Malays counter non-Malay demandsPosted: May 4, 2008
It would be difficult to touch on this subject without first reading this article from Malaysian Insider:
Malay groups counter with list of demands
KUALA LUMPUR, May 4 — What do MCA president Ong Ka Ting, DAP’s Lim Kit Siang, MIC’s Samy Vellu and Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism have in common? Quite a lot, it seems.
Their post Election 2008 statements on the need for the government to protect the rights of non-Malays to worship freely and to get more representation in the civil service and judiciary has upset a powerful coalition of 200 Malay groups and non-governmental organisations.
These groups cobbled together under the banner of the Majlis Muafakat Melayu Malaysia say that if the non-Malay/Muslim groups have their way, the political power of the Malays will become an illusion and the special privileges of the Malays will be dismantled one by one.
At a gathering in Johor Baru on Saturday, leaders of the Malay groups sketched an ominous scenario for the race, pointing that there appeared to be a belief in BN that the demands of the non-Malays needs to be met if the ruling coalition is to win back the support of the Chinese and Indians.
Associate Professor Datuk Zainal Abidin Borhan, secretary-general of the Coalition of National Writers (Gapena) noted: “When Umno was strong, it could protect the rights of the Malays but a lot of things are happening when Umno is not strong.
“MIC and MCA are openly asking for many things and the non-Malay NGOs are trying to take advantage,” he told Mingguan Malaysia after the meeting, noting that the apology by Umno Youth chief Hishammuddin Hussein for his keris act was an example of Malays wilting to pressure from non-Malays.
In this environment of uncertainty, the Malay groups passed a slew of resolutions for the government to consider. These included:
• Challenging any amendment to the Constitution and judicial system aimed at weakening the sovereignty and position of the Malays.
• Demanding tight control on the building of places of worship for other religions according to size of the community and the location.
• Rejecting any move to bring multilingualism in schools.
• Rejecting the use of English in all tertiary institutions.
• Demanding that Mathematics and Science be taught in Malay.
• Rejecting the notion of multiculturalism.
Full article here.
Yes. After the GE2008, there have been an array of demands, especially by non-Malays, demanding for equality, and doing away with ketuanan Melayu. It seems that the Malays have had enough of that, and are now defending what they know as their rights in the country.
I have nothing against what they’re championing for, but I do think that they’ve got it the wrong way. Why differentiate again between Malays and non-Malays?
Malays or non-Malays, we’re just trying to establish a more equal Malaysia for everyone. We respect what is in the Constitution, we respect the sovereignity of the Malay Rulers. What we want, is that everyone gets fair treatment. We don’t want to strip Malays of their rights. Because, I believe, we all want the best for each other.
A fair and just judiciary is in no way going to diminish Malay standing.
Tight control of the building of places of worship would be needed for ALL religions, because an excess in building is just going to be a waste of public money.
As for language, I believe that multilinguism might go well with the development of today’s world. But we DO need a single language in the root of all schools. I believe that Malay, as the bahasa kebangsaan should be respected, and actions to encourage the use of Malay should be more widespread. That doesn’t mean that other languages shouldn’t be taught.
As for rejecting the use of English in all tertiary institutions, that to me is quite outrageous. No matter how we dice the issue, English is an important language to learn. Even China is having a change of attitude towards English, and they are introducing the language at a very early level. With China’s booming economy, and with more and more people wanting to learn the language so as to do business with China, they are still not letting up on learning what is now the International Language.
One cannot be so ignorant as to want to protect the national language to a level where they disregard the lingua franca of the world at large. Sure, there are countries where they speak ONLY their mother tongue, but one cannot imagine that they are not handicapped at all.
And what is wrong with multiculturism? Are we not a multi-cultural country? Do we not champion on this fact when we promote our country? “Malaysia, truly Asia” doesn’t just come out of nowhere. We have this tag line because we have a multi-cultural country, a country that houses a wide range of Asian cultures. As long as everyone is equal, and as long as we have harmony and peace, what is wrong with multiculturism?
Don’t make counter demands just for the sake of it. We have not forgotten about the Constitution. And we have not forgotten how to respect others.
Don’t make it more difficult for Malaysia to become a truly united country.