On what you read, sometimes ain’t what was said…


I’m sure my imagined audience has read or at the very least, heard about a certain HRH’s big booboo recently. If you haven’t heard, and been living in a cave for the past three days or so, this was what it was all about :

April 15, 2008 at 2:39 am

Sunday April 13, 2008

Tengku Faris: Don’t question Malay rights

KUALA LUMPUR: The special rights and privileges of Malays should not be questioned but the community should make every effort to improve and stay united, the Tengku Mahkota of Kelantan said.

Tengku Mohammad Faris Petra Sultan Ismail Petra reiterated that nobody should challenge Malay rights and privileges, adding that these developments were becoming apparent following the recent general elections.

“The Malay Rulers will act as a source of unity and loyalty among all the people as stated in the Constitution and Rukunegara.

“As such, the people should be united and no one should question the special rights and privileges of the Malays because it is quid pro quo in return for providing citizenships to 2.7 million people of other races who joined the Malay Federation.

“It is not appropriate for the other races to demand equal rights and privileges after they had already acquired their citizenships,” he said in his opening address at a Malay unity gathering held in conjunction with the Maulidur Rasul celebration at the Putra World Trade Centre yesterday.

The theme of the event, organised by a group of Malay NGOs named Barisan Bertindak Perpaduan Melayu (BBPM), was “Malay Unity is the Core of National Unity.”

The NGOs included the National Writers Alliance (Gapena), Federation of Peninsula Malay Students, Pekida and the Malaysian Islamic Consumers Association.

Tengku Mohammad Faris, however, reminded them that while they pursued stronger Malay unity, they should not ignore the rights of other races, such as freedom to practise their religions.

Apparently, this was NOT what he said. The text was written by a ‘government official’, we don’t know who. And apparently, HRH took the trouble of reworking the text, and presented a different speech. The amazing bit of ‘magic’ then, is how the original unworked text was given to the media, and how they amazingly took the given text verbatim and published it!!

I believe HRH can’t be that dim. No one is. It’s just not humanly possible. Did he not notice the magnamity and implications of the words? I believe he did, and that is why it was reworked. Why the spoken text was not distributed, is a mystery.

Is someone wagging the dog? Are we trying to create racial tensions and disharmony again? First they poked the Indians, didn’t work. Then they poked the Malays. Didn’t work. Tried poking the Chinese, didn’t work either. Now they’re just randomly poking left right and center, hoping someone would get pissed.

Malaysians, finally, are a mature and rational lot. After all, they did vote for a change. And they didn’t buy all the scare-mongering and what-ever-not underhanded tactics the BN fellas resorted to… So pray, that this too, will pass. Because I’m proud to say, Malaysians ain’t that dumb!

ps – Anyone have a thought about Ahmad Shabery’s words yesterday? How bloggers and cyber-whatevers are responsible for what they put on the net? Why wouldn’t they be? Unless they were just regurgitating untruths, and now need to run off before the truth gets out, eh?

Sleeping better lately, knowing that our nation is finally on the mend – Jasmine.


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