Monday, December 6, 2010

Malay Supremacy

PKR President Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is a bulwark of courage and she was consumed with conviction when she lambasted “Ketuanan Melayu” (Malay supremacy) as the fraudulent ideology that has propped up UMNO all these years. At her party’s annual congress on November 27, 2010 in her policy speech, she had said that the Malay supremacy concept was used by UMNO’s elites to deceive the Malay masses for self enrichment and for maintaining their political power. As a result, the majority of Malays and Bumiputeras have remained poor and neglected despite “ketuanan Melayu”.

She wisely called the Malays to discard this ideology: “The concept of Malay supremacy must be left behind so that our children will grow up with the vision of a dignified race.”

Anwar Ibrahim also advocated the rejection of “Malay supremacy” explaining its highly-criticized terminology propagates the concept of “master and slave” in society.

“So if we look at the meaning of ‘tuan’ in “ketuanan Melayu”, ‘tuan’ means a person in power, a person who owns, a person in top priority, so if ‘Melayu’ is ‘tuan’, then what about the positions of the other races…?,” he had rightly asked.

So it came as no surprise that Perkasa took up the gauntlet to ridicule this challenge to Malay supremacy. Their crude Youth chief Arman Azha Abu Hanifah fired the first salvo by calling the PKR president a “political prostitute”. And churlish Perkasa Wirawati chief Zaira Jaafar accused Anwar of being not only “a demon sent to destroy the Malays but a traitor to his own race, a traitor to his country, a traitor to his religion and a traitor to his king”. Then cloddish Ibrahim Ali – the kind of man that you could use as a blueprint to build an idiot – made the brazen claim that the concept of “ketuanan Melayu” is a constitutionally guaranteed right for all Malays, warning that any attempts to denounce the concept would be a “human crime” to the Malay race!

Putting aside the sad fact that there are many stupid Malaysians in our midst, if Malaysians support “ketuanan Melayu”, then simply put, we are defending institutionalized racism. Surely, we all recognize that UMNO has been practicing this form of pervasive racism. This is manifested in the gradual and progressive Malay-nization of the entire government machinery since the 1969 racial riots until it has become an almost mono-racial entity. This applies to our civil service, army, police, judiciary, attorney general’s chamber, election commission, anti-corruption commission, the statutory bodies and even the government linked corporations.

Remember to vote for BN! When you give your vote to BN, you are actually supporting UMNO! And when you support UMNO, you are giving tacit support to “ketuanan Melayu”. By supporting this dogma, you are defending institutionalized racism. So, well done when you decide to exercise your one vote in the next general election! Anyway, it’s really funny – when BN quotes 1Malaysia "Rakyat didahulukan" it's OK; when PR quotes "Ketuanan Rakyat", they get attacked left, right and center.

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