A Tale Three Nations
Friday, 2 July 2021
It’s interesting to look back in time & perceive the fast changes that are happening especially in China, which within one generation transforms itself from a third world country to be the second largest economy in the world, It is more astounding & phenomenal to realise that it ’s being achieved all on its own without outside help. Get off your mule train & jump on the high speed train ;lest you lag further & further behind.
History can be most interesting in your understanding of the past & present, though I never quite like it when in school because of the difficulty of remembering dates. Ignorance of the past would lead you on to lots of misunderstanding.
Let’s illustrate it with a story of a stone-age story teller or speaker. Those days a speaker was a strange creature. Kipling told a story of a band of primitive stone-age men huddled around camp fire. They had engaged in a tremendous battle with a wooly mammoth or a sables-tooth tiger or perhaps both. Suddenly, one of their number left up to his feet & began relating the story of that day. He began walking up & down, gesticulating & talking, making sound so graphic that everyone around the campfire relived the battle all over again. He told the story of what they had done & they were filled with awe & horror all over again, for there was magic in his words. So they took him away & killed him.
Today, they would paid him a big fee & Hollywood would engage him for the big screen.
From the primitive to the more civilised time. US for the past two hundred more years has been the supreme global master. Who dared to threaten US? It would be absolute suicide to do so.
To establish the great American Dream, US has been a warring nation. It fought & fights unendingly since the 1700s with superior weapons of mass destruction, causing tremendous human sufferings & uncountable offensive human rights the world over. US has fought more wars than all the countries in the world combined. Ironically, they are not all the time victorious. In Vietnam they had to run for their lives. As a world power they go round threatening & intimidating all the minor nations “If you’re not for us, then you’re against us.”
Speaking of genocide, they are undoubtedly the greatest culprits, & they dare to point finger at others. Virtually the whole Red Indian nations was wiped out by the Americans. The history cannot be wiped clean with the kind of human treatment they committed towards the Afro America up to the present era. And they dare preach on the question the fundamentals & basic practice of human rights. Suffice we mention this much of atrocities, for who can deny these facts.
We shall switch our attention to a lesser nation like Australia which by comparison is not dissimilar to the establishment of US.
Australia was initially founded as a convict colony of United Kingdom which built the greatest colonial empire the world has known. When Captain Cook first landed on the shore of New South Wales in April 1770, he declared it as “Terra Nullius” which simply means “Nobody’s Land”.
This doctrine has existed in the law of nations throughout the development of Western democracy. The fact that it is a Latin phrase gives us the clue that it is derived from Roman law – the concept that ownership by seizure of a thing no one owns is legitimate 20 Oct 2017.
The rule of law and reconciliation – Federal Court of Australia, was finally recognised with the aborigines as the rightful owners. I would suggest, if I may, that name be changed to “Ausgines” (meaning the original inhabitants of Australia).On 13 February 2008 , PM Kevin Rudd on behalf of Australia, apologised for the “Lost/Stolen Generations”.
The term Lost/Stolen Generations refers to the National Inquiry Into the Separation of Aboriginal Children from Families.
By the power of the British guns the whole Aboriginal population was virtually clean especially in Tasmania
where concerted effort of genocide left none standing & white supremacy reigned.
While the eastern states were colonised largely by British convicts, Western Australia was settled by the more elite British class.
White Australia policy, formally Immigration Restriction Act of 1901, in Australian history, fundamental legislation of the new Commonwealth of Australia that effectively stopped all non-European immigration into the country & that contributed to the development of a racially insulated white society.
Australia is richly endowed with natural resources of oil & gas, iron ore & other minerals including gold. Australia was a very rich nation in 1885, ranking higher than US, but after 50 years, it continued to slip down the economic scale. It was overtaken & replaced by US & Canada. In today’s standing, Singapore is ahead of Australia & even slide down behind its many Asian neighbours. As predicted by the then PM Paul Keating that Australia would become a “Banana Republic”. As things are, PM Scomo(Scott Morrison) will see to it for sure. It is a silly suicide of vast economic proportion to begin a political tiff with China after 14 years of establishing a good trading relationship, all because Scomo chooses to support US in its campaign to contain China. It’s wise not to bite the hand that feeds you economically.
Now lastly, what sort of history does Malaysia possess? Initially, Malaya (firstly known as) was formed with a mixed group of people from all parts of Asia & Southeast Asia. The so-called Malay race of Muslim origin were from Indonesia & the Arab world. They so claimed themselves to be the Bumiputra (sons of the soil) which legitimately would be the native inhabitants. Everyone else is from outside. The enterprising Chinese immigrants were mostly the peasants from southern China seeking economic opportunities for a better life. The Indians came for similar reason but they were largely employed in rubber plantations & labourers in the government service sector.
The Chinese well known for their assiduous economic pursuits, were engages in the tin mining industries, trade & businesses. In time through sheer hard work they prospered building towns & cities. They were the economic faces of the country while the Malays were quite contented living in attap stilt houses in the rural areas. They tended the west pari fields, fishing in them or out in the open seas. They were & are a less competitive group of people than the enterprising Chinese. So Chinese prospered with envy & jealousy from the Malays. There arose constant disputes, strive & fights between the Chinese & Malays.
The wiry British came upon the scene with the pretence of “intervention” to settle disputes & stayed on to colonise the rich “Golden Chersonese”. Take your hats off for the British diplomacy. Undoubtedly, the British had the greatest imperial colonies among all nations.
Malaya became independent in 1957 under the mild & easy going leadership of Tunku Abdul Rahman. Malaysia came into existence with the mutual consent to amalgamate Sabah, Sarawak & Singapore with Malaya in 1963. Singapore was ousted out of the union for political reasons in 1965 . . . Lee Kuan Yew was fast gaining popularity & moving too fast with the concept of Malaysian Malaysia much to the dislike of the Malay politicians.
In the final analysis, the socio-economic-politic woes in Malaysia rest entirely upon the shoulders if the Chinese who were & are too focused on the economic aspect of the country failing to realise that political power rules supreme.
Presently Malaysia swept by the Corona Virus epidemic & a backdoor political entry of incapable PM Mohyiddin, laughably called“Mohaiddin”. He avoided the king’s advice to step down as PM. The people are suffering more chaos and dragging deeper & deeper into the quagmire.
There are two significant questions that need to be asked. What if the Indians & Chinese were to leave Malaysia? Also what will happen when oil runs dry in Malaysia? Already, there has a tremendous brain drain among the Chinese. Famous & successful sugar king Robert Kwok has long pulled out of Malaysia & established his headquarters in Hong Kong.
Where do we go from here? The rich are getting richer among the MPs & their cronies, as in US the top 1% controlling the bottom 99%. The US has acted like a Big Brother for over two centuries & detests to be beaten ed as the hegemonic head of the world. Trade war, economic sanctions, demonising China, propaganda & other strategic moves are all designed to contain China. Without the shadow of any doubt the pandemic is created by the US as a biological warfare. Of course, no sensible power would ever consider a physical war for with the proliferation of nuclear weapons, it would mean the end of us all.
*Please read my other related articles in my blog at https://paulchong.net for more information eg. Be A Shining Beacon & Malaysian Dream.