KETUANAN MELAYU Debate Rages On

The term KETUANAN MELAYU appears to be like the sound of DEAFENING THUNDER to some people, that whenever the term is uttered, it makes them pressing their palms firmly against their ears, so as not to allow their EARDRUM to catch the sound of the THUNDEROUS WORD.

Chua Soi Lek, the President of MCA , took an extra step during the BN Convention recently by advocating that certain terms like ‘Ketuanan Melayu’, ‘Pendatang’ and a few other terms considered ‘deregatory’ by the Chinese be made a ‘taboo’, or should not be used at all.

As usual, Chua Soi Lek had good intentions, even when he ‘entertained’ his mistress in the Batu Pahat Hotel. His thought then could be, what’s wrong  to have  a bit of ‘relaxing indulgences’ to regain the much required freshness and energy to further carry out the more important task of serving MCA.

Ever since CSL was defeated by Ong Tee Keat in the earlier MCA Presidential Election, he began to portray himself as a ‘Chinese Champion’ of a sort, by adopting political stands and postures which are normally identified with the chauvanist DAP. He had carved out ‘rebel within the party’ image. Despite that, due to certain national problems linked to Ong Tee Keat, and the re-election process of MCA President which involved a three-cornered fight involving Ong Ka Ting too, besides him and Ong Tee Keat,  resulted into the most UNEXPECTED, Chua Soi Lek became the SURPRISE winner. 

We can understand, its not easy for CSL to immediately switch from his ‘rebel within the party’ image, to that of the leader of the second most powerful party in the BN, the President of MCA, the founding partner of the Alliance Party, and one of the backbones of the BN.

CSL realized that overwhelming majority of his Chinese community have abandoned MCA, as clearly shown in the last GE. As proven by Anwar and Kit Siang, the easiest way to ‘pinch’ Chinese support from the BN was to portray MCA as the ‘yes man of UMNO’, ‘little brother’ of UMNO’ and other demeaning labels, besides portraying UMNO as an ‘anti-Chinese monster’, robbing everything fom the Chinese, to be given to the ‘UMNO elites’.

While being sidelined for over two years by Ong Tee Keat, CSL could probably be taken in by the Anwar-Kit Siang HATE CAMPAIGN against UMNO/BN. And, at a time when MCA was sorting out its leadership crisis, the Anwar-Kit Siang-like  postures adopted by CSL quitely but  slowly gained some following from among the MCA members who were stirred by by the Anwar-Kit Siang HATE CAMPAIGN, and were struggling to find leaders who would stand up for them.

Now, CSL is at the helm of MCA, the second biggest party in the BN.  By proposing that all BN component parties be regarded as EQUAL PARTNERS, many questioned whether CSL, as the new President of MCA,  has fully grasped how BN really works. Looking from the point of view of UMNO members,  BN has to be run like a SDN BHD company or Public-listed companies, rather than as an MCA COOPERATIVE or Koperasi. Major decisions of cooperatives are through their EGM where one member has one vote. Whereas in SDN BHD company or Public-listed companies, the strength of the ‘members’ or directors depend on the number of shares they own in the companies. Obviously its not logical to think of a situation whereby DS Najib, the President of UMNO who represent s over 3 million UMNO members be AT PAR with the Presidebt of a small Sabah-based BN component party having less than fifty thousand members.

In many ways,  BN is run very mush like the United Nations, where there are certain levels  and matrices of powers being exercised, the most powerful being the Security Council. In the actual General Assembly, every member state has only one vote, but without the existence of bodies like the Security Council , with limited number of permanent and temporary members, the UN would not be effective in administrating WORLD PEACE as it is doing now.

CSL knows very well that there is no such term as ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ in any part of our Federal Constitution. So are terms like ‘Social Contract’. YET, the whole letters and spirit of the Federal Constitution gave rise to the accepted terms like ‘Social Contract’ and ‘Ketuanan Melayu’.

The ‘Malay Centredness’ of our Federal Constitution is TOO APPARENT TO DENY. Bahasa Melayu, the language of the Malays was made the NATIONAL LANGUAGE. Islam, the religion of the Malays was made the RELIGION OF THE FEDERATION. Each of the states are headed by MALAY KINGS who collectively appoint the YANG DIPERTUAN AGUNG, the KING OF MALAYSIA. Under our land laws, 50% of land has to be reserved to the MALAYS forever. And, Article 153 of the Federal Constitution clearly spell out SPECIAL POSITION OF MALAYS. 

All the above provisions are allowed for in our Federal Constitution after taking into considerations the POLITICAL HISTORY of the region, where Malays have always been WORLDLY RECOGNISED  as the ETHNIC PEOPLE and ESTABLISHED RULERS of this part of the MALAY ARCHIPELAGO, before any history book was ever written.

‘Ketuanan Melayu’ is not about Malay supremacy over other races. ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ is not about Malays becoming MASTERS and the other races becoming SLAVES, as coined by both Anwar and Kit Siang. ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ is in fact the recognition of the POLITICAL HISTORY of this region where MALAYS were the ORIGINAL INHIBITANTS AND RULERS, and for that reason, the Malays were accorded SPECIAL POSITION in our Federal Constitution.

To deny the realities of ‘Social Contract’, ‘Ketuanan Melayu’, and other related terms, Chua Soi Lek will only make himself, if not his party, IRRELEVANT. During the early years of the Late Lim Chong Yew, MCA used to split apart, when the ‘young turks’ within MCA tried to do exactly what Chua Soi Lek is trying to repeat now. In such difficulties, UMNO proved to be able to stand firm on their history-blessed grounds, and would not hesitate to choose to work with even smaller group of Chinese who uphold the spirits of the SOCIAL CONTRACT agreed upon by the FOUNDING FATHERS of our blessed nation.

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