…CHANCES ARE LEE KUAN YEW WOULD ONLY BE A STATE MINISTER OF
WITH SINGAPORE HAVING A
GOVERNOR, AND A MELAYU ONE AT THAT LIKE LIM GUAN ENG OF PULAU PINANG.
By Mansor Puteh
If not for his Baba background, Lee Kuan Yew would not be what he had been, being able to go deeper into the psyche of the Melayu in
and Tanah Melayu or Malaya then, and being
able to speak fluent Melayu which also gave him a good advantage over the other
If he had been just like the other Chinese, chances are he might not be able to speak in Melayu to be able to mix with them a lot more and thus became just like the other Chinese leaders in
who were not Baba or Straits-born Chinese. Singapore
But once he thought he did not have any need to master Melayu, he forgot it so much so that he admitted to not being able to converse fluently in it, because he did not have anyone to speak in the language to.
How could he not have anyone in
to not being able to speak in the language? He ca+n use it by reading Berita
Harian there like what his son, Hsien Loong continues to do till today and who
occasionally speaks in the language and giving his national day speech in it
If Melayu Raya was successful chances are Kuan Yew would be as fluent in Melayu as Sukarno and Tunku were.
Indonesian President Mohammad Sukarno was right in wanting to form or create Melayu Raya, to combine
Indonesia with . Malaysia
Kuan Yew was wrong to want to establish a Malaysian Malaysia, a concept to many Melayu is nothing but a sick ploy to diminish Melayu rule in Tanah Melayu and creating a Malaysia like Singapore today, which has almost become a colony of China with the many Chinese workers living in the country who do not speak much English or any Melayu.
They are unlike their countrymen who are in Malaysia even illegally to work in the pasar malam and who are able to speak good or passable Melayu enough to be able to argue over prices with some of them Melayu.
But Malaysian Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman did not want to have any of that, so Konfrantasi or Confrontation between
If Melayu Raya or the concept of Melayu United was given the opportunity to happen, then Singapore would not be able to exist, despite the brilliance of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew who Mahathir Mohammad was happy to comment how he, Kuan Yew had wanted to become the leader of a larger country if Singapore continued to remain in the Federation of Malaysia.
He probably thought if
was still in the federation and if his Malaysian Malaysia concept was accepted
by all or the majority of Malaysians, then surely, over time he could become
the country’s prime minister and slowly but surely, Malaysia
could also become a bigger
with a Chinese majority. Singapore
Kuan Yew’s Malaysian Malaysia concept is silly; he should know that the majority of the Melayu would not accept it.
He also did not seem to realize that
formed after the rulers of the nine Melayu states had agreed to merge, so their
views and desires too had to be considered. Malaysia
If the Malaysian Malaysia concept had to be accepted than the nine Sultans had to give way.
There was no way for the Melayu to be able to accept this.
And even then, surely, the population of the Melayu would increase so that they would become the majority in the country with
too having less Chinese. Singapore
With the PAP still active in
Kuan Yew will definitely be the most senior Chinese political leader in the
country and the offshoot party known as the Democratic Action Party (DAP) would
not exist. Malaysia
It was a grave mistake for Melayu Raya not to have been allowed to be formed. It would have caused the Melayu in the two countries and also
to be more united with a
more common language and identity. Brunei
Even the Melayu in South Thailand and the
Was Tunku feeling inferior to Sukarno that he did not agree to
Malaysia and merging? Indonesia
Tunku only wanted Sabah and Sarawak, and
With Sukarno in Melayu Raya, chances are he and not Tunku would be elected the country’s leader since Sukarno was already the leader of a much larger country.
Kuan Yew could only dream of becoming the chief minister of the state of
And Pulau Pinang too would not have a Chinese majority. The Melayu from Sumatera would come in droves to overwhelm them.
The Chinese in
Malaysia will be
and behave much like the Chinese in who were forced to go to
the cities to live after they were forced out of the rural areas by force in
the 1960s where they live quietly without any political ambitions and being
forced to submit to the dictates of the majority. Indonesia
Or maybe the concept of Melayu Raya can still be realized albeit in a different form with
Malaysia and Indonesia merging in many ways that allow their
citizens to further coalesce into one entity with a common goal much like Singapore which is slowly but surely doing that
with Motherland .