Things said and done under the guise of “national integration”Posted: July 19, 2008
When almost all eyes are focused on Anwar’s case, on Syed Hamid Albar, on RPK, on the police, little else gets much attention. On Thursday, Nazri announced that the 55:45 ratio of Bumi:Non-Bumi recipients of JPA scholarships will stay.
I don’t think there should be any ratio to start with, but let’s keep that for another day.
At this point, BN MPs Tajuddin Abdul Rahman stood up to object. He is quoted as having said the following:
“The constitution is clear on bumiputera rights and we can’t compromise that. No more compromises!”
To which, of course, a number of Opposition MPs stood up to protest what he said. He retorted:
“This is Malay rights. I have met several cabinet ministers and they agreed me with me that scholarships should only be reserved for Malays. There should be no compromises!”
**Whatalulu observes: [note – he said Malays. Does not include the Orang Asals.]
To which, S Kulasegaran, DAP, stood up and said:
“This is racist!”
But what is an argument if Tajuddin stops here? So he continues with what is a biased standpoint, to put it mildly:
“You shut up! You shut up! I have children studying in England, Ireland and Australia and they have no scholarships. But I want rural Malays and lower income groups – even in Sabah and Sarawak – to get scholarships, like what is said in the constitution!”
Tajuddin seems to be going off the topic by now, but he seems bent on his side of the argument. I don’t see why the fact that his children are studying all over the world would be important in this argument. Probably the only “content” that I can squeeze out of this one is that he is rich enough to send 3 of his children to 3 different countries.
“In Pasir Salak, are there no Chinese and Indians?”
I wonder if Tajuddin actually knows the answer to this? But his answer definitely does not allude to his knowledge whatsoever. In fact, his answer made his look stupid.
“You think you are so smart? Penyokong Hindraf! Penyokong Hindraf! (Hindraf supporter! Hindraf supporter!) Anti-Malaysia.”
Definitely off topic. And off my books. Tajuddin has smeared his own name.
To which, in my surprise, the one and only “independent” MP stood up to say:
“I support the Chinese and Indian communities. For them, set up foundations. But what’s written in the constitution is that the right to scholarships are only for Malays and bumiputera.”
He seemed quite eager to get into an argument that was most certainly going nowhere. Maybe he wanted to bring the discussion back to the issue about scholarships?
(All the above quotes taken from KTemoc HERE, sourced from Malaysiakini)
it seems nowadays, everyone is citing from the Constitution. Only thing is, there is NOTHING in the Constitution that says that it is a Malay/Bumiputera right to scholarships.
The Constitution only mentions something about the “special position” of Malays and Bumiputera of Sabah and Sarawak. Nothing about it being a Malay/Bumiputera RIGHT!
There are already scholarships from the likes of MARA and FELDA that only go to Bumiputeras. Or maybe just Malays, I’m not sure. But MARA scholarships sure don’t go to Chinese and Indians.
And I don’t think we have a problem with that. So why is it that the scholarships that non-Bumis are allowed to apply for should be rationed like that?
Outside of Parliament, Tajuddin reiterated his stand:
“I’ve stated it before, if you want to help the non-Malay students, especially those who are doing well in their studies, by all means do it. But why not do it in such a way that is not at the expense of bumiputera students because if we do that, we will fail in our national integration and unity.”
In what way would Tajuddin suggest? Technically, Tajuddin has already said that the JPA is “off-limits” for non-Malays. So would he suggest that the government have this other scholarship fund for just non-Malays?
And where does “national integration” fall in this? What kind of “unity” is Tajuddin talking about?
He says to help the non-Malays in ways that are no at the expense of bumiputera students. Because if it’s at the expense of bumi students, it will cause us to fail in our national integration and unity.
But in helping bumi students and saying that the Constitution states that “scholarships should only be reserved for Malays”, is that not at the expense of the non-Malays? And that is good for.. what, exactly? Good for national integration? Or good for unity?
Bangsa Malaysia sums this whole fiasco up quite clearly:
Sheesh!! doesn’t he realise that its people like him that made BN lost so badly in the last GE. How Pak Lah can allow him to run as a BN candidate is a WONDER!!
What hopes can we place in the “leaders” we have today, if this is the kind of argument they bring to Parliament?
*Note: It is very disappointing at times like this when papers like The Star and NST decide that they don’t want to report the goings on in Parliament the way it happened. Reading their articles, one would NEVER know that a heated, nonsensical argument such as the one depicted above had ever happened.