Friday, October 16, 2009

Message from Tunku Abdul Rahman great grand daughter???

Tunku Abdul Rahman

The most iconic moment in Malaysian history - Tunku Abdul Rahman proclaiming Malaya independence from British rule on 31st August, 1957 at the Merdeka Stadium, Kuala Lumpur...

Well... i received this via email.

It is difficult to verify wether it was indeed Tunku Abdul Rahman's great grand daughter who wrote this.. anyway to me, this writing is good for unity in a multi racial country like Malaysia.

For those who do not have any idea who Tunku Abdul Rahman is, well Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al Haj was the first Prime Minister of Malaysia (at that time known as Malaya), after gaining independence from British on the 31st August 1957.

The late Tunku Abdul Rahman was also known as Bapa Kemerdekaan (the Father of Independence)...


Tunku Abdul Rahman's great grand daughter
Sharyn Lisa Shufiyan, 24,

"Both my parents are Malay. My mum's heritage includes Chinese, Thai
and Arab, while my dad is Minangkabau. Due to my skin colour, I am
often mistaken for a chinese.

I'm happy that I don't have the typical Malay look but I do get
annoyed when people call me Ah Moi or ask me straight up "Are you
Chinese or Malay"

Like, why does it matter? Before I used to answer "Malay" but now I'm
trying to consciously answer Malaysian instead.

There's this incident from primary school that I remember till today.
Someone told me that I will be called last during Judgement Day
because I don't have a Muslim name. Of course, I was scared then but
now that I'm older, I realise that a name is just a name. It doesn't
define you as a good or bad person and there is definitely no such
thing as a Muslim name. You can be named Rashid or ALI and still be a

I've heard of the 1Malaysia concept, but I think we don't need to be
told to be united. We've come such a long way that it should already
be embedded in our hearts and minds that we are united. Unfortunately,
you can still see racial discrimination and polarisation. There is
still this ethno-centric view that the Malays are the dominant group
and their rights must be protected, and non Malays are forever the

For the concept to succeed, I think the government should stop with
the race politics. It's tiring, really. We grew up with application
forms asking us to tick our race. We should stop painting a negative
image of the other races, stop thinking about 'us' and 'them' and
focus on 'we', 'our' and 'Malaysians' .

No one should be made uncomfortable in their own home. A dear Chinese
friend of mine said to me once, "I don't feel patriotic because I am
not made to feel like Malaysia is my home, and I don't feel an
affinity to China because I have never lived there.

I know some baby Nyonya friends who can trace their lineage back
hundreds of years. I'm a fourth generation Malaysian. If I am
Bumiputra, why can't they be, too? Clearly I have issues with the

I think the main reason why we still can't achieve total unity is
because of this 'Malay rights' concept. I'd rather 'Malay rights' be
replaced by human rights. So unless we get rid of this Bumiputra
status, or reform our views and policies on rights, we will never
achieve unity.

For my merdeka wish, I'd like for Malaysians to have more voice, to
be respected and heard. I wish that the government would uphold the
true essence of parliamentary democracy. I wish for the people to no
longer fear and discriminate against each other, to see that we are
one and the same.

I wish that Malaysia would truly live up to the tourism spin of
Malaysia truly Asia . Malaysians to lead - whatever their ethnic
background. Only ONE NATIONALITY -MALAYSIAN. No Malays, No Chinese,

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