Why They Are Not Respecting the Constitution of the Country

28 08 2010

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If everybody respects the Constitution and lives by it fully, there will be much less problems in the country. There will be not much antagonism and hate, racist comments, slurs and outright condemnation of the acts and utterances of various individuals and groups. No loud calls for respect for Bahasa Malaysia, the Malay Special Position, the questioning of the Bumiputera rights and privileges and the reciprocal questioning of the right to citizenship of those who do it. The racial divide would not be as wide as it is today.

The Constitution is the highest set of laws in the country. All other laws emanate from it and must not contradict it or be ultra vires. It was drafted after consultations with the leaders of the major communities before independence. It was discussed and approved by the representatives of practically all the races at the time of independence in 1957 and the formation of Malaysia in 1963.

Why they are not respecting it? All sorts. Of reasons and of people. Those who don’t know enough of the history of the country. Those who have little knowledge about and feelings of loyalty and patriotism to the country. Those who do not appreciate the need for racial harmony and unity. Those who have their own political or social agenda.

Given below are excerpts from articles that show all the above.

Racial polarization is increasing by the day now. Some have called it a time bomb, ticking fast. Many have expressed fears that it might explode and destabilize the nation. Let’s discuss these.

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Menghormati Ideologi Negara

oleh Asan Ali Golam Hassan, Professor Madya Sastera dan Ekonomi, Universiti Utara Malaysia.

August 20, 2010 –

Dasar Ekonomi Baru, iaitu bagaimana agihan kekayan ekonomi negara seharusnya dilaksanakan dengan matlamat akhirnya untuk mencapai perpaduan adalah sebahagian daripada ideologi negara yang wajar difahami dan dihormati oleh semua warganegara.

Tanpa adanya satu ideologi negara yang saling diterima dan dihormati, matlamat pertumbuhan ekonomi, pengagihan yang saksama, kestabilan politik dan perpaduan nasional tidak mungkin dapat dicapai.

Rukun Negara adalah ideologi Malaysia. Ia bermatlamat untuk menyatukan pelbagai kaum di Malaysia dalam satu ideologi nasional. Ia diisytiharkan kepada semua warganegara Malaysia pada sambutan Hari Kemerdekaan 1970 iaitu selepas peristiwa 13 Mei 1969 dan sebelum DEB itu dilaksanakan.

DEB dirangka sebagai alat pembangunan ekonomi kepada ideologi pembinaan negara Malaysian iaitu merupakan asas kesejahteraan ekonomi Rukun Negara. DEB tidak boleh bergerak tanpa semua rakyat memahami dan berazam untuk mencapai ideologi negara (Rukun Negara).

Matlamat pengagihan yang saksama terkandung dalam Rukun Negara “kekayaan negara akan dibahagikan secara saksama” dan mula dilaksanakan melalui DEB. Matlamat akhir DEB ialah perpaduan nasional, seperti yg digariskan dalam perisytiharan Rukun Negara, “berazam untuk mencapai perpaduan bagi semua rakyatnya”.

RUKUN NEGARA

Perisytiharan negara kita, Malaysia, berazam

* Untuk mencapai perpaduan bagi semua rakyatnya;

* Untuk mengekalkan cara hidup berdemokrasi;

* Untuk mewujudkan masyarakat yang adil di mana kekayaan negara akan dibahagikan secara saksama;

* Untuk memastikan pendekatan liberal kepada tradisi budayanya yang kuat dan pelbagai;

* Untuk membina masyarakat progresif yang menuju ke arah sains dan teknologi moden

KAMI, rakyatnya, berikrar menyatukan usaha untuk mencapai matlamat ini menurut prinsip-prinsip berikut;

Kepercayaan kepada Tuhan

Kesetiaan kepada Raja dan Negara

Keluhuran Perlembagaan

Kedaulatan Undang-Undang

Kesopanan dan Kesusilaan

“KAMI, berikrar menyatukan usaha untuk mencapai matlamat menurut” salah satunya ialah Keluhuran Perlembagaan”.

Jelas, Keluhuran Perlembagaan adalah satu idelogi negara yang menjadi pedoman dan dihormati oleh semua pihak. Maka isu pengagihan dan hak orang Melayu termasuk bumiputera Sabah, Sarawak dan masyarakat Orang Asli seperti yang dinyatakan dalam Perkara 153 tidak seharus dianggap sebagai satu diskriminasi kerana ia adalah sebahagian daripada Perlembagaan Malaysia yang merupakan salah satu daripada intipati ideologi negara yang kita telah berikrar untuk mencapainya.

Tun Salleh Abas, bekas Ketua Hakim Negara (dalam buku “Constitution, Law and Judiciary”) ada menyebut, “bagi sesiapa yang tidak bersetuju dengan Perlembagaan Malaysia, dia akan sentiasa tidak bersetuju dengan Rukun Negara.”

Ideologi negara termasuk juga Perlembagaan Malaysia tidak menyebut dengan jelas bagaimana kaum pribumi akan dibantu dalam meningkatkan taraf hidup mereka. Oleh itu, Rangka Rancangan Jangka Panjang (RRJP) kerajaan diolah supaya seiring dengan apa yg telah ditetapkan oleh ideologi negara.

RRJP ini bermula dengan Dasar Ekonomi Baru (1971-1991) kemudian Dasar Pembangunan Nasional (1991-2000), Dasar Wawasan Negara (2001-2010) dan kini Model Baru Ekonomi (2011-2020).

DEB merupakan suatu proses “kejuruteraan sosial” berlandaskan kontrak sosial 1957 untuk mencapai matlamat perpaduan kaum melalui pembasmian kemiskinan dan penyusunan semula masyarakat.

Pencapaian matlamat DEB sangat bergantung kepada pertumbuhan ekonomi negara, iaitu bagaimana pertumbuhan itu kemudiannya akan diagihkan bagi mencapai matlamat pengagihan.

Sejak DEB dilancarkan, pembangunan kepada kepelbagaian ekonomi, penekanan kepada pembangunan luar bandar, pengurangan kemiskinan dan penyusunan semula masyarakat telah menjadi objektif utama pembangunan ekonomi negara. Matlamat perancangan pembangunan ialah “pertumbuhan dan pengagihan yang saksama.

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Tanpa bantuan agensi-agensi kerajaan ini, kaum pribumi sukar untuk bersaing kerana mereka bermula pada tahap perniagaan atau kemahiran yang berbeza. Pengerusi pertama Bank Bumiputera Datuk Roslan Abdullah pernah membandingkan apa yang berlaku dengan perumpamaan sebuah kereta Jaguar yang memotong Morris Minor dan terus hilang dari pandangan.

Matlamat ideologi negara juga diserapkan Misi Nasional iaitu satu rangka kerja dasar dan pelaksanaan bagi mencapai matlamat Wawasan 2020. Misi Nasional memberi penekanan kepada peningkatan keupayaan negara untuk bersaing di peringkat global, memperkukuh perpaduan negara serta pengagihan pendapatan serta kualiti hidup yang lebih baik.

Teras ketiga Misi Nasional ialah menangani masalah ketidaksamaan sosioekonomi secara membina dan produktif sangat berkait rapat dengan ideologi negara – “kekayaan negara akan dibahagikan secara saksama”.

Model Baru Ekonomi (2011-2020) dan Rancangan Malaysia Kesepuluh (2011-2015) juga terus memberi penekanan kepada meningkatkan potensi menjana pendapatan, pencapaian pendidikan dan kemahiran bagi isi rumah berpendapatan rendah.

Strategi juga dirangka bagi meningkatkan taraf hidup golongan yang terpinggir dari arus perdana pembangunan ekonomi negara yang meliputi kaum pribumi Sabah, Sarawak, masyarakat Orang Asli di Semenanjung, bantuan-bantuan kewangan dan meningkatkan akses kepada infrastruktur di kampung-kampung baru Cina dan pekerja ladang.

Tindakan afirmatif berhubung langkah membantu pribumi dalam Model Baru Ekonomi akan lebih berasaskan kepada mesra pasaran, lebih berasaskan merit, lebih telus dan berdasarkan keperluan.

Menurut Datuk Seri Najib Razak, semasa membentang Model Baru Ekonomi “objektif asalnya masih lagi relevan, namun, sudah tiba masanya untuk kita menilai kembali pelaksanaan DEB. Kita akan menyasarkan pencapaian matlamat yang sama tetapi dengan mengubah cara kita melaksanakannya.”

“1 Malaysia” yang juga merangkumi “pertumbuhan dan pengagihan yang saksama” perlu diterjemahkan dalam bentuk pelaksanaan, iaitu bagaimana kesaksamaan, kesamarataan dan kekitaan akan diintegrasikan dengan ideologi negara terutamanya perkara-perkara yang jelas terkandung dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

Matlamat akhir “1 Malaysia” ialah perpaduan yang berkaitan secara langsung dengan teras ketiga Misi Nasional, iaitu menangani masalah ketidaksamaan sosio ekonomi secara membina dan produktif.

Ia sangat berkait rapat dengan ideologi negara “kekayaan negara akan dibahagikan secara saksama” dan “berazam untuk mencapai perpaduan bagi semua rakyatnya” seperti yang terkandung dalam Rukun Negara.

Cabaran utama kini ialah bagaimana hendak mengintegrasikan budaya kecemerlangan, prinsip meritokrasi melalui agihan kek ekonomi dengan berkonsepkan peluang untuk semua dengan ideologi negara dalam merangka perancangan pembangunan dengan maltamat akhir, iaitu pencapaian taraf negara maju yang makmur tanpa membelakangkan ideologi negara iaitu RUKUN NEGARA.

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Perlembagaan Digugat?

oleh Awang Selamat, Kolumnis Mingguan Malaysia

August 22, 2010 –

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Antaranya kempen penerangan yang agresif oleh NGO pro-pembangkang atas nama mengetahui hak dalam perlembagaan tetapi sebenarnya bertujuan mendapatkan input bagi menilai semula perlembagaan. Begitu juga isu-isu berkaitan perlembagaan yang diolah secara tersirat oleh beberapa pihak dan ghairah pula disiarkan oleh akhbar bahasa ibunda dan portal berita tertentu. Malah ada akhbar berbahasa Inggeris turut terikut dengan agenda yang sama. Jika tidak percaya, lakukanlah kajian

Ini meliputi isu-isu berkaitan Islam sebagai agama rasmi, kedudukan Raja-raja Melayu, bahasa Melayu, hak keistimewaan Melayu, kontrak sosial dan kepentingan institusi-institusi awam. Kalau dalam sebahagian blog, ia lebih ketara dengan diwarnai kempen dan sentiment Misi Ke Putrajaya iaitu bagi membantu parti sebuah kaum untuk memerintah negara selepas pilihan raya umum ke-13 nanti. Institusi raja, Islam dan kedudukan istimewa Melayu yang terlindung di bawah Perlembagaan negara, diperlekehkan dan dihina. Awang melihat ini semua sebagai ancaman keselamatan dan bimbang akan tiba saat ledakannya.

Maka sebarang pencabulan terhadap Perlembagaan negara perlu ditentang habis-habisan. Kepentingan kaum yang keterlaluan dan berbahaya tidak seharusnya dibiarkan mengatasi keunggulan Perlembagaan. Banyak pemimpin kaum minoriti di luar negara begitu menjunjung perlembagaan.

Presiden Amerika Syarikat, Barack Obama misalnya, sejak di awal penglibatan dalam politik berikrar mempertahankan perlembagaan dan tidak pernah tergelincir daripada asas tersebut. Di negara-negara lain juga senarionya begitu.

Maknanya, apa sekalipun aliran dan perbezaan ideologi di kalangan parti-parti politik, perlembagaan sesebuah negara perlu dipertahankan oleh semua pihak tanpa mengira agama mahupun etnik. Tetapi sebahagian pemimpin
pembangkang di negara ini tidak begitu. Mereka terlalu rasis dengan berselindung di sebalik demokrasi, kebebasan bersuara dan kononnya atas nama penambahbaikan kaum. Mainan muslihat untuk kaum mereka, begitu dahsyat.

Lebih memburukkan keadaan, ada pemimpin pembangkang Melayu yang bersama-sama berkongsi aspirasi itu demi memburu kuasa. Pemimpin Melayu itu hanya berdiam sahaja apabila perlembagaan negara dijadikan sasaran. Siapa pun kita, kita harus menjadi warga negara yang taat dan setia kepada negara. Maka Awang cabar parti-parti pembangkang untuk menyatakan ikrar menjunjung sepenuhnya perlembagaan negara. Jika berani dan bertanggungjawab, sahutlah.

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Sanggupkah DAP, PKR, PAS isytihar pertahankan Perlembagaan? — Mohd Azim Syafi
August 25, 2010

Banyak seruan dibangkitkan supaya orang Melayu bersatu untuk mempertahankan Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

Perlembagaan adalah sesuatu yang sangat luhur dan tidak sepatutnya dibiarkan diganggu-gugat oleh orang politik yang mempunyai kepentingan peribadi.

Perlembagaan adalah panduan hidup bermasyarakat dalam negara majmuk ini. Khabarnya, perancangan untuk mengubah Perlembagaan itu sudah dimulakan selepas pembangkang berjaya mencatat kemenangan besar dalam Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-12 lalu.

Mereka sudah berangan-angan bahawa langkah untuk menawan Putrajaya semakin hampir dan selepas cubaan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (Ketua Pembangkang) untuk membeli wakil rakyat Barisan Nasional (BN) gagal, maka perkara ini mula dirancang.

Kebetulan, langkah Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak memperkenalkan gagasan 1 Malaysia untuk mencapai perpaduan kaum pula diperalatkan sebagai saluran mendesak kesamarataan.

Jadi, kita kena berhati-hati. Sejak tahun 2008, kedudukan berkaitan dengan Islam sebagai agama rasmi, kedudukan Raja-raja Melayu, bahasa Melayu, hak keistimewaan Melayu, kontrak sosial dan kepentingan institusi-institusi awam yang terlindung di bawah Perlembagaan negara selalu diperlekehkan dan dihina.

Saya sedih, keharmonian dan perpaduan Barisan Nasional ketika era Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Abdul Razak, malah Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad kini semakin hilang.

Baru-baru ini, Mufti Perak, Harussani Zakaria mendedahkan tentang ada “perlembagaan baru” dibuat oleh pihak tertentu bagi menggantikan Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

Saya bimbang, jika kerajaan tidak bertindak menggunakan kuasa yang ada padanya, kestabilan negara akan rosak dan punah.

Saya percaya usaha untuk menulis perlembagaan baru ini digerakkan oleh parti politik tertentu. Motifnya untuk membawa Malaysia menjadi sebuah negara republik.

Tetapi, walau apa pun usaha untuk menulis semula kandungan Perlembagaan, ia digerakkan dengan memburuk-burukkan institusi raja-raja kerana tanpa persetujuan Majlis Raja-Raja semua pindaan tidak akan diluluskan. Sebab itu ada cubaan supaya orang Melayu sendiri membenci dan merobohkan institusi Raja-raja supaya senang mereka merungkai asas kenegaraan, bagi mengikut acuan gagasan parti tertentu.

Saya berasa hairan sikap mereka yang mengaku warga Malaysia yang mahu mencabul Perlembagaan negara.

Banyak pemimpin kaum minoriti di luar negara amat menjunjung perlembagaan. Presiden Amerika Syarikat, Barack Obama misalnya, sejak di awal penglibatan dalam politik berikrar mempertahankan perlembagaan dan tidak pernah tergelincir daripada asas tersebut. Di negara-negara lain juga senarionya begitu.

Maknanya, apa sekalipun aliran dan perbezaan ideologi di kalangan parti politik, perlembagaan sesebuah negara perlu dipertahankan oleh semua pihak tanpa mengira agama mahupun etnik.

Saya bersetuju dengan pandangan Awang Selamat di bawah tajuk Perlembagaan digugat? dalamBisik-Bisik Mingguan, Ahad lalu yang mencabar para pemimpin pembangkang tampil menyatakan pendirian dan sekaligus berikrar untuk sama-sama mempertahankan dan menjunjung sepenuhnya Perlembagaan negara.

Sehingga kini saya belum membaca kenyataan daripada pemimpin parti pembangkang tentang usaha mempertahankan Perlembagaan.

Saya teringin mendengar kenyataan mengenai kesanggupan dan ikrar pemimpin DAP, PKR dan PAS untuk mempertahankan Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

Jika mereka enggan atau berdolak-dalih, jelaslah mereka mempunyai agenda yang sedang kita perkatakan ini. — Utusan Malaysia

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

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/breakingviews/article/sanggupkah-dap-pkr-pas-isytihar-pertahankan-perlembagaan-mohd-azim-syafi/

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Is it time to let go of our Constitution? — Lingswaran Singh (www.loyarburok.com)
August 24, 2010

AUG 24 — Back in 1956, a constitutional conference was held in London. It was attended by Tunku Abdul Rahman, three other ministers, four representatives of the Malay Rulers, and by the British High Commissioner in Malaya and his advisers.

A Commission headed by Lord William Reid, and consisting of constitutional experts from Commonwealth countries was appointed by the Queen and the Malay Rulers (Reid Commission).

The Constitution of Malaya was drafted on the advice of the Reid Commission which conducted a study in 1956. The Constitution came into force on 27 August 1957.

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This document did not come from the people of Malaya; it came from the very people who colonised us.

Some say it is a symbol of our independence; the question is, when have we ever been dependent?

And it can never be a symbol of freedom. Ironically, it is a document which propagates the ideas of the elite that we have enslaved ourselves to.

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Freedom is not something you gain; it is something that you are born with.

We need no recognition to be free; we just need not be enslaved.

As the wise Jean Jacques Rousseau said, “Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains”, and so are we, to the Federal Constitution of Malaysia, 1957.

Many Malaysians fiercely protect the Federal Constitution, giving it unreasonable credit for various purposes, not knowing that it is the most abused document of law in Malaysia. A tool which legitimises any act of the Executive, be it right or wrong.

Many argue that the actions of the Executive are subject to the scrutiny of the courts of law, the so-called guardians of the Constitution that protect, preserve and defend the Constitution from legislative changes or other attacks. The question remains however: do we even need a Constitution?

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Our fundamental rights are universal in nature, rights so sacred that it is inalienable to us. There is no need for a document to protect these rights.

Has the Federal Constitution of Malaysia done any good in providing for or even protecting these rights? Have the courts stopped the Executive from infringing these rights or have they legitimised the infringements? In my view, the courts have done nothing but legitimise the infringements of civil liberties, which cases such as Stephen Kalong Ningkan, Assa Singh and Karam Singh bear witness.

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We do not need a Constitution to ensure that our rights are guaranteed, we need liberty, we need compassion, we need equality, we need honesty, and most of all we need justice. That is all we need to ensure our rights.

That is all we need for a better Malaysia.

It is time we set ourselves free, it is time we tell ourselves that it is alright to let go of our Constitution.

* Lingswaran Singh has been a LoyarBurokker since he was 5. He speaks an open but disinterested language, dictated not by passion but that of humanity. Independence is his happiness, and he views things as they are without regard to place or person. His country is the world, and his religion is to do good. He too is an emissary of Lord Bobo Barnabus, tasked to enlighten Malaysians through loyarburok.com, this awesome blawg leading the quest for world domination.

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

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/breakingviews/article/is-it-time-to-let-go-of-our-constitution-lingswaran-singh-www.loyarburok.com/


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28 08 2010
abda

Aiyyoyo, that loyarburuk fellow want Constution to go oso? He speaking the Constution did not come from Malayan people. If he loyar he should known the Constution was debate in Parliment two times, yo. At Malaya Merdeka time and at Malaysia time. What man he.

28 08 2010
Dot

Is he a lawyer? Doesn’t sound one the way he talks there.

He does not know much about history. Whatever political ideology he subscribes to, he does not know history when he questioned about independence and asked “when have we ever been dependent?”

Unless he belongs to the subversive group which wants to change the history of this country. That kind doesn’t respect the Constitution.

30 08 2010
SSS Admin

Dot,

One even wonders whether he intended his article to be comical. It is a joke by any political ideology to question Malaya’s independence and to ask whether we have ever been dependent. He appears so skewed about being independent to practice his apparently new found religious belief that he was prepared to imply that we have not been ruled by the British for about 80 years.

He should know that religious freedom exists in this country to the extent that even the Christians want to use the term “Allah” to refer to their God which comprises of a Trinity of The Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, in contradiction with and to the annoyance of Muslims who believe that Allah is the ONE and ONLY God. Especially when Islam is the official religion of the country and the word “Tuhan” sufficiently serves their purpose. But, like in all countries all over the world, there must be limits to freedom, and freedom is never absolute. Wanting “world domination” in whatever form appears to have exceeded that limit.

Indeed there has been the group that wants to change the history of the country. Calling the communist terrorist Chin Peng and the Malayan Communist Party as nationalists, wildly alleging that the Malays started the Larut Wars of the 19th Century instead of the constantly warring clans killing each other involving secret societies thugs and gangsters brought into Perak from Penang. The communists received material and moral support from communist China and Communist International, wanting to set up a communist Republic aligned with if not under the tutelage of mainland China. They fought the democratically elected Malayan Government even after the British have left the country. And Malayan history written by established academicians and others have all regarded them as traitors, never as nationalists. True, those people and their present day sympathisers do not respect the Constitution and may be classified as the subversive group.

29 08 2010
SSS Admin

abda,

We are not sure if he is a lawyer and don’t find it worth the effort to google this kind of a person. He speaks about what the average Malaysian may not understand and may get confused or misled e.g “an open but disinterested language, dictated not by passion but that of humanity. Independence … and he views things as they are without regard to place or person. His country is the world, and his religion is to do good. He too is an emissary of Lord Bobo Barnabus, tasked to enlighten Malaysians through loyarburok.com, this awesome blawg leading the quest for world domination.” World domination is something that even the Americans and the Russians could never achieve.

Lingswaran Singh appears to be Sikh in origin but the Missionary Order of St. Barnabas appears to be one of the numerous Christian religious sects, claiming in one website as “an ecumenical order with vows of Charity, Stability, Obedience and Prayer”. If that is so, he has broken one of the first tenets of the religion – obedience. If he has converted to Christianity, he has not obeyed the Sikh religion and shunned it. Viewing things “without regard to place or person” and speaking about “world domination” shows he has broken another tenet of what he preaches – Stability. No stability can be achieved with those words he used.

There may therefore be not much in his views about the Constitution of the country. He does not respect the Constitution because of his declared agenda.

28 08 2010
Vincent

He is not talking about amending the Constitution, is he? He wants the Constitution to simply be abandoned. “We do not need a Constitution to ensure that our rights are guaranteed”, he said.

This is a very strange view. Is he an anarchist?

Isn’t this the type of people that cause a lot of problems in the country today?

29 08 2010
SSS Admin

Vincent,

No, he does not appear to be talking about amending the Constitution and he does appear to want the Constitution be simply abandoned.

A Constitution is one that sets laws and dictates subsidiary rules and regulations. Without the Constitution there will be no law and order. The first thing a military coup d’etat regime usually does is to suspend or simply disregard the Constitution of the country. This often happened in Africa and among the so-called Banana Republics. A responsible military regime (which is hardly found the world over) would take over the country to set the country along the correct path and save it from the chaos and disorder that it sees as prevailing. It then hands the country back to democratic rule. In the case of the Emergency rule headed by Tun A Razak as a result of the 13 May 1969 racial riots, the Constitution was suspended, the military was asked to play the role of restoring law and order and protecting the safety of the citizens and property. Tun Razak had Parliament re-convened and democratic rule came back after less than 2 years.

Anarchists are akin to communists. They both do not mind a state of chaos and disorder and they usually thrive when such situations exist. They then offer salvation through the so-called “alternatives” they offer. We hear the word “alternative” being bandied about by opposition politicians in the country now.

Those who have been promoting the so-called Malaysian Malaysia concept have brought about tense feelings in the country as that concept subverts the Special Position of the majority Malays and the Bumiputeras of Sabah and Sarawak. In 1969, it led to racial riots. That concept is still perpetrated to day. Those who do so do not respect the Constitution – equality in this country has to take into account the Special Position of the Malays and the Bumiputeras as stated under Article 153 of the Constitution. That slogan has caused a lot of problems in the country. Particularly in the area of racial harmony and long-term unity.

28 08 2010
Semerah Padi

Dasar Ekonomi Baru, iaitu bagaimana agihan kekayan ekonomi negara seharusnya dilaksanakan dengan matlamat akhirnya untuk mencapai perpaduan adalah sebahagian daripada ideologi negara yang wajar difahami dan dihormati oleh semua warganegara.” – Asan Ali Golam Hassan, Professor Madya Sastera dan Ekonomi, Universiti Utara

Nampaknya apabila DS Najib tergesa-gesa dengan Model Ekonomi Baru (MEB)nya, dengan membuang DEB, beliau sendiri tidak faham dan tidak hormat kepada dasar yang digubal oleh pemimpin terdahulu, yakni DEB.

Atau apakah DS Najib hanya bergantung dan mendengar kata penasihat-penasihat di sekeliling beliau? Siapa penasihat-penasihat ini? Isteri beliau? Omar Ong? kaki-kaki Tingkat 4?

30 08 2010
SSS Admin

Semerah Padi,

Sejak selepas pergaduhan kaum di tahun 1969, tujuan Dasar Ekonomi Bahru memanglah menyatu padukan berbagai kaum dinegara ini. DEB digubal dari Kedudukan Istimewa Melayu dan Bumiputera Sabah dan Sarawak diPerkara 153 Perlembagaan. Nyata ideologi negara merangkumi DEB. Yang membangkang konsep DEB tidak menhormati Perlembagaan Negara. Dan apa yang dipanggil Kontrak Sosial dimana bukan Melayu diberi kerakyatan dan Melayu dapat Kedudukan Istimewanya, yang diakui British sediakala ada “since day one”, dirakam kedalam Perlembagaan negara.

Maka sebab mereka membangkang termasuk: tidak tahu sejarah secara mendalam, pendirian chauvinis atau apa yang dipanggil “ultra kiasu”, tidak cukup dengan kaumnya sudah mempunyai begitu banyak kekayaan dan mengusasai ekonomi negara, mahu menyekat Melayu dan Bumiputera yang bahru mula menjelajah lapangan perniagaan dan mengumpul harta.

Tujuan DS Najib mahu mencapai tahap ekonomi negara maju memang baik. Tapi melakukannya dengan tidak mengambil kira kepentingan kaum majoriti negara ini adalah tidak baik. Rasanya, bukanlah so’al dia tidak faham DEB. Mungkin dia tidak hormat DEB. Lebih penting lagi, dia menggelabar mengejar undi sehingga sanggup mengenepikan DEB. Itu amat tidak baik. Dia sudah di”tentang” secara terbuka oleh Perkasa, Gertak, Melayu Bangkit dan lebih 100 NGO Melayu. Banyak lagi menentang secara tidak terbuka, merungut, memaki hamun tidak dihadapan khalayak ramai. Sungut rungut dan ketidak puasan hati Melayu berkenaan dengannya akan buruk padahnya kapada UMNO dan Barisan Nasionalnya. Dia perlu mendengar nasihat dan syor syor selain dari Tingkat Empatnya.

28 08 2010
Anak Jantan

Sir,

1. Those wanting Mandarin and Tamil as the medium of instruction in schools are not respecting the Constitution – Article 152 says Bahasa Malaysia is the National Language.

2. Those commenting against and questioning the Special Position of the Malays and the Bumiputeras of Sabah and Sarawak are not only not respecting the Constitution but are also seditious – Article 153 spells out the Special Position and it has been added to the list of items protected under the Sedition Act 1948.

3. Those wanting and supporting the use of the word “Allah” are not respecting the Constitution – the Constitution says Islam is the official religion of the country and “Allah” describes the God of Islam, which is One and only, cannot be the God of the Christians which takes the form of the Trinity of The Father, the son and the holy spirit.

Politicians exploit them, Sir. They say politics is dirty but I think politicians are dirty.

28 08 2010
Sher

Btw, has anybody questioned the wealth of the Chinese? Did anybody say they should not have it?

I tot the Malays r only asking for a fair share of the wealth of the country.

31 08 2010
SSS Admin

Sher,

We don’t think anybody questions Chinese wealth. Envy maybe. But they work hard for it and deserve to have it and keep it. Nobody should try to take away what people already have. The NEP has been a matter of allocating a share of the new economic cake to the Malays and the Bumipteras of Sabah and Sarawak, who form the vast majority of the population (nearly 70%) but left far behind economically and educationally, largely due to British colonial policies.

The problems started when the chauvinistic Chinese started to demand more and more, even denying the need for the Malays and Bumiputeras be assisted to catch up. When the Chinese have been assisted by the British in many ways to do business during British colonial rule and the Malays and Bumiputeras were not – not even encouraged to do business because they wanted the Malays to continue to be farmers and fishermen – to “look after food production (rice and fish) for the country”, they said. And the Chinese and others are also still assisted to do business until today. Look at the many licenses they get. Even the monopolistic ones e.g lotteries, satellite TV, etc. They get most of the sub-contracts for Government jobs and they monopolise the private sector contracts which even exceed in total value the total of Government contracts.

And now the Chinese are even wanting the NEP be taken away. DAP Tony Pua put up an unacceptable proposal on the Bumiputera housing discount and the MCA Economic Congress resolution called for the abolition of the 30% Bumi equity. These are not only seditious, they are dangerous to harmonious relations and national unity. The housing discount proposal may be a qualified one but the whole idea of touching on the rights and privileges of the Malays are repulsive to them. Now the Malays are questioning the right of citizenship for the Chinese and their descendants. Those Chinese are not respecting the Constitution as far as the Special Position of the Malayas and the Bumiputeras of Sabah and Sarawak are concerned. In the two instances stated above the reason may be the rivalry between the political parties in attracting Chinese voters and these boil down to political expediency.

All these do not augur well for peace and stability in the country. Let us be reasonable and avoid touching on the sensitivities of others in the interest of peace and unity.

30 08 2010
SSS Admin

Anak Jantan,

As for the reasons why – some have been mentioned in our replies to the earlier comments. One or two may need repeating in the English Language for those not proficient in Bahasa Malaysia, and the following includes additional reasons as well:

1. A section of the population chooses to isolate themselves by language, social values and norms of behaviour. They do not mix inter-racially and are not in the mainstream of society. These include those sticking to and patronising vernacular schools which do not use the National Language as the medium of instruction. They are not exposed to, do not understand and are indifferent to concepts of loyalty to King and country, of nationalism and patriotism. Right now there are many complaints on the lack of exuberance, or even plain pride, in displaying national flags for the 31 August National Day celebrations.

2. The culture that respects material wealth, of life in the hereafter that also needs material wealth and comforts, of profit taking, doing business and accumulation of wealth, has its adherents generally become successful in the material sense. Perhaps to the extent that often in the process, other aspects of life, like respect for the Constitution may take a back seat. Conversely, a culture that believes in the adage that one doesn’t bring one’s worldly possessions to the grave had placed the idea of material wealth and comforts as secondary, though perhaps changing a little recently. Over a period of over one and a half centuries since the non-Malays came in big numbers to this country, it resulted in the Chinese being far ahead economically compared to the majority Malays and Bumiputeras. With the advent of the NEP designed to reduce the economic gap, a clash of cultures of sorts emerged, resulting in non-acceptance of the affirmative action taken under NEP and raising issues that show disrespect for Article 153 of the Constitution.

3. Politicians are of course known to exploit practically any issue that can bring them political mileage. To many, the end justifies the means. One shot dead a political opponent many years ago. Frog hopping, climbing tables, standing up in State Legislative Assembly regalia and formal attire and shouting to political opponents. Those with a declared political agenda like the so-called Malaysian Malaysia outwardly appears to be asking for equal rights. But in Malaysia equal rights must take into account the Special Position of the Malays and the Bumiputeras of Sabah and Sarawak stipulated under Article 153 of the Constitution and protected under the Sedition Act. Unqualified and persistent pursuit of that slogan shows disrespect for the Constitution.

However, what is important is what we do to correct the wrongs and improve the situation. Let us continue discussing these.

29 08 2010
dinturtle

Salam Tuan Admin,

Loyarmabuk is forever in the state of mabuk. Wonder if he could just name one nation that upholds all he preaches… everything also want free…dom. where got mah ? u live in the jungle also got to follow the unwritten rules of the jungle..

His world does exists, but entrance only when u mabuk !

31 08 2010
SSS Admin

dinturtle,

It’s totally unacceptable to question our independence and it is unwitting, to say the least, to ask if we have ever been dependent. Whatever religious belief he professes and wants to promote, being anti-constitution is plainly anathema and goes against the moral fibre of all decent Malaysian citizens who respect law and order and want to live in peace.

It smacks of irresponsibility to talk about obedience yet not obeying, even calling for the abandonment of, the Constitution of the country. And if he is a lwayer, he should have known better. We are unsure how much regard people have for him and his blog. Perhaps we are making a mountain out of a molehill. But the message must be put out loud and clear: respect the Constitution of the country fully and only after then can one call oneself a Malaysian citizen.

There are far too many irresponsible and wayward citizens out there. Stern action needs be taken to get them in line with mainstream Malaysiana. Apply the Sedition Act where applicable. Even the ISA where advisable. Even the United States have laws or practices equivalent to the ISA. And the United Kingdom is now trying to practice affirmative action – see the well presented article by Jebat Must Die in his blog carrying that name. Affirmative action in the form of the NEP is derived from the Constitution and the Constitution must be preserved and fully respected.

29 08 2010
Dal

Why they are not respecting it?
… Possibly because they never feel the need to be part of the nation.

Those who don’t know enough of the history of the country AND Those who have little knowledge about and feelings of loyalty and patriotism to the country.
…… May be because their vernacular schools where they were sent to did not teach the country’s history but that of their “motherland” and consequently they feel that they must owe their allegiance to that land of their origin. Patriotism? What do these people know about patriotism. “Intellectual riot” is all they know of.

Those who do not appreciate the need for racial harmony and unity. Those who have their own political or social agenda.
… They want to be by themselves here? Then tear their citizenship and go git!

31 08 2010
SSS Admin

Dal,

You have a point there. The British colonialists had said when persuading the Malays to agree to citizenship for them that they were “transient, anyway”. The British were hard pressed because colonies were costing them a lot of money. India, one of the richest sources of income for Britain had become independent, the bloody communist terrorists were causing endless menace in Malaya, General Gerald Templer was desperate for success being touted as a tough, no-nonsese high achiever sent by Winston Churchill to whack the commies. He rounded up the rural and semi-urban Chinese, put them into new villages and persuaded the Sultan to give citizenship to a few to show they are being taken care of. Many appreciated it but some went raucous in shouting ungrateful, subversive and unacceptable slogans.

Yes, the Kempen SSS had spoken for history be made a compulsory subject in all schools. The history of Semenanjung Tanah Melayu, its change to Malaya, then Malaysia, the role of the various groups in developing the country for the British and later for Malayans and now for Malaysians. In their many forms, not just in economic development, even just in being accomodating in agreeing to citizenship to those who came mainly during the British colonial rule.

Those who always pout, throw their passports and got out, are not missed out. Those who do not have any sense of loyalty and respect for the Constitution may leave as and when they please. Articles have been written and opinions have been given that capital in and out flow is a normal happening in the economies of the world. The so-called scaring of foreign investors are terror tactics to cow down Malays in policy-making roles. The gullible ones among the Malays play to that tune. For votes, power and positions. But the Constitution must be preserved and protected. For law and order and for peace and harmony.

29 08 2010
Robert

You blame us many things. Blame Chinese schools, blame people want equal rights, good share of tax money. Then when people spoken like these you say not respect Constitution. How freedom to speak like that?

1 09 2010
SSS Admin

Robert,

We are all free to talk but people are also free to respond or reply to us. So long as all parties keep to within the confines of decorum and decency, the law on libel and sedition. Although for some time now many people have been saying things bordering on sedition and, in some cases, even become outright seditious but appear to be getting away with it. The authorities need to apply the Sedition Act on the raising of highly sensitive issues to maintain harmony in the country. The Sedition Act 1948 was introduced during British colonial rule but it was also discussed and passed by the Parliament of independent Malaya and is therefore a perfectly valid legal instrument of law like any other.

Raising the issue of Chinese schools is not sensitive so long as people do not call for their abolition. Calling for them to adopt Bahasa Malaysia as the medium of instruction is not sensitive and is necessary because Bahasa Malaysia is the National Language of the country as spelt out in the Constitution. Kempen SSS has been calling for Chinese schools to be absorbed into the national schools system by having Mandarin as the medium of instruction and the same syllabus as sekolah kebangsaan. Such schools can remain intact physically and even be given full financial support as government schools once they have adopted Bahasa Malaysia and the national school syllabus.

People can talk and ask for equal rights so long as they acknowledge and accept the Special Position of the Malays and the Bumiputeras of Sabah and Sarawak under Article 153 of the Constitution. In Malaysia, equality has to take into account of the Malay and Bumi Special Position. This was the exchange for the non-Malays getting citizenship right at Merdeka. The Malays and the Bumis blame those people who do not respect that Special Position as it was not recorded in the Constitution for nothing; the Malays received huge benefit of citizenship under the exchange. The Malays got only the Special Position being stated in the Constitution because, as the British Minister for the Colonies told the British Parliament whenn debating the Malaya Independence Bill in the 1950s that the Malay Special Position had always been there “since day one”.

However, let us all concentrate on talking about the bringing of greater understanding and respect for the Constitution by all Malaysians. It is necessary to improve ethnic relations and bring harmony and long-term peace in the country.

30 08 2010
kucar kacir

C’mon la brader. So much tak betul la dalam negara. CORRUPTION, NEPOTISM, CRONYISM still there what. Najib and Nazir are braders. U tink Nazir will be der if not 4 Najib ah? People fed up olely amacam mau cakap Perlembagaan.

31 08 2010
SSS Admin

kucar kacir,

Anarchists and dictators usually do not respect and disregard the Constitution. Of course, subversives and wayward fellows, too. True, corruption. nepotism and cronyism must be got rid of. But there is absolutely no reason to put the Constitution aside.

Have you heard the expression “My country, right or wrong”? It had exited for many hundreds of years in Eurpoe and for scores of years in this country. You try and correct the wrongs by the laws stipulated or enacted as a result of the Constitution. You never put it aside.

The problems arose partly when people follow the other age-old expression – “My Kingdom for a horse”. When what they see as problems persisting and they do not get what they want, they are prepared to sell the country, buy a horse and run away. When the going gets tough, the tough gets going, they say. It’s not so tough, actually, the running away thing. It means very weak moral fibre and very low moral values, very highly questionable principles.

Some say, “Give me what I want first, then only I give what the country wants”. This kind will not respect the Constitution as they are selfish and think only of their own self interest and putting the country’s interest well below their own. They should be told what US President J.F Kennedy said: “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country”.

But alas, there are quite a few incorrigible ones around among us. They even accuse the civic courses conducted by the Bureau Tata Negara as attempts at indoctrinating Malaysians when the aim of such courses has been to inculcate a sense of not being too selfish and respect the Constitution. You need to talk about respect and living by the Constitution in order to ensure the country does not go topsy turvy or kucar kacir.

4 09 2010
gua

As I see, no one is actually talking of doing away with the NEP per se as was first envisioned. It is the bastardisation of the NEP (per Nazir Razak) that should be removed.

If one of the objective of the NEP is to remove poverty, then it should be for all Malaysian and not be limited by race.

To use the excuse of article 153 to give successful Malays a so called edged is a violation of the spirit of that article. See how when the call to exclude Malays buying houses of rm 2 M and above from the 5% discount draw flakes from Malay NGOs ?.

The spirit of article 153 is to help the less advanced Malays catch up, not to give them a superiority over other Malaysians. Article 153’s purpose is not to create a class of Malay Brahamins.

4 09 2010
Aku

True, the excesses of NEP implementation should be done away with. But not the concept of NEP. That must always be made clear otherwise the Malays are bound to get upset and start reacting on the citizenship issue.

Quoting Nazir does not help. He has bastardized himself. There has been many complaints written about him not helping the Malays when he has been in a position to do so. He was a product of NEP himself. Do check the records if he was not on scholarship when studying in UK. His father, Tun Razak was a salaried man and a public official, not known to be endowed with wealth, able to support Najib and Nazir studying in England and three other children elsewhere. Not during his time.

Even if he was studying on his father’s scholarship, wasn’t he given opportunities to serve etc in banks right to this day on account of NEP? Wd he have gotten the job if he was competing openly in completely non-Malay or foreign banks, for example?

You sound not accepting the principle of NEP – of eliminating the identification of race with social functions which has been accepted as helping the Malays left far behind economically and educationally. Haven’t you read about the deserving non-Malay children getting scholarships?

The DAP Pua Bumi housing propasal was nasty because it encroaches upon the Bumi right and privileges as a whole and the Bumis resent it. He has many other issues to take up like the various defects in the DAP Exco acts and omissions in the Selangor State Government etc. Is he trying to deflect, divert people’s attention?

It’s not a question of superiority la, lu. You haven’t heard about bridging the huge economic and educational gap between the 23% Chinese and the nearly 70% Malays and the Bumiputeras of Sabah and Sarawak? About creating a level playing field? Wake up, man.

5 09 2010
SSS Admin

Aku,

Nazir certainly is a product of NEP whatever way he is being looked at. He wouldn’t be where he is if not being a Malay and the fact that he rose up the banking ladder when the NEP was very actively pursued in the public sector and among the GLCs.

He may be trying to defend his brother, the Prime Minister, trying to liberalize the economy but had not been careful with his words. He may be prudent in banking decisions but not so in his choice of words and the situation he said them. As Dato A Kadir Jasin, the former New Straits Time Chief Editor and sort of grand old man of journalism, said Nazir should have explained himself better.

And the journalists interviewing him, as well as the newspapers printing his comments, should have done better. But these days of so much vested interest in so many places, so much of personal and political party agendas all over the places, good journalism, sincere and non-politically involved newspapering is hard to come by. Nevertheless, there is no excuse for Nazir not to clarify himself fully thereafter unless he actually believes in deemphasizing NEP that his brother seems to want to do. For those, Najib and Nazir drew flak. MPM, Perkasa and all in that group, have voiced out their dissatisfaction with Najib’s attitude with the NEP in the NEM. UMNO, which is the traditional protector and promoter of Malay rights and interests, as a body, have not.

5 09 2010
SSS Admin

gua,

Poverty is prevalent among the Malays. Since the Malays are the majority of the population in this country, poverty exists among the Malays most of all. It is as clear as daylight and figures have been quoted time and again in the past that there is no need to repeat them every so often.

As stated by Aku, admittedly there have been faults in the implementation of the NEP. Money politics, corruption, cronyism and nepotism have played their part. Attempts have been made to reduce money politics in UMNO; the nomination and election procedures for party posts have been / are being amended. Money politics in other parties exist too, with varying degrees of abundance. Curtailing corruption among the big shots has also been attempted to warn the others; Tun Ling Liong Sik is the latest to be brought to court. Let us carry on pointing out the NEP implementation irregularities but not the concept of the NEP in the interest of racial harmony and long-term unity.

True, the spirit of Article 153 is to help the less advanced Malays catch up. It is not a matter of “superiority over other Malaysians”. However, the Special Position of the Malays and the Bumiputeras of Sabah and Sarawak (referred to as “natives” in the Constitution) must be acknowledged and accepted. The Malay Special Position has always been there “since day one” as stated by the British Minister for the Colonies when tabling the Malaya Independence Bill in the British Parliament in the 1950s. It was spelt out in the Constitution as an exchange for the right to citizenship for the non-Malays who were stateless in the country all those 80 years of British colonial rule and before.

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