KETUANAN MELAYU Here To Stay, Like It or Not
Before we discus ‘Ketuanan Melayu’, lets see how Malays understand the term ‘Ketuanan Melayu’…rather than how DAP understands it.
To the Malays, ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ is not about the Malays being a master race and the others as slave races.
To the Malays, ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ also does not imply Malay dominance as claimed by certain non-Malays.
To the Malays, ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ means that the Malays are accorded certain ‘Special position…’ in the Federal Constitution for being the ‘original owner and ruler’ of Tanah Melayu and Persekutuan Tanah Melayu.
Malays never claim that they are master race over other races. The Malays never claim that they should ‘dominate’ all spheres of life in the country….after all the Chinese are the dominant race, in general, in the field of economy.
However, Malays only demand RECOGNITION by other races that their forefathers were the ‘original owners and rulers’ of this part of the world known as the Malay Archipelago, in particular the peninsula part of Malaysia, known as Persekutuan Tanah Melayu, or Malaya.
Actually such RECOGNITION was already ‘inscribed’ in the Federal Constitution by inclusion of various articles which are MALAY-CENTRED, like the ‘special position…’ accorded to the Malays and Bumiputra of Sabah and Sarawak. Besides that, the adoption of Islam(the religion of the Malays in Malaysia) as the RELIGION OF THE FEDERATION, the adoption of Bahasa Melayu(the language of the Malays) as the official language of the country, the role of one of the Malays Raja Melayu as one of the Agung(king) of the country, the provision of ‘tanah rizab Melayu’ and such like.
Whether DAP Chinese like it or not, such understanding of ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ is wide spread within the Malay community, and they will never surrender such status accorded to them in the formulation of the Federal Constitution.
Let me remind. Ketuanan Melayu is NEITHER about the Malays being a master race NOR the Malays as dominant race. Ketuanan Melayu is a general recognition that the forefathers of the Malays were the original owners and rulers of Tanah Melayu….as being inscribed in our Federal Constitution.