Now that DAP is an ally with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) whose President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had proudly declared that “I am a Malay first and a Malaysian second”, and its newly appointed Secretary General Dr Shahruddin Salleh, DAP must openly declare its position to the latter’s repeated calls in the past for the revocation of citizenship of those who failed their Bahasa Malaysia examination – a point accurately pointed out by DAP Johor chairman Dr Boo Cheng Hau.
If DAP is going to ignore MCA’s caution as it continuously exercised from the past, it should at the very least acknowledge the “deep concern” of its comrade Dr Boo.
MCA recognises the importance for Malaysians to be proficient in our national language Bahasa Malaysia. Nevertheless, to advocate the stripping of one’s citizenship due to failure to master Bahasa Malaysia is drastic, discriminatory and even un-Malaysian.
The values of citizenship should be centred on abiding with the rule of law, formulating and implementing policies which are merit-based
Who is more Malaysian? Someone who only speaks Bahasa Malaysia, be it fluently or colloquially, but issues “May 13 parang terbang” threats, or another who does a flying kick against a biker whom he has separate values of?
Are such violent behaviour reflective of Malaysian citizenship as opposed to an elderly folk who is more at ease with his mother tongue and leads a simple, humble life without interfering the personal security of others?
Dr Shahrudin’s demand to strip Malaysians who did not pass their Bahasa Malaysia exams off their citizenship would cause many septuagenarian, octogenarians and nonagenarians and centenarians to be stateless as they may have sat for Senior Cambridge exams before Malaya achieved independence, or they may be uneducated.
Is he aware that Malaysians born in Strait Settlement states i.e. Penang and Malacca prior to Merdeka were made automatic Malayan citizens once Independence was obtained, or that Sabahans and Sarawakians were also made automatic Malaysian citizens when the Federation of Malaysia was formed on 16 September 1963 after the Malaysian Agreement was reached?
Likewise for many indigenous Malaysians be they the Orang Asli on the Peninsular or those from Sabah and Sarawak, who living in the hinterlands interior do not have easy access to schooling or who did not complete formal education, but lead simple lives off the land, is Dr Shahrudin calling that their blue MyKads be unilaterally destroyed and switched to red?
Ng Chok Sin