Forsaking One’s Heritage

It would seem that Zairil Khir Johari has his knickers in a twist over something one of his predecessors in the DAP recently said. Reading his emotional reaction here, one could almost see the tears of indignation welling up in his eyes as he wrote it.

Me, I don’t buy it for a second. To me, Zairil’s words come across as embarassingly melodramatic, the outrage obviously manufactured. This is not the response of a grown man to something really quite innocuous. If Zairil was truly offended by what Tunku Aziz had to say, then politics is surely not for him.

Tunku Aziz was merely pointing to the fact that both Zairil’s biological parents are Chinese. There was no innuendo, no suggestion that Zairil was somehow inferior for it.  How is this, as Zairil puts it, an “attack on my lineage and my family’s name”? Is it not true that Pak Khir married Zairil’s mother, Christine Lim, after the death of his first wife when he (Zairil) was a teenager?

Or does Zairil himself think there is something wrong with being Chinese that the mere mention of his own Chinese heritage is seen as an attack?

Tunku Aziz’s criticism was aimed at the DAP for trying to portray Zairil and themselves as something that he and they are not. With the DAP constantly trumpeting Zairil’s Malayness to burnish their multiracial credentials, this is a fair point for him to make. As a Malay who has experienced first hand the inner workings of the DAP, Tunku Aziz is more qualified than most to comment on whether their multiracial facade is genuine or just a sham.

Edit 17 – 01 – 2013:

As a Muslim, I hope Zairil realizes the consequences of his words. By saying that he inherits Pak Khir’s blood, he is acknowledging that Pak Khir is his biological father. Let’s hope for his sake that Tunku Aziz is wrong, because if he is not, then Zairil will have committed a grave sin:
It was narrated from Abu Dharr (may Allah be pleased with him) that he heard the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: “There is no man who knowingly calls himself after someone other than his father but he has committed kufr. Whoever claims to belong to people to whom he has no ties of blood, let him take his place in Hell.”
(Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 3317; Muslim, 61)

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