Malaysia as the ‘Malay states’

7 06 2012


PM must be a Malay, says historian

  • Posted on 7 June 2012 – 12:30am
  • Last updated on 7 June 2012 – 12:36am


KUALA LUMPUR (June 6, 2012): The prime minister of Malaysia must be a Malay Muslim even though there is no article in the Federal Constitution which prevents non-Malays from holding the post, because the majority of the country’s citizens are Malays, said an eminent historian today.

Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Khoo Kay Kim said everyone must accept the reality that Malays were the natives of Tanah Melayu, Malaysia’s name before independence, and that the Malays formed the majority in the country.

“Even the British recognised Malaysia as the ‘Malay states‘ before it achieved independence.

“From a historical perspective, the highest rulers of the land before independence were the Malay kings who were Muslims,” he said.

He was speaking to reporters after a guest appearance on the In The Special Radar (Dalam Radar Khas) programme titled “Democracy in Malaysia: Non-Malay Prime Minister” by Bernama Radio24 in collaboration with news portal today.

The other guests were Higher Education Deputy Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah and Keadilan youth movement chief Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin.

The issue of a non-Malay prime minister was raised by DAP chairman Karpal Singh recently who stressed that for as long as he lived he would continue fighting to ensure a non-Malay holds the post of prime minister.

Saifuddin said the issue should never have been raised by Karpal as the opposition leader was also Malay Muslim.

“When the opposition itself chose a Malay as its leader, why bring up the issue of a non-Malay prime minister,” he said.

Shamsul Iskandar noted that Malaysia adopted a Constitutional Monarchy and parliamentary democracy with Malays having special privileges compared to the other races in the country.

He concluded that the Malays should not be worried about the veteran member of parliament’s passing remarks. – Bernama






2 responses

8 06 2012
Gejala Jahanam

There is no issue of the PM being other than a Malay Muslim. Karpal Singh tried to make it an issue because, according to some people, his image in DAP has been down since the spat he had with Penang Deputy Chief Minister II Ramasamy, leading him, as party Chairman, to be shut up or issued a gag order by bossman Lim Guan Eng. Karpal needed to find something with which he can try to regain his popularity in DAP.

I’m delighted that Professor Emeritus Khoo said those. As a History Professor, his stand should be a reference point for everybody. The matter should now be put to rest and people should just leave the old man Karpal to his own devices. He said he’d bring up the subject until he dies. It’d not be long before he dies anyway, considering his age. That’s the stark reality, isn’t it – not biadap in saying so, I don’t think.

I had hoped the Professor’s views had been sought and published much earlier. I have been wondering why Bernama, as the national news agency, has not been doing their job well. It’s their duty to find all available means to get the information, data and views to be put out in favour of the Establishment. Are they not a part of the Establishment? Why wait for some Minister or somebody to say, then only report? They should, without waiting for such, or without being told or prompted, instruct their reporters to go out and seek the Professor’s views as and when such provocative comments are made by fellows like Karpal Singh. Nip the gejala jahanam in the bud.

9 06 2012

“Saifuddin said the issue should never have been raised by Karpal”. It was not even an issue. It was only a “matter”. And Karpal raised it because he does not have much grey matter.

“He concluded that the Malays should not be worried about the veteran member of parliament’s passing remarks.” The Malays should also not worry about his passing, when the time comes.

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