Sunday, November 09, 2008

Raja Petra writes and we listen

It is good to have him back. Back to what he does best: write, and write well.

My compulsory daily blog visit has always been Malaysia Today. To have the star columnist back is like having protein once again after months of bland carbohydrate online diet.

He served up another yummilicious article ("I am Malay, and proud of it") since his release from the ISA detention centre in Kamunting. And he has put forward a valid challenge in the final paragraph: To have the economic crutches removed and to really empower the major ethnic group of Malaysia. (The story before that final few paragraphs are slightly more entertaining yet true, so please read the link!)

I hope the new generation of policy-makers (Khairy, Nurul Izzah etc) will be able to make real and substantial changes, at the same time inspire and empower every Malaysian without the need for ethnic rhetoric ala Obama-style*.

I think the best way to start for these young politicians is to learn valuable lessons from Raja Petra's stories.

Welcome back Pete!

*I personally feel that we are not able to leave racial politics yet because we have not reached the necessary patriotism to do so. Obama united the majority of Americans (which has always been fragmented) with the promise of a better future and troubled times like these need a togetherness not seen before. He didn't even mutter a single word relating to ethnicity in his victory speech. This is indeed a substantial CHANGE. A change for the better.

3 Comments:

Blogger 暗生番 said...

Every ex-English or Dutch colony has race problems. I wonder if it's got something to do with either the language or the fairy tales that come with it. Isn't Obama as much a white man as a black man? In his home country he's black, period. Only in Anglostan!

November 21, 2008 8:15 PM  
Blogger naeboo~ said...

as much as i agree that he writes well, the blog design leaves much to be desired in terms of surfability and user-friendlyness.

yes, it used to be worse, but
now that he got nuffnang advertising on his blog, he shld really get them to refresh up the design ley.

November 22, 2008 3:55 PM  
Blogger sour milk said...

Did, or did not, the Malays also "borrowed" the culture of Chinese to give out "Green Pocket" during Hari Raya? Do they not buy fire crackers? What the hell is this? It's such a setback to our targeted advancement of acknowledging one another in sharing the land, the culture, and the knowledge we live in.

November 24, 2008 8:19 PM  

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