Monday, September 03, 2007

A Greek Lesson.

You can be Malay, Chinese, Indian or others but you can be a Greek in a minute. Just like that. I reckon it's the same thing with being a Malaysian. You can be Chinese, Indian or others but you can be a Malaysian in a minute. Just like that.
It is not a difficult concept to understand. The creation of Bangsa Malaysia is a simple thing. First you gotta understand that to be a Malaysian, you gotta be a Malay. You can't be a Malaysian if you are Chinese or Indian or Others. That would be Chinesean, or Indianisian or Otherisian. This isn't the case. We're talking about Malaysia and I'm sure you are smart enough to see that the word Malay takes up 75% of the word Malaysia. So if you are not a Malay but wish to become a Malaysian, you gotta work hard to become a Malay. And that simply means;
1. You gotta take up a Malay name.
2. You gotta speak the language 75% of the time.
3. You gotta behave like a Malay.
4. You may not think like a Malay because that's your right but you'd better think like one when someone says something bad about you and the race.
5. You may not want to be a Muslim, that's all right but you may have to dress like a Malay.
That's why the Chinese in my kampong have no problems with being a Malaysian. They're as Malays as the Malays themselves. They speak like one, act like one, dress like one and even swear like one. Of course they're not Muslim but you won't know the difference when you hear them speak in Terengganu dialect.
So it's a simple thing this Bangsa Malaysia thing that people have just started to talk as if it's a new religion. I agree that in order to be a Malaysian, we need to be one race. The creation of one race is a simple thing. It's a pretty straightforward thing. Just like being Greek. But to be a Greek you gotta do what the Greek do and I don't think I can. Of course I can if I try hard enough but I like being in Malaysia more than anywhere else.
Good to be home.

26 Comments:

Blogger Zabs said...

Salam Bergen,
I have a Chinese friend from Terengganu. If you talk to him on the phone, you would not realised that he is a Chinese. One day in my office, a Malay man call him on the phone and greet him with Assalammualaikum, he answered, Waalaikummussalam. The man asked his name and he gave his name. The man was surprise to learn that he is a Chinese, and was not happy that he had answered his salam. He simply tell him, kau bagi salam aku jawablah. He can passed as a Malaysian kot?

8:07 AM  
Blogger Fauziah Ismail said...

Salam Bergen
When overseas, we don’t say we are Malaysian Malay, Malaysian Chinese or Malaysian Indian but MALAYSIAN! But in our own country, we drop the Malaysian and we’re either Melayu, Cina, India, dll.
I’m remembering this scene from a local movie called Mekanik where Susan Lankester had said irrespective of colour, we are Malaysians. It is so true!

10:45 AM  
Anonymous elviza said...

Dear Bergen,

A chinese friend of mine, Su Yin, would call me and leave a message on my phone. It sounds like this -

"A'kum! Hoi Melayu! Bodo lah, angkat lah phone...senget betul lah!"

And I would call her back and say this for a hundreth of times -

"Yin, ko tak leh bagi salam lah tongong! Ko cina!"

Well, the above conversation has been going on for years.

p/s: Good to have you back.

11:20 AM  
Blogger zewt said...

i once called a delivery company cos i was not at home when the parcel was sent. a malay girl picked up the phone and the conversation went on on on until she asked...

"ini untuk encik XXXXX (chinese name)... encik xxx ke?"

me: ye la, siapa lagi?
she: eh... encik cakap macam budak melayu...

i have always been profficient in the malay language... but i dont think being that made me a bangsa malaysia... not according to the government.

12:08 PM  
Blogger tokasid said...

Salam Bergen:

Welcome back .

About this bangsa Malaysia thing...well its difficult. A bangsa, they have lots in common esp language and culture. Its in their genes. To forced something that you are not is like...forcing! Thats not democratic right?

We don't have that. Our official language is not used widely at home or at work. Its mainly for official documents( in the govt). The private sectors are more comfortable to use English or Mandarin.

What we have now are Malaysians, as citizens of the country.Nothing more and nothing less. We are bound by the laws of this country, which is common to all( you like it or not, is a different matter).

If we need a bangsa Malaysia, why not we call for the UN to create a Bangsa Dunia, that will make every earthlings same and equal. There will be no war or discrimination, since all of us are the same bangsa. Bangsa Dunia.

And we can all ourselves: WORLISH!!

Any takers?

12:17 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Zabs: We gotta change the system. We gotta recognize them as Malaysian. As Malaysian as the next Malay.

Fauziah Ismail: You've got that right. Being the only brown skin among the white, they call me the Asian guy until I say, make that the Malaysian guy. And so I went around the whole of Greece with the team comprising Americans, Norwegians, Australians and Canadian.

12:20 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Elviza: You've got a friend in Su Yin and you wanna keep this friendship no matter what it takes. She's a real friend and a friend like that doesn't come along too often.

12:21 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Zewt: We gotta work hard to change the system. For once, we gotta resolve this issue so we can all move forward and not talk about this again. We move as one race, like the American, Australia, or New Zealander. Or Canadian. We have to if we want don't want to see another overly patriotic guy waving a keris as if he knows how to use it.

12:23 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Tokasid: You think big, do you. I don't really know how to react to this, doc. Really I don't.

12:24 PM  
Blogger boxxTomoi said...

Dear sir,
Dulu saya cuma dengar American...tapi sekarang saya dengar mereka introduce diri mereka African Americans, Chinese Americans etc.etc... and I'm always comfortable with my Chinese and Indian friends... and if you're really friend there is no Bangsa!

3:21 PM  
Blogger Pak Idrus said...

Bergen, Part 1, 1[1] of the Federal Constitution ' The Federation shall be known, in Malay and in English by the name Malaysia '. So as citizen of this country call Malaysia, you are Malaysian. It is as simple as that. Race or ethnic group would stay as it is forever but Malaysian would be your nationality. Have a nice day.

11:08 PM  
Blogger Nak Tak Nak said...

Sorry if my two cents doesn't go down well. All citizens of this country are Malaysian. Simple enough.Lets drop the bangsa, there will never ever be a bangsa Malaysia. Its just rhetoric, sounds nice and noble but impossible. You don't change a bangsa you are born to. If you want to have a bangsa Malaysia then some would say, these traits should be in, that trait should be out, these traits don't cut out, that trait is a must and you ended up with what?

By all means call ourselves Malaysian and be proud of it. That is all that matters. Bangsa Malaysia? I don't know it is just too hollow, nice on the outside nothing on the inside.

11:56 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Boxxtomoi: Quite frankly, I don't feel comfortable for writing this entry in the first place. It shouldn't have been written but I thought it would help me understand about the whole concept.

Pak Idrus: I'm not aware of the constitution but evidently it is not helping us define this Bangsa Malaysia in a way that can get everyone to feel that he or she belongs here. I believe the system is making us more and more distant, and suspicious of one another. Each of us feels as if the other is out to rob what little rights we've got, the rights passed down from our ancestors. But we live in a different world now, with different values, and different needs. I'm sure no one has the answer, not even the government because I don't think I can ever trust the politicians to solve this. They are the ones who created this whole mess in the first place and now that it is all tangled up they talk in a different tone. Yes, what's written maybe well-defined, or well-intentioned. But look where it has gotten us.

Cikgu: I believe equal rights should be the way forward but for the life of me, I don't know how this can be done. I'm just a blogger.

To everyone who dropped by this way, you people have a nice day and thank you for coming, folks! I don't plan to write on something like this ever again. Not that I don't want to talk about it in the open but I'd rather not rock the boat and get everyone excited.

12:53 AM  
Anonymous OnlinePharmacy said...

TdRwfd Your blog is great. Articles is interesting!

3:29 PM  
Anonymous tramadol research said...

dCrWDz Wonderful blog.

1:59 AM  
Anonymous name said...

7OcXmj Please write anything else!

2:59 AM  
Anonymous airline meridia trans said...

actually, that's brilliant. Thank you. I'm going to pass that on to a couple of people.

3:14 AM  
Anonymous chicago downtown motel said...

Thanks to author.

3:37 AM  
Anonymous name said...

Good job!

3:10 AM  
Anonymous callaway irons review tour x said...

Please write anything else!

4:00 AM  
Anonymous alaska company northern tour said...

Good job!

10:34 PM  
Anonymous no interist loan said...

Please write anything else!

2:08 PM  
Anonymous ringtones said...

actually, that's brilliant. Thank you. I'm going to pass that on to a couple of people.

5:22 PM  
Anonymous  said...

Magnific!

9:16 PM  
Anonymous cialis tadalafil said...

Cj2VCD Nice Article.

2:25 AM  
Anonymous free ringtones from mtv said...

Nice Article.

2:54 AM  

Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home