This is the fact children are taught right from the time they can speak. Children must honour, respect, love, and above all to show respect to your father who is responsible for your existence in this world. You cannot disown your father just because he may not live up to your expectations or his standard in life is not to your expectation, or of his shortcomings and most of all as a child, has to accept the father as he comes.
Look at Mahathir at the age of 83 telling the whole world his father is a Malay, when the truth is the father came from Kerala in India and for all intends and purposes Mahathir is an Indian as was his father. Mahathir can keep on repeating himself he is a Malay, but does not make him one, but on the contrary he is just proving himself to be a traitor to his father and father’s family by disowning his origin. It is a shame. I speak and write English and I can’t call myself English and forget the fact I am an Indian.
Most of the habits, mannerism, attitudes and the like are moulded into a child’s life basing on what the father taught them or what the child observes. To disown your father, is the greatest mistake a son makes, in actual life your own siblings would possibly emulate the attitude of disregard for the father.
To me Mahathir is ashamed of his father and if so he can never be a respecter of humans. He lives in his own world of self-righteousness and is not a human to speak of.
The father may not be around but it does not mean Mahathir can change him into a Malay, and, ridicule his origin. What a son.
I googled the following quotation in relation to what is passed on to the son from the father, and Mahathir is a good example of our actions being carried on by our children, things that are good and some rotten.
"If you think about it seriously, all the questions about the soul and the immortality of the soul and paradise and hell are at bottom only a way of seeing this very simple fact: that every action of ours is passed on to others according to its value, of good or evil, it passes from father to son, from one generation to the next, in a perpetual movement."
— Antonio Gramsci
Mahathir should examine his own heritage Richard Teo | Mar 23, 09 4:29pm I was extremely shocked to read the report ‘My father would have been proud’ related by Dr Mahathir Mohamad in the MCPX New Straits Times on March 21. In the article, Mahathir said his father was Mohamad Iskander and that ‘…my father was one of the few Malays who ran away to school to get an education’. Is our former prime minister suffering from dementia to even forget his father’s actual name? His father was a Indian man from the southern Indian state of Kerala by the name of Mohamad a/l Kutty. Therefore, genetically Mahathir, whose father is Indian and mother a Malay would be classified as an Indian. However our federal constitution says that any man who profess the religion of Islam, practices the Malay customs and speaks Malay would be considered a Malay. Therefore, under the constitution’s definition Mahathir’s father was a Malay but in reality and factually, he was an Indian. But what surprises me and many Malaysians is why is he ashamed of his own Indian heritage so much so that he even declare that his father was a Malay when this is not true. In his speech at the Perkasa gathering, he even lambasted the non-Malays for equating the NEP policy to apartheid. In many of his speeches, he has dwelled at length on the rights and privileges of the non-Malays pretending that he also belongs to the bumiputera and they therefore should perpetually be allowed to enjoy the privileges and rights . Mahathir is what we called a mamak in Malaysia. Many of them are really Indians who have converted to take advantage of the bumiputera status. Some of them pretend to be more Malays than the original Malays. Many of them have taken full advantage of their status and have gone one become Umno ministers. Unlike them, the original Malays are refined and cultured. I have lived with them in Kelantan for 40 years and they are a civilised lot. They don’t go around blaming the non-Malays for their problems. Two fine gentleman I would like to mention are Zaid Ibrahim and Mustapha Mohamad and there are others too many to mention. If Mahathir and his kind continue to call non-malays pendatang, then he should examine his own heritage in that his own father came from Kerala. Yes, he should not be ashamed to acknowledge his own Indian heritage and proclaim proudly that he is also a pendatang. Instead of spending his twilight years in graceful retirement, this old man deems it fit to foment hatred and ill will among the races. He should realise by now that he no longer holds any power and influence in the party that he once led. That was evident when he could not even muster enough votes in the Umno division he once led to be chosen as a delegate in the last Umno general assembly.