Why the double standard?
Politics and political mileage.
Last Hari Raya, I discreetly asked my aunty (youngest daughter of Naib Hasan, the village head mentioned in the article ‘Chin Peng – forgive and forget) who is now in her 80s…
“Do you have any objections if Chin Peng is allowed to return?”
She was 18 years old when her father was taken away by the communist.
“Kalau dia nak balik, biarlah. Kita nak tegah buat apa. Kan bumi ni Allah punya, kita cuma tumpang singgah sekejap…” was her reply in Banjarese.
“you mean you can forgive him?” I asked.
“Siapa kita untuk tidak memaafkan. Kalau kita maafkan orang lain, kita kan dapat pahala. Nak simpan dendam pun buat apa. Kita hukum dia pun bukan arwah atuk kau boleh hidup balik…”
Even my late mother had the same opinion.
Malays, Chinese and the few Indians in our village live in harmony. I remember those days, on every Chinese New Year, Hong Thai, who own a few pieces of land in our village used to drive his Morris Minor about 3 miles from his home to deliver a carton of soft drinks and oranges to our family, year in year out.
You see, these simple minded village people who have no real political inclinations and have no ambitions to prosper beyond their means treat each other well.
They don’t undrestand what is double standard. To them, all human beings are equal irrespective of race and religion.
But when politics become a tool to enrich onself, (and not to unite the races) then ‘race issues’ will be the main weapon to garner support…
And hence the different treatment to differnet people.