Proton discount a brief respite from ‘ketuananism’ - By Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Malaysiakini : “As ‘masters’ on our own land,
bumiputeras or Malays indeed deserve to enjoy the privileges at all
times, although we have succeeded in narrowing the gap between races in
the country.” - Sohaimi Shahadan, Umno supreme council member
COMMENT | The only problem I have
with Proton’s decision to give a discount to members of the Federation
of Hokkien Associations of Malaysia is that it did not apply to all
Chinese Malaysians, including the ones who can demonstrate that one of
their parents is Chinese.
I agree with Proton’s contention that there is nothing “special”
about this privilege because if it was special, people who purchased
Proton’s under this scheme would have a one-year licence to make racist
and seditious remarks against their fellow countrymen (the least of the
systemic imbalances) and would not be sanctioned when the state security
apparatus comes a calling. In fact, I urge Proton with its close ties to the Najib regime to
look into the possibility of expanding the “specialness” of this deal as
soon as possible.
I would go further. What I would like to see is that every investment
done by PRC (China) companies in Malaysia or if PRC companies acquire a
sufficient stake in Malaysian companies, to give a discount to every
Chinese Malaysians, including those non-Chinese who can demonstrate that
one of their parents is Chinese. This should be considered standard
policy and Chinese Malaysians should defend this policy and dismiss all
those who question it as racist and seditious.
This policy should apply to everything. Land, houses, cars,
jewellery, any and everything of monetary value including services. This
also naturally includes sex workers from mainland China because as we
all know, the Islamists and racists within the Malay community claim
that every woman from China is a prostitute.
MIC’s S Vell Paari asked:
“Is Proton playing the caste or clan game.” I say it is about time.
After all, the only people that really play the “caste” game is MIC and
there is sufficient evidence to back up this claim, but this idea that
the “racism” of the Malay establishment needs defending by the likes of
MIC in concert with Islamists like Isma (Malaysian Muslim Solidarity) is
What I want to know is why haven’t all those glorious investments
from India that MIC bigwigs always crow about, benefited the Indian
community? Where are the Indian discounts? MIC lackeys are always making
trips to India to extol the virtues of Malaysia to the plutocrats of
India. What the hell is MIC doing if Proton can now offer discounts to
certain members of the Chinese community while all MIC can do is allegedly assaultTamil Malar employees who disagree with the party?
I mean really, if politicians cannot chip away or devalue
'ketuananism', why not the private sector? You could argue that because
of meritocracy - or what passes for it in this country - and the fact
that the majority community wants job security, hence the civil service,
it is about time that screwed-up policies are challenged even if it
means that only a certain section of the Chinese community benefits from
it. Start small, I say.
Meanwhile, Isma who at least are honest in their religious extremism and bigotry are in twisted knickers
territory – again – because they can only cry “racism” and help –
unintentionally – Pakatan Harapan’s anti-PRC rhetoric. It is tough being
a Malay supremacist when the Malay establishment has to rely on China
to bail it out or so it is claimed. Isma is probably wondering why the PRC can’t be more like the House
of Saud. Throw money at a current regime and not expect anything in
Special privileges devalued
Remember when Umno was giving discounts to its members when it came
to property? That is some really screwed-up permutations of special
privileges right there. What did Isma have to say about it, nothing,
right? Just like they have nothing to say about the various other
systemic racism that goes on in this moderate Muslim country of ours.
The PRC, on the other hand, are building things. Building things on
Tanah Melayu, which would probably help the majority Malay community.
But now, this insidious Chinese country is giving discounts to certain
segments of the Chinese minority. Where will it end? If Malay special
privileges are devalued, how can the Malay establishment expect to
defend something that has no value? I mean, what next? Supposing PRC
companies buy stakes in local universities and give discounts to
Chinese-speaking Malaysians. It is chaos I tell, ya.
Look, all the anti-PRC investment rhetoric coming from the opposition is complete horse manure in my opinion. Readhere
– “The real test of national sovereignty (or if it was ever in any real
danger) is if the opposition comes into power, would there be efforts
to reverse these deals or if these deals suddenly become pure because
the sins of the Najib regime are cleansed with the formation of a new
Why demonise (or help anti-Chinese narratives) by blaming the PRC if
the majority in this country cannot speak English which makes them
unemployable and only fit to drive Uber and sell nasi lemak? Young
people who are only fit to do certain jobs, blame foreigners for taking
away the jobs that they can’t even do, or foreign companies for balking
at the stupid policies that brought ruination to their community in the
If your elected politicians are making “bad deals” with a foreign
power, then the responsibility is on your elected representatives and
not the foreign country. Many people are gloating with joy about these
discounts and why the hell not?
What of the Malay community? They get conflicting messages from their power brokers. On one hand, we have the narrative
that Chinese from China are taking over, so you better vote for
Harapan, meanwhile the establishment Umno power structures are groaning
because they have to say the same thing about the Chinese in Malaysia -
vote Umno or the Chinese in Malaysia will take over. It appears that the Chinese are everywhere and they all seem intent on taking over Tanah Melayu,
Now I am not saying that this discount is payback but I am drinking
in the tears of envy and frustration of the “losers” (in Donald Trump
speak) of all those folks who feel aggrieved by this discount. I bet the
Umno establishment will find a way to mitigate this discount but, this
merely confirms that the idea of ‘ketuananism’ is one of diminishing
returns. Get used to it.