The real enemies of the Malays are not the non Malays but the corrupted UMNO leaders
UMNO having ruled for 53 years is for the first time in history facing the possibility of defeat in the 13th general elections. The non Malays who were once the back bone of Barisan National have all deserted the coalition and feel for the first time that they have a viable alternative party to the UMNO led Barisan National which has been weakened due to unchecked corruption, racism and nepotism. UMNO has lost the moral high ground long time ago but the non Malays felt they don’t have viable alternative and therefore continued supporting grudgingly all this while. But the result of 12th general election has unveiled this myth. The fear of May 13 recurrence, racial backlashes and Malays losing political dominance are being outgrown. Slogans like 1Malaysia to cover up the underlying racial discriminations of non Malays are losing its appeal.
The present UMNO leaders are confronted with one scandal after another starting from the premiership of the champion of Malay race Dr Mahathir Mohammad, the fourth prime minister. The absolute power in the hands of UMNO leaders have allowed greed and opulence to color and influence all policies and decisions. To strengthen their grip on the economic goodies UMNO leaders with their cronies have all along built artificial walls and wedges between Malays and non Malays. The non Malays were completely removed from all decision making bodies and processes within the government. The self snobbery and arrogance of UMNO rule has brought about incompetence in government machinery, billions of tax payer’s money wasted and leaked through government procurement, Malays still remain dependent on government subsidy and support, drop in FDI, 34% of workers earning below RM750, brain drain among professional and educated Malays themselves. Malaysia is no more the choice for FDIs. Worse still local SMEs are investing in other neighboring countries that were way behind as investment destinations.
To regain the economic footing and move forward the government of the day must rule out any form of favoritism and practice meritocracy in all policies and recruitments and selections. Malaysians of all racial background must be recruited to build this country and not the corrupted UMNO leaders. Malaysia has all the brains, muscles and determination to create a great nation. All it takes to build this country is to get rid of race and religious bigotry in national politics. We had the people and system in place but the UMNO politicians messed up for their own political expediency. It’s time to realize that injustice, inequality and unfair practices are not sustainable. Only fairness, equal opportunities and best practices in the interest of its people can uplift this country.