Monday, September 03, 2007
So what if they are pink or purple, but they are Malaysians and I will die for them!
"His entry into politics took a circuitous route, for until he became Singapore's first Chief Minister for 15 heady months in 1955-6, he did not think that -- as a minority of minorities ("I am both a Jew and an Asian") -- he could steer the fledgling nation. But once in the political forefront, his driving ambition was to deliver Singapore freedom from the British." About S'pore first Chief Minister, David Marshall.
Merdeka days should also be a time for us to be reminded of the sacrifices that different people or different community who helped built the country to be where it is today. The two Jewish Armenian Sarkis brothers, was a good example, left their place of birth due to various reasons, one may be from persecution. They landed in Penang and built a legend called E&O!
Do you know that there are many Malaysians of Jewish descent still living "undercover" in this so-called beautiful and magnanimous country?
Yes, many of them due to "accident" of birth decided to remain in Malaysia under an assumed ethnic identity, I am truly sad that they feel by "exposing" themselves they will again be persecuted in this country where Islam plays a very prominent role in policing how we breath, eat and fart! (Hey! Don't get sensitive I am a Muslim!)
I was gabbed by this sudden feeling of sadness and helplessness when I visited the Jewish cemetery in Penang a while back, It is so desolate and so far away from Jerusalem or Tel Aviv where these people would have like to be buried!! I couldn't help but to wonder what human spirit could possibly possess these people to do what they did! I was wondering how in heavens name did these magnificent people managed to trek down through Asia Minor from somewhere in Eastern Europe through India then finally sailed to Malaya. The descendant of one became a Chief Minister of Singapore.
I personally know a girl whose father is a bona fide Malaysian of a Jewish descent and the family live in Johore, and nothing more that will make me happy if they decided to go underground with their secret forever, but will make me a lot more happier if she decided to come out and tell us Malaysians that being one can also mean having Jewish blood living in this country, and I will rally behind them for sure! Meanwhile I have posted some pictures for the uninformed "hoi poloi" to see!
Posted by Pasquale at 1:23 PM