Posts Tagged ‘Sultan of Johor’

Daryn, be proud of your plural ancestry

November 22, 2010

I hope and pray that you would be patriotic and surely, not a “pendatangbecause you are born here. After all, many Malaysians, including politicians, can proudly trace their roots to faraway lands like India and Pakistan. We all know very well that some try to conceal their ethnic history, preferring to emphasise on their new identities, sometimes for political and economic expediency.

It was heartening to read about Raja Zarith Sofea Sultan Idris Shah declaring that her ancestral roots were from Sumatra and the Peranakan Chinese. The consort of the Sultan of Johor went on to say that the use of the term pendatang to describe non-bumiputras was “hurtful and ignorant”. It was shameful, she added, for apparently educated and mature individuals to use such terms or suggest that fellow Malaysians go back to where they came from. Raja Zarith, who was speaking at the Voices of Peace, Conscience and Reason (PCORE) forum in Kuala Lumpur last week, stressed on the importance of recognising the diversity of Malaysian society, brought about by centuries of inter-racial and inter-faith marriages and communication.