Welcome to more decades of Apartheid by Mamakthir aided and abetted by Tokong China. More spoon feeding from cradle to grave for the "handicapped" ones!!.....and they have the Chutzpah to say Israel practices Apartheid against the Palestinian Terrorists. - Major D Swami (Retired) Malaysiakini: “When truth is replaced by silence, the silence is a lie.” ― Yevgeny Yevtushenko
COMMENT | So, today is this big
pow-wow amongst the Malay elite for a new bumiputera agenda, which would
chart the course of the majority of this country. As Council of Eminent
Persons chief Daim Zainuddin said, maybe this time they will get it
right. Who is “they”? Well, “they” are the Malay power brokers of the
new Malaysia, of course.
Leading up to this event, MCA and DAP got into a bit of a row about
who was not spooking the Malays more. First of all, I have no idea what
DAP’s Muhammad Shakir Ameer means when he says MCA is fighting fire with fire which would burn everyone, but I do believe that DAP is muddled when it comes to this issue.
Three important points need to be made:
The first is that DAP has no grounds whatsoever to claim that Chinese
Malaysians voted against the racial politics of Umno-BN because the
Pakatan Harapan regime, with its linchpin Bersatu, is led by the old
guard of Umno, which is a race-based party. This, of course, is strange
because Bersatu, unlike PKR and DAP, which are “multiracial”, has the
lowest number of seats but yet by virtue of “not spooking the Malays”
has the most say in government.
Second, to claim that MCA does not understand the economic reality
that necessitates measures by “the Harapan government would have to take
would seem ‘painful’ but necessary for the benefit of many” is
ridiculous considering the fact that the raison d'être of MCA was
balancing the economic, social and political aspirations of the Chinese
community and you guessed it – "not spooking the Malays" – which is
exactly the role played by DAP now.
Third, the idea that MCA wants to continue racial politics after 61
years of independence when DAP has to defend a bumiputera congress while
the Malay political elite of PKR and Bersatu chart the course for the
majority community, is laughable.
I was never one who bought into the whole “apartheid” horse manure
propagated by some in the then opposition. If I did, it would make me
look really stupid because of the compromises the non-Malay component of
Harapan has had to make when dealing with Malay power structures. Much
like the mendacity of Muhammad Shakir claiming that MCA does not
understand the “economic reality” that makes non-Malay political
structures subservient to the dogma of mainstream Malay politics.
Meanwhile, Umno is still suffering from some sort of post-traumatic
stress of losing power to Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Umno information chief
Shamsul Anuar Nasarah claims that DAP is now a “pak turut”. No doubt,
that raises the heckles of many but what he is saying is exactly what
PKR president-elect Anwar Ibrahim (photo) and the rest of the
Malay political elite realise - that non-Malays were never the threat to
Malay hegemony but rather a disparate Malay polity was a threat to Umno
When news of this big bumiputera meet first slithered out, I wrote:
“When right-wing and far-right Malay elements talk about bumiputera
privileges, they are not talking about a system of discriminatory
practices, they are talking about those privileges in terms of morality,
but more importantly, in a definitional sense of what it means to be
Malay. Complete hogwash, of course, but this is the reason why the idea
of reforming the system instead of ditching it completely has always
dominated the debate.”
A bumi or Malay agenda?
Why even use the word “bumiputera” congress? Why not just say Malay
agenda congress? After all, does anyone seriously think that the rights
of Orang Asal and the indigenous people – non-Muslims – of Sabah and
Sarawak are going to be on the agenda moving forward? I could be wrong
and I will concede if I am, but does anyone really think that any time
this idea of “bumiputera” agenda is bandied about, it is nothing more
than reaffirming the rights and privileges of the Malay/Muslim
I know this is a politically incorrect thing to say, but the only
bumiputera agenda that needs to be addressed is the real bumiputera
agenda of the Orang Asal and the native peoples of Sabah and Sarawak.
And I will not even delve into the rights of the natives of Sabah and
Sarawak because I still think what a political operative from Sarawak
said to me, all those years ago when I was still with the state security
apparatus, holds true. He said: “You people are the colonisers.” I
understand that many people from Sabah and Sarawak will hate me for
saying this but I am one of those people who thinks that Sabah and
Sarawak should decide for themselves if they want to be "Malaysians".
I was rereading Joshua Woo Sze Zeng’s timely rejoinder
about slavery in Malaysia and how native and Malaya’s emancipation was a
colonial legacy that we should be thankful for. Quoting from historical
records, Woo hones in on specific barbarities which no doubt defined
the nomadic nature of the indigenous peoples of Malaysia.
“Hunted by the Malays, who stole their [Orang Asli] children, they
were forced to leave their dwellings and fly hither and thither, passing
the night in caves or in huts (pondok), which they burnt on their
departure. ‘In those days,’ they say, ‘we never walked in the beaten
tracks lest the print of our footsteps in the mud should betray us.’”
And of course, the loopholes in religious and cultural dogma that
would make enslaving their own, palatable – “The theoretical distinction
between debt-slave and actual slave was used by Malay-Muslim rulers and
aristocrats to enslave fellow Muslims.”
This is the sickening part, right? There really is a need for a
bumiputera agenda, but there really is no need for a Malay agenda. Hey, I
could be wrong. It seems to me, if you have policies for a majority
community that have not worked, maybe it is time to change those
policies. I am glad for Woo’s rejoinder but you can bet your last
ringgit that this is not part of the bumiputera agenda.