I just wonder what sort of mindsets do some of our politicians have. Are they being voted in based on race, faith, or ethnicity? Or are they voted in to champion their voters that comprised of various races, professing different faith, and are composed varied ethnic groups?
I raised the above question because, I just could not understand the rational over a statement made by A Sarawak politician that he is disappointed that there is no ethnic Bidayuh representation in the new cabinet line-up announced by Najib recently.
I am of the opinion that this politician is creating an unusual precedence by placing one’s ethnicity as a pre-condition for the selection of cabinet ministers. The politician had in the first instant failed to realized that he was not elected as a state assemblyman, based on any one particular ethnicity.
Politicians ought to realize that racial issues today have not been well received during political campaigning. This being the case, it follows that ethnicity should not be the basis in the appointment for any appointment in government.
The Sarawak politician who propounded this idea is clearly being ethnic bias and radical; a proposition that does not go well in creating a one Malaysia that Najib has been talking about. And isn’t the politician aware that there are multiple ethnic groups in Malaysia, and is he suggesting that each ethnic group has a right of representation in the cabinet?
It would be best for the politician (which ever party he belongs) to first attempt to implement this grand idea in Sarawak first, and to see whether it is practically viable. And anyway, isn’t it the responsibility of the Taib Mahmud administration to be looking after the Bidayuh community in Sarawak? And what can a Bidayuh minister based in Kuala Lumpur do for his community in Sarawak?
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