Should Citizenship of Immigrants be Revoked?
Most of the IMMIGRANTS, whose decendents were accepted as CITIZENS of Persekutuan Tanah Melayu and Malaysia, arrived on our shores less than 100 years ago, the bulk of it after the Cultural Revolution in China in 1949.
At that time, Persekutuan Tanah Melayu was set up to replace the much-opposed Malayan Union. Only the Malays were OPPOSED to the Malayan Union, hence, it was ONLY the Malays and their kings who forced the British to set up the Persekutuan Tanah Melayu. The Chinese were then still IMMIGRANTS, most of whom were supportive of the ARMED INSURRECTION launched by the Chinese-centred Malayan Communist Party, a branch of China’s Communist Party.
Persekutuan Tanah Melayu was set up to be TRANSITIONAL GOVERNMENT, pending full independence. Prior to the granting of full independence, the British ‘persuaded, which the Malays had to obey’ that 1.2 million Chinese immigrants and 0.3 million Indian immigrants be granted citizenship. Full independence materialised in 1957, with Tunku Ab. rahman as the FIRST Prime Minister.
In retrospect, it was a BIG MISTAKE to have granted citizenship to the IMMIGRANTS who had arrived here just to ‘cari makan’ at the first place. No country in the world will remain peaceful for long with HUGE IMMIGRANTS population. Even Lee Kwan Yew were reported to have said that the minorities in Singapore should not exceed 15% of the island-state population.
Many believe that, given freedom of choice, the UMNO leaders would not have agreed to the granting of citizenship to the 1.5 IMMIGRANTS in one shot. As history were written, the Malay leaders were given the condition, were forced into a DEAL, ‘accept the IMMIGRANTS as citizens, and we will give you independence’. In short, Malay leaders were given NO CHOICE. The Malay leaders had to agree UNDER DURESS, under threat that the much cherished independence may be withheld much longer, unless they agree to the British terms.
Had Malay leaders not agreed to the British, more and more IMMIGRANTS would have been allowed in….. through Penang, Malacca and Singapore…. and the indigenous races could have been outnumbered by the IMMIGRANTS, like what happened in Singapore. Malay leaders HAD TO AGREE then in order to close the FLOODGATE of IMMIGRANTS.
Despite that, the Malays had demanded protection of their rights as the ORIGINAL OWNERS of Persekutuan Tanah Melayu. They demanded, and agreed by the British and non-Malays, that the IMMIGRANTS who were granted citizenship should recognised ‘Ketuanan Melayu’, by agreeing to certain provisions in the Constitution of Persekutuan Tanah Melayu, including the SPECIAL POSITION OF MALAYS.
Despite having to agree to the British ‘under duress’, the Malays still observed their part of the understandings which were known as the SOCIAL CONTRACT. Unfortunately, the Chinese are DEFAULTING on their part of the CONTRACT, and their ‘voices of dissent’ against the provisions which favoured the Malays/Bumiputra are becoming louder and louder, day by day.
Under such circumstances, its only fair that the citizenship of the IMMIGRANTS be revoked. Malay-centred political parties and NGOs should now unite, to garner whatever means at their disposal, to force the Chinese to remedy their DEFAULTS. Otherwise, its only fair to start LEGAL PROCESSES, and other recource, to revoke the citizenship of the IMMIGRANTS. Once the citizenship of the IMMIGRANTS are revoked, all citizenship of their DESCENDENTS would be deemed NULL AND VOID too.