Husband: Do you think one day there will be a Malaysia?
Me: I think so. There will still be a Malaysia, but whose Malaysia and what kind of Malaysia.
Munch. munch. munch.
Friend ( 47 year old American from Chicago ) : Where will the Malays go then ?
Me : huh ?
Friend : Well, let’s just say to put it simply. The Chinese here have China, the Indians have India- just to put it very, very simply without any other connotations to it, where will the Malays go then? If the Malays lose their land, will there still be Malaysia ?
munch. munch. munch.
Me: I am from down south where years ago they gave away Tanah Melayu to some Socialistic minded leader and honestly speaking, no one can proclaim or bother to really make an effort of that island to have any close resemblance to anything remotely Malayu in this day and age. In a way, that is why I am glad to be here. But if there is no Malaysia anymore, well then people like me just have to remember what is a Malay and what is being a Malay all about. It is up to Malaysia Malays to determine that. I am, but a foreigner commenting from the outside.
All 3 of us on that dinner table carry 3 different passports, with one common worry. Whatever is Malaysia turning into, now ?
When Laksamana Hang Tuah made the famous speech where he proudly proclaimed ‘ Takkan Melayu hilang di dunia? ‘ did it ever cross his mind that one day Malaysia will be in this state of nonsense ?