Sunday, June 10, 2007
Insightful Comment to Dr. Syed's Letter
This is a truly insightful letter written by someone with the surname Chieh in response to Dr. Syed Alwi's concerned Singapore letter to Malaysia Today. (Dr. Syed Alwi's letter could also be seen in this blog if you search for it).
oDear Dr.Syed Alwi:
I appreciate very much your concern about Malaysia. As you imply, Islamization and the NEP have distorted the worldview of many Malay Muslims. What's even worse is that the racial basis for the NEP has been internalized to such an extent that many Malay Muslims genuinely believe that this country is theirs and theirs alone. The non-Malays, including the Ibans (Dayaks), the native Sabahans, the Orang Asli -- people who might serve as a check on religious extremism -- are now all brushed aside, marginalized and silenced by the force of a manufactured majority of local Malays and illegal refugees from neighboring islands. Even then, the Muslim Malays number only about 50% of the population. Yet, this 50% has attempted to impose their religious and political views on the other half of the nation. It is this fracturing of the nation into two, and the conflict almost sure to arise, leading to the temptation of stronger states to turn our country into another Yugoslavia, that I'm most afraid of.