‘AGONG, STOP DREAMING – AND YOU MAHATHIR, STOP BEING IGNORANT’: NAJIB CAMP CONTINUES TO PROD THE RACIAL FIRES

His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong knows that DAP and Pakatan Harapan are pushing Malaysia to the limit and that at any time race riots can break out. What we are seeing today we saw 50 years ago in 1969. The Malays have lost patience and are just waiting to teach DAP a lesson. And the DAP leaders know this as well.

(Bernama) – Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has called on Malaysians to stand tall as a nation that transcends all differences to create lasting unity and togetherness.

His Majesty said to create such atmosphere, the people and leaders at all levels should not just do nothing and yet dream of achieving success.

On the contrary, the King said, concerted efforts should be taken to break down elements that would hinder the unity.

In his heart the Agong knows that Pakatan Harapan is a threat to the security of Malaysia and that at any time race riots can break out

Al-Sultan Abdullah said this in his royal address in conjunction with his official birthday celebrations tomorrow, broadcast live on all television stations tonight.

“The fact is that it is not an easy task to manage the divisions and differences that exist in a country. This is due to the fact that every single thing will tend to be viewed and interpreted from different angles,” His Majesty said.

As such, Al-Sultan Abdullah said, ever since taking his oath as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Jan 31, he has travelled to every corner of the country to stay close to all Malaysians regardless of differences.

“Through this approach, I learn that every single Malaysian has a role in contributing to the development of a sovereign and independent nation.

“In fact, the most important thing I learn is that every Malaysian truly loves this blessed country,” said Al-Sultan Abdullah.

As long as the DAP Chinese keep insisting the Malays are pendatang and do not own Malaysia there can never be racial harmony in Malaysia

His Majesty said that Malaysians already had the strong foundation and spirit of unity that only needed to be nurtured so that it could serve as the force to withstand all obstacles.

In conjunction with the official celebration of his birthday tomorrow, Al-Sultan Abdullah invited leaders from all walks of life to put aside the differences to serve the people in efforts to establish a harmonious and united society.

“Insha Allah, I and the Raja Permaisuri Agong (Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah) will continue to inspire and reach out to the people regardless of their rank, degree, lineage and races in achieving a unified vision that is a crucial ingredient in shaping civilised society,” said His Majesty.

Al-Sultan Abdullah also called on all Malaysians to continue to uphold the constitutional monarchy, the parliamentary democracy system and to adhere to the principles of the Rukun Negara.

His Majesty also expressed his gratitude for the congratulatory wishes and prayers he received in conjunction with his official birthday.

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“I believe, the support and kind thoughts received from the people and various parties, show that the practice of the constitutional monarchy has a very significant role for the people and the nation,” he said.

His Majesty also thanked the government, members of the administration, civil servants and security personnel who have contributed to the nation’s well-being.

“In particular, I and the Raja Permaisuri Agong would like to thank all Malaysians who have always welcomed our visits with open hearts and minds.

“I and the Raja Permaisuri Agong will pray for all Malaysians and our beloved country to remain safe and prosperous and under the protection of Allah Subhanahu Wataala,” Al-Sultan Abdullah said.

Mahathir Is Ignorant About The History Of The Chinese And Indian Migration

So, there you are. That was why the Indians and Chinese came to Malaya to work as labourers from 1850 to 1920. And that was why the British and Chinese labour ‘contractors’ did not seek out Malays to work in the plantations and tin mines. Why look for Malays when you have slaves to do the work for opium and toddy (which incidentally the British controlled)?

These people have no choice but to do the dirty and low-paid jobs that the Malays, Chinese and Indians would not touch

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad posted an article in his blog saying that the Malays are lazy and refuse to work, and that is why Malaysia needs to import seven million foreign workers.

But the Malays or Bumiputeras are only 60% of the country’s population. What about the Chinese and Indians? Why don’t they do the work instead so that Malaysia does not need to bring in seven million foreigners? After all, the British brought in the Chinese and Indians to become labourers.

Does Mahathir even know the history of the Chinese and Indian migration from 1850 to 1920 and why the British brought them into Malaya?

The Chinese were prepared to work for opium, the Malays were not

In 1834, the British introduced the cultivation of cocoa into Ceylon, alongside rubber and coconut. Tea was another product the British introduced, not only into Ceylon but to other parts of India as well.

After some years, Ceylon’s cocoa plantations were hit by a blight and this wiped out the cocoa industry. Once the blight hits your plantation the land is useless and cannot be used to plant cocoa any more.

The British had to look for an alternative place far away from Ceylon to grow cocoa and they decided on Malaya, considering that Malaya and Ceylon were similar in weather and other conditions.

So, the British cocoa plantations were relocated to Malaya. But then the Malays were not labourers or plantation workers by nature and they knew nothing about cocoa. Hence the British decided not only to relocate their plantations to Malaya but to relocate the more experienced Ceylonese-Indian labourers as well.

Not only the Malays but the Chinese and Indians also refuse to work as plantation workers today

That was why there was a surge in the migration of workers from India-Ceylon from the mid-1800s to around 1920 when British Malaya ended the migration policy.

The biggest producer of cocoa was Brazil, who at that time controlled 70% of the world market. Because of the over-production of cocoa in Brazil, the price of cocoa collapsed, so it was no longer viable to continue to grow cocoa.

The British had to look for a new crop to grow and in 1877 they introduced rubber to replace cocoa, which also, just like cocoa, came from Brazil. By 1930, Malaya produced half of the world’s rubber (but by 1920 the importation of Indian-Ceylonese workers had ended).

The Chinese story is different.

In 1810, 1811, 1846 and 1849, China experienced famine that saw 45 million deaths. From 1850 to 1873, the Taiping Rebellion and drought killed another 20-30 million Chinese. In 1875, a drought/famine began in northern China that killed between 9 to 13 million people.

It was either migrate or die in China

This high death toll of almost 100 million people resulted in many Chinese wanting to leave China and seek a new life elsewhere, the United States being the favourite destination then.

It was not cheap for the Chinese to travel outside China plus they had to bribe the Chinese officials to be allowed to leave China (yes, even Chinese officials can be corrupt). But these were penniless Chinese who had nothing but the clothes on their backs.

This was where the triads came in. The triads would arrange and pay for their passage (including the bribes) but these Chinese had to sign a “labour contract” and work until they paid off their debt. In short, these Chinese sold themselves into debt slavery.

These Malays work very hard and are not lazy, as Mahathir suggests

To add insult to injury, these contract labourers or slaves had to become triad members and subject themselves to triad laws, which most times means death. On top of that, they were not paid in cash but were given lodging, food and opium as their salary. That meant they were literally slaves for life. But then most died young from disease and triad wars so they never reached pension age anyway (in Ampang, Selangor, entire Chinese communities got wiped out by disease and wars).

So, there you are. That was why the Indians and Chinese came to Malaya to work as labourers from 1850 to 1920. And that was why the British and Chinese labour ‘contractors’ did not seek out Malays to work in the plantations and tin mines. Why look for Malays when you have slaves to do the work for opium and toddy (which incidentally the British  controlled)?

The bottom line is, the Malays would not want to contract themselves as slaves or agree to get paid in toddy, samsu, or chandu-opium like the Chinese and Indians in the 1800s and early 1900s. So, it is not that the Malays are lazy, as Mahathir says. Anyway, if the Malays did not plant rice or catch fish, the Chinese and Indian-Ceylonese workers would have starved to death like they did back in China and India.

Raja Petra Kamarudin

– Malaysia-Today

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