It is reported that PM Najib has announced the formation of a High Level Committee for Bumiputra Affairs, during the tabling of the 10th Malaysia Plan this morning (June 10th). This committee will be chaired by the PM himself whose purpose is to ‘plan, co-ordinate and monitor the implementation of the Bumiputra development agenda’.
I am of the view that this committee is redundant as it will duplicate UMNO’s role as the ‘custodian and protector of the Malay rights’ which the party have so vehemently defended. Or I am to believe that because the word Bumiputra is used, this then cannot be UMNO’s role; hence the establishment of the committee.
Whatever be the stated reason for the establishment of the committee, I do not see any usefulness of the committee. It is going to be another outfit like PERKASA, who is still unable to settle itself for what they precisely intend to do. There has been so much of talk that has not seen fruition to their demands. This committee will be the same, as PM Najib already has too many things in his hand, and by adding this one, I am afraid he will not have enough sleep, and will end up like the previous PM.
Now PERKASA’s boss Ibrahim Ali has suggested that the committee should comprised of TRUE MALAYS who understand Malay and Bumiputra issues. I cannot understand what and who are the TRUE MALAYS. Is this a new race that has just popped out from the sky? At least, what Ibrahim Ali can do to ease the confusion is to define what and who is a TRUE MALAY. And to let Ibrahim Ali know early, I certainly disqualify because I am the grandson of an immigrant from Padang, Sumatra. I am therefore a Minangkabau, not a TRUE MALAY. Certainly, this race called TRUE MALAY cannot be found in our constitution.
Now, let us not create more confusion over the issue of race and religion. Just stick to the word that we are Malaysian ……..1 Malaysia as PM Najib has propagated. And let us not hear that there is also TRUE CHINESE and TRUE INDIANS.
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