Hornbill Unleashed

November 13, 2014

Overseas Malays are proof that the NEP is a barrier to success

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:00 AM
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Mariam Mokhtar

If you are non-Malay and you are angry at being denied opportunities like jobs, scholarships or places at university, despite being Malaysian, some Malays will sympathise with you but a few Malays will disagree. The Malays do not “get everything”.

Many Malays also feel the hurt of racial and religious discrimination. It has been a well-kept secret that Malays, who cannot tolerate the growing injustice and oppression, have emigrated. This is not a new trend, but one that started decades ago. Non-Malays are not the only ones who reluctantly left Malaysia. Emigration is not just about a brain-drain. Malays are also concerned about injustice and want to live in harmony with their non-Muslim neighbours.

Ordinary Malays are not privileged and are among the worst treated community in Malaysia. They don’t even have the freedom to choose their own friends. Despite the Constitution, the Malays in Malaysia do not have the freedom of religion. The only people who suffer more than the Malay men, are the ordinary Malay women.

Ironically, Ketuanan Melayu does not apply to ordinary Malays. The normal Malay may have the NEP but how does it really benefit him? He does not have the minimum RM400,000 to buy an affordable home in the city limits. He is forced to live outside the city and travel into the city, thus paying a small fortune for a car, petrol and toll fees.

When I said that Mahathir did lots of harm to this country, the pro-Mahathir supporters were angry. When Mahathir recently said that “Malays were lazy and stupid”, none of the Malays batted an eyelid; thus proving Mahathir right.

The NEP is wrong because the government does not acknowledge that not all non-Malays are rich and successful. There are poor Malays and poor non-Malays. Only the cronies, royalty and senior Umno-Baru politicians benefit from the NEP.

The ordinary Malay can’t even participate in Valentine’s Day celebrations, without the moral police assuming that every Malay who goes on a Valentine date is going to make babies or become a Christian. The government has failed to admit that more religious education has not reduced the numbers of abandoned babies; however, sex education at school, and disciplinary boundaries at home, should help.

The ordinary Malay can’t even attend the Oktoberfest festival, because his presence will make other people, at the Oktoberfest jittery. The organisers fear that the religious authorities will find yet another excuse to pounce on them.

At the other end of the spectrum, children of senior Umo-Baru politicians, and their Malay cronies, are able to enter exclusive nightclubs without any problem. Malay patrons are warned of an impending raid so they can escape by the fire-exit.

Business trips out of the country are conveniently arranged so randy old Malay Datuks can have a short break with their mistresses. Singapore, Macau or London are the preferred locations where these Datuks are seen with women, who are young enough to be their daughters.

Some Malays tell me that if they enter a non-Malay coffee-shop or temple, they are asked to leave. The owners and devotees are afraid that someone will report, to the relevant religious authorities, that a Malay person was seen on their premises. The Malay could be drinking a soft drink, or just sight-seeing, in the temple. He is an unwelcome presence.

One Malay was refused entry to a church, to attend his good friend’s memorial service. Some mourners were anxious that the presence of the Malay would attract the religious authorities.

A child who wanted to share the contents of his lunch box with a Malay friend was warned by his teacher that he is “kaffir”, whilst his Malay friend was forbidden to eat any of his non-Malay friend’s food, and threatened with punishment. He was warned that the food could be suspect and was prepared by kaffir hands. His tuck box contained bars of chocolate and some sardine sandwiches.

The personnel manager who is looking for a suitable candidate, for his firm, will most probably employ a Chinese. He knows from experience, that the Malay woman will be phoning in sick, often, because of child related issues. He knows that the Malay’s fluency in English may not be as good as the Chinese candidate, and also the Chinese candidate can probably speak Mandarin. He also has the added bonus that the Chinese man will not be absent for hours on a Friday afternoon.

Over the decades, we were led into thinking that the Malays practise discrimination. Today, many non-Malays are now forced into practising the art of divide and rule.

Former de facto Law Minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said recently that Malays will be the next to leave the country because of increasing Islamisation.

Zaid is wrong. Many of them left, many years ago, quietly and without creating a fuss. They got on with their lives and excelled in their chosen fields. These professionals and academics are the hidden proof that Malays do not need the NEP.


  1. A long ago Islamic scholar once said these words ; ” I do not see many muslims in the West , but I see Islam ; I see many muslims in the East but I do not see Islam ” … how true…

    Comment by teres6842550 — November 15, 2014 @ 3:27 AM | Reply

  2. ya , an excellent piece again from Mariam Mokhtar. What will happen to Malaysia in the next five years?

    Comment by The Mukah Watcher — November 13, 2014 @ 12:14 PM | Reply

  3. And guess which countries all these overseas Malays ended up in? I bet every single one of them is a kaffir country. Why is that? And if they are leaving because of increasing Islamisation, what does that say about the true nature of Islam?

    Comment by Hornbill Leashed and Gagged — November 13, 2014 @ 9:49 AM | Reply

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