The Malay nuisance

By Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani | May 24, 2011
The Malaysian Insider

MAY 24 — After 54 years of independence, the insecurities faced by the Malay community is no longer a dilemma but becoming more like a nuisance, hampering the country’s growth and well-being.

It is utterly irresponsible for middle class Malays to continue harping about self righteous Malay or “Muslim” agenda while the poor are still struggling with bread and butter issues like unemployment and proper education.

Having graduated from a local Islamic university, I am well aware of the conspiracy theories that continue to bog down the Malay psyche with self defeatist mentality.

The vicious cycle of hate and animosity will not benefit anyone and certainly not the Malays. It saddens me when prophecies of hate are being professed by so called “intellectuals” of the community.

What is even more sickening is their answer to an intellectual discourse of blaming others instead of trying to find real solutions that will solve real problems.

Despite being a majority in the country, why are we still obsessed with this siege mentality?

Our country did not gain independence yesterday. We should not be questioning the patriotism or rights of our fellow Malaysians but question what our “Malay” government has done to help elevate the dire economic situation of the poor?

Why blame the Chinese or Indians when the leaders of our country have always been a Malay? What has “ketuanan melayu” or the Malay agenda brought to the villages or urban villages after Merdeka?

Yes, the government has brought us development but that is our right as citizens of the country. That is the right of every community in the country, not the Malays alone.

Why talk about hudud or implementing syariah law when we cannot fulfill the basic tenant of Islamic jurisprudence which is justice.

Why cut the hand of a man that steals bread when leaders continue to swindle our riches?

Is the objective of Islamic law to only punish? I think not.

Islam is not a about grand mosques or prayer rooms but the people.

Where were the so called Muslim or Malay NGOs when the Lynas plant was announced or more recently the landslide that killed so many innocent children?

The call for an Islamic state is a luxury when the poor continue to beg for mercy.

We should stop questioning other races but start questioning ourselves and what have we contributed the country.

* Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani is a reporter with The Malaysian Insider.

  1. #1 by k1980 on Tuesday, 24 May 2011 - 10:51 am

    Would Fatso Wee not be allowed by umno to contest in the 13GE for trying to show that he is a taiko?

  2. #2 by Loh on Tuesday, 24 May 2011 - 11:00 am

    It gives hope to hear voices alternate to Ibrahim Ali of Perkasa. Mamakthir should be thoroughly ashamed of having a big hand in creating all the wrongs pointed out in the article.

  3. #3 by ablastine on Tuesday, 24 May 2011 - 12:06 pm

    It is this type of messages or the many voices of conscience coming from people like Mr Asrul which still give Malaysia hope. The sad reality is there are many more Perkasa type of goons then clear minded Malays like Mr Asrul in the country.

    It is ironical but it is really parties like DAP (which has been accused of being chinese chauvinstic) that has been fighting for the rural poor, be it Malays or others.

    For instance DAP emphasized the importance of English in the syllabus as it is the most commonly used global language. It can be the key to open up many employment opportunities to foreign companies. The kampong children never had a chance because their ‘Perkasa’ brethrens, UMNO ultras and BM fanatics sabotaged these. To them the less expose the minds of the Malays folks are the better because it is easlier to feed them their message of hate and rubbish. Children of other races endeavour to master not only English but other languages as well giving themselves more opportunities. Little do the Malays know that it is their kind which sabotaged them.

    DAP wanted the best and the most capable candidate to be in position of power so that things get done with the least of fuss. Of course UMNO only want their members and cronies to be at the helm. Results: we get racist, selfish and greedy retards who know nothing about the job to make important national decisions resulting in massive corruption, wastage and failure.

    DAP advocates nothing more than universal value of meritocracy, equality, freedom, democracy, financial prudence and other- the values that can pull the country out of its mess and uplift the lives of the improverished. Sadly it is met with resistance all the way simply because UMNO wants to continue to rape the country and milk the poor for their own selfish gain.

    In order for the country to be back in contention in this globalised world again, moderate and learned Malays like Mr Asrul here should come forward and together with other right thinking people to tell the Malay mass who is really working for their benefit.

  4. #4 by PoliticoKat on Tuesday, 24 May 2011 - 1:27 pm

    I will actually say it is a lot more than a nuisance. It is more like a broken leg.

    Seriously, just look at Singapore. Singapore is Malaysia, a poorer and smaller version Malaysia which better management has brought prosperity. Singapore’s GDP is now as large as Malaysia.

    A nuisance does not cause significant harm. What Malaysia has experience due to the Malay issue is crippling injuries.

    It has hurt the nation. It has hurt me. And ultimately, it hurts the Malay population.

  5. #5 by drngsc on Tuesday, 24 May 2011 - 2:05 pm

    I am so glad to hear Asrul speak up. Will more of the Asrul like Malays speak up, please. Therein lies the hope for the future of Malaysia. Please, do not let the ultra racist Malays drive the Malay / Malaysian agenda.
    will more moderate Malays please speak up. Please tell Utusan M / Perkasa, that they have gone too far.
    Let us live as one nation.

    Since the government will not do it, let the moderate Malays do it for them

    We need to change the tenant at Putrajaya.

  6. #6 by Bigjoe on Tuesday, 24 May 2011 - 4:13 pm

    “The call for Islamic state is a luxury..” – very very perceptive.. That is the real truth, if you are not very very rich in terms of per capita, in terms of technology, Islamic state is a curse.

  7. #7 by hallo on Tuesday, 24 May 2011 - 6:29 pm

    Many on the top rob the country as much as possible

    Families migrate after rob the country as much as possible with elected by those stupid fool poor kg people, rob as much as possible even it reach bankrupt

    After all, it not their matter anymore after migrate

    Wake up those stupid fool MALAYSIANS

  8. #8 by dagen on Tuesday, 24 May 2011 - 6:36 pm

    In umno’s malaysia, condemning corruption is wrong. Complaining about police inefficiency is wrong. Critising wastage of public funds and incompetent civil service is unpatriotic. Asking the umno gobermen for details on their work is challenging malay rights and anti-islam (jenis umno).

    That is logic coming from the rear side. Dirty. Smelly. And totally useless.

  9. #9 by richiee on Tuesday, 24 May 2011 - 6:40 pm

    Bravo! More melayus like asrul should voice out their displeasure with the current govt by vote them out of office.

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