Constitutional Provision of ‘Special Position of Malays’, a CRUTCH or a TAMING SARI?
Yesterday was the NOMINATION DAY for the Hulu Selangor Parlimentary Bye-election. Tens of thousands of supporters of BN and Pakatan candidates turned out, painting the normally quiet town of Kuala Kubu Baru into various shades of BLUES, and turning it into HELL OF FESTIVITIES. In a week time, the voters would use their VOTING POWER to choose their new Member of Parliment.
The voters’ choice is not so much about Kamalanathan, Zaid Ibrahim, or the other two independent novices. It’s more about the POLICIES upheld by the parties they represent. On this count alone, the two independent novices stand NO CHANCE whatsoever. The bye-election boils down to the ONE-OF-TWO CHOICES, the BN or the Pakatan, which is represented by the PKR.
The BN represents the embodiment of the spirit of the SOCIAL CONTRACT among major races, agreed upon prior to the independence of Persekutuan Tanah Melayu, in English, the Federation of Malaya, in 1957, which became Malaysia in 1963 upon the addition of Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak. Singapore was EXPELLED in 1965 when their PAP’s ‘Malaysian Malaysia’ stand was AT ODD with the rest of the Federation.
The Pakatan, represented by PKR, stands for the same concept ‘Malaysian Malaysia’ which was rejected by Perikatan under Tunku in 1965. ‘Malaysian Malaysia’ concept was inherited by the DAP from their Singapore-based predecessor, the PAP of Singapore. Although the ‘Malaysian Malaysia’ concept was the trade-mark of DAP, both the Malays-centred PAS and PKR were seen to have been TAMED by DAP to swallow it without complains.
In 2008 General Election, there was a SIGNIFICANT swing among non-Malay voters, particularly the Chinese, towards ABANDONING the Social Contract, hence significant gains to the Pakatan coalition. However, the 2008 results have strengthened the resolve of Malays in protecting their rights as ENSHRINED in the Federal Constitution, in particular the provision of SPECIAL POSITION OF MALAYS. Its not surprising that Malays have been voicing out their concerns through NGOs like Perkasa, which, based on latest surveys, are supported by at least 70% of Malays.
To the non-Malays, the SPECIAL PROVISION FOR MALAYS are ‘crutches’ to help the Malays, especially in business, during the formative stages of the country. To them, the Malays are now STRONG ENOUGH and do not need the ‘crutches’ any more. However, how accurate they are in their assessment, when over 80% of TOP 100 RICHEST PERSONS in Malaysia are NON-MALAYS, and over 85% of the country’s wealth are in the hands of NON-MALAYS too.
However, to the MAJORITY OF MALAYS, SPECIAL POSITION OF MALAYS are not about ‘crutches’. To them, the provision of SPECIAL POSITION OF MALAYS was inserted in our Federal Constitution, IN EXCHANGE for granting of CITIZENSHIP to the THEN Chinese and Indian immigrants. To them, SPECIAL POSITION OF MALAYS will remain forever, as recognition of Malays as the original people and rulers of Tanah Melayu, which later became Persekutuan Tanah Melayu, and then MALAYsia.
To the Malays, the SPECIAL POSITION OF MALAYS is more compatible to the mystic keris TAMING SARI, the keris entrusted by the Sultan of Malacca to Hang Tuah, Laksamana Melaka, to protect and defend the Kesultanan Melayu Melaka, the symbol of Malay Authority, or KETUANAN MELAYU, rather than the ‘crutches’ as used by the injured or handicapped people.