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    Can we trust UMNO: Mahathir - The Malay Dilemma

    Finally, a Malay has fingered the cause of the Malay's dilemma.

    Dr M and the Malays

    If some of you think that this nation is in a mess, then blame the Malays because they are the problem. Malays know that Malaysia is not the land of gold and honey any longer.
    In these difficult times, they have become more aware of their surroundings; but one other person has noticed this sea-change in the Malays.

    He is former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad. He knows that a thinking and independent Malay is detrimental to his legacy, his creation - Umno-Baru - and to the well-being of his family’s fortunes. Today’s self-aware Malay is Mahathir’s downfall.

    Malays are in positions of power in government and the civil service. They dictate policies and run the wheels of government; but Malays are also the nation’s worst hypocrites.

    They are greedy. They are happy with short-term solutions. They do not think of the consequences. They are happy to hide behind the cloak of race and religion if it will bring them some material benefit or status. The day they lose everything is probably the day they will regain their humility, values and self-respect.

    With the downturn in the economy, Malays have noticed that jobs are hard to come by, that only the chosen Malays receive government tenders, and that the cost of living is increasing. Scholarships for the poor Malay child are snapped up by children of Umno Baru politicians and cronies, leaving only a few places for the needy.

    Crime is rife and foreigners are a common sight in every community, schools and hospitals. The Malay market-trader has to compete with a foreigner, who is willing to work harder for less money. Children in the rural areas are disillusioned and difficult to motivate. Many drift to the cities looking for jobs, then find that there are no jobs, so they add to the Mat Rempit menace.

    The most privileged section of the community also has the highest proportion of drug users. Why are Malays more prone to drug addiction? Are they trying to escape reality? People who volunteer in charitable organisations allege that Malays have the highest incidence of problems, ranging from domestic violence to sexually transmitted diseases, and sexual problems such as rape, incest and illegitimate children.

    Corruption is killing the country, but Malays are quite happy with the RM50 or RM500 offered by Umno Baru. The muftis order ridiculous fatwas and Friday sermons are politicised, but few Malays voice their objections. If this were Indonesia, the Indonesians would have walked out of the mosques, in protest.

    Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim nation. If Indonesian women were subjected to acts of humiliation, many Indonesian women and men would have picketed to protest and demand that stern action be taken. Malay women would rather watch the latest TV soap.

    Exacting vengeance

    Malays are aware that government tenders above a certain value involve bribery but will they lodge complaints? Perhaps, they are aware that nothing will be done. The people who head these anti-graft bodies are Malay.

    Malays know that cheating was rife in GE13 and in the by-election in Kuala Besut on July 24. It appears that Malays were more concerned about getting in the queue for their “travel allowance”, than stopping corruption.

    The hundreds of millions of ringgit should instead have been pumped into schemes to benefit the community. The scoundrels are the Election Commission (EC) chairperson and his deputy; both Malays. Men who lack principle and dignity are championed by Umno-Baru.

    Umno Baru seems to be promoting the Malays, whereas Pakatan Rakyat appears to be inclusive of all Malaysians, but the irony is that the only way for Malays to prosper is to vote against Umno-Baru and ensure that Pakatan forms the next government.

    Mahathir knows which buttons to push. He is good at making you react, he excels at getting your attention and is pleased when you become all worked up - his expertise is that of a master manipulator. Mahathir would have made a better psychiatrist than a general practitioner.

    Those who claim that Mahathir’s policies “help” the Malays, are wrong. What he does under the pretext of helping Malays is designed to have the opposite effect. He is exacting his own vengeance on the Malays. Sadly, the Malays are too blind or stupid to notice.

    When Mahathir was a child, which traumatic episode in particular made him turn against the Malays? He appears to be torn between pleasing the Malays, so that he is accepted by them, but at the same time is driven by feelings of guilt, to redeem himself for being cast as an outsider.

    Was he teased in the school playground and called derogatory names pertaining to his background? Was he ashamed of being registered as an Indian at medical school in Singapore? Despite having a Malay mother, did elite Malays, royalty and the community treat Mahathir as an outsider? Did an incident deprive Mahathir of a deep emotional connection with the Malay community, which fostered a deep seated envy of the Malays?

    This week, Mahathir has again tried to pit Malays against Chinese, and vice-versa; he queried whether the Chinese wanted to share, or to seize power, in Malaysia.

    The non-Malay colleagues or beneficiaries of Mahathir’s largesse are silent. If they are angry with Mahathir, none would dare voice their objections publicly. Mahathir knows that patronage has its advantages, and its limits.

    Poor-quality leaders

    Today, we are a nation divided along racial and religious lines and all of us are to blame. From the beginning, Mahathir had a racist agenda. The Malays were mesmerised by Mahathir’s spin but then, the non-Malays are not entirely innocent.

    In the WikiLeaks cables released in April 2013, it was revealed that the US embassy expressed surprise that Mahathir had been appointed deputy PM in 1976, but they were probably more amazed by the lack of opposition from the non-Malays despite Mahathir’s “Malay chauvinism”.

    Francis T Underhill Jr, the ambassador at the time noted that “... the small, predominantly Chinese Democratic Action Party (DAP) has expressed some concern over Mahathir’s past record but has not openly opposed his selection. Other Chinese parties or politicians have either not commented or have welcomed Mahathir’s appointment in a pro forma manner”.

    Malaysia does not have a Malay or a Chinese dilemma. Our only dilemma is Mahathir. His latest outburst about the Chinese seizing power is merely a side-show. He wants to deflect attention from the greatest show in Malaysia, the Umno Baru general assembly.

    Behind the scenes, the Malays in Umno-Baru are positioning themselves, like pieces on a chess board. The rakyat’s problem is that we have poor quality Malay Umno Baru leaders, who only want to maintain their vested interests.

    Malays are the problem of this country but they could also be the solution. Right now, any aspiring Malay who wants to be leader must listen to the needs of the lower-income groups and families with aspiration. He must address concerns of the rakyat like illegal immigration, corruption, education and rising crime.

    Nothing gives Mahathir a greater sense of schadenfreude than seeing the Malays suffer, despite the Ketuanan Melayu and Umno Baru.

    MARIAM MOKHTAR is a non-conformist traditionalist from Perak, a bucket chemist and an armchair eco-warrior. In ‘real-speak', this translates into that she comes from Ipoh, values change but respects culture, is a petroleum chemist and also an environmental pollution-control scientist.

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    Dr M’s lies and falsehoods

    [COLOR=#707070 !important]July 29, 2013[/COLOR]
    Many Malaysians have written to say to ignore the ramblings of an old political hack and I agree generally with this strategy.
    By Koon Yew Yin

    As most people are aware, the intention of Dr Mahathir Mohamad in writing the piece,’Chinese better off after Merdeka’ for the New Straits Times is not to foster greater political consciousness amongst the Chinese; neither is it to improve inter-racial cooperation among Chinese and Malays.

    It is also not meant to provide new ideas on how to transform the country and take it forward so that it can compete with nations such as Singapore which is one of the op-piece’s main targets.

    Mahathir’s aim is really to spread alarm and suspicion among the Malays and to stampede them into panic on the political transformation which is taking place among Malaysian Chinese and among all Malaysians.

    Part of the recent political transformation among Malaysians is a questioning of what have been the real achievements of the Mahathir era and what sort of legacy he has left the country. This is where Mahathir is evasive or silent, and for good reason.

    Numerous studies have shown how despite our progress during the Mahathir years, the country’s economy actually lost ground when compared with Singapore and other countries chiefly because he permitted – many critics say, tacitly encouraged – a culture of high level corruption and wastage on mega projects.

    These, together with bad governance, have continued till today and have contributed little to national productivity.

    Hundreds, if not thousands, of billions of ringgit was invested in his pet projects which have benefited the selected few and Umno.

    Sure, some of the massive wealth derived from the hard earned incomes of citizens and the oil and gas bonanza went to the middle class and professionals. But the greater proportion was siphoned by the coterie of Chinese, Malay and other Malaysian businessmen, politicians and other associates of the BN.

    This has led to a situation where Malaysia’s income inequality and illicit financial outflows ranks among the highest in the world, a development which Mahathir refuses to write or talk about, despite the fact that he is happy to provide his two cents worth on practically every subject on Malaysia.

    At the same time as Mahathir frittered away our national wealth and failed to lead the nation to compete with our neighbours in the region, he has presided over the lowering of educational standards, the abuse of executive power, and the racialization of the civil service.

    Most damaging of all, he has been responsible for breaking up our racial unity and social cohesion carefully built up since independence by the earlier prime ministers through implanting and arousing new racial and political demons in our people.

    One demon is that of the alleged Chinese control of the economy. As . Mahathir knows, it is the GLCs and Malays that control the commanding heights of the economy. There is no longer any Chinese control for the simple reason that much of Chinese capital and enterprise have been driven out of the country by the NEP.

    Sinister intention

    The most lucrative sector – oil and gas – is under Petronas which is controlled by the Malays.

    Similarly too, the banking, automobile, defence, agricultural and hi-tech sectors are all controlled by Malays and GLCs, leaving other Malaysians with scraps.

    Add to this the new Malay billionaires such as Daim Zainuddin, Syed Mokhtar Al Bhukery, Eleena Azlan Shah, Azman Hashim, his own son, Mokhzani Mahathir, and many others such as the Sarawak Chief Minister, Taib Mahmud, whose wealth abroad is not so easily quantifiable by Forbes, and it becomes clear that the spectre of Chinese economic dominance simply falls apart.

    Mahathir may have to rely on the Chinese tradesman to fix his computer, car or air-conditioning but this is different from Chinese control of the economy!

    The DAP has been one of Mahathir’s main targets of demonization. Now that the party is making inroads in the Malay electorate through its coalition with PAS and PKR, Mahathir feels that he has to make a pre-emptive strike to destroy both the DAP and Pakatan Rakyat and to ensure for Umno, the continuity of Malay support.

    Although I have supported the DAP in the last few elections, I am not a party member and disagree with some of its positions.

    However, for Mahathir to claim that “DAP believes and strives to make a Singapore out of Malaysia where the Chinese wield political as well as economic power” is so outrageous and unbelievable that I am left with no doubt that his intention is sinister.

    Such an allegation would be unacceptable even from the most rabid political extremist.

    Nowhere in the ceramahs and private discussions that I have had with Chinese leaders of the DAP has this view of Chinese economic and political dominance been expressed by any of them.

    If anything, the DAP has often tried to be the junior partner in the Pakatan coalition, conceding to Malay leadership even when I sometimes think it does not matter which party leadership takes the lead in opposing Umno or BN.

    Further his contention that “[t]he dilemma for the Chinese is whether to make a grab for political power while dominating economic power or to adhere to the principle of sharing which has made this country what it is today” is so far from reality and the modest expectations that the Chinese have of their political position that it is laughable.

    There is no such Chinese dilemma as explained by Mahathir just as there is no Malay dilemma in which Mahathir has written that the Malays are genetically inferior to the Chinese and will need his brand of racial privileging to redress.

    Response to Mahathir

    How should we respond? Many Malaysians have written to say to ignore the ramblings of an old political hack and I agree generally with this strategy.

    One reader in a major websie has written to say:

    “Only stupid Malays will believe that a minority race will wrest the political power in a Malay-majority country. Even all the laws and constitutions [are] made to enforce that.”

    Those who doubt the opposition should attend their ceramah and hear what is their issue of concern for Malaysia, not based on a scared and cunning individual perception.

    Unfortunately such an approach will not undo the mischief and provocation that it is likely to create in the Malay world dominated by pro-Umno media and pro-Umno bloggers who see the world in pro or anti Malay terms.

    To counter the potential damage from what is probably the most irresponsible of Mahathir’s recent commentaries, I would like to suggest the following:

    • Umno, MCA and other leaders in the BN should publicly dissociate themselves from the article and blow the whistle on the former PM for attempting to stir up racial tensions

    • MCA leaders who are the best judge of the DAP’s politics should clarify whether they agree with Mahathir that their political opponents are engaged in a racial grab for power. This clarification should be addressed to the Chinese and Malay constituencies as soon as possible.

    • PKR and PAS leaders should also speak up and join in the condemnation of Mahathir’s strategy of putting out lies and falsehoods to divide the nation. This is especially deplorable during the month of Ramadan.

    • Meanwhile, the Singapore authorities may want to issue a public response to Mahathir’s opinion since he has deliberately brought in the bogey man of the island state to frighten the Malay electorate.

    Koon Yew Yin is an investor and philantropist. He is the founder IJM Group, Gamuda and Mudajaya.


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