Thursday, November 06, 2008

"So, When Are We Getting A Chinese/Indian PM... Brighteyes?"

That was the question asked yesterday noon. Due to the power of the Internets, we all got to know the results of the US Election just before leaving for lunch.

Amazing ain't it? Just 40-odd years after segregationist laws were abolished in the Southern US, we now have a half-black guy, who isn't ashamed to be considered black by many, elected to the White House.

Of course, that doesn't mean racism is now dead in the US, since Obama is now President. It still exists, but many Americans, including Caucasian Americans, have overcome that barrier and voted for That One.

... due to Obamas

And this has caused many a Malaysian here as well to ask (or if you're from UMNO... worry)... if we will have a non-Muslim non-Malay Native/Chinese/Indian Prime Minister one day. Hey, if USA can... we can.

Now to answer that question (in the form of a question, like Jeopardy)... what use is a non-Muslim Chinese, Indian, or non-Malay Prime Minister of Malaysia, if the perp is just as corrupt and inept as these guys in power today? The citizens will still get screwed around... Malay and non-Malay, Muslim and non-Muslim.

What should be asked is: "Will Malaysians one day choose their leaders based on their abilities, and not solely because of skin color and religion"?

And once they do that, a few elections later, you can have your first non-Muslim, non-Malay Prime Minister. Another entry for the Malaysian Book Of Records. And he or SHE, will be chosen not because of race, but for leadership quality. And that is what's important.

But thats gonna take time for us to get there. While America was celebrating its first black President, people here were in an uproar over a "Non-" being appointed to lead a certain state department.

Can for them, cannot for us ('toon by Zunar)

But we'll get there eventually. Maybe long after I've become ash particles in the sea. Or perhaps during my lifetime. Hey, with today's highspeed communications and globalized world (or cliches like that), you'll never know. Aside from playing Warcrack & calling that guy in Germany a fukkin n00b... ideas, news, and philosophies are being exchanged and spread around.

Remember, nobody ever believed BN could lose in five states. That was before March.

And just ten years ago, if you told a Black American there'll be a Black President soon, he'll just laugh in your face.



Anonymous said...

oredi wat,...mahathir is indian,...pak lah is chinese..

Johnny Ong said...

politicians and voters need to have mature thinking first. lots of people are worried that their rice bowl now will be affected which indirectly affected their decision on whom to vote

Average Joe said...

Hi all

Quoting my colleague's pirce of thought:

"If I may highlight the examples of Obama to our friends. Look at his life, his personality, and character. Though he is black, he is by no means “un-white”. In fact when we come right down to it, he is an American through and through. Even though he celebrates his Kenyan ancestry, among others, he and his family did not bring Kenya to America. Upon coming to America, he leads a life that many Americans lead. He is Christian, went to a national school (well, according to American standard that is) and speaks American English at home (not his ancestors’ dialect!). If you care to find out about his likes and dislikes, you will read somewhere that he likes certain Hollywood movies and American actors (he doesn’t watch African movies exclusively!), and reads a lot of English titles (not imported books in Afrikaans, for example!). He also reads local newspapers in the national language (which is American English, not some African dialect!) and when he speaks you hear no trace of an African accent. In fact, his eloquence and mastery of the (American) English language are exemplary.

To quote an article in Malaysiakini, if we were to characterize a Malaysian Obama, he would be the son of a Chinese/Indian father and a Malay lady, and he would have attended a national school, and would speak Malay at home (and very much at ease with the language too! And proud of the fact, of course), practices Islam, appreciates or at least respects the Malay culture in every sense and does not differentiate himself from the Malaysian majority, plus minus a point or two. In America many non-whites have assimilated themselves and became Americans in spirit and in practice. They embraced the American ideals, of coming to the land of opportunity thus becoming one of the… err, opportunists? I digress.

Anyway, about Malaysia; do we have a Malaysian Obama?"


For you guys to ponder!

tharieq dhiyauddin said...


haiyaa.. how come chinese and indian can become Malaysian PM..
Cannot la.. Totally cannot..
Only Malaysian citizen can..

Kucing Parsi said...

so... if any sarawakian to be PM?? sabah can because got UMNo what happen to my political career?!

Home Loans said...

Great post buddy. The thing which i like most in your post is the Obama's pic. Its very funny indeed. Thanks for sharing such a great post buddy.