The actual Malay dilemma

Can’t you see that you are being played and made a fool of by your own people? And these are your own people who confess to be your leaders and are apparently protecting your interests?

Zan Azlee, TMI

It seems that one of the big discussions amongst Malaysians at the moment is if we are actually getting too sensitive. This is because of the “offence” that we have been taking over all kinds of issues.

First of all, there was the Alvivi case where this idiotic Chinese couple took a picture of themselves eating bak kut teh which they spread online and offended the Malays in the country.

Then there was the case of a Malay woman making a video with her pet dogs which caused a stir and offended the Malays in the country.

After that, an owner of a private resort allowed a group of Buddhists to meditate in a room which was also allocated as a surau. And this offended the Malays in the country.

At a first glance, I can see the reason why many people are starting to think that Malaysians are actually getting too sensitive for their own good.

But at a second glance, I think I’m beginning to see a trend here. Can you see it? It seems like those who constantly get offended happen to be Malays.

Sure, they constitute about 60% of the country’s population. But it would still be unfair to extrapolate and conclude that Malaysians as a whole are becoming too sensitive.

What about the remaining 40% of Malaysians? The Chinese, Indians, indigineous groups and the “dan lain-lain” are as equally Malaysians as well.

I know I always try my best to stay clear of categorising issues according to racial lines since I believe that we need to be blind towards racism for it to cease to exist.

But in this context and situation, I can’t help but ask the question, why are Malays in Malaysia becoming too overly sensitive over things (petty things, if I may add)?