Be the Change you are not a Mamak or Indian Muslim are a Muslim in Malaysia

If necessity is the mother of invention then politics is often the father. KIMMA has invented a phrase that did not exist ,discovered something called the “MAMAK” in Malaysia. the mathematical coordinates of this oxymoron: A potent threat to Muslim secularism comes not from its perceived enemies but from a section of the vanguard, the secular fundamentalists: those ideologues who forget that an Muslim’s identity — as distinct from India’s identity — is shaped substantially by his faith. Abul Kalam Azad was a genuine Maulana, whose tafseer (analysis and translation) of the Holy Quran commands respect, and whose oratory soared above the high levels of his contemporaries. Among Azad’s early enthusiasms, quickly abandoned, was an organisation called Hizbollah, or Party of Allah: you might be familiar with the name from the present politics of the Middle East.


Oppression, suppression,

Abuse and misuse;

Beating and the weeping,

 

Submitted on 2012/04/17 at 9:01 am

by mamak boy you’re too stupid to blog

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Crying and the screaming;

Stop lamenting your pains!

Come on, get up-

And be the change!

“  We will have to forever protest!”,

“ it is for us to serve”,

“ he screams and beats me”,

“I am his wife and still he cheats me”,

Stop lamenting your pains!

Come on, get up-

And be the change!

“We have to sit, shy”

“We have to drop tears till our eyes are dry”,

“we have to dress for our masters,

For  him and his friends,

For my in-laws and their men”,

Stop following all these rules,

Stop crying, It is for you to choose-

Lift the purdah, shed the veil!

It is for you to choose.

Stop lamenting your pains!

Come on, get up-

And be the change!

“we must not walk in the twilight,

Never ever wander through the night,

Thieves are many, out to loot you-

 Men who wait to kill and wound you!”

Stop believing all this, for it is not true-

Stop acting the saint!

Stop lamenting your pains!

Come on, get up-

And be the change!

It is for you to decide,

It is for you to choose, Whether  to  live or to hide,

The world around you will forever sympathize,

Know you too in your heart  there is nothing to pride,

Pride not your own but that of the world.

Shun it all,

You need it not!

Choose within, or choose it not!

live within pity of the self or walk in the sunshine-

The choice is yours to live or to hide, in guises not of your own.

Stop lamenting your pains!

Come on, get up-

And be the change!

Before 1970 the type 3 and 4 mamaks above and everyone else did not see much in the Malays. But post 1970 and the New Economic Policy the mamaks realized that they suddenly depended on the Malay for everything, especially the ever precious ‘Entry Permit’ to get Permanent Resident status in Malaysia. Until then few mamaks got married in Malaysia. They always went back to India to get married. After 1970 and the NEP, the trend disappeared in a hurry. The Malays refused to give Entry Permits for mamak brides and grooms from India. All of a sudden mamaks realized that they were short of wives and husbands. Hence the rate of inter marriage between mamaks and Malays increased tremendously after 1970. After 38 years of the NEP, the mamaks are even more assimilated now through marriage than ever before. Today there is rarely a mamak family which does not have a Malay son or daughter in law.

Post 1970, the mamaks realized that real political power and with it economic largesse had shifted to the Malays. But many mamaks included in class 1 and 2 above had no problem with this shift in power because often they were the ones holding high office. For example the first Speaker of Parliament CM Yusuf, a mamak, was his own power in his day. It was only the class 3 and 4 mamaks described above who were (and still are) slow in assimilating into becoming Malaysians. The KIMMA represents many of these people.

Hence the present scramble among them to be recognized as bumiputras, to get Malay classification in the Birth Certificate, BIN in the IC etc.

But it is a fact that the Indian Muslims are heavily intermarried with Malays. This trend started over 600 years ago and continues until today. They and their offspring have played major roles in the history of this country. Sang Nila Utama, Parameswara, Tun Ali, Hang Kasthuri, Hang Tuah, Mani Purindan, Tun Teja, Abdullah Munshi and ALL the Malay Sultans are descended from Indian Muslims. The Perlis Royal family is almost certainly of mamak/Thai mix.

It is also true beyond any single doubt that from their earliest history here, the mamaks have had extreme affection which the Indian Muslims have had for the Malays throughout history. This could be attributed to the similarities in religion but there are also other Muslims in the country (including from India) like Pakistanis, Punjabi Muslims, Patans and also others like the Chinese Muslims.

Although the Indian Muslims are generally friendly with all races there is not as much intermarriage between Indian Muslims and other Muslims compared to the heavy intermixing and intermarriages between Indian Muslims and the Malays.

And it is an established fact (evidenced by all the names mentioned above) that throughout history the Indian Muslims have always stepped forward to defend the rights of the Malays. In the process many of the Indian Muslims have lost their identity almost completely to the Malays. Who are the descendants of the Tamil educated Munshi Abdullah today? No one knows. A DNA test will reveal Indian DNA among all our Malay rulers but which Sultan can or wants to retrace his Indian ancestry? These are the mamaks who assimilated into the Malay community from generations ago.

Fast forward to today : in UMNO there are thousands of mamaks fighting for Malay rights. In PAS there are mamaks fighting for Islam (aka Malay) rights. PAS stalwart Hanipa Mydin is a pure mamak while Deputy MB of Kelantan Dato Husam Musa may have mamak blood. In the old Keadilan ‘brother’ Abdul Rahman Othman, another mamak tulen, became party secretary general and then quit later – to join PAS. In the Civil Service and in the Melayu korporat sector there are thousands of mamaks helping the NEP ‘social engineering’ come true.

In Penang pure Malays are a rarity. As late as the 80s, they could only be found in Sungai Ara, Balik Pulau and other places where there were no roads. In all other places in Penang, mamak blood is almost a certainty. Hence words like ‘chacha’ and ‘nana’ are a part of Penang Malay. In Kedah and Melaka the mamak ‘penetration’ of the Malay populace is much more earlier than in Penang. Which means the mamaks in Kedah and Melaka have diluted their DNA into the Malay population from much earlier (from Portugese, Dutch and British times).
mamaks are a permanent feature of the Malay ‘make up’. It is the karma of the mamaks that they have become kurma in Malaysia.

Kimma is of course the Kongres Indian Muslim Malaysia, which is the ‘mamak’ version of the Kongres India Malaysia or Malaysian Indian Congress or MIC which itself is a namesake of the Congress Party of India. The MIC was founded by Mr John Thivy of Ipoh in the 1940s as the Malaysian chapter of Nehru’s Congress Party of India.

It is really ignorant of the KIMMA members to claim that they are Malays when their party is still named after the Congress Party of India. This is a case of extremely serious mamak confusion.

An Indian Muslim can be anyone of Indian ancestry who is a Muslim. Tamils, Keralas, Punjabis, Sindhis, Mahrattas, Hydrabadis etc are all Indian Muslims. But in Malaysia a large majority of Indian Muslims are Tamil speaking. Hence the term Indian Muslim is generally applied to the Tamil speaking Indian Muslims. In Malaysia, Indian Muslims are also known as mamaks, DKK (darah keturunan keling), Kelings and Jawi Peranakan. The last one Jawi Peranakan is a strange misnomer. There is even a recent book written about the Jawi Peranakan which actually talks about the Indian Muslims.

In contemporary Malaysia Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al Bukhari, Zainuddin Mydin, Siti Nurhaliza binti “Thaarudeen”, Justice Haidar Mohd Noor, Ahmad Nawab, Akbar Nawab, P Ramlee, Man Bhai, Tan Sri Elyas Omar, Tan Sri Ali Abul Hassan are all Indian Muslims or descended from Indian Muslims. Malaysia’s first Speaker of Parliament Tan Sri CM Yusuf was a mamak. So was the permanent Chairman of UMNO Tan Sri Sulaiman “Ninam” Shah. ‘Ninam’ is actually truncated Tamil for ‘Naina Mohamed’. Former Sabah Chief Minister Dato Harris Salleh and present Chief Minister Musa Aman are all mamaks. They are not Pushtuns, Pakistanis or Yemenis.

Among our Prime Ministers Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is the son of an Indian Muslim. Abdullah Badawi has mamak blood from his father’s side. Toh Puan Sharifah Radziah Syed Alwi Barakbah, the wife of our first PM Tunku Abdul Rahman, had mamak ancestry. The Tunku himself was of mixed Thai and mamak parentage. Ex DPM Dato Sri Anwar Ibrahim’s father is a mamak. The intellectuals Kassim Ahmad and Farish Noor have Indian Muslim fathers while the late Tan Sri Muhammad Noordin Sopiee had a mamak grandfather. Munir Majid is a Tamil speaking mamak and Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor is a mamak too.

Here it is pertinent to note the “Syed” and “Sheikh” name. Among Indian Muslims the name Syed or Sheikh is common, its no big deal. The names “Shah” and “Khan” are also very common mamak names. Other ‘Malay’ names like ‘Chik’, ‘Tamby Chik’ and ‘Keling’ are definitely of mamak origins too.

The name ‘Shah’ is not common among the Malays but strangely enough it is very common among the Malay sultans, for example Sultan Azlan Shah and Raja Nazrin Shah. Shah is NOT an Arabic name. It originates from Persia and comes to Malaysia from India through the Indian Muslim influence. This is just more indication of the mamak ancestry of our Malay rulers.

But among kampong Malays the name Syed and Sheikh are supposed to indicate Arab ancestry, the name Syed being associated with ‘keturunan nabi’ or lineage from the Prophet. To the kampong Malays these names are a really big deal. This is the furthest thing from the truth. Another common mamak name is ‘Maricar’. Actually it is ‘Marikiyaar’. This has evolved into ‘Merican’. Hence the thousands of Malays who bear the ‘Merican’ name today are also of mamak ancestry. They call themselves Jawi Peranakan. They are actually mamak.

Many smart Indian Muslims realized very early on this Malay liking for Arabic names and Arab ancestry. So they started passing themselves off, (or did not object if they were referred to) as Arabs, usually of Yemeni descent. In Malaysia too many Syeds and Sheikhs from among the Malays today are actually recycled mamaks. One good example is Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al Bukhari. Among the Malay elite Tan Sri Syed Mukhtar Bukhari passes of as being of Yemeni descent. His family actually comes from India. The former mayor of KL Tan Sri Elyas Omar is also of Tamil mamak origins from Penang.

Among the Malays it is also ‘ok’ if a mamak is from Pakistani descent. Perhaps Pakistan is closer to Bollywood. So some clever mamaks claim to be from Pakistan. The former Sabah Chief Minister Harris Salleh and present Chief Minister Musa Aman are said to be ‘of Pakistan origins’ but in actual fact they are of Indian mamak ancestry, and usually Tamil speaking.

Mamaks come in all colours and complexions from the dark skinned to the light skinned, green eyed and brown eyed types. A visit to the Masjid Kapitan Keling in Pitt Street in Penang or Masjid India in Kuala Lumpur on a Friday will witness all varieties of mamak.

The Indian Muslims in Malaysia today can be classified as follows :

Those mamaks who have inter married with Malays for generations and have actually become Malays. You can only know their mamak ancestry by their mamak sounding names like Merican, Shah, Syed, Sheikh etc, by their ‘Indian’ appearances – prominent nose, rounder eyes etc.
Those mamaks who have not inter married with Malays but who have assimilated closely into the Malay culture. They can only speak Malay and have cut off almost all their links with India. These would include thousands of mamaks in Penang, Kedah, Melaka and other parts of the country. Only their DNA remains Indian. But practically, for all intents and purposes they are Malay.
Those mamaks who are still very much Tamil and who can only speak pasar Malay. They may not have links with India but they watch Tamil movies and do not read the Malay papers or know much about the Malays. Despite being born in Malaysia they still would not know a ‘kuih talam’ from an ‘otak-otak’. Many KIMMA members fall in this category. That is why they still call themselves Kongres Indian Muslim Malaysia after the Indian Congress Party of Panditji Jawaharlal Nehru.
Those mamaks who are still very much Tamil and who cannot even speak pasar Malay despite being born in Malaysia. They will not know ‘nasi lemak’ from a hole in the ground. They will have strong family ties to India. They watch Tamil movies and know more about Tamil Nadu politics than Malaysia politics. They read Tamil Nesan and Malaysian Nanban religiously everyday to find out what is happening in Tamil Nadu and India. Again many KIMMA members also fall into this category.
Kimma, Kurma and Karma

Kurma is an excellent Indian Muslim dish. The diference between a kurma and a curry is in the chilli.

A curry is reddish because it uses dried red chillies and also dried chilli powder. A kurma does not use dried red chillies or dry chilli powder. Instead a kurma is cooked with fresh green chillies. The taste and the colour are therefore different. Both are excellent methods for cooking poultry, mutton, beef, duck and even fish.

Kimma is of course the Kongres Indian Muslim Malaysia, which is the ‘mamak’ version of the Kongres India Malaysia or Malaysian Indian Congress or MIC which itself is a namesake of the Congress Party of India. The MIC was founded by Mr John Thivy of Ipoh in the 1940s as the Malaysian chapter of Nehru’s Congress Party of India.

It is really ignorant of the KIMMA members to claim that they are Malays when their party is still named after the Congress Party of India. This is a case of extremely serious mamak confusion.

An Indian Muslim can be anyone of Indian ancestry who is a Muslim. Tamils, Keralas, Punjabis, Sindhis, Mahrattas, Hydrabadis etc are all Indian Muslims. But in Malaysia a large majority of Indian Muslims are Tamil speaking. Hence the term Indian Muslim is generally applied to the Tamil speaking Indian Muslims. In Malaysia, Indian Muslims are also known as mamaks, DKK (darah keturunan keling), Kelings and Jawi Peranakan. The last one Jawi Peranakan is a strange misnomer. There is even a recent book written about the Jawi Peranakan which actually talks about the Indian Muslims.

Have we now turned into a nation where each citizen bears the right to ridicule another’s sentiment in an open festival of its culinary preferences? Are we now a country that uses animals as a bait to score brownie points over one’s religion in the most provocative manner? Is fossilizing all regard for another’s belief our way of indicating forward thinking and progress? Has this land been converted into an open steak house with no regard for sensitivities and tolerance whatsoever for another’s custom or tradition? The only thing left is cannibalism and we seem to be getting there in haste by the way things are shaping up.

Instead of marching together in unity and addressing important issues that challenge this nation, we are now expending our time and energy in provoking one another in the most callous and atrocious manner. There is little use in celebrating one’s palatableness for chow in a carnival like atmosphere and that too in a University where young blood normally boils immaturely. If one wishes to celebrate over his carnivorous frenzy, by all means do so, privately.

Even if there was ‘food fascism’ in Osmania University which allegedly seems to be the reason this festival was called for, then there are certainly more civilized and tolerant methods of dealing with the ‘food fascism’, certainly not by indulging in a carnivorous frenzy.  A vulgar display in the form of a ‘beef festival’ attended by celebrated academicians will do nothing to stop the fascism if there is one. Ultimately, in the entire melee, it is the hapless animals, which are the victims of man’s ghastliness. I am certainly not advocating vegetarianism, which I believe is an individual’s choice albeit, I always will vociferously speak for animals. Yes, every person has the right to eat what he or she wishes to legally (barring fellow humans & endangered species!), but, why do it so publicly and also by ensuring the ‘mela’ gets all the attention? There is obviously an ulterior motive to this ‘beef festival’. To provoke and to hurt.

Lets not forget that the beauty of our country lies in its diversity and one must respect and tolerate the other’s belief. The country is already divided on enough and more grounds and one must not forget this is a delightful situation for our gluttonous leaders. We are divided by religion, by caste, by state, by language, by water and now even by meat! When one organizes a ‘beef festival’ in the already sensitive premises of Osmania University, which had and continues to have it’s fair share of conflict on the Telengana crisis, one would be a knucklehead not to expect the event to be trouble free. And one who organizes an event that celebrates over a sensitive item on the Indian menu wishes wholeheartedly to be a catalyst in already provocative times. Period. He cannot hide behind any other lame excuse. His intent is for all to see.

And what are the students learning in this University I wonder? Education seems to be the last of the priorities. This is the future of the country that you see on our Television screens, inciting and burning each other in furious rage over meat while the real culprits are rubbing their hands in glee for causing yet another divide. Inciting young blood is easy, counteracting provocation is difficult, and one small incident leads to many incidents that are invariably irreversible. The administration should not have allowed this ‘beef festival’ to have been organized in the first place. The ‘ beef festival’ is surely not the way to celebrate your democratic freedom, if one thinks it is, then their thinking is extremely myopic. The bottom line is, if the University hostel is not serving food that the students wish to eat, then the student body needs to resolve the issue within the confines of the campus via a constructive dialogue with the University administration. If it means barring all meat from being served in the University that each and every religion in this country does not tolerate, then that needs a debate . There is no need to have a mela on this grand scale over a choice of your meat preference, whatever it may be. If meat is part of your cultural identity, one must learn to cope with the other’s identity at the same time, especially when you step outside your home. One man’s meat can be another man’s poison. It is not the majority view alone that holds well, it defeats the entire purpose of this democracy if it did. All views are important and there is always a middle path if rationality is adopted, always difficult and never easy. But, for now this ‘beef festival’ has certainly not resolved the ‘food fascism’ but created an even wider chasm. Lets all chew the cud together in shunning such stupidity!

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