Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Uighur, UMNO Afraid of China?


The issue of the Uighur homeland, Turkestan is an older issue than the Palestinian problem, it spans centuries, why isn't UMNO making a firm stand? Are they afraid of the Chinese Government, or have they become slavishly beholden to this country.

Have they - UMNO, compromised our independence by some of their actions? Remember that even before Najib visited China recently to reenact his fathers visit to China, ( that was his his father's bid to mend relations with the Malaysian Chinese for his major role as the architect of May 13 1969, which was then and now no secret with the Chinese>. Remember Altantuya's transit Immigration records between Mongolia, China and Malaysia went missing too. Was this a formal arrangement? Did that arrangement compromise our independence, if that was a compromise with Najib than surely our independence has been compromised.

What you see above is the flag of Uighurs, a Turkic people from Eastern Turkestan today called Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region under the rule of the Peoples Republic of China.

The territory was renamed Xinjiang (which means "new territory" in Mandarin ), soon after invasion of the Dzungars by the Chinese of the Qing dynasty. An estimated one million people were butchered and the land so laid to waste that it took almost whole generation to recover from the savageries of this brutal attack.

In 1920, nationalists Uighurs had already began their struggle against the post Qing warlords controlling Sinkiang. The Turpanese poet Abdulhaliq, having spent his early years in Semey and the Jadid intellectual centres in Uzbekistan, returned to Sinkiang with a pseudonym that he later styled as a surname Uighur. He wrote the famous nationalist poem Oyghan, which opened with the line, "Hey poor Uighur, wake up!". He was later murdered by the Chinese warlord Sehng Shichai in Turpan in March, 1933 for inciting Uighur nationalism through his works.

Uighur independence activists staged several uprisings against post Qing and Koumintang rule, and in 1933 and 1944, the Uighur successfully regained their independence twice and proclaimed the East Turkestan Republic.

In 1949, after the Chinese Nationalists lost the civil war in China, East Turkestan’s rulers did not agree to join The Communist Peoples Republic of China, led by Mao Dze Dong.

A plane crash planned by the communist Chinese killed most of the East Turkestan’s supreme leadership (reminds me of a similar incident many years later in Sabah which killed Fuad Stephens), almost immediately the Chinese then marched on East Turkestan, supressed the East Turkestan army and after stiff resistance conquered the territory, reestablished the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region and appointed the East Turkestan under secretary Saipidin Eziz the first Governor.What remained of the East Turkestan army was 'absorbed' into the Peoples Liberation Army and the government officials of East Turkestan subsequently 'absorbed' into the Chinese Communist party (CCP).

Although concessions were made by the CCP many loyalists fled to Turkey and other Western countries from where they staged anti-CCP activities in an effort to restore their independence, this effort continues to this day.

The people of Eastern Turkestan are the Palestinians of China, they are Muslims as well, some of them have been here to Malaysia, some of them may have event spoken to UMNO members, I am certain some of them have studied with Malaysians overseas and have told their story, they do not look like the Chinese, and today they are considered to be Chinese by the Chinese Government to legitimise their occupation.

They Uighurs are demanding their independence, taken away from them in 1949 by Mao and the CCP, instead, the Chinese Communist Government is sending huge numbers of ethnic Han Chinese into the region to neutralize this independence struggle. The Uighur are desperate, they seek support of all nations, more then 250 of their men have been arrested at the onset of Ramadan this year after the recent unrest in the region, to be tried by Chinese courts, the question now asked of Najib and the Malaysian Government is; What is our stand, why have you been so quiet, these people have been suppressed for centuries by the Chinese, theirs is not an issue as new as the Palestinians, why is it their struggles are being overlooked, is it because this Government is afraid of the Peoples Republic of China, or is it there is too much to gain economically? Or are we dictated at by other nations?

This UMNO led government can't adopt double standards, they have to come out in the open and state their stand, and looking at the history of this land there can only be one, and it has to be loud and clear, our unconditional support for the Uighur homeland and Independence, even if it means it has to be carried to the UN, by us. Malaysia can lead this via the OIC.

Why have we remained silent for so long? Najib must make public this stand.
Are we afraid of the Chinese? Has our independence been compromised?



  1. Paper-2009-RSIS-Malaysian Update II.pdf (169KB)

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    The attachment is a load of garbage based on wishing thinking and living on hope. The author seems to belabour under the misconception that the statements in the media that he refers to are the Gospel truth. In fact, it only shows that such selective portrayal of "facts" arises from his hidden agenda and pre-conceived notions. Needless to say, all this also doesn't stop him from ventilating his ignorance in public in the pious hope that he can get away with it.

    The references to MACC in particular are not based on facts but on half-truths. You can tell when a work of fiction tries to pass itself off as a piece of scholarly work. There are no ifs and buts, no qualifiers, no greys, everything is black and white, and no caveats. It's all one-sided. It thereby lacks credibility. The blatant attempt at crusading is clear. This is in the same league as ang pow journalism.

    Singapore of course would root for Umno and BN based on a self-serving agenda.

    The author's comments on Najib are pathetic and his reforms laughable. Too little, too late. If Najib was really as credible as the author tries to make him out to be, he would have sought his own mandate by now. There are little indications, if any, that he's planning to do this. Najib is a tainted person with many major scandals hanging over his head. His past will catch up with him in the present to haunt his future. His cousin, Hishammudin, continues to play the political moron. He survives because he's a member of the Razak political dynasty. Who needs such an anachronism in this day and age?

    With the rise of India and China in Asia and on the world stage, Malaysia becomes increasingly insignificant day by day. We only have to look at the FDIs to ascertain this. The economy is in negative territory and is likely to remain there given trends in the US. Even when the US recovers, things are not going to go back to what they were once. The US savings rate is likely to go up and this will put a damper on the consumer economy in the US and affect countries like Malaysia. It can of course look to India and China but this is easier said than done. Najib ran to China like his father, in a re-play of the same old script, but is there anything happening to show for it? The Chinese in Malaysia didn't come this far by being fools like the Bumiputeras and Indians. Both nations are not too fond either of Malaysia these days and for obvious reasons. This includes the fact that Malaysia has generally been "kurang ajar" (ill-mannered) towards India and China for a very long time since the advent of western colonialism and this is also a manifestation of the manner in which the Indians and Chinese in Malaysia are treated. Well, the west is gone and they are not coming back. Also, India in particular prefers to deal with Indonesia and sees that country, not Malaysia, as important for the future of Southeast Asia. Indonesia is an emerging India, a status which Malaysia will never have, quite obviously because of its tiny population and land area. So, Malaysia should stop being "kurang ajar" towards Indonesia as well. Indonesia doesn't forget slights easily.

  2. Paper-2009-RSIS-Malaysian Update II.pdf (169KB)

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    What BN structure is the author referring to? There's none. BN is not a legally-registered organisation and seldom meets. Many BN committees have not met for the last four years. The BN Government is not about power-sharing as portrayed by Umno but all about the latter keeping all the power to itself while sharing the work burden. Sharing the work burden should not be equated with sharing power. Why do you think, for example, MIC lost? The Indians finally realised that the MIC does not have any power and will not have any power. Whether Samy goes or stays does not make any difference to Indian support for the MIC. In fact, some good will come to MIC if Samy stays and he was shrewd enough to realise that. MIC's days as a political "force" are over and the organisation can only re-emerge as an NGO, perhaps even as a community government, with links to the government of the day.

    Already, PBS in Sabah has started complaining about BN's so-called power-sharing formula. This is the initial step that Sapp took before pulling out from the BN on Sept 17 last year citing loss of confidence in the coalition's ideology, for want of a better term and if there's one, and in the Federal leadership. Upko is also not too happy with Umno and BN and is just biding its time. Sapp and Upko are very close.

    In Sarawak, PRS is not too happy with BN and is also biding its time. The young Turks in Supp want to pull out from BN once they kick out the old guards.

    In any case, politics should be based on issues and not race and religion. Race and religion should not be issues in politics because they don't put bread on the table. If race and religion were issues, Obama would not be President of the United States today.

    Not enough credit is being given to the political wisdom of PAS or the realisation among PR members that Umno is the common enemy. That's the glue that will hold PR members together. PAS will not and cannot be a Third Political Force. Any Third Political Force will emerge in Sabah and Sarawak with links to Peninsular Malaysia. The emergence of Sapp is an indication of this direction. PAS is all about Islam the Faith compared with Umno's Islam the Politics. The faith is more acceptable to non-Muslims in politics compared with the politics of Islam in Umno which tries to make everything into a racial issue.

    It must also be remembered that PR rules the richest states in Peninsular Malaysia and that's something worth fighting for and to preserve.

    As regards the so-called in-fighting among PR members, it must be realised that PR is a democratic organisation unlike Umno/BN. Better to fight now and in the open instead of just before the next General Election. In any case, the so-called infighting did not prevent PR from taking 7 of the 8 by-elections held so far. That must tell us something. A big deal is being made out of Manik Urai. A win is a win, even by one vote. The by-election in Manik Urai was held on a working day, the H1N1 is raging and many Kelantanese work outside the state. Umno, on the other hand, brought in nearly 3,000 postal votes through the number of police and army stationed there during the course of the by-election. Who do you think got their votes? I would say that Manik Urai is the clearest indication that Umno is deader than dead.

  3. Paper-2009-RSIS-Malaysian Update II.pdf (169KB)

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    Every organisation contains within itself the seeds of its own destruction. The longer an organisation has been in existence, the greater the chances of it imploding. Umno has been around for the last half-century. An implosion is long overdue. The MCA crisis will help it along. This fact was conveniently ignored by the author.

    The differences between PR and Umno/BN are clear and there are no prizes for guessing who is more acceptable to the majority of Malaysians: PR stands for the politics of what brings our people together. At the heart of the PR cry for change and reformation is the emphasis on doing away with abuses of power and exercises in absolute power as depicted by Umno; Umno stands for the politics of what separates us as a people, abuses of power and exercises in absolute power.

    You choose . . .