To Go Beyond Profilling Of Any Kind, A Malaysian Dream To Be Realised?
Posted by ErnieJean on August 25, 2008
Recently, I was involved in an accident, well sort of. Nothing serious on my part, actually, was more of a witness. A motorcyclist was weaving in and out of the vehicles on the road and just as he whizzed past my car, he lost control and got himself slammed into the back of a van (Hey!! Mat Rempits should emulate this trick…saves us folks on the road a load of headache from having to deal with them, don’t you think?), and proceeded to fall smack right onto the tarred road right in front of yours truly. Thank goodness, I was in one of my rare “leisure-driving” mode and managed to break just in the nick of time…..my bumper probably almost kissed the poor fella if I had stepped on my brakes half a second too late……can’t bring myself to think about the tyres rolling over though………
So, what is this woman trying to say, one may ask. It’s certainly not about the silly-ness of the motorcyclist or my impressive defensive driving skills, but rather what happened after the accident took place. I was amazed and touched to see folks, from the shops nearby, immediately getting to their feet and proceeded to take over the traffic control and watching over the motocyclist and comforting him, while one of them called the ambulance……and what struck me most was that racial or religious origins didn’t matter at all on that hot afternoon……..those on the scene were as diversed and as Malaysian as one can get.
That brings us back to the recent events, as far as Malaysian politics is concerned, from the distrupted Bar Council’s well-intended forum on August 10, the over-reaction to Selangor Menteri Besar’s proposal for 10% of UiTM seats to be opened to Non-Malay students, to the racist-infused campaigning in the on-going Permatang Pauh by-election by members from a certain party (no need to elaborate which one lah…think we all know, right?). Why couldn’t the same sort of harmony that took place during that hot afternoon, be present in this country’s political arena? Please don’t tell me it only happens when there is a life and death situation!!!???
By the way, ever noticed and wondered why one hardly sees a Malaysian flag being put up by ordinary citizens, flying to its fullest glory, when we’re just a week from our National Day?
In a way, DSAI has offered us weary Malaysians renewed hope for a united and progressive nation, with his unwavering stand on the social and economic issues that has won many of us over. There are just too many clowns and jokers in our government at the moment and if we continue to stay complacent, there will be nothing much to leave behind for our children to inherit.
So, here’s to keeping the hope alive for the future of this country with the anticipated good news in tomorrow’s by-election in Permatang Pauh.
Will there finally be a light at the end of the tunnel for us all? Or will applications for migration continue to rise by three to four folds, as is happening now?
“Anak Melayu, anak kita, anak Cina anak kita, anak India, pun anak kita. Mengapa harus kita bezakan?” – Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.