December 22, 2006
ES Chua wrote:
I refer to the letter Fantasy-ventilating and ignoring facts where the writer states: ‘Right. So are most Malays, I understand, who can trace back their origins to the Bugis, Minangkabau, and other peoples from Java and Sumatra. Just like the national language. Correct me if I am wrong but the original people of Malaysia, as far as memory goes, are the Orang Asli and aboriginal tribes of Sabah and Sarawak.’
He said this in reply to the writer of the letter Chinese M’sians must accept their lot who made the racist statement: ‘Not to forget, Chinese are only immigrants’.
The good Malaysian-minded person who passionately replied to the above racist statement reflects a large number of non-Malay Malaysians disillusioned with the unfairness of extremist Malays in positions of power who are bullying (and some say oppressing and marginalising) them.
However, his reply that Malays are immigrants from foreign lands such as Indonesia who robbed the country from its original inhabitants (the Orang Asli) is a fallacy which was invented by British colonialists, and later amplified by Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew and company.
The Malays are the Orang Asli - just that they are the Orang Asli of the lowlands (downriver) while those categorised as Orang Asli now are those who live in the highlands (upriver). The Malays are descended from the Temuan aborigines of Selangor and Melaka and Bahasa Melayu (Bahasa Malaysia, I insist!) is the Temuan language ‘upgraded’ with English, Sanskrit and Arabic.
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