Malaysiakini Letter

Ironical PM chooses to be a Malay first

Truly Malaysian  |  Published:  |  Modified:

It is very interesting times in Malaysia, that truth comes out when you had least expect it. Pak Lah recently admitted of the talks between Umno and PAS soon after the recent elections.

Nothing cynical about that, except that why it was done as explained by the PM had many of us gasping for breath.

Not long ago, the Hindraf leaders had accused Umno and the PM of racial chauvinism. Today that claim seems to be proven beyond any doubt. When the PM made speeches and statements that he is the PM of all Malaysians, it would seem that he had said it from his heart.

How hollow that is has now become abundantly clear. The non-Malay component parties within the BN like the MCA, MIC, Gerakan, PPP, etc would have no moral right anymore to approach the non-Malays to seek their cooperation and votes.

Their support towards the framework of BN stands seriously discredited and utterly disorientated.

What would seemingly appear impossible in Malaysian politics happened on March 8. The Malays and non-Malays supported the opposition in a big way, irrespective of whether the votes went to PKR, PAS or DAP.

The divide that had been created among the races by the Umno-led BN for the last fifty years started to crumble. The deceit and chauvinism of the PM and Umno had been unmasked and it would be wishful thinking that any amount appeal or coercion would entice the non-Malays to support BN anymore.

It would seem that to the PM, Khir Toyo and their ilk, Malay supremacy and their political power are more important than the need to nurture a common bond among all the races.

It is ironical that in Malaysia, the PM - who is supposed to represent and care for all the races - chooses to be a Malay first.

It would then be in order that it is not the Umno president but someone who is chosen by all Malaysians and he or she being elected quite separately in a way done, for instance, as in France.

Only then can we truly feel that such a person can be called as ‘our’ prime minister by all Malaysians. The march by all the races towards establishing a common bond rooted in human decency and shared visions is for the benefit of all Malaysians rather than for a few who wish to sabotage this process at all costs.

This has to be reminded by the often repeated quote, ‘United we stand, divided we fall’. The challenges we are facing today, both locally and globally, and that, too, as a tiny-drop nation, has started to pull us down.

An unprecedented inflation rate of more than 7%, losing our edge for investment opportunities to other countries, etc cannot be a laughing matter anymore.

Perhaps the greatest comfort that we have is the strength to believe as one single nation in facing the emerging odds. Rejecting this belief would be our own folly.

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