As a reader of the daily paper, it has become increasingly obvious to me that the government has been building up a fondness towards a particular word. Frequent as keris-wavings and as highlighted as natural disasters, are articles urging and reminding us once again to “be sensitive”.
The government’s intentions are not hard to comprehend: they believe sensitivity will bring unity, understanding and peace. However, it is a well-known fact to the Malaysian walking on the street that although the government’s intentioned situations manifest themselves on the surface, beneath the sun-touched exterior there are hushed murmurs of race, religion and rights in the dark.
Is it not obvious why Malaysia remains racially segregated after more than a century of inter-racial mixing? It is because the government does not really solve the people’s problems, but instead they hush it.