Archive for June 2010

Malays From China JOKE OF THE DAY

June 23, 2010

Today, while ‘lepak-lepak’ in Malaysia Today People’s Portal blog, I came accross an ASTONISHING JOKE by some one using the name of zipppp, who among other things stated that: ……..”The ancestors of the Malays, who arrived about 1000 B.C. from China and Mongolia, settled along the coastal areas. Today, their descendants can be
found throughout the region all the way to Easter Island and Madagascar…..”

This tale is even MORE ASTONISHING than the IMAGINATION of certain Chinese bloggers that the Malay ICONIC figure Hang Tuah, and his co-panglimas Hang Jebat, Hang Kasturi, Hang Lekir and Hang Lekiu were  Chinese.

I will handle the ‘Hang Too Ah’ and ‘Hang Jee Fatt’ joke at another place, another time. Lets concentrate on the ‘Malays from China’ JOKE OF THE DAY….

When the Chinese IMMIGRANTS reached here in 19th and 20th century, practically with their only worn-out Pagoda singlet, there remained hundred of millions Chinese back home in China, speaking Chinese dialects, practising Chinese ‘religions’, pork-eating, celebrating Chinese lunar years etc. 50 years later, when the multi-millionaires  Malaysian Chinese re-visited their ancestoral homeland, they still can trace their roots, and they can still communicate with relatives of their forefathers in the same Chinese dialect they speak, and they still can visit the similarTOK PEK KONG they can find any where in Malaysia .

When the British migrated to America, Australia and New Zealand, millions of British are still left in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. The language spoken by American, Australians, and New Zealanders are still the same as spoken in the British Isles. They still share the likings for soccer, rugby, whisky and pubs, they go for churches and races on Sundays and such common persuits.

Now this JOKER is telling us that the Malays came from China. If the  HYPOTHESIS is credible, there should be at least a few million Malays remaining in whichever part of China, speaking Bahasa Melayu, wearing Baju Kurung, using keris for their self-defense etc. If there are no such ‘originating Malays’ in any part of China, how would your HYPOTHESIS stand???

If there really are such ‘originating Malays’ in any part of China, I would take the first MAS flight to China, to re-establish the LINKS, and perhaps proclaiming KETUANAN MELAYU in China.

NEP Never Failed

June 21, 2010

 

Nazir Razak, the younger brother of our Prime Minister DS Najib Tun Razak was reported to have criticized the NEP (New Economic Policy), saying that the policy is unfair to the majority of Malays and that the government should protect the interest of the majority of Malays and not just the selected ones.

Had the reports been correct, Naziz Razak must be OUT OF TOUCH with the Malay masses. Many would question why he highlighted only certain comments by a single  MALAY he met in London, but not thousands of Malays in KL and elsewhere in the country.

Nazir Razak has to understand the ‘sensitivity’ of his position, being the brother of our the PM, who is also the President of UMNO. The way he carried himself so far, I believe he would do Najib more service by concentrating on what he is BEST AT, business and banking activities, and not to make statements like politicians, lest he may put Najib in difficult situations.

First and foremost, Nazir should NOT dwell too much into the IMPLEMENTATION technicalities of NEP. He should see  the LARGER PICTURE, the END RESULTS of NEP. Has NEP benefitted the Malays as a whole. Let us just take a small example. Based on latest statistics, the number of Malay/Bumiputra professionals have increased tremendously since the NEP. At the start of NEP, Malay Architects, Engineers, Land Surveyors, Lawyers and other key professions were barely 10-20% of the total number of members of their respective professions. Today, the Malays make up MORE than 50% of Architects, Engineers and Surveyors in the country.

The MAIN TARGET of NEP was MALAY EQUITY, not MALAY EQUALITY…. In order to increase Malay equity, the Government had to produce MALAY BUSINESS LEADERS, the likes of Tan Sri Wan Azmi, Tan Sri Halim Saad, Tan Sri Shamsudin, Late Tan Sri Nasimuddin and many others. Yes, they may have been given more opportunities than others, but are we going to deny the HUGE IMPACT people like them have on other Malays/Bumiputras?

Take the case of Tan Sri Halim Saad , who led UEM, the Bumiputra company which constructed the Projek Lebuhraya Utara Selatan(PLUS). During their heydays, UEM and its subsidiaries and associated companies employed not less than 20,000 engineers, technocrats, managers etc, of which over 95% are Malays/Bumiputras. I doubt whether there is any Chinese-owned PLC who would employ more than 20% of their employees from among Malay/bumiputras.

And, the QUOTA SYSTEM for scholarships and places of TERTIARY EDUCATION has been responsible for MASSIVE TRANSFORMATION of Malays/Bumiputras in the field of Education. Nowadays, most  Malay households would have at least one or two of their siblings studying in IPTA/IPTS, and then finding good jobs either with the Government or  the private sector in KL. This transformed their families from being poor rural kampong folks, to that of HIGHER INCOME bracket.

Nazir should not be misled to think that UNITY was the ONLY OBJECTIVE of NEP. The stated objectives of NEP was:
1. To eradicate poverty.
2. To re-structure the Malaysian society.

It was believed that, by eradicating poverty, and re-structuring society, there would NOT be any more HUGE DISPARITY among the RACES, not among individuals. HUGE DISPARITY  among races was identified as the most likely RACIAL FLASHPOINT, which would one day destroy all that the nation has built.

 Since NEP, Malays/Bumiputra equity has increased from mere 2.5% of National Wealth in 1970 to 18%  in 1990. NEP targetted Malay/Bumiputra equity to increase to 30% by the year 1990.

NEP may have not fully achieved the TARGET. But, that does NOT mean it was not successful. The 30% equity target , within a span of 20 years, could have been set  TOO HIGH for Malays/Bumiputras to achieve, taking into consideration that we are operating in CAPITALISTIC ECONOMY where  the norm is THE RICH GETS RICHER, THE POOR GETS POORER.

However,  NEP has moderated the extremes of CAPITALISTIC ECONOMY. Under NEP, THE RICH GETS EVEN RICHER, THE POOR BECOMES RICHER’.  As wisemen put it, ‘IF YOU TARGET THE SKY, IF YOU FAIL, AT LEAST YOU REACH THE CLOUDS’.

DAP and Chinese Extremism

June 20, 2010

The past few days, our newspapers highligted our Government’s concern about the possible come back of ‘terrorism elements’ into our PEACEFUL multi-racial society, including among lecturers in our IPTAs. Recently, a number of foreign and local students were arrested under ISA for having links with ‘world’ terrorist organisations, like the Al-Qaida and the Jamaah Islamiyah.

Non-muslims and non-Malay bloggers were fast to link FANATICISM, EXTREMISM and TERRORISM with Islam and the Malays. UMNO and PERKASA were labelled as EXTREMISTS and RACISTS. However, before they are drowned into their prejudices, let us put things in their proper perspective.

FANATISM, EXTREMISM and TERRORISM have NO RACE. They can emerge from any race, depending on time and circumstances.  If we look back at events in Sri Lanka, Northern Ireland, Palestine, southern Philipines, southern Thailand, Spain and others, obviously, EXTREMISM and TERRORISM do not point to any particular race or religion.

PAS was once at the verge of becoming EXTREMISTS like the Taliban or Al-Qaida. PAS President, Hj Hadi, used to decree that those working with non-Muslim parties became INFIDELS, or UNBELIEVERS, and as such, they can be fought against, and even killed. And PAS used to decree, which they have not retracted,  that those who die fighting UMNO would die as SYAHID, or MARTYRS.

Another Muslim organisation, the Al-Arqam used to attract strong followings among Muslims. They believed that their founder, the late Ustaz Shaari would by certain MIRACLES, become the 5th PM of Malaysia, Malaysia would become fully Islamic State, and Ustaz Shaari was designated as the PEMUDA BANI TAMIM, whom they claimed to have been referred to in religious prophecies, would receive the ‘flag’ from Imam Mahdi, the SAVIOUR. Al-Arqam members were willing to die for their cause.

The essay on terrorism linked to Malays and Muslims in Malaysia will not be complete without mentioning the ‘bombings in Indonesia’ by the Malaysian-born Nordin Md top and his operatives in Indonesia.

However, The Chinese community in Malaysia should not forget that, they used to, and maybe still are, supporters of FANATICISM, EXTREMISM and TERRORISM too. Even lately, DAP is still behind the idea of bringing back the ‘elderly’ MALAYSIAN TOP TERRORIST, Comrade Chin Peng. Chin Peng was the leader of the Malayan Branch of the Communist Party of China. The ‘Bintang Tiga’ Malayan Communist Party(MCP) first tried to seize power in Tanah Melayu upon the surrender of the Japanese in 1945. And again, they decided to insurrect ARMED STRUGGLE against the formation of Persekutuan Tanah Melayu, the transition government on the road to full independence. Overwhelming majority of Chinese were supportive of MCP, hence their strongholds in areas like Ipoh, Batu Gajah, Slim River and other Chinese-majority areas.

Chin Peng’s MCP atrocities were well recorded in our history, During over 10 years of intense ‘guerilla warfare’, thousands of their own mainly Chinese fighters(better-known as CTs) were killed, maimed or injures. And they incurred thousands of deaths and injuries to the rakyat and armed services personnels through their indiscriminate bombings of public utilities, and ambushes. Compared to other Malaysian terrorists, Chin Peng STOOD OUT by leaps and bounds.

Co-incidently, most of the ‘black areas’ which were the strong-holds of MCP, are now the strongholds of DAP. Its fair to believe that former members and supporters of MCP are now KEY SUPPORTERS of DAP. The question is, how to erase the strong culture of FANATICISM, EXTREMISM and TERRORISM from the members and supporters of DAP.

PAS Moving On Uphill Journey

June 13, 2010

Well, well… For over 50 years PAS have been PLOTTING to win over Malay votes from UMNO. So, there is NOTHING NEW about their latest rethorics in their National Convention in Kota Bharu.

The way I see it, after 2008, PAS will no longer be a serious threat to UMNO for Malay/Muslim votes, like they used to be.

Prior to 2008, PAS’s  trademark struggle for the establishment of ‘Iranian-styled’ ISLAMIC STATE  in Malaysia, including the implementation of HUDUD, the Islamic Criminal Laws, which will condemn SEX OUTSIDE MARRIAGE(including prostitution) to 100 strokes of ‘rotan’ in case of unmarried, and DEATH if it involve married persons.

 Such heavenly objectives had been their main attraction to Muslim youths, who would cherish becoming SYUHADA in the path of Allah, in their religious struggle, the JIHAD, to achieve those objectives.

However, PAS made the BIGGEST MISTAKE in their 50 over years history by throwing away their ISLAMIC STATE  and HUDUD objectives, in exchange for DAP Chinese support. Its just like a religious scholar ‘throwing their robes after being SUCKED TO FINISH by a China-doll prostitute’.

Due to their sinful acts, PAS leaders are NO LONGER guided by religious wisdom. That led them to allow non-Muslims to be members of their party, to enhance their support among the non-Muslims. The big question is, what make them support PAS, but not becoming Muslims? Could it be that PAS is no longer seen as representing the ISLAMIC IDEALS?

To the Muslims and Malays, after 2008, PAS will never be the same again.  They lost their credibility, and worst still their VISION and MISSION. The path infront of them is UPHILL, and they’ll never ever reach Putrajaya.

Merits of UMNO Youth Chief NOT Appointed Minister

June 4, 2010

The most notable OMMISSION in Najib’s cabinet, including the latest re-shuffle, is the UMNO Youth chief, Khairy Jamaluddin. Khairy is one of the most highly-educated UMNO Youth leaders, and his OUTSTANDING performance is Parliment has been ‘duri dalam daging’ to the opposition. That raised certain question as to WHY he is not yet appointed as a minister, or at least a deputy minister.

For those who understand the traditional role of the UMNO Youth wing, there is nothing abnormal about the OMMISSION. UMNO Youth used to have LEGENDARY leaders like Syed Jaafar Albar and Datuk Harun. During their days, UMNO Youth played the role of ‘party within a party’, or ‘opposition within the party’. They become ‘watchdog’ to the Government, and at the same time VOICE OF THE RAKYAT.

However, such role began to diminish, especially when the leader of UMNO Youth was made Deputy Minister or Minister. When an UMNO Youth leader becomes Minister, it creates a position of CONFLICT OF INTEREST. As a member of the cabinet, he has to abide by cabinet decisions. While, as an UMNO Youth leader, he has to be the VOICE OF THE RAKYAT, which may not be in line with the Government, at times, if not all the time.

Of late, Malay NGOs like Perkasa are becoming very vocal in defending MALAY RIGHTS, and criticising Government policies, and the PM too. An UMNO Youth leader, who is also a minister, may find it difficult to criticise his own boss in the cabinet. Its not surprising that based on a recent survey, over 70% of Malays SUPPORT PERKASA. UMNO Youth would be lucky if they can garner 50% of such support.

I believe, Najib has GOOD REASONS not to appoint Khairy as one of his cabinet ministers. Najib used to be an UMNO Youth leader himself. UMNO Youth has huge responsibility to educate young voters of the history of our country, the SOCIAL CONTRACT, the NEP and such like. UMNO Youth has a duty to answer WHY certain section of young voters who received benefits from NEP could be tricked into supporting the opposition.

An UMNO Youth leader is automatically the BN Youth chief. As such, a BN Youth leader, he  has to spend a lot of time  co-ordinating and strategising with other BN component parties’ respective youth leaders HOW to ‘outreach’ for the support of young voters among the non-Malays . in this ‘cyber age’, it has become an ABSOLUTE NECESSITY for members of UMNO/BN youths to master the necessary skill to communicate with young people by means of websites, blogs, facebook etc.

Back to the role of UMNO Youth. UMNO Youth should not be seen as YES MAN to the government all the time. If they continue doing that, more organisations like Perkasa will appear on stage, to be the MOUTH-PIECE of the rakyat. UMNO Youth should go back to play their TRADITIONAL ROLE as people’s hero, people’s hope, and people’s mouthpiece. In other words, JUARA RAKYAT.

This can only happen if the UMNO Youth leader is OUTSIDE the Government.  Congratulation to Khairy for his STEADFASTNESS in fulfilling the duties entrusted upon him by over 700,000 UMNO Youth members in the country, without the ‘glory’ of a cabinet post.

NEP, Key To Prosperous Malaysia

June 3, 2010

New Economic Policy(NEP) was introduced by Tun Razak-led Alliance Government, not long after the 13th May 1969 racial riot. Apart from its two-pronged objectives of ERADICATING POVERTY and RESTRUCTURING SOCIETY, NEP was one of the instruments to realize the SPECIAL POSITION OF MALAYS/BUMIPUTRAS as enshrined in the country’s Constitution.

Since NEP,  Malaysians had been living in peace and harmony, and together they built a PEACEFUL, STABLE and PROSPEROUS Malaysia. Up to the 11th GE of 2004, the ruling BN were returned to power with MASSIVE 90%MAJORITY. Malaysians, by and large, were happy with the economy, the country and the ruling Government. Malaysia was transformed into one of ECONOMIC TIGERS of Asia, and by mid-1990s, Malaysian map protruded higher than THE REST OF THE WORLD when our Petronas Twin Towers were proclaimed TALLEST BUILDING in the world. Several new buildings have since surpassed the height of the Twin Towers, but for a decade around the turn of the millenium, our capital KL was the ‘centre of the world’.

However, in the run-up to the 12th GE in 2008, certain DESPERATE politicians were using the SUCCESS OF NEP to stir up the feelings of Chinese and Indians, and even certain section of Malays, by alleging that the NEP only benefitted certain UMNO-linked individuals. The Chinese, despite their phenomenal success in business and overwhelming majority stake in the country’s wealth, were whipped up to believe that they are ‘discriminated’ by the Malays. And the Indians were driven to the streets with rumours that they were subject of ‘ethnic cleansing’ by the Malays too.

All the above were actually far from truth. Based on per capita income, the Chinese and Indians are well ahead of the Malays/bumiputras. No doubt, there were certain section of Chinese and Indians who are still in much to be desired state. Yet the fact that the RICHEST PERSON in Malaysia is Chinese, and the SECOND RICHEST is Indian, tell us a lot about the overall state of affairs.

Despite that, no one would deny the fact that the NEP have UPLIFTED the Malays/Bumiputras in 1001 ways. The quota system in Public Universities placements have allowed more QUALIFIED Malays/Bumiputra to enter tertiary education, with Government scholarship or study loans. Government’s establishments of over 20 Public Universities(IPTAs) and licencing of even bigger number of IPTS conducting twinning programmes with foreign universities have maximised tertiary education opportunities  to all Malaysians. Under the NEP too,thousands of Malays/Bumiputras  better-qualified students were sent to overseas universities to undertake studies in ‘critical’ courses, to help build the nation upon their return.

As a result of the UMNO-led BN Government efforts, most of Malays/Bumiputra household would have 2-3 of their sibblings studying in Universities, graduated and later filled up the TOP POSTS in both the public and private sectors. Their high salaries naturally flow back to their once poor parents and families. By this, majority of Malays/Bumiputras households were TRANSFORMED from poverty-stricken to LOWER MIDDLE CLASS and MIDDLE CLASS catagories.

 Only the sick-hearted would ever suggest that the Malays who are keen on UPHOLDING the ‘spirit of NEP’ are against GLOBALISATION and COMPETITIVENESS . Malays are FOR globalisation and competitiveness, like their Chinese and indian counterparts. However, to the Malays/Bumiputras, what’s the point of GLOBALISATION, COMPETITIVENESS, and DEVELOPED STATUS, if they are pushed to the ‘fringe’ of the ECONOMIC ARENA, or as their proverb goes, ‘bagai melukut di tepi gantang’. The Malays/Bumiputras fully understand the VICIOUS CIRCLE of capitalistic economy, whereby THE RICH GETS RICHER and THE POOR GETS POORER, unless certain AFFIRMATIVE ACTIONS like the NEP is implemented, to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor.

The Malays/Bumiputras have clearly seen the ‘magics’ of the DEP, and how it had transformed them, their families and children. Indirectly, their transformation have TRANSFORMED the country too. They have also clearly seen that, DESPITE the NEP, Malaysia have positioned itself as one of TOP 20 TRADING NATIONS in the world, and lately, recognised as one of the TOP 10 MOST COMPETITIVE ECONOMIES on earth. What’s then the merit of argument by certain ill-hearted ‘experts’ that the NEP is a hindrance to globalisation and competitiveness.

Its nearer to truth to think of NEP as one of the KEY FACTORS to our countries SUCCESS STORIES. Infact, NEP has been KEY to PEACEFUL, STABLE and PROSPEROUS Malaysia. That being the case,  NEP should be incorporated as ‘part and parcel’ of any New Economic Models(NEM) for the country,  in order for it to succeed.


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