Sunday, May 31, 2009

I am a Malay, I am a racist. I embrace racism although I do not enjoy the definition of racism as what Oxford and Webster describe. I have work with Non Malays most of the time and I found that it is better to embrace racism then to deny oneself that it does not colour our judgement but by saying that I abhor anything discriminatory associated in being a racist.

I remember when I was working with the circus crew and massaging one of the Americans present ( I was a part time masseur) and during my therapy session with him I remark while kneading his back that (he has a daughter) it is easier to say you are a liberal so and so but what if your daughter is in love with a black man it is not so nice then isn't it. He laugh and he admit so! In United States in the South they still maintain of having two prom nights one for the black and one for the whites. During the recent presidential election 60% of whites still vote for McCain instead of following the National census that shows non whites vote overwhelmingly for Obama, Why? Is that not racism in the highest order.

In Penang a state I considered mine Malays could hardly do business there. Although being the Silicon Valley of Malaysia overwhelmingly most of the vendors of the Multi National Companies are Chinese owned and operated. And if you are qualified, a Malay can't find a decent job as oppose to the Chinese. In job ads across the country Chinese speaking and able to write chinese are put in place making it difficult for the Malays to get the job. This practise was only recently ban in Singapore but not here.

The Chinese call everyone a devil from the whites to the Indians. Gwailo, Malaygwai or Kelinggwai are words describing the non malays uttered by the Chinese. So I embrace racism, I am being practical but I hate the baggage that comes with it. I understand that loving one race is nothing wrong but having said that I detest if it means depriving anyone their rights to live to pray to work and to be educated. Maybe there will come a time when we are colour blind and race blind but for me it is practical for me to embrace them, then to deny. I will then be able to put barriers or walls which I would not transgress and act as my limits in helping my race.

Here is an article written by Karim Raslan although I agree but sad that UMNO should be reduce to that!

Umno’s fortunes — Karim Raslan

MAY 30 — A few weeks ago I wrote about the struggle for Umno's soul — about the tussle between those who viewed the party as a vehicle for exclusivist Malay politics and those who wanted it to be more open, less intolerant — in effect, to steer the party back to the middle ground.
Anyone who's read my column for any length of time will know which direction I want Umno to take.
Interestingly enough, I bumped into an old friend and an active politician from Umno soon after the column was published. Since we were both heading for KLIA on the ERL, we had a fairly intense discussion for the length of the journey.
“Aziz” (not his real name) is a thinking man. However much I've disagreed with him over the years he's always been thoughtful and courteous. He's the sort of fellow who can remain relatively calm, dispassionate and rational even in the midst of fairly heated debate.
Still it was evident from the moment we started talking that he was troubled by what he saw as Umno's diminished state — the internal bickering, the almost universal external criticism and the lack of clear direction. He seemed to alternate between frustration, anger and bewilderment.
"We don't really know what we want or need to do. We aren't clear on our objectives. We've had countless strategy sessions but there hasn't been a firm decision to go in any particular direction."
Still “Aziz” was not the type to be defeatist and whilst his words might have sounded ominous for an opposition activist, I'm sure they resonated amongst the party faithful.
"Karim, losing is not an option. Umno cannot and will not lose. There is too much at stake and the opposition cannot be trusted to look after the position of the Malays."
Whilst I disagreed and told him so, arguing that political parties were more like “vehicles” that needed to shift their principles and strategies to adapt to changing times, I could sense he wasn't convinced especially when I suggested that a spell in opposition might be good for Umno.
"We have to go back to basics. We have to ask ourselves what is the party's core? Who are its base constituents? Obviously, it's the Malays. Then we have to ask ourselves: are we serving them properly, are we truly representing their interests?"
He didn't flinch when I asked him about the corruption within the party and the extent to which it had undermined the party's position nationwide.
"I've been thinking about this. Maybe we need to change the incentive structure within the party? At the moment the party's branch and division leaders are overly-focused on winning internal party elections so that they can then offer themselves as parliamentary or state assembly candidates.
“This means that they'll attend to Umno members before other non-members — be they Malay, Indian or Chinese. If there's an allocation, the money will go to supporters to ensure they'll continue supporting. It's a vicious cycle that makes the party unpopular on the ground.
"Maybe Umno division chiefs should be barred from holding elected office? If this were to happen you'd find that the internal contests wouldn't be so heated and intense. Then the party structure could be re-orientated back to serving the people."
But what about the party's core principles? Here, I noticed an important theme emerging.
"We've lost the non-Malay vote for now. With what's happening in Perak it may be impossible to win them back by the next election. Instead what we've got to do is secure our base — the Malay base. When we have the Malay ground back in our control they'll be no alternative for the non-Malays — they'll have to return to the Barisan Nasional."
Later as I was thinking through his argument I had to concede it made political sense even if I disagreed with it. To my mind, prioritising the Malay agenda at this stage merely reinforces the non-Malay exclusion from the national agenda. Still, Umno has to consolidate around something — even if it is a shrunken Malay base — if it hopes to move forward.
Certainly the intense focus on the internal PAS polls underlines this strategy. It is no secret that the Hadi Awang-Ustaz Nasharuddin faction is far more attached to the Malay dominance rhetoric than the Nik Aziz and Husam Musa group. Whilst their popularity amongst the grassroots is questionable, they've been adept at winning over PAS party apparatchiks so much so that they now look set to carry off the bulk of internal party seats.
Ironically, the possibility that a more pro-Malay/ulama faction might win in PAS presents Umno with a lifeline by steering PAS once again back into the extremist wilderness.
If indeed PAS fails to make the ambitious move to the middle ground the Pakatan's future is shaky and Umno will be able to emerge as a “less extreme” Malay force around which the non-Malays will be forced to coalesce. Remember also that Umno will regain its pre-eminence without having to undergo any reforms.
Of course all this rather denigrates Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's PKR but unless and until he cracks the whip with his own feckless party members, political realists will be focusing on how the two main Malay parties position themselves and a shift to the right somehow seems inevitable. — mysinchew


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