A Stereotype View on Nationalism

First of all, let’s get ourselves clear about the meaning of nationalism, which is the love or passionate feelings for one’s race, ethnics, or ancestry. Not to be confused with patriotism; the love or passionate feeling for one’s country, which is not limited to racial zeal. However, there’s no such kind of ‘sacred text’ that states the doctrines of nationalism, therefore nationalism is a very subjective ideology.

The Scottish National Party’s (SNP) support for Scottish independence has been an example to criticise the idea of nationalism. Nationalism is said to promote war and obstruct liberty. Is that really so? Continue reading

Malaysia as the Eastern USA? (Part II)

Last two weeks, I talked about how Malaysia is copying the US, whether the government or the people realise it or not. One may seem that there shouldn’t be a problem with that, because the US is where democracy, rights, liberty, opportunity, and equality are being exercised. If Malaysia really think that the US is exercising the right way of life, or at least the best ideology that ever existed, then what’s the point of making these countries divided? It should be better if Malaysia is a part of the US, or these two countries merge. Continue reading

Malaysia as the Eastern USA? (Part I)

A few weeks ago I read an article in the letters section of the New Straits Times about the absurdity for students to wear neckties in schools. The writer, who works at Perak Islamic Information Centre, expressed his sympathy towards school children because they are forced to wear neckties, even in the contemporary hot weather happening now in Malaysia. The necktie was invented by the British to keep themselves warm in their chilling country. To wear a necktie in a tropical region that has hot and humid weather throughout the whole year would be completely foolish. Unfortunately, not only kids are forced to wear them, but also working adults. Continue reading

The Hidden Vices of the Malays

(I’ve been away for so long but finally I’m able to write a new article for all of you. I’ve been very busy lately and I apologize for the inactivity. I might not be able to write as often as before, but I can only promise that I’ll try my best to keep it up. Thank you, Taf.)

”Lazy” is the first word that comes to mind when Malaysians talk about Malay people. Malay people agree too, including me. If we try to reflect, the most productive people in Malaysia aren’t the Malays but the ones from another region, the Chinese, since their domination in the business industry. Even jobs are given to foreigners, such as those of the Bangladeshis and the Indonesians. The answer to this bewilderment is simple, Malay people are lazy. Or is it? Continue reading