On this particular day though, the conversation somehow shifted to the subject of “Malay rights”. Again, I can’t remember what brought that up or what conclusion we all came to, but I do remember someone saying something like, “Of course the Chinese and Indians aren’t happy about our rights and I don’t blame them. But I’ll fight to keep our rights.”
Let me first say that none of my cousins are racist bastards. They’re smart, streetwise, hardworking, good people with not a xenophobic bone in their body. Furthermore, this conversation took place many years ago, and minds can (hopefully) change as people become wiser. We’re not as close as we used to be, but I’d stand by them today.
I brought this up after reading the comments section of Haris Ibrahim’s blog (more on that later) to make a point about just how damaging the New Economic Policy has been to the Malay psyche.