QUESTION TIME | What do Malays want? If you ask Malay right-wing group Perkasa’s Ibrahim Ali, here’s a list of five that he has given as seen from this video uploaded in December 2013, some seven months after the last general elections.
This follows the infamous question by an Utusan Malaysia article, “Apa lagi Cina mahu ?” (What more do the Chinese want?) following the May 2013 general elections when Chinese Malaysians were seen to have largely voted against BN. This article questioned the right of the Chinese to vote against BN as if they were not allowed to, and they are ungrateful if they do.
The rhetoric of both indicates that a discussion of what Malays want and need from the government by politicians and people who push Malay rights for a living is likely to be just rhetoric designed to inflame the community and make them support the ruling party by obscuring the real issues at hand.
So what is it that Malays really want? Let’s make an educated guess. But first, let’s start by demolishing Ibrahim’s list of five. Very few people question special privileges for the Malays but say that such help should be extended to all Malaysians who are poor. Help the poor, not the rich - from all communities - and the deserving Malays will be helped as well.
And really, no one wants to publicly question Islam’s sanctity but what they don’t want is for their religion and customs to be publicly humiliated by Islamic extremists. Ditto for the Malay race and royalty. These are being used as smokescreens to hide the real issues facing Malays and their aspirations.
Ibrahim’s fifth point is, well, more to the point. But even that it is vague - what does ‘fair share of the economy’ mean and how do you achieve that?
However, by addressing that question, it will be easier to identify what are the things that Malays want and how well the BN has performed in providing these to them.
When we go right down it, people want more money – everyone, including Malays. So we come to our point one...
Unrestrained power in your hands
For almost 20 years, Malaysiakini has stayed true to the cause of providing the Malaysian public with the truth. We believe that with unadulterated information, the people will obtain power to make informed decisions.
Decisions which lead to a healthy, robust nation - ours!
Keep the truth alive. Support your robust, independent media. You have the unrestrained power to do so.
Who says it's not our fault?
We aren’t trained to take responsibility.
Everytime we observe an injustice - and choose to keep mum - the prevalence of injustice becomes our fault.
Astute journalism paves the way for the public to be continuously furnished with the fastidious truth. You are continuously empowered to act and to uphold the integrity of the nation.
The Rakyat owns Malaysiakini
We choose to take a risk on independent media because we believe that only through independent reporting can one be NOT beholden to the interest of businesses or organisations. This allows us to really pursue the truth - aggressively.
Independent for 20 years.
The victorious people
In the light of holding the truth to power, Malaysiakini will continue to uphold its mission of providing credible news to its discerning public. Your support for Malaysiakini is always treasured as a testament of innate nationalism. Your victory is our history.
Quietly. Effectively. Says it all. Malaysiakini.
Speaking truth to power
When we embarked on this journey 20 years ago, we knew we would face intimidation, harassment, raids, arrests and perhaps even jail terms. We got into this venture with our eyes wide open.
The main reason we have survived this long - when many others have folded - is partly because we are prudent in our finances. But while we may be tightfisted in our budgeting, we do not hold back when it comes to speaking truth to power and holding power to account. And certainly, this new administration will not stop us from continuing to do so.