Political talks and propaganda
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Subjek: Request for Proposal
Pesanan: Dear Editor,
It is no surprise that DAP supports PAP. This has been known all along by everybody. The racial ethnocentric ness of DAP is similar to that of PAP, however much they want to hide it. The acid test of whether DAP will be "Malaysian" in their effort to redress Malaysian political scenario (that appears to be "unjust" to them), is when they are at the helm of the government.
I shudder to think if this should happened. (By then it would and could be "too late" to change, as it could be seen in PAP ruled Singapore with their so-called liberal-democratic - but autocratic - rule that also "marginalising" the minorities).
But, then, which country and nation do not do that? Otherwise, what the DAP says are all "political talks and propaganda." Because they know full well PAP Singapore is "no better" than what the DAP claims happening in Malaysia.
The crux of the matter of Malaysian politics is: Malaysia is a Malay land - a Persekutuan "Tanah Melayu" - (even, and as, recognised by the British when they agreed to the incorporation of Article 153 in the Constitution) before Merdeka, under the Federation of Malaya Agreement 1948.
The simple fact is: Malays do not want to see themselves to be like the Red Indians in the US, the Maoris in New Zealand, the Aborigines in Australia, and the Palestinians in Palestine, to quote just a few examples. What's happening in Palestine is not caused by religion, but because of the "land-grabbing" of birth right of the Palestinian land by the West.
Which country will give up their land to others? Except for Malaysia and Brunei who generously give their lands to others. By nature, Malays being Muslims, do not believe in taking other people's land, nor like to be involved in international conflicts, unless forced to. (Read the article on Pope Benedict XIV remarks that caused international uproar recently in the latest umno-reform-com to understand Malay and Islamic cultures to widen one's world view)
Malays do not want to be like ducks that died in the pond, and chickens that died in the box. Malays have a long history governing their own country. The sultans are the proof that Malaysia is Malays' who came all over the Nusantara. The British brought other races for their vested economic interests. What better ways to ensure that these interests were preserved and protected?
Of course, flood Malaya with other races; "divide and rule" them. Malays realised this when negotiating for Merdeka and the constitution. Said the Colonial Masters: "Give other races citizenship in exchange for political and special privileges for the Malays, to ensure 'harmonious living' in the country." That was the essence of the social contract, which the present generation is tied to. There will never be "harmonious living" as long as there is no equal "harmony" in economic wellbeing of the Malays.
Despite almost 50 years of independence and the NEP the matter is still NOT redressed. Why? Because the "systems" do not provide the possibility of this happening. The capitalistic Aristotelian political systems breed opportunist, exploiters, manipulators, cheats, corruptors, etc. to thrive. The systems favors the materialisticcaly - inclined. Honesty and hard work of the rural folks, for instance, are seldom rewarded. These people are as much "marginalised" as the claims of the non-Malays.
Further, Malays are constrained by their religion, Islam. They have to abide by the halal-haram, dosa-pahala injunctions strictly. These do not generally and necessarily apply to non-Malays. Materialism is the main part of their cultures. Humanity and humanism are secondary. Life is meant for today. Let the devil takes care of tomorrow.
Malays are as hardworking and intelligent as any human beings given the opportunity and support, (without interference from others, (by pretext or design) on a level playing field. After all they are as human as any one else. This has been proven since after merdeka. But the non-Malays, besides being hardworking and intelligent, too, are already favored and bestowed with opportunities and support by the colonial masters.
Richard Winsted said: "Let Malay children be better farmers and fisherman than their fathers, Chinese, the compradors, and Indians, estate and railways workers." Thus this divide and rule policy had its impact on the development of the Malays as a whole. Majority of them lagged behind wealth-wise. How to do we expect them to compete when the playing field was deliberately made not leveled by the colonial masters? This never happened when Malays ruled the country prior to 1511.
Malacca was a thriving city and a famous centre for international trade and commerce. So was Kedah, Langkasuka, Johor-Rhiau, etc. Malacca had its own Malay government, ministers, ruled by a Sultan. It was so known that China sent a Chinese princess, Hang Li Poh, to marry the Sultan, with famous Admiral Chen Ho as envoy.
This proved that Malays could run their own country successfully as any other; and they are as intelligent and as hardworking as any others. The presence of a large number of successful Malays in all fields today, after Malaysia gained its independence and provided with government support, too, proved the point. To say Malays are lazy, not hardworking, etc. is but a colonial myths and propaganda to psychologically degrade them, consistent with the colonialists' divide and rule policy.
To be a real Malaysian one must know his history what made him to be what he is today. All of us are a product of a baggage of history that is beyond our control. No matter where one goes, nobody can have all the "cakes and eat them." This is a fact of life that one has to put up with. Life is destined and what we made up of it. This does not mean that we do not share the "frustrations" felt by people whose fate has been cast by the Providence that created us all.
Still everyone has a choice...... Merdeka was won "on the platter" they said. But, the fact remained, those who vehemently fought for it were the Malays. According to Percivil, the non-Malays did not contribute much to fight for Malayan independence. It is understandable. They would prefer the British to rule Malaya as long as they possibly could, as this would be to their interests and advantage. In fact in 1911, they even felt that they should have a "separate" Singapore to promote their business interests and activities.
Now, they got it and are asking for more and saying Indonesia and Malaysia "marginalised" them. Do you think the Nusantarians have forgotten what happened to them and how they were treated by the colonial regimes? mansal