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October 16, 2012

‘Ketuanan Melayu could erode non-Malay rights’

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Susan Loone

A PAS leader has warned that, if Malay supremacy continues to be upheld, the rights of other ethnic groups in Malaysia may not be guaranteed.

This is because ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ is intended to ensure the longevity of Umno rather than to defend Malay rights, argued PAS central committee member Mujahid Yusof Rawa.

“PAS has been ruling Kelantan and the majority there are Malays. The federal government ruled by Malays does not give the state their right to oil royalty payments,” Mujahid said, citing an example.

NONE“If they cannot fulfil even this, how are they to defend the rights of non-Malays?”

He was speaking at the three-hour forum themed ‘Masih Relevankah Ketuanan Melayu?’organised yesterday by the Islamic Renaissance Front and Liberty Centre, Penang. It drew about 40 participants.

The question of Malay supremacy has been thrust into the limelight as pressure groups like Perkasa claim that Malay rights are under threat, especially in Penang where the state government is led by the DAP.

Mujahid, the son of PAS founder Yusof Rawa, said his party is very clear in that Islam requires all ethnic communities and minorities, including those from Sabah and Sarawak, to be protected.

He noted that the defence of Malay supremacy has often resulted in incidents of “corruption, slander and narrow perspectives”.

This is why, he said, PAS will not abandon its move toward the creation of an Islamic state based on the principles of “fairness for all”.

‘Not Ketuanan Islam

He was quick to add, however, that this does not mean that PAS practises “Ketuanan Islam”.

azlan“The guarantee (fairness for all) in Islam is not in the (federal) constitution but in the Al-Quran. The Prophet (pbuh) says we are all sent to give blessings and mercy to the world,” he explained.

“None of this (saying) is found in the manifesto of any political party. But that is the way the Prophet has taught us. I can betray the manifesto, but I cannot betray the Prophet. PAS’s promises are with the Almighty, not with human beings.”

Mujahid further noted that Malay supremacy becomes a problem when political parties like Umno want to rule forever.

“So, they will defend it …. Even if there is blood, they will defend. Come on, this is a democracy. You lose one day, you win another day and vice-versa,” he said in lighter vein.

“For us in PAS, power is God-given. We may have it or lose it but God has asked us to uphold justice. Malay supremacy is just a concept to justify the National Economic Policy to continue Umno’s struggle.”

Other panellists at the forum were USM lecturer Fadlullah Jamil and Institute Al-Qaiyyim president Abdul Rasyid Idris.



  1. Not smart / stupid + inferiority complex = Bodoh & Malas

    Comment by tigeryk — October 16, 2012 @ 8:35 PM | Reply

  2. Wonder why Melayu Singapura can survive WITHOUT any Tongkat at all…??????

    Our Malays did well without govt help, says Singapore PM
    Harakah Daily Monday, 02 July 2012

    Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday that the Malay-Muslim community has done well in Singapore’s merit-based system and without affirmative action.

    Speaking to 500 Muslim professionals at the Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP) convention, he said the community has done well overall despite problems such as drug abuse and a fall in home ownership rates in the last decade due to families suffering financial difficulties and break-ups, The Straits Times reported.

    Higher household incomes, more young Malays entering tertiary institutions and fewer dropping out of school are among some accomplishments the community has achieved.

    Not many communities in the world have made such progress, he said.

    In his speech, Mr Lee also addressed a longstanding concern of how the Malay-Muslim community is faring relative to other communities.

    The AMP had highlighted in a report released yesterday some worrying trends, such as the decline in personal median income among Malays in the last decade while incomes for other groups went up.

    Mr Lee said it was better to concentrate on doing one’s best and aim for steady growth rather than focus on the difference between the Malay community and the other communities as it “is a moving target”.

    The Prime Minister also gave his views on AMP’s plan to set up a community forum aimed at repositioning Malay-Muslim organisations into groups that “engage a national, inter-ethnic, issue-oriented agenda”.

    While acknowledging AMP’s belief that issues affecting Malay Muslims cut across communties and are national issues, he urged the AMP and other Malay Muslim organisations to “have a care if venturing into civil society issues which are not primarily to do with the Malay-Muslim community”.

    It may then lose focus on its primary task – tackling social and economic issues in the Malay Muslim community and improve the well-being of the community, he said.

    He also reminded his audience that in Singapore, “we try very hard not to debate our national issues along ethnic issues”.

    Later, Mr Nizam Ismail, chairman of the convention steering committee, gave his assurance that the community forum is designed to address issues that are relevant to the Malay-Muslim community.

    AMP chairman Azmoon Ahmad said that AMP has heard PM well.

    The AMP also unveiled 18 other strategies to help the community progress, including those on economics, social issues, education, religion, leadership, civil society, young professionals and Muslim expatriates.

    Experts met and drew up the strategies, which include a debt advisory centre, programmes to encourage deeper knowledge of Islam among young people and a research network on education.

    An online portal called the Muslim Expatriate Network was also launched.

    The Malays in Singapore, no crutch mentality
    by Guntor Sadali, The Malaysian Insider, August 05, 2010

    It is a fact known to all that Malays in Singapore are a minority.

    However this minority is quite different from other minorities in the world.

    Similarly, to some, Singapore is just a red dot in this vast Asian region.

    But it is no ordinary red dot.

    It is a grave mistake to equate size with ability, just as it is wrong to assume that being small and in the minority is to be weak and insignificant.

    The recent World Cup proved this. While Spain may be the world champion, it was minnow Switzerland that became the only country in the tournament that was able to defeat Spain.

    Forty-five years have passed since Singapore left Malaysia, yet every now and then we still hear non-complimentary comments from across the Causeway about the Malay community here.

    The latest came from former Malaysian prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who casually reminded Malaysian Malays not to become like Singaporean Malays.

    He did not make it clear what he actually meant, but the comment was made in the context of the possibility of Malaysian Malays losing their power in Malaysia.

    Again he did not specify what type of power, but it could safely be interpreted as political power.

    Now, what could have happened to the Malays here in the last four decades?

    What could have driven Dr Mahathir to voice his concern and to caution the Malaysian Malays?

    I wonder.

    The Malay community in Singapore, of course, know what has become of us here.

    First and foremost, we have become a completely different community from what we were 45 years ago.

    We have developed our own identity and philosophy of life that are distinct from our relatives across the Causeway.

    We may wear the same clothes, eat the same food, speak the same language and practise the same culture.

    However, the similarities end there.

    We are now a society that upholds the philosophy of wanting to stand on our own feet, or what is known in Malay as “berdikari” or “berdiri atas kaki sendiri”.

    We do not believe in being spoon-fed or being too dependent on government help.

    In other words, we do not have a crutch mentality. We firmly believe that a community with such a crutch mentality will soon become a “two M” community — the first “M” stands for “manja” (spoilt), and the second for “malas” (lazy).

    We definitely do not want to be labelled as a pampered and lazy community.

    That is why our Malay community here constantly work hard to raise funds to build our own mosques, madrasahs and other buildings in expensive and land-scarce Singapore.

    Over the years we have raised millions of dollars to become proud owners of these buildings.

    Through our own efforts and with the help of other organisations, we have also helped the needy not only financially, but also in equipping them with new skills so that they can earn their living.

    For Dr Mahathir, however, all that we have done and achieved so far are not good enough.

    He takes a negative view of our changed attitudes and different mindset, and has therefore cautioned Malaysian Malays not to be like us.

    What about power? For Malays in Singapore, power is not about wielding the keris.

    For us, knowledge is power. In fact we believe that knowledge is THE real power.

    The constant emphasis by the community on the importance of education and acquiring knowledge has led to the formation of institutions such as Mendaki, Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP), the Prophet Mohamad Birthday Memorial Scholarship Board (LBKM) and many others.

    These self-help organisations not only provide financial help to needy students, but also strive to nuture our students to their full potential.

    At the same time, these organisations help to tackle various social ills faced by the community.

    Again, we do these all on our own. Malay children here attend the same schools as other Singaporeans with a shared aim — to obtain a holistic education and, of course, achieve good examination results.

    Yes, it is tough. Like all other children, our Malay students have no choice but to work hard.

    It is a reality of life in Singapore that we have come to accept — that there is certainly no short cut to success.

    We do not believe in getting any special treatment, because it would only reduce the value of our achievements and lower our dignity.

    The meritocratic system that we practise here is, without doubt, a tough system but it helps us to push ourselves and prevent us from becoming “manja” and “malas”.

    Still, Dr Mahathir and some Malay leaders across the Causeway do not like the way we do things here and have therefore warned Malaysian Malays not to be like us.

    On our part, there is certainly no turning back.

    Meritocracy has proven to be a good and fair system.

    It pushes us to work hard and makes us proud of our achievements.

    We can see how it has benefited us by looking at the growing number of doctors, lawyers, magistrates, engineers, corporate leaders and other professionals among us.

    It is the successes and achievements of some of these people that Berita Harian wants to highlight and celebrate when we launched this Achiever Award 12 years ago.

    Tonight, we have another role model to present to our community.

    So, the question is: Shouldn’t our friends and relatives across the Causeway be like us — Malays in Singapore?

    It is definitely not for us to suggest or decide.

    And we too have no intention of asking our own community if we would like to be like them either, because we have already chosen our very own path for the future.

    We, the Malays in Singapore, should be proud of our achievements, because we have attained them through hard work.

    It is true that what we have achieved so far may not be the best, and that we are still lagging behind the other races.

    There are large pockets in our community facing various social problems.

    We have achieved so much, and yet there is still a long way to go. But we should not despair.

    We can do a lot more on our own if the community stay united and cohesive.

    In critical issues, we should speak with one voice.

    We need to help and strengthen each other while at the same time reach out to the other communities in multi-racial, multi-religious Singapore. A successful and prosperous Singapore can only mean a successful and prosperous Malay community.

    Can we do it? Well, to borrow US President Barack Obama’s campaign slogan, “Yes, we can”.

    * Speech by Berita Harian Singapore editor Guntor Sadali, at the Berita Harian Singapore Achiever of the Year Awards ceremony on July 28, 2010.

    Comment by Teddy Gumbang — October 16, 2012 @ 2:49 PM | Reply

  3. We have known all the while that the Umno-BN-putras had been deceiving the Rakyat with evil,cunning,selfish and greedily manufactured so-called fears in order to protect their plundering of the riches of the nation continuously.Nothing more,nothing less.Today,you can see clearly who the people and where the wealth had gone to. Because of their total control of the lying MSM,the simple and stupid Rakyat fell for it,hook,line and sinker.The days of the simple and stupid Rakyat which they took for granted for years and years have since evaporating fast with the help of The Pakatan.The nation have a lot of catching up to do because the corrupt Umno-BN government neglected and wasted several generations during their rule.Hopefully with the coming GE13,the nation will finally remove the shackles that had impeded their progress and move forward rapidly with a truly genuine all-for-one and one-for-all, The Pakatan Government of Malaysia!

    Comment by Reapusow — October 16, 2012 @ 8:13 AM | Reply

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