Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Bangsa Malaysia (1)

Johor MB Abdul Ghani Othman is obviously from the Jurassic Park. In a Star report, the recalcitrant politician again rejected the concept of Bangsa Malaysia or a Malaysian race, which emphasizes equal rights and not biological assimilation. He said:

Any concept similar to that of a Bangsa Malayan under the Malayan Union
is unacceptable, and this includes the idea of a Malaysian Malaysia.

In making this point, Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman
said if people understood why a Bangsa Malayan was rejected during Umno founder Datuk Onn Jaafar’s leadership, they should also realise why any concept akin to it could not be accepted.

“It is about everything being equal and this does not capture the hearts of Malaysians. "

“Therefore, regardless of whatever name is given, the concept is similar and this is against idea kenegaraan (the idea of nationhood) which we have inherited,” he said.

A politician such as Abdul Ghani wants the Malay community to depend on crutches forever. When members of an ethnic community feel that they are entitled to the wealth of the country, they are not likely to work hard to improve, to progress and to compete with others. This will become a form of cultural sickness which will weaken the Malay community in the long run.

Malaysians who truly support real unity should consider showing Abdul Ghani Othman the door. He is not fit to become a chief minister in the 21st Century with his 1940's mindset.

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