Thursday, June 11, 2009

Sultan of Perak & Non-Racism

"The Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah, said any move which questions the interests of the Malays and Bumiputeras in terms of scholarships and places of study not only violates the fundamental provisions in the federal and state constitutions but also questions the sovereignty of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Malay Rulers.

He said Clause 2 of Article 153 of the Federal Constitution provided the King with specific powers to safeguard the interests of the Malays as well as the Bumiputeras in Sabah and Sarawak in terms of scholarships and places of study."

The monarch represents an important institution in the country. Hence, his statement above is not going to help us to look beyond the question of race when addressing the issue of educational opportunity in the country.

Is it racist when a non-Malay student demands his right to a place in a local university or to be given a scholarship if he/she did exceptionally well in a public exam? Isn't it problematic if a remarkable student was not offered a course of choice in a local university or being denied a scholarship to pursue higher education but an opportunity was given to a less remarkable one?

Over the years, the issue of university placement and scholarship has continued to harm and frustrate many parents and students. Many good students had to look for study grants overseas which had resulted in a massive brain drain for the country.

It does not have to be a zero sum game. Giving more places of study and scholarships to more non-Malay Malaysians does not have to come at the expense of the Malays. Any government would have been proud to provide opportunities to its people especially youths to acquire the highest level of education possible so that they can return to contribute to the country's development.

It is no longer an issue about the Malay rights or supremacism. It is about retaining the best brains in the country. Most knowledge based economies are no longer merely competing for FDI but FHCI (Foreign Human Capital Investment).

Hence, the Sultan of Perak should have asked the government to try to accommodate as many bright Malaysian students as possible, regardless of race or creed, by offering them places in the local universities or giving them scholarships to study abroad.

He should have encouraged the government to correct the flaws in the scholarship and university admission processes so that the issue of deprivation and unfairness can be solved once and for all.

Instead, his warning to the complainants not to question these rights (access to scholarships and places of study) because their action is akin to challenging his sovereignty and authority is most unfortunate and unproductive.

A constitutional monarch is supposed to be a symbol of unity and sovereignty of all Malaysians, not just the Malays or Bumiputeras.

His statement will leave a deep impact on the society's direction and nation building. On race relations, this country has a long bumpy road ahead to travel.

38 comments:

Anonymous said...

perak again.

Anonymous said...

Isn't it sad, that the Sultan whom I used to admire because he made something of himself by becoming a lawyer/judge, turned out in his latter year to be so regressive. He should be looking to expand opportunities not restrict them for all who call themselves Malaysian.

It is for this reason that I am now a former Malaysian and as a result my two children are able to attend universities in the states. One of them is on a PhD track and one is at the University of Chicago

robert said...

Leader must have a WISDOM. Every single words came out from our mouth represent the principles and values as well.WISDOM is kind of process that we gone through in life.Please appreciate.

anotherkhoo said...

Can someone please confirm whether this is his personal statement or one given to him by umno?

Important to clarify this because being a constitutional monarch, it could be that he's just a mouth-piece for the gov't of the day.

Purple Haze said...

The university courses should be separated into "competitive" and "non-competitive" categories.

The professional courses like medicine, dentistry, accountancy, law, etc should be in the "competitive" category.

Allow for meritocracy rules to be used for entrance and no racial quotas.

For non-competitive courses, allow for the quota system to continue.

This way, the number of bumiputera places can still be maintained but not at the expense of higher standards and competency in areas where they are needed.

This can be a win-win solution.

K H said...

curiouser and curiouser says Alice in Wonderland.

First he is confused with his role as constitutional head os state, now he is confused with goverment policy on fairness and equity. Wonder where his legal education had gone to.

juvie said...

there is a long way to go for us in malaysia, the only thing i can say is that our leaders need to understand what capital flight is , maybe then we can try to take neccessary steps to stop that problem

Fedup said...

I am wondering if the Monarchy is also a component of the Barisan Nasional.
Just look at their recent stance.

Anonymous said...

I wonder how this perak loyalists father and son got his degrees. No matter whatever universities, it must be brought!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Sounds to me like he's suddenly singing a different tune from before. Either he's been misquoted by the press to paint him in a negative light or someone's got his arm twisted high up his back.

Anonymous said...

No, I guess he only wants to be a sultan to the Malays. For the pendatangs, I am sorry, you make your own call.

Anonymous said...

this is the real concept of 1Malaysia: only 1 'handicapped' race and the rest are lalangs ...

tough lalang

Anonymous said...

Yup. Perak again. Nothing good comes out from the officialdom in there. I am glad there is a highway zipping through this lotus land, so I can spent minimum time there.

Anonymous said...

Really upset with the Sultan statements.....

Anonymous said...

Change1 Change! Change! Everything in this world change! Peoples change, thinking change and priciple also change.

Anonymous said...

1. I am a headhunter. My client, a leading financial institution, wanted a Japanese speaking fresh graduate to look after their Japanese desk.

2. I managed to get hold of 2 candidates that did their graduate studies in Japan. Both are Bumiputera. Both were MARA scholarship recipients. One is a native from Sarawak, the other is Peninsula Malay.

3. I interviewed them and both express their interests and is happy to explore the opportunity thrust upon them. After the interview, Sarawakian candidate followed up thorough emails and phone calls on how to prepare for the interview. Malay candidate went into silent mode.

4. On the day of the interview with the client, Sarawakian candidate turned up an hour before his interview. Malay candidate sent me a sms an hour before the interview that he cannot make it. When I tried to call him, the mobile has been switch off.

5. After the interview, Sarawakian candidate called me up and reported his progress. Malay candidate's mobile is still off. No apology, no explanation.

Time to revamp our scholarship distribution don't you think? How did the other joker got a scholarship in the first place with that sort of attitude?

Anonymous said...

Sometimes i really don't understand why they are so worried about people will challenge their status. Maybe they are more worried about their income to support their luxuries life style. I just feel so shame on someone that use our hard earn tax payer money as their income rather than down to earth work like others.. just another society parasite.

nckeat88 said...

The problem is: ARe those 10As top scorers are the best brain? I think they are more like Xerox machine.

ycg said...

its kinda weird for me. The Sultan of Perak decides to speak on this scholarship matter but there is no follow through or try to make sense of what he is talking about. Leaves so much space for different opinions on what he really meant. Then he goes silent...

its like Perak fiasco, he came out, bam bam MB should resign, then silent... Claim that Sultans are above politics and therefore should stay out. But in the first place, why did he make those comments if he is not going to follow through?

Like wise now, what does he mean questioning this and that? Can these people be clear once and for all?? is it too much to ask?

BennyG said...

Er... is that comment above politics and for the good of the (Malaysian) people?

Why suddenly the Sultan has so much to say?

Durian Guy - Malaysia said...

Unfortunately, this race issue will take us many more donkey years to overcome.

For goodness sake, we are all Malaysians lah!

Desmond Chong said...

One Malaysia...no hope at all

Anonymous said...

For the country to progress well, finish off umno. They are the ones hampering progress (of all races) in the country with all their propogandas and the likes for their selfish gains.
(But I hope after that don't some other party come along and take over their role, already there are signs of that.)

learner always said...

life is never about fairness .When the going get tough , the tough get going. There are big people in small brains and act ,do and say things to show their small,narrow-minded ways. Is His royal highness one of them, it depends on which all those platform you are judging him from.For all of us-dowm to earth people, get rid of our own entitlement mentality first. The world has amny bright places to search and look for.

Anonymous said...

Sorry not a positive comment and not worth crying cos we have long endure it.There are many other foreign scholarships which one can apply if you really scout around cos my children got it and they are now working overseas.

SF Yong said...

At the end of the day, the colour of your skin & religion will still determine what rights and privileges you will get in this country regardless of one being a citizen or not. Is this not part of an apartheid policy?

It is truly UNSUPRISING to me when the Sultan of Perak comes out with such statement. Afterall, when the mask comes off, WHO DO YOU SEE??

I dream of a day that will come when regardless of who you are, you will get the assistance you required because you are a MALAYSIAN and not just because you belong to a certain group.

I am a MALAYSIAN and I wish my country see me as so and not categorizing me according to how I look and whom I pray to.

Anonymous said...

So, the Sultan is NOT a Sultan for ALL the citizens of his State ???!! The constitutional 'monarchy' will be digging their own grave if they become racialists.

Anonymous said...

This sudden monarch who was an ex legal 'brain' has all of a sudden become a mouth piece for the ruling party - umno.Well it only speaks one thing and that is desperation.Being a sudden ruler does not entitle him to say contradicting things for the rakyat to accept everything said by him.Just look at the mess he has created in Perak as the affected parties have to resort to legal means to seek justice.If he is right why should people turn to courts for justice.If he can choose to appoint a compromising chief minister what is there a need for democratic election every 5 years.

Anonymous said...

It is highly irresponsible to equate questioning the distribution of scholarships to attacking Malay rights and incomprehensible to equate it with attacking Malay sovereignty.

Must everything be seen in a racial manner? As a sultan for all Malaysians, he should not only be above politics but also above race.

Those in a position of respect and esteem should not compromise their position lest they destroy whatever moral authority they have.

malek said...

What the sultan trying to express? No wonder the Perak state are in the deep shit situation now. Who caused this and let it HAPPENED? Talk! Talk! Talk!

Anonymous said...

Blogger nckeat88 said...

The problem is: ARe those 10As top scorers are the best brain? I think they are more like Xerox machine.

Dude, how do you know they are Xerox machine? Any study to support your statement? I have come to appreciate students with 10As. At least they have the tenacity and discipline to aim for the best. What about you? So please don't take their glory away. You may look down on our education system but that fault does not lies in them.

Anonymous said...

Scholarships and university places should be for all , not just for one race.

I have lost my respect for the Sultan of Perak.

giam2020 said...

Our beloved country is in a messy
state with no end to racial polarization even in such a simple
fundamental right as education.They
should do away with scholarship and
substitute it with full loan to be
paid after graduation and the department task to handle this must
be very firm in dealing with defaulter so that other will not be deprived for lack of funds later on.
This is the only way to stop all this mess.A revolving fund should
be funded by the government and run by a private firm so that no
is element of bias involved.All
citizen should be eligible if they
are admitted into approved university and can provide guarantors.

ajoyly said...

I am always of the humble opinion that Malaysians should help fellow Malaysians irrespective of whether they are Bumiputras or non-Bumiputras. Because Malaysia belongs to all Malaysians.

Love of country and patriotism by citizens of a nation must be reciprocated by assisting them whether in educational opportunities, scholarships, jobs etc..

Instead of condemning, help and compassion should be extended to all unfortunate Malaysians. A country has such duty and responsibility towards its citizens.

Assistance rendered must be based on the concept of 1Malaysia and must also be non-racial in approach.

allen ng said...

This Sultan of Perak is a totally different person now.During his early reign of Sultan,he was a highly respected monarch for his wisdom and caring ruler in the state.Now,it seems that he does not listen to the rakyat of Perak with regard to the illegal usurper of the MB's post.

Anonymous said...

For those who are supporting that other parties, pls question their leaders regarding this matter. And let the leaders give supporters a clearer picture in terms of MALAY AND BUMIPUTRA'S INTEREST. If they want us to help them to finish off UMNO in the next election, we would want equalities in all nothing but all. If they can't fight for us, then why should we help them . Me stil think that Islam party and Anwar are worse than Najib. Lim kit siang is no more fighting for the Chinese, he is fighting more for his son Guan Eng. It looks like both father and son are Anwar's dog. Karpal singh is our only hope. Hope he can continue to serve us, fighting the Islam, who wanted to convert Malaysia to an Islamic country. REMEMBER, IF WE GIVES THEM POWER ENOUGH, it will happen. I dont think the Chinese and Indian want this to happen. At this moment, i don't trust who ever that is leading the Islam party, I dont like Lim kit siang anymore, and the worst goes to Anwar. He can sold his soul to exchange for fame. Everybody knows he wants to be the Prime Minister. So far he fight for his own messy life more. Did he ever properly stand out or speak out to fight for our behalf? He is very busy buying this and that fellow to join him, so that he can be the prime minister. He is so close yet too far away. He did nothing next to zero for us so far. Two things he can do for us, get a Chinese to take the Deputy menteri besar of Selangor's seat, and get as many as possible Scholarship for Chinese and Indian to go into M'sia U. If Anwar can finish off the "KETUANAN MELAYU",AND ADDRESS THE MALAYS, CHINESE AND INDIAN AS MALAYSIAN (1 MALAYSIA) HE CAN BE THE NEXT PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA.

4942 Jalan Bangau said...

"The Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah, said any move which questions the interests of the Malays and Bumiputeras in terms of scholarships and places of study not only violates the fundamental provisions in the federal and state constitutions but also questions the sovereignty of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Malay Rulers.

Is it racist when a non-Malay student demands his right to a place in a local university or to be given a scholarship if he/she did exceptionally well in a public exam? Isn't it problematic if a remarkable student was not offered a course of choice in a local university or being denied a scholarship to pursue higher education but an opportunity was given to a less remarkable one?

Dear Bro Kay Peng,

There is nothing in the text that the Sultan denied the right of non-Malay students to get sponsorship. He just saying that questioning what had been agreed earlier by our founding fathers are against the constitutions and just not a correct thing to do.

That's all... and it just a simple and plain statement and only takes an honest heart to read and understand...

Anonymous said...

My heart read but don't understand why straight As students can't get into universities?

My heart read but don't understand why straight As students can't get scholarships?

My heart read but don't understand why HRH The Sultan of Perak is no longer ruler of all Perakians?