Thursday, 14 March 2013

The Pendatang Truth

The Pendatang Truth
The following was reproduced from an email content being circulated by Malaysians:

Pendatang" The Truth
      A    VERY    GOOD    READ.


Syed Imran, an Arab-Malaysian born in Penang, Malaysia, ex-Bernama journalist (1971-1998) and former press secretary to Minister in PM's Department. He posted a great blog three days ago in his blog and I've translated it into English. Please circulate and let all Malaysians understand the fact.
*Antara pendatang dan penumpang (English Translation)*
* Original Malay version
At first, I was quite reluctant to comment on the mess created by the statement made by Ahmad bin Ismail, the head of Bukit Bendera, Pulau Pinang UMNO Division. Whether he has made the statement regarding Malaysian Chinese is not the question anymore, as the issue has been spread and fire up the scene. If it is not handled carefully and smartly, this issue can make the clear water become dirty, and give opportunity to parties that want to see this country crash and fall into the hand of foreigners. In today global world that has no boundary, the coverage by international electronic media make it difficult for any country to hide or deny a single event. The main issue brought up by Ahmas Ismail revolves on the question "squatter", that is, the Malaysian Chinese are squatters in this country. He explained that he was refering to pre-independence days. However, it had hurt the Malaysia Chinese' sensitivity. I don't know Ahmad Ismail personally, but quite close with his elder brother that has passed away, Abdul Rahim Ismail, the owner of Rahim Construction Company that has once quite famous as a "Earth-Prince" construction firm in Pulau Pinang. I don't know what has happen to the company after Abdul Rahim passed away. Personally, I don't agree with what Ahmad Ismail said for the following reasons. For me, nearly 90 percent of Malaysians, especially those in Penisular, are
immigrants, and we all actually the squatters
on the Allah's land. We are not permanent owner, but just squat. For example, I come from a family that squat in this fortunate land. My grandfather and grandmother on my father side migrated from Mecca and from Brunei to here, while on my mother side, she is from Hadramut, Yaman. We are immigrants and squatters, as to almost all people in this country, especially Pulau Pinang. For Ahmad Ismail, he is also an immigrant coming from an immigrant's family and squat in this country. Ahmad Ismail cannot deny the fact that his grandfather and grandmother are from India who move to this country to seek better life in this fortunate land. Our former Prime Minister Abdullah bin Ahmad Badawi is also the same. His grandfather on  his mother side is coming from Guangdong , China . In short, Pak Lah's grandfather, Allahyarhamah Kailan, has a name Hasson Salleh or Hah Su Chiang, is a immigrant. He move to Tanah Melayu from Guangdong in middle of 19 century. He stayed in Bayan Lepas as a rubber estate worker, padi farmer and later became a diamond trader. Najib Tun Razak, Prime Ministry, is also a descendent from immigrant's family that come from Sulawesi , Indonesia , who is also a Bugis. Hishamudin Hussein cannot escape to the fact that there is Turkish blood in him. Malacca Malay Sultanate was founded by an immigrant coming from Sumatra, Parameswara, a prince that practice Hindu. In history of Malay Sultanates, we will know that some were founded by Bugis immigrants, while some from Hadramut and Minangkabau. Almost all Malays that stay here are from outside Tanah Melayu, but are defined as "Malay Race" by the Federation Constitution. We are "Malay in definition by the Constitution" , that is, we are Muslim, we practice Malay customs and speak Malay language. Unfortunately, Malay language itself seems to be murdered by Malays in UMNO when they name it Malaysia language. Therefore, Arabs like Syed Hamid Albar and myself, Achehs like Sanusi Junid, Indians like Kader Sheikh Fadzir and Nor Mohamed Yakcop, Bugis's like Najib, Minangs like Rais Yatim, Jawas like Mohamad Rahmat, and other from Madura, Pulau Buyan, Siam, Burma, Yunnan ( China ) and Philippines are conveniently being declared as Malays. They are accepted as Malays no matter they speak Malay or not in their family like those who speak Arabs, Jawas that speak Jawa and Minangs that speak Minang or Mamak that speak Tamil, like Dr Mamak Kutty These languages are not Malay if we look from the perspective of Federation Constitution, so they should not be declared as Malays. But, for the benefits and political factors, all are accepted as Malays and "Earth Prince".It is not fair to point to Chinese as immigrants while Arabs, Indian, Achehs, Minangs, Bataks, Mandailings, Jawas, Maduras, or Bugises are also immigrants in this country. We cannot deny that most of the Chinese's grandfather and grandmother have migrated to this country since Malacca Malay Sultanante, some during Kedah Sultanate, Terengganu Sultanate and Kelantan Sultanate. After Francis Light conned the Kedah's sultan and grabbed Pulau Pinang in 1786, more Chinese came here. We are all immigrants that squat in this country.
Only Negrito, Jekun, Semang, Jahut, Orang Laut, Orang Darat, Senoi, and other indigenous peoples can be considered as the original populace in this country. We should not forget the contributions and sacrifices of all races that
develop Malaysia in all aspects, including economy, social, safety and the
most important thing, unity. All have to pay tax, and all have to do this,
no matter if you are descend from immigrants or squatters.

"Life's tough, Its even tougher if you are stupid"