Malay Fear

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.

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3 thoughts on “Malay Fear

  1. UMNO, first and foremost, is a political party. And like any political party on this planet (not sure about elsewhere in the universe, tho), what it seeks is power and influence.

    Nothing wrong with that, per se, if that power and influence then is used to really help those in need of help. Unfortunately, power and influence, if left unchecked for too long, does tend to get to one’s heads.

    There definitely are those who need help in Malaysia – that, I think, is a given. UMNO, unfortunately, has become so wrapped up within itself, that to them it’s only the Malays. And thus, the flattening and over-generalized idea that if you’re Malay, you’re helpless. By default. And yes, it’s downright insulting.

    What we’re seeing today, IMHO, is race-based politics trying to fight for survival with tooth and nail. March 8th has shown us that, and what’s happening from then till now, particularly where UMNO is concerned, is denial that it’s fate is inevitable, and that what they stand for is still a valid paradigm.

    UMNO’s demise is just a matter of time. Which may not be that bad a thing. But they’re scared. And that, I think, is the underlying root-cause of the symptoms we’re seeing today.

    And re-reading your post, I realize I’ve just repeated what you’ve said, so I better stop here…

    Good post, by the way, if I didn’t already mention that.

  2. Until we have a more balanced and responsible Malay mass media other than the ones that spew forth UMNO’s contention that non-Malays are out to get the Malays, I think it is politically wise for individuals to do such ‘assuaging’ (if that’s even a word :P).

    Put yourself in Lim Guan Eng’s shoes and I think you’ll understand how he was slaughtered in the Malay press over a simple statement like “NEP breeds corruption, we will abolish it”. He didn’t need to assuage anyone, but eventually did due to the political circumstances.

  3. Thanks walski, being kind and all.

    Klaw, it is tricky in being objective while at the same time keeping the interest groups connected to the general theme, however you have to ask how far down the line of political pacification you want to travel to.

    (p.s. matey, assuaging is a word, so is lobola- and a bunch more)

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