When ‘Hidup Umno’ rings loud in our schools - By Commander (Rtd) S THAYAPARAN Royal Malaysian Navy
Wednesday, October 04, 2017
Malaysiakini : “The command of the old despotisms was
‘Thou shalt not’. The command of the totalitarians was ‘Thou shalt’. Our
command is ‘Thou are’.” – George Orwell, "1984"
COMMENT | I sincerely hope there
were no non-Malay students in the “class decoration and performance”
event at that school in Putrajaya.
When someone shouts “Hidup Umno”,
they are calling for Malay and Islamic supremacy in its purest form. A
non-Malay child forced to express such nonsense seems cruel in ways that
the systemic discrimination in this country does not. I suppose this
type of oppression goes on in myriad ways in government schools all
across the country, and the fewer non-Malays there are, the more
virulent the Umno propaganda is in those schools.
This, of course, makes you wonder what is going on in all those
religious schools that are apparently safety hazards. If Umno is pushing
the race and religion card in public institutions that are supposed to
be non-political and multiracial, I cannot help but think of the kind of
propaganda that is going on in those religious schools, where young
children are taught that their religion is superior to everything else.
If folks wonder why Muslims youths are being radicalised, it is because of events like these. I wrote about this before -
“When you: “1) Vilify political opponents as anti-Islam. “2) Persecute other Muslims and label them deviant. “3) Carry out propaganda programmes that claim that the Malay/Muslim
community is under siege from religious and economic agendas supported
by non-Muslim Malaysians. “4) Maintain that by virtue of race, you are superior to other Malaysians.
“When you do all of the above in an effort to define what it means to
be ‘Malay’, then do not act surprised that young Malays gravitate to
similar ideologies that make them the centre of the universe, and
violence an acceptable means to achieve hegemony.”People dismiss this school event as just another embarrassment for
the ruling party, but this in reality was another blatant Umno display
of hostility towards the democratic process, the constitution and civil
The next time some establishment apologist talks about creating unity
through national schools, I hope rational Malaysians will consider that
sending their young to any place but these fetid breeding grounds of
hate and discrimination is better than allowing them to chant “Hidup
Umno” while young teachers are invited to join Umno with promises of
positions of influence.