Malay youths deny joining DAP to champion race

The Malaysian Insider
29 June 2015

Malay Subang DAP Socialist Youth (Dapsy) leaders have denied that they joined the party to champion their own race, saying instead that they fought for all Malaysians regardless o‎f their background.

They said they chose DAP because they were tired of race-based politics, and they believed a multiracial party was the best platform to ensure that democracy thrived in the country.

“In contrast to the allegations that we joined DAP to fight for Malay rights, we actually joined DAP because we are tired of hearing and seeing our country’s politics revolve around championing a certain race.

“‎We joined DAP not to alleviate our race’s leadership, but to raise the leadership of the rakyat. Not to fight for our race’s rights, but the rights of every rakyat as enshrined in the Federal Constitution,” they said in a statement.

The statement was signed by Subang Dapsy chief E‎dry Faizal Eddy Yusof‎,‎ Subang Dapsy vice-chief Young Syefura Othman, Subang Dapsy treasurer Tarmizi Anuwar and Subang Dapsy publicity chief Numan Saadan.

They were responding to comments by deputy head (Politics, Security Cluster and International Affairs Cluster) of the National Professors Council ‎Professor Dr Jayum Jawan that‎ Malays were joining DAP to fight for their own race.

They said his statement was both careless and baseless, adding that Malaysia must move beyond race-based politics and instead focus on ensuring freedom, justice and equality for all, as well as helping the poor.

They said these principles existed in DAP, which was why they had joined the party.

“We want to see a healthy democracy, where the effort to create a better country is done collectively, in a multiracial organisation,” said the four.

“We agree and want to champion the idea that Malaysia‎ belongs to all of us, and every citizen regardless of race and background should work together to make the idea a reality.”

Despite its reputation for being a Chinese-majority party, DAP has seen several Malays joining its fold in recent weeks.

Former student activist Sheikh Omar Ali left PAS to join DAP on June 20, several weeks after the Islamist party approved a motion to cut ties with DAP in its annual congress.

The former chairman of student activist group Solidarity Mahasiswa Malaysia (SMM), who had been a member of PAS for six years, said DAP’s pull factor was that it was more serious about championing people-centric issues.

His entry into DAP came just a week after national laureate Datuk A. Samad Said joined the party.

Samad said he had wanted to join DAP for quite some time as it was a secular party that was able to represent all Malaysians.

He said DAP had also done well in reaching out to Malays in recent times, even though government-controlled media depicted it as chauvinistic and racist. – June 29, 2015.

  1. #1 by Bigjoe on Monday, 29 June 2015 - 12:14 pm

    My question to the PAS progressive is simply this – how do they intend to fight the PAS ulamas who don’t have to promise and deliver real results while their proposition is to deliver something real – when they don’t have that much resource to deliver in the first place??

    Lets face it, these PAS Progressive face the same problem LKY did when he turned against the Communists who were disguised as socialist in 1961.. Except they face a bigger challenge because the communist promised a material workers utopia which they would fail to deliver eventually BUT the radical Islamists don’t promise any such thing and don’t have to deliver anything real – just a matter of faith and appearance.. AND what does the PAS progressive have within their resource to deliver real result in any reasonable time??

    The priorities of the PAS progressive should be practical and all new Pakatan including the indecisive PKR must give first priority towards securing a state for the PAS progressive – namely Perak as the first order of business..

  2. #2 by drngsc on Monday, 29 June 2015 - 12:52 pm

    You are very correct Subang Dapsy. We must begin to think of a better Malaysia for all. Let us stop this race based parties. Let us also be religion neutral. Please let us all work hard together and change the present corrupt system. Please ask more of your friends to join in the battle with us. There is much work to be done.

  3. #3 by Sallang on Monday, 29 June 2015 - 2:15 pm

    “We agree and want to champion the idea that Malaysia‎ belongs to all of us, and every citizen regardless of race and background should work together to make the idea a reality.”

    This was what uncle Lim has been preaching for over 50 years.
    It was non religious, nor racial, but BN propaganda poisoned the minds of fellow Malaysians, that no Malays dare to join DAP.
    Now that we have some of you who dare to face reality, hope you are sincere and help Malaysia regain her past glory.

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