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UMNO has to face the political and economic reality sooner or later.

October 28, 2010

PM Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said in the 61st UMNO general assembly, that the Barisan national component parties have agreed not to raise sensitive issues that are enshrined in the constitution like the Malay special rights. A mere mention about the legitimate rights of non-Malays will rile up UMNOPUTRAs into hysteria and turn them aggresive. To top it all, we saw the jingoism and provocative statements from UMNO delegates with regards to the presence of non-UMNO parties in BN. UMNO suffers from inferiority complex unlike PAS which seem to be more confident in dealing with non Malay Malaysians. If the non-UMNO parties can stomach what was insinuated and derided by UMNO delegates and still remain in BN, then they certainly cannot claim to have the courage and moral authority to represent the other races. It is pure opportunism; cowardice and ignorance of the non-Malay party leaders that make them remain in BN.    

UMNOPUTRAS are so indignant and intolerant towards any mention of race relations and legitimate interest of other communities. But it is implicit in Article 153(1) that “It shall be the responsibility of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (YDPA) to safeguard the special position of the Malays and the natives of Sabah and Sarawak and the legitimate interest of other communities”. However ambiguity arises when one realizes that the scope and meaning of the words “legitimate interest of the other communities” which are not defined in the federal constitution. UMNO and its running mates never allowed the parliament or the courts to decide on its scope and meaning of the “legitimate interest of the other communities”.  To redress this legal ambiguity an effective and well drafted Race Relations Act is advocated.

This proposed legislation concerning race relations is to address the issue of racial discrimination in award of job opportunities, scholarships and business opportunities in both public service and private sector. This proposed legislation can also promote good race relations amongst the different races. The Race Relation Act (RRA) will provide the balance that the original drafters of the federal constitution had intended when they inserted the words “legitimate interest of the other communities” into Article 153 of the federal constitution. Countries like US, UK, Canada and India with different ethnicities have similar legislations to regulate, guide, manage and promote the race relations. Unfortunately after 53 years the BN government has done nothing towards promoting and integrating the different races.    

UMNO and BN cannot promote Malay interest exclusively and close one eye with regards the legitimate right of other Malaysians and expecting the non-Malays to embrace 1Malaysia blindly. Such narrow parochial enforcement of national policies and practices cannot bring sustainable development and progress.

DBKL and other local councils in Malaysia are lords unto themselves

September 29, 2010

The sun newspaper reported under the head line CITY HALL CRITISED FOR DOUBLE STANDARD on September 28 2010 where two brothers were denied business license to operate a cendol stall for 10 years under the pretext that the place is not suitable. But two others who carried the same food and drink business in the same location received business license. On top of that the brothers, who were denied license, have to ward off confiscation of their van by city hall officers. Besides the harassment, they were served with summons totaling RM20000 over the years. Calls and text messages for a response to this report by SUN newspaper reporter were not responded by city hall and its mayor.

Looking at the information reported I am sure the other two who got the license are Malays. Therefore this is a case of clear day light double standard practiced by DBKL. This discrimination is worse than apartheid because hear the discrimination is discrete and dishonest. Why can’t the mayor and city hall respond to the media inquiry and DBKL should come clean to say whether they discriminate or fair to all. The two youths who were denied business license Yuganthiran Sukumaran and Vijendran Sukuman said “we are trying to make an honest living, but the system is not allowing us to do so”. The lamenting by them and the opportunity denied to them goes against the very grain of 1Malaysia. DBKL would have done a great national service if it had given the business to all four of them and make them think that Malaysia is their country and make them proud of it. This episode is another example of how hallow the 1Malaysia is and looks like it’s just a political rhetoric and meant to hoodwink the non Malays.

The undeclared and devious racial discrimination by DBKL is not an isolated case but rampant and common in all municipalities in Malaysia. DBKL and other municipalities in Malaysia are all headed by just one race and 95 over percent of the staffs who work for these municipalities are the same one race. Municipalities in Malaysia are not competent, accountable nor transparent. They fail to recognize that the bulk of quit rent and other revenues that they receive come from other races in Malaysia. The local councils in Malaysia waste the revenues by paying higher prices and undertaking projects which are unworthy. All contracts given out also go to the same one race. Isn’t all these practice reminds us of apartheid? But when you point out that they are practicing apartheid, they will deny and get very angry and threaten us.

What surprises me is that, UMNO is totally in harmony with these injustices and discriminations meted out to other races in Malaysia and have the guts to claim the moral high ground. These guys are incredible. But what these UMNOPUTRAs with all their religious fervor fail to understand is that inequality, unfairness and duplicity are not sustainable and it’s against their very religious values and principles. History has shown time and again that racial segregations and discriminations have destroyed governments and regimes. South Africa is our latest example to learn from.

May we as Malaysians reflect and emulate upon our common goals and values for lasting peace and prosperity. Let’s all work towards a political change to bring about a political system that do not discriminate based on race. ‘Let’s be the change that we want to see in the world’ as mahatma Ghandhi said.