Lat, or better known as Datuk Mohamed Nor Khalid, is one of the many persons who might be disappointed with his many friends’ son and daughters, from all races in his campaign in Perak. They, the siblings of his friends, Malays, Chinese and Indians, are no longer playing the same games as his early days when mixing with the people from all races of the multiracial society.
Perhaps his books are the history of how race relation was all about.
Now, the characters are no more fun. The Malays see the truth in which the Chinese group has taken the whole of Ipoh, leaving some small plots around the town, as their home and place to make fun of, totally in control of the state’s capital. There is literally no space for another race to share the commercial activities in the town except working in big GLC or state government offices.
Chinese has taken the transport business, the commercial space for shopping complexes, the leisure and hospitality business, hospital and medical buildings, and nothing is left for other races to participate as owners entrepreneurs.
In a very short span of time, with the assistance of Chinese MCA and Gerakan, UMNO has permitted the Chinese group to be the king of the state’s capital.
Lat could not anymore joke using this example of lifestyle which has indulged into Ipoh in his new book concerning the race relation. Oh well, he made a joke on the name of a car, Almari and Almera, recently, which has nothing to do with his earlier fond of race relation, especially those funny behaviours involving Chinese and Malay.
Now tell me, where are the jokes?
It’s really no joke. When a Malay state as big as Perak has a Chinese state‘s capital. What I mean by Chinese state’s capital is that all commercial activities are in the hand of the Chinese. If you want to boycott the Chinese businesses in the state’s capital, you must not go the town at all.
Town expansion is related to demand from the population, but having considered that, when the policy to decide the expansion is shared with the Chinese, then the policy to supply the demand of space in the town centre for the other races will be monopolised by the Chinese. And of course, the town expansion will be wholly Chinese, which is, coincidentally, very bad for the company.
UMNO should have created an insurance policy to expand space for Malay in all large towns, and assume the responsibility to accommodate demand from the Malay and other races to balance population of a city or a town. By doing so, Malay may take part as entrepreneur and the proprietors of the sites thus balancing the trades between all races, and be fair to all people of this nation.
Perhaps, there are writers or cartoonists who will draw cartoons depicting a war between all people of different races in this area later in the years to come. Those people who would slaughter other races in a fight for the space in the city, throwing stones if not mortars, just like the Palestinians and the Jews, because more Malays are now beginning to understand the truth about MCA and Gerakan, which has destroyed the partnership in the government by making the Chinese the master of a town or a City and not helping other races at all.
This has to stop, to prevent such happenings which will be destroying our whole nation.
I hope, Lat will draw a new sketch on how town space can be shared equally by all people in a town, or a city. So that we can make it fun.