I am a Malaysian. A proud one at that, if I may add. But as I'm writing this entry entirely in English, does that make me a lesser Malaysian than others? What, if I may ask, is the essence of a true Malaysian? That he/she speaks only Bahasa Malaysia/Bahasa Melayu (the term keeps changing from time to time that I've lost track of the correct term)? So let's say, hypothetically, that I was born in Malaysia, but raised in Russia. My Malay vocabulary is limited to 'Terima kasih', 'Ya' and 'Tak'. Does that mean I'm not a Malaysian? Even if I have a myKad?
Wait. Does that mean UiTM is un-Malaysia(n)? Because as far as I know, all the subjects in UiTM (except CTU) are taught in English. How so very un-Malaysia(n) this UiTM. All those Malay/Bumiputra students, and English is the main language? Boycott UiTM students! Boo! Tak orang Malaysia la budak-budak UiTM ni! Buat malu je mengaku orang Melayu! Bangga sangat cakap bahasa penjajah. Oops. Did I just write in Bahasa Malaysia/Melayu? Orang Malaysia kena cakap Bahasa Melayu.
Even a certain minister once made a statement that speaking English in the workplace is "weird" and harmful to the nation's culture and identity. Oh wow. I guess I should just converse with my Russian boss in Malay. Who cares if he understand or not? The main point is I don't want to be accused of being a weirdo and polluting the nation's culture and identity. Polluting. Yeah. Big word there, ladies and gentlemen. Petronas should stop polluting the nation's culture and identity. MAS should do the same. And Air Asia, too. And all the 5-star hotels. Weirdos all of them. Boo!
Tell me again, between a Malay-only-speaking Malaysian graduate and Malay-and-English-speaking Malaysian graduate, who will you choose to work in your company? Right. The Star, New Straits Time and The Sun should be barred from publishing their newspapers. They are harmful to the nation's culture and identity. Orang Malaysia kena cakap Bahasa Melayu. Eh. Wait. I'm doing it right now. I'm polluting and harming the nation's culture and identity! Gasp. It's a blasphemy! Right, right.
Jadi bila saya berbicara dan menulis/menaip dalam Bahasa Melayu barulah saya dikatakan orang Malaysia? Hanya dengan berbahasa kebangsaan saya tidak akan mencemarkan dan merosakkan identiti dan budaya Malaysia? Maafkan saya tetapi pada pendapat saya, itu adalah tahi lembu semata-mata! Bahasa Inggeris adalah satu bahasa yang universal, bahasa di mana ilmu berpaksi. Keluarlah dari bawah tempurung anda itu. Buka minda luas-luas. Jangan kerana kalian tidak boleh berbahasa Inggeris, kalian harus memperlekehkan bahasa itu. 'Bahasa penjajah' kononnya. Yang terkinja-kinja "Under my umbrella ella ella ella" tu tak pula dikatakan bahasa penjajah ya?
We're not the third world country. It's time we stop thinking like one. Or acting like one. Stop embarrassing yourself with idiotic statements like that. I'm a Malaysian. A proud Malaysian. I can speak Malay. A damn good one at that, too. I was born and raised in Malaysia by Malaysian parents and relatives. I'm so freaking Malaysian that a lawyer will die first before proving it otherwise. And speaking English does not make me a lesser Malaysian. And I certainly am not doing any pollution or harm to the nation's culture and identity. Maybe the minister should start coming up with less idiotic statements from now on.
I got both of those comments from PM's facebook. That triggered this entry. Those are your typical bahasa-Inggeris-bahasa-penjajah Malaysian. I bet they don't speak English at their workplace. And I bet their facebook's default language is Bahasa Melayu. And I bet they are not UiTM students. And I bet that no one else is as proud to be Malaysian as they are.