Thursday, August 25, 2011


By Mansor Puteh

‘Ketuanan Melayu’ is an empty slogan. It had caused a lot of consternation from amongst the non-Melayu. But did the Melayu themselves created this hullabaloo?

I doubt it.

Why should they do that? But again, why can’t they do that? It is the right of any race to cry out such a slogan however empty it is.

But that does not mean that they are committing a crime or a sin.

The other races, especially the Chinese do not have the ‘ketuanan Cina’ slogan, but they have the ‘ketuanan Cina’ attitude.

The Indians, being a small minority, can never come up with a slogan like that. But they had ‘makkal shakti’ which is close to shouting ‘ketuanan India’.

Worse, when they carry blow-up portraits of Mahatma Gandhi everywhere like they are still citizens of Mother India and not of Malaysia when they should at least carry portraits of Sambanthan, if not of Tunku Abdul Rahman.

But they chose Gandhi instead.

But again, when we look at the whole thing, isn’t having the fascination for things China, Hong Kong or Taiwan and India the same as shouting such slogans?

After so long, their cultural and psychological umbilical chords to their motherlands have not been severed.

This is far worse than the Melayu shouting ‘ketuanan Melayu’ even if they have not once said it. some of them had only carried the keris above their heads, or a giant one in a political party convention, which is for drama.

Most likely the ‘ketuanan Melayu’ was not created by the Melayu but by agents who want to try and use it to create fiction between the Melayu and non-Melayu. With the Melayu and non-Melayu reacting to it, the whole drama became discolored and non-dramatic.

However, over the years, the sloganeering and accusations by the non-Melayu against the Melayu on matters concerning the pride of the Melayu, which is enshrined in the Constitution, had died down.

But this does not mean that the Melayu are still what they are, without or without the slogan and sloganeering?

Their special status is enshrined in the Constitution as much as the special rights of the Melayu in Singapura which is also enshrined in the Constitution of that country.

Not many non-Melayu in Malaysia realizes that Singapura also has the Article l52 and 153 like those in the Constitution of Malaysia, which protects the rights of the Melayu in the republic. They are not in any hurry to repeal them.

Or was it created secretly by forces which are behind our backs to create such a confusion and push the Melayu in Malaysia until they feel guilty for being Melayu?

Who stands to benefit from all this?

And all this is happening at a time when the population of the Melayu in Malaysia is already in the comfort zone at around 60%, and the percentage is expected to rise to more than 70% in the next two decades.

At the same time, the Melayu are also in full control of the government and opposition.

Why do the Melayu have to shout about something which they already have, especially when it is obvious that Malaysia is definitely a Melayu and Islamic Kingdom by virtue of it having a King – a Melayu and Muslim one?

And this slogan, ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ or Melayu Supremacy is no more an empty slogan which the Melayu may not have created it themselves. If they did, why do it now?

There was no need for the Melayu to shout ‘Ketuanan Melayu’, when they can express it in many other ways, i.e. by using methods used by the other countries which also have minorities which are sizeable and can become sources for irritation.

Look at the United Kingdom, France, Siam, Myanmar, the Philippines and the other countries that also have Chinese and Indians amongst its population.

They force the immigrants to conform and send their kids to their national schools. Some of them even forbid the Chinese and Indians and others in their countries to adopt local ways including their names.

The Melayu in South Siam are not allowed to have their own names. Worse; the Muslims in Myanmar are not allowed to even build masjid. Many of the masjid which had been standing for decades or centuries have been demolished.

And how come the Chinese and Indians in these countries did not cry foul?

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