Off late my e-mail has been clogged by forwarded messages from a friend of mine, Datuk Jamaluddin Mansor who gave us the privilege of being our guest writer in The Patriot a couple of times before.
Quite a number of forwarded articles by the good Datuk have irked my emotions and disturbed my routine reading them, but I think this classic one needs responding to.
It is an article by a certain Shaik Rizal Sulaiman on Malay Rights. There are some Malays who think this way. Some of them are either true to their beliefs being ignorant or just trying to be different going against the grain being a Malay hero (read: popular) amongst the non-Malays making them instantly famous around the non-Malay blogs and write-ups.
Allow me to be presumptuous by responding point for point to this gentleman exercising the right to my views just as he has done his. This topic has risen several times before without a satisfactory response from UMNO either because their second line leaders are too deep in their comfort zone or their lack of comprehension in the English language whether spoken or written. Yes, as my Company Chairman once witnessed, one Minister couldn’t even tell the difference between a Security Company and the Securities Commission. So we shouldn’t be all too surprised.
Please refer to the numbers in white ink under the writer's paragraphs for my responses.
Many Thanks & Salam Perjuangan!
Stick To Your Roots
Or Learn to Lick Boots
Malay Rights – by Shaik Rizal Sulaiman
The Malays are 'technically' in power governing the country but it is alsothis same controlling group that demands the right to correct economic
imbalances and disparities for its own race.
1. We are COMMANDING the right to correct economic imbalances and disparities for our own race because it continues to persist.
What does this say about the 'majority governing' Malay race for the last 50 years? I dare say that most Malaysians (regardless of race) below the age of 40 would like to see all opportunities be spread amongst those who deserve it on *meritocracy.*
2. Even through loose observation, one could witness that in the last 50 years, we have succeeded in narrowing the disparities despite being pressured by the non-Malays with all sorts of means be it legal or otherwise in acquiring and begging for projects from some of their corrupt Malay Political Masters. As far as meritocracy is concerned, what would you say when a qualified Malay applies for a job in a Chinese institution or company only to be told that the position is no longer vacant based on the colour of his skin when it actually hasn’t been filled? What would you say when you are qualified for a job except for the fact that speaking in Mandarin is compulsory applying for the same in Malaysia? Is that meritocracy enough for you? Are you even shocked that matters of this nature exist? Do you think if by an unfortunate stroke of bad luck, we wake up one morning under Chinese rule, you as a qualified Malay would be given a cushy job having being discriminated upon by them even while being under Malay rule today?
We do not need the keris anymore to tell others to be careful of what they say and do because in the survival of the fittest, the keris is of verylittle relevance!
3. With due respect Shaik, if someone told you that your mother was servicing two males from Bangladesh from both her ends all at the same time in the back alley of Chow Kit Road, would you still maintain that he needn’t be careful with his words even if it was the truth? I’m sure even a crooked fork would look relevant then, wouldn’t you say? You may say that I am being personal, but Heck! This IS damned personal to the Malays who know their history and have served long in the local workforce, enough to know that even the fittest can get tripped halfway and fall on their faces. Do you think that this is a game that we can afford to lose and start again? This is not a play station where you can press reset every time the game is over. This is life! It is only by chance in birth that we were born in a country that gives us the advantage. Only fools give up a ready advantage and if you are working in Europe or the US, you’d know well enough to keep quiet while you’re one up. No one in corporate Europe or the US would give back what he thinks is unfairly his. College degrees and business theories are worthless in the real world. In La La Land that you wish to live in, perhaps one would give up an advantage, be honest to oneself and his neighbour and live happily ever after. In the real world, they’re happier getting a better life even if it means having to step on peoples’ toes. That is a fact and if it’s good enough in a Capitalistic market in the West, good enough for the non-Malays here, it should damned well be good enough for us, thank you very much.
If we continue to hide under the 'bumiputera' tempurung as most Malays havebeen in the last 50 years or more, the catch-up game will just get harderand the gap wider.
4. The Bumiputera Tempurung is the one that probably helped your grandfather put your dad through school and perhaps is even responsible to turn you into an intelligent Malay lad who has turned on the very policy that has benefited members of your family. If in the last 50 years, although we have narrowed the gap, we have still not reached our target. Wouldn’t it defy logic that we would catch up without it as you have carelessly put it?
If we continue to expect without earning it, we will never learn how to be arace that succeeds on merit. *There is NO substitute for merit*. The Malay politicians continue to shout about Malay rights and bumiputera rightsbecause the very nature of our local politics is sadly racially biased.
5. Well said from a Malay intellect who fails to realize that, with our local politics being racially biased as you suggest, it is essential and on merit that we maintain our stand as the Chinese and Indian parties are even more chauvinistic in their stand to defend their race. Do you presume that we are to stand down while the other parties maintain their hard position? How do you think we managed to get contracts drilling for oil in other parts of the world? Do they have the NEP for Malays there too? Whose company drills there? Ah Chong Oil and Gas company Ltd? NO It’s PETRONAS run by the MALAYS and we achieved it through meritocracy! I’ll have you know from personal experience that I am currently working with an all Bumiputera team which bought an overpriced company from a Chinese party that couldn’t work the business at all although it has monopolistic characteristics. In just four months, for the first time in 8 years, we’ve managed to rehabilitate and transform the outfit into a full-fledged working reception plant and started earning revenue while cleaning the environment performing National Service. Would you now like to check our blood to determine whether we are pure Malays?
In this day and age, a great nation is built upon joint success stories,meritocracy and the combined hard work of its people WITHOUT any fear orfavour of racial biased politics governing our daily policies. Sadly, the Malay politicians have ended up completely corrupt, racialists, twistedreligious fanatics.
6. Please name one nation which precisely reflects our multiracial country that practices equal rights where the people work “WITHOUT any fear or favour of racial biased politics governing their daily policies.” I can name one in the South but they not only live in fear of the Government, they are darn-right TERRIFIED! Some Malay politicians are corrupted but not the entire cast. If the Malay leaders are religious fanatics, the I.S.A. today, wouldn’t be filled with terrorist suspects with intentions to terrorize the infidels whom we are protecting. Also, you imply that Chinese or Indian politicians are pristine and corrupt-free? Have you not read how one MCA minister took free private jet rides from a certain company who was also allegedly accused of taking millions from a certain party to finance his entire political party? Yes, the case may have been dismissed but that is either because the witnesses changed stories halfway through or disappeared into thin air. As one easily perceives Malay politicians to be corrupt, one can equally perceive the others to be the same too once an allegation emerges.
I am below 40 and as much as I love the 'idea' that Malaysia is tanah tumpahnya darah orang Melayu, I can't help but also feel that this countryis for ALL Malaysians alike including the Chongs, the Kumars, the Xaviers,the Singhs & Kaurs etc who were born on the same day in the same hospital asme here in Malaysia.
7. Well spoken, very noble indeed. Perhaps Shaik, you should learn your history and analyze their behaviour and attitude when they are at an advantage over us. Refer to the Bintang Tiga and prior to May 13th when they behaved atrociously vulgarly antagonizing the Malays in their kampongs when they won an election. The Malays will be sympathetic towards their cause at times but THEY will give no quarters back whatsoever to the Malays when it is the other way around. It is not about you being born together with them in this blessed land that gives them the same privileges as you. No one is forcing you to accept the helping hand from the Malay government. It is there for the needy. When I was in junior school, I was given a form to fill to apply for free text books. My father asked me to reject it in fear of depriving those more deserving pupils whose parents couldn’t afford it. They included even the poor Indians and Chinese too, not only the Malays. This country my dear chap is for all Malaysians alike. No Indian or Chinese can live better and easier lives in a country other than Malaysia. If they can, they would have shipped out long ago. Those who are left here complaining are the losers who are just as lazy as the Malays you so happily refer to.
If we feel that WE (the Malays) deserve this country more than THEM , thenWE (the Malays) should have shown them a long time ago that we deserve the'control all' status. *We have to earn it.* The policies FAILED because the very concept of Malayrights or the NEP/DEB is like a double-edged sword. On one hand, it aims toeradicate wealth disparity but on the other, it has made the Malaysoblivious of what reality is. Our (Malays) success is only reflected in the'perceived' political power which today can collapse in a matter of minutes.I would also like to see my children succeed in their country, Malaysia, for reasons that true success should be based upon, which are merit and hardwork and NOT because they are Malays or bumiputeras. For as long as the Malays don't see this, there is very little point infighting for Malay rights..
8. We as Malays have earned it. It was the Malays who fought for Independence. It was the Malays who were generous in allowing the aliens to be given full citizenship and share the wealth of this nation. You are implying that the Chinese are the only ones qualified and are successful in running a business establishment. Tell me then, who runs Petronas? Who drills offshore under the name of Petronas in a score of countries around the world earning the nation more than we do draining our own fields? What about our banks and other successful institutions like the Tabung Haji, which is well known amongst the Islamic world for its organization and business acumen? What about the Permodalan Nasional Berhad and even Sime Darby (before Musa Hitam and his CEO) which have generated billions allowing us to send hundreds of thousands of students abroad to study on scholarships and giving the majority of the rural folks a better living? Who turned this country into a car producing nation which has sold millions around the world creating thousands of skilled Malay workers in a sector which was jealously kept within the Chinese community before this? Is it the Chinese and Indians who run these establishments? NO! They are MALAYS! It escapes me what is causing you to have this skewed vision towards the Malays.
It just makes us look more ridiculous. We have taken this notion of being privileged a bit too literally in that it now simply means we want this country and its fruits all for ourselves without accepting theresponsibilities that come with it. I blame the MALAY politicians for thisbecause we want to only fight the cause without strategising for the truesubstance and need of the cause.* We have been given fish all the whilewithout being taught how to fish.*
9. Like you, I too am a Malay but I don’t know where you get your facts from thinking that every Malay is taking fine advantage of these privileges. I’ll have you know that I worked at the Stock Exchange through school and paid my tuition fees abroad without a cent from the Malaysian Government. Yes there were those who abused it but there were many more who didn’t. Those non-Malay students who studied abroad could have had their fees paid by their fathers some of whom bribed their way to success. They didn’t have to compete with equally competent Malay companies because their meritocracy was CORRUPTION! Yes, the Malay politicians may have been corrupted, but by whose hands?! It takes two to tango and it’s not Malay all the way in that department, I assure you. By saying that “we have been given fish all the while without being taught how to fish” I’m presuming that you were one of the lazy Malays who were at the receiving end getting fish. I can say with much pride, that I, like many other Malays I know, was never given the “fish”, and those institutions and establishments I mentioned two paragraphs above were the “boat” given to the Malays to fish in deep waters so that their generous catch can be evenly distributed among the needy.
It's funny how two different generations can be so diverse in their thinking and the recent elections proved just that... We are no longer concerned withracial problems but more so the never-ending Malay agenda issues. The rakyathas spoken and the landscape has drastically changed. Is this changewelcomed? Is it good?
10. Yes the Rakyat has spoken, and even though the landscape has changed because of the the government’s decision to engage the youths and allow more freedom of expression, which they have learnt to take for granted but are unable to handle today, they have forgotten that the current and old government is still the choice of the Rakyat. The change is very much welcomed so that the opposition party who’ve been very good at criticizing, will have the chance to display either their ability or DISABILITY to lead us all. In recent months, they have been proven to be 1. Liars, ( Sept 16th change of Federal Govt which didn’t happen), 2. Scandalous, ( An assembly-woman was intimately involved with a married person and celebrated her right to commit adultery forgetting that being a politician, she became public property and ceased to have a private life, then went on a holiday deceiving the daft section of the Rakyat into thinking that she was serious about vacating her seat only to come home and have her resignation offer rejected ) 3. Corrupt ( receiving sexual and monetary favours in return for decisions favourable to the benefactor). 4. Non-transparent and irresponsible ( Allowing officers charged of corruption to continue to serve instead of being suspended like the ruling party does in similar circumstances.) 5. Abusive with power. (cows and car accessories for the MB’s constituencies and private motor car at the expense of the State Government) 6. Internal bickering, attacking one another within the party trying to dislodge their own colleague from the Menteri Besar's post.(this is the disease they might've caught from UMNO) 7. Allow the Chinese to “sub-contract” the MB's post (by default) to a Malay but follow their orders to the "T" in the running of the State, and a lot more but we'll be here till Ramadhan if I continued.
The answer is 'NO'. Because we,the Malays, have been caught with our pantsdown - we are not ready to compete on any level playing field (we can't evencompete on advantageous grounds!). Even with three or five more continuingpolicies for Malay rights or bumiputera privileges over the next 50 years,we will still be in exactly the same position as we are in today.
11. If we are in the same position in 50 years to come, that means we haven’t completely failed because while the gap may not have narrowed down, it has not widened either and under the current scenario, everyone gets to eat and live healthily in Malaysia. So what’s your problem with that?. Even today, we are living under meritocracy. Malay contractors have to compete with the Chinese and are losing out because the others are more generous corrupting high officials compared to the Malays. You must have a fetish for the non-Malays to think that they are the ones who built this nation single-handedly and fairly. Might I remind you that even the highways you travel on across the Peninsula were built by Malay companies.
The truth hurts and the truth will always prevail. And the truth of what'sto come will NOT go away. I am cynical perhaps because I feel that Malay rights is NOT relevant anymore.
12. Yes, you can bet your last earned Ringgit that the truth does hurt. And when it smacks you hard on the face that you were wrong about all races being able to look beyond the colour of their skin, no cream or ointment in the world would be able to heal your backside because by then, the situation will be irreversible. We may give up our rights to be equal, but are you willing to bet on your children’s lives (not future but lives) that the others will do the same? Do you really want to give them the benefit of the doubt my noble friend?
The right to be safe, to be treated fairly, to have a world-class healthcare
and education, to enjoy equal prosperity, to have good governance, to livein a clean environment and to be war-free is what I want for my Malaysia.NOT for MY race to be artificially powerful.*
13. Please wake up and stop quoting from some American Presidential campaign pamphlet. I’m a Malaysian and I feel safe. There is no other country in the world where you can enjoy food and beverage in town over 24 hours without feeling safe. Name me one country other than Malaysia! It’s as fair as anywhere in the world if not better. My Chinese friends are coming back to Malaysia although they still maintain homes abroad because they suddenly discovered that the grass isn’t as green as they thought it was down under and in Europe. Their skin colour may be overlooked but their eyes can tell no lie (no pun intended). We may not have a world class health care program for the rich and famous but the normal man in the street (this includes the poor non-Malays) can still be treated as an out-patient which costs a mind blowing ONE RINGGIT at any Government hospital! Can Australia, Britain or even the mighty United States of America beat that old boy? You are asking us to be War Free? Where the hell are you writing from? The Gaza Strip?
If we want the Malays to fail, then by all means continue the fight for Malay rights.. Go and polish your keris..
14. Hmm….It’s like saying if you want to fail in your exams, by all means continue studying. Go and burn the midnight oil. Those last sentences by Master Shaik Rizal Sulaiman has convinced me even more that we will need to defend the New Economic Model because he surely won’t make the cut in the world of total Meritocracy.
In recent months we have seen the Syariah Courts allowing quite a few Malaysto exercise their rights to a third or fourth wife. Fair, the guy may beable to provide for the financial & conjugal needs of his wives. However,question here is when he has a dozen kids, will he be able to provide adecent education and life to his kids or will he demand for his 'Rights' forsubsidy and aid and be a burden to the govt and society.
14. It is not the right of the Malays to take on up to 4 wives. It is the right of Muslim men who can afford it and are willing. Being ignorant, you may ask many questions. Perhaps if you do a proper survey, you will find that not even 1 in 1,000 Muslim men have 4 wives in Malaysia. Perhaps in your view, committing adultery too would be a better way out in order not to burden the government too much. Like the NEP, although the right and privilege is there, not all Malays and Muslims choose to exercise it. The government doesn’t give aid like the UK gives out dole benefits to the unemployed. Scholarships and aid are given to those children who are straight “A” students from poor families. I’m sure that would be a burden the government is happy to bear. Why would you make it sound as though every Malay gets benefit for nothing? Your prejudicial views against the Malays negate your sincerity for the same.
We Should All Be Grateful that We Are Living In A Country Where We Are Intelligent Enough To Be Rewarded For Our Hard Work Reflecting Our Intelligence Regardless Of Colour Or Creed. Imagine If We Were In A Country Where We Are Equally Intelligent But Still Have To Hold 3 Jobs To Live A Fair Life! Just Look Down South And Count Our Blessings. For The Young Malays Who Think They Are Hip In Wanting To Sound Liberal, You Can Stop “Polishing The Keris” And Prepare To Polish Alien Boots!