I've had a few conversations with a Malay person recently...and it despaired me.
We talked about racism in Malaysia, and I said how disappointed I am that to this day we could not look past the colour of our skin.
She mentioned the Social Contract, and why the Malays still cannot accept the Chinese and Indians as one Bangsa.
It is because they are suspicious. They do not know where Chinese and Indian loyalties lie.
I mustered all the dignity I had, and told her, here halfway across the world where I am right now, that Malaysia is my home, my motherland, my heart.
"Hidup orang Malaysia, mati orang Malaysia".
And in a very sad way, I wondered how dare she question where my loyalties lie.
I thought of my family, my friends, the people who were in the Bersih rally, the Pantai Dalam rally, the vigils and the fight for a better Malaysia. We are all of all creeds and colours. All wanting a better Malaysia.
Is there a need, is there really a need, to ask where our loyalties are?