At first it was 100. Then it became 50. Now it is 0.
At first it was Bahasa Malaysia. Then it became Bahasa Melayu. Now it is back to Bahasa Malaysia.
Make up your
damn mind already! This Back to Bahasa Malaysia change is so unnecessary. Why was it changed in the first place anyway? Will it be changed to Bahasa Melayu again in the year 2020? Why not just change it to Bahasa Melaysia once and for all?
Quoting Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin from The Star:
The Malays, for example, must not see Bahasa Malaysia as a language used (solely) by themselves.
Similarly, non-Malays would also not see the language as a Malay language but a language that belongs to them.
I don’t know what the other Malaysians think about that remark. As for me, I have never thought that a language belongs to a certain race only — be it others, Indian, Chinese or Malay (I’m reversing the order because it has always been “in order”).
Why the fuss over “what” belongs to “who”? Aren’t we a big mixed up “family” called Malaysian?
Some others, Indian and Malay families are sending their children to Chinese schools. Some others, Indians and Malays are using chopsticks. Some Chinese eat with hand/fingers.
Note: ALL = Others, Indian, Chinese or Malay.
Others eat [ALL - others] foods. Indian eats [ALL - Indian] foods. Chinese eats [ALL - Chinese] foods. Malay eats [ALL - Malay] foods.
Others wear [ALL - others] traditional clothes. Indian wears [ALL - Indian] traditional clothes. Chinese wears [ALL - Chinese] traditional clothes. Malay wears [ALL - Malay] traditional clothes.
Ok, I think you know where I am going with this. The national language being called Bahasa Malaysia or Bahasa Melalyu doesn’t make or break the unity of Malaysians. It is the group of people with the mindset that thinks that it will or won’t break it that (might) break it. I am not sure if you understood what I meant because I am not sure if I do understand it myself.
Again, why the fuss over Bahasa Malaysia or Bahasa Melayu? The only time when I really cared in the past and will care in the future are during times like these:
Now, none of us wants our kids to get spanked for something as silly as this, do we? If my kid were to get into this situation one day (and if he/she has a hot lady teacher), I wouldn’t mind taking their place.
“Spank me (instead), teacher!”