Open letter to all racial-based political parties (RBPPs) — Justin Santiago
JUNE 25 — This letter is written in response to Anas Zubedy’s letter.
Dear RBPPs, peace be with you.
Let me state my position very clearly. I am a child of the universe. I do not engage in politics or politicians. I do not restrict my identity to a political boundary. I do not belong to any political party. I am a creation of God and will never ever take part in a process that forces me to make a decision that will perpetuate the division of God’s creations via political parties, government or opposition or other similar artificial constructs. I am a not a voter. I vote for a God who will answer my prayers for unity among all his children wherever they may be.
I firmly believe that what is right is right and what is wrong is wrong, no matter who does it. I care about unity and work to promote unity. I will render my service to anyone who will work for unity.
I am one of those people who is glad to see a person helping another person regardless of their nationality, race, religion or creed. God’s children helping God’s children wherever they may be despite what the RBPPs tell them to do.
I am glad when I see people doing absolutely this, despite numerous attempts by RBPPs who tell them otherwise. Now I would like to share some of my thoughts about how these RBPPs have been trying to disrupt God’s family on earth. I would like to share with you some ideas on how we as children of the universe can prevent RBPPs from breaking us up.
1. Openly acknowledge that Malaysia was originally a Paradise with no one in power but God and nature
Without an iota of doubt, make it clear that you completely accept history that this country is a God-given piece of land free from natural disasters, blessed with natural resources, with an abundance of sun and rain with enough for everyone, regardless of who came here first. Only when you make it very clear that you acknowledge this history, communication lines will begin to open.
2. Appreciate that everybody shares the land
Generally, all God’s children are gracious people. They are more inclined towards giving than taking. Because there is enough for everyone no one has to suffer because of this abundance. Everybody shares equally.
Any one of God’s children who came to this land is to be treated equally whether they came earlier or later.
3. Get to know God’s children
Everyone must get to know everyone else and you will discover you share more common traits than differences. Underneath that thin veneer of skin, everybody is the same.
Practise universal laws of God which are common to all God’s children — love, patience, tolerance, kindness and understanding.
The best way to become familiar with God’s children is to experience God’s children-ness through love, patience, tolerance, kindness and understanding.
4. Say sorry
The RBPPs’ actions in the past, rightly or wrongly, have hurt God’s children. All these RBPPs must apologise for not treating all God’s children fairly through favouring one over the other, fanning hatred, disunity, segregating the young at school and university, in the civil service, in the army, in the police, among the legal profession, the medical profession, etc.
Sometimes, to achieve bigger purposes we know that we have to humble ourselves and take the wiser path. In this spirit, I suggest that RBPPs apologise for all chauvinistic and fascist actions taken in the past. For example, the RBPPs’ attempt to allow the favouritism of Malays over others in the handing out of scholarships, discounts on housing, different entry requirements to university, different examinations to practice law, etc. That is wrong in the eyes of God. They are inconsistent with God’s laws.
Once you say sorry, it will not be difficult for the non-Malays to forgive and to forget. It is part of the psyche of God’s children to forgive and forget.
5. All leaders of RBPPs who refuse to apologise must retire
No point in sticking around if you don’t want to apologise.
6. Be willing to lose out a considerable portion of your following
They were probably not worth having in the first place.
7. Merge all RBPPs
The fastest way for RBPPs to forget their past is to merge and become non-RBPPs. Once you do that, automatically you become a multiracial body — a truly Malaysian party.
Let us be honest with ourselves. Umno, the MCA and MIC are all RBPPs coming together for convenience.
The real issue that needs to be solved here is trust among leaders. When it comes to the membership, the majority will follow the leaders. If Umno, the MCA and MIC make a clear stand to merge, the majority will follow suit.
It is time to put aside internal struggles. Whoever becomes the leader is secondary to the point that once Umno, the MCA and MIC merge, immediately you will be in a better position to gain the trust of God’s children and together forge a dynamic force.
Thank you. Peace.
* Justin Santiago reads The Malaysian Insider.
* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication. The Malaysian Insider does not endorse the view unless specified.