Singapore’s former minister mentor Lee Kuan Yew told the local media yesterday that he will continue to contribute to Singapore for as long as his health permits. Mr Lee was addressing media questions about his daughter’s column in The Sunday Times. His daughter, National Neuroscience Institute director Lee Wei Ling, had revealed he was suffering … Read more
In 1971, the Barisan National coalition launched the New Economic Policy (NEP) as a response to the 1969 race riots. They figured that, since economic inequality between the races was so entrenched that resentment would occur between the impoverished Malays and the wealthier Chinese, (another sterotyp: of course there were rich Malays and poor Chinese), … Read more TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR UMNO ALLOW THE POOR MALAY TO DEFINE THEIR FUTURES
Senator Ezam Mohd Nor pipe dream of fighting for the Malays is as fantastic as thinking we can resurrect the Dodo by cross breeding pigeon with ostriches.
The assertion that only Malays are superior, and yet lagging behind at the same time because Ibrahim does not want to lose the special privileges already extended, actually insults the very idea of what it means to be Malay.
“‘Modern Malays’ are an admixture of races,” said Professor Zilfalil Alwi, whose paper “Asal Usul Melayu Berdasarkan Fakta Genetik” (Tracing the Origins of the Malays by Analysing Genetic Data) discusses a three-year study involving around 50,000 volunteers. “Nowadays you can’t tell the difference whether someone is Chinese or Malay by appearance alone,” he added.
Science has proven, that the Malays are probably really “Truly Asia” in the literal sense. The research discovered that the Malays in these sub-ethnic groups (the Malay Bugis, Malay Jawa, Malay Minang, Malay Kedah and Malay Kelantan) were genetically composed of some Proto-Malay (orang asli Melayu), Semang and Indian DNA, with at least 20 per cent Malay and and 52 per cent Chinese DNA.
Thus, the pivotal question now is how Malay is Malay enough? Because genetically, there is no mention of pure-blood Malays – so what would next best constitute a real Malay?
The answer is not as Ibrahim Ali or his patron Mahathir Mohamad would want us to believe, perhaps because the truth would straightaway spell doom for Perkasa, the so-called and self-proclaimed protector of all things Malay in Malaysia.
Ibrahim Ali and Mahathir, the former premier, already shame all Malays by perpetuating the false thinking that there is such a thing as pure-blood Malays, born with the right to lord over all the other ethnic groups residing in Malaysia. The fact is that a pure-blood Malay is a myth and the term Malay in Malaysia is an act of law and not a blood or genetic type.
Defined by the Constitution and rooted in the Social Contract
The meaning of Malay is actually constituted by the Federal Constitution through Article 160 (2) : “Malay” means a person who professes the religion of Islam, habitually speaks the Malay language, conforms to Malay custom and—(a) was before Merdeka Day born in the Federation or in Singapore or born of parents one of whom was born in the Federation or in Singapore, or is on that day domiciled in the Federation or in Singapore; or (b) is the issue of such a person”.
Thus, any Muslim who speaks the Malay language is already on the verge of being identified by law as a Malay. The delusion of Ibrahim Ali and Perkasa, when they scream of championing ‘Malay’ rights and supremacy by attacking and demonizing non-Malays, is thus fundamentally wrong.
By trying their best to kick every other ethnic group out of the country, Ibrahim Ali, Perkasa and UMNO are also demeaning their own ancestry. The fact is most of the leaders in the government are themselves a mix-mash of ethnic groups and nowhere near being pure-blood Malays.
It is safe to say, the Orang Asli, the natives of Sabah and Sarawak, have greater claim to ethnic purity than the Malays yet they do not use their genetic makeup to lord over the others as viciously as Ibrahim Ali, Perkasa or UMNO do.
The Malays form the government because the other ethnic groups allow them to be so. The Malays also form the government because peppered throughout the Federal Constitution are safe-guards that protect and shield the Malay community. Perkasa and Ibrahim Ali are actually irrelevant to the cause of protecting the Malays. There is no need for them to do this because the Constitution already does it.
Outnumbered by the non-Malays
So, how Malay can a Malay be? A better proposition is to look at the Malays as stewards responsible for the safety and well-being of all other ethnic groups living in Malaysia.
The claim by many Malay leaders that the Malays are also the majority stakeholders in Malaysia is false because they are actually outnumbered by the non-Malays. The fact is, collectively, the non-Malay (including the bumiputera) form the majority of the population and can lay claim to being the real king-makers and not Perkasa as Ibrahim Ali likes to brag.
To be a true Malay would also necessitate being a protector of those who are non-Malay since this is the responsibility granted by the non-Malays to the Malays as implied in the social contract of the Merdeka days.
The bottom-line is, Ibrahim Ali, Perkasa and some of the notorious UMNO leaders are totally irrelevant when they discuss what it means to be Malay because in truth, there is no such thing as a real pure-blood Malay.
The DAP is bent on destroying the multi-racial foundation of Malaysia so it can turn the country into another Singapore, Senator Ezam Mohd Nor says.
He said the Chinese-majority opposition party’s attacks against Barisan Nasional (BN) had nothing to do with the ruling coalition’s chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak or Umno but were an attempt to destroy the underlying principles of the country.
It is time that MCA learned you can’t play the race and religion card without something happening. Then, when the MCA headquarters building in Jalan Ampang is burned to the ground and the MCA leaders are killed in their homes, just like what happened in Indonesia, maybe the MCA people will shut the fuck … Read more
To lend the words of Ezam, I too want to ask him why so many Umno leaders have so much money and how could they afford to earn so much, working in the government?” If Najib cannot reign in the extremists in Umno, GE 13 will. UMNO’s motto is using “race & religion” to its maximum attacks. All along their full-time jobs is to ramp up continuous attacks on PR as they feel they are unable to compete. No matter what UMNO/BN says, rakyat are still happy with PR’s performance. What we rakyat want is a clean, transparent, No corruption, no squander, no plunder, no cornyism, no hanky panky, non hypocrites, non rhetoric & down-to-earth competent govt that can lead Malaysia out of this blunder. The former PKR man then showed the crowd pieces of paper which he claimed were proof of bank accounts and shares of Azmin Ali’s amounting to millions of ringgit going back to 1994, when Anwar was still with Umno.
Please lah Ezam, that’s not at all surprising because we Malaysians have already known that all those holding high office in umno are very corrupted, in the past as well as present. Pray tell, weren’t you an umno guy before?. So what’s really new? Thank you for campaigning for Pakatan Rakyat Ezam and Shaari. Your words will only push away the fence sitters and 20% of the population (Chinese) to PR. As a non-racist (there’s no such thing as a liberal Muslim) and a Muslim, I reject UMNO for its racism.If we were to ask this question that how so many of the BN chiefs gets so rich, I think they will not have an answer.Two glaring points – first, no substance, all racism and religious instigation. Second, all about allocations and projects for “Malays”, meaning themselves. If these people had been so “concerned” about the Malays, why are the Malays be still considered behind the others after 4 decades of “protecting” by these people ? And the Malays must notice that the very people who vow so hard to “protect” them are the very ones living in palaces, driving posh cars, having beautiful wives and mistresses, enjoying luxurious world trips and generally rolling in super wealth.
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The Attorney General of Malaysia who turned psychologist and mind-reader has offered all future potential violators of religious harmony and unity the excuses needed to escape from and evade the rule of law. Just appear real stupid and do all the harm you want undercover so that it won’t disturb anybody, and leave the rest to me! Martin Jalleh Attorney-General (AG) Abdul Gani Patail want us to believe that he is committed to ensuring that the rule of law is upheld in Bolehland. In his address to members of the Judiciary and the Bar entitled “Opening of the Legal Year 2010”, on 16 Jan., he declared:
“(I)t cannot be over emphasized that the concept of justice is grounded on the basic principles of equality, fairness, and rule of law. The AGC (AG’s Chambers) is committed to promoting the rule of law and ensuring justice be given to all people whatever their race, religion or class.
“AGC in carrying out its duties is well aware of the maxim ‘justice should not only be done, but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done’, and hence the explanations issued by AGC from time to time on cases handled by it so that the public would not have misconceptions of biasness.”
Such purported profound and passionate zeal for the rule of law by the AG turns into mere political BN propaganda when one applies it to his pathetic excuses for not pressing charges against the two reporters of the Al-Islam magazine who had committed a most sacrilegious act against the Catholic community.
Under guise of being Catholics they participated in a Mass (church service) at the Church of St. Anthony in Puduraya to “investigate” what was going on in Catholic Churches and to verify reports that “Muslim teenagers were being converted to Christianity in Kuala Lumpur’s churches every Sunday”.
They even partook of the Holy Communion strictly meant only for Catholics, which adherents of the faith treat with utmost reverence. They spat out the remnants, photographed it and published the picture in an article entitled “Tinjaun Al Islam Dalam Gereja: Mencari Kesahihan Remaja Murtad” in the May 2009 issue of the magazine.
Their act shocked not only Christians but also Muslims in the country. Even Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin found their action “appalling” and “offensive”. He added that the “Islamic virtues of empathy, respect and tolerance were obviously absent in both the journalists and the magazine’s editorial team”.
Catholics K Sudhagaran Stanley and Joachim Xavier had lodged a police report in July last year against the two reporters. On 27 Aug. the Catholic Lawyers Society handed a memorandum to the Home Ministry urging it to take action. There was no response. They must have hoped it would eventually be forgotten.
Finally on 24 Feb. this year, about six months after the police report was made, and due to what the Dang Wangi police district headquarters called “overwhelming pressure from the general public”, the police revealed that charges against the two have been dropped.
They were investigated under Section 298A (1) of the Penal Code for causing disharmony, disunity or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill will, or prejudicing the maintenance of harmony or unity, on grounds of religion.
Senior investigating officer ASP Ananthan Rajoo in a letter to the complainants stated that the police had received orders from the deputy public prosecutor (DPP) to whom the case was referred to, to take no further action (NFA).
Malaysia had already “lost an island” due to former PAP leader Lee Kuan Yew’s “Malaysian Malaysia” credo, Ezam (picture) said, warning students at today’s Najib Razak Seminar the same fate awaited the rest of the country if they stood idly by.
The DAP was originally a branch of the PAP until 1965 when Singapore parted ways with the federation after heated dispute over racial issues with Umno.
“This attack with its international attack and traitors from the Malay community, if we don’t unite… we won’t just lose a state this time,” he said at the International Islamic University Malaysia (UIA) here.
At its general assembly last weekend, Umno identified DAP as a “real threat” to the Malay agenda, claiming the latter was responsible for the erosion of Malay special rights.
Attacks against the opposition party were a focal point of this year’s Umno meet as delegates accused DAP leaders of marginalising Malays in opposition-led states and challenging the sanctity of Islam as the country’s state religion.
While some have dismissed renewed attacks against DAP as mere “Pakatan bashing”, some Umno leaders insisted that the party posed a danger to Malays and that a future with the DAP in power would mean disaster for the community.