Jit and Freddy are two of the funniest guys I know. They also just happen to be Chinese, and one night over supper they started a mock rivalry over who was more Chinese than the other. It was hilarious. It also inspired me to write a song parody about being Malaysian Chinese called, aptly, “We’re Chinese.”
It took three to four revisions before it was judged show-worthy and it got me thinking about the funny racial situation we have here in Malaysia. We like to think we get along but to be honest, in many ways it seems just a threadbare tolerance as opposed to a true acceptance.
I do agree the Chinese in Malaysia get a bum deal in many ways. Shouldn’t the poor of all races receive assistance from the government instead of just one race? Helping one race compete with the others doesn’t mean putting the others at a serious disadvantage. I wish the government could see that. And until it does, we will lose the best and brightest from all races. I think Malaysia would be a sad country indeed if it ends up becoming a Malay-sia – devoid of the colour and contributions of other races.
We’re Chinese (sung to the tune of The Bund’s theme song, Sheung Hoi Tan)
So many of us we spread like some disease
If you don’t believe, come-lah see
Our Johor pornstar who even got DVD!
Chinese know how to save money
Even weddings, we charge you attendance fee
Chinese here very lucky, we have our own Money Collecting Agency
Balik Cina, they always say
But my family all come from Sungai Way
Never mind, just save money
To Australia we someday fly away
If you’re Chinese, come, prove to me
Do you use chopsticks…to eat your Maggi mee?
If you’re Chinese, easy to see
Your face like lobster after two or three shandy
KNN, NCB, only Chinese make singing swearwords nice
MCH, CCB, so many ways to call you a sohai…
Economy bad? Blame Chinese
Contracts we sapu after paying Bumi fees
Take the blame, play the game
In the end, it always ends the same
Play it safe, just save face
In the end, we’ll all just emigrate