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China’s Internet Users 中国网民

先声明,我并不是为马来西亚政府辩护,而是为了无端被骂得马来西亚华人,包括我自己,伸冤。

今天在面书看见一位朋友share出来的照片,看了只觉得心痛。有一位自称代表一群‘愤怒的中国人’的中国网民要求我们大马华裔子弟不要‘盗用’中文,也表示即使使用中文也不会是中国人。我们从来没有说过学习华文是为了成为中国人,华文于我们是母语,是连接我们海外子弟与中华祖辈的一根桥。但是,我们绝对不是中国人,也无意成为中国人。我们是马来西亚华人,是马来西亚的公民。语言不是任何单一国家的所有物,不能因为中国的国语是华文就想禁止其他人使用华文。

作为华人,我对中华人民五千多年来丰富的历史感到骄傲。这个骄傲,也包括语言,传自先祖的重要的沟通桥梁。中华文化向来温和,讲究仁者为王。然而,如今中国网民的做法,却充分地显示出他们的偏执,部分网民的言语更是犀利残酷,且显示了他们对近代历史的无知。是,网上骂战是需要两方参与才能展开。可是,你们有没有想过,其实我们根本做不了什么,我们毫无发言权。中国媒体时常评击西方媒体在不了解中国内部情况下胡乱发表意见,对中国不公。同样的,中国网民在不清楚马来西亚华人的处境、文化、历史的情况下发表了上述可笑可悲的论点,亦是对马来西亚华人不公。

我在这里郑重地告诉中国网民,华文是我们的语言,是我们继承来自中国的祖辈的文化遗产。学习华文,是尊重祖先,而非要成为中国人,请不要那么的自恋!

此外,我对于那些在网络上鼓吹抵制大马货的娱乐圈红星感到不齿。抵制大马货,只会压制无辜的大马人民,并不会对大马的领袖有任何实质上的影响。再说,作为公众人物,在这种情况下继续煽动大家的情绪根本无济于事。如果真有意思协助寻找MH370或替家属们出头,大可动用他们不可轻视的影响力来增强搜救行动,而不是发表一些只会影响低阶层人民的谈话。这根本无济于事,纯粹华众取宠。

我不知道会有多少中国人看见我的部落格,但是,我最后要说的是:不要忘记了,其实我们同祖同宗,三代以前,大部分大马华人的祖辈才来到马拉西亚。语言又怎么可以说是中国人的专利?!

 

 

To make things clear, I am not saying the M’sian government is blameless, I am saying that we, the Malaysian Chinese people, have been unfairly maligned by China’s Internet users.

To make things clear, we have no say in how the search and rescue for MH370 is conducted. We don’t even have much say in our own education system. And yet here we have a Facebook user who proclaimed himself as the representative of a group of ‘angry Chinese people’ who wants us, the Malaysian Chinese to stop using Chinese in our daily life as it will not make us ‘China’s Chinese’ even if we use it. Stupid. Language is a communication tool. The Chinese language is our mother tongue and central to our culture brought to Malaysia by our ancestors who were originally from China mainland. We are Malaysian Chinese, citizens of Malaysia. To study Chinese is not to become a citizen of China, but to respect and continue our rich heritage. It is also a form of respect for our ancestors. They tried hard to preserve the culture and we respect that.

Chinese culture is generally a gentle culture. It places great importance in kindness and education. The actions and behaviour of China’s Internet users belied that culture, being rude and ignorant, not to mention cruel. Indeed, the words of some of said users show that they are completely ignorant of modern history where many of their countrymen migrated after the war.

Further, the antics of some of the so called celebrities have shown that they could not be trusted to give constructive suggestions. Instead of using the media platform to instigate a boycott against Malaysian products, why not use their not inconsiderable influence to raise help for the victims’ relatives and the search? Instead, they called for a boycott which will only hurt the poorer people in the country without any real effects upon the leaders. These calls are useless and seems as thought they are merely a publicity stunt.

Language is not the property of a sole country. One cannot say because you are not a citizen of that country you are stopped from using it. Indeed, if that is the case, global trade will not happen and the Chinese economy would not have grown so fast without a lingua franca. In addition, as near as three generations back, our ancestors are citizens of China who emigrated due to economic reasons. So don’t tell us that we can’t use the Chinese language as it belongs to us as much as it belongs to you!

 

Embarrassing

Right now, I am unduly grateful that my law course is an external degree and that I will not have to leave Malaysia in the near future for continuation of my education. The way the Malaysian authorities are going about the rescue operation of MH370 is embarrassing as hell. A shaman? More like a SHAM! And all that confusion over the location of the plane. It is a real fiasco.

We here still pray for the reappearance of MH370 with all passengers and crew safe. Hope is eternal. Wherever you are, MH370 and you passengers, stay strong and hopeful.

#PrayforMH370

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