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Malay Malaysians under siege? Utusan Malaysia reports

“Hakikatnya dalam negara demokrasi, kita tahu kita yang paling ramai tetapi malangnya kita berpecah maka kuasa majoriti mudah terlepas dan golongan lain mengambil kesempatan.”

Mukhriz Mahathir

International Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir, advising Umno members to be bolder in demanding for Malay rights. He added that they should not feel defensive about defending Malay rights because Umno belonged to Malay Malaysians and was acknowledged as the Barisan Nasional (BN)’s backbone. (Source: Ahli Umno jangan rasa bersalah pertahankan hak Melayu, Utusan Malaysia, 5 July 2010)

“Kampung-kampung Melayu [di Pulau Pinang] mungkin akhirnya akan menjadi ‘jeruk’ seperti ‘pala dan asam’. Apakah Kampung Makam juga akan dimakamkan satu hari nanti? Jika ini berlaku, ia adalah satu episod yang amat menyedihkan bagi orang Melayu.”

“Kepada siapa Melayu Pulau Pinang yang merupakan minoriti mahu mengadu nasib? Dengan minoriti yang berpecah kepada Melayu UMNO, Melayu Gerakan, Melayu Pas, Melayu PKR dan Melayu DAP, apakah terbela nasib mereka?”

Utusan Malaysia editor Mohd Hassan Mohd Noor in his column Selak. Hassan was lamenting the Kampung Jalan Pokok Asam demolition by a developer in Penang. (Source: Melayu Tanjong jangan dijadikan jeruk ‘pala dan asam’, Utusan Malaysia, 5 July 2010)

“Bagaimana pula sekiranya kaum lain tiba-tiba menjadi majoriti pengundi? Ini boleh berlaku sekiranya jumlah kelahiran meningkat. Mereka sentiasa bersatu dan seandainya wakil mereka yang menang pada setiap kerusi yang dipertandingkan, maka di mana pula kita? Adakah Perlembagaan dapat menolong kita? Adakah Perlambagaan ini tidak dapat ditukar? Tidak mustahil mereka akan memenuhi Parlimen kita. Ketika itu, siapa yang akan mempertahankan hak kita?”

“Ingatlah proses pelupusan kuasa dan hak bangsa Melayu sedang berlaku dan akan terus berlaku. Kuasa dan hak kita tidak semakin bertambah.”

Letter to editor by reader “Warisan” published in Utusan Malaysia, warning against Malay Malaysians’ loss of political power. (Source: Tidak mustahil Melayu akan hilang kuasa, Utusan Malaysia, 5 July 2010)

“Saya menghormati [Datuk Ibrahim Ali] sebagai orang yang berpengalaman luas dalam arena politik tanah air. Polemik yang berpanjangan dan tidak menguntungkan boleh mengeruhkan suasana serta tidak sepatutnya berterusan.”

Umno Youth deputy chief Datuk Razali Ibrahim calling for an end to the disagreements between BN leaders and Perkasa. He said he would take Ibrahim’s statements as motivation in championing the Malay Malaysian and bumiputera agenda. (Source: Pemuda Umno mahu pertikaian dihentikan, Utusan Malaysia, 5 July 2010)

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14 Responses to “Malay Malaysians under siege? Utusan Malaysia reports”

  1. Sabahan says:

    “Bagaimana pula sekiranya kaum lain tiba-tiba menjadi majoriti pengundi? Ini boleh berlaku sekiranya jumlah kelahiran meningkat. Mereka sentiasa bersatu dan seandainya wakil mereka yang menang pada setiap kerusi yang dipertandingkan, maka di mana pula kita? Adakah Perlembagaan dapat menolong kita? Adakah Perlambagaan ini tidak dapat ditukar? Tidak mustahil mereka akan memenuhi Parlimen kita. Ketika itu, siapa yang akan mempertahankan hak kita?”

    “Ingatlah proses pelupusan kuasa dan hak bangsa Melayu sedang berlaku dan akan terus berlaku. Kuasa dan hak kita tidak semakin bertambah.”

    Cannot be more true with all the Indonesians, southern Filipinos, Pakistani, Indian Muslims, etc. JUST LIKE WHAT HAPPENED IN SABAH. SO YOU BETTER BEWARE!

  2. Tan says:

    It is difficult for the PM to promote the 1Malaysia concept and be successful when his cabinet Ministers keep making speeches and comments along racial lines. After 50 years of rule under BN, isn’t it about time for Ministers to think about Malaysians’ needs and those underprivileged then their cronies to drive Malaysia forward. Perhaps it is about time for PM to shift out underperforming Ministers before being removed through the ballot box.

  3. Firdaus says:

    Kononnya Melayu Baru yang dilahir dalam era Mahathir dan Umno Baru telah lupa diri. Mereka (dan member-member sekutu mereka) yang membuat penyata-penyata di atas dok coba nak membangkitkan semangat yang pernah mengakhibatkan Mei 13. Dah muak dah… dunia dah berubah tetapi cara-cara dia orang ni masih kolot. Banyak lagi isu-isu dan masalah-masalah yang lebih mencabar untuk kita seperti pemajuan negara di peringkat antarabangsa. Sedarlah wahai saudara-saudara. Melayu Baru bukan bodoh. Sanggupkah kita jadi jaguh kampung tetapi kena terbongkok-bongkok di kalangan masyarakat antarabangsa?

  4. Farouq Omaro says:

    Utusan Malaysia is just a piece of [...]! I wonder why people even read it.

    • Danny Leebob says:

      I stopped subscribing to newspapers 15 months ago, and believe me, you can save a lot of time from reading all the [...]. In the process you can feel the changes in you as you are slowly detoxified from mainstream propaganda.

  5. Ellese A says:

    You may or may not be right on Malay [Malaysians being] under siege but it’s more apt to say that the Malays are dismayed with the push from the left. They have become more and more exasperated with the lack of reaction to the agenda from the left.

    Nothing typifies this dismay than the Allah issue. In essence it pits two contrasting views: 1) the use of Allah as had been used for hundred of years in the peninsular, and 2) the use by non-Muslims for decades in East Malaysia. It’s bewildering to the Muslims that they as the majority are the one required to change their usage rather than the minority. What angers most is that most non-Muslims would never use Allah in their daily use like they do. Surely the left can’t expect that the Malay/Muslims to just take this ‘insensitive’ offence lying down. To top it off they see PAS and PKR putting politics over religion and Umno playing safe. Totally exasperating.

    (the Allah issue should be resolved like in all democracies ie by having a referendum. Then we all can have a peace of mind. )

    • Kong Kek Kuat says:

      There you go again, talking about something/a situation without knowing where you are.

      Who and what is pushing from the left?? The non-Malay Malaysians (this includes the natives of Sabah and Sarawak) have been getting it left, right, and centre from the Malays’ push from the left. What is the NEP again?? Socialism. “Positive discrimination”, kononnya.

      Paraphrasing Mahathir: “We need to have a level playing field untuk semua kaum-kaum di Malaysia. Tak ugi, tak ugi… kalau kek ekonomi jadi besar, kite semua akan dapat.” If this sounds like capitalism, I´ll give all my wealth away to those Malay-Malaysians neglected/abandoned by Umno.

      Kononnya “it’s bewildering to the Muslims that they as the majority are the one required to change their usage rather than the minority.”

      FYI, the natives of Sabah and Sarawak are not the minorities in the context of Malaysia. Perhaps you think that Malaysia = Malaya. Come back to the earth, Ellese A.

      And who’s telling the Malay-Malaysians to change their usage of the word “Allah”?? Please provide references. I´m sure the readers here would love to see that you are a reliable and unbiased commentator.

      But here´s what I think: It is the Malay-Malaysians who are pushing from the left and right (and centre, when it suits them) and trying to impose on others to change their usage of the word “Allah”.

      Perhaps you have been listening too much and not questioning enough.

      [...]

    • Hang Jebat says:

      Ellese: No one has has required the “majority” to change their usage. What is being challenged is the Government’s sudden restriction on the usage by others which is motivated more by vote-fishing in the Malay heartland rather than any real reference to Islamic principles or theology. Most Islamic scholars and nations worldwide accept the use of the word/name in question by other religions. The Government should take the lead in educating Muslims as to the permitted use of the name.

  6. Brij Jayaram Kathiravelu says:

    The article on Malay Malaysian’s political power is seditious and has malicious intention all over it. The non-Malays in Malaysia are very well aware that the electoral process held every five years is only way for their voices to be heard by the Malay-majority government. All other channels, dialogue, petition, persuasion, political and demonstrations more often than not barely brings any result. Realising the power of the election and the result of 2008 elections, ultra-Malays are moving to stifle the only legitimate process the non-Malays have by drumming up Malay resentment.

  7. CW Goh says:

    Totally agree with Farouq Omaro. Only #$%^heads read Utusan.

  8. Azizi Khan says:

    @Ellese :

    You are indeed correct. You will find that the majority of Malay Malaysians assume its the norm when the rights of the non-Muslims are casually stepped upon. We have PM and DPMs yell, shout and scream murder that they represent the *Malay populace* when as leaders of a country they should represent all Malaysians.

    To add insult to injury, the public service, whose responsibility is to serve (shock, horror!) the *public*, are now “Malay institutions” whose disservice cannot be called into question.

    Day by day it seems to be a vulgar suggestion that if you are not a Muslim and not Malay, you have no right to survive in this country.

    Islam as a religion has been so corrupted to ensure the ongoing support for the ruling party. Publications by IKIM etc confirm this that even the official religion of the federation is not spared from politicking.

    I remember years ago many Muslims would support Saddam Hussein during the Gulf War. Asked why, the answer would be “Because he is a Muslim!”

    Bottom line is, in Malaysia you can be a murderer, corrupt, pillage, plunder and do any injustice you want. If you’re a Muslim, its OK!

    This is why most Muslims also have an in built fear of a non-Muslims person or party should come into power. They know the injustice they do to the non-Muslims. They FEAR retribution.

    And you wonder why the country is being run to the ground!

  9. gua says:

    “Bagaimana pula sekiranya kaum lain tiba-tiba menjadi majoriti pengundi?

    ====

    Memang ini sudah jadi suatu kenyataan dah. Melayu tulin sudah jadi minoriti Melayu baru (Melayu ciplak dari Indonesia, Pakistan dsb) sudah jadi majoriti. Tak kan Melayu tulin tidak sedar [Khir Toyo] itu sebenarnya orang Indon? [Mukhriz] itu orang India sebenarnya?

    Suatu ketika (pemerintah Khir Toyo) ada diheboh dalam akhabar bahawa dalam pejabat kerajaan Selangor macam di Jawa?

  10. Ida Bakar says:

    Malay Malaysians under seige? Of course they are! They are under psychological seige. Being told from the time they were born (for those born in 1980s, anyway) that without BN they are nobody, without special privileges they will get nowhere, without loyalty to the system based on patronage and connections they are lost in the big bad world of the pendatangs, without unquestioning faith in ulamas they are spiritualy negligible, and so on.

    Not one of the so-called Malay leaders from Mahathir onwards said anything positive about being a Malay. Malaysia Boleh but never Melayu Boleh.

    This once independent sea-faring race who had the gumption to flourish in Buddhist kingdoms of Cambodia and Cochin, who killed off their own sultans, who married off their daughters to Chinese traders giving rise to Baba-Nonyas, who had Indians as Prime Ministers (Mamak Bendaharas) who set up shops in Hijaz, who sailed the Indian Ocean and settled in Madagascar and East Africa, whose language, literature and culture are syntheses of Hinduism, Sanskrit, Polynesian, Arab, Islam, China – all reduced, mentally, to being feudal slaves to the so-called ‘Malay Leadership’, not any different from the Serfs during Imperial Russia. Without their feudal Lords and their largesse, the Malays are nobody, because they are told so.

    Granted that colonisation hurt the psyche but the current fear-mongering destroys what little free spirit that the Malays use to have. The articles from Utusan are symptoms of this siege mentality.

  11. TAN MALAKA says:

    I think if we are unhappy with the country, we just should migrate to another country and not just complain about all the things that don’t suit our taste. Perhaps Indians back to India, Malay back to Indonesia, Chinese back to mainland China. Stop the fuss – if you hate it here, just go somewhere instead.


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