There is only one word to describe the politics of Malaysia - TRAGIC.
It is a TRAGEDY because everything else has moved on but our politics is still stucked in the post-colonial era. It is a tragedy we allow people like Rahim Tamby Chik to dictate our politics by inciting racial hatred and fear.
Chinese daily China Press on Sunday quoted Rahim as saying: “The Malays have never taken to the streets so do not force us to do so as we will draw our parang (machete) to defend the Ketuanan Melayu (Malay supremacy) in this country.” (Malaysiakini.com)
It is a TRAGEDY because the same set of rules does not apply for certain people in this country. Some leaders from a particular political party are immune to seditious law but not others. The police are investigating five Malaysians for posting seditious messages on the Internet. These include an email containing seditious remarks pertaining to race. The rest are a company director, whose company website carried a seditious posting, one ‘Dr Ng Seng’ who posted a seditious article on the Prime Minister’s Department’s website and student Wee Meng Chee for his satire of Negaraku posted on Youtube.
NONE from UMNO. Yes, we can understand why. MIGHT IS RIGHT!
It is a TRAGEDY because we have so many capable people and yet not many of them are around to serve the country. Coupled with our rich resources, Malaysia would have grown by leaps and bounds if not for our racial politics. Yet, politicians from a particular party said that nothing is wrong with our system. The rest merely nodded in silence, counting their agony.
It is a TRAGEDY because we cannot convey this message to the Malay community in the most rational language that the NEP is a cancer and not a cure to their problems. If 38 years of uninterrupted ability to implement the affirmative policy does not yield the desired outcome, surely the community must ask these self-proclaimed protectors of their race what has gone wrong.
It is a TRAGEDY because we are sitting still awaiting another TRAGEDY to hit us.