At the end of many columns by any guest writer at any media, be it on line or print, there is always this caveat by the media owners that usually say "The views expressed here are the personal opinion of the columnist".
The caveat is only and just that. While the personal opinion may be so but the "damage" is usually done. The content of the guest writers stupid or nonsensical or confused assessment of issues have already been published. Many people, will believe the content as gospel truth.
I can probably offer to have a column written say to any anti-government news portal condemning the Malays, and their special rights, Umno or probably the constitutional monarchy, and this online website will most certainly print it but to save their backsides, they will always print that caveat.
There is this online column written by Jema Khan, a former Sabah Umno youth leader who came from a prominent family whose father was once serving under previous chief ministers of Sabah, who has the audacity to be insensitive and glib when writing about the Malays. He wrote about Umno, the Malays and Perkasa and said:
"The essence of Perkasa’s ideology, if one can even call it that, is to make the Malays feel like the master race in the country. As the master race, all that belongs to the country belongs to them. They, of course, have yet to get their just desserts." Read more here.....
While I do agree with Perkasa's raison'detre I do not believe Perkasa is out to portray Malays as a master race in this country, nor does Perkasa wants to tell the rest that Malaysia belongs to the Malays only, What kind of a nonsense assessment is this Jema!
Perkasa was created after "they feel" the Malays have been pushed around politically to the corner and now a group of Malays under Perkasa is forced to "cover their heads" from the constant barrages of beating and bashing from the rest!! Let us not forget the Malays, to begin with, are not and cannot be a racist and it is in their nature not to be one. They are very accommodating.
If the non-Malays or "Liberal-Malays" like this columnist from Sabah who claimed himself to be fair, believe that the Malays as a whole are racist bunch well there is nothing much that we can do about it but rest assured there will be more group like Perkasa that will come put to fore to remind the pushers to stop pushing us to the corner!
This whole exercise, including this writer Jema Khan who has joined the bandwagon to try to convince the Malays that they are racist has got to stop.
Stop using these reverse psychological tactics to tell us the Malays that words like "Semangat Kebangsaan Melayu" are dirty words!
People like Jema Khan may think that they have achieved that proverbial "concept of self-actualisation" and that he can now look down with relative comfort and without having to worry about the state of being if the Malays in the country.
Well if he does I think he has got something else coming to him when push come to shove and when the Malays have lost relative control of this country that was once called Persekutuan Tanah Melayu! Opps! am I now being a racist for reminding people that the country's names have been changed several times just to make non-Malays comfortable in the country and still they are not comfortable?!!
"Malays"like Jema can afford to be liberal, as he probably have the resources to be one, as push comes to shove he and his family will probably move elsewhere probably Australia. But to confuse ordinary Malays to wanting to be respected is akin to wanting them to a master race in this country as he has asserted in his short and sad thesis, well Jema you are wrong! Jema Khan is confusing himself from being a "liberal" Malays and from being a detached "Malays".
While, like me with many non Malays childhood friends, I will still get angrywhen they make jokes about how privileged I am as a Malay? Malays like me no matter how liberal my thinking may be, will always be that one Malay that will act as a sentinel against any attempt to make my race a punching bag from any chauvinist group in this country and out to confuse the rest with their shallow sense of liberalism!
Sorry Jema nothing personal about my assessment on your assessment but I don't think you are qualified to talk about how may race feel right now, but I will give you one word to describe how they do feel! BETRAYED!