Saturday, August 19, 2006


IT'S NOT A JOKE ANYMORE. Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Prime Minister no 5, is Bapa K-ekonomi. [And the K is not for Khairy Jamaluddin (the Malay calls his father-in-law "father") or Kamaluddin the son.]

Malaysia's four prime ministers before AAB were bestowed titles that best describe their greatest contributions to this proud nation. The Tunku is Bapa Kemerdekaan (Father of Independence), Tun Razak Bapa Pembangunan (Development), Tun Hussein Bapa Perpaduan (Unity), and Tun Dr Mahathir Bapa Kemodenan (Modernisation).

Bernama posted the story last night around dinner.

Abdullah Named As "Father Of Knowledge Economy"
KULIM, Aug 18 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was today given the title of "Bapa Ekonomi Ilmu" (Father of Knowledge Economy).
Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Seri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis said the title was deserved because of the Prime Minister's strong commitment to develop the k-economy as the means to upgrade the socio-economic status of the people.
He said this at the launch of MSC Malaysia Cybercity @ Kulim High Technology Park here by Abdullah.
Jamaluddin said the Prime Minister was concerned that the implementation of the information and communications technology national agenda should benefit all Malaysians.
"He does not want the policy to create another form of poverty -- the digital information knowledge poverty -- and widen the digital divide between the rich and poor and between urban and rural residents," he said.


  1. baru 3 tahun sebagai PM sudah dapat gelaran Bapa K-ekonomi ? apa benda berlaku di negara kita ini? haiyo very funny to see this kind of news.anyway i just laugh when i read it.

  2. Anonymous1:57 pm

    La, dok K (knowledge) macam mana pulak ni? Pantai Holdings dah jadi hak milik Singapura pun dia tak tau. Kawan baik dia Annuar Zaini pun tak bagi tau. Kalu dia tau, dia dok main sadin saja, biar Pak Lah jadi Bapa K-Ekonomi. K tu untuk keliru atau kelam-kabut.
    Benda-benda K itu, K ini ni benda zaman Mahathir. Orang tua tu la yang perkenai lebuh raya multi-media, ICT dan macam-macam lagi. Pak Lah ni bagi la gelaran lain lah. Macam Bapa Ketelusan ka? K juga. Atau Bapa Kebertanggungjawaban. K juga atau Bapa Keterbukaan. K juga.
    Ni yang kita tau Pak Lah dok nak kawai internet, nak pantau blog dan macam-macam lagi. Pak Lah layar Internet ka? Baca blog ka?
    Yang dok bagi gelaran ini pun lawak. Jangan la bagi benda yang Pak Lah tak ada dolat. Dok tak dok, budak-budak buat lawak. K untuk Khairy, K untuk Kamal, K untuk Kali, K untuk kereta api laju YTL, K untuk kawan-kawan, K untuk kelakar.
    Kalu nak bagi pun tunggu la sat dulu. Baru sangat ni. Kalu nak jack pun cari la cara lain. Ni nampak hap pas sik sangat.

  3. Anonymous2:09 pm

    Yeah, Paklah sure is entitle to be honoured in any possible way. Afterall he is the prime monster of this half past six government...

  4. Brother Rocky,

    What a laugh! Abdullah Ahmad Badawi can't even answer questions from reporters on the economy and he has been made Father of K-Economy. Apple polishers!

  5. Our 10-minute Prime Minister has been bestowed the title Father of K-Economy......The world is laughing, the world is laughing.

    If it was him who was Prime Minister in 1997/98, and advised by Nor Mohamed Yakcop, we would still be repaying IMF!

  6. Brother,

    One more thing. I am just wondering if Kalimullah a/l Maseerul Hassan has apologised for lying to you and I as well as the readers of the dwindling NST that it was Tun Mahathir who wanted to meet with Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

  7. Forner Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was unfairly called a racist when he questioned the appointment of Brendan Pereira, a non-Malay, as the Group Editor of the New Straits Times, an Umno-controlled newspaper.

    To my mind, Dr Mahathir as a fee-paying member of Umno, has every right to do so. Umno was set up to protect the rights of the Malays and fight for their well-being. Umno took control of NST to pursue this objective.

    But what has happened now is that a bunch of non-Malay editors, led by Pereira have taken over this newspaper. As a result, you get editors who do not understand the sensitivities of the Malays and Muslims. That explains why Pereira, due to ignorance or otherwise, recently decided to publish the carricature which ridiculed the Prophet Muhammad and refused to take responsibility for it and resign. Instead, he blamed other editors.

    Of course, it was Kalimullah who made the appointments of Pereira, Ravi Veloo and the likes. Do we need reminding that the first thing Kalimullah did when he took over NST is that he changed the position of his chair and desk and parqueted the floor for good luck, according to Chinese Feng Shui. No point talking to him about Islam! I don't think he would care if Brendan continues to publish carricatures of Prophet Muhammad.

    I am sure Dr Mahathir, like other Malays in Malaysia, are concerned. The reason is that this is the same Brendan Pereira who, over and over again, vilified our former leaders and criticised the New Economic Policy which was formulated to ensure a fairer distribution of wealth among the races and to ensure that the Malays could catch up with the other races, economically.

    What I fail to understand is that when Dr Mahathir questioned the appointment of Pereira, he is labelled as racist. But why is it that no one is questioning the fact that the MCA-controlled The Star does not even have a single Malay or Indian senior editor (above the rank of News Editor). The answer is simple: MCA is more comfortable with Chinese editors because they can help propogate the Chinese agenda. To kingdom come, MCA will never allow a Malay or Indian editor to be its Editor-in-Chief.

    So the feeling is the same in Umno. And it is only natural for an Umno member like Dr Mahathir to feel comfortable with a Malay editor. Is this a sin?

    There is only one Malay senior editor left in NST today - Syed Nadzri Syed Haron, but I am told that it is only a matter of time that he is shown the exit.

    Wake up UMNO!

  8. Bapa K-Ekonomi? Tepat sekali. Sebab K pun yang pegang ekonomi sekarang.

  9. Anonymous5:44 pm

    I think it's too early to bestow on him a title such as this. He needs to prove himself more. He certainly doesn't appear to be championing the k-economy, to my knowledge!

  10. Shit, I thought it was a new scandal. For a moment there, I thought Badawi is somehow the father of Datuk K. Oh well...

    Jamaluddin Jarjis, previously of TNB and Mahathir-man is symptomatic of Umno these days: agenda melayulah, ketuananlah, bapa-inlah bapa-tulah. Only he's singing a different pitch now to suit Badawi.

    Not that it means anything to most of us but the 'Bapa' thingy is 'bestowed' to a past leader for whatever Umno feels was the mainstay of his tenure as a PM. Note emphasis on 'past'. So we look at Badawi, just what in hell has he contributed to knowledge? Its so funny, makes you wanna cry. He has a better chance of being Siti's long-lost father-in-law rather than some visionary wannabe.

    Badawi is nothing more than an below average civil servant.

  11. Anonymous7:31 pm

    Does he know what k-economy means in the first place.

    This is an embarrasment to all malaysians.
    TDM,, help us.

  12. Anonymous8:16 pm


    sila layari blog ni menarik ditulis oleh seorang wartawan, x-bernama.

  13. Normally, the Bapa title thing was given when PM leave office. Is JJ trying to hint to Pak Lah to leave office?

  14. Anonymous8:57 pm

    Bapak K?
    K = Kemelut
    K = Kehancuran
    K = Kroni
    K = Kelentong
    K = Ketandusan

  15. Anonymous9:00 pm

    ‘Forged signatures’ in Support Pak Lah petition
    Tony Thien
    Aug 19, 06 1:30pm

    About two-thirds of the 2,050 signatures in the pledge of support for Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi purportedly from an Umno division in Sabah are not genuine, claimed a party member turned whistleblower.

    “Only 650 members signed up,” said Abdul Mutalib Mohd Dawi, one of the Umno members involved in the signature campaign in the ruling party’s Silam division, told malaysiakini.

    The ‘Support Pak Lah’ petition originally targeted a total of 5,000 signatures and was initiated by the division's controversial acting head, Samsu Baharun Abdul Rahman.

    When only a few hundred signatures were collected, the organisers of the petition allegedly decided to try other means.

    “The rest of the signatures were the work of phantom hands who filled the forms in secret sessions over two nights,” said Mutalib.

    He said the majority of Umno members had refused to sign the petition not because they were against Abdullah, but were dissatisfied with Samsu's leadership at the division

    Samsu, who is member of parliament for Silam and Ministry of Entrepreneurial Development and Co-operatives parliamentary secretary, was earlier found guilty of money politics by the Umno disciplinary committee.

    However, he was later cleared by the party’s appeal committee and was appointed acting head of Silam division.

    Mutalib alleged that the final petition included the names of 100 deceased persons and 250 people who had defected to the opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat recently.

    “The signature list was based on the Umno computer sheet for 2004,” he added.

    ACA report lodged

    The division's acting head, according to Mutalib, originally planned to collect 5,000 signatures and compiled them in three books. But after three months of collecting signatures, only 650 Umno members had inked the petition.

    “Only one book, containing 2,050 signatures, was presented to Pak Lah on his return from Australia in July (photo),” Mutalib said.

    Mutalib said he decided to tell the truth because he did not want the prime minister to be “bluffed and cheated”.

    However, he made it clear that just like other Umno divisions in Sabah, most if not all, Silam Umno members were fully behind the Umno president.

    Meanwhile, a Silam Umno divisional committee member Rapaan Rabeka told malaysiakini he had lodged a report to the Anti-Corruption Agency in Kota Kinabalu on Thursday against Samsu for alleged corrupt practices and abuse of power relating to the distribution of aid to flood victims in a village in Lahad Datu a few months ago.

    Rapaan said he only knew about the alleged incident a month ago and decided to lodge a report to the ACA. The agency had told him that the matter would also be referred to Chief Minister Musa Aman when conducting the probe.

    Send your comments on the above issue to us at Your email may be published in Malaysiakini. Please keep your comments brief, and do let us know if you wish to remain anonymous.

  16. Anonymous10:42 pm

    What a joke man!

    If anybody that can claim this title should be Mahathir albeit his brainchild of MSC and k-economy are in a sad state of affair.

    If AAB must get some title of " Father of something something " , perhaps 'Father of Agriculture ' would be less laughable !!!!!!

  17. Please be reminded that it was Abdullah who proposed the "Bapa K-ekonomi" to be bestowed on him. Jamaludin is just the mouthpiece. It's all Pak Lah's idea. Cheapskate trick.

  18. Anonymous1:25 am

    Funny, I always thought PM Abdullah was 'Bapa Kesloganan' or the 'Father of Slogans" based on his style of governance- Issuing of flowery, feel-good, somewhat vague statements and phrases without following it up with any concrete action. "Work with me, not for me", "Little Napoleons", sound familiar anyone?

    You can't a run a country by just issuing slogans and hope that the problems go away on their own! PM, we are still waiting for you to 'turun padang', to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty fixing our beloved Malaysia!

    By the way I was not the first to coin this phrase. Do a search on google to find out where this first turned up. :P

  19. pujangga

    stop being a RACIST
    with people like you spreading FASCIST propaganda (Hitler also said that the aryans were the superior race)
    if u are so ANTI-non-MALAY, why don't you just ask UMNO to issue a directive to kick ALL of us out?

    u said:"There is only one Malay senior editor left in NST today - Syed Nadzri Syed Haron, but I am told that it is only a matter of time that he is shown the exit."

    pls check the nst website and stop spreading LIES.

    it is not brendan's fault that he is talented, capable, hardworking and driven.

    you also said, "New Economic Policy which was formulated to ensure a fairer distribution of wealth among the races and to ensure that the Malays could catch up with the other races, economicall."

    THIS IS AN OBVIOUS FAILURE. despite your privileges, the graduates from local unis are not marketable...the handicapped will always need crutches.

  20. Anonymous2:54 am


    What's all the fuss about the PM being given the title? He's known for his push in the development of human capital (bina insan). That means the PM is anxious to help Malaysians become better, more informed, more knowledgeable workers. This is most necessary as we take on the world. In two years time, Malaysia will play host to the World ICT Congress. This is very important and reflect's the PM's commitment to ICT. The Science Minister Dato Jamaludin Jarjis, the cigar-loving minister, gave the title to PM and we don't know whether he did that out of genuine belief or part of his apple-polishing skills! In the Cabinet, Dato JJ is fond of kissing the hand of the PM, making him the only minister to show his respect and affection of the PM in this manner. Dato JJ didn't kiss the hand of Tun Mahathir when he was PM but he did shower gifts to former PM. People still talk about the time when Dato JJ gave a horse to Tun M as a present.

    The present PM may not want the title be bestowed to him because we all know that he's not one to hunt for titles. An imam like him is not concerned about title.

    As for bloggers, you fellas should't be too hasty in your comments. My reading is simple - if Pak Lah is known as the Father of K Economy, it also means that he's the patron of all Msian bloggers! You can't disagree with me! It is under his administration that bloggers thrive! Syabas!

  21. K-economy also stands for:

    * Kidnap-economy (tu yg depa kata ular lidi telan naga tu... tak ingat pulak di mana, pelupa saya ni. Tapi bukan di sini la)

    * Kangaroo-economy (ready made pocket. Ni di Australia tempat berubat resdung. Kesian bomo2 resdung Kepala Batas)

    * Kickback-economy (bukan di Malaysia la, Malaysia sedang hebat memerangi rasuah)

    * Kabilah-economy (ni di negara-negara Pak Arab nuu...)

    * Kinfolk-economy (di Malaysia tender terbuka, mana ada nepotisme)

    * Kowtow-economy (bukan saya kata, Tun Det yg kata)

    * Kaput-economy (Malaysia ok, 6% growth being projected!)

    * Kamikaze-economy (ni di Jepun...)

    * Kwantung Economy (ni di China...)

  22. Alamak... terlalu awal la... amende ni... kelawakan yang melampau batas. kepala batas. HAAHHAHA.

  23. Anonymous10:42 am

    I think he wants the title fast.. for his time is running out as fast! Actually, I like the title "Bapa K". I can interpret it in so many different meaning...!


  24. Anonymous11:10 am

    baru 10 minit warm up di padang sudah diberi gelaran K.

    semakin banyak lawak didendangkan oleh parti UMNO sekarang ni.

  25. Anonymous2:26 pm

    Saudara Rocky,

    Ekonomi yang berasaskan maklumat (knowledge) adalah pemangkin kepada ekonomi moden. Yang penting bukanblah slogan, label dan gelaran tetapi kefahaman mengenai inti pati ekonomi moden yang digerakkan oleh pelbagai model, teori dan pendekatan.

    Tidak kurang pula adalah tipu helah, pengintipan dan penyusupan.

    Dengan izin, saya ingin menyebut kembali perbincangan mengenai hal ini dengan Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi dua bulan selepas beliau mengambil alih tampuk pemerintahan negara pada tahun 2003.

    Kami berbincang tentang perlunya Malaysia mempunyai Economic Intelligence Capacity yang tinggi untuk membolehkan kita bersaing di dalam pasaran modal (capital), barangan (merchandise) dan perkhidmatan (services) antarabangsa. PM mengakui pentingnya hal ini.

    Saya rasa aspek "K" atau knowledge ini menjadi sangat kritikal sekarang dengan adanya tekanan supaya kita merundingkan Perjanjian Perdagangan Bebas (Free Trade Agreement) dengan negara-negara maju.

    Saya bimbang di sinilah jerangkap samar ekonomi sedang dipasang oleh negara-negara maju untuk "menguasi" ekonomi negara-negara membanganun melalui proses diplomasi, rundingan dan operasi pasaran.

    Terima Kasih.

  26. Rocky!

    I see you have been selective in not posting other peoples comments on other peoples comments, I wish you are not that selective.
    Anyway, I am sure the late three prime ministers and Tun Mahathir are very sad to note that on this Merdeka Day I do not see any Malaysian flag being flown in the wind on Malaysian vehicles as previously seen. As for Bapak K well K will always stand for Khairy, Kalimullah and Kamaluddin.
    Rocky! Did you also know that the government wants the National Anthem to sung in three languages. Well I think it is a bad idea since Bahasa Melayu is the official language of this country and everyone has to learn how to sing it in that language, Bush also told the Hispanic community to go back to Mexico if they want the Star Spangled Banner to be sung in Spanish! Imagine "Deutchland Uber Alles" sung in Turkish, Spanish or French!? I think I need to go back to Cyprus.

    Cheers! To all the Morons in the country!

  27. Anonymous6:42 pm

    Kata org tua2, resmi padi, lagi berisi lagi tunduk. Tapi insan manusia ini acapkali lupa bila ditampuk kuasa. Bila dipentas, bercakap tu, ada 'GAH' bagaikan kuasanya melangit. Beringatlah kita, Allah bisa menentukan, kita hanya merancang.Orang2 Melayu khususnya ahli UMNO, selalunya menolak Pemimpin mrk yang bongkak... jadi kenapa Pemimpin kita skrg, bercakap bagaikan Kuat Bunyi Dari Suara'. Kenapa agaknya, ya? Sama2lah kita renung dan selidiki secara mendalam. Gamaknya mereka ini menggeruni ketakutan dalaman, jadi dgn berbunyi lebih kuat dari suara, maka akan hilanglah kegusaran didalam hati.

    Kalaulah bunyi2an suara ini, kita jwb dengan mengosongkan kerusi2 dalam majlis perasmian UMNO, apakah yang kita semua boleh bayangkan, bakal terjadi? Aku & Anda, pasti tahu! Tetapi mereka,..tepuk dada tanya selera.

    Sesungguhnya, Pemikiran kita yang Suci & Hati kita yang Bersih, pasti tidak akan menerima benda yang SALAH/TIDAK BENAR. Itulah ajaran IBUBAPA kita. Dari aku mempercayai pemimpin2 spt. ini, lebih baik aku tidak menggadaikan keyakinan dan kepercayaan ajaran IBUBAPA aku.

    Kirim salam sama itu Orang sana.

  28. Anonymous7:28 pm

    i am happy for our Prime Minister for having been given the Father of K-Economy title.
    Let us be happy for him.
    Let us hope that he will live up to this title.
    It is important he lives up to it. That he fulfills it. Otherwise, it is meaningless. Otherwise it is a mockery.
    It is not an insignificant "gelaran" because it is one bestowed on our Prime Minister.
    So,let us pray that Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will prove to Malaysians that he is BAPA K-EKONOMI.

  29. Anonymous10:47 pm

    Before we go on with this gelaran business, can anyone tell me whether this is a NATIONAL TITLE agreed upon, say by the Cabinet or other authoritative body comprising prominant ICT specialists?
    Or is this one of those titles of convenient conceived by one person whose authority and motive are suspect?
    The way it's being presented, it appears to me that this not a national title and was not bestowed by an accredited body. It appears to be the work of one man, who, according to many of your commentators, is prone to hand-kissing and apple-polishing.
    You should ask the PM if he accepts the title. I think as we become more developed and progressive we should strive for real quality and not mere labeling.
    If we allow one hand-kissing person to bestow a title on our Prime Minister, the time will soon come when people will laugh at the bearer. We do not want that to happen.
    May I, therefore, humbly suggest that we stop this practice and the Prime Minister not accept it.

  30. Anonymous10:58 pm

    Jed, I don't think Pujangga was being racist. He was stating fact. There never was a non-Chinese editor in The Star.
    On the other hand, there were (and are) many non-Malay editors, including editors-in-chief, in the NSTP group.
    I think it's unfair to expect the NSTP to be a Malay-dominated organization all the time as it's similarly unfair to think that only a chinese can become The Star editor.
    The multi-racial nature of the NSTP had enriched me. I worked under Malays editors and I worked under Chine and Indian editors.

  31. Anonymous11:19 pm

    From Malaysiakini: “Khairy Jamaluddin is no stranger to criticisms but this time the Umno Youth deputy chief has come under heavy fire from leaders of MCA and Gerakan – both component parties of the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition.
    ”On Friday, at the opening of the Jerlun Umno Youth division delegates’ conference in Kedah, Khairy had warned party members that Chinese Malaysians would exploit the current spat within the ruling party to advance their community’s interests.
    “The internal split within Umno will weaken the party’s position and this will pave way for the Chinese Malaysians to make various demands to benefit their community,” Khairy was quoted as saying by Chinese newspaper Sin Chew Daily.
    But who did KJ befriend in ECM Libra if not it's non-Malay shareholders and senior manager?
    Who’s Ong Beng Seng? Who is Francis Yeoh? Who is Vincent Tan? Who is Ananda Krishnan? Who is Patrick Lim? Who is Tony Fernandez?
    Are they not the people who gave him a one leg up in business via ECM Libra?
    See, even an Oxford man is not above racism and is not aversed to sowing the seed of fear for political gains.

  32. The titles of Bapak this and that to all Prime Ministers Malaysia is bestowed after the end of their Primeirship.

    Is JJ trying to tell him, the time is near ... and for face saving, we'll just allow him to gloat ... he did it his way.

  33. Anonymous5:21 am

    Father of K-Economy? That's hilarious. The man admitted himself that he's been on the field for 10 minutes and has not even warmed up! And here we have an arse-licker already choosing him as 'Player of the Game'.

  34. Anonymous10:58 am

    whoa Jed,
    now now now...who is the racist here? when you call another a racist, you had better look at yourself first.

    And Pujangga --- dont simply make generalised statements--lah.

    but i suppose, this is cyberspace. to each his/her own.
    you will always offend some people. not everyone will agree with you.

    just like i dont agree with jed that brendan is talented. though i agree with him that he is very very hardworking. and for the money he is paid, i'd be living in the NST!

    Oh hell---what do i care?i am just a very talented malaysian, like many other malaysians, who spend a little bit of my time going through blogs like Rocky's Bru.

    May the FORCES be with y'all.

  35. Dear Jed,

    You are accusing me of being a racist as against the Malays or the Chinese? I am Chinese.

    Why don't you go ask MCA to put a non-Chinese editor as Editor-in-chief of The Star and then we start talking ok.

    The fact remains that a non-Chinese editor at The Star cannot be given a post which is higher than News Editor. Go figure it out, Jed.

  36. everybody, the fact is all malaysians are RACIST. because in school, they taught us that Msia is multi-cultural and there are 3 main races: Malay, Chinese and Indian. And when we apply for anything MYKAD, job, loan,etc, they ALWAYS ask us what race we are.. So, we already know la from that time got different ali, ah kow and muthu have to get along la.

    so pujangga, pls check u don't have to be 'racist against any race', just making comments that u do make u a racist la...

    my point is does race really matter? why always say this race, that race...this topic very stale la...boleh move on ar?

    also, i don't care if the editor-in-chief at The Star is Malay, Chinese, Indian or long as they can do the job and is not racist...

    relakla..this is blogsphere...

  37. Way to go Pujangga! I do not want to generalise but I get this uneasy feeling that the real racists in our country are our politicians and some very young Malaysians (KJ and Jed are about the same age).


    I grew up in a mining kongsi in Batu Gajah, Perak among Indian, Chinese and Malay neighbours and I recently celebrated my 50th birthday.

    I studied in English medium schools, the true melting pot that taught us, inter alia, racial and religious tolerance and how to have fun together.

    Sadly these schools are now gone and our children are put in their respective racial cocoons until they enter the universities.

    All this while we wonder why, in spite of the national open houses, national service, programs to made students exchange notes and what have you, race relations are at their lowest and getting worse.

    I started working in the early days of the NEP and I can trade NEP horror stories with you anytime. The racism I had to face in an audit firm and later a manufacturing company in P.J was unbelievable.

    All this because I was a Malay who thought that academic qualifications and a willingness to work hard was enough to get started in one's career in one's own country among one's own countrymen.

    I was called "quota-filler", "window-dressing" and one Chinese junior clerk with a Grade 3 M.C.E had the cheek to tell me, who had a Grade 1 M.C.E, a Full H.S.C and doing my I.C.M.A (now C.I.M.A) exams that I would not have got the job if I were not a Malay.

    My eldest son is doing his Part 3 A.C.C.A exams while working and my 2nd son recently graduated from Universiti Teknologi Petronas and you know what? He got 3 job offers 1 week after his final exams and the offers are still coming (local graduate lah, kurang laku tapi ok lah). He now works for a small Chinese-owned software company with a 50-50 split of Malay and Chinese staff.

    And you know what else Jed? Both were not on scholarships. I am not a rich man and my children's S.P.M results were above average and both are very active in school. They qualified for scholarships but, you may find it hard to believe, it is much tougher for Malays students to get scholarships now.

    There are many Malays as there Chinese and Indians and Others who quietly put their children through college, start their own businesses and contribute to making this a better nation.

    The last thing we need are people who hijack matters of national and common interest and twist them into racial issues.

    I felt extremely insulted by your comments and was about to sent a personal e-mail to you until I read pujangga's response. Working hard and studying hard are not peculiar to non-Bumis and not all Malays are here for a free ride.

    We Malays do not have a monopoly on bigotry and discrimination. Insisting on command of Mandarin and other Chinese dialects in job advertisements is blatant racism too.

    You are of course entitled to your opinions but please be sentive to the sensivities of others.

  38. whoa...

    first of all, i don't mean to offend anyone. apologies all across. the written word can be interpreted in so many ways...

    maybe i misunderstood pujangga's earlier post on brendan. maybe he could clarify his intention 'cos it comes across as a detailed analysis of the race ratio of nst editors. n i interpreted it such that pujangga is not happy that a non-malay editor is appointed and that only a malay editor can really understand the sensitivities and needs of malays.


    if i list down the times that ppl from all races have made racist comments, i will have no time to do anything else.

    just today someone from another race made a comment about another race, "haiya, he is XX so like that one la."

    my point remains that this race fixation stems from the way things are organised in our countries.

    i find it offensive that people should even comment that "x is a non-(race)" or as from your personal experience, "he is only there cos he is (race)"

    but if i am constantly offended by this, it would be hard for me to be happy.

    anyway, i agree that the education system needs to be changed to encourage intergration at an earlier age.

    u said, "All this because I was a Malay who thought that academic qualifications and a willingness to work hard was enough to get started in one's career in one's own country among one's own countrymen.

    I was called "quota-filler", "window-dressing" and one Chinese junior clerk with a Grade 3 M.C.E had the cheek to tell me, who had a Grade 1 M.C.E, a Full H.S.C and doing my I.C.M.A (now C.I.M.A) exams that I would not have got the job if I were not a Malay."

    but sadly, because of the current system, a lot of capable people have to bear this stigma.

    my comment was directed at PUJANGGA. i have no problems with dealing with people across different cultures and will always give ppl a chance to prove themselves. i will never not employ anyone bcos of their ethnic background.

    i personally have a lot of malays friends and colleagues that i know all my life. we don't kill each other over racist comments.

    but ppl like PUJANGGA really really makes it hard for malaysians to move on.

    also, u said "Working hard and studying hard are not peculiar to non-Bumis and not all Malays are here for a free ride."

    i never said this.....i never implied this...i simply said that brendan is where he is because of these qualities.

    and i agree with u. values like that are universal. skin colour sadly has nothing to do with it.

    u said, "The last thing we need are people who hijack matters of national and common interest and twist them into racial issues."

    i think we have to accept that there are many unresolved issues that revolved around race that need to be resolved and stop believing the propaganda that we are living so happily together in a muhibbah manner with all this seething resentment below this facade.

  39. quote:
    We Malays do not have a monopoly on bigotry and discrimination. Insisting on command of Mandarin and other Chinese dialects in job advertisements is blatant racism too.

    With all respect, some jobs do require ppl who speak chinese/cantonese/hokkien and I don't really see that as racist, rather, economic realities.

  40. Jed,

    Let's end our argument here. I am not a racist and I know you are not too. Teh tarik some time?

  41. bapak K, Bapak mertua 'K'?

    Back to our discussion on Bapak K,Bapak mertua kepada K, hasn't he got nuthing to do with the cross multiracial issues nowadays?

    adakah K org melayu itu sendiri sudah kukuh hingga dia layak mendapat gelaran itu?sedarkah Bapak K, bhw melayu itu sendiri kurang nya kualiti dibandingkan dgn kuantitinya?


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