Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Poser of "Ketuanan Melayu" or Malay Supremacism


A Malay proverb explains it all: "Cakap Tak Serupa Bikin" or "Action Does Not Match The Deed". This is the first time I am hearing a new interpretation of "ketuanan Melayu" from the horse's mouth, UMNO President Abdullah Badawi.

Malay supremacism is a notion promoted and practiced by UMNO leaders to position the party as a dominant party in the race-based coalition BN.

In The Star today, Abdullah said "The definition of ketuanan Melayu (Malay supremacy) is not about the Malays being in a position to dominate, rule over and force their power upon other races." He said Malay supremacy meant that the Malays, as the indigenous people in Malaysia, needed to strengthen themselves to ensure they were successful and developed.

Why then was MIC's Sothinathan reprimanded and suspended when he spoke up against the Crimea Medical University issue? Why was Gerakan's S.Paranjothy severely warned and criticized when he spoke up about the marginalisation of Indian community? Why must UMNO Youth and some senior leaders warned other communities not to question Malay rights? Why should UMNO dominate more than 75% of Cabinet positions? The list goes on....And...the bullying tactics continued...Minister of Tourism Azalina Othman refused to work with tourism councils in the PR controlled states. Since BN only obtained 52% popular votes, then Azalina's ministry allocation should reflect the ratio. The rest of the 48% should go to the PR controlled states, afterall all Malaysians paid taxes.
Minister of Entrepreneur Development Noh Omar is another bad apple. He wanted to channel the RM100 million development funds to MARA, which is seen as a Malay-Bumiputera institution. Is Noh a minister of a single race only? His ministry allocation should be deducted accordingly.

Is UMNO willing to accept and embrace all component parties in BN as equals? No one will quarrel if the BN government allocates resources to help the poor regardless of race and especially the rural poor Malays. But the notion of Malay supremacism was used to promote a feudal power hierarchy in UMNO vis-a-vis other parties. This is not acceptable.

We want UMNO to do as it says. Rhetoric alone is cheap and available in abundance.
Picture courtesy of The Star Online.

9 comments:

What A Lulu said...

to your question Is Noh a minister of a single race only?
sad to say, the answer is yes.
mohd noh's Kementerian Pembangunan Usahawan & Koperasi (MECD) is an ministry set up for "pembangunan usahawan Bumiputera" http://www.mecd.gov.my/index.php?option=com_content&task=category§ionid=4&id=51&Itemid=107

in our ketuanan government, either there's no such thing as a non-bumiputera entrepreneur/coop or they don't deserve any help.

either option saddens me very much.

Anonymous said...

Oh I see...now only you say so. How can like that? How come everybody else don't think like that one?
Cakap Tak Serupa Bikin saje...

Anonymous said...

It is time for UMNO to walk the talks. Otherwise, don't waste time sweet-talking Malaysians.

Logically speaking, if someone possesses 'supremacy', then he/she should be able to excel in any field. Why does the fellow still need favourable treatment?

True Blue Penangite
(a Malaysian by default :)

Anonymous said...

UMNO still didnt understand why they are being voted out. One of the root cause - they are arrogant and refused to listen to the Rakyat. The Rakyat has spoken and decide to give the chance to PR (not that they are fully supportive but could be that there is no 3rd alternative) but BN led by UMNO decided otherwise - just like Azalina trying to build a parallel Tourism Council in states ruled by PR. The same goes to the development fund to be channel through MARA.

What they are telling the rakyat like you and me is that I dont respect the choice that you have made. It is not important to me. I decide and you follow.

Well, they forgot the PR rules states like Selangor, Penang and KL are also contributing a lot from the income taxes.

Show them the REAL EXIT in GE13.

Anonymous said...

May I add to the above comment that to show them the REAL EXIT now and not to wait for another 5 years for PRU 13.
It's now or never as sung by Elvis!
Save all "Bangsa Malaysian" before it's too late!

Anonymous said...

It is never too late to say you are sorry (source: Sunday Star dated April 27, 2008)

Comments:
(i) NOT until 3 years later. This shows how slow or retarded the thinking capability of our Education Minister.

(ii) NOT after realising his damn ”brave” act caused BN’s downfall in recent General Election. Some claim the move is a damage control but I view it as ”Udang Disebalik Batu”. Why? Read on……

(iii) NOT BEFORE UMNO election in December 2008!! Can he get away with it by just apologising? If he is going to be elected for any UMNO position, it would reflect how stupid and sucking his supporters are!


True Blue Penangite

Anonymous said...

With the benefit of hindsight, the keris-waving move is indeed a suicide act for Ketuanan Malay.

If any UMNO members dare to repeat this suicide act, please be prepared to be the receiving end of water-pistol!!

Anonymous said...

Come to think about it, we really need ISA to silent racists, just like what we have done to so-called terrorists of HINDRAF.

Both terrorists and racists are a major threat to national security.

Home Minister, what do you think?

Anonymous said...

Ketuanan Melayu is nothing but crass racism of the worst kind, comparable to apartheid in the former white Africa. This is the age of globalizaion and world without borders and yet UMNO still wants to practise Ketuanan Melayu and narrow Malay nationalism! Notice that ketuanan Melayu can only work with Chinese and Indians perpetually marginalized and subjugated and there will never be a united Bangsa malaysia! I think it is time that the whole world condemns Ketuanan Melayu like they condemn Apartheid.