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Wednesday, April 07, 2004


Bangsa Malaysia

Lately there has been much talk regarding "Bangsa Malaysia", see this blog on Screenshots. A fellow blogger, theResident, who has his blog here, is interested to find out more about what the term Bangsa Malaysia means to fellow bloggers.

Let him tell you all about it in his e-mail which follows ::
Dear Bloggers,
Firstly, let me apologise for the intrusion with this e-mail. I’m the guy known as Resident, who authors the blog Simply Rojak – who can also be seen randomly leaving comments on your blogs.

If you can, please spare me a few moments of you time.

Recently, Jeff Ooi of Screenshots blogged about the term Bangsa Malaysia and to date there has been more than 150 comments left by readers on that post – touching on issues ranging from the term’s definition, the understanding of the term, ways to achieve it and even on the effect our education system has on racial integration.

Some comments were insightful and well-written. I share some of their sentiments and I am glad that others have the same understanding and aspirations as mine, of the term Bangsa Malaysia.

My intention of writing this e-mail is basically to find out about what the term Bangsa Malaysia means to my fellow bloggers. Each of us has our own ideals as to what Bangsa Malaysia should be or whether it’s even a plausible idea. However, I notice that we seldom share these thoughts, which actually defeats the purpose of forging a common identity.

So, out of curiosity, I wish to make a compilation of the thoughts of my fellow bloggers on the simple but greatly encompassing term, which is Bangsa Malaysia. The compilation will be posted on Simply Rojak, should you guys decide to participate.

The blogging world is an excellent tool for discussions and I guess by doing this compilation I am hoping to push the topic further into the blogging community. Why am I doing this? I don’t know. Call it a pro-active measure in my attempt at public participation.

Many of you have high civic awareness and it would be interesting to read our ideas on what Bangsa Malaysia mean or should mean. Moreover, bloggers comes from various walks of life and different generations – your views will mostly be different. But how different are they?

So, if you would indulge me in this small project, I hope you can tell me your views on the term Bangsa Malaysia. As a guide the following questions might help:

1) How do you define Bangsa Malaysia?
2) What does Bangsa Malaysia mean to you? Does it affect you in any way?
3) What are the criteria, in your opinion, for a Bangsa Malaysia?
4) Do we need a Bangsa Malaysia?
5) Do you want a Bangsa Malaysia?
6) How do you think we can best achieve the creation of a Bangsa Malaysia?

The above is merely a guide and do note that I am not asking anyone to make a political stand. All bloggers are writers in their own right, so please write as much (or as little) as you want.

Thank you for reading this long-winded e-mail, but I do sincerely hope that I would hear from you guys soon.

Thanks again.

Yours sincerely,
Resident


You can write to theResident at this e-mail :: wolf715@yahoo.com. At the end of the exercise we may yet get to know who is Bangsa Malaysia and do we really need it.


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