it’s standing toom only. Good sign! #interlok 1057: Uthaya: So far, only Indian voices heard bcos Chinese & Malay voices are not coming forth #interlok 1056: Uthaya: … Continue reading

Danger of normalizing ‘pariah’

UPDATE: Connected story, ‘Baby’s throat slashed, parents, siblings slaughtered‘ ooo.-O-.ooo ooo.-O-.ooo ooo.-O-.ooo ooo.-O-.ooo CiFwatch, which monitors the psychosis of The Guardian (a British paper that is determinedly anti-Israel), has a write-up which is useful in helping to elucidate the Interlok situation. In ‘Harriet Sherwood and the normalization of anti-Israel bigotry‘, CiFwatch blogger Adam Levick explains how he … Continue reading

Interlok & the lingering BTN ‘poison’

By Sharifuddin A Latiff A commentator, Robinson [muchos gracias, hombre], sent us a news article plus a video clip with regard to a faux pas by the Ministry of Defence of Britain. In short, it was a story about a recruitment drive by the British Royal Marines several years ago which included a promotional video.  … Continue reading

Mission Interlok: The cloning of Ridhuan

When American teen sensation Miley Cyrus (who gained celebrity for playing Disney’s Hannah Montana) parodied the slit-eyed Chinese, there were howls of protest. She apologized. ‘Sepet’ is scattered throughout Interlok like birdshot but its author Abdullah Hussain remains unapologetic. Yet writing in The Malaysian Insider, Sen Tyng Chai bemoaned the widespread “wave of blind criticism” … Continue reading

‘Satanic Verses’ for SPM English, can ah?

Pix from Guardian If Abdullah Hussain is Malaysia’s Sasterawan Negara, Sir Salman Rushdie is a Sasterawan Negara-Negara, a literary giant of global repute who has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth for his contributions to the field of writing. Rushdie has also received from France the Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and from … Continue reading

Interlok rally: ‘Umno rasis’ / ‘Cina tak malu’

Malaysiakini.TV has footage of S. Jayathas’s arrest by police. The HRP information chief was nabbed when he started to chant “Umno rasis, Umno rasis”. You can still see the large bruise on Jayathas’ right arm from his last rough handling by police during the build-up to the rally. The Malaysian public is well aware of … Continue reading

Interlok: Could Ridhuan Tee be right after all?

When a white novelist writes the dialogue of a black character, the condescension can make his reader cringe. Take the sample below: “I looks like gwine to heaven, an’t thar where white folks is gwine? S’pose they’d have me thar? I’d rather go to torment, and get away from Mas’r and Missis. I had so.” … Continue reading

Interlok: Chinese immigrants came here to carry shit buckets

Above: Scanned excerpt from ‘Interlok’, page 158 RELATED: Interlok: Chinese sell their daughters The main Chinese character in the book is Cing Huat who arrives in this land with his father Kim Lock. One of Kim Lock’s first jobs was to pull a rickshaw, whereas his son — the young boy — slaved away as … Continue reading

‘Pariah?’ Watch this YouTube & see who says the word

From 3:57 onwards “Sangat hina kehidupan mereka di dalam negeri mereka. Kasta pariah ini telah dibawa oleh Inggeris ke dalam negara kita … kehidupan yang mereka nikmati di sini seribu kali ganda lebih baik daripada … negara merempat, naik bas, tak pakai baju, tak pakai seluar.” From Hartal’s posting on April 28, 2010: Dr Asri … Continue reading