Monday, June 22, 2009

Explain Malay Unity

Mukhriz Mahathir: "The objective of the 1Malaysia concept mooted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is not achievable if there is no unity among the Malays."

Like other UMNO ministers, the Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister is equally attracted to the idea of Malay unity as the mother of all solutions to our woes and weaknesses. Interestingly, this idea of Malay unity was mooted and enthusiastically supported by a party in distress.

The UMNO-led BN coalition has seen its multiracial support dwindled to a historical low level. The massive lost of support and five consecutive defeats in by-elections would have jolted any political party to reconsider and revamp its political rhetoric and platform.

For UMNO to continue harping on Malay unity has surprised many observers, including myself. The electoral impact of such unity call is almost similar to PAS' Islamic state ambition. It will drive away many non-Malay supporters. The outcome would be an untenable BN.

The next surprising moment is the reactions from BN component parties. MCA's Chua Soi Lek has given contradictory opinions on this issue. He supported a unity talk between PAS and UMNO but insisted that this should not be done to marginalize the non-Malays. Chua, despite his experience and seniority, has failed to learn the lesson of Malaysian politics.

Can Chua assure us that the unity talk will not lead to a more race-centric and myopic government?

His president's reaction is even more confusing. Ong has repeatedly asked the DAP to draw its line with PAS but did not react comprehensively to the idea of Malay unity talk. He even proposed that MCA could similarly hold talks with other opposition parties, including the DAP. The latter has rejected the idea of a Chinese unity talk - which is a right thing to do.

SUPP has rejected this proposal. Even the Pakatan leaders were divided over the issue and the majority of them saw the proposal as a threat to the nascent coalition.

However, we must not be too quick to demonize the idea of Malay unity talk. If the notion of Malay unity can be carefully expanded and clearly defined, it should be able to persuade and catalyst a meaningful discourse on the future direction of Malay community.

Clearly, there are many issues and questions which are faced by the community. One major question is the continuation of the NEP which has clearly not benefited a large segment of the community. So far, the Najib administration has not been able to provide a decisive answer to the continuation of this policy. Instead, he has chosen to liberalize some 27 sub-sectors in the services industry which did not create much impact on the Malaysian economy.

A Malay unity cannot avoid discussing the socio-economic impact, weaknesses and challenges faced by the community. Can NEP continue to protect the interest of the community? Is NEP a good remedy to make the Malays more competitive in the global arena?

It is evident that both UMNO and PAS leaders were short of alternative proposals. The political ding-dong between those who supported and against the continuation of the policy did not result in a more refined solution.

The next question the community should ask is if the two parties are fit to lead the community into the 21st century?

The insistence to continue with the aging and outdated policy is a good example of how incapable these political parties are in leading the Malays into the era of globalisation.

The Malays cannot forever depend on a protectionist policy to safeguard their socio-economic interest. The worse thing which had happened is the policy does not even play this basic function anymore. Distribution of wealth and opportunities hinges more on know-who than need-based.

A well defined Malay unity talk should be able to tease out a comprehensive discourse on the future of the Malays. They should start to ask themselves if their political representatives are qualified and sincere enough to continue looking after their interest?

Next, any society hoping to thrive and survive in the current capitalist system should fear stagnation. Being stagnated means you will be left behind by other emerging societies. A Malay unity talk should also address the issue of stagnation and regression in a number of areas.

While the Malay participation in the civil sector is profound and meaningful, has it done them well?

Should the community continue to strive on numbers and quotas or on real skills and knowledge? Are the Malay youths more progressive and innovative compared to their parents' generation?

If the Malay unity talk is set on the need to conduct an introspection of the Malay psyche and needs, then the talk should be encouraged to proceed. Mukhriz is only half right. If the majority race in the country can courageously face their weaknesses and flaws and seek to strengthen their capabilities, it will contribute positively to the nation.

If the outcome of unity talk is to project numerical political prowess to score some psychological advantage over other minorities, then it will be a disastrous event for the nation.

The Malay community should also look at the current education system, judiciary system, economic system and others to ensure that they are benefiting from the nation's developmental agenda.

So far, the calls for both UMNO and PAS to pursue the unity talk have failed to convince us that the agenda of this talk is well defined and its outcome will result in a stronger, more resilient and competitive Malay community.

This is a Malaysian dilemma. Our politicians and policy makers are unable to think beyond the surface of a concept.

Eventually, the Malays and all other Malaysians must seek to answer this question: Where to, Malaysia?

18 comments:

kopitelp16 said...

It took a big round trip around the world to come to this? Another racist stand to me! I just read a few lines and that's it! No need to waste time and energy to continue reading. Why can't just have Malaysian Unity? All these slogans and stuffs are nothing but a clone of those KKK. White Supremacy, Ketuanan Melayu..... same shit! and it stinks too!

malayamuda said...

change it from 1 Malaysia to 1 Malay, when Botak is ready then we can revert to 1 Malaysia

leekh said...

Mr Khoo, examine the logic of Mr Mukhriz! He will likely be around for a little while longer than his father. The type of thinking exhibited by the new generation Malays does not bode well for anyone. If truly Mukhriz thinks that Malay unity talks is good for Malaysia, then shouldn't he be nudging OTK and Sami Velu to quickly go get all the Chinese to unite and the Indians to unite too? What do you think UMNO and Mukhriz will say IF the Chinese had gone round saying that Chinese unity and Chinese strength is good for Malaysia?

ajoyly said...

My views on the abovementioned matter are as follows:-

2020 is coming on track. When we reach that momentous year, will we still be a divided nation? This is the question Malaysians are asking. Will we still be obssessed with race and religion? Will Malaysia just be the basket to hold the eggs together?

If we based on the above, it is indeed a gloomy outlook. Yet there is hope. Because we Malaysians believe in fairnesss. In fairness, we have enough for everybody. The Malaysian cake is sufficient to satisfy everyone. So what is the problem? Your guess is as good as mine.

Actually there is no problem? It is man made. If we are animals and we follow our instincts, we would have reached our destination naturally and safely. But man is a different specie. Man has that extra special - the superiority complex. This is the root cause of men treating his group better than the others. Call it by another name - unfairness. You know if we do a literal solution, just remove the - un.

And that would solve the issue. Right! It becomes - fairness. But literal is not the answer. It is something deeper. It is goodness. So you say what is good about eggs being in one basket? Security maybe, unity! Both are necessary, if you have security, you will certainly have unity. Otherwise, it will be chaos.

Eggs are supposed to be broken. If they are not, than they will not serve any useful purpose. For all the eggs to be one, they have therefore to be broken. So if you take one egg to represent one race or one ethnic group. How many eggs do you have in Malaysia?Definitely a lot.

Can we now solve the problem of why it is important to have a united Malaysian nation equals Bangsa Malaysia equals 1Malaysia equals Malaysians (equals broken eggs).

The final result, one race, Bangsa Malaysia and one nation, Malaysia.

kicktheshit said...

What Chua CD? No right-minded Chinese is taking his words seriously after he was caught with his pants down. Well, except a few monkeys who keep dancing around him.

Pentilium5 said...

wah another inbreeding in progress, just look at the outcome

Anonymous said...

Dear Leekh,

Mukhriz does not represent the new thinking of the new malay generation. He represent his father's thinking. :) So sad after more than 50 years of merdeka, diversity is more than unity.

Anonymous said...

Unity talk comes to UMNO's mind, only after they have lost the support of the Malays. When they are in power they would even asked their component parties to leave.

To my mind, majority of the UMNO people are insincere. They only care and look after themselves to stay in power.

Mukhris said 1Malaysia is unachievable if there is no unity among the Malays. In fact, UMNO have themselves to be blamed for destroying the trust of the Malays after when Anwar Ibrahim (AI)was persecuted for Sodomy.

I feel ashamed and disgusted with UMNO's politics. They haev done the unthinkables to even fabricate evidences to charge AI, who's a Malay. AI's only crime then was he exposed and opposed certain corruptions of those in power then. And to thrump up Sodomy II is a real sin and its because AI is a threat to UMNO.

Now tell me how can Malay unity be achieved. UMNO is only good for spinning and deceiving the Malays, using the Malays race card to stay in power.

Its was a blessing that the Malays are smarter and have progressed over the years unlike in the 60's when they are poor. The majority of the younger Malays no-longer believe in UMNO's politics.

UNITY Talk is all bullshit. The Malays and majority of Malaysians are in fact united against the BN government.

Steve Lee - DAP perak said...

Khoo,
in malaysiakini today, there is a good idea that PKR dan DAP should abandon PAS as there is so much flaw in PAS in Kedah.

What do you think about this? Can the federal and state have different coalition in this country?

Kedah PKR, DAP told to abandon PAS
Athi Veeranggan | Jun 23, 09 11:01am
Even as national leaders of Pakatan Rakyat drop the hot potato that the proposed 'unity government' has turned out to be, Kedah Gerakan is checking out the idea at state level.
MCPX
Its Youth wing wants the state PKR and DAP to snub PAS and tie up with Barisan Nasional to form a unity state government in Alor Setar.

Kedah Youth chief Tan Keng Liang alleged that PKR and DAP have many grouses against the leadership of Menteri Besar Azizan Abdul Razak, who is from PAS.

Moreover, he said, PKR and DAP have more in common with BN component parties such as Gerakan rather than with the Islamic-based PAS

"Hence, I suggest it would be better for PKR and DAP to snub PAS and join hands with BN to form a unity government in Kedah," Tan (centre in photo) told Malaysiakini today.

Currently PAS is the largest single party in the state assembly, holding 16 of the 36 seats.

Umno, which is in the opposition, is second with 12, followed by PKR with five, while DAP, Gerakan and MCA have one each.

Besides filling the menteri besar's seat, PAS dominates the state executive council with seven members while PKR has three.

Bumiputera quota hike

Tan said the state's decision to hike the bumiputera housing quota from 30 percent to 50 percent has become the most controversial issue.

"It has provoked angry reactions from many quarters, including PKR and DAP," he said.

Another problem, he said, is the decision to shift a pig abbatoir from its current location in Mergong, Alor Star.

"Until today the government has yet to identify an alternative site. But it plans to demolish the abattoir by end of this month," he claimed.

Many Indian Malaysians are said to be unhappy with the state government's lethargic handling of their grievances, especially on land, housing, employment and vernacular education.

A state government source said senior civil servants have now become more powerful than the exco in deciding, executing and managing affairs.

Unlike the previous Umno-controlled Kedah government, the PAS-helmed government has failed to tame the overzealous, and at times arrogant, senior public officers, the source said.

He added that the local municipalities are incompetent and inefficient in performing daily tasks, particularly garbage collection. This has become a major talking point.

Outdated style

Several Pakatan leaders are allegedly unhappy that the state government had retained Umno-linked companies as concessionaires in sand excavation projects all over Kedah.

"Due to this, many residents have resorted to sand theft in several prime areas," said the government officer.

These contentious issues have been blamed on the PAS-helmed government's lack of conviction to initiate changes.

Azizan is accused of being reluctant to abandon an orthodox political system, leadership and style of governance.

According to a Pakatan source, instead of becoming a well-oiled, refined, reformed and pro-active government, the PAS-led government has stuck with the outdated Umno style of administration.

"It is reluctant to ruffle feathers for fear of antagonising the all- powerful senior civil servants," he said.

Meanwhile, Tan said the state economy, employment opportunities and business growth have all become stagnant.

He claimed that a BN-PKR-DAP partnership can safeguard the interests and rights of Kedah citizens and deliver constructive and progressive policies to stimulate growth.

Khoo Kay Peng said...

Steve,

Technically, this can happen - forging a different alliance at the state and federal levels. It had happened in Sarawak - SNAP.

But I am not too sure if an alliance with the BN, at its current state, will bring any good to both the DAP and PKR. UMNO is the main party in BN in Kedah not MCA or MIC or Gerakan.

I am not too sure if DAP and PKR would like to sleep with UMNO.

Steve said...

Khoo,
i forgot to put the link to Malaysiakini.
http://malaysiakini.com/news/107026

mmm....my history of politics in this country is not good. Didn't know much about SNAP in Sarawak.
Can you write something or analysis about "alliance of political party in states and federal levels and whether such thing is good or bad".

Personally, i think sleeping with UMNO is bad. But for DAP to sleep with PAS is even worse. DAP and PKR is a good combination (excluding PAS)!

Anonymous said...

Is there really a unity problem ? Having political difference is considered a unity issue ??

OB One said...

I agree that DAP and PKR should not in the first place work with PAS. Better stop the partnership before the collapse of DAP and PKR. PAS is the UMNO in Pakatan Rakyat........just see the damage done to Kedah as describe in the article above.

kopitelp16 said...

I would say, except for a few, PAS has actually become 'softer' in their Islamic stance. I think PAS knew, hardcore Islamic stand will get them nowhere and with a slight change in their strategy, even DAP is willing to work with them. I personally think PKR is the weakest of them all but PKR has Anwar; the only person right now that can hold all three together. PR might be young, have their differences but the good thing is that they are willing to work things out. BN usually try to solve things on 'close door meetings'....

Anonymous said...

Just some example of how rakyat is feeling in Kedah!

http://malaysiakini.com/news/107094


'Save Kedah before PAS destroys it'
Jun 24, 09 9:46am
‘The type of administration by Kedah under PAS really put us Malays in a difficult situation. We don't really need PAS with their extreme policies.’



On Kedah PKR, DAP told to abandon PAS

Fairus Hazli: I am a Malay in Kedah but the type of administration by Kedah under PAS really put us Malays in a difficult situation.

We don't really need PAS with their extreme policies.

Even the bumi quota which was increase from 30% to 50% is ‘killing’ the Malay contractors as there are now less housing projects in Kedah. That means less sub-contract jobs for us.

I hope that this can be highlighted to Anwar Ibrahim who will request ask PKR to step in before PAS destroys the whole of Kedah.

Suresh: Pakatan Rakyat is going to lose in the next general election if PAS still controls Kedah.

The Indians in Kedah get nothing and no assistance from the Kedah government.

Even after Manikumar given a post of exco following his Bukit Selambau win, the Indian community is being left out.

I salute Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang’s idea that PKR and DAP should work with BN.

But PKR and DAP must be given a main role to play in the Kedah government.

Anonymous said...

Yes UNITE !
Unite PKR,DAP & PAS against BN.

Let us eradicate UMNO/BN in the next GE.

Anonymous said...

HOw come he's so stupid???

Anonymous said...

It is so stupid to work with PAS.....they are a pain in the ass.

Their stupid extreme islamic stand will destroy Pakatan Rakyat.