Saturday, April 23, 2011


1 Bumiputra…………..that’s something new to my ears. Is it similar or different from 1 Malaysia?

From what I gather, the two are vastly at divergence in purpose and contradictory at best. The former being a Perkasa creation talks about uniting all Malay parties (an impossible proposition as at now), while the latter being PM Najib’s aspiration of wanting to create a one Malaysian society that is comprised of the various ethic Malaysian races. It is the divergence that compelled PM Naijb to distance himself from 1 Bumiputra, although Utusan Malaysia, an UMNO controlled print media is supportive of the 1 Bumiputra idea. Tun Dr. Mahathir despite being closely associated with Perkasa, has himself declared that 1 Bumiputra has disastrous consequences.

Perkasa seems to have a penchant for sloganeering, and each time a slogan is drummed up, it catches the very heart of the Malays. One does not need further exposition. Just swallow and nod to all the howling of the Perkasa leaders of which they are extremely proficient. No reasoning or rational thinking is required. They just want others to know that the Malays must be superior because they are the majority. And Ibrahim Ali is just ever willing to draw out his kris, and for what?

I am curious as to why the idea of 1 Bumiputra has cropped up now i.e. after 50 odd years of independence? Why hasn’t years of political dominance of the Malays translate into economic power over the other Malaysian races? Do the Malays need another 50 odd years to be awakened to the realities that have them much poorer than their forefathers? I think it is already too late because 2020 is just around the corner. And even if the nation can achieve a develop nation status by that time; it has little meaning for the Malays. It is going to be the very few elite Malays that will be made rich, and I am not quite sure of the others.

My simple answer to the woes that is troubling the Malays today is in the weakness of the Malays themselves. Look at yourself in the mirror and ask this simple and direct question…………what’s wrong with me? The answer that you will get is also fairly simple and direct i.e. you have been spoon fed and relied on quick success without wanting to think of helping others of your kind. Malays are easily corrupt and there is too much of back stabbing. You may want to curse me for saying this, and I have been saying this many times before.

Just look at the many famous Malay corporate names of the 80’s and 90’s. Despite making their millions from government contracts, where are they today? Have they been able to develop other Malays to become entrepreneurs as well; I mean the honest and God fearing ones? The answer is a big NO, and who ought to be blame for this? Want to blame the other races for their misfortune? Again, I say…………take a good look at the mirror and ask the same question………..what’s wrong with me?

I can only say this of the Malay corporate leaders that depends their livelihood on government contracts i.e. stop being corrupt and do not corrupt others.



Unknown said...

I like!, tapi Pak Chat, ada member-member kita yang sanggup jadi orang kuat PERKOSA! that's democracy Malaysia style :)

komando said...

MALAYS will never become good leaders...they will let the devil rule once in power!

Many believe that easy money and short cuts are their favorite way & pass-time to richness!

This world will never stop progressing, but some of the Malay minds have been locked up and brainwashed beyond repair.
Hopefully, one day they realize it and WAKE UP...

maurice said...

The Malay society have progressed much under UMNO.Just because one or two bad apples don't say the Malay leaders are useless.Jangan lepas cakap sesuka hati.

We should support 1 Bumiputra as the Chinese has abandoned the MCA and give their support to DAP.Must the Malays accept the new development and pretend everything is alright when the Chinese themselves have rejected the Barisan ideology?

As I see it 1 Bumiputra provides the platform of our unity irrespective of our political ideology.We must think wisely and rationally for the sake of our future generations.

Mohd Fauzi said...

I am not sure if I could agree less or agreed more on what has been commented as I am confused, are we referring to the UMNO malay society or the malay muslim society????........the former is obviously a political animal that will champion it's roots to gain the elevated social status and remain supreme. The later however have faith in Allah and accept all human as servants of Allah.......all are equal....Let us all prey and hope that Allah opens our heart to accept each other as one no matter how diverse we are in our race , religion and worldly view...........not just shouting the word 1Malaysia/1Bumiputra or 1Chinese etc...

maurice said...

We should learn the lessons of the Middle East.Religion is no more the unifying factor there.It is bread and butter issue.The Malays cannot hope to have a decent future if they are divided politically.Political power will be in the hands of a united community like the Chinese under DAP.I Bumiputra provides the last opportunity for the divided Malay community to save themselves from disaster.

KoMo Tan said...

Pure and simple : human being's hunger for power and greed to hang on for it.
Politic, race, religion,etc,etc are being used just to disguise that fact.

Unknown said...

I have been and still am a teacher.... will never retire ....
Have the usual problems re doing work and regular attendance ......
These problems are rampant with the Malays and Indians.... but never with the Chinese....... I ask you why ????????
Is it the lifestyle or the food they eat ??
Do you know ??

Lim Ju Boo BSc, Postgrad Dip Nutrition, MSc, MD, PhD, FRSPH, FRSM said...

I thought the Malays are already united under the name of United Malays National Organization or UMNO. I also thought the Malays are also called Bumiputra? So if both race and party are the same thing (meant for that same single race), then what is the difference between UMNO and 1 Bumiputra? If UMNO have failed them, then how would calling it 1 Bumiputra instead of UMNO help them? Aren't the Malays really confused to have the same thing under the different names? They need to seriously sort this out

ayabluelady said...

bumiputra is a specific description with no colour ,race,creed and religion attached to it.
such a simple minded society with such craving for superiority.
does no one knows that superiority is what one achieves through a proactive civilised society not just a label on an empty tin.
such false deluded image is quite pitiful....poor idiots.
such a laughing stock...poor malaysia is full of idiots prancing about like "the naked emperor"

Jeyaraj Shankar said...

If Bumiputras have been accorded privileges as per our Constitution whilst the non-Malays (i.e. Chinese) have not, why do the Bumiputra perceive the Chinese to be better off than them & now pose a threat?

How did these Chinese, bereft of support from the Constitution, suddenly become more successful or powerful enough to threaten the Bumiputra?

Why aren't the Bumiputra successful as or more than the Chinese?

Is this because the Bumiputra are spoon-fed, lazy, etc as highlighted in the media?

I'm not a Bumputra or a Chinese, so am able to speak objectively. I believe that being lazy or greedy are not Bumiputra characteristics. Some people from all races have them. Similiarly, not all Bumiputras are lazy or greedy., only a some of them.

On a level playing field without any privileges accorded to anyone, we would see some Bumiputras on par or even exceeding the success of the Chinese, yet some would fall behind. It's not a race thing, it's just that not all people are alike, even amongst people of the same race.

The issue of Bumiputra vs UMNO vs PERKASA is still not clearly understood, especially by a majority of the non-Bumis. Apparently, the privileges according to Article 153 of the Constitution, the NEP, etc have only benefitted a small portion of the Bumiputra population (mainly those in business, political, mostly both, circles). These are the people making the most noise. the rest are merely echoing what is being said purely on a sentimental basis. They themselves have enjoyed little, if any, benefits of these privileges themselves.

Jeyaraj Shankar said...

Most of the Bumiputras themselves, if they sit down & think objectively, will realize that there is something wrong with the entire 'privileges' thing. "If there are really so much of privileges accorded to us Bumiputras, how come I don't feel or realize it? How come I haven't received any extraordinary benefit?", this is what they will be thinking. Getting a higher discount when buying a house (but not the money), getting the privilege (again, not the money) to buy unit trusts in ASN, ASB, etc and other similar 'privileges do not mean anything if the Bumiputra still cannot afford to buy them. What is really required will be a way where their livelihood is upgraded. Instead of giving them fish for a day, teach them to fish for a lifetime. However, at present, this is seriously lacking.

Only a small number of people from any community have the ability, courage & confidence to succeed on their own without relying on privileges of any kind (Let's call people of this type as "Type A"). There are Bumis out there like this. A large number of the readers of this blog are like this. Similarly, only a small number of Chinese or Indians or people of any non-Bumi ethnic origin are like this. The majority go through the whole grind of the working for peanuts ("Type B"), whilst a small number are unable to do even this. This small group are the unemployed, the destitute, aged, among others ("Type C").

What is required is some tangible help for the Type C from the government. For able people in Type C (i.e. youths, healthy people), some financial & education assistance to kick start a new life. For the aged, sick & down-trodden in Type C, some form of financial assistance in the form of Kebajikan (i.e. a subsidy or grant, not a loan) as they are unable to fend on their own.

For Type B, some form of education & financial assistance to upgrade themselves to Type A. Micro loans for small businesses, seed capital for startups, etc.

Finally, for Type A, they do not require much assistance from the government as they are mostly self reliant. However, some incentives would ensure they stay in this type & not drop from Type A to B or C. Incentives like tax reliefs, ease of doing business, etc.

This, I think, is a more holistic & a bread-and-butter solution which will benefit everyone, regardless of race. Once everyone is improving their lives, there is no need to fear people like PERKASA or some other organisations preaching & inciting racial tensions.