The fact that our multi-racial society is still living in peace and harmony proves that we have accepted our shared destiny. But why are politicians so eager to play up instead of celebrate our diversity? Only days ago during the Permatang Pauh by-election campaign, the Umno Bukit Bendera division chairman Ahmad Ismail called Chinese Malaysians ungrateful “squatters” in this country.

His statement received harsh responses from both friends and foes. His friends in the coalition even launched a signature campaign against him and others have challenged him to a debate on the subject. If the debate does happen, it will probably attract an audience looking for free entertainment rather than a serious intellectual discourse. The melodrama continues until the next Ahmad Ismail emerges.

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