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When will the government do this for the Malaysian indigenous:

An apology and new laws to right the wrongs of the past.

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“I apologize to the indigenous people on behalf of the government, offering our deepest apology for the suffering and injustice you endured over the past 400 years,” Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen 蔡英文 said in a speech when meeting representatives of 16 Taiwan tribes. “We need to look at history seriously and speak the truth.”

Only a society or a nation, confident and sure of itself, would deliver such a speech.

Above, Tsai’s gray blazer is stitched with butterfly patterns, an indigenous design.

Taiwan President to Orang Asli: We’re Sorry

Below, Tsai greets tribe representatives in their custom attire, complete with head-dresses and loincloths that the like of Hadi Awang who, in his stupid conceit and religious bigotry, say is uncivilized and haram. In 2005 Taiwan’s parliament adopted the Indigenous Peoples Basic Law, something akin to a quasi constitution for the island’s orang asli.

As a part of the welcoming ritual in front of the Taipei presidential office, tribe representatives burned millet stalks to invite the spirits of their ancestors to join them for the occasion, a practice similar to the Han Chinese cultural notion on qingming 清明节.

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Rock Stars & Orang Asli to China: Fuck Off

In Hong Kong a small indigenous movement is seeking seats in parliament, LegCo in short form, aimed at moving for complete autonomy from China, independence even. But they won’t be able to stand for elections because of a new stipulation in the nomination form, pictured below, (1)(b)(i) being the relevant part.

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During nomination Chan Ho-tin  (photo below), standing on the pro-independence National Party ticket, refused to sign the letter of pledge already prepared by the Electoral Affairs Commission. Instead, he just walked away. A week later he got a letter by email from the constituency’s Returning Officer Alan Lo who wanted to know about his political-national-party allegiance. Chan’s reply, below:

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The crucial reply-paragraph is numbered 2:

Your request does not relate to any matter in respect of which you are by law entitled to request information and is irrelevant to the validity of my nomination. If you can inform me of which basis you are entitled to make such a request, I will consider it. The political views I hold and advocate for are a matter solely for consideration by the voters in the constituency in which I propose to stand, not for you as the Returning Officer.

To his despair, Chan has discovered belatedly that that’s no way to talk to your grandfather. He has since been disqualified to run. Reason from the Electoral Commission: he “cannot possibly uphold the Basic Law or fulfill his duties as a legislator.

No shit, that’s the actual given reason. Whatever, the prohibition is now heading into a political typhoon, included into which will be an application for judicial review: the Commission had exceeded its authority.

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Above, Chan still campaigns — Hong Kong for Hong Kong people — never mind he has been barred. In HK, its a lonely job. Meanwhile, the Returning Officer Lo, poor chap, has been harassed so badly — he was Facebooked — that the government issued a statement with a veiled warning of police action.

The SAR government appeals to all those taking part in these activities to act in a peaceful, rational and law-abiding manner and to accord respect to others. Activity organisers and law enforcement authorities will follow up and take resolute action should anyone disrupt order or take any unlawful action during these activities. …. Yada, yada, yada.

Another candidate, Edward Leung from the party named Hong Kong Indigenous, which is even fiercer in demanding for independence from China, faces disqualification (unlike Malaysia, nominations run for weeks in Hong Kong). Leung too has received that either-you-are-with-me-or-you-are-against-me Letter from the Commission and his reply so far but paraphrased, more or less:

Can you please give me a few more days to reply while I check with a judge. That is, I want to be sure, do you even have the fucking right to ask me about my politics?

Oops….

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Above, Edward Leung of the party called Hong Kong Indigenous. He is backed by a coalition of small political parties called League of Social Democrats, below.

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It isn’t just Hong Kong that’s giving Grandpa Mao yeye a hard time. Back in Taiwan, there are similar parties wanting to be out of China’s orbit. New Power Party (that, no kidding, is the actual English translated name) has got a foot in the door of Taiwan’s parliament after picking up a few seats in last year’s general election.

The man behind it? Freddy Lim 林昶佐 who is pictured below. Even farther below is the band’s female bassist Doris Yeh. No joke, Lim plays professional heavy metal music, heading a band called Chthonic, pronounced thonic.

Melayu! You read it here: Chinese people got gumption, especially to be called non-Chinese. You puas hati? So, now, please spare us that ketuanan Melayu claptrap.

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Way to go, Doris! But, careful, somebody may not like those armpits-in-the-air.  Below, for the fun of comparison.

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