Unstable UMNO = Unstable Malaysia? UMNO = Malays? UMNO-PAS Unity Possible?

22 07 2010

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Are those sensible equations? Or even fair questions? Tun Dr Mahatir said that the Malays have been split into three. But the Malays have for a long time identified themselves with UMNO, some with PAS. UMNO has been the traditional symbol and bastion of Malay rights and interests. Only after the disenchantment with Tun Abdullah’s government did PAS gain more ground and PKR get a noticeable portion of Malay votes. Remember, in PRU12, Abdullah got a resounding victory and generally solid Malay votes.

Many of the Malays who abstained from voting or voted others during PRU13 did so in retaliation or out of frustration at Tun Abdullah’s 5 years of actions or non-actions. Many have in recent times admitted their mistake in doing so, have now realised that the alternative they voted for is no better, and those who wanted to teach Abdullah a lesson no longer see it necessary as Abdullah is no longer in power. In any case, what exactly are the proportions of the “three splits”?

UMNO has been the backbone of the political process in this country since before independence. UMNO spearheaded the fight for independence. UMNO led the alliance that ruled the country since independence. What are the ramifications of a weak and unstable UMNO? The first time UMNO and the coalition lost two thirds Parliamentary majority in 1969, it led to racial riots. Of course the immediate cause was the election victory celebrations. But wasn’t the latent or underlyng cause being the Malay feeling of insecurity or instability?

The second time a two-third majority loss occurred in 2008, no such thing happened. Good for the country. But are we assured of continued peace and harmony under the existing circumstances? Isn’t racial polarization increasing significantly? These are the many questions that we can discuss this time.

Racial polarization has been on the increase since the “flip-flopping, auto-piloting and sleepy” administration of Tun Abdullah. If UMNO is weakened and the Barisan Nasional faces a worse debacle at PRU13, will the situation be worse? Will it lead to the Malays, who form the majority in the country and who have a Special Position written in the Constitution, feeling so left out, unattended and insecure, their rights and interests forsaken that some disgruntled, discontented and angry lot might become extremist and cause instability in the country? Is UMNO-PAS “togetherness” possible? Would such togetherness lessen the sense of insecurity and instability, if any? Let us ponder over these for a bit.

We must emphasise that we are not an UMNO, PAS or PKR blog. Neither are we supported or financed in any way by any political party. We are a group of private citizens concerned about national unity. We started out to promote single-stream schooling or Satu Sekolah Untuk Semua (SSS) for the creation of a united and cohesive Bangsa Malaysia. We have widened our scope by covering all aspects of national unity.

Feel free to give your views, whatever they may be. However long or short they may be. Either in the English language or in Bahasa Malaysia. Let’s have a chat. It might help create a better understanding among us – Malays and non-Malays – and thereby contribute towards fostering unity.

The articles alone will not give you all the answers to the questions raised in the heading of this post. Do read the comments by readers and our replies to them in order to get the answers as we see them.

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Perbezaan ideologi politik tak patut putus silaturahim — Berita Harian
July 20, 2010

Kesediaan Umno untuk bekerjasama dengan PAS demi perpaduan Melayu dan umat Islam bukan bermakna Umno terdesak sehingga terpaksa menagih simpati pemimpin pembangkang.

Sukar sangatkah untuk pemimpin Melayu daripada kedua-dua parti bersemuka dan berbincang mengenai masa depan dan kelangsungan politik Melayu dan agama Islam, sehingga ada pemimpin PAS mahu mengenakan prasyarat dan memperlekeh Umno dalam ceramah dan ucapan mereka ketika menyentuh isu ini.

Ternyata ajaran Islam yang menggalakkan ukhwah Islamiah sesama penganutnya gagal difahami sebenar-benarnya oleh segelintir pemimpin politik Melayu/Islam di negara ini, sehingga sanggup memutuskan silaturahim hanya kerana perbezaan ideologi politik.

Kita tidak nampak kewajarannya Umno dan PAS sukar bekerjasama ke arah mengukuhkan perpaduan Melayu dan umat Islam. Jika PAS boleh bekerjasama dengan DAP yang nyata tidak pernah bersetuju dengan gagasan menubuhkan negara Islam dan mempertikaikan cadangan pelaksanaan hukum hudud, tidak bolehkah PAS membuka ruang untuk Umno duduk semeja membincangkan soal kemaslahatan ummah.

Belum pun perbincangan bermula, penghinaan dan kecaman sudah dilemparkan kepada Umno oleh pimpinan PAS sendiri, selain sikap berdolak-dalik yang ditunjukkan kepemimpinan tinggi parti itu. Adalah tidak salah jika Presiden Umno, Datuk Seri Najib Razak sendiri melahirkan rasa kurang senang dengan perlakuan pemimpin PAS yang menghina Umno dalam ceramah politik mereka, termasuk mengenakan pelbagai prasyarat. Harus diingat, Umno menawarkan perbincangan ini demi kelangsungan politik Melayu, bukannya mahu meraih simpati PAS supaya menyokongnya.

Kita hairan kenapa PAS begitu sukar untuk menyambut usaha murni itu, selain dolak-dalik Mursyidul Amnya, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat yang menyatakan kesediaan bersemuka dengan Umno pada bila-bila masa untuk membincangkan pelbagai perkara, asalkan tidak membabitkan rundingan perpaduan Umno-PAS. Jika begini tindak-tanduk pemimpin tertinggi PAS itu, sampai bilakah kerjasama antara kedua-dua pihak akan menjadi realiti? Pendirian Nik Aziz berhubung isu perpaduan Umno-PAS pula sering berubah-ubah. Ketika beliau seakan-akan bersetuju mengadakan perbincangan, ketika itu jugalah beliau akan menghina Umno dan meletakkan pelbagai syarat.

Kita melihat pemimpin Umno dan ahlinya lebih ikhlas mahukan perpaduan demi kelangsungan politik Melayu dan Islam. Kita percaya ada sebilangan pemimpin dan ahli PAS mahukan perpaduan itu kerana ia amat dituntut Islam. Mungkin juga hanya segelintir pemimpin dan ahli PAS yang tidak mahukan kerjasama itu, mungkin kerana marah atau kecewa.

Pemimpin dan ahli PAS yang mahukan perpaduan umat Melayu dan Islam, patut menolak pemimpin seperti itu. Kita juga percaya ramai pemimpin tertinggi PAS mahukan perpaduan Melayu/Islam tetapi disebabkan seorang dua yang berpengaruh menolak usaha itu, mereka terpaksa mendiamkan diri. Kita percaya rakyat sedang memerhatikan gelagat pemimpin ini.

* This is the personal opinion of the writer. The Malaysian Insider does not endorse the view unless specified.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/breakingviews/article/perbezaan-ideologi-politik-tak-patut-putus-silaturahim-berita-harian/

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Terkilan tindakan Nik Aziz — Saifulizam Mohamad
July 19, 2010

Isu kerjasama antara Umno dan PAS timbul semula dan kali ini ia telah diminta oleh golongan agama, pemimpin-pemimpin Melayu dan pertubuhan-pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO) yang berasaskan Islam dan Melayu.

Antara mereka yang lantang dan mahu syor itu dilaksanakan segera adalah Mufti Perak, Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria dan beberapa golongan agama lain seperti Timbalan Dekan Institut Pemikiran dan Ketamadunan Islam Antarabangsa (ISTAC), Universiti Islam Antarabangsa (UIAM) Prof. Datuk Dr. Mahmood Zuhdi Abdul Majid dan Rektor Kolej Islam Darul Ridzuan, Prof. Datuk Dr. Mohd Yusoff Hussein.

Malah Harussani selepas merasmikan Perhimpunan Melayu Perak 2010 Sabtu lalu mengingatkan kepada Umno dan PAS bahawa kegagalan dua parti Melayu itu bersatu akan menyebabkan orang Melayu kehilangan kuasa pada Pilihan Raya Umum (PRU) Ke-13.

Ingatan Harussani tersebut jika diamati dan diteliti amat menakutkan jika ia benar-benar berlaku. Hakikatnya itulah yang akan terjadi sekiranya persengketaan antara Umno dan PAS tidak ditamatkan segera.

Berbalik kepada gesaan awal pihak terbabit selepas ia dicetuskan oleh seorang panel pemikir Jabatan Hal Ehwal Khas (Jasa), Lokman Nor Adam dalam satu forum di Kelantan, pihak Umno dan PAS pada mulanya dilihat komited untuk menjayakan pertemuan itu.

Seperti mana biasa Umno ketika ditanya mengenai cadangan itu bersedia bertemu PAS bagi membincangkan isu-isu berkaitan kepentingan ummah dan dalam masa sama PAS dilihat mengikut rentak Umno.

Komitmen Umno itu dinyatakan dengan jelas oleh Timbalan Presiden parti, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin bahawa parti itu tidak mempunyai masalah untuk bertemu dengan PAS atas nama Islam dan ummah.

Muhyiddin berkata, Umno tidak akan menolak cadangan untuk mempertemukan parti itu dengan PAS kerana beliau yakin kerjasama antara dua parti tersebut akan memberi kesan yang baik kepada perpaduan umat Islam di negara ini sekali gus menyumbang ke arah keamanan sejagat di negara ini.

Bagi pihak PAS pula, Mursyidul Amnya, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat di peringkat awal mengaku bahawa Umno dan PAS perlu bersatu dalam memperjuangkan Islam di negara ini.

Kemudian Nik Abdul Aziz ketika bercakap kepada pemberita telah menyatakan kesediaannya untuk mengadakan pertemuan dengan Muhyiddin ketika Timbalan Perdana Menteri itu melawat Kelantan, Jumaat lalu.

Ramai pihak percaya isyarat positif yang diberikan oleh Nik Abdul Aziz itu amat menggembirakan umat Islam kerana impian itu sangat ditunggu-tunggukan selama ini.

Dalam keadaan kedudukan umat Islam yang semakin kritikal dan di kala terdapat pihak-pihak yang semakin berani mempersoalkan keistimewaan kedudukan Islam dan orang Melayu termasuk institusi raja, sudah tentu isyarat awal Nik Abdul Aziz itu disambut rasa syukur oleh semua umat Islam.

Seperti mana kata Ketua Penerangan Pergerakan Pemuda Umno, Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican, persetujuan tok guru Nik Abdul Aziz berhubung kerjasama Umno dan PAS memperjuangkan Islam merupakan pemangkin ke arah tercetusnya gelombang penyatuan umat Islam yang lebih jitu.

Bagaimanapun sebaik sahaja Nik Abdul Aziz menyatakan bahawa kesediaannya bertemu Muhyiddin hanyalah untuk membincangkan isu royalti minyak dan bukan menjurus kepada perpaduan antara PAS dan Umno, ia sebenarnya meremukkan banyak hati dan perasaan orang Melayu Islam di negara ini.

Nik Abdul Aziz yang dianggap seorang ulama telah menghancurkan impian umat Islam yang selama ini berharapkan Umno dan PAS boleh duduk semeja membincangkan isu yang ada kepentingan dengan umat Islam.

Mana salahnya atau mana silapnya banyak pihak tertanya-tanya. Adalah mustahil sebagai seorang yang mempunyai pengetahuan agama yang cukup tinggi, Nik Abdul Aziz tidak faham mengenai perpaduan yang merupakan satu tuntutan di dalam Islam.

Adalah mustahil juga Nik Abdul Aziz tidak mengerti mengenai ayat-ayat al-Quran yang diturunkan kepada junjungan besar Rasulullah (SAW) lebih 1,400 tahun lalu menuntut umat Islam bersatu padu seperti mana dalam ayat 103 surah al-Imran dan ayat 9 serta 10 surah al-Hujurat.

Nik Abdul Aziz harus bertanggungjawab tentang perbuatannya itu kerana beliau merupakan seorang ulama yang mempunyai mungkin jutaan pengikut.

Sebagai insan yang terlalu kerdil mungkin apa yang dibangkitkan oleh penulis akan disanggah oleh Nik Abdul Aziz dan pengikut-pengikutnya kerana tahap keilmuannya yang begitu tinggi sesuai dengan tarafnya sebagai seorang ulama.

Bagaimanapun perlu diakui bahawa tahap tanggungan golongan ulama ketika berhadapan dengan Allah pada masa berlakunya Hari Kebangkitan adalah lebih berat daripada orang awam.

Ini kerana mereka mempunyai kelebihan berbanding orang lain iaitu berdasarkan kepada tahap keilmuan yang dimiliki, selain kemampuan mempengaruhi manusia sama ada untuk menuju ke arah kebaikan atau keburukan.

Pada satu firman Allah ayat 54 surah Yasin telah menyatakan, maksudnya: “Maka pada hari itu tidak ada seseorang pun yang akan dianiaya sedikit pun, dan kamu pula tidak akan dibalas melainkan menurut amal yang kamu telah kerjakan.”

Sudah tentu Nik Abdul Aziz tidak ada masalah untuk menafsirkan serta menghuraikan ayat di atas.

Bukan hendak mengajar Nik Abdul Aziz tetapi hanya sekadar mengingatkan kerana beliau tidak perlu diajar atas statusnya sebagai ulama.

Teringat kata-kata Saidina Abu Bakar dan Saidina Umar al-Khattab yang mana kedua-dua khalifah besar Islam itu sering meminta rakyat di bawah kepimpinan mereka membuat teguran sekiranya ada di antara mereka tergelincir.

Sebagai penulis buku-buku sejarah Islam, mustahil juga Nik Abdul Aziz tidak tahu mengenai perkara ini. Sudah tentu beliau menguasai sejarah perjuangan Rasulullah serta perjuangan sahabat-sahabat besar iaitu antara intipati dalam setiap sejarah berkenaan ialah perpaduan.

Dalam pada itu penulis pernah mendengar kata-kata daripada seorang rakan Pas bahawa hidup Mursyidul Am PAS itu hanya bersandar Islam semata-mata.

Namun persoalan yang timbul realiti pemikiran Menteri Besar Kelantan itu khususnya dalam isu perpaduan Islam sejagat tidak mencerminkan begitu. Beliau seolah-olah tidak mahu orang Islam di negara ini bersatu padu.

Adakah itu merupakan satu tuntutan dalam Islam?

Mungkin dalam isu Umno-PAS Nik Abdul Aziz terbawa-bawa sejarah lampau hingga ke peringkat sanggup menghancurkan impian semua umat Islam.

Dari satu segi Nik Abdul Aziz harus juga sentiasa menghormati pandangan yang dikeluarkan oleh ulama lain seperti Harussani seperti mana hormatnya Imam Shafie terhadap Imam Maliki, Hanafi dan Hanbali.

Mustahil juga Nik Abdul Aziz tidak tahu mengenai sejarah keempat-empat imam mazhab tersebut yang sarat dengan kisah hubungan, rasa hormat menghormati antara satu sama lain walaupun terdapat khilaf khususnya dalam hukum serta cara beribadat.

Walaupun bukan ahli PAS, pandangan Harussani serta ulama-ulama lain wajar dihormati oleh Nik Abdul Aziz serta pengikut-pengikutnya kerana mereka juga golongan yang berilmu.

Penulis menyedari tulisan ini tidak akan mengubah apa-apa khususnya pendirian Nik Abdul Aziz serta para pengikutnya tetapi ia semata-mata bertujuan mengelakkan Islam berdepan kehancuran.

Jika ini yang berlaku pada masa akan datang, siapa harus dipersalahkan.

Orang Melayu harus sedar bahawa Islam itu bukan Pas dan Pas bukan Islam. Islam adalah agama paling suci yang diturunkan oleh Allah untuk menyelamatkan umat manusia manakala Pas hanyalah sekadar sebuah parti politik. — Utusan Malaysia

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or the newspaper. The Malaysian Insider does not endorse the view unless specified.

One of the comments:

Razak• 22 hours ago

Salam, En Saiful. Sebelum komen ttg Tuan Guru Nik Aziz, terlebiih dahulu izinkan saya mengingatkan bahawa laporan berita, terutamanya dari TV1,TV2,TV3, Utusan Malaysia – yg merupakan media kerajaanBN – kurang tepat; dan biasanya lebih memberi perspektif yg negatif terutama bila ada komen dari pihak pembangkang. Tn Guru bukan bersikap dua muka seperti yg cuba digambarkan oleh pihak media kerajaan ni! Persoalan yg cuba diketengahkan : Sekiranya UMNO nak berbincang pasal perpaduan ummah dan uamt Melayu, kenapa dianaktirikan negeri Kelantan dgn menidakkan hak untuk mendapat royalti minyak? Kenapa royalti dibayar kpd kerajaan nergeri Terengganu tapi tidak diberikan kpd k’jaan Kelantan? Adakah sebab Kelantan dikuasai PAS semata-mata? Lagipun sejarah penubuhan PAS bermula dgn isu mewujudkan dana melalui loteri oleh UMNO sendiri! Perpaduan yg macamana yg UMNO nak selagi anak bangsa yang berpendapatan sederhana ke bawah (< RM 2,000 sebulan) masih tergapai-gapai for survival dalam ekonomi sekarang sedangkan HANYA kroni-kroni UMNO shj yang sebenarnya memenuhi kuota 30% penglibatan Melayu dalam ekonomi negara keseluruhannya?

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/breakingviews/article/terkilan-tindakan-nik-aziz-saifulizam-mohamad/

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ARKIB : 19/07/2010

Pas-UMNO perlukan campur tangan raja

PENYATUAN Pas dan UMNO semakin sukar untuk menjadi kenyataan. Ia menampakkan ketidakmatangan orang Melayu berpolitik jika dibandingkan dengan kaum Cina. Bukan sahaja ahli bawahan tetapi melibatkan pemimpin tertinggi.

Dendam, benci dan kuasa mengatasi agenda penyatuan Melayu dan kesucian serta keagungan agama.

Saya berpendapat sudah sampai masa untuk raja-raja Melayu campur tangan dalam isu penyatuan umat Melayu yang melibatkan kedua-dua parti Melayu itu.

Mereka adalah tonggak dan lambang yang besar dan mempunyai kuasa dan pengaruh yang kuat ke atas setiap umat Melayu. Mahu atau tidak keputusan mereka mesti dan perlu dipatuhi. Kesepakatan mereka dalam setiap pendapat dan keputusan akan menjadi contoh dan ikutan kita.

Mereka juga adalah ketua dan pemegang amanah memelihara orang Melayu dan agama Islam.

Satu usaha ke arah ini perlu digerakkan sebelum terlambat.

Kedah”>

http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/info.asp?y=2010&dt=0719&pub=Utusan_Malaysia&sec=Forum&pg=fo_04.htm

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Umno: Speaking when the chips are down?
by Sakmongkol AK47
July 14, 2010

It doesn’t matter if people think Umno speaks in bellicose language when chips are down. Indeed, Umno must always behave as though it is besieged. What would you rather do? Allow the Umno heartland be taken over by NGOs such as Perkasa? Or allow PAS and PKR capture Umno’s source of support? Allow the basic beliefs in Umno’s struggle to grow limp? Then you lose by default.

Umno must speak on the issues that it is meant to do. Speak about issues affecting Malays. Address their fears. Reassure them. Except that we speak with the voice of reason and moderation. Perkasa is not Umno, nor is Umno dictated by what Perkasa does. Umno is not ready to abdicate.

The sore point about Perkasa’s message is that Umno under the leadership of Datuk Seri Najib Razak wants to abandon the policies laid down by the NEP. The NEP has been replaced by other policies not less committed to achieving what the NEP set out to do.

Not true.

But Najib is looking at the big picture now. The affirmative policies are still there but leavened with other factual foundations. You must leverage on competitiveness, good governance, meritocracy and transparency. The mocking cynicism is expected because its true there have been many transgressions and abuses. Cronyism and corruption. They are all there. Yet, these shouldn’t be an excuse not to press on with the NEM and the new vision of Umno.

It does not matter if Najib and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin play the good and bad cop roles. One has to keep its ship on even keel. Allowing others to hijack Umno causes would be a stupid way of managing Umno.

If there is anything we can learn from the enthusiastic reception of Perkasa, it is the revelation that the Malay heartland is not quite ready to embrace Najib’s 1 Malaysia concept. This is primarily due to the fact that Najib hasn’t explained his vision properly yet. But he is after all only over a year into his premiership. I suspect his Cabinet colleagues have not fully understood the concept yet, too.

So what Muhyidin has done is to take action so that Umno’s core causes are not eroded by some young upstart. He is sending the signals that while it’s true that Najib is embarking on his 1 Malaysia vision, the fundamentals of Umno’s mission and reason for existence remain. What Muhyidin does is to reassure the Malays that their best bet is with Umno. — sakmongkol.blogspot.com

http://sakmongkol.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2010-07-16T21:16:00%2B08:00&max-results=7

One of the comments in Malaysian Insiderf:

yoke-lin

I don’t see PM as being firm on what he wants to do – 1Malaysia and NEM. Look at his feeble handling of PERKASA so much so that many feel that PERKASA has UMNO’s blessings. If UMNO has nothing to do with the NGO, he has to show that he is the man of the moment- the PM, the leader. He has to fight his cause the way Mahathir & Ibrahim Ali are fighting for a Malay-centred cause for whatever reason. Looks like PERKASA is winning the race. It's still not too late. But you just have to take the bull by the horns and say "Enough is Enough! What you people are doing is destroying the nation!" Put your foot down, man! Don't miss the opportunity to change this country for the better. Mahathir missed his chance after 22 years as PM; instead he continues to divide the nation. If you can push through 1Malaysia with even 50% success in 2 years, I think you'd have done much much better than Mahathir did in 22 years. That old man has failed the nation- miserably. So now he wants to fight the Malay cause in order to compensate for all his failures! It's only the selfish, bigoted, and "katak di bawah tempurung" Malays who (deliberately) fail to see through his rhetorics,. These Malays should ask themselves: Why do we still need to BANGKIT after 22 years under Mahathir's rule?" Isn't that an admission of his failure by supporting GERTAK? The pix of him feebly holding up his p**** of a keris almost made me roll over with laughter.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/breakingviews/article/umno-speaking-when-the-chips-are-down-sakmongkol-ak47/

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Umno’s indecent proposal a facade to cling on to power — Penyair Purba
July 19, 2010

The recent development in our highly politically-minded nation (since Tsunami March 8, 2008) would be the brouhaha over the unity of the Malays through the merger between Umno and PAS. Based on the official source, both parties have a substantial number of members in the country, with the PAS membership believed to be more than a million, second only to none other than Umno.

It is undoubtedly clear to all and sundry that this marriage proposal came as a result of the previous general election which saw the ruling coalition (BN) lose five states, not to mention Kuala Lumpur, the federal capital. BN later regained Perak after the infamous coup which brought down the government led by ousted Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Nizar Jamaluddin. BN’s loss can be attributed to the non-Malay support for the DAP and PKR, with substantial number of them also voting for PAS candidates, as can be seen by the victory of PAS’s Dr Mariah in the Kota Raja constituency in which Malay voters make up only about 52 per cent of the electorate.

How true is the saying that history repeats itself. In 1969, BN also suffer the shock loss of a two-thirds majority in Parliament. Official sources blamed the loss for the subsequent May 13 tragedy. Little did people know that the racial riot was actually caused by none other than members of the ruling coalition in what later turned out to be a coup d’état to oust the first prime minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, from power. The man who replaced Tunku, Tun Razak, then initiated a larger coalition which successfully reined in PAS and Gerakan in BN. And now, the same tale is about to emerge, this time to benefit his heir, Najib Razak.

The funny and strange thing about the so-called Malay unity is the proposal was only extended to PAS. What about PKR? Why not bring Anwar Ibrahim back to the Umno fold, considering that he still has influence within Umno. Furthermore, Anwar is more senior than Najib and but for his “so-do-me” trial that put him behind bars for six years, he would probably be our fifth prime minister. He is also widely accepted by people of other races. Umno is quick to accuse PKR of selling out to the non-Malays but one thing that Umno always feign ignorance is the fact that many members of PKR were formerly of Umno and are they not Malays? Wouldn’t it be easier for Umno to court PKR, albeit the Malay members only, instead of PAS?

My writing would be highly critical of this indecent proposal and I strongly argue that this indecent proposal should be rejected outright. To see a formerly popular mufti from Perak turning his rhetoric for the sake of Malay is really hurtful and bordering on losing his stature as an Islamic scholar. Where does Almighty God ordain us to serve the interest of only one race? Is it not that Asobiyah or racial spirit forbidden in Islam? In any event, not all Malays are Muslims and to equal Malay to Islam is totally misconceived. The Prophet is not Malay and his Quraish clans did not all embrace Islam. Islam can never be equated with any race, even the Arabs.

Another funny thing about racial polarisation in Malaysia is the fact that the Malays, Chinese, Indians and the rest are from the same Mongoloid category, the remaining two being Negroid and Caucasian. For white people in the US and Waka Waka Country (South Africa) not too long ago to quarrel with black people is quite understandable (I am not supporting this apartheid behaviour though) due to the fact that one is Caucasian and the other is Negroid. Not to feign ignorance, the differences between Malay, Chinese and Indian are real for people to see especially the cultural and religion aspects. However, are we not all the sons and daughters of Prophet Adam? Further, does Islam allow racial biasness in our day-to-day dealings? Just because our friend is Malay then he is entitled to a scholarship notwithstanding that his father is the CEO of a government-linked company and takes home RM1 million per year? Or because those leaving in new villages are Chinese then Nizar Jamaluddin is a traitor for giving land to them notwithstanding those Chinese are poor people and even BN does not have the guts to chase them away from their land (occupied by them with government permission).

We are blinded by a racial paradigm, judging all our actions from a racial point of view. True, most Malays are poor. But who failed to help and improve the Malays’ economic condition? As usual, the punching bag would be the Chinese. Poor Malay people were and are always being told by Umno (who else?) that it was the Chinese who robbed them and became rich at their expense.

Before and during Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s time, Umno could lie to the people due to its control of the media and the non-existence of the Internet. Now, with Malaysiakini, Malaysia-Today, The Malaysian Insider and Malaysia whatnot, Umno can no more manipulate information. Reading the Utusan report on Nizar Jamaluddin was nauseating, branding him as selling out to the Chinese for granting them land in new villages. Did he give land to a gambling king, or betting mogul, or Astro and Maxis owner, or to approved permit holders (who cause car prices in Malaysia to be phenomenal and I will reserve my expletives for this issue specifically for another day)?

Was Umno a traitor for giving Genting Highlands to the late Lim Goh Tong? Was Umno a traitor for giving exclusive rights over satellite TV (read Astro) and we poor Malays have to pay that guy an average RM79 per month to watch Manchester United whack Gerrard and gang twice per season (sorry Liverpool, the last time they won a Premier League title, I had not even entered school yet)? Is the guy Malay? Oh no… I am being racist here. Pun intended. Who enrich the non-Malays? Not to deny that a few Malays benefited from this arrangement (read NEP) and they build an office for Felda when the current one in Jalan Semarak can still be used, raking in millions along the way. Istana Negara? Oh, a big taboo. Later YB Ezam will lodge a report against me for being anti-Rulers, a stupid politician who fails to look at the real issue. And Malaysia is going bankrupt in 2019, so said a native from Sarawak, yet the government continues to spend like there is no tomorrow on a submarine that cannot dive and “kueh karipap” at RM23 a piece (read the Auditor-General’s Report).

Corruption is a buzz word in Malaysia. With the establishment of the MACC, Malaysia is supposed to be corrupt-free by 2020. Was it rampant? Oh my, just ask any ordinary person who has to go through the test to get a driving licence. I myself had to do my test for the second time after refusing to pay that good-looking RTD official RM50. I can’t believe that this happened right before my eyes! We might need a thick book with a thousand pages to talk about corruption alone.

And people like the great Perak mufti failed to see that corruption is the reason why Umno must be brought down. True that PAS for that matter will probably become corrupt once in power but we people have the power to oust them as well. We the people, “rakyat marhaen”, must be the boss to all politicians, be they from Umno or PAS, not the other way around. Umno has been around for far too long and only by being booted out from the government will corruption be purged.

What about the Malays? Just because is Umno losing power, does it mean the Malays will be wiped out from Malaysia? Are we Malays so stupid that only Umno can look after our interests? Oh yeah, I heard grumbling! Umno did this, Umno did that. Umno built universities, Umno gave scholarships. But do we realise that whose money was used to do just all the above? Mahathir spent his own million to build PLUS expressways and the KLCC? Did Najib spend his own money to give scholarships via the Permata programme (what a nuisance his wife has become, lebih sudu dari kuah, katanya orang-orang Melayu)?

And how people should just forget what Umno did to PAS when it lost Kelantan? It established a JPP (federal agency) and distributed money among its cronies. What about oil royalty? When it lost Terengganu, it became wang ihsan. And Umno claimed Tok Guru as a vengeful person. Oh my, you rob a man (I am more inclined to use the analogy of rapist, but it is too harsh) and then you want to befriend him. When he refused and asked his money back, you say that he is full of vengeance. Now the victim is blamed!

Come on people. Umno did this and did that using OUR money. We paid taxes and whatnot. If PAS or PKR were the government, wouldn’t they be doing the same thing? Road, school, infrastructures and whatnot are the government’s responsibility.

The Malays will continue to lag behind if we allow Umno to remain in power. We will be fed with bedtime stories that the Malays are under siege, the Chinese are robbing the country’s wealth and the Malays will lose power! Whose power exactly? Umno is not representative of all the Malays. Even Umno’s name, United Malays National Organisation. With an English name, can it claim to represent the Malays? Change the name first! Perhaps Perkasa will do and we will have Ibrahim Ali as our prime minister.

We must never blame others for our backwardness and lacking in every aspect, be it in the economic or education fields. Instead, the one who must take the blame is Umno. Umno has failed us and after 53 years in power, there is no more chance. Out it must go!

The Malays must move forward. We must earn our respect and position. We must not allow everything from scholarships to house discounts be given to us because our parents happen to be Malay. Does everybody get to decide their race before birth? We Malays are not lazy or intellectually inferior. We must be competitive. Believe me the moment you let the Malays stand on their own without crutches, they will survive. After all, that is the natural law. You give a fish, people will eat for a day, but when you teach to fish, people will eat for good. You continue helping the Malays, you will only prolong their dependence on crutches.

And for the Malays to move forward, PAS should never marry Umno, again. Let Umno be gila talak. And gila talak people won’t stay that long.

* Penyair Purba is the pseudonym of a Malay lawyer in Malaysia.

* This is the personal opinion of the writer. The Malaysian Insider does not endorse the view unless specified.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/breakingviews/article/umnos-indecent-proposal-a-facade-to-cling-on-to-power-penyair-purba/

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Memahami cabaran Melayu — Mohd Khuzairi Ismail
July 19, 2010

Kelibat orang muda banyak dipertanyakan ketika berlangsungnya Perhimpunan Melayu Perak 2010 di Dewan Bankuet, Pejabat Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri Perak, Ipoh, Sabtu lalu. Rata-rata yang hadir seolah-olah berasa hairan mengapa seminar kesedaran mengenai orang Melayu itu tidak mendapat sambutan di kalangan generasi muda Melayu.

Daripada seramai kira-kira 1,000 orang yang memenuhi dewan berkenaan, kehadiran orang muda boleh dibilang dengan jari. Sedangkan seminar sehari anjuran Gabungan Melayu Perak (GMP) itu membariskan nama-nama pembentang kertas kerja yang cukup gah dan tersohor dalam isu-isu mengenai Melayu.

Antaranya Mufti Perak, Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria dan tokoh akademik yang juga Dekan Fakulti Sains Pentadbiran & Kajian Polisi, Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Prof. Datuk Dr. Ramlah Adam. Turut hadir membincangkan topik Melayu ialah tokoh peguam, Zainur Zakaria dan bekas Ketua Pengarah Unit Perancang Ekonomi (EPU) Datuk Halipah Esa.

Penganjuran perhimpunan itu juga dilihat sangat kena pada masanya ketika isu-isu mengenai orang Melayu masih diperkatakan sehingga kini. Hak keistimewaan orang Melayu seperti yang dilindungi oleh Perlembagaan, agama Islam dan institusi Raja-Raja terus dicabar oleh sesetengah pihak.

Seharusnya dalam perkara ini, kelantangan dan keberanian generasi muda diperlukan sebagai benteng mempertahankan bangsa Melayu. Sebaliknya yang terjadi ialah golongan warga emas Melayu yang sebahagian besarnya sudah melepasi usia persaraan yang lebih banyak memenuhi dewan.

Ironinya kumpulan ini sudah tidak perlu lagi diingatkan tentang apa keistimewaannya untuk menjadi orang Melayu di bumi Tanah Melayu atau Malaysia ini.

Mereka adalah generasi Melayu yang melalui sendiri kepayahan pada era pra dan pasca merdeka. Mereka juga merasai sendiri kepahitan di bawah penguasaan tentera Jepun, komunis dan peristiwa berdarah 13 Mei 1969.

Maka, kehadiran mereka sebenarnya tidak lebih daripada mengenang kembali apa yang telah dilalui sepanjang tempoh itu.

Tetapi bagi generasi muda Melayu selepas merdeka yang tidak merasai kepayahan itu, perhimpunan sebegini perlu didekati untuk menyedarkan mereka harga yang perlu dibayar oleh orang Melayu untuk meraih nikmat kemerdekaan tersebut.

Kelibat mereka juga sangat diperlukan kerana merekalah yang akan terus mempertahankan apa yang selama ini menjadi hak orang Melayu.

Tanpa kesedaran daripada perhimpunan seperti ini, generasi muda Melayu akan terus leka dan hanyut dalam dunia mereka sendiri. Lama-kelamaan, hak-hak orang Melayu yang diwarisi daripada sisa-sisa perjuangan kemerdekaan terdahulu akan lenyap tanpa mereka sedari.

Rendahnya minat generasi muda Melayu terhadap sejarah bangsa mereka sendiri turut mendapat perhatian Prof Ramlah.
Katanya, generasi muda hari ini tidak mendalami sejarah negara dengan mendalam menyebabkan mereka tidak mempunyai pengetahuan tentang perjalanan pembentukan Malaysia.

Mereka juga tidak menghayati apa yang telah dikorbankan oleh orang Melayu untuk mendapatkan kemerdekaan. Disebabkan kurangnya pengetahuan itu, mereka berasakan tidak mempunyai apa-apa untuk dipertahankan.

Tetapi apa yang menghairankan Prof Ramlah ialah generasi muda sebaliknya sangat berbangga mendalami sejarah negara lain terutamanya kuasa Barat seperti Amerika Syarikat (AS), Jerman, Rusia dan sebagainya. Mereka juga lebih mengenali tokoh-tokoh seperti Barack Obama, Adolf Hitler, Nelson Mandela dan banyak lagi.

Tetapi lidah mereka pelat untuk menyebut nama-nama pejuang kemerdekaan negara seperti Ahmad Boestaman, Ibrahim Yaakub, Mustapha Hussin dan ramai lagi.

Tanyalah generasi muda Melayu hari ini berapa ramai yang tahu apa yang berlaku di sebalik penentangan besar-besaran orang Melayu terhadap Malayan Union.

Apakah mereka sedar di mana pendirian orang-orang bukan Melayu ketika penjajah cuba menghidupkan gagasan Malayan Union ketika itu?

Kerana itu bagi Prof Ramlah, tanggapan mengenai sejarah di kalangan generasi muda perlu diperbetulkan. Satu pendekatan baru perlu dicari bagi memastikan generasi muda itu benar-benar menghayati sejarah bangsa dan negara.

Beliau tidak bersetuju generasi muda dihantar mengikuti pengajian peringkat Ijazah Sarjana Muda di luar negara. Dalam usia yang terlalu muda iaitu awal 20-an, pelajar-pelajar ini terlalu hijau dalam soal kewarganegaraan dan jati diri sama ada sebagai seorang Melayu mahupun sebagai seorang rakyat Malaysia.

Seharusnya dalam usia semuda itu, pelajar-pelajar generasi baru ini ditanam dengan semangat cintakan negara dan perasaan nasionalis sebenar di universiti-universiti tempatan.

Barulah pelajar-pelajar itu dibenarkan melanjutkan pelajaran di peringkat yang lebih tinggi seperti Sarjana Muda dan Doktor Falsafah di luar negara. Ada benarnya apa yang disebut oleh Ramlah itu kerana rendahnya semangat nasionalis pelajar-pelajar muda yang dihantar ke luar negara tersebut, sebahagian besar daripada mereka tidak pulang untuk berbakti di tanah air.

Sebaliknya mereka selesa bekerja dan menetap di luar negara kerana rendahnya perasaan perasaan cintakan negara.

Keghairahan kerajaan menghantar pelajar muda ke luar negara juga melahirkan generasi baru yang berfikiran liberal dan sosialis.

Mereka berasakan bahawa perjuangan menuntut kemerdekaan 53 tahun lalu tiada kena mengena dengan kehidupan hari ini. Bagi mereka juga, masyarakat moden hari ini seharusnya tidak lagi dipisahkan dengan garis perkauman.

Mereka mahukan semua bangsa, kaum dan etnik mendapat hak yang sama rata dan istilah seperti kuota, hak istimewa dan pelbagai kelebihan milik bumiputera dikongsi secara bersama. Namun apakah mereka sedar permintaan itu sebenarnya hanyalah pengorbanan sebelah pihak semata-mata.

Cubalah tanya kepada kaum yang menguasai ekonomi hari ini, sudikah mereka berkongsi sedikit kek ekonomi yang mereka miliki kepada orang Melayu? Cuba juga ajukan persoalan bersediakah mereka menutup sekolah berasaskan etnik jika benar-benar mahu melihat wajah sebenar bangsa Malaysia? Atau diselaraskan penggunaan bahasa Melayu sebagai rasmi terutamanya di semua sekolah? Jawapannya sudah semestinya tidak.

Malah jika boleh mereka mahu lebih banyak peluang ekonomi diberikan kepada mereka dan lebih banyak tanah serta dana disediakan untuk membangunkan sekolah berasaskan etnik. Maka inikah yang dikatakan perjuangan sama rata dan perkongsian yang adil?

Sementara itu Zainur pula menegaskan orang bukan Melayu perlu sedar bahawa hak keistimewaan orang Melayu diperakui sendiri oleh penjajah terutamanya seperti yang tertulis dalam Suruhanjaya Reid. Maka, ia tidak wajar dipersoalkan jauh sekali untuk dihapuskan.

Beliau turut mengingatkan orang Melayu supaya tidak larut dalam perjuangan memberikan kesamarataan kepada semua kaum kerana sejarah dunia ada mencatatkan bagaimana kaum minoriti menjadi pemerintah kepada kaum majoriti seperti yang terjadi di Afrika.

Kuasa itu pula sangat sukar untuk diambil semula dan lama-kelamaan kaum majoriti akan kehilangan identiti seperti mana yang berlaku kepada Melayu di Singapura. — Utusan Malaysia

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or the newspaper. The Malaysian Insider does not endorse the view unless specified.

Two of the comments:

• 1 day ago
Majoriti harus jaga minoriti ke disebaliknya ,sedangkan dijalanraya pun kita diajar agar keenderaan yang besar dimestkan memberi laluan kepada yang kecil, inikan majoriti dinegara ini masih amalkan dasar yang mementingkan kaum majoriti, seluruh dunia juga tahu akan ini hakikatnya ,majoriti biar ianya Melayu atau Cina ,India atau orang Asal perlu utamakan hak asasi semua manusia tanpa mengira ugama ,kaum atau warna kulit , kita dapat hidup aman dan damai jika kita hormat menghormati satu sama lain dengan berkongsi pendapat dalam apa jenis keadaan dan jangan mengagungkan satu lebih dari yang lain.

Satu Malaysia• 1 day ago
Bayangkan tonggak pemerintahan masih diterajui oleh orang Melayu tetapi tiada usaha yang gigih untuk membetulkan masalah-masalah polisi ekonomi yang tidak mengambilkira perubahan global serta kebajikan semua rakyat jelata. Menjelang tahun 2020, negara Malaysia besar kemungkinan akan mengalami:
1. Pertumbuhan ekonomi yang lemah disebabkan masalah struktur ekonomi yang tidak mengalakan saingan, kompetitif and membolehkan nilai tambah (value added) yang bermakna.
2. Hutang negara bila dinilai melalui Keluaran Negara Dalam Negeri (KDNK) melebihi tahap tahun 2010 (55%)
3. Pelabur-pelabur mengeluarkan dana-dana mereka ke negara jiran kerana Malaysia tidak dapat lagi bersaing.
4. Cukai pendapatan, GST and lain-lain cukai terpaksa dinaikkan kerana sumber pendapatan kerajaan merosot. Subsidi pula dikurang menyebabkan harga petrol RON95 meningkat mencecah RM5.00 seliter.

Ramai yang membaca ramalan-ramalan di atas menganggap ianya hanya boleh berlaku kepada negara seperti Greece tetapi jikalau minyak di bumi Malaysia habis dikorek, tidak mustahil keadaan seperti Greece boleh berlaku.

Jadi, apa gunanya orang Melayu berkuasa tetapi negara sudah jadi papa-kedana !

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22 07 2010
Kenn

Is it so hard to understand that, if you stir the “majority” to the level of “unrest”, the whole thing will be doomed, including the “minorities” as well?

I accept that the Malays and the Bumiputeras constitute the bigger number of Malaysians. Why would I want to stir them until they become unrest? If they are not happy, how on earth the ethnic of lesser number will be happy? Isn’t this so simple to understand?

Politics have their ways. Politic unite people but dirty politics drive the wegde among people. What is so wrong UMNO being the political party for the Malays? Isn’t it about the same MCA for the chinese and MIC for the Indians?

I think there’s not much harm when there is ‘rivalry’ between government & opposition, in fact, it serves as a measure of check and balance.

But politic has been so dirty that the Malay and Bumiputeras have been “attacked” under the disguise of UMNO. Even the other Malay party, PAS, being played out in this dirty politicking. But what actually you are attacking? You are attacking the Malays and the Bumiputeras. You are attacking the MAJORITY !!!

So you want to whole country in chaos because the majority is not happy and is in the state of “unrest”?

In a sense, yes, UMNO=Malaysia=Malay because UMNO the majority part of the government which governs Malaysia and UMNO is the political party for the majority of Malaysians, whom are Malays. Even if you stirred UMNO to its death, the MALAY people will still be there. There will be another UMNO by another name, perhaps. But this time the new Malay Political party would have learnt thelesson from the past. Can you imagine a new party born because the old party was dead due to dirty politicking?

If you delete UMNO and you delete PAS, what is left? The Malays. There will be unity between UMNO and PAS in the absence of dirty politicking. This is even healthier for the whole country because the number is larger, stronger and of course more stable. That will translate to happiness and harmony for the whole country.

Dont ever unduly stir the majority!!

23 07 2010
SSS Admin

Kenn,

In any democracy the majority rules and the minority follows the wishes of the majority. No doubt the majority can be multi-racial. But in this country political parties have been allowed to function along racial lines since the British colonial times. These parties have been promoting rights and interests along racial lines. There has not been a single party able to attract multi-racial membership to be justified to call itself a multi-racial party. At best, it is only a coalition of several parties each of which is largely promoting ethnic lines.

Under this scenario, UMNO appears to be the largest Malay party. It claims a membership of over 3 million and PAS over 1 million. On this basis, it appears right to say UMNO = Malays. Whatever it is, UMNO and PAS membership and supporters certainly constitute the majority of the population. The question is: is there a concerted effort to drive a wedge among the two of them, to ensure they continue being split. PAS has joined the PR coalition which includes the staunchly Chinese DAP whose so-called “Malaysian Malaysia” slogan has been subverting the Malay Special Position enshrined in the Constitution. Of late, the MCA and Gerakan, members of the ruling BN, have been speaking rather “off-ishly” in terms of continuation of the NEP in the NEM and publicly criticising certain aspects of NEP like on scholarships and places in MARA institutions of learning. In this respect it may be an attempt to disturb the status quo and it did “stir” the Perkasa, Gertak, Melayu Bangkit and over 100 organisations to stand up and speak up.

In newspapers and blogs there have been comments, many appearing to sound like they are from non-Malays, criticising the UMNO-led Federal government not giving the PAS Kelantan Government oil royalties. Accusations of corruption, cronyism and mismanagement have been rampant. Yet the MACC has not prosecuted the Kelantan Menteri Besar who admitted receiving offers of Hajj benefits from a Kelantan Government contractor, although he decided not to perform the Hajj last year. Similarly the Selangor Government DAP Exco was being investigated for corruption until it was hijacked by the death of Teoh Beng Hock.

The Malays have been split into three, their political strength greatly reduced in the process. It is logical to think that the Opposition would want the situation to continue and would be happy if the talks about PAS-UMNO getting together do not materialise. There definitely has been a lot of concern on the weakening of the Malay political position – despite DS Najib denying that UMNO is weak; to him UMNO is not weak because he wants to get Chinese votes and probably thinks that whatever is happening is in line with what he wants. But one wonders how much anxiety exists among Malays under the present circumstances and whether it will lead to more of the likes of Perkasa, Gertak, Melayu Bangkit and the over 100 Malay NGOs speaking up.

22 07 2010
Dal

Sir Admin;

“Unstable UMNO = Unstable Malaysia?” True. Nobody can disagree to that. Unless he is ……

“UMNO = Malays?” True. Just as MCA = Chinese and MIC = Indian. For the time being, nothing is better than this formulae.

“UMNO-PAS Unity Possible?” Why not? Only Nik Aziz says no. … all for a fabrication and half truth he loves to imagine.

23 07 2010
SSS Admin

Dal,

UMNO has been beset with corruption, admitted it is “corrupt to the core” and has taken some measures to rectify it . But a number of those found to be practising money politics are still holding Government or party positions. Accusations on many others have not led to the big fishes being hauled into court. UMNO’s image is not good, to say the least. Respect for UMNO is far from being high. Despite offers of millions of Ringgit cash to Chinese schools, the Chinese PRU 2008 “run-away voters” didn’t come back to UMNO and BN. The fact that MCA has been having leadership problems for the last 1 1/2 years did not help. Tun Dr Mahathir has lent his support for the Perkasa and Melayu Bangkit Rally in Trengganu. The Trengganu Menteri Besar attended the rally. There must have been many UMNO members as well as supporters supporting Perkasa, Gertak, Melayu Bangkit and the over 100 Malay NGOs voicing unhappiness that Malay rights and interests have been sidelined in the Draft NEM. All these do not augur well for UMNO.

Because UMNO represents the Malays even by virtue of membership size alone, and Malays are the majority in this country, instability in UMNO does affect the stability of the country one way or another. It might dampen investor spirit to a certain extent. It might not help the economy, especially when there are signs of another down turn because of external factors, as said by Tun Dr Mahathir. He may not be the PM but his 22 years of PMship even involved solving the effects of the Asian Financial Crisis on the Malaysian economy. He ought to know quite a bit about what he is talking about.

Let us hope that the UMNO-PAS togetherness comes about. Tok Guru Nik Aziz was willing to meet TS Muhyiddin at first but later said he wanted to speak about oil royalties. UMNO had said they were willing to talk but without any preconditions. Some people have suggested the young Turks in PAS are against any unity talks. Perhaps Pemuda UMNO should send overtures and have unofficial contacts first with their counterparts in PAS. But, as has been commented by others earlier, what is Pemuda UMNO doing these days? The Ketua Pemuda is even defending the MCA Youth Head on the verbal exchange between the latter and Ibrahim Ali of Perkasa concerning scholarship issues. Is the UMNO President on talking terms with the UMNO Youth Head? Why has he not harnessed the efforts of the Ketua Pemuda? Has the Ketua Pemuda made any efforts in this direction? We would love to hear about these.

22 07 2010
Orang Lama

Lk 1,000 orang hadzir diseminar anjuran Gabungan Melayu Perak (GMP) diIpoh itu tetapi generasi muda Melayu selepas merdeka tidak ramai.

Generasi muda ini tidak merasai dan tidak mempelajari berkenaan kepayahan, pahit maung perjuangan kemerdekaan, usaha-usaha mempertahankan dan menonjolkan hak dan kepentingan Melayu, menegakkan maruah bangsa Melayu yang ketinggalan dibelakang dizaman kolonial. Mereka sepatutnya digalakkan hadzir untuk menyedarkan pengorbanan generasi lama bagi mendapatkan nikmat kemerdekaan tersebut. Sekarang Melayu berpecah dan mereka nampaknya tidak kisahkan perpaduan Melayu.

Dimana salahnya? Apakah dasar kerajaan? Apakah bimbingan emak bapak? Dulu Pemuda UMNO giat dengan semangat Melayu melalui persatuan persatuan silat dan sebagainya. Apa Pemuda UMNO buat sekarang?

23 07 2010
SSS Admin

Orang Lama,

Salahnya dibeberapa tempat dan pihak, termasuk emak bapak tidak memberi bimbingan yang cukup, pengaruh luar saperti program talivisen yang tidak dikawal, pendedahan kapada nilai-nilai barat yang diambil guna dengan tidak menapis sesuainya kapada keadaan tempatan, pemerintah yang membiarkan sahaja berbagai pihak berkata hampir apa sahaja dimedia massa, penyelewengan pemerintah yang mengecewakan anak muda, terutamanya korupsi.

Apabila Kerajaan lemah, “flip-flopping, auto-piloting and sleepy”, maka jentera Kerajaan bergerak dengan sendirinya, kekadang dengan tidak tentu haluan. Dengan hendak melayan nilai-nilai bahru kononnnya, pemimpin membiarkan sahaja kritikan rakyat yang kekadang berupa menghasut dan melebihi batas yang kita tahu sebelomnya. Bila ramai melihat perkara begitu berlaku, berleluasalah mereka. Gejala Mat Rempit, Mat Ragut, Bohsia, dan sebaginya timbul dan tidak lama kemudian berleluasa sehingga kehari ini. Nilai hormat kapada orang tua lesap dan hormat kapada undang-undang pun semangkin berkurangan. Lihat sahaja meningkatnya jenayah dinegara ini sekarang.

Anak-anak muda Melayu pada masa dahulu minat dengan kegiatan kebudayaan atau acara-acara seperti silat berbagai bentuk dan corak. Ketua Pemuda UMNO sekarang dikatakan lulus dari Universiti Oxford yang ternama yang membentuk pendirian yang luar biasa. Banyak telah diperkatakan tentang kelakuan janggalnya sebagai anak menantu Tun Abdullah dan ketua “Budak Budak Tingkat 4” Jabatan Perdana Menteri dipemeritahan bapa mertuanya. Dia didapati bersalah politik wang tetapi dibenarkan bertanding dan dipilih juga sebagai Ketua Pemuda. Ada yang mengaitkan politik wang dengan pemilihannya.

Dia mengumumkan hasratnya mahu menjadi Perdana Menteri sebelom umour 40. Sekarang tidak dilantik keJemaah Menteri atau diberi apa apa jawatan Kerajaan oleh Perdana Menteri, tidak seperti Ketua-Ketua Pemuda dimasa-masa yang lalu. Maka dia tidak pula giat dengan usaha-usaha menyatupadukan pemuda pemuda Melayu dinegara ini. Sengitnya pertandingan pemilihan Ketua Pemuda itu mungkin menyebabkan susah mendapatkan “closing ranks” diantara penyokong-penyokong ketiga-tiga calon berkenaan. Sayang sekali Ketua Pemuda UMNO tidak memainkan peranan yang gigih bagi menyatukan dan menaikkan semangat pemuda Melayu kearah yang membangkit dan berguna kapada bangsa dan negara.

22 07 2010
Imran

Are Malays no longer interest in UMNO or unity because they fed up with Najib too nice to Chinese?

23 07 2010
Kit

Najib is not too nice to Chinese. He wants to do his job – 1Malaysia make everybody happy. Chinese vote DAP because long time like that. Now Chinese happy. Business people happy. Why need proof. Try it lor.

24 07 2010
SSS Admin

Kit,

Many people are not clear what 1Malaysia is. As Sakmongkol has pointed out in his article above, Dato Seri Najib and his Government, perhaps as well as his UMNO machinery, should be explaining and promoting the concept day in and day out through the various forms of mass media at their disposal. It may be that Najib’s Cabinet colleagues, including the Minister of Information and Mass Media, and the Government Officers are themselves not clear about 1Malaysia.

Let us hope that it is not because that some of his Cabinet colleagues and Government Officers are themselves not in full sympathy with the concept or the direction it is going. There have been many views expressed on Najib paying more attention on Chinese interests and less on Malay interests, beginning from giving cash to Chinese schools, to liberalisation of the economy to the advantage of the Chinese, the NEP at first appearing left out in the NEM, and Najib expecting the Malays to compete openly on an uneven playing field. These went to the extent that Perkasa, Gertak, Melayu Bangkit and the many Malay NGOs came into existence to express the dissatisfaction of the Malays. If so, Najib has to adjust his direction. The Malays are the majority in this country and Najib should be paying more attention on the interest of the Malays, and not let them feel left out or being taken for granted.

If, as you say, the Chinese and the business people are happy with 1Malaysia, you all should help Najib by giving him votes. Perhaps the Malays are skeptical of the wisdom of his actions because, despite visiting Chinese schools, having dinner at a Chinese school, announcing that Chinese schools (with Mandarin as the medium of instruction) can continue despite the Constitution Article 152 on Bahasa Malaysia being the National Language, and giving millions of Ringgits to Chinese schools at PRK Hulu Selangor and Sibu, liberalisation of the economy, etc, Najib did not get the votes he ran after.

24 07 2010
SSS Admin

Imran,

The interest of the Malays in UMNO is still there. There has been no reports of resignations or defections among UMNO members apart from the few highlighted cases like Zaid Ibrahim. He left during the time of Tun Abdullah’s Prime Ministership and Presidency of UMNO.

One measure of the popularity of a political party is the increase in membership. But even this may not be an accurate basis for determining popularity these days. The existence of factions and War Lordism, and the rivalry among them at the Branch or Divisional level has resulted in complaints of membership applications not being approved after many months of submission. These applicants are the kind of Malays who definitely have expressed loss of interest in UMNO. There were announcements that membership applications could be sent to UMNO Headquarters directly but it is not known whether the factional squabbling has dampened the spirit of existing or intending members.

Dato Seri Najib’s “affair” with the Chinese and the non-visibility of NEP in his NEM when first announced have led to Perkasa, Gertak, Melayu Bangkit and the over 100 Malay NGOs speaking up. But they by no means reflect any mass exodus from UMNO. It is believed that there are many UMNO members supporting Perkasa etc. Tun Dr Mahathir and the Trengganu Menteri Besar attended the Melayu Bangkit Rally in Trengganu and they are UMNO members themselves. It is difficult to say whether the ordinary UMNO members supporting those organisations are “fed up” with UMNO but they certainly want Malay rights and interests be protected and promoted as those organisations have declared to be doing.

23 07 2010
Sayong

Kalau ikut jumlah ahli, tentu le UMNO lebih dpd PAS. PKR apa tah lagi.

Tapi teman rasa banyak Melayu yang “silent majority”, tak ada parti, tak mengundi. Fikir le, kalau yang mengundi cuma 60 – 70%, kan banyak yang tak mengundi.

Baguih le deme sibuk mendaftarkan pengundi sekarang. Tapi kena pegi pujuk deme yang tak keluar mengundi dipilihan raya. Dulu banyak Pemuda UMNO yang giat berkerja. Angkat dan pimpin orang tua bawak ketempat mengundi. Sekarang ade ke Pemuda UMNO buat gitu tungkus lumus diseluruh pelusuk negara?

Pemuda UMNO pun dah pecah tiga ke? Mengikut tiga calon betanding diPilihan Ketua Pemuda dulu tu? Politik ni dah jadi busuk sangat ke?

25 07 2010
SSS Admin

Sayong,

Tidak dapat dinafikan bahawa UMNO mempunyai lebih penyokong Melayu dari PAS dan PKR. Keahliannya sahaja boleh membuktikannya – UMNO tiga juta lebih, PAS satu juta lebih. UMNO mempunyai lk dua kali ganda kerusi dibanding dengan PAS diParlimen. Yang menyokong Perkasa, Gertak, Melayu Bangkit dan lebih 100 NGO Melayu berkaitan dengannya itu bukan lah larian dari UMNO, hanya mahukan pemimpin lebihkan perhatian kapada hak dan kepentingan Melayu.

Benar bahawa jika usaha-usaha giat memujuk Melayu mengundi sehingga peratus mengundi naik ke 80%, jumlahnya banyak. So’alnya mengapa Pemuda UMNO tidak gigih dengan aktiviti-aktiviti yang akan menarik perhatian Melayu kapada mereka. So’al besarnya ialah apa yang Ketua Pemuda UMNO ada lakukan berkenaan perkara ini.

Kita terbaca Dato Mukhriz melancarkan aktiviti kayak diantara pemuda dikawasannya Jerlun. Kita tidak ada terbaca tindakan Dato Seri Mohd Khir selalu berjinak-jinak dengn pemuda-pemuda Melayu; dia mengkritik sebagai pembangkang diDUN Selangor hingga digantung hak berdebat selama setahun. Kita terbaca Khairi Jamaluddin meresmikan pembukaan kedai pasaraya dikawasannya Rembau dan berita dia menyokong Ketua Pemuda MCA mengkritik Dato Ibrahim Ali dan Perkasa. Pendirian itu adalah aneh sekali dari segi mempertahankan dan memajukan hak dan kepentingan Melayu yang telah didokong UMNO sejak penubuhannya lebih 50 tahun yang lalu.

Ketua Pemuda UMNO seharusnya menyatukan semua penyokongnya dengan penyokong dua lagi petanding jawatan itu dipemilihan Pemuda UMNO yang lalu, ia-itu Mukhriz dan Mohd Khir. Dia juga sepatutnya merancangkan dan menjalankan pergerakan pergerakan menarik anak-anak muda Melayu dari gejala Mat Rempit, Bohsia, Kutu Jalan dan Kutu Embun, bertempiaran di kedai makan, tempat main snooker, setiap malam hingga kepagi, tingkah laku yang mendorong kapada seks rambang dan pembuangan anak, yang dikatakan banyak diantaranya adalah Melayu.

Sayang sekali tidak dilihat aktiviti seperti persatuan-persatuan silat, drama, olahraga, sukan yang boleh diadakan pertandingan-pertandingan diantara mereka dari masa ke masa diseluruh negara, siap dengan liputan akhbar, radio dan tv. Memang betul pengaruh TV program luar negara telah membawa remaja sekarang kearah jalan lain, memang benar tidak ada personaliti seperti Dato Harun Idris ditahun 60-70an yang boleh mendapat hormat dan sanjungan tinggi anak-anak muda Melayu. Tetapi usaha-usaha perlu dicoba dan dimulakan. Ketua Pemuda tidak perlu berada disemua tempat melakukannya. Dia hanya perlu menggerakkannya dan menggembelingkan tenaga mereka yang diberi jawatan dijentera Pemuda UMNO diberbagai peringkat dari peringkat nasional, keperingkat negeri, keperingkat daerah. Dia boleh dijemput meresmikan pelancaran atau permulaan setiap aktiviti seperti itu dengan liputan akhbar, radio dan tv.

Sebenarnya Ketua Pemuda Dato Harun Idris dahulu meningkat popularitinya melalui persatuan-persatuan silat berbagai jenis yang dimulakannya dan berkembang diseluruh Semenanjung. Begitu banyak penokongnya sehingga ada yang merasai popularitinya mengancam populariti Tun Razak dikalangan UMNO. Malahan ada yang mengatakan itulah sebabnya Dato Harun Idris telah didakwa dimahkamah dan sabit kesalahan rasuah sehingga dipenjara.

Walau pun dipenjarakan, penyokong-penyokongnya menerima keadaanya dan tidak membuat apa apa yang menjejas ketenteraman negara atau ketenteraman UMNO. Itu adalah disebabkan pendirian pemerintah yang tegas pada masa itu. Menteri Dalam Negeri pada masa itu, Tan Sri (Tun) Ghazali Shafie, dikenali sebagai “a no nonsense man”.

26 07 2010
abda

Coba lihat laporan ini:

62% pengundi muda ‘atas pagar’

KUALA LUMPUR 25 Julai – Seramai tujuh juta pengundi muda akan menjadi faktor penentu dalam keputusan kemenangan calon Barisan Nasional (BN) atau parti pembangkang pada Pilihan Raya Umum (PRU) Ke-13 akan datang.

Bagaimanapun, kajian terbaru oleh Makmal Pemuda BN telah memberi wawasan tentang pemikiran golongan pengundi muda dengan kebanyakan mereka mengambil pendirian non-partisan (tidak memihak) berhubung politik negara.

Berikutan majoriti golongan belia bukan penyokong mana-mana parti, kajian itu mendapati tiga daripada lima pengundi muda atau 62 peratus daripada mereka masih ‘duduk atas pagar’ mengenai parti pilihan mereka.

Hasil kajian ke atas kira-kira 1,000 responden dari seluruh negara itu serta cadangan dasar telah disampaikan oleh Pengerusi Pemuda BN, Khairy Jamaluddin kepada Pengerusi BN, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak minggu lepas.

http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/info.asp?y=2010&dt=0726&pub=Utusan_Malaysia&sec=Muka_Hadapan&pg=mh_02.htm

28 07 2010
SSS Admin

abda,

Semalam keluar berita berkenaan Ketua Pemuda UMNO berkata kapada penggerak-penggerak-nya tidak perlu berkerumun dikelilingnya bila mengadakan gotong royong dan mereka boleh menggerakkan gotong royong dilain-lain tempat pada masa yang sama supaya lebih banyak lagi aktiviti Pemuda UMNO dilakukan diseluruh negara. Ini adalah baik. Ini perlu kita dengar lebih banyak darinya dan dari Pemuda UMNO.

Dia sendiri mengaku bahawa gerakan Pemuda bangsa lain telah mendaftarkan lk 50,000 pengundi masakan Pemuda UMNO hanya 35,000 dan menggesa penggerak-penggeraknya melebihkan usaha-usaha dibidang tersebut. Ini juga suatu lagi yang dialu-alukan dari Pemuda UMNO. Menyedarkan pemuda pemudi kapada hak dan tanggungjawab mereka mengundi adalah penting bagi kemantapan demokrasi.

Majoriti Melayu dinegara ini perlu dibayangkan dengan nyata dilapangan politik dan didalam pemerintahan negara ini. Seimbangan perlu diadakan bagi kepentingan bukan Melayu. Ini adalah untuk perasaan puas hati sebanyak mana yang boleh, untuk harmoni dan perpaduan negara, dan untuk kekukuhan dan kemantapan (stability) negara. Keadaan begini perlu ada disebabkan parti parti politik berdasarkan bangsa. Dalam pada itu kita perlu teruskan segala usaha untuk menimbulkan suatu bangsa Malaysia yang kukuh dan bersatu padu. Sistem sekolah satu aliran atau Satu Sekoah Untuk Semua (SSS) adalah berarah kesitu dan marilah kita terus melaungkannya.

23 07 2010
zabidi

“Bukan hendak mengajar Nik Abdul Aziz tetapi hanya sekadar mengingatkan kerana beliau tidak perlu diajar atas statusnya sebagai ulama.” –

bukan tak boleh ajar Nik Aziz………bukan tak boleh pertunjukkan betul salahnya orang tua…….. bukan semua orang sentiasa betul….. maanusia bukan malai’kat ………. tapi kalau dah ajar pun dia tak buat, apa kita boleh buat…..tolong kasi tau……moga moga ada jalan supaya dia buat………macam mana nak hilangkan dendam dia pada UMNO………..dan minat dia nak jadi Menteri Bsar sampai mati

25 07 2010
SSS Admin

zabidi,

Dibawah ini diperturunkan petikan dari komen-komen diblog lain yang boleh mmemberi penerangan kapada perkara yang dikemukakan:

tokgaru said…

Ku tujukan phrasa ini khas buat para sahabat di kalangan Penyokong Pas dan Penyokong DAP.

” Orang-orang Islam yang berkongsi dengan orang-orang kafir untuk memerintah negara, menjadi kafir atau haram ” (Hukum Dewan Ulama PAS Kelantan, Ogos 1993)

Begitulah tegasnya Nik Aziz dan begitulah juga tegasnya pimpinan-pimpinan PAS lain di dalam menentang kerjasama dengan Parti-Parti Politik Bukan Islam.

Bahkan, kita tentu masih ingat laungan di tahun-tahun lapan puluhan dan awal sembilan puluhan bahawa, PAS menentang UMNO bukan sebab namanya UMNO, tetapi sebab UMNO itu kafir, Perlembagaan UMNO adalah kafir dan UMNO berkerjasama dengan Parti-Parti Politik Kafir ”

Nadim said…

Orang biasa,

Baiklah…Lu punya reference cakap PAS tak boleh jalan Hudud pasal Perlembagaan persekutuan dan Kerajaan Persekutuan tak kasi lulus…baik.

UMNO punya cakap pulak PAS sendiri tak jalankan walaupun sultan sudah lulus diperingkat negeri. Mereka kata bertentangan dengan perlembagaan pulak.

https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=28829025&postID=6198763086081546185

Bukan so’al tidak boleh pertunjukkan orang tua. Mungkin so’al fanatiknya beberapa penganut PAS, yang sentiasa mengharapkan Tok Gurunya mengeluarkan fatwa-fatwa yang mereka boleh sebutkan disana sini, dibilabila masa, tak kira sesuai atau tidak dengan aliran perbincangan atau isu-isu yang ditimbulkan oleh pihak lain. Lihatlah tingkah laku mereka diblog yang disebutkan itu. Tok Guru yang amat dendamkan UMNO. Bila tiada Tok Guru akan tiadalah dendam itu. Ada pihak yang mahukan PAS dan UMNO bersatu tetapi usaha kearah itu bantut sebab bantahan Tok Guru. Dan dia mahu memegang jawatan selama-lamanya.

Perlu usaha berjinak-jinak dilakukan dengan mereka yang tidak fanatik didalam PAS. Terutamanya dikalangan remaja PAS yang sederhana atau moderate pendiriannya. Disni juga Pemuda UMNO diharapkan memainkan peranan yang gigih. Jangan angkuh, tetapi berkawan dan bertukar fikiran secara sama tahap. Jika Melayu didalam PAS dan UMNO bersatu, akan bekurangan rasa tidak tenteram dan keraguan masa hadapan mereka dinegara mereka sendiri.

23 07 2010
Abu

Aha, now sakmongkol is talking UMNO. One of the rare occasions I agree with him. Even so, not all.

“Umno must always behave as though it is besieged”, he says. He wouldn’t allow the Umno heartland be “taken over by NGOs such as Perkasa or allow PAS and PKR capture Umno’s source of support”.

I agree with him that “Umno must speak on the issues that it is meant to do. Speak about issues affecting Malays. Address their fears. Reassure them.”

He doesn’t like “Perkasa’s message .. that Umno under the leadership of Datuk Seri Najib Razak wants to abandon the policies laid down by the NEP. The NEP has been replaced by other policies not less committed to achieving what the NEP set out to do”. He said not true. I say quite true. Attempted, at least.

This thing about “leverage on competitiveness” – what is he talking about? It’s nonsense to talk about open competition on an unlevel playing field. But I agree with him that there have been many transgressions and abuses concerning good governance, meritocracy and transparency, cronyism and corruption.

Don’t know what “new vision of UMNO” he is talking about. There are people saying Najib’s 1Malaysia is not fully embraced by UMNO and there are grumblings about the NEM. Muhyiddin is not “playing the bad cop role”. The non-Malays and the Opposition want to drive a wedge between Najib and Muhyiddin. Good that he said “what Muhyidin has done is to take action so that Umno’s core causes are not eroded by some young upstart”. Is he by any chance referring to his idol KJ there?

Is he implying there’s a difference between 1Malaysia vision and UMNO’s mission when saying, “he (Muhyiddin) is sending the signals that while it’s true that Najib is embarking on his 1 Malaysia vision, the fundamentals of Umno’s mission and reason for existence remain”?

25 07 2010
SSS Admin

Abu,

Yes, we can echo Sakmongkol’s call for UMNO to speak on issues affecting Malays, addressing their fears and reassuring them. Dato Seri Najib has not been doing that. Maybe he has not got much to say in the desire to placate the Chinese and hope to get the PRU12 run-away votes. But perhaps he doesn’t realize that a big number of the run-away votes were Malays. He has at first hardly mentioned about NEP in his NEM. He wanted the Malays to compete on an uneven playing field. The Malays might run away again but for Perkasa, Gertak and others making noise such that he said in Parliament recently that the 30% Malay corporate wealth objective will remain in NEM. He must not take the Malays for granted.

As Sakmongkol has said, the Malays have their fears. Perkasa and others have expressed them. Now even the BN Chinese are talking about a Chinese Perkasa. Those doing so are being unreasonable; the Chinese as a community already have tremendous wealth and positions in the various professional fields. Such a greedy and racist attitude does bother the Malays some more. They don’t even appear to respect their end of the bargain – getting citizenship right for the Malay Special Position being written into the Constitution and the NEP being drawn from that.

The Malays are talking about unity among them, about UMNO and PAS getting together. UMNO itself is not clearly united. There have been frequent allegations about corruption and cronyism and comments about varying degrees of commitment towards 1Malaysia and Najib’s ideals of a progressive Malaysia. UMNO Youth appears to be in disarray and are not doing the expected in terms of rallying the young against Mat Rempitism, Bohsia-ism, Kutu Embun-ism, Rampant Sex-ism and nation-building causes; instead the Youth Head is siding with those who appear to be against the Government policy on scholarships, criticising Perkasa and the Malay NGOs, thereby creating further enmity among the Malays. If UMNO unity doesn’t come about and Malay UMNO-PAS unity doesn’t happen, attempts to exploit the situation will worsen and polarization intra and inter race may widen, leading to political instability. In that sense unstable UMNO = unstable Malaysia.

But the ex-UMNO ADUN Sakmongkol himself has not been speaking on Malay issues along acceptable lines. He keeps throwing out high fluting economic theories about market forces that would put the NEP at the back burner. Why rush the progress towards a developed nation status if it is at the expense of the NEP that was designed to bridge the economic and educational gap between the majority Malays and the 23% Chinese – that which would remove the latent and underlying cause of racial friction which, in 1969, exploded into racial riots. There are a host of other reasons determining foreign investment attractiveness. Including corruption, cronyism and nepotism. Not just among Malays, also among Chinese and Indians. Sakmongkol should talk more about these. To get Najib talk more about them. And take drastic action against them.

23 07 2010
Yeop

Isn’t that a stupid Pernyair Purba, said to be a Malay lawyer. Look at his reasoning:

1. “corruption is the reason why Umno must be brought down”.
As if the others are not corrupt. Where has he been all this while not to know it – Timbuktu?

2. “Umno is not representative of all the Malays. Even Umno’s name, United Malays National Organisation. With an English name, can it claim to represent the Malays?”
How shallow can he be with that kind of argument. How old is he?

3. “We must not allow everything from scholarships to house discounts be given to us because our parents happen to be Malay”.
What law did he study when he doesn’t even know Article 153 of the Constitution on the Special Position of the Malays and the rationale for the New Economic Policy? He must have benefitted from the NEP and now says other Malays after him need not. Bloody selfish fellow.

4. “Are we Malays so stupid that only Umno can look after our interests?”
Surely he realizes that Malays are the majority in this country and that Malaysian politics have started and developed along racial lines and that practically all parties are looking after individual communities’ interests, including those claiming to be multi-racial. The Malays are not “so stupid”. Only he is.

26 07 2010
SSS Admin

Yeop,

Stupidity is not the problem of only the uneducated. It also occurs among the professionals at times. This Malay lawyer is the kind who deserves the Malay proverb “marahkan nyamok, kelambu dibakar” (angry at the mosquito, burn the mosquito net). He is angry at corruption in UMNO but wants the whole of UMNO to be brought down. He would have been sensible, and deserving our support, if he had attacked the corrupt in UMNO, including the leaders who are not doing sufficiently to tackle corruption nation-wide.

It is pure stupidity to argue that UMNO doesn’t represent the Malays on the ground of its English name. Wonder what his argument would be if he knows that PAS is the Romanised version of the Arabic or Jawi script acronym for Party Islam Semalaya – Pa Alif Sin. Enough already with this kind of thinking.

The fact remains that UMNO has over three million members and PAS over one million members while PKR Malay membership is nowhere near that. Except for 1969 and 2008, the electorate, which has majority Malays, have returned the UMNO-led coalition to power with two-thirds majority in Parliament and handome majorities in most of the State Assemblies. UMNO has only Malays as members whereas PAS and PKR have non-Malays as well. Except for the recently appearing “out of line” and the “auto-piloting” leaders, the wants and wishes, the hopes and the aspirations of the Malays are the same as those of UMNO. UMNO membership is all encompassing, ranging from the poor peasants to the educated and the affluent. Can these facts, therefore, not form a valid claim that UMNO is representative of the Malays?

This lawyer is the so-called liberal Malay who is in fact a “pseudo liberal Malay”, who does not want scholarships and other forms of government assistance be given to Malays. As usual, Malaysian Insider, for their own political objective, loves to pick views like these to be printed in their blog and we like to pick them up and provide the other side of the coin in our blog so that hopefully Malaysians would get a balanced view of developments in the country. One would love to see proof that he has not benefited educationally etc from being a Malay and, if he has, it is outright unfair and selfish on his part to want to deny others after him from receiving those benefits.

One does wonder if he knows the rationale for the New Economic Policy – the fact that the Malays have been left far behind all those 80 years under British colonial rule, the British not helping or encouraging the Malays in business and in education, unlike they did for the Chinese, the British wanting the Malays to continue being farmers and fishermen in the kampong, looking after food production, they said. He should read the history of the independence struggle and the circumstances of Article 153 on the Spcial Position of the Malays being written into the Constitution. He should know that even in Mainland China, the Manchu Emperors gave assistance to the disadvantaged by allocating 25% of the Civil Service posts to the southern Chinese until the early 20th Century and in Malaysia the Malays are the disadvantaged.

He should know that in 1970 the Malays had only 2% wealth and less than 5% qualified in the various professional fields, and that, while the immediate cause of the 1969 racial riots had been the election victory celebrations, the latent and underlying cause had been the huge gap in the economic and educational advancement of the Malays compared to the Chinese. The NEP, derived from the Special Position of the Malays, was designed to bridge that gap to an acceptable level so that the grudges, envy and dissatisfaction can be reduced and long-term harmony prevails in the country.

24 07 2010
Adam

Yoke-lin says,

“He (Najib) has to fight his cause the way Mahathir & Ibrahim Ali are fighting for a Malay-centred cause for whatever reason. Looks like PERKASA is winning the race”.

If so, UMNO amacam?

27 07 2010
SSS Admin

Adam,

The Malays would be happy if Dato Seri Najib “fights for a Malay-centred cause”. Perkasa, Gertak and the over 100 Malay NGOs would not have been formed if he had placed the Bumiputera assistance aspects of the NEP in the NEM clearly right from the beginning. His overtures to the Chinese in terms of economic liberalisation measures, Chinese schools etc would not have appeared as giving too much attention on them.

When he announced in Parliament that the 30% corporate wealth target for the Malays will remain in NEM, it appears that Perkasa is winning. But the final version of the NEM is still not out yet. The Malays are anxiously awaiting the embodiment of the NEP objectives and measures in the NEM fully. It’s the least he could do for the Malays. The argument that NEP inhibits foreign investment is highly questionable. Those propagating that view and oppose the NEP creates racist tendencies and racial dissatisfaction which can also dampen investment mood.

UMNO is not much affected by Perkasa’s presence. Perkasa is not a political party and is merely a non-governmental organisation supported by other NGOs. UMNO members may be supporting Perkasa but there have not been reports that they have resigned from UMNO on Perkasa’s account.

25 07 2010
Arba'yah

The Malays have been simple, pleasant and friendly folks, they say not high culture. The Malays didn’t have business culture, didn’t berkira sangat, gua caya lu always, they say tak tau niaga. The Malays very reasonable, so far ask only 30% corporate wealth, they say malas, tak pandai niaga, two generations pun belom dapat 30%.

The non-Malays got citizenship right, the Malays some people say got only their Special Position written in Constitution. Kalau berkira, the Malays already rugi there.

The Chinese got good treatment from the British, tongkat also, many became very wealthy, control the economy. Professor Dato Zainal Abidin Wahid told one Seminar many years ago that Malays asked the British colonial masters to build English schools in kampongs where most Malays lived also didn’t get. The Chinese could go to many English schools in towns where most of them lived.

Now Malays ask for NEP sambung in NEM, bagi chan lah. When Perkasa and others speak up, jangan mahu dengkilah. Jangan kata mahu Perkasa Cina lah, apa lah. Be reasonable lah.

27 07 2010
SSS Admin

Arba’yah,

Here are extracts of what were written of the Malays by Frank Swettenham, who lived in Malaya 1871-1902, served as a young Officer in British Colonial Service, rose in rank and became British Resident in Selangor and Perak, Resident General of the Federated Malay States, finally Governor of the Straits Settlements and High Commissioner of the Malay States in 1901. With 30 years of experience of living and working in Malaya, Frank Swettenham should know the Malays.

“His disposition is generally kindly, his manners are polite and easy …

Above all things, he is conservative to a degree, venerate his ancient customs and traditions … has a proper respect for constitutional authority …

A Malay is intolerant of insult or slight; it is something that to him should be wiped out in blood … It is this state of blind fury that produces the amok …

He is courteous and expects courtesy in return …

The spirit of the clan is also strong in him. He acknowledges the necessity of carrying out, even blindly, the orders of his hereditary Chief, while he will protect his own relatives at all costs and make their quarrel his own.”

Let us urge for reasonableness to always be the basis of inter-racial relationship in this country.

25 07 2010
Adnan

“Islam itu bukan Pas dan Pas bukan Islam”.

Kenapa dibenarkan parti politik didaftar atas nama Islam? Kalau gitu boleh ada banyak parti politik atas nama berbagai agama diMalaysia sekarang?

28 07 2010
SSS Admin

Adnan,

Mungkin penjajah British tidak ada pilihan dizaman belom Merdeka dan membenarkan parti-parti politik didaftarkan diatas nama bangsa dan agama diMalaya pada masa itu. Mereka telah membawa masuk pekerja-pekerja Cina dan India dengan ramai bagi kepentingan memajukan ekonomi dan memungut cukai untuk dihantar keEngland, mahukan mereka dibenarkan tinggal dinegara ini selepas Merdeka dan dengan itu mahukan orang Cina juga ada parti mereka untuk memajukan kepentingan mereka apabila Melayu telah menubuhkan UMNO.

Britsh juga tidak ada pengalaman memerintah tanah jajahan yang berbagai bangsa. Australia yang bermula dengan didudukki banduan dari England juga tidak begitu ramai berbanding luasnya benua itu. Tetapi tidak pula British membawa masuk pekerja pekerja Cina dan India seperti dibuatnya diMalaya. Ini nampaknya kerana mereka anggap Australia itu kepunyaan mereka, orang kulit putih – orang-orang asli diAustralia dianggap mereka liar dan boleh diketepikan. Cilaka mereka.

DiMalaysia didalam keadaan sekarang tidak mungkin dibenarkan parti lain berdasarkan agama. Ini adalah sebab Islam addalah agama resmi dinegara ini. Membenarkan agama lain berparti adalah tidak selaras dengan kedudukan agama Islam itu.

26 07 2010
Perwira

Bukankah Melayu sekarang melihat hasil dinasti Tun Razak yang bukan dibinanya sendiri tetapi melalui hormat Melayu kapada pemimpin yang disanjung tinggi itu? Najib diberi tempat politik semata mata kerana mengenangkan ayahnya Tun Razak.

Bukankah sistem dinasti itu tidak semestinya cemerlang diMalaysia? DiSingapura Lee Kuan Yew ada membimbing, mencuit dan mungkin memiat telinga jika anaknya buat tak betul. Najib bersendirian. Diberi berbagai kemudahan, ditatang, menjadi Menteri Besar Pahang dan Timbalan Menteri dimasa amat muda. Betul nama nya boleh membawa undi dimasa itu tetapi dia dicalonkan dikawasan yang selamat.

Bukankah Najib diundi jadi Ketua Pemuda UMNO dsbnya kerana Melayu (perwakilan) mahu senang, tak payah susah susah memikirkan siapa mahu diundi diantara calon-calon kerana dia ada nama? So’alnya, adakah dia cemerlang prestasinya dimasa-masa yang lalu?

Sekarang kita lihat Melayu semangkin berpecah. Sudahlah berpecah tiga diantara UMNO, PAS dan PKR (sejak Abdullah Badawi), tetapi juga tidak “ngam” diantara MT dan Pemuda UMNO. Pemuda pula berpecah tiga diantara penyokong calon-calon Ketua Pemua UMNO dipemilihan yang lalu. Dan Najib nampaknya condong kapada bangsa lain, tidak kapada bangsa Melayu yang UMNO mewakilinya sejak 50 tahun yang lalu. Risaukan hak dan kepentingan Melayu tidak terjaga, Perkasa, Gertak dan lain-lainnya telah mengambil tindakan berkenaan dengannya. Maka berpecah lagi Melayu dibuatnya. Dan dieksploitasi lagi oleh yang lain lain.

Bolehkah timbul pemimpin yang tegas dan berani memimpin Negara ini berdasarkan hal bahawa Melayu adalah majority dinegara ini dan, dengan itu, perlu diberi perhatian dan layanan yang lebih? Tegas dan berani mengikis rasuah dan kronisme yang melanda-landa?

28 07 2010
SSS Admin

Perwira,

Seperti yang ditulis Frank Swettenham dan disebut dijawapan kami kapada Arba’yah diatas, tabi’at Melayu adalah

“Above all things, he is conservative to a degree, venerate his ancient customs and traditions … has a proper respect for constitutional authority … The spirit of the clan is also strong in him. He acknowledges the necessity of carrying out, even blindly, the orders of his hereditary Chief, while he will protect his own relatives at all costs and make their quarrel his own.”

“Conservatism” itu masih lagi ada dipemikiran kaum Melayu, “Ancient customs and traditons” itu termasuk hormat kapada pembesar. Maka DS Najib disanjung tinggi kerana dia anak Tun A Razak. Pendiriannya berkenaan sekolah Cina boleh dilihat sejak masa dia menjadi Menteri Pelajaran. Mungkin dia mempercayai dirinya “liberal” tetapi dia tidak memegang kuat kapada hal bahawa Perkara 152 Perlembagaan berkenaan Bahasa Malaysia sebagai Bahasa Kebangsaan. Dia tidak dapat dikatakan sebagi seorang pemimpin yang berani yang boleh diharap mengambil tindakan yang tegas berkenaan sistem sekolah satu aliran. Melayu yang tidak lagi “conservative” telah menubuhkan Perkasa, Gertak dan lebih 100 NGO yang mengeluarkan suara, termasuk diperhimpunan Melayu Bangkit diKuala Trengganu tidak lama dahulu.

Berpecahnya Melayu telah sampai ketahap banyak yang bukan sahaja sedar bahawa keadaan itu dieksploitasi pihak-pihak lain, tetapi juga mahu mencoba mendapatkan UMNO dan PAS bersatu atau berkerjasama. Diblog blog banyak penyokong-penyokong DAP lantang mengeluarkan pendapat yang tidak mahukannya berlaku, malah mahu memukul pasak atau “drive a wedge” diantara kedua parti itu, sebab PAS telah bergabong dengan DAP dan mereka telah mendapat banyak faedah diPRU12. DAP sedar bahawa dengan tidak ada gabungan seperti itu, harapan mereka mendapat kuasa adalah tipis sekali.

Kemungkinan timbulnya pemimpin yang berani dan tegas itu ada. Pembelaan Bahasa Malaysia, pengikisan rasuah dan kronyism, dan sebagainya, perlu dilakukan. Kita perlu harap dan do’akan supaya akan timbul pemimpin yang berani mengambil tindakan seperti itu sebelom keadaan diMalaysia ini hancur.

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