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Only shame will make the Malays brave

Zaid Ibrahim  |  Published:  |  Modified:

COMMENT I received many positive responses and kind remarks from readers all over the country for the speech in which I called on Malaysians fighting for change to be sensitive to the Malay ethos and to rally behind Malay leaders who support those changes.

A few lambasted my “shallow” arguments for supporting Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, but the most pertinent question I received was: will Malays change?

I believe they will when they can no longer swallow shame. It might take a few decades for them to feel sufficient revulsion for the national shame we are currently experiencing, but they will not be able to ignore it forever. Shame will eat them up.

Granted, Malays get a daily dose of indoctrination and teachings of false values from half-baked professors...

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