Updating Dr M on who runs the country

By Dr Lim Teck Ghee | CPI

Is it true that Umno has allowed the situation of Malay dominance to be so badly eroded that the community is facing a bleak and hopeless future?

The Ketuanan party is being overly modest if it refuses to take any credit for the Malays’ measurable success. In which case, we should all be content to attribute the advancement of Malays and Malaysia merely to takdir and the grace of Allah, and quite willing to discount human agency and Umno diligence.

But let’s see.

Bring back the civil service staff list

Until the early 1970s, the Malaysian government used to produce a federal civil service staff list annually that contained the details of key personnel heading the various ministries and departments of the federal authorities and agencies, and their positions in the service.

In most if not all states, there was also a similar staff list of officers serving in key management and administrative positions at the state and local levels.

This staff list served a number of purposes. It enabled the public and the people running the government at the highest level to keep track of which officer was in command of which agency as well as to get an overview of the total structure of government and its key personnel. It also enabled officials in service to keep in touch with their fellow officers, and to track each other’s career movement over time.

The staff list was a published document available at a small price to anyone. Although it was a practice that came to the country as a result of British colonial administration, it can be considered to be a good practice as it helped put names and details on an otherwise faceless, anonymous and often unaccountable bureaucracy, especially at its higher reaches.

That practice of a published and publicly accessible consolidated staff list was abandoned possibly because of the growth in the civil service and the increase in the number of senior positions which would make the publication a bulky one.

There may have been other reasons – possibly political. Perhaps the civil service leaders of that time and era such as Ramon Navaratnam can help explain the real reason.

With e-everything now …

Whatever the reason for discontinuing with the practice, the age of the Internet now provides the Malaysian government an opportunity to respond to calls for transparency and accountability of the civil service by producing an electronic list of its key personnel.

This e-list can be done cheaply, quickly and painlessly through an integration of the existing staff lists of all government agencies and ministries, and even extending to the GLCs and GLICs.

Such a measure is especially important to undertake because there has recently been concerns raised by the vocal former prime minister that Malays are being marginalized, and that the Chinese (and now, foreign immigrants) are taking over the country.

These concerns, echoed by Perkasa, and some of the mainstream Malay media, have confused many Malaysians, especially Malays, on what is the true situation today.

Besides responding to the communal hysteria being whipped up by Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his supporters, the electronic senior staff list is useful in the pursuit of greater transparency and accountability in the civil service – a sector that is paid for by all taxpayers.

Moreover, disclosure of who are the key personnel in the local, state and federal levels of the civil service will provide us with a factual basis for gauging the truth or otherwise of the public statements on the so-called Malay loss of power – an allegation that is gaining momentum as the next general elections draws nearer.

It is Dr Mahathir who gives the ballpark figure that “30 percent” power is what Malays will be reduced to holding if they are disunited.

He injects more venom into the throbbing vein of Malay insecurity with his acid-laced claim that they will lose out on the good jobs. Adopting a physician’s bedside manner, he says in the most syrupy of tones: “Tak apa lah. Buruk sangatkah menjadi buruh kasar dan pemandu kereta?” (Never mind lah. Is it all that bad to be a hard labourer and driver?)

Dr Mahathir’s chip on the shoulder the size of a Pontiac Catalina was already visible in the late 1950s when, with apparent deliberation, he chose to hire a Chinese man to drive him around Alor Setar in his gas-guzzling car.

Fifty years down the road, the country must once more exorcise his May 13 phantoms lest he derails Malaysia and sends us crashing again.

So let’s look at some empirical data of who is in control.

People really running the country

Public perception is that Malays dominate the police and armed forces. This idea is indeed correct and the police and military high command is indeed truly thoroughly controlled by Malays. See the two lists of office holders we’re reproducing as sourced from the Mindef, Home Ministry and Polis DiRaja websites.

In a later article, we will be taking a look at another popular perception that public universities are dominated by Malays. Meanwhile, what is the perception of the outside world as to which race is the face of 1Malaysia?

From the list below compiled by CPI, we can see that the ambassadors in plum postings like London, Paris and Berlin are Malays, and most notably Jamaludin Jarjis in Washington DC. Two Chinese were posted to Cuba and Kazakstan respectively, and Indians dispatched to Lebanon and Nepal. Nobody wants the Zimbabwe job.

A quick glance at the 103 names including high commissioners, consuls and one or two temporary heads of missions as sourced from the Wisma Putra website reveals a scant sprinkling of Chinese and Indian officials in an otherwise 85 percent Malay-dominated list.

Even the Malaysian ambassador in Beijing and the consuls-general in Shanghai and Kunming are Malay. Needless to say, almost if not all the overseas support staff in the diplomatic corps are Malay too.

On closer examination, among the non-Muslim names – Blanche Olbery, the Malaysian high commissioner in Papua New Guinea is the wife of a former deputy minister M. Kayveas, whereas the high commissioner in Pretoria, Kennedy Jawan (a Sarawak Iban) seems to be working harder than his Muslim-bumiputera counterparts as he is also concurrently overseeing five other African countries – Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique and Swaziland.

A lot more work needs to be done in analysing the staff list and other key data related to the ethnic, regional and gender composition of the civil service; and the implications for 1Malaysia.

Hopefully the many hundreds of academicians and researchers in the field of public administration and political science can be persuaded to undertake this important work. It requires only simple empirical research on the civil service to answer the burning question of who runs the country.

Where have the ‘nons’ gone?

Slightly more complex research will be required to explain why there are so few non-Malays at the top rungs of the civil service, and likely even the middle rungs.

Is it because non-Malay civil servants are so incapable or that they are genetically engineered only to be successful in the private sector?

Is it because they lack the spirit of self-sacrifice and idealism to serve the country? Is it because of the way in which the intake operates?

Is there a ‘kulit-fication’ ceiling that holds non-Malays back in the way that a glass ceiling has traditionally held back women in the higher management ranks in many countries?

Is subservience to Malay dominance the price that more generations of non-Malay youth have to pay should they wish to join the service?

It should not be too difficult for the cabinet to make accessible a tiny portion of the huge pot of R&D funds contained in the 10th Malaysia Plan to help finance the research to answer the questions posed above.

CPI’s potential contribution

In the meantime, as part of our potential national service contribution to the country, CPI will be happy to establish and maintain this list of senior federal and state staff if the various agencies and ministries can provide access to their data bank. (Presently even some ministry web pages require authorized access to view).

We will also be happy to advise on the qualitative and quantitative methodologies and different sampling techniques available for Malaysian researchers wishing to undertake work on the other burning question: Why are there so few non-Malays in senior positions in the civil service?

Heads of Mission

Police List

  1. #1 by Voter get Voters campaign for PR on Wednesday, 7 July 2010 - 5:28 pm

    I jus LOVE BN,worship BN and gonna vote for BN.
    1) PKFZ White Elephant 14 Billions
    2) 7.6 Billions Scorpene tin can
    3) 500 Millions halal commission on Scorpene
    4) 810 Millions palace balloning to some 1.2 Billions
    5) Maltrade II land grab by Naza, costing taxpayers some 2.2 Billions
    6) Limbang off shore blocks L and M giveaway to Brunei of 320 Billions.
    7) Maminco…cornering the tin market cost 2.2 Billions
    Bank Negara Forex fiasco costing ? Billions
    9) Perwaja Steel 15 Billions
    10) Naval support ships to cost 2.5 Billions so we can do humanitarians service to Indo or Philipine as if earthquakes or Volcano erupts every months
    11) 60,000 APs worth 2.4 Billions given to a few umNOputras
    12) 810 Millions New Parliment…Westminster & white House still standing even after 100s of years
    13) BMF scandal 4 Billions…Carrian group…BMF manager was murdered
    14) RM6.75 billion for PSC bhd for locally made naval vessels which were never delivered
    15) RM12.5 billion for economically senseless double tracking railway from Ipoh to the Thai border .
    16) Altantuya, pick up a stone while walking in KL which turn out 2 be C4
    17) Teoh Beng Hock, room too hot,open window n accidentally fell out !
    1 A.Kugan
    19) Amirulrashyid
    20) Nasir Safar’s ” chinese prostitute & Indian beggars,”
    21) Toyol 24 Million Palace
    22) missing jet engines…wat a joke. aint u ashamed to be a malaysian?
    23) Bala ‘s flip flop
    24) Perak coup de tat unlawful grab
    25) Sodomy I & II
    26) MAS shares – Govt bought at $8 ringgit when market price was $3.5 ringgit
    27) School claasrooms & computer labs – 10 billion, direct nego. How much did the Government actually get?
    2 Halal Hub – 2 billion spent, nothing done, only 200 million left
    29) Armoured carriers – 8 billion going to be spent. By industry standards, a good armoured car will only cost half a million. Mindef will spend 30 million for each armoured carrier!
    Long but not exhaustive list of scandals:
    I jus LOVE BN sooooo muchie tat I jus cant wait to vote BN in GE13 for another 50 + years of WhoREsale CORRUPTIONS , mismanagements & watnots

  2. #2 by son of perpaduan on Wednesday, 7 July 2010 - 6:13 pm

    Majlis Perbandaran position all over Malaysia allocated to their cronies too.

  3. #3 by son of perpaduan on Wednesday, 7 July 2010 - 6:35 pm


    Majlis Perbandaran Batu Pahat
    Majlis Perbandaran Johor Bahru Tengah
    Majlis Perbandaran Kluang
    Majlis Perbandaran Kulai
    Majlis Perbandaran Muar

    Majlis Perbandaran Kulim
    Majlis Perbandaran Langkawi Bandaraya Pelancongan
    Majlis Perbandaran Sungai Petani

    Majlis Perbandaran Kota Bharu Bandar Raya Islam

    Majlis Perbandaran Alor Gajah
    Majlis Perbandaran Jasin

    Negeri Sembilan
    Majlis Perbandaran Seremban
    Majlis Perbandaran Port Dickson
    Majlis Perbandaran Nilai

    Majlis Perbandaran Kuantan
    Majlis Perbandaran Temerloh
    Majlis Perbandaran Bentong

    Majlis Perbandaran Kuala Kangsar
    Majlis Perbandaran Manjung
    Majlis Perbandaran Taiping
    Majlis Perbandaran Teluk Intan

    Majlis Perbandaran Kangar

    Pulau Pinang
    Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang
    Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai

    Majlis Perbandaran Sandakan
    Majlis Perbandaran Tawau
    Lembaga Bandaran Kudat

    Majlis Perbandaran Padawan
    Majlis Perbandaran Sibu

    Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya
    Majlis Perbandaran Kajang
    Majlis Perbandaran Klang
    Majlis Perbandaran Selayang
    Majlis Perbandaran Sepang
    Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya

    Majlis Perbandaran Kemaman
    Majlis Perbandaran Dungun

    Not forgetting, majlis daerah too.

    Majlis Daerah Kota Tinggi
    Majlis Daerah Labis
    Majlis Daerah Mersing
    Majlis Daerah Pontian
    Majlis Daerah Segamat
    Majlis Daerah Simpang Renggam
    Majlis Daerah Tangkak
    Majlis Daerah Yong Peng

    Majlis Daerah Baling
    Majlis Daerah Bandar Baharu
    Majlis Daerah Kubang Pasu
    Majlis Daerah Padang Terap
    Majlis Daerah Pendang
    Majlis Daerah Sik
    Majlis Daerah Yan

    Majlis Daerah Bachok
    Majlis Daerah Gua Musang
    Majlis Daerah Jeli
    Majlis Daerah Ketereh
    Majlis Daerah Kuala Krai Selatan
    Majlis Daerah Kuala Krai Utara
    Majlis Daerah Machang
    Majlis Daerah Pasir Mas
    Majlis Daerah Pasir Puteh
    Majlis Daerah Tanah Merah
    Majlis Daerah Tumpat

    Negeri Sembilan
    Majlis Daerah Jelebu
    Majlis Daerah Jempol
    Majlis Daerah Kuala Pilah
    Majlis Daerah Rembau
    Majlis Daerah Tampin

    Majlis Daerah Bera
    Majlis Daerah Cameron Highlands
    Majlis Daerah Jerantut
    Majlis Daerah Kuala Lipis
    Majlis Daerah Maran
    Majlis Daerah Pekan
    Majlis Daerah Raub
    Majlis Daerah Rompin

    Majlis Daerah Gerik
    Majlis Daerah Kerian
    Majlis Daerah Kinta Barat
    Majlis Daerah Kinta Selatan
    Majlis Daerah Lenggong
    Majlis Daerah Pengkalan Hulu
    Majlis Daerah Perak Tengah
    Majlis Daerah Selama
    Majlis Daerah Tanjong Malim
    Majlis Daerah Tapah

    Majlis Daerah Beaufort
    Majlis Daerah Beluran
    Majlis Daerah Keningau
    Majlis Daerah Kinabatangan
    Majlis Daerah Kota Belud
    Majlis Daerah Kota Marudu
    Majlis Daerah Kuala Penyu
    Majlis Daerah Kunak
    Majlis Daerah Lahad Datu
    Majlis Daerah Nabawan
    Majlis Daerah Papar]
    Majlis Daerah Penampang
    Majlis Daerah Ranau
    Majlis Daerah Semporna
    Majlis Daerah Sipitang
    Majlis Daerah Tambunan
    Majlis Daerah Tenom
    Majlis Daerah Tuaran

    Majlis Daerah Bau
    Majlis Daerah Betong
    Majlis Daerah Dalat & Mukah
    Majlis Daerah Kanowit
    Majlis Daerah Kapit
    Majlis Daerah Lawas
    Majlis Daerah Luar Bandar Sibu
    Majlis Daerah Lubok Antu
    Majlis Daerah Maradong & Julau
    Majlis Daerah Lundu
    Majlis Daerah Marudi
    Majlis Daerah Matu & Daro
    Majlis Daerah Samarahan
    Majlis Daerah Saratok
    Majlis Daerah Sarikei
    Majlis Daerah Serian
    Majlis Daerah Simunjan
    Majlis Daerah Sri Aman
    Majlis Daerah Subis
    Majlis Daerah Limbang

    Majlis Daerah Hulu Selangor
    Majlis Daerah Kuala Langat
    Majlis Daerah Kuala Selangor
    Majlis Daerah Sabak Bernam

    Majlis Daerah Besut
    Majlis Daerah Dungun
    Majlis Daerah Marang
    Majlis Daerah Hulu Terengganu
    Majlis Daerah Setiu

    Last but least, Majlis Bandaraya???

  4. #4 by son of perpaduan on Wednesday, 7 July 2010 - 6:43 pm

    OOPS..last but not least. correction!

  5. #5 by ktteokt on Wednesday, 7 July 2010 - 7:12 pm

    All of a sudden, the Malays have become such a SUPER RACE and so capable that they are placed to head each and every department of the government machinery!

    God is fair, and so is TIME! Evolution take time and if that is true, Chinese and Indian civilization are way ahead of Malay civilization. Whereas the Chinese and Indians have been civilized for at least 5 millennia, Malay civilization is hardly 6 centuries old.

    The reason why there are few non-Malays in the civil service is so OBVIOUS! Who, being more qualified and experience (for a non-Malay) would want to be placed under a Malay who is less qualified and less experienced than himself but is in where he is just because he is a MALAY?

  6. #6 by monsterball on Wednesday, 7 July 2010 - 8:47 pm

    Waste of time to keep talking about this sickening corrupted tongue twisting specialist.
    The dirtiest of all PMs.
    Do not forget his slogan…”Clean Efficient ???”
    He did just the opposite…for 22 years.

  7. #7 by BoycottLocalPapers on Wednesday, 7 July 2010 - 9:53 pm

    Dr Lim Teck Ghee should not be asking “Where have the nons gone?” and “Why are there so few non-Malays in senior positions in the civil service?”

    As second class citizen of 1Malaysia, non-Malays should not be demanding for senior positions in the civil service.

    Instead of demanding for senior positions in the civil service, non-Malays should be begging for a place in public universities.

    With good tertiary education, I don’t think non-Malays would want to be in civil service as finding well paid jobs in Singapore or overseas should not be a problem.

    With good tertiary education, it would be easier for non-Malays to “KALAU TIDAK SUKA BOLEH KELUAR.”

    That is exactly what I would do if I have a good education i.e. migrate to the United States of America or take up citizenship in Singapore.

    Non-Malays should be asking UMNO regime & PAS the following questions instead of the ones asked by Dr Lim Teck Ghee:

    Why the UMNO regime & PAS Kelantan are helping the Palestinians instead of fellow Malaysians of non-Malay descents?

    Why can’t the UMNO regime & PAS use that money to sponsor fellow Malaysians? Why are they using that money to sponsor the Palestinians instead?

    As a victim of racial discrimination in Malaysia, I am very jealous of the Palestinians who are receiving free education in Malaysia.

    Why is my government sponsoring the Palestinians instead of a fellow Malaysian like me or my nephew?

    Why do I have to work as a waiter & factory in Singapore after my STPM while the Palestinians are studying for bacherlor’s degree, Master’s & Ph.D in my country Malaysia?

    To understand my disappointments with 1Malaysia, see http://blog.limkitsiang.com/2010/07/03/dap-mp-allocations-better-spent-on-scholarships/#comment-218390

  8. #8 by limkamput on Wednesday, 7 July 2010 - 10:01 pm

    The British has never had an ambassador in Beijing that can’t speak mandarin or an ambassador in Japan that can’t speaks Japanese. What about our High Commissioners and ambassadors? Oh, they can speak at least two languages – Malays and Indonesian, don’t play play ok. They are supposed to interact and gather intelligence – my ass!

  9. #9 by limkamput on Wednesday, 7 July 2010 - 10:25 pm

    The father of racism needs no updating. He will turn around and say the non Malays are dominating the private sector – you know, they have complete dominance over illegal DVDs trade, prostitution, lotteries and gambling, working in the foundries, repair cars and motorcycles, selling hand phones, cameras and computers.

  10. #10 by ringthetill on Wednesday, 7 July 2010 - 11:22 pm

    I, a non-Malay should be the one crying injustice. It is a well known fact that there is a great imbalance in representation between Malaysians of different backgrounds (you see, I don’t like to use the word ‘race’)in the civil service lists that include the foreign missions, ministries, departments, councils, kampungs and public institutions.
    Are we not ‘truly Asia’ anymore? Where is the concept of 1Malaysia? Is there no conscience and feeling of afir play left?

  11. #11 by bennylohstocks on Wednesday, 7 July 2010 - 11:46 pm

  12. #12 by Jeffrey on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 5:14 am

    Yes one can ‘update’ Tun Dr Mahathir that police armed forces and civil service including foreign service are dominated by Malays but that is not what TDM is addressing. He is addressing Malays’ political leaders and saying that this group – a more important group as they are ultimate leaders and bosses of all the earlier mentioned services – are ‘split’ in that Malay leaders on Pakatan Rakyat’s side leading PKR and PAS are not upholding Ketuanan Melayu, and instead have taken a more multi-racial approach. For that matter even some UMNO leaders if they are serious about ‘1 Malaysia’!

    In that sense Malay support is split between 3 parties – UMNO, PAS & PKR- where support here means and is intended by TDM to mean support for Malay Ketuanan ie Malay political dominance. As such TDM says other communities could take advantage of this split – advantage here again means weakening Malays’ claim to political dominance and procuring a concession to multi-racialism.

    It is to be noted that the government departments, police armed forces and civil service including foreign service may have over 90% Malays dominance without their political bosses and prevailing political ideology being yet necessarily Ketuanan Melayu.

    This means that in pointing out how Malay already dominate police armed forces and civil service including foreign service ie major component parts of government, Dr Lim Teck Ghee has not addressed headlong the thrust of TDM’s main focus – which is Malays political elites, whether in BN or PR, are not in unison going along with TDM’s idea and legacy of Malay POLITICAL dominance/hegemony via Ketuanan idealogy, and in that restricted sense ‘split’ and favourable to other races dominated!

    To rebut TDM focus should be on asking whats so justifiable that Ketuanan Melayu (a Mahathir’s legacy) should persist after 50 years of independence.

    Related questions that TDM ought to be ‘updated’:

    · Does Federal Constitution, notwithstanding Special privileges in article 153, the status of Islam being Official religion and upholdinmg constitutional monarchy necessarily means that it acknowledges Dr Mahathir’s idea of a ‘Social Contract’ binding forever on generations?

    · Is this kind of racial hegemony still relevant in todays’ Blobalised world and by its civilised international norms?

    · Has precept of Ketuanan enhanced governance in anyway ; does it promote unity of multiracial country and does such racist ideology promote competitiveness in todays economically challenging environment?

    So TDM’s argument should be challenged at source: whether Ketuanan is still relevant or something that should be left behind in the dustbin of an unhappy history and abandoned in the country’s attempt to march to progress. It is not necessary to answer TDM by saying and updating him that police armed forces and civil service including foreign service already are already dominated by Malays and putting up a list to show it, as if TDM does not know. Its slightly off the mark in relation to the thrust of what TDM is saying.

  13. #13 by Jeffrey on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 5:18 am

    Sorry typo error – ‘Globalised’ not ‘Blobalised’

  14. #14 by limkamput on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 7:44 am

    It is not right to say Lim Teck Ghee is wrong. Dr M’s argument was that the Malay will lose dominance which is not true even if the political leadership is split. The reality is the Malays dominate everything in Malaysia, including the GLCs and the major strategic industries of the private sector, not to mention the armed forces, the police, and the civil service which include foreign service.

  15. #15 by undertaker888 on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 8:08 am

    everything they dominate has regressed back 20 years. Education is rotting. Corruption is mushrooming. Civil services non existing except for tax collection. Thanks to mamaktahi. I will not shed a tear when he kicks the bucket.

  16. #16 by dagen on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 8:29 am

    Umno got an outright “F” and still does not realise that that means failure.

    In fact its worse than that. Umno is actually quite pleased. So much so that umno demands for more of what got it the “F”.

    Spain is cheering right now for reaching the world cup final. I bet you. Umno too is cheering. And believe me, umno is happy and weeping and cheering because malaysia failed to get past the prelim round.

    No use talking to these people. Just kick them out.

  17. #17 by Godfather on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 8:41 am

    Mamakthir’s perverse sense of justice is that when his race lags behind the other races in a particular field or industry, he will go all out to make sure that his race then gets 90 pct of that particular field or industry. Then in the name of his race, he gives it to his cronies and relatives.

    Look at the banking industry and how that has evolved in the last 30 years. Look at the IPPs – we all complain about the cost of IPPs, but they are dominated by UMNO cronies. Look at construction – UMNO created UEM, which went bust and had to be nationalised with taxpayers’ money.

    The only field that UMNO has not touched is the underground economy – since that involved lots of “haram” activities like gambling, prostitution, but it is just a matter of time before UMNO comes up with a masterplan to dominate this area.

  18. #18 by Godfather on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 8:49 am

    To stifle dissent and public outcry, Mamakthir came up with “laws” that prohibit discussion on Malay “rights”. Lim Teck Ghee may just be charged with sedition for this article. Perkasa may just send their goons to Lim’s house.

  19. #19 by Godfather on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 8:55 am

    Malay “rights” is synonymous with UMNO “rights”. If we start questioning UMNO “rights” then UMNO will try to raise the emotional temperature of the Malays through Perkasa and Gertak.

  20. #20 by cintanegara on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 9:09 am

    Why don’t you compare with the TINY country? Don’t you think…it is even worst…only one minister holding insignificant position…In our beloved country…there’s plenty…

  21. #21 by Godfather on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 9:39 am

    So, cintanegara, we can sit under your rambutan tree and discuss this “intellectually”.

    First question to you is this: Why should we compare with another country ? Second question: If a particular country discriminates against its minorities, does it give UMNO the justification to discriminate against our minorities ? Boleh jawap ke ?

  22. #22 by Bigjoe on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 9:56 am

    The most insulting thing to me about what Mahathir said about Malays having bleak and hopeless future is that implies that the Chinese wishes and would ignore the Malays having bleak and hopeless future. It just basically implies that the Chinese as a whole in this country are selfish and evil hearted and have no charity for fellow countrymen and humanity. Its the stuff of close minded and ignorance that he implies as a people Chinese Malaysian are. That we are incapable of liberal ideals and checking our worst impulses.

    While we should not be delusional of the evil that all people are capable of, to be cynical that any race are not capable of better is equally abnormal be it Malay, Chinese, Indian, Iban, Kadazan etc..

    There is absolutely no proof that Chinese Malaysian, despite their infamous focus on materialism, are not capable of larger humanistic ideals. Look at Tianamen Square, Look at what happened is happening in HK, Taiwan. Look at neighbouring Singapore. LKY the leading believer in Darwinism in the 20th century stood up to defend the special privilleges of the Malays in Singapore only a few months ago. DAP, a Chinese-led party, is officially the most universal humanistic party in this country despite its opponents charges.

    Mahathir propaganda about race in this country was tolerated for the longest time for practical reason not intellectual. Mahathir is not an intellectual and its time this country agree to dump all intellectualism by him to move forward.

  23. #23 by monsterball on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 9:59 am

    hi cintanegara why should we compare our country with this or that country when our country is blessed with so many natural resources that can make life for all happy and comfortable.
    Certainly floods and poorest of the poor will cannot exist after 55 years..with trillions upon trillions poured into our country as God’s gifts to all….not only to one race.
    Just look at all the useless show off projects that cost billions…and why so?
    That’s how UMNO B keep looking for the 10% commission…..and countless projects are being exposed….yet not one being seriously investigated by MACC….why so?
    SIMPLE…..UMNO B needs to have trillions in the party and buy up the country while everyone so greedy to take some for personal.
    CORRUPTIONS is the biggest disease here and UMNO B members are so greedy and sinful….yet you cannot see that too?
    Do not compare Malaysia with countries that are worst off.
    Compare Malaysia with Singapore and you can clearly see how corrupted UMNO B is.
    You want to talk like an intellect?
    Then you must have great sense of proportions and complete knowledge and a true patriot…and not a racist.
    Can you do that?

  24. #24 by cintanegara on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 10:00 am

    Godfather…Ask your Master …he is the one who likes to compare…especially with that country… Bottomline is….DAP will do comparison……. if the outcome favors a particular ethnic… for your kind info….there is no such prejudice and discrimination against anyone in this country… Everyone has the equal right…it is just a sentiment played by a political party for political survival….

  25. #25 by monsterball on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 10:44 am

    Do not ignore the real facts of life….CORRUPTIONS…by UMNO B making Malaysians poor for nothing.
    You want to compare country…I am using Singapore and there you twist again.
    And I am not Godfather’s Master nor a Monster.
    Your otak tak centre……hahahahahahha

  26. #26 by habis on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 10:44 am

    Cintanegara ..”.There is no prejudice and discrimination against anyone in this country..Everyone has the equal right”You must be an Intellect to be able to see black is white. Pleaselah for heaven sake acknowlege the fact that you are utterly Wrong that in this country there is no such thing as Equal right for All and Discrimination and Prejudice There is.Please bear in mind that Malaysia is for all Malaysians and not only Malays only. It should also Includes all East Malayians Bumis like the Ibans, Dayaks,Kadazans etc whom the Federal govt had neglected all these donkey years.I am in full agreement that we should extend whatever help we can to the needy backward poor citizens of our beloved country But the fact is UMNO misusing the poor Bumis to enrich all the bigwits in the UMNO hierarchy all these years with their Corruption and Crony companies draining the wealth of Our Country.It is of little wonder that the best brains of our country had gone away because their own motherland did not give them an Opportunity to contribute to the Progress of a Better Future for all of Us and needless to say other countries are reaping the Benefits at our expense all because there is NO Future in the Civil Service.

  27. #27 by Jorena on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 10:51 am

    Perhaps dear cintanegara needs to spend some time living the life of a non-1st class citizen.

    We should be comparing with a tiny country, definitely. It has got us beat with zero resources! Any rightminded individual will want the good things that our neighbors can get. Its called ‘motivation’.

    If there is no discrimination, tell me why there is 5 % discount for bumiputra to buy houses worth 500,000 ringgit? If they can afford that price they can’t be poor anymore can they?

    Or why the cheapest auction deals for housing are marked ‘bumi buyers only’?

    Or why any company that wants to even consider bidding for government contracts must be 50 % bumi owned?

    No discrimination eh?

    BTW, may I ask you mr. cintanegara, can you kindly refrain from the excessive use of ‘…’ to separate your phrases? It is just so hard to see where one thought ends and one begins. It also makes it seem that you take a long time to think. If you claim to be so intellectual, could you at least make yourself understood 1st?

  28. #28 by monsterball on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 10:57 am

    Sure no discrimination outwardly.
    All intellectuals know how smart UMNO B crooks are.
    Crooks are always nice guys and sweet nothing.
    Just look at the result of 55 years and tons of proofs of massive corruptions and dirty race politics…by UMNO B.
    I guess you think you own the country and all others are tenants too?
    You are quite a smart twister.
    Everything else….don’t treat other Malaysians as suckers..or second class citizens.
    UMNO B want to help..help all Malaysians…not just one race.
    Ah but then..Najib is trying hard to do that now…knowing Malaysians cannot be fooled any longer.
    And he showed his true colour by being a wheeler dealer with Malaysians.
    Can you imagine a PM talk like that in Sibu?
    You better change your nick to cintabribery.
    That suits you better.

  29. #29 by monsterball on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 11:08 am

    hi cintanegara Godfather is smart enough to be on his own without a Master in this blog.
    You answer his questions ..like an intellect….that is …if you are one….and stop insulting him or call me a monster.
    Here again…UMNO B members do not have culture nor manners…plenty of that….clearly seen…because they think they are above everyone and others are tenants..while PAS Muslims are traitors to the race.
    I think Godfather is right.
    You do talk like that low IQ DPM.

  30. #30 by Jeffrey on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 11:09 am

    ///Dr M’s argument was that the Malay will lose dominance which is not true even if the political leadership is split/// – Lim Kam Put

    To clarify:

    As what Dr Lim Teik Ghee has written, Malays already dominate government departments, police armed forces and civil service including foreign service.

    In this sense, that Malay will not lose dominance (in govt) even in split of malay leaders between 3 parties or for that matter even in the face of a change of govt, if PR takes over, is correct.

    Hence I read that as more of Dr Lim Teik Ghee’s argument againt Tun Dr Mahathir. Its like saying to TDM, “what are you talking of Malays losing out dominance if their political leaders remain split between 3 parties (UMNO, PKR & PAS) when the entire government machinery is currently actually dominated by the majority race?”

    I however don’t read it as TDM’s original argument when I read what he said in TheMalaysianInsider.

    TDM’s main focus is Malays political elites, judging from the way they are not united, and are presently split between all 3 parties (with even some in UMNO espousing ‘1 Malaysia’ of multiracial undertones) instead of supporting unstintingly UMNO’s traditional banner of Ketuanan idealogy, other races will benefit at Malays’ expense.

    That is the thrust of what TDM says. The thrust is on the necessity to maintain Malay political dominance in sense of Malay hegemony ala Ketuanan style over others, and not so much as mere dominance in terms of numbers and presence in government departments, police armed forces and civil service including foreign service, which by virtue of Malays being majority in populace may continue that kind of dominance even if another political coalition espousing multiracial goal happens to win the election and is allowed to take over control of government.

    For these reasons I say it would be better to take TDM on directly whether his central concept of Ketuanan/Malay hegemony is justifiable and still relevant in present day and times.

  31. #31 by monsterball on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 11:20 am

    Open your eyes and see all UMNO B members are filthy rich now.
    I wonder how an UMNO B clerk can drive brand new cars and buy a house with no money problem.
    Yet millions of Muslims are poor like church mouse..all because they do not support UMNO B.
    Don’t tell me no discrimination.
    UMNO B discriminate his own race too…just because they are Pas members or do not vote for UMNO B.
    Cintanegara….you do not love the country.
    You love Najib and UMNO B blindly or is a gone case racist.
    I think you are a gone case..soon to be a taxi driver…ans stop offending your customers.

  32. #32 by waterfrontcoolie on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 11:48 am

    The Agenda of TDM is very clear, all the incoming PMs will be supported initially and when his ORDERS are not followed, he will start to plan for them to complete his term faster so the next puppet will take over; in the meantime, he will harnness his “past goodwill’ with desparados to do his bidding until his son is ready to take over. Admittedly time is urgent to him! Hence, his one policy is to “love and then hate”, while planting insecurity to all incoming PMs including the current DPM when he is at it. As he has run out of issues, then anything will do, and what is better than the NEP issues, afterall, we all are wondering what has transopired between him and Daim?? Of Course, Cintanegara will beg for some crumbs if he is given!!

  33. #33 by cintanegara on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 12:10 pm

    So simple sentence even a primary school pupil can understand…Of course…Godfather’s master is not you…I am referring to someone else…spinning a yarn….Have you heard this idiom before?

  34. #34 by tak tahan on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 1:21 pm

    So simple sentence even a primary school pupil can understand-by cintaracist

    Non-bumis obtain straight As to U but bumis got 1 or 2 As to U.Cintaracist and putraracist should strike harder for more As to raise ur intelect.

  35. #35 by frankyapp on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 2:03 pm

    In conclusion under UMNO’s dominace most if not all implementation of government policies are based on religion,race and culture,hence non malays stand no chance/opportunity to fit in their shoes. For as long as Umno is still standing,nothing much can be done to corect the present status quo. I remember when PBS controled the Sabah state government,many KDM and chinese were posted as head of various state’s department and state’s GLC but when Umno took over,they reverted the malays dominance again. I think in order to have a fair and balance top postings,Umno should first be removed from ruling the country.

  36. #36 by k1980 on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 2:04 pm

    //Where have the ‘nons’ gone?//

    Have you ever heard of any jews in German govt depts during Hitler’s era?

  37. #37 by cintanegara on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 2:26 pm

    What makes you think PAS and PKR can change the policy? Maybe even worse…who knows?

  38. #38 by cintanegara on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 2:27 pm


  39. #39 by frankyapp on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 2:37 pm

    Hey cintanegara,did I mention PAS and PKR ? Please don’t be jumpy ok.

  40. #40 by tak tahan on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 2:40 pm

    What makes you think PAS and PKR can change the policy? Maybe even worse…who knows?-by cintaracist

    By judging their talks n mentality which do not rely NEP to survive;that’s more than enough.I truly believe PAS,PKR N DAP can transform malaysian into competitive players without this so called tongkat NEP.NO SWEAT NO GAIN

  41. #41 by Jeffrey on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 2:45 pm

    //Where have the ‘nons’ gone? Have you ever heard of any jews in German govt depts during Hitler’s era?// #35 by k1980

    In 1930s & 40s the Germans were racists with Hitler/Nazis persecuting Jews in defence of the purity of Aryan Race.

    Today as economic travails beset the Eurozone, with Greece facing bankruptcy, Germany’s economy though negatively affected is still resilient.

    In 1999 Germany reformed its citizenship laws.

    Today even in the FIFA World Cup in which Germany reached semifinal, Germany’s Sports Minister Thomas de Maiziere hailed the large number of immigrant players in the German national team as a role model of integration. He said the large number of players of foreign origin in the side was an indication of improving integration in a country of 82 million with a foreign population of about seven million. (Ref source: The MalaysianInsider report under Sports Section under caption “Immigrants helping Germany team, says minister” of July 05, 2010).

    Here in sharp contrast our local born non malays, with the record of helping to develop the country to what it is today, are driven by TDM’s hegemony ideology to be immigrants going to and contributing their talents and skills other to the benefit of other countries implementing equal opportunity based on integration than their own country – just the reverse of what Germany is trying to do.

    How sad and ironical that we forfeit the advantage of home grown talent and skills we have here due xenophobia and parochial insecurities.

  42. #42 by frankyapp on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 2:50 pm

    Answer to #2, revert back to hold local election,I can assure you that these heads will be evenly shared and enjoyed. Now what’s happening to PR’s control state government regarding the calling of the return of local election ?

  43. #43 by good coolie on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 3:02 pm

    Do, or do not, Chinese discriminate against other races in relation to jobs in the private sector? By “discrimination”, I mean:-
    – unequal job opportunities;
    – unequal pay for equal work;
    – unequal promotion opportunities.

    We know the answer. In fact, if it were not for Government policies in favour of the Malays, you wouldn’t have the odd Malay or two in Chinese-run companies.

    As for the coolies, happy changing of tires in mechanics’ shops; happy driving of Mercedes’ too!

    Please don’t get me wrong: the people most responsible for my success in school are my Chinese teachers. My best friend is a Chinese.

  44. #44 by dagen on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 3:31 pm

    Careful fellas. Mamak is a very tricky old fox. Politicking flows in his blood. He knows that the general sentiment in the country is tilting (or will soon tilt) towards the anti-umno side. Only older malays and kampung malays will continue to support umno. The urban ones, the educated ones and the young ones (who will appear in large numbers as new voters soon) question and assess umno’s performance just like the way the rest of us do.

    Mamak does not like this. So he plays the race card by claiming that chinese will dominate the country when he very well knew that this will never happen. If the malays do not react to his statement then at least he hoped that the chinese would. And when the latter happened, it would still give him a good enough reason to act like a true malay hero to lead the malays in their fight to regain grounds and position and pride.

  45. #45 by Godfather on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 3:32 pm

    Ah so….now we have someone who thinks that the government deserves to discriminate against the non-Malays because the non-Malays discriminate against the Malays in the private sector. Let’s get good coolie to answer these questions:

    1. Which specific Chinese business (e.g. gambling, massage parlours) discriminate against the Malays ?

    2. Did they discriminate because of race or because of ability ?

    If I am a businessman out to maximise profits, I would hire employees based on work ethic and output. I wouldn’t hire based on racial quota. I would use the “black cat, white cat” principle espoused by the late Deng Xiaopeng.

    So, Good Coolie, please answer my questions above.

  46. #46 by Godfather on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 3:34 pm

    Hello cintanegara:

    Pray tell me: who is my master ? I’m very keen to know. It’s not Ibrahim Katak as far as I know.

  47. #47 by Godfather on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 3:41 pm

    What UMNO is saying is that without them, the Malays would be in deep sh!t because they would be unemployable. So they want the Malays to be eternally grateful, and not listen to the “rumours” about bumiputra billionaires, about the leakages caused by BN.

    Of course the rural Malays are becoming smarter and can form their own opinion. They read of the RM 400 million empire of Syed Kechik being played out in the courts. They read of the RM 500 million claim by SM Nasimuddin’s surviving heirs against the NAZA empire. They also knew that a tokoh bumiputra was sued by his wife for hundreds of millions and had to be settled out of court to avoid embarrassing UMNO.

  48. #48 by TheWrathOfGrapes on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 4:26 pm

    cintanegara :
    Why don’t you compare with the TINY country? Don’t you think…it is even worst…only one minister holding insignificant position…In our beloved country…there’s plenty…

    That is because they don’t believe in racial quota. Best man for the job, not skin colour. And if only 1 is good enough to be a Minister, then what does that say about your race? The Indians there are even a smaller minority, yet how many Indian Ministers the tiny red dot has? It is so easy to cry discrimination when you are incompetent. If Malaysia were to subscribe to meritocracy, the majority of ministers, CEOs and generals would be the nons despite being minorities. So, is this what you want to know?

  49. #49 by cintanegara on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 4:45 pm

    All the comments posted by DAP core supporters…reminds me of the Fox and the Grapes story….one of the traditional Aesop’s fables……they know NEP/NEM is beneficial…but they keep on saying…this la…that la…bankrupt la…bla bla bla…it’s very simple…When a policy doesn’t seem to favor them… that doesn’t mean it’s unjust
    BTW.. TheWrathOfGrapes…just wonder….what do you think about the statement made by the PM of that country….. they are not ready to have minority to be the PM ?

  50. #50 by TheWrathOfGrapes on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 5:13 pm

    What do I think? A very candid remark – realistic. Note the words “not ready” in case your Bahasa Inggeris is not very chim. Not ready, meaning it could happen in the not too distant future. Unlike your country where minorities cannot even dream of becoming PM – ever.

  51. #51 by monsterball on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 6:17 pm

    “it’s very simple….When a policy doesn’t seem to favor them…that doesn’t mean it’s unjust”….said cintanegara.
    UMNO B is not only unjust …unfair and undemocratic…applying double standards…but are also true robbers and thieves …taking hundreds of billions to fatten the UMNO B kitty bank..to bribe and buy votes.
    In between the crooked moves….it is usually PMs from UMNO B that show how to steal the biggest …with their billions RM projects…for the 10% COMMISSION.
    Cintanegara need not tell us what Najib is saying or doing that may sound nice to all Malaysians..as if to tell all Malaysians….to forget the past….and lets look forward under Najib.
    This is the typical and ONLY way UMNO B ambil bodek guys…such as one .. like cintanegara can say to justify all corruptions….forget that.. and lets start all over again.
    cintanegara is a pure UMNO B racist trying for years to win votes for Najib in LKS blog…with his low low class out-dated childish explanations.
    He should tell all that to school children…..yet thousands approaching adult hood know he is a racist tongue twister…so typical of UMNO B members.
    Looks like Godfather is ignoring him…as he dare not declare himself….Malaysian first… race second.
    Me…pure Malaysian …. and proud of my race roots…Chinese.
    Cintanegara call his reply…..from an intellectual?
    Sound more like a double headed snake talking.
    “lo no need to come out money. gua come out money. Very expensive …you know?”
    hi cintanegara who said that?
    Who is that gua’s money ?
    See ..lo think all money belong to your grandfathers?
    gua knows… lo think exactly like your Master….correct?
    hi…cintanegara…we dO not support DAP only.
    We support change of government..if ever there is anyone standing against BN..we will vote for that candidate..got it?

  52. #52 by monsterball on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 6:22 pm

    oooop Godfather responded…and you can expect cintanegara will not answer all his questions…because he has no answers at all.
    cintanegara just want to promote how good UMNO B and Najib are.

  53. #53 by tak tahan on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 7:18 pm

    Hai cintaNEP,
    Stick NEP sticker with tongkat logo on ur face and shout to the entire world.Maybe the whole world will come to ur rescue and aid you to tomb(since womb,i guess)

  54. #54 by tuahpekkong on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 10:38 pm

    The process of ‘kulitfication’ in Govt. departments accelerated in the 80s and judging from the facts provided by Dr. Lim, this process appears to be complete by now. Even in public Universities, the academic staffs tend to be dominated by one race, resulting in disastrous drop in our academic standards. I had ( not have ) great admiration for Dr. Mahathir for his gut to stand up to western powers and his ability to speak for hours without having to refer to a prepared text. He has raised quite a few controversial issues in his blog like ‘kaki dalam kasut’, the granting of citizenship to non-Malays and more recently, the possibility of Malays losing power to the non-Malays ( esp. the Chinese ) if they remain disunited. Don’t know what kind of preposterous suggestions he is going to come up with next? Maybe to divide the economic cake based on racial composition!

    Cintanegara, it is true that there is only one Malay minister in the Singapore cabinet but there are 4 ethnic Indian ministers ( including a DPM ) . Don’t tell me that the Indians and the Chinese there gang up to ostracize the Malays. Also, as you drive into Singapore, you are greeted by numerous Malay immigration and customs officers. How many non-Malay officers can you find working at the J Bahru CIQ?

  55. #55 by limkamput on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 11:31 pm

    Cinta my ass, why worry about whether or not a Malay can become the PM of that tiny dot? The reality is Indians are Finance Minister and Chairman of Monetary. What does that tell you? The beauty of that tiny dot is that they have always been frank and honest with that they say and do. Here we say we are 1Malaysia and all the sh!t, but the reality is the non Malay can’t even hold a sensitive position in the Home Affairs Ministry.

  56. #56 by tak tahan on Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 11:44 pm


  57. #57 by ktteokt on Friday, 9 July 2010 - 12:35 am

    This senile Mamak must be thinking he is in Singapore and is sitting in the chair where Lee Kuan Yew is! In Singapore, there is a SENIOR MINISTER but nobody appointed this Mamak to be one in MALAYSIA!

  58. #58 by HARGA diri on Friday, 9 July 2010 - 6:36 am

    Support and power are the important issues and not the race or not that you do not know how to do anything. People are not stupid. They keep quiet because the country still runs and almost everyone is still very happy. The list of names will not tell you anything. So what if you know who the boss is. In a very big organization, there is a boss behind every boss. And while there are bosses around, there are other small flies who are seen as important strategies to many other people. Office politics, in short. If one wants to be the superpower race, then one is no different from the people whom one criticises. Probably in truth, one regrets being stuck as one is and wish that one is of that supepower race. Since one cannot do anything about it, the next best thing is to make oneself superpowerful enough just like the other race one is so jealous and envious and proud of.

  59. #59 by habis on Friday, 9 July 2010 - 9:29 am

    It is pointless to further debate with our Intellect Cintanegara for the more he talks the more rubbish will come out from this mudhead. It is totally a waste of our precious time when one is enjoying drumsticks for the past decades and for him/her to forgo it would it not be depriving of him/her of his/her huge appetite for More?So long as one refuse to see and accept the Reality of Clearcut issue facing our beloved country it is pointless to debate further.

  60. #60 by steven chan on Friday, 9 July 2010 - 9:58 am

    PPl like cintanegara are f******blind to say our education system is good when we are churning local graduates like lawyers who can hardly write a simple english letter and our universities are not recognised overseas. He and the king toad Ali can only croak for a wheelchair and what intellect is he talking about? Obviously he is more an INTERNAL-LACK!

  61. #61 by donplaypuks on Friday, 9 July 2010 - 12:16 pm


    I am also taking the battle to Dr.M click here

    or http://donplaypuks.blogspot.com/2010/07/i-accuse-drmahathir-mohamad-jaccuse.html

    or http://donplaypuks.blogspot.com/

    It’s time we stopped racism from being excused and promoted by our ex-PM.

    we are all of 1 race, the Human Race

    we are all of 1 race, the Human Race

  62. #62 by Loh on Friday, 9 July 2010 - 3:38 pm

    ///It is Dr Mahathir who gives the ballpark figure that “30 percent” power is what Malays will be reduced to holding if they are disunited.///

    It depends one who one means by Malay. If Malay is to refer to those who were what the forefathers wanted to help as envisaged under article 153; that would have excluded the mamk-type of Malays and those who came in through Project M in Sabah, then true Malays have actually numbered fewer than the so-called Malays or NEWMalays based on the definition given in article 160 of the Constitution. If Mamakthir is accepted as Malay, then Malays have accepted that they have lost power to somebody who claimed to be Malay. Should Malays care who Malay really are. If they do, then they should distinguish themselves from at least the mamak type. If they accept the hodgepodge of Muslims as Malays then they should not expect that special assistance should be provided to the never ending new entries to become beneficiaries.

    Affirmative actions are meant to correct the situation prevailing at the time when those corrective actions were taken. Obviously only those who have been born to experience the ‘hardship’ would be entitled, and not those who arrive in life later. Hence assistance under article 153 should only be provided to those who were born before Independent day in 1957.

    The framer of the Malayan constitution erred in two counts. They accepted race as a criterion for assistance rather than means test. They did not realise that one an advantage has been unfairly given, like poison, that could not be removed, and the poison acts to its full potential.

  63. #63 by Loh on Friday, 9 July 2010 - 9:47 pm

    ///It is Dr Mahathir who gives the ballpark figure that “30 percent” power is what Malays will be reduced to holding if they are disunited.///

    In all democratic countries where governments are elected by the people seldom do the elected presidents or ruling parties ever received more than 60 % of the votes cast.
    The elected presidents and governments do not take it upon themselves to serve only those who voted for them. The electorates are divided and they vote the parties the manifestos of which they prefer. Government policies do not necessarily benefit those who voted for the government or against those who oppose them. Further as the personal environments of the voters change over time the impact of government policies on them varies over time. No one person can be said to be indebted to the ruling parties and indeed the persons who run for national elections are there to serve the people and the nation.

    Though Malaysian government is elected through the ballot boxes, the UMNO-led government does not treat all citizens fairly and without discrimination. Though there could be discriminations of persons based on race or religion in some developed countries, except in Malaysia no country in the world has discrimination included in government policies and their implementation. Institutional discrimination exists only in Malaysia.

    Malaysian constitution provided for reservation of opportunities to the ‘lesser developed community’ for 15 years from 1957 and subject to review. Unfortunately the government seized the excuse of May 13 and introduced the 20-year time bound NEP which has ended up as not only racially discriminatory to non-Malays, but provided a cover for politicians to legally misappropriate public funds. As government policies favour persons classified as ‘Malays’, Malays are more inclined to vote for the ruling government. That encourages the ruling government to formulate over time more racially discriminatory policies against the minority, and the vicious circle continues. The situation is compounded when race-based political parties form the Malaysian central government. The ensured vote bank emboldened Mamakthir to hijack the poverty alleviation NEP to become a policy to enrich Malays of his choice. The sons of Mamakthir are billionaires. Some Malays do realize that NEP provided cover for UMNOputras to steal and they helped created the 308 election result in 2008. Unfortunately some Malays still consider that they benefit more than non-Malays without ever realising that their share in the use of national resource would increase without the leakages allowed through NEP. There are still other Malays who consider that Ketuanan Melayu was worth pursuing at any cost, and these are the same persons who threaten a repeat of May 13.

    The fact that Mamakthir talks about political power held by a certain race based most probably on the number of persons of that race elected in the sitting government implies that he considered implementing racist and racial-discriminatory policies as the right of the ruling government. Mamakthir does not consider it his responsibility to the nation for having been appointed Prime Minister. It is unfortunate that a person of that mindset helmed the nation for 22 years. The polarization by race in the country started soon after his quarrel with Tunku in 1969, and that polarization has caused Malaysia to be a failed state when he left in 2003.

    If it is the intention of the government to create a united country, it has to show that the government serves the interest of the people, irrespective of race. If government policies are fair and good for the people, that same policies need not be against the interest of any particular community. Mamakthir claimed that no one community could be 100% satisfied with government policies, and that each community would be less than 100% satisfies as though one community’s gain is other’s loss, and their total satisfaction would then add up to 100. Chua Soi Lek borrowed that same argument, like a fool.

    Government policies can be agreeable to most people, if they serve their interests. The tax rates affect the people’s purse, and prefer naturally prefer it to be lower rather than lower. As for income tax rates, different persons are affected differently and they are not classified by race.

    Even if some government policies are not accepted by the people of different communities, the government should be mindful whether the dissatisfaction was based on need, or was it desire. Clearly needs might be satiable, but not desire. With the campaign by Mamakthir and Perkasa some Malays developed the desire to see other communities suffer, at no benefits to them ever. What else was the motive of Mamakthir to talk about percentage control of political power by race?

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