Race Relations, part XVII.

Friday, April 17, 2009

The original article appeared in the 15th April, 2009 issue of Utusan Malaysia. It pissed me off so much I decided to make an English translation, for those of you who don’t speak Malay. It gives me a good excuse to practice as well.  The translation begins here (underlines, parenthesis mine):


RISE UP, MALAYS Kuala Lumpur, 14th April – The Malay people need to rise up and unite in facing the demands of other races which have been increasingly seen as overboard.

They also need to be aware and conscious with the current political situation which has seen many claims that have undermined the political strength of the Malay people.

With respect to that, the Malay people are asked not to bow down to those overboard claims, and instead rise as one to defend their rights and their privileges.

MP for Pasir Mas Datuk Ibrahim Ali said that the non-Malay leaders in this matter need to be aware that a government can just choose not to entertain their ‘claims’.

He said the largest amount of seats in Parliament belong to the Malays and that this is enough to form a government in this country solely based on Malay representatives.

As such, he said, from a political point of view the government should be fulfilling whatever the Malay people want, as they are the majority, instead of always giving concessions to the non-Malays.

“Malay parties will be strong when the Malay people are taken care of. So UMNO needs to focus on the Malay people. So UMNO needs not be afraid, because when I see that UMNO is strong, non-Malays will also support Barisan National (BN), just like before“, he told Utusan Malaysia here today.

He was giving his view regarding the current political situation that has seen the position of the Malay people almost (seakan?) threatened by the current claims of non-Malays.

MP for Sri Gading Datuk Mohammad Aziz said that the government cannot afford to feel worried about making any necessary decisions required to help the Malay people right now.

“If we look at UMNO’s 3rd clause in its constitution, it is to fight for the rights of the Malay people.”

“At the same time, the Malay people must realize that all this fighting amongst ourselves is not profiting Malays, when we are involved in politics for no other reason than to look after Malays.”

“So UMNO and PAS need to sit down. Surely there cannot be no common ground among their differences. On the basis of this common ground, let us first sit at the same table”, he explained.

UMNO leader Dr. Rais Yatim has asserted an example using the question of Cabinet representatives : all parties should accept the Prime Minister’s choice because it is within his jurisdiction (to choose Cabinet members).

“I think if Najib were to entertain (those complaints about his Cabinet picks), he’d not have the time to do anything else.”

“Whatever it is, this will teach UMNO to keep staying strong. When there is strength, people are shy (read: more willing to defer to you), where there is weakness, people spread chaos”, said the man who was also UMNO Jelebu’s Section Leader.

Head of the Opposition in the Selangor State Assembly Dato Sri Mohamad Khir Toyo said that in the government’s effort to fulfill the wishes of a multi-racial community, the rights of the Malays should not be forgotten.

“Let a win-win situation exist. We cannot let just one side win. If we are to fulfill what they want, let it not be to the point where we lose what is to be our right”, he said.

Vice President of the Malay Students’ Front (GPMS) Syed Anuar Syed Mohamad said that even though the government wants to emphasize the concept of a One Malaysia that unites citizens of varied races, steps need to be taken to return harmony to the ranks of the Malay people.

“In current circumstances, the Malay people are facing many contemporary challenges and we need to find a way to ensure this race does not break apart (in terms of racial unity)”, he said.

He said UMNO and PAS cannot afford to delay any more time in cooperating to advance the cause of the Malay people.

General Leader of the Action Body for the Unity of Malays (BBPM) Osman Abu Bakar agreed with GPMS and said good ideas such as these needed to be executed as soon as possible.

He said cooperation between those two parties would not only bring benefits to the Malay people but to other races as well.

In addition, he said, the reunion of UMNO and PAS must serve as a stepping stone to strengthening all multi-racial citizens of this country.

“Obviously, working towards that direction will take time but at least we aren’t just recommending or talking about it.”


If you couldn’t be bothered to read the whole thing, here’s the summary:

“We got elected, nyah nyah!”
“We technically don’t have to care about the rest of the minority population!”
“Our rights are under attack omg!”
“If UMNO is strong, all of you will follow our decisions!”
“Like the silent sheep you were before.”
“Baaah.” “Politics is all about race.”
“Our race!”
“UMNO and PAS both fight for the Malay people!”
“Make up and kiss up time now, plz?”

Original Article

P.S. For those of you unfamiliar with the issue, here is some additional reading:


2 Responses to “Race Relations, part XVII.”

  1. Turpy said

    So coincidentally, I was reading the papers today right, and your new Information, Communications and Culture Minister warned that if bloggers “twisted the facts”, they will be prosecuted.

    And the “truth” is just a simple matter of proof apparently.


  2. The Legion said

    I hope they enjoy arresting the editors of Utusan Malaysia, then.

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