24 May 2016

Mahathir runs away from his Indian Heritage

Is our former prime minister suffering from dementia to even forget his father's actual name? His father was a Indian man from the southern Indian state of Kerala by the name of Mohamad a/l Kutty. (I refer to https://prezi.com/eoqddatd7wrh/biography-of-che-det/)
Iskandar Kutty
Perhaps, the most famous Malayalee to land in George Town was Iskandar Kutty, a merchant who married a Johor-Riau wife Siti Hawa Iskandar. (I refer to http://semaremas.blogspot.my/2015/06/susur-galur-keturunan-hidung-belatuk.html)

Therefore, genetically Mahathir whose father is Indian and mother a Malay would be classified as an Indian. However our federal constitution says that any man who profess the religion of Islam, practices the Malay customs and speaks Malay would be considered a Malay.

Therefore under the constitution’s definition Mahathir’s father was a Malay but in reality and factually he was an Indian.

But what surprises me and many Malaysians is why is he ashamed of his own Indian heritage so much so that he even declare that his father was a Malay when this is not true. (I refer to https://he.palgrave.com/resources/sample-chapters/9780230238732_sample.pdf)

We were extremely shocked to read the report 'My father would have been proud' related by Dr Mahathir Mohamad in the New Straits Times article published sometimes ago.

In the article Mahathir said his father was Mohamad Iskander and that '...my father was one of the few Malays who ran away to school to get an education'.

In his speech at the Perkasa gathering he even lambasted the non-Malays for equating the NEP policy to apartheid.

In many of his speeches he has dwelled at length on the rights and privileges of the non-Malays pretending that he also belongs to the bumiputera and they therefore should perpetually be allowed to enjoy the privileges and rights .

Mahathir is what we called a mamak in Malaysia. Many of them are really Indians who have converted to take advantage of the bumiputera status. Some of them pretend to be more Malays than the original Malays.

Many of them have taken full advantage of their status and have gone one become Umno ministers. Unlike them the original Malays who are refined and cultured.

Indeed, enter any forum for political discussion, and when Mahathir's name comes up, someone is bound to make a comment about his mamak heritage. In one of the most popular websites dedicated to Malaysian politics, two of the first three comments in an article about Mahathir call him out for being "genetically Indian" and "ashamed of being Indian. You evil, disgrace to humanity!"

Since Mahathir has run away from his Indian heritage, somehow it has become anonymous internet commentators' duty to bring it back home to him. (I refer to http://www.infernalramblings.com/articles/Malaysian_Politics/747/)

On Wikipedia not too long ago several editors got into a protracted argument about whether Mahathir actually was half-Indian. Practically any biography can confirm this fact.

If Mahathir and his kind continue to call non-malays pendatang, then he should examine his own heritage in that his own father came from Kerala.

Yes, he should not be ashamed to acknowledge his own Indian heritage and proclaim proudly that he is also a pendatang .

Instead of spending his twilight years in graceful retirement, this old man deems it fit to foment hatred and ill will among the races. He should realise by now that he no longer holds any power and influence in the party that he once led.

Mahathir is ashamed of his father. So what?

Mahathir denigrates non-Malays as an inferior class of citizens to Malays. Why should that make our ideas and our opinions any less valid when the Federal Constitution grants us equal suffrage, equal voting rights as our fellow Malay citizens. If this is not a case of the pot calling the kettle black, I honestly don't know what is.

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