Let’s get down and dirty.
It is getting a little nauseating when people who voted, managed, planned and executed the great change of GE12 keep reverting to an apologetic stance, when it comes to how Malays are to be appeased.
Firstly, I was there on the padang in Sultan Suleiman Club when saudara Anwar promised a Ketuanan Rakyat, and in a Ketuanan Rakyat you don’t get to eat your cake and have it too.
At some point we have to stop reassuring a whole collective of people, those assigned as Malays by the Malaysian constitution, that they are not going to be plowed over by the rest.
There are smart Malays, average Malays and not so smart Malays, and this might blow some of us away, but there probably is the same distribution of smart, average and not so smart people amongst most ethnicities. Yet it seems (if you believe your basic umno leader) that there is only one type of Malay, one with a singularity which defies every other race statistics in the world.
So, you see I don’t get it.
Not every Malay lives in fear of the changing political climate. Like every juncture in the history of this young country, it is the histrionics of umno leaders which has upped the sense of isolation, desolation and fear amongst the Malays, who still feel a fear.
Race would always be a major consideration for all nations, that goes without saying, however the massive fixation we have, and here I would have to level the accusation to many of us, those in umno and out of it, for regurgitating the ethos that there is a pressing need to assuage the Malay person all the time. It is pretty patronising and suggests inadequacies in the millions of Malays who are not inadequate.
And no, by saying there are millions of very capable and independent Malays, I am not saying the weaker amongst of the Malays do not need help.
Everyone needs help sometimes, but very few of us need help all the time, and to continuously mouthing what is logically ridiculous, that all Malays are always under the fear of the unknown and they need protection, and by protection they mean a bit more, is just not true.
So the only thing we all have to fear are the colourless bigots serenading as politicians, statesmen, civil servants, newspapermen and operatives who sell hate and fear as a currency for their own survival.