After 9/11 I have been a tad paranoid about my obviously Muslim name when ever I am traveling to North America. Once after the attack on the twin towers were were heading for Canada. We, my wife and I, weren't being scrutinised for our Muslim names while entering the country.
However, when we were about to board Air Canada from Toronto to Winnipeg (a domestic flight) our passports were taken away and taken to the back room for over an hour.
When the guy came back he just mumbled that sounded like "I am sorry" under his fake cough.
When asked, he said, "Don't worry about it." The thing is, we were worried because we believed it was our names that caused the delay.
It was and I believe it still is, that we are still living under the generation of "you are either with us or against us" syndrome! We all know that not all Muslims are terrorists and not all terrorists are in fact Muslim, but in this time of uncertainty and perceived restriction of fossil fuel some kind of a bogeyman syndrome (again the word) had to be created! TERRORISM!.
Now it is an accepted fact that if an Arab or a Muslim state that has to be attacked, it is essential that the state be branded a terrorist infested government, and rest assured the world will condone it...I need not go any further on this.
Back to us, we the Malays have to bend over backwards to prove we the Malays are not racist or extremist or, as perceived by Chinese or Indians, that we are baby eating monsters.
We the Malays are actually nice people, we have been so for many centuries now!
However, the chauvinist Chinese, especially, find it convenient to push and to push because they think they know we, the nice Malays, will not react for fear of being branded extremists or racists. So what do we do, we will relent and accommodate!!
If we Malays question many incorrect statements made and behaviors shown by the chauvinist non-Malays, we will be chastised and branded and be called "terrorists". Hey, this has to stop!
When a badly brought up (kurang bajar)Chinese boy raves and rants about stupid Malays and about everything Malay, no Malays in their right minds dare to criticise for fear of being labelled racist.
Well I have news for you morons, no more, enough is enough, if any chauvinist Chinese politician criticises the Malays and culture I will, if no one else would, react.
If Malay politicians try to accommodate these chauvinist non-Malays for fear of being branded racists I will point it out! Believe it or not we the Malays are also unique in expressing ourselves trust me on that!