The “you” that I am referring to here are the Malays! We Malays have to be afraid…be very afraid because each day brings us closer to the edge of the cliff. When you are at the edge of the cliff discretion is the better part of valour. We must step back. But why wait until we are at the edge of the cliff? Why not step back now?
Just think. We are having enough difficulty trying to stand shoulder to shoulder with the non-Malays. On top of this we have 3 million Indonesians who have migrated to Malaysia to become Malaysian citizens with Bumiputra status. In the not too distant future we Malays will have to worry about 2nd or 3rd generation Indonesian bumiputras who would have been taught the virtues of hardwork and thrift by their parents or grand parents. These Indonesians bumiputras go out to work before you are awake and they are still not home when you go to sleep. It is obvious that we Malays cannot survive without changing.
Right now in Malaysia the very Malays whose responsibility it is to help the Malays change are too preoccupied trying to ensure their own survival. UMNO is in its death throes. UMNO has lost its moral compass. UMNO no longer has the unquestioning support of the Malays. The end of UMNO is themselves. It ended when power to UMNO became not the means to advance the Malays but power became to UMNO an end in itself….and this started the demise of UMNO as we have known it in the past.
For us Malays it is now warranted that we abandon UMNO for our self-protection. We Malays have to take care of ourselves. The Chinese, the Indians the people in Sabah and Sarawak will not do that for us. They have enough on their plate just to survive under UMNO.
Do not believe what UMNO has been telling us about ourselves. The Malays are not lazy. The Malays do not need to be spoon-fed. The Malays need not be protected against the other races. The Malays can survive against any odds if we are given the opportunity to know these odds. Let us quarrel with the other races if we need to for it will only strengthen our understanding of each other. Do not let anyone accentuate our differences rather let us celebrate these differences as being the very fabric that will bind us together as Malaysians. For I know that in the end we will remember not what UMNO told us but what they did not tell us. UMNO did not tell us that the other races share the same aspirations as we do of living a decent life, the opportunity to earn a good living and the ability to live in peace with their family.
Remember that these non-Malays are in the arena with us. They have to face the same difficulties that we face in living under a corrupt government. They too are faced with the arrogance of their political leaders from MCA and MIC as we Malays face the arrogance of those from UMNO. When the Barisan Nasional government took the subsidy from sugar they took it away not only from the Malays but also the non-Malays. We have faced this and other indignities from the Barisan Nasional government together.
We all have a devotion to our country that transcends ethnicity. For the truth is that we are all Malaysians. There will be some who will question our right to call ourselves Malaysian. Some in ignorance will claim to be the first among Malaysian and they will want to celebrate Ketuanan Melayu…but in the end they too will know that we are all Malaysians!
There was a time when UMNO meant a lot to the Malays but that was then. Now we Malays simply have to let go. It is not the end of the world; it is the beginning of a new life.
And if you want to know how the end will look like then look at our beginning. Look at the time when we got our independence in 1957 – Merdeka - maybe even before Merdeka. That was our beginning. Hopefully by the time all this ends we will all again become the best of friends. One Malaysia.
Meantime remember this:
Meantime remember this:
“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me”
Looks like most readers have been wise enough to see through the charade of your falsehoods. Syed, you could have increased the mileage you expected, if you had written this piece in Malay. After all, you surely did not hope that the ordinary Malay would have understood the spin you were attempting to sell, did you, what with the success of our education policies at leaving the younger generation of Malays and others so seriously impaired and handicapped in their language skills?
Why do you keep frightening the Malays over the potential loss of their political migh, t when you, for a fact, know that there is not even the remotest likelihood of this happening? Why make comparisons with Singapore? And, why lie about the alleged suffering of the Malays in Penang? What connection has Singapore with Penang? Why not make comparisons with the USA, where freedoms and equality are defended with such religious zeal, that none is discriminated against for reasons of race or religion. Where all have the right to the American Dream?
On the same token, I note your other article on the setbacks India is experiencing at hosting the next Commonwealth Games? I, in fact, noticed some sneering sarcasm in your illustration of the difficulties India was facing and, your, rightly so, comments on the nation’s lack of emphasis and investments in basic public infra. I fully support your contentions and your depiction of the Indian elite as class and creed conscious bunch of callous and irresponsible fools. But, then again, do we not recognize an almost similar, although, a lesser extent, of public plunder in our own midst? Imagine the good and vast improvement to both rural and urban amenities that the RM 300 mil and RM 500 mil agency commissions and the billions misappropriated and stolen from the public’s coffers would have done in uplifting the life of our people. More schools and tertiary learning centers as well as could have been opened and families spared the pain and anguish of expensive financing and emotional separation. Does religion not provide us with any moral and ethical code of conduct?
And, yes, let us look at religion. Having failed to deceive all Malays with the Mahathirian racist propaganda, it appears that these extremist have now turned to exploiting religion to unite the Malays against the others. Does not religion teach us compassion and consideration ‘ the live and let live’ concept of mutuality and reciprocation? Why is the defiling of religion being tolerated by so-called ‘good Muslims’? Do moral bankrupts have no limits to their detestable conduct? They will obviously stop at nothing to confuse, deceive and lie , even to the extent of selling their souls to the devils and, believe me, devils, some of them are, to obtain what they crave for, regardless of the consequential cost to the nation and to its people.
When, after years of living together, there are still degrading, outrageous and awkwardly misplaced suspicions amongst the races, then we have allowed ourselves to be entrapped in the diabolical schemes of those who advocate the most despicable, perfidious and treacherous form of racist politics ever known to our society.
When practically all civilized nations have found common grounds amongst its citizenry, we are yet struggling, after centuries of living on the same space on this globe and after more than 50 years of UMNO rule, to find a middle-ground for acceptance and tolerance. This deadlock must end. The brainwashing and provocation must end. UMNO must break-out of its parochial racist attitudes. And, those in the periphery of national life, such as you, Syed, must consciously and, without fear and prejudice, contribute to repairing and redeeming this nation’s badly traumatized soul.
Has religion and moral guidance you received never instilled any honesty in your attitudes towards life and your fellow human beings? Why harp on the Malays losing their grip on politics, when, you know yourself, of the blatant lie in this argument? The fact that the Malay elites will continue to rape the country blind and keep using their 'rights and ketuanan' cries to degrade and insult the pride and dignity of their race, is indisputable.
No one has any issue with policies to help those in need, but when the noble objectives of these policies are hijacked to satisfy the irrepressible greed and lust of a few, it will only invite scorn and resentment. There is no case over the structuring of policies that affect the development of our children to suit national priorities but, when the same policies have the effect of perverting the minds and attitudes of generations of young Malaysians and strip them of any capability to think and act rationally and professionally, then we have failed miserably.
When every issue of national importance is coined in racist language and colored by the alleged imbalances in the political and economic might of the various ethnic groups that populate this nation then, what hope is there for any true sense of nationalism and patriotism? When people who have lived here for centuries, are constantly reminded that they are merely ‘guests’ and have limited rights dispensed at the pleasure of the Malays, and even have lesser rights that more recent immigrants on account of nothing other than the religious leanings, and are denied any right to equal and fair participation in practically all areas of human endeavor, when their children are denied any opportunity at a decent shot at life itself, then how do you think they would react to the lunacy of Perkasa and the like?