I recall that in the last elections, most of us chose a government that promised us more tolerance, more openness and more freedom. We gave a clear mandate to them to do all that they promised because we wanted to be able to express ourselves more, have more opportunities in life, which necessitates more openness and choices.Read the rest in Malaysia's The Star.
But we are not getting it. Or at least some of us are getting choked even more while the rest of us are simply ignored. The lovely multiethnic, multicultural Malaysia that is our pride and joy is simply crumbling because, and I have heard some people openly say it, there are people who would like to make it mono-ethnic, monocultural and mono-religious. That’s not the Malaysia I grew up in, not the Malaysia I want my children to live in. Not the Malaysia I love.
Mohammad Mahathir (actually, it's Mahathir Mohammad - see update) during his Elvis period. (Actually, it's neither Mohammad Mahathir nor Mahathir Mohammad. It's columnist Karim Raslan. For those desperately craving a photo of MM, here tis:
Thanks to Steve at the Pub for clearing that one up for me.)
UPDATE, 9/6 11:20pm: The very insightful, and very Malaysian, Aiza (who has had an interesting debate with the also very insightful and almost as Malaysian John in the comments section) has pointed out that the former Malaysian president's name is Maharthir Mohammad, not the other way around:
Just thought I would point out that her father's name is Mahathir Mohammad, not Mohammad Mahathir as you labelled the Elvis picture. Muslims do not have family names the way that Caucasians or Chinese people do. Instead, they take, as their last name, the first name of their father.
Than'u very much.