‘Chin Peng was just a tool for the Chinese Communist Party. Banning Chin Peng from returning to Malaysia is not enough to punish the Chinese government. Let's severe diplomatic ties.'
NK Khoo:It's true many victims suffered during the communist insurgency. But without the support of the Chinese Communist Party, CPM could not have survived for four decades.
Chin Peng was just a tool for the Chinese Communist Party. Banning Chin Peng from returning to Malaysia is not enough to punish the Chinese government.
Let's severe diplomatic ties with China to make it more appropriate and to make our ex-soldiers happy.
PM Najib should cancel his visit to China next week to show the rakyat that Malaysia is serious about its past history.
How about the war crimes the Japanese committed against the people of Malaya during WW II? Did they kill less people than the communists?
Maybe only Chinese were killed by the Japanese army and the emperor of Japan is still welcome to visit Malaysia as a VIP guest.
The Malaysian BN government is hypocritical not unlike the local newspapers and politicians as they are all afraid of exposing the truth.
40M: I am a much older Malaysian so I would like to share my experience. Yes, as a young man, I had fought the racists in state and parliamentary elections.
On May 10, 1969 we fought for Selangor to a stalemate until we were ousted by what is now generally accepted as a coup d'etat by the then deputy prime minister Razak who then ousted Tunku and then declared a state of emergency.
Democracy in Malaysia went downhill from that point and 40 years down the road, when the opposition won Perak, the same formula was used again, this time by his son, Najib, the present PM.
Perak is now seen as a failed state from the point in the view of democrats.
Any forward-thinking Malaysian can draw their own conclusions as to whether there is a level playing field as far as elections are concerned.
It is as if after 40 years, we are as good as coming a full circle back to square one. There is no choice. You stay and suffer in silence or leave and shout about it.
Yes, I have also lived and worked abroad, educated a family both in Malaysia and abroad at huge cost and personal sacrifice.
And I have still come back to watch with amazement the courage and tenacity of younger Malaysians fighting for a truly democratic Malaysia against stacked odds.
I would commend George Lee for the initiative in seeking greener pastures elsewhere. I know how it feels to breath the fresh air of equality.
I suspect Chan must be on a good wicket if he can be so happy with his lot in Malaysia. The majority of Malaysians who have been denied scholarships or a job in the Malaysian civil service cannot be so happy.
The battle has been lost since 1969 but the war can still be won - hopefully in my lifetime.
Dr Vijaya Ramasamy: I am extremely disappointed with Dr Veenesh Selvaratnam for directing his frustrations and dissatisfaction towards the Malaysian government.
His letter is highly unpatriotic and speaks volume about his rather limited knowledge pertaining to the Sri Lankan issue.
Although I agree that the Sri Lankan situation has grave humanitarian concerns, Selvaratnam doesn't understand that this has nothing to do with the Malaysian government or its decision to allow Malaysians to visit Sri Lanka.
Calling for Malaysia to disallow her citizens to travel to Sri Lanka is highly absurd and it will be interesting to know how this might help the plight of the displaced Tamils in the north of Sri Lanka.
Going by his twisted logic, Palestine should have been an independent state decades ago since Malaysia, to my knowledge, has never allowed her subjects to enter Israel.
I suggest Selvaratnam examines his own community's role in this calamity. For example, the Malaysian Ceylonnese Congress (MCC) representing the Malaysian Tamils of Sri Lankan origin.
They should perhaps be taken to task for being mysteriously quiet when over 20,000 innocent people were shelled to death in the name of defeating the LTTE.
In fact, their leaders have been largely pro- Rajapaksa and his war against Tamil separatism in the north-east of Sri Lanka, from my observations.
The failure of Sri Lanka's Tamil diaspora, particularly in Malaysia, to support and lead the Sri Lankan Tamil issue is probably one of the more significant factor for the recent debacle.
I sincerely hope Selvaratnam stops barking up the wrong tree and cease his myopic view that Malaysia is responsible for the Tamil debacle in Sri Lanka today.
A moment to reflect is all you need to realise how little sometimes we have done for our own struggle and how we end up deflecting the problems to make it easier for our coping mechanism.
Kaisim: When the government decided to change the medium of instruction to Malay in 1970, many of us foresaw the difficulties that this country would face in the future.
Many of our Umno politicians have refused to accept the fact that this is a multi-racial society.
Umno was too powerful and stubborn to listen to anyone regarding rational educational policies for the people.
In fact, the government then should have invited the best men for a brainstorming session to decide on an education system for the future. Instead, it chose to toe the line of the ultras.
Currently, the government is in a dilemma over using English for science and maths.
Much public funds have been used to implement this policy and it will be foolish to make a U-turn now.
Politicians and leaders must be sincere and be seen to be fair in doing their jobs for the country. They must walk the talk and do the right thing because ultimately the people are the judges.
The failure of this policy now could be the fault of the previous politicians who had things swept under the carpet all these years.
The BN government must implement policies that are people-friendly if it wants to go on.
Teh: I am extremely confused by this article.
Firstly as a Malaysian, I am completely insulted and amazed at the arrogance of the writer to even compare BN and its personalities, policies or any other matter with the personalities he mentioned in his article.
He fails to mention that the lovely morning awakes differently to poor people in distant places who have been badly affected by the policies of his own country which swears allegiance to the nations which carry out such acts.
He worries about one political party which has been democratically elected by its own people in Malaysia.
Just because not all the citizens see BN's way of doing things as right, does it means they (BN) are wrong?
Luxuries, yachts, cars and big homes? Now, now.
Surely the folks at BN cannot match the unseen thousands of greedy folk in the West who have caused terrible hardship and pain with their free and democratic ideas to bankrupt the world.
The same who have policies that heap torture, war, killings, rape and many more atrocities onto the rest of the world.
And he can still hold the moral high ground to condemn BN.
Ong: ‘But Internet censorship is out', he added
Agreed, and a good starting point is to stop censoring comments at the Chedet blog .