Thursday, December 2, 2010
Wan Azizah's 'Ketuanan Rakyat'
|PKR president Wan Azizah|
Wan Azizah policy speech at the recent PKR congress was a breath of fresh air into politics in the country. She did not introduce some policy of the nature of 1 Malaysia. What she gave was a dream of building a united and progressive Malaysia with a policy designed to change the political landscape.
Wan Azizah has a dream for Malaysia where all Malaysians whether Malays, Chinese, Indians or Kadazanas are considered as masters and equals in their own country. Her dream is to spread the concept of KETUANAN RAKYAT which means that all Malaysians have the same status and equal opportunities in all the fields of human endeavour.
This is a bold step by Wan Azizah, and just as Martin Luther King had a dream which unleashed a new era for the blacks of America, so will Azizah’s dream open up a new world for Malaysia to be as progressive, compeitive and a high income economy as the tigers of Asia like Singapore, Hong Kong, S Korea and Taiwan.
Wan Azizah does not believe in ketuanan Melayu (Malay supremacy) as espoused by Umno and Perkasa. A policy which has divided the people and imprisoned the poor whether Malays, Chinese or Indians in the world of poverty and backwardness.
40 years of Malay supremacy have kept kampong Malays poor, uneducated, uncompetitive and their youths ill prepared for the competitive era of a global world. Admittedly, the ones who benefitted from Malay supremacy were Umno cronies, rent seekers who made millions from negotiated tenders, APs and land concessions.
It is cruel for Umnoputras to insist on Malay supremacy and corrupt practices just to make cronies into millionaires while the poor in the kampong stay poor, uneducated and not adaptable to the modern world.
All these have to change, and it is up to leaders like Wan Azizah who will make the change with her dream of ketuanan rakyat where opportunties are given to all, and by their own initiative, dedication and hard work, they will become rich and prosperous in a high income economy on the same level as the Asian tiger economies.
The three partners of PR have given full support to article 153 of the constitution which gives guarantees to uplift the economic status of Malays and natives. PR have our plans that they will receive the best education and financial asistance to top education, acquisition of technoloy and the know how to be successful professionals, entreprenurs and successful businessmen.
Chen Man Hin is the DAP life advisor
And WORDS OF WISDOM from PAS spiritual adviser Tuan Guru Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat whom I hold in the very highest esteem, aweways:) ~~ Desi
Friday, December 3, 2010
Nik Aziz: God-fearing Chinese is more noble than corrupt Malay
|PAS' no-nonsense spiritual adviser Nik Aziz|
KOTA BHARU - PAS Murshidul Am Tuan Guru Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat (pic) has reminded that a person's race was worthless in the eyes of Islam, and that one was only judged by one's fear of God.
"A Chinese who is fearful of God is far more noble than a Malay who indulges in corruption, oppression, betrayal and so forth. No matter how high the songkok is on his head, without the fear of God, he is worthless," he said in a statement.
He was responding to the strong reactions over the purported decision by Pakatan Rakyat to appoint DAP's Lim Kit Siang as a deputy prime minister.
According to Nik Aziz, anyone can become a leader, "including Lim Kit Siang and whoever else", as long as he was a pious Muslim.
"A non-Malay Muslim who is pious will be more beneficial to the country than a Malay who is corrupt," he stressed.
The Kelantan Menteri Besar however questioned whether the media frenzy over the issue was a sign that the curtain was finally being drawn on Barisan Nasional.
"To me, this is no more than a sign that UMNO and Barisan Nasional are on their death bed and have no chance of recovery. Praise to God, even the UMNO-controlled media have realised this," he said.
UMNO mouthpiece Utusan Malaysia recently reported that Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim had agreed to appoint the veteran DAP politician as a deputy prime minister should Pakatan Rakyat win the impending general election.
Nik Aziz said the euphoria generated by the report showed that the ruling party was chronically ill and dying.
Giving the analogy of distribution of one's inheritance, Nik Aziz said it was not always the case that "such questions of inheritance would be debated when a person is healthy".
"Issues of inheritance are usually debated when someone is on his death bed or is already dead," he added.
'What else is new?'
Nik Aziz also clarified that there had been no discussion or decision made regarding the appointment of a deputy prime minister.
"What else is new with the UMNO media?
"Not long ago, they misquoted a phrase I used, 'Plastic Islam', as 'Palestinian Islam'. Misquoting and misreporting is a norm in UMNO-owned media," he added.
On the angry reactions from UMNO leaders over the report, Nik Aziz reminded that the rise and fall of Malays in the country did not depend on UMNO.
"Is UMNO the only party defending the Malays? Is the Malay race sovereign only upon the blunt keris of UMNO, and that they would fall when UMNO falls?"
He reminded that UMNO had once surrendered the post of Chief Minister in Penang to Gerakan, even though the UMNO dominated the state assembly then.
"Where was ketuanan melayu? Hidden in UMNO's tall songkok?
"At that time, where were those professors and so-called intellectuals to comment on 'ketuanan melayu'?" asked Nik Aziz, referring to earlier condemnations from UMNO leaders over the speech by Parti Keadilan Rakyat president Dr Wan Azizan Wan Ismail, urging Malays to become a "dignified race" rather than harping on 'Ketuanan Melayu' (Malay supremacy).
He said when former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad once called for Malaysians to ignore one's origin for the sake of 1Malaysia, there were no calls for him to be expelled from the country.
"Isn't ignoring one's origin tantamount to ignoring 'ketuanan melayu'?"