If not for people like Rommel, South Africa would still have Apartheid

by Richard Teo

South Africa would still continue to practise Apartheid if the international community had taken heed of DPM advice that outside parties should “not meddle in the affairs and domestic policies of the country”.Yet it was pressure from the international community which viewed apartheid with such revulsion that it eventually led to the downfall and dismantling of South Africa’s racist policies.

Yet in the same breath it was business as usual for our DPM and the P.M himself to offer unsolicited advice as to how southern Thailand should be governed in order to quell the daily violence. Not only were advice given unsparingly but it was open govt policy to provide sanctuary for Muslim militants who seem to have unhindered access to Malaysian borders.

Our leaders are always in a denial mode whenever there are legitimate criticisms levied at our govt or our policies while at the same time feeling they have a divine right to pinpoint the inadequacies of other less unfortunate countries.

Datuk Hishammuddin Hussein should learn to control his temperament and avoid making foolish statements that foreigners should not interfere in govt business without first knowing its history.

In this globalised, flat world we are living now no country can live in isolation and this borderless world will continue to invite criticisms if policies and governance are not in accordance with norms.

Instead of pretending that the criticisms are without merit, our leaders should focus on examining the virtues and vices of the N.E.P policy in its present form.I f need be, there should be appropriate adjustments and revamp so that the international community will not view it as a discriminatory policy expressly for serving the purpose of only one race.

Dr.Thierry Rommel’s criticism of the N.E.P as head of the European Union delegation represent a unique departure of standard protocol but like the apartheid in South Africa it will not be the last until the vestige of its policy is finally dismantled.

  1. #1 by undergrad2 on Wednesday, 27 June 2007 - 6:46 pm

    “Thus, help should be based on needs, but not based on race or religion.” Loh

    Malaysia is not alone. The United States which is a 200 year old democracy is still struggling with the same issues – with all the legislation aimed at making racial discrimination illegal, racism is still a huge issue here.

  2. #2 by Loh on Wednesday, 27 June 2007 - 8:34 pm

    When Malaysia was not alone, it does not make her less wrong.

  3. #3 by undergrad2 on Thursday, 28 June 2007 - 12:35 am

    Malaysia is not yet 50 years old compared to 200 years in the case of the United States. Malaysia is very much still a young fart. Give her time.

  4. #4 by i_love_malaysia on Thursday, 28 June 2007 - 2:09 am

    It got nothing to do with the age of a nation, it got more to do with the civilisation!!! Please dont always use the excuse that we are a young nation to justify ourselves to be rated third class in every thing!!! Look no further and you will see a vibrant young nation which is younger than Malaysia and rated first class in many things!!! Please dont always says that we are a big country and that’s the reason why we have so much problems, we are no bigger than many many well managed/first world countries in the world!!!

  5. #5 by MWong on Thursday, 28 June 2007 - 3:17 am

    If the govt is still slackin’ away @ the costs of people’s time, in another 20, 30, even 50 yrs to come , Msia will be still the same if not worse off..

    The future for MALAYSIANS (be it bumi or non-Malays) are bleak. Im @ my mid-20’s (given blessed with good health), time will prove me ( or many of us) right or wrong.

  6. #6 by DiaperHead on Thursday, 28 June 2007 - 6:46 am


    You sound so terribly naive for a 20-yr old! Do you think these guys are concerned about whether the country is going to the dogs? Hell no! All they care is make money while the sun shines. They already have prime properties scattered in London, Paris, New York, San Francisco, Bahamas, Vancouver not to mention Perth, Sydney and Melbourne., Hong Kong and Macao. The world is their playground.

    Malaysia? Who cares.

  7. #7 by MWong on Thursday, 28 June 2007 - 8:00 am


    Ive to agree with u..(maybe except the part that m naive), coz i’ve met many sons and daughters of the Menteri-menteri here in the UK…

    Yes, that’s y Msia has no time to wait..coz we’re a NO future country under BN govt..

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