Proof of utter failure in Malaysian nation-building when the sixth Prime Minister asked last week: Whether UMNO President should be an ultra or pro-Malay only and must be Islamic or not?

It is proof of the utter failure in Malaysian nation-building when the sixth Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak asked at the UMNO General Assembly last Thursday: Whether UMNO President should be an ultra or pro-Malay only and must be Islamic or not?

Has Najib forgotten or abandoned his 1Malaysia signature policy which he proclaimed with such fanfare when he became Prime Minister in April 2009 that the goal of 1Malaysia is to create a nation where every Malaysian perceives himself or herself as Malaysian first and race (whether Malay, Chinese, Indian, Kadazan or Iban), religion (Muslim, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Sikh) or region as second.

Six years and eight months after becoming the Prime Minister with his signature policy of 1Malaysia, and after tens and even hundreds of million of ringgit spent on 1Malaysia promotional products, is Malaysia going forwards or backwards as far as Najib’s 1Malaysia policy is concerned?

That Najib is publicly asking the question whether he should be “an ultra or pro-Malay only” as UMNO President and Prime Minister is sad indication that he himself needs convincing as far as his 1Malaysia signature policy is concerned!

Najib’s UMNO/BN government is adrift and at sea, bereft of any direction or vision for Malaysia.

We seem to be seeing the spectacle of Najib’s government degenerating into a “tail wagging the dog” phenomenon, where small cogs in the wheels of government are controlling and setting the pace and direction of government, as for instance, a department like Biro Tata Negara (BTN) disregarding the 1Malaysia Policy and continuing to ensure that the “Ketuanan Melayu” ideology is the directing policy of the government regarding non-Malays as “orang tumpang” and not sons and daughters of the Malaysian soil.

If Malaysia is to succeed as a nation, taking our rightful place in the international community as a plural society which punches above our weight because of our political, economic, educational, socio-cultural and nation-building achievements, we must ensure that more and more Malaysians embrace the 1Malaysia concept and reject narrow and exclusive racial, religious and cultural interpretations of the Malaysian narrative.

What Malaysia needs are not Malay ultras, Chinese ultras, Indian ultras, Iban ultras or Kadazan ultras but Malaysian ultras!

Why should the Prime Minister of Malaysia be struggling with whether he should be a Malay ultra or not? Is he going to lead or to be led?

I have just read The Malaysian Insider on the Internet on the call by the former International Industry and Trade Minister, Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz that with 2015 coming to a close, the people at all levels should resolve to be Malaysian first when they make their New Year resolutions.

I would endorse Rafidah’s call that in the final fortnight for the year 2015, everyone in the country must resolve to be better Malaysians, to respect and accept our diversities, and to place a high priority upon national interest.

Rafidah cannot be more right when she warned in her latest posting on her Facebook: “Should national interest be jeopardised, we as members of society will surely be affected and impacted, directly or indirectly.”

We must ensure that there is no repetition of incidents like the University Technology MARA (UiTM) organising an anti-Christianisation seminar at its Malacca campus for the second consecutive year – another example of the “tail wagging the dog” phenomenon.

This is because I cannot see how the Cabinet or the Ministry of Higher Education could endorse any public university organising any seminar which is anti any religion in the country, which is totally against the spirit and philosophy of Rukunegara, but when the central body has lost control, direction and vision, then it is open season for the “tail” to wag the body – and here, we have many such “tails” in Malaysia!

This is one of the five political and socio-economic scandals which had plagued the country this year – the lack of direction and vision for Malaysian nation-building, with the racist and provocative Sept. 16 “Red Shirts” rally in Kuala Lumpur as one of its worst manifestations.

The other four scandals are: (i) The implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) adding to the hardships of low-income Malaysians, already sandwiched between rising costs of living and falling incomes; (ii) The scandal of the RM2.6 billion “donation” in Najib’s personal banking accounts; (iii) The RM50 billion 1MDB scandal; and (iv) The National Security Council Bill which usurped the powers of the Yang di Pertuan Agong, the Cabinet and the 13 State Governments.

Let these five political and socio-economic scandals in Malaysia in 2005 serve as a reminder to all Malaysians why there must be political change in Malaysia and that such change is only possible when Pakatan Harapan can replace the UMNO/BN coalition in Putrajaya and six states in Malaysia in the 14th General Election.

[Speech (2) at the launch of Parit Buntar Parti Amanah Negara in Parit Buntar, Perak on Wednesday, 16th December 2015 at 10 pm]

  1. #1 by yhsiew on Thursday, 17 December 2015 - 12:27 pm

    It is clear that a desperate Najib is playing the race/religion card hard to salvage his position as PM and Umno President after being implicated in the 1MDB scandal.

  2. #2 by worldpress on Thursday, 17 December 2015 - 12:49 pm

    Earlier Administration before independence recorded many 3 races as ‘pendatang‘.
    Any question please query the British Administration!

    Migration Statistics
    HC Deb 29 November 1950 vol 481

    Mr. T. Reid
    asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the amount of Chinese, Malayan and Indian immigration into Malaya since the end of the war.

    Mr. Dugdale
    With my hon. Friend’s permission, I shall arrange for a table of migration statistics for the period January, 1947, to June, 1950, to be circulated in the OFFICIAL REPORT. Statistics for the post-war period before 1947 are not available.

    Following is the table:
    1950 (January—June)
    1950 (January—June)

    Excess of Emigrants over Immigrants, January, 1947, to June.
    1950 ——2,061—–56,10—-30,097

  3. #3 by worldpress on Thursday, 17 December 2015 - 12:49 pm

    Rising sun over malaya (WWIi)

  4. #4 by worldpress on Thursday, 17 December 2015 - 12:50 pm

  5. #5 by worldpress on Thursday, 17 December 2015 - 12:50 pm

    10 Years Before Independence – Malaya (Part 1 of 4)

  6. #6 by Bigjoe on Thursday, 17 December 2015 - 1:00 pm

    This country started based on the Constitution, the original and many insist still is, secular and equal rights for all, After 1969, Rukunegara was suppose to be the Principle of which this country was to be build on.

    The Rukunegara first line says – Kepercayaan kepada TUHAN. It does not say Kepercayaan kepada Allah which is what they are trying to make it to be.

    The second line of the Rukunegar. Kesetiaan kepada Raja DAN Negara. Loyalty to King and Country. It does not say Kesetiaan Kepada Perdana Menteri dan Kerajaan, UMNO atau Islam..

    Keluruhan Perlembagaan.. Supremacy of the Constitution.. well it would take too long all that is not true..

    Kedaulatan Undang Undang.. The Rule of Law… Well.. LOL..

    Kesopanan dan Kesusilaan – Courtesy and Morality.. This is not all lost given how polite even enemies are in public despite the brutality and beastiness underneath. But sometimes its wide open such as the Anti-Christinisation seminar, Red Shirt Rallies, Ali Tinju and threats against G25.

    So tell, me, how is this country successful? The infrastructure and buildings, the GDP numbers and lifestyle of the elites like Rosmah? They are NOT the Rukunegara or the definition of a nation and country..

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