Does 2010 Budget pass as a 1Malaysia Budget?

Or does Najib think that Umno/BN victory in the Bagan Pinang by-election could be used as proof of popular support for his 1Malaysia slogan?

Then, what about Umno/BN defeats in the Bukit Gantang, Bukit Selambau and Permatang Pasir by-elections, if we do not to mention Penanti by-election, where 1Malaysia theme could not ensure victory? Is this to be taken as three by-election defeats as against one victory for Najib’s 1 Malaysia since he became Prime Minister in April?

It is not wise to turn 1Malaysia into a political party issue.

I had publicly called on Najib to officially withdraw the 1Malaysia slogan from the BN Bagan Pinang by-election campaign.

Firstly, what 1Malaysia could the BN talk about when there is even no 1Umno, 1MCA, 1MIC or 1BN?

If there is 1Umno, Tan Sri Mohd Isa Samad would not have become the BN candidate in Bagan Pinang by-election as evident from the strong objections from former Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir and Umno stalwart Tengku Razaleigh.

There is no 1MCA with the self-proclaimed third largest Chinese political party in the world split into three or four separate “forces”, with a Super force hovering over all of them as the Umno President holds a “golden share” in MCA with power exceeding the MCA President, MCA Central Committee and MCA General Meeting all combined!

Is there 1MIC although there is still 1Samy Vellu!

When is there is no 1Umno, 1MCA or 1MIC, where is the 1Barisan Nasional?

Secondly, half the voters of Malaysia or more than half the voters in Peninsular Malaysia rejected the Barisan Nasional in the political tsunami of the March 8 general election last year. This has robbed Najib of any legitimacy to claim the support of all Malaysians for his 1Malaysia slogan and policy, which have proved to be largely similar to the very policies which had been repudiated in the 12th general elections. Instead of producing 1Malaysia, 52-years of Umno/Barisan Nasional rule have produced a Half(1/2)Malaysia or 2Malaysia – a clearly DividedMalaysia.

Thirdly, if Najib is trying to craft a new 1Malaysia policy to unite Malaysians, regardless of race, religion or region, he should be inviting leaders of all political parties, whether in government or opposition, to reach a national consensus of a unifying overarching national policy accepted and recognized by the overwhelming majority of Malaysians as capable of qualifying to be termed 1Malaysia.

The last thing he should do is to turn his 1Malaysia slogan and programme into a divisive partisan question to be trotted out in by-elections as campaign issues.

The 1Malaysia logo dominated the recent Umno General Assembly and 1Malaysia is clearly the fad of the day in the speeches of UMNO leaders.

But are all the Umno leaders, including the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his deputy, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin really serious and fully committed to the 1Malaysia slogan as the overarching national philosophy in nation-building?

Without having to go into details, the first test of whether Najib, Muhyiddin and the Umno leaders are serious about 1Malaysia policy is whether they are prepared to set the example of being “Malaysian first, Malay second” for everyone to be Malaysian first and Malay, Chinese, Indian, Kadazan or Iban second?

Although the proof of the pudding is in the eating, there is no need to get to the eating stage even.

Are Najib and all the Umno leaders prepared to make a public commitment that in keeping with the 1Malaysia motto, they pledge to be “Malaysian first, Malay second” just as all Malaysians should pledge to be Malaysian first and Malay, Chinese, Indian, Kadazan or Iban second?

Can we get to this pledge stage of a 1Malaysia slogan?

I have grave doubts.

I for one pledge to be “Malaysian first, Chinese second”. Let every Minister, Deputy Minister and MP declare in Parliament that he or she is Malaysian first and Malay, Chinese, Indian, Kadazan or Iban second!

[Speech3 in Parliament on 2010 Budget on 29.10.2009]

  1. #1 by OrangRojak on Friday, 30 October 2009 - 12:00 pm

    That was good, right up until the last bit. Why did you suddenly start and now persist with the 1Malaysia2Racist thing? It is out-dated and corrosive.

  2. #2 by tenaciousB on Friday, 30 October 2009 - 12:14 pm

    1malaysia concept by BN is rubbish, it’s a customised hypocricritic plan by BN to once again dupe the rakyat.

    Once they regain the states they lost, it will be like their ‘rakan muda’ programme(has anyone heard anymore about it since the late 90s)..clowns

  3. #3 by sheriff singh on Friday, 30 October 2009 - 2:44 pm

    Its the reality of things. Until such time we drop the “Race” thing from all kinds of forms and documents, its hard not to think of and refer to “race”. We are far from reaching the ideal situation where “Bangsa” is irrelevant.

    Surprisingly, most non-Malays, when they are overseas, will refer to themselves as “Malaysians” and not to their race.

  4. #4 by sheriff singh on Friday, 30 October 2009 - 3:03 pm

    And talking about “race”, you might be interested in this article in the Malaysian Mirror today, how race is being implemented by the government.

    “Marina, you’re no bumi.”

  5. #5 by OrangRojak on Friday, 30 October 2009 - 3:12 pm

    That is an interesting article!
    Wasn’t Mahathir somehow involved with the launch of the Malaysian Mirror? Oh yes – there’s a video on YouTube showing him after the launch (I haven’t watched it).

    To be honest, I dismissed the MM out of hand on hearing that Mahathir was involved in the launch – I thought it would just be another BN ‘clean feed’. Maybe I should give it another chance.

  6. #6 by OrangRojak on Friday, 30 October 2009 - 3:36 pm

    the reality of things
    I think overt racism is a reality that takes us some effort to create, not the other way around. As bad as racism is, my greatest beef with LKS employing racism is that up until a few days ago he seemed to be “Malaysian Malaysia”. If the change had something to do with ‘reality’, I feel sure I would have noticed my desk shaking, or the cupboard rattling, at least a moment of dizziness

    Don’t get me started! It’s not rare, since I came to Malaysia, that I repeat the scene from the first Toy Story movie where Buzz Lightyear and Woody are under the truck in the petrol station.

    “You’re not Chinese! You ARE a MALAYSIIIAAAANNNNN!!!!

  7. #7 by taiking on Saturday, 31 October 2009 - 12:11 pm

    Budget 2010? Oh its good. Forward looking and definitely very onemalaysia. It is fair and it addresses many crucial aspects of the economy well. Above all, it ensures that malaysia would ride the current financial crisis and it would take us all to the band of “high income earners”.

    See I could roll all these nice words off my tongue with little effort. And the beauty is I have not actually seen the budget or studied it. Well. What do we expect the CEOs of listed companies to say when they were interviewed about the budget by journalists from umno controlled media? They could be tempted to do more than merely rolling nice words out of their oral cavity.

    Enough said. Lets get serious. About the budget. Yes what about the budget? Heck! Huh? Yes. Heck. You heard me. Heck. The budget. Yes. Heck. It is a heck of nonsense, deep and wide. I have nothing more to add. Heck it is.

  8. #8 by fed-up on Saturday, 31 October 2009 - 5:43 pm

    1 Malaysia! Total failure as PM

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