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Matters of the (Malaysian) heart

A regular commentator of my blog wrote me a comment in my previous article which I had replied in the form of a brief history coupled with my own opinion on the subject.


Just want to comment on the Special Rights. I still don’t get it. It is saying the Malays and their leaders are weak. Without it, the country will be taken over by the non-Malays (which includes the Iban and Kadazan). And if the political and judicial power is not in the hands of the Malays, these rights will be trampled?

And you believe that all men are born unequal? That goes to say that the Almighty created some people weaker than the rest – physically or intellectually, hence they can’t work harder or learn to be smarter, due to their inherent limitations set by the Almighty.

Therefore, we need special rights for this people. For without it, despite being greater in number, their inborn limitations will forever render them unable to compete on equal footing.

You only need to defend something when it is under attack. And from what I can see, the only ‘attack’ against these special rights is that the nons are somehow more ‘able’ economically, intellectually, physically, etc due to whatever reasons, only the Almighty knows for he has decided to endow them with greater abilities. But then didn’t we all come from the same stock, from Adam and Eve.

It will soon be 500 years since the Portuguese invasion, and looks like the Malays are still continuously under attack. Yup, it’s always the foreign people isn’t it?

From – Msleepyhead

Jebat Must Die:

Dear Msleepyhead,

If you had read all my replies or articles, you will know that I do not advocate the perpetual (continuous) enforcement of the affirmative action in Malaysia. I for one believe that helping the Malays to the extent of pampering them is counter productive in forging a strong Malaysia. Till when will Malaysia hope to sustain itself just through the economical strength of the minority non Malays (especially the Chinese)?

I am deeply disturbed that most Malays especially the young seemed lazy while the old are only looking for a quick buck.

But your comment here touched on the article 153 of the Malaysian Constitution. Yes God created all men as equal. What makes them unequal is their ability to make a living. There is a great difference between those two factors. 500 years living through subsidies under colonial rule do not help much for the Malays to progress.

Imagine this. During the Melaka Sultanate, the Malays strove to better themselves economically. The rulers felt that if they wanted more wealth in their coffers, they have to fight or trade in order to get it. Being idle will make them die from hunger.

So what did they do? They did all that was possible to better themselves. Thus, the Melaka golden age was born. But then, as with many other civilisations, as what TDM said in his latest article, the Malays could not handle their wealth as good as they did with poverty.

When the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British came, their only concern was to exploit the natural resources of our country. To placate the people and especially the local monarchs (MALAY sultans), they pay these rulers handsome amount of money just to become their puppets. For the first time, the Malay rulers feel that even though they do not have to work, they still have money to spend with. And the people were often subsidised and made to do work in the industries set up by those colonialists. But what did we lose in the process? Our independence. Some may feel that the lost of independence was bearable as their livelihood was secured under the foreign rule.

Do not be surprised that when we asked for independence prior to 1957, some Malays do not want it, thinking that they would be better off under the British rule forever. Why deny a good thing going on when the future is yet unforeseen and unsecured? The Malayans want to govern themselves?! How preposterous! And so they claimed.

500 years under colonial rule left these people to be mentally incapacitated to see the light at the end of a dark tunnel. The idea that they have to struggle hard and make sacrifices was too alien for them to comprehend. Too bad that this idea is also firmly fermented in the minds of the Malays these days as what I mentioned in my 2nd paragraph.

Dear Msleepyhead,

It was only due to the strong sense of being equal with other races did some of the Malay leaders back in 1946 established Umno in order to fight the Malayan Union in 1946. These Malay leaders feel that if other people in other countries can rule themselves, why can’t we?

Our forefathers worked hard for independence. And they worked even harder to maintain it. Most countries fell hard on their faces after they achieved independence. But not Malaysia. One only have to compare our history and economic achievements with other countries to really appreciate what we had so far.

Being a multi racial country like ours requires sacrifices. From everyone who call themselves a Malaysian.

In 1955, the first general election saw 52 parliamentary seats contested. The MCA and the MIC contested in several seats even though politically, all of the parliamentary seats have the Malays as the majority.

If the argument of ‘being equal’ instead of ‘tolerance’ governs our judgment, then no parliamentary seats should have been given to the representative of other races besides the Malays back in 1955. Today, even with nearly 95% of all parliamentary seats in West Malaysia are populated with the Malays as the majority, the Chinese and the Indians were still given the seat for them to contest.

All this is due to the sacrifices made by the Malay leaders back then. One only had to listen to some of the critical voices of the Malays in 1955 when they see that their parliamentary election candidates were not Malays. But only through the concept of power sharing did we persevere. Today, a Chinese or Indian candidate in a Malay majority seat is a norm.

The nation could have gone the opposite way. Tunku Abdul Rahman was correct when he demanded the loyalty of the non Malays. A citizen must be loyal to the country first and foremost if one wants to be its citizen. With the advent of communism and socialist movements in the late 40’s and early 50’s, a heavy and difficult decision had to be made. Should the Malays, by their right as the local people, under the umbrella of the Malay Sultans, give away 1 million citizenships to the non Malays without knowing their allegiance?

But so they did. The newly 1 million citizens of Malaya at that time were given rights that even their motherland had refused to entertain. The right of citizenship of a newly independent nation. And with it, the rights and privilege of a normal citizen. The right to own land, and the right to own a living.

Thus, a nation was born. Along with it, the birth of the much talked about social contract and the Article 153 of the Constitution. Sacrifices were made. And so, the same sacrifice had to be called once again in 1970 when the NEP was introduced.

When the Currency Crisis plunged Asian countries into economic meltdown in 1997, almost all countries with economic disparity between their multi racial citizenry went into chaos.

Demonstrations and riots on the streets were a frequent phenomenon. In Indonesia, the Chinese were wrongly blamed for the sudden impoverishment of the majority populace. With only 4% Chinese in Indonesia, their 90% control of the Indonesian economy was greatly resented.

In Thailand, with the Chinese taking up 70% of the economic pie although their population is only 10%, the same uprising of the indigenous people occurred on daily basis in 1997.

All these riots resulted from racial tension deriving from the absence of an affirmative action imposed by the government of the day. Some may feel that this is just my excuse for the continuation of the Article 153. But, seeing the bigger picture, and how the nation would suffer from potential racial predicaments, it is therefore a necessary evil.

Nobody can truly predict human nature. A seemingly peaceful nation can be rocked when certain issues are riled up. A person, as an individual, is filled with common sense and good judgment. But a person in a group, can turn stupid and irrational.

When Indonesia had their own version of May 13 back in 1997, Malaysians remained relatively calm.

The emergence of NEP, as a form of risk management of the country was implemented in 1970 to mitigate the most catastrophic risk of a multi racial country could suffer – ethnic strife. Furthermore, this approach was agreed upon by all political party leaders in the ruling coalition.

Since 1970, some quarters felt that the NEP was unfair. They wanted to see the emergence of Bangsa Malaysia where everything runs on meritocracy. This is a fair statement to make. Even Vision 2020 had envisaged the creation of Bangsa Malaysia.

However, in a country where the majority of the population is poor while the minority is rich, attention must be given to the economically handicapped race despite the fact that this race forms more than 60% of the entire population.

Again, most of the mentally incapacitated Malays need to be helped in order to regain their footing economically and in sourcing for wealth.

The spirit and essence of the NEP, contrary to what the detractors believe, is not to deny the basic rights of the non Malays in accumulating wealth. In actual fact, it promotes the expansion of the economic pie so that all races can truly enjoy it. Although the Chinese may have a smaller slice from the pie unlike pre 1969, in reality, as the pie is made to grow bigger, their own economic slice will grow along with it.

This two pronged approach will promote national unity by appeasing the discontent among the Malays and also NOT to take away the wealth already acquired by the non Malays. Hence, with the NEP, the Malays were given privileges to headstart their plunge into businesses and become business savvy for them and the rest of their generation. Eventually, hardcore poverty will be the thing of the past.

A timeline of 30 years were given to quicken the pace in lessening the disparity of wealth between the races. By 1990, it was hoped that the equity wealth of the Malays are lifted from under 5% to 30% – a MODEST target for the Malays who form 66% of the population.

Not only the inter race wealth disparity needs to be eliminated, the intra race wealth disparity should also be done away with.

Due to the limited education given by the British to the Malays before independence, there arose a tiny percentage of very rich Malays in the past. They usually were the royalty and the Malay aristocrats.

By the late 70’s, due to the aggressive and progressive education system by the Government and guided by the NEP, the Malays were given the chance of receiving proper education and jobs which could eventually reduce the disparity.

Upholding the concept of ‘growing the economic pie’ without taking the rights of the non Malays, more schools and universities were built to cater for the growing numbers of Malay students. Building more schools and universities also ensured that the non Malays were not left behind when the Malay quotas was introduced in 1970. It would not make much sense if the quotas were enforced but the seats available for education remained the same.

But, in every system there lies several weaknesses. As I mentioned time and time again, the most glaring weakness is the human nature itself. The Malays could not handle the sudden wealth as good as they did with poverty.

When a leader had set up infrastructures and businesses for the Malays to manage, he did not take into account their greed. A great leader can only be as good as his followers. As for the case of Malaysia in the NEP era, it was the followers whom had let their leader and the rest of Malaysia down.

We heard and see how many times that a particular leader berated the Malays to not be greedy and cajoled them to work hard and think about their original struggle. And what was the original struggle? To make the Malays be in the same level playing field like the non Malays. It would be a waste of effort if after 50 years of independence, the nation could only produce a handful of rich Malay millionaires but the majority lies in a struggled existence. What more with the impending economic stagnation in the horizon.

Unlike the Chinese who has their own business and clan network (the Guanxi), the rich Malays were mostly selfish and think only about themselves.

Even through the creation of Malay business councils, the rich Malays were trapped in their own feeling of grandeur and failed to take care of their other struggling brethren. If the rich Malays themselves will not help the other poor Malays, then who will?

The Chinese will almost never directly help the poor Malays or the Indians. It is up to the Government to help them.

Only when the economic imbalances between the races have been rectified and they are competing at the same level playing field, will Bangsa Malaysia have a bigger probability of becoming a reality.

But until that time, the dream of having an integrated race which identifies itself as Bangsa Malaysia will not be fulfilled. Certain quarters cannot selfishly push for the realization of Bangsa Malaysia now as the economically dominant race will surely engulf other poorer races. With the decline in political powers of the majority Malays, the total cannibalization of their own economic pie will go unabated and unhindered.

It happened once in our history, resulting in the culmination of May 13, 1969.

Sacrifices are gravely needed from every Malaysian. Understanding of this stark reality is crucial. Especially from the non Malays on their acceptance of the Malay Special Rights. Definitely more so from the rich Malay leaders that were put in place in the strategic administration of the country be it in the area of politics or in business.

Special Rights does not mean you are special and have the right to do anything that pleases you. It is a PRIVILEGE attained by our Malay forefathers for their future generations – us. It means, we have to work hard so that we can justify the continuation of that privilege. Article 153 will have no meaning if the majority of Malays are poor, unintelligent, exploited and downtrodden in their own country, while only the lucky few are draped in wealth.

Sacrificing greed for the good of the nation is a small price to pay. They should focus on the plights of their own poor race rather than their own wallets. This is a wake up call for the Malays. Be sincere and be more competitive. Only then we could see the emergence of Bangsa Malaysia.

Thank you Msleepyhead for your comment. This topic is indeed very dear to me. It was written purely from the heart.

With that, I end this article with an open letter I sent to Tun Dr Mahathir in his blog some time ago. SELAMAT MENYAMBUT HARI KEMERDEKAAN everyone. We should count our blessings.

Dearest YABhg. Tun Dr Mahathir,

May you will always be in great health and surrounded with loved ones.

I took upon myself to write you this as I find our current Prime Minister unable to address the situation we are in now.

YABhg. Tun,

I wonder why the Chinese took up with great intensity some issues such as meritocracy, independent judiciary, equal rights, freedom of media and reforming oppresive laws. As we all know, these issues are less relevant to the majority of the citizens here in Malaysia.

One Malay politician mentioned that these issues are “rich people’s” issues. I have yet to see the Chinese took up other GREATER issues such as poverty, unemployment, expensive medical services/treatments and unfair income distribution.

Why are the Chinese took up the first few issues and not the latter? Easy. Because the latter do not benefit them. Why fight poverty when they do not suffer any kind of stark poverty like some of the Malays? Why they did not need to highlight issues such as expensive medical treatment? Because they do not feel it is expensive that’s why. They can afford to buy life insurance can’t they? Most Malays cannot.

They took up issues such as freedom of the media and meritocracy because these issues would benefit them the most. If the Chinese are sincere in equal rights, they should take up the more pertinent issues. But I reckon they will not. I remember your speech at a CIMA conference in 2005 where in a multi racial country, one race must not get 100% of whatever they want. Since this will lead to animosity between the races.

I truly believe that that is one of the best formula. No race should be left satisfied. Only then, we all can together work towards the betterment of our livelihood.

But unfortunately, some of the Malays were easily influenced by the calls of meritocracy and independent judiciary etc. as if these issues are the bread and butter issues of the majority Malays. They do not realized that they are being played right under their noses. If they do not fight for the plights of the Malays and instead fight for the issues brought forward by the Chinese, then who would protect the livelihood of the Malays themselves?

It seemed that the Malays have forgotten what they should fight for. And it is shameful that some of the so called Umno ministers themselves are parroting these misdirected issues. It is bad enough we cowered under pressure by other races (especially the Chinese who had economic strength in Malaysia and now wants greater political powers too), but now we have our own people working against us. I’m sorry if I sound like a racist if other people are quick to judge. But this is what I feel and fear.

Some Chinese are believing that they should hold the highest political powers in Malaysia too. And they had the temerity to influence some Malays to drop the NEP. Did they honestly think all Malays will clap and cheer when Malaysia abandons the NEP? But some Malays did fall for it.

It seems that the idea of a ‘fair Bangsa Malaysia’ propagated by the DAP/PKR is ‘the Chinese hold highest political power in the land as well as bigger economic share’. I can safely say that the Chinese feel that Malaysia owes them a favor for years of ‘hardship’ or being ‘2nd class citizens’ under the Umno ruled Malaysia.

They may not say it out loud, but they indeed are acting out that this is the time they should get everything. They know they will win in every aspect. They are already leading in the private sector. I assume meritocracy will make them lead the public sector as well. Freedom of media will make other Malay based newspapers die out. Independent judiciary will see top judges are Chinese. Reforms in oppresive laws such as Sedition Act will make them unstoppable in questioning the status of Bahasa Malaysia and Islam. All these consequences are not thought hard by the Malays who had easily been swayed by the Chinese.

On another note, I do not presume that the NEP should stay on forever, but in the wake of the global economic uncertainty, I humbly submitted that most Malays are not ready to face NEP-less Malaysia for not another 20 years.

We should start afresh with the new batch of Malay children born today. Proper education, balanced support from government, fair rewards for success and punishment for failures should be installed. Then, in 20 years time, they are ready to compete in an equal playground.

By the way Tun, I am not a racist. I am talking about the Malays who had abandon their background. Reality dictates that cultural and ethnic differences are difficult to shed. We made the decision not to assimilate all races under one ‘umbrella’ race (Malays) when we achieved our independence, but strived to be multi racial and respect one another. One has economic power, the other have political power. This kind of separation of power is good. Too bad one side feels they need to have higher political powers too. Indeed, I am sad. There’s nobody to look after my family and my children’s children when I am gone. As it stand now, we can’t even get the once fearless Umno Youth to defend for our rights.

Thank you Tun Dr Mahathir and may God bless you.


56 thoughts on “Matters of the (Malaysian) heart

  1. your letter to Tun is one of the best letters on the issue that i’ve read so far! bravo!

    JMD : Thank you. That letter was from the heart.


  2. On a simpler analogy, I guess we don’t have to provide accessible disabled car park lot for the disabled or special proximity car park for those with children and babies. They just have to find their spot like everyone else.


  3. jmd,
    salam. i think you should run for office or something so you can contribute like tdm did.keep on writing you have my support..


  4. The fact of the matter is despite what ever the detractors have to say, there is still economical fair play, equality and justice in this land called Malaysia. One should just drive around every inch of town in Malaysia and you would be surprised that there is little shops owned by Malays unless you treat roadside stalls selling “kerupok lekur” as evidence of the dominance of the Malays in the economical sense. And despite the advent of the NEP, there is little evidence to show that other races in Malaysia have been sidelined. In fact, the evidence points to the contrary.

    Like everything in life, there is a need of balances. This is the “social-contract”. Although it is not written anywhere, neither is there a documented contract signed by our forefathers but they understood that for Malaya or Malaysia to have any chance of survival, there must be this a balance of things. One cannot expect to see a particular group to be dominant in all aspect of life. That will only create resentment and the fact of the matter is, a recipe for disaster.

    Often some non-Malay commentators would say that they left Malaysia for a better chance in life where while the normal citizens leave in harmony, it is the policies of the Government that are racist. But is it? The policies are meant to ensure that there is peace and stability. One could also argue that it is because of these policies that the normal citizens can live in peace. When one argues that there is no available positions for non Malays in the public sector or that they have been sidelined for positions in the private sector, one should ask…how many non Malays actually applied for jobs in the public sector? How many actually applied to be police officers or to work in the Fire Dept? As for the private sector, have you gone out and see which group dominates that sector? It is not the Malays. So, if one cannot attain a position in a private sector that is dominated by non Malays, are Government policies on affirmative action to be blamed too? Even Malays leave the country for better job prospect. When Malaysians leave for other countries for better economical positions, I think that’s another discussion altogether. Even in countries that there is no affirmative action, and yet you see a number of them in Malaysia, in Singapore, in other countries. The NEP was never designed to kick out anyone out of Malaysia.

    Look. Which country allows the setting up of schools catering to particular races? Their own language where the majority of the students will make up a certain race only. How is that positive for national integration? Why didn’t we be like a neighboring country where despite their races, every Tom, Dick and Harry share the same names and you can’t differentiate their races by name until you see them in flesh.

    In the end, despite whatever issues that we may have with Government policies, at least Malaysia respects the identity and survival of the other races. Schools that is built to cater for a particular race is allowed and continue to prosper. Religious celebrations of other believers are allowed and celebrated at a grand scale. There is little evidence of other countries that does what Malaysia does in terms of strengthening race relationship.

    I myself am also a believer that the NEP should not be a perpetual thing. The Government should put up a definite timetable and the Malays must understand that like in football, there is only a few minutes extra given after the full 90 minutes. No football game is played for ever.

    So yeah, Malaysia is not perfect but who is?

    JMD : Thanks for the commentary.


  5. A very good write up and you explain the plight of the Malays well. Too bad the Malay ministers do not take care of the welfare of the poor Malays. The rich Malays are getting richer and the poor getting poorer. I hope God open up their eyes and hearts to help the poor Malays. It is an ibadah. Surely they can’t be thinking that they can bring their wealth to the hereafter.


  6. JMD,

    Is there some expert in sociology and education that can think of a better way to teach and invigorate the Malay’s mind? I believe that it is not a matter of the chinese being more clever or better than Malays, but the exposure and community they live in that shaped them. History has shown that they, as a race every where in the world faced hardship and struggles to live and this motivates them to be better, more alert, stronger as a community. Malays mostly loves the simple life, peaceful existence before greed and envy get the better of some of them which leads to the abuse of NEP.

    Malays have lots of EQ and SQ. They are not less endowed with IQ, just that the education approach is not suitable to bring out the full potential of their intelligence.

    A Malay which have the full IQ/EQ/SQ potential unleashed would never need the crutch of NEP.

    MD : Yes. Education is the key. But it should start with the educators, not the teaching materials. Most of today’s teachers lack the drive to push the students to do better. In other words, the do not capture the students’ mind to excel in their education. COmpare the teachers of today to the teachers of the 60’s, 70’s and the 80’s. Vast difference. If the teachers do not inculcate good values for the race and nation, it’s no wonder our Malay children remain uncompetitive in life.


  7. Salam JMD,
    Thanks for clearing my thoughts on this issue.
    Especially on the need to focus on porverty, unemployment (being in the private sector, fair employment and career development) and unfair income distribution.
    I would like to add though, besides the welfare of the majority, we should never let go the institutions of power.
    These are the things that we need to uphold the values of our faith.
    If we can’t hold on to this, that we are abdicating our roles of khalifah in this world.


  8. JMD

    Whatever you have written..and others have written..in this blog and other blogs..came from the same reason..of mental condition called “worry”.

    Why worry? Because we have been subjected to this mental condition since birth. Why Mohammad SAW and prophets before him came to this world was to eradicate “worries” . The opposite of worry is faith..

    Faith is Iman….Quran will start its surah with..Hai..orang2 yang beriman….then only the quran…starts telling us orang2 beriman what the quran wants us to follow…

    Mohammad SAW “terpilih” not “dipilih” as the prophet…because he tried very hard to be a good human being by isolating himself in the cave and meditate (or Zikir) to be a good human being free from all sins. God saw this and said..you are now ready to be the Prophet ( at the age of 40).

    This is what Islam supposed to be. Not automatically born as Muslim. Are we a Muslim if we never go through what Mohamed has gone through. The process of purification our soul. We only do the physical part..the praying..the fasting..the zakats…etc…and hope for rewards…

    Muslim and other people of other faith…who follow Mohammad’s path..will never ever can become poor. I repeat WILL NEVER EVER WILL BECOME POOR.

    JMD : Yes. Because our Prophet never teaches his followers to be lazy or have an adverse liking towards knowledge. Thank you.


  9. Jebat,

    You are right about the NEP.When Tun Razak mooted the NEP during his time it was for a noble cause, to uplift the standards of living of the Malays so as to make them near equal or the same as the non-Malays in economic terms.The May 13th race riot was the result of serious imbalance and inequitable distribution of the economic pie.

    The progenitor of the NEP did not for one moment wanted to use the NEP to enrich themselves or their families.It was originally meant for all Malays irrespective of their political affiliations.If the NEP had been used for what it was originally intended for than there souldn’t be any problem.

    The sad thing is the NEP had been hijacked and used as a gravy train for politicians,their families and cronies.All government contracts,IPOs and whatever on the platter are only given to top echelon of the party,party supporters or their cronies with huge kickbacks given to those in power.

    As a result of this abuse of power many Malays have not benefitted directly from the NEP and some still live on meagre existance, especially in rural areas.

    The shortcut to riches have also made some Malays too dependent on government handouts and created a subsidy mentality among them and who are these Malays, politicians.

    I have many Chinese businessman friends who have no complain of the NEP.As one of them told me whatever projects given to those so-called Malay businessmen, many eventually ended up in Chinese hands and not only that, the Chinese also benefitted from the spins-off, all purchases of materials still go back to the Chinese.

    The NEP is not the devil, it’s the politicians that need to change or be changed.

    JMD : Ditto.


  10. good writing… fuhh…
    I wish LKS and Karpal read this (but surely they dont care, becoz when another 13th May happen, they are first 2 hide or run!!)..

    I doubt PKR and DAP will support this. That’s the reason I will never vote 4 them.

    I dont know what Malay in PKR are thinking… maybe they are already rich thus dont care about NEP.

    But, UMNO and BN is going down…. very obvious UMNO leader now only thinking about themselves. … I dont know who else can we rely our hope…. I can only pray..


  11. Salam Bro……..

    With all my sincerity and deep in me say’s that you have all the wits to make things change accordingly. I’m not sure how and who should you affiliated with but I am neither a “Saint” nor a “fortune teller”, you do possess what we are looking for. Forgive me if what I have said did really offend you. I said it with all the truth of what I believed and this is base on those pieces by pieces of what you have written. Quoting what Sir Edmond Hillary said:- “Nothing Venture, Nothing Gain.”

    God bless you Bro.
    Thank you

    JMD : Your welcome. Hopefully the Malays will realise the history and their place here in Malaysia.


  12. Dear JMD,

    It is really refreshing reading what you have written and all the comments posted.

    I feel somewhat less worried today after knowing the Bar Council Forum was successfully halted whilst in progress.

    I have also shown my utter displeasure in many blogs at the bleak prospect painted by certain bloggers who wanted to exploit the current political undercurrent in the country by campaigning for an unnatural positioning of Jalur Gemilang.

    Tun M’s lecture that we could still achieve V2020, Bangsa Malaysia and what not provided we are committed and take the right approach, also helps to sooth my internal “anger” and moderate, let’s “asah the kris” as a precaution in the, God Forbid, event, we have to run amok again.

    The constant “onslaught” by the non Malays (Malaysians no doubt) since PRU12 and their willing-to-play along Malay politicians on a newly designed and ethically questionable road to Putrajaya map via backdoor ( no more just deny BN 2/3rd majority, show u r better and wait for the next opportunity), plus the unashamedly explicit approval of the Neo-Con led Great Satan have put me on constant alert, so to speak. Losing Batu Putih is no joke.

    Against this backdrop, we definitely need a stronger and better-delivered NEP, a re-vitalised Malay/ Muslim political, economic and strategic consciousness, not the other way round.

    I think a man on the street non-Malay, Muslim brethren whom I met recently put it in a perspective. He said: “They won’t allow it. The bombardment to dismantle Malay-based institutions and erode Malay right are not going to work.”

    We, the Malays (the leaders especially), are “they” in the quote. In this country, we have a unique responsibility.

    Keep up the good work JMD.


  13. JMD, too bad the malay PKR hardcores are not coming or visiting here. Or even if they do, no prophecy is better than the doctrine of Anwar, pity them all.


  14. Dear Sir,

    I first read your blog on the jebat/tuah piece. How fascinating! I wish that I have your talent and imagination to come up with something like that.

    It’s sad to see TDM apologising for the failures of the Malays when the reality is that the Malays have failed themselves.

    For example, look at the people of Langkawi who sold off their lands for quick protfit, only a handful of them actually is still flush with money nowadays. The rest of them have squandered their new found wealth and a number have become poorer than before.

    We have also got a few successfull sportsmen in the 80’s wherer they were given land & cash by the govt and sponsors only to be declared bankrupt a few years later.

    There other numerous examples of how the Malays actually haven’t got the qualities to handle wealth, fame, power etc..

    Being a Malay it makes me sad to see that we like to blame our people for the predicament that we are in however I do feel that the non Malays esp. the Chinese need to be more understanding and patient as they have always insinuated that the Malays are a very young race as compared to them where their civilisation goes back a few thousand years earlier than the Malays.

    One last example of a very tolerant Malay is that my brother was killed by the communists in the seventies which during that time were by large consisted of a single race and my father who was also serving in the army never once mentioned that he was killed by a particular race even though it was easy to blame them. It was the first time I saw my father cry.

    Nowadays the Malays & even Islam gets the blame for all the problems in our country. Some of them pretend to blame only UMNO when their writing clearly shows that they regard the whole Malay population is at fault.

    Sorry for being long winded but I just have to get it off my chest.

    Keep up the good work sir.

    JMD : Thank you and my utmost condolences for the loss of your loved one. Al Fatihah.


  15. since my english was not that good, i can understand half of it. Guess i have myself to blamed on not studying hard when asked to by my principal last time when i was in school.
    The cradle of society and civilization are based on the constitution created by it’s forefathers and uphold by it’s members or citizen. The basis of human understanding derived either from genes or teaching of their parents. Religion / races and economics are the factors that helped human becoming a good citizen based on the constitution of place they live in.
    Simple facts but hard to digest because from the early creation of being from the fetus in the embryo to the demise of human, sacrifice is needed.
    only when one could have a common name, live in a common place and think like a common people the one can truly have a one country.
    that only happen in Star Trek: The next generation.
    Until then sacrifice is needed. Until then, we can imagine.

    Imagine there’s no heaven
    It’s easy if you try
    No hell below us
    Above us only sky
    Imagine all the people
    Living for today…

    Imagine there’s no countries
    It isn’t hard to do
    Nothing to kill or die for
    And no religion too
    Imagine all the people
    Living life in peace…

    You may say I’m a dreamer
    But I’m not the only one
    I hope someday you’ll join us
    And the world will be as one

    Imagine no possessions
    I wonder if you can
    No need for greed or hunger
    A brotherhood of man
    Imagine all the people
    Sharing all the world…

    You may say I’m a dreamer
    But I’m not the only one
    I hope someday you’ll join us
    And the world will live as one


  16. salam,

    My sentiments exactly. However, your way of telling it is much more positive and even handed than a similar attempt of mine in a response I made at chedet.com about almost exactly the same issue yesterday.

    BTW, just a wild guess but the way you write and the thoughts / sentiments you hold tells me you’re in your late forties. 🙂

    JMD : Thank you for visiting this blog. Really appreciate it.

    Anyway, sorry to disappoint, I am not in the late forties.. 🙂 I’m younger than that.

    Thank you.


  17. JMD,

    As usual, very good piece. Nothing I can say more that will add any value to an already eye opening article.

    Too bad the Malays are too consumed with hate towards UMNO. Marahkan nyamuk, kelambu dibakar.


  18. great piece.

    help to release what’s inside my head and heart, esp. to those people that like to play w/ fire w/ their posting in the blogsphere


  19. Erkk…. sorry off TOPIC…


    Another REVEALATION….
    Nicky Aziz has just found out NEPOTISM/CRONIYSM is not against ISLAM.

    JMD : Again, Nik Aziz justifies his actions with Islam. No surprises there. Which revealed what a hypocrite he is. We can still remember how he condemns Umno leaders with allegations of cronyism and nepotism in the past.


  20. Hi JMD,

    Thanks for highlighting the comment had to take some time to read and offer something worthy in return (I hope). I wasn’t actually commenting on the Special Rights itself but the excerpt from Tan Sri Sanusi Junid’s writings which mentions the Special Right – political, judicial power, ….. But really, let’s not talk about what’s already in the constitution and adequately well protected. The issue has been blown way out of proportion.

    Anyhow, looking back at the time the constitution was written it is definitely a fair call to have it as a check and balance against the situation at that time. I feel it is not so much the poverty or material imbalance but simply the way things are in this world. Consumerism is what drives the economy. That’s why tin was mined so we can have tin coatings on our Milo cans and other uses. The Malays, and generally the people in the nusantara do not partake in such activities because it was never in their culture to gather ‘things’ and place material objects on a high pedestal. That is a simple lifestyle and no one can take that away from them.

    I believe what happens is that, as commented before the geographical factor plays a great part in their inability to partake in the modern economy and of buying ‘stuff’ they don’t need. Globalisation and for example, the sale of mp3s over the internet of Western artists. Why do we need to fill up an 80Gb Ipod that’s made in China?

    The world is changing even as we speak and it is this material things that allows money to change hands. Why do you need air conditioned bungalows when you can live near the jungle with fresh air and clean, natural well water, not to mention probably a free access to fruits according to season. There is something wrong with what we’re promoting. Do we want to sell our soul to the devil?

    It is right to protect the resources of the land, and to ensure that all citizens benefit from its exploitation. What I see is the abandonment of the traditional culture for the affluent western one. Which we know today is not right, seeing that the American way of living and eating is destructive. The best example being China.

    The Chinese, being people with profit first mentality since days of old, you can’t blame them for adopting quickly to the modern economical game. Look how fast China has progressed since they opened their doors. Everyone’s blaming them for the bad air, but hey, they don’t complain when they buy cheap made in China product. But they will and are already paying the price of that decision.

    We need to really ask if material wealth and its balance across all ‘races’ is really the way forward for Malaysia. Just because the Jonese have it, doesn’t mean we should. We should really ask if there is another better way to live in the new millenium. So with the political power in their hands and the wisdom of frugality and ‘kesederhanaan’, I hope there will arise a true leader that will say material wealth is not the way to solve the woes of this country.

    It’s not to say that money is not important but saying that we should reconsider everything, the chase of money for example, and let our citizens work hard for a worthier cause.

    And that is the cause, that a wise politician should promote, to better the country so that everyone benefits. From courteous and punctual public bus drivers to front line government staff who serve like they are working at McDonald’s and are competing for the employee of the month.

    On another note, what’s with the Bar Council thing, Islam is a universal faith, it does not belong to a certain race, why are they acting like they own the patent to it. Religion should be openly discussed as it is in the public domain, albeit with authoritative figures also taking part in the discussion to quell all confusions. Can’t everyone be open minded and less sensitive in this country?
    Again, it is that feeling threatened, but from what? From clearing things up so the truth will shine through?

    My heartfelt thanks and sincere appreciation again to you for the well written piece that clearly and fluidly explain the matter.

    JMD : Thank you for the good comment. As for the Bar Council thingy, I have the same opinion like this blog article – http://sakmongkol.blogspot.com/2008/08/islam-and-its-honour.html

    Thank you.


  21. Bro JMD,

    I visit yor blog site twice a day, morning and evening, waiting to read your content packed writings and I think I can safely assume that the reason why it takes a while for you to blog new topics is because of your research-b4-u-blog.

    And this time around, your reply to Msleepyhead is the best so far. Nothing emotional like other blogs but with facts and substances.

    Bravo and well done Jebat!

    Malaysians must realize and understand the Federal Constitution is a well thought formula which ensure stability, peace and harmony amongst the races. Our forefathers have sacrificed grits and blood to achieve this and we should not break this precious understanding for the sake of wanting more. The Federal Constitution balances out equality and rights. The differences from the outcome are those which need undertanding from all. The differences are not meant to deprive or push a citizen to the extend of hardship or poverty but to strike a reasonable balance to maintain stability, peace and harmony.

    I share your views and support it all the way.

    Well done again Bro!

    JMD : Tqvm. 2 catch up with somebody, need to run faster than d person ahead of u. If running at d same rate, then can never catch up. Affirmative action = 2 discriminate in order 2 eradicate disparity. Bt d intention was never to discriminate 4ever. Is it very wrong 4 malays to come up at d same level as the chinese? D system is good bt d abuses gave it a bad name.


  22. Dear JMD,

    I generally have no issues with your current posting and am glad that you’ve honestly bared your innermost thoughts on what’s closest to your heart & shared with us, and we’re the richer for it.

    What discomfited me though is your letter to TDM, and I would urge that you re-read and reflect on how the Chinese weave through the entire thread of your argument, and whether you are fully conscious of how preoccupied you are with that race. I will give you limited feedback on 3 areas.


    You wrote in the posting proper: “When a leader had set up infrastructures and businesses for the Malays to manage, he did not take into account their greed. A great leader can only be as good as his followers. As for the case of Malaysia in the NEP era, it was the followers whom had let their leader and the rest of Malaysia down.”

    May I invert your proposition and ask if followers can only be as good as their leader? And if it was the leader who let them down and not vice versa?

    If one is such a great leader who has designed an infallible blueprint, if he had the genuine foresight, why did he fail to take into account the greed motive? When one creates a master plan, one has to project the outcome and prepare for the contingencies.

    You wrote: “We heard and see how many times that a particular leader berated the Malays to not be greedy and cajoled them to work hard and think about their original struggle.”

    Berating and cajoling is one thing. That’s only talk. Cakap serupa bikin?

    A gauge of the leader’s calibre is the people that he chooses to surround himself with. Look at the top people surrounding TDM. Were they not greedy, like the AP Queen? Did they not forget the original struggle? What do you make of TDM’s own businessman son and his shipping company and that controversial episode?

    JMD : I think u hv limited knowledge on TDM’s efforts to overturn d malays in having good values. So wat do u think of DSAI who surround himself w ultra malays like zulkifli noordin who bulldozed ppl’s forums n PAS extremists? Again, gd leadership is as gd as d followers. Then again, TDM is x perfect. Hw could he knw ppl’s hearts? Only when given power they turn greedy. Gimme one perfect M’sian political leader out there who has accomplished as much as TDM. Pls look on andipool’s comment (at 4.55pm) n my reply in my article ‘dictator dollah 2 stupid 2 learn any mistakes’ 4 TDM’s son episode. TQ.



    You wrote: “I wonder why the Chinese took up with great intensity some issues such as meritocracy, independent judiciary, equal rights, freedom of media and reforming oppressive laws. As we all know, these issues are less relevant to the majority of the citizens here in Malaysia.”

    One Malay politician mentioned that these issues are “rich people’s” issues.”

    Why do you consider meritocracy, independent judiciary, equal rights, freedom of media and reforming oppressive laws to be rich people’s issues?

    (i) Take the award of scholarship and financial aid to poor students based on the merit of their results. Not so-smart rich kids can pay their way through a profit-oriented degree mill. It is the smart poor children for whom education is the one lifeline out of their sorry circumstances.

    JMD : Agreed. Bt some poor malays with so so result got their results dat way coz dey r poor – no light to study, nt enough support system (tuition class etc), work part time, hampered by environment etc. NEP – to create opportnty when dey r no opprtny. Once dey hv scholarship, hopefully dey will do better n get gd jobs so dey will change their livelihood. In d end, their children will hv better lives than their parents/granparnts n won’t need NEP in future.

    (ii) Take Joe Average seeking justice in court if he should bring up a case against a tycoon. If the judiciary is compromised, the last recourse is lost. Or is justice only for the rich?

    JMD : Pls cite eg where d average poor malays did x get justice when bringing up a case against a tycoon. Is there any such cases? Is it more relevant 2 malays dis independent judiciary issue than the imprtance of poverty issue?

    (iii) Equal rights has always been sought by the downtrodden, because these rights are something they have not had equal access to. History teaches us this. The rich have always enjoyed better rights because they have the resources to avail themselves of their rights to the fullest and beyond, or to lobby for legislation that enhance their interests.

    JMD : how could equal rights between the non malays and malays benefit the poor malays? R there more rich malays than the rich non malays? I dun think so.

    (iv) The Press barons are rich people who can afford to operate media empires. If the media is not free, then a less-than-free media serves the interests of the rich first and foremost. The rich are owners of these public channels of communication.

    Can a poor man set up a newspaper? He can’t afford to print even a newsletter. Malaysian mainstream media, which is less than free, is an elitist platform because the powerful and the well-connected are given voices in them; the poor are not heard in MSM.

    JMD : Freedom of media here meant dat any seditious statements can b made in MSM which is x gd 4 d multi racial country. Eg, discussing religion n position of malay rulers in d open cud lead 2 tension. But dis is d free media d non malays wana promote.

    (v) Are the people who are victims of oppressive laws, for e.g. the scores of alleged Muslim militants detained under ISA, rich people? How will repealing the ISA benefit rich Chinese if it means freeing these Muslims and the Hindraf 5?

    JMD : there r 96 ppl detained in ISA rite now. r d chinese now more comfortable 2 release d militant extremists? ISA like d 1 in US n UK must be used to those ppl who r not only militants but those who incite racial tension by accusing govt of ethnic cleansing n prescribing brutish behavior. ISA is gd for d peace in d country. Again, r d release of militant extremists more important than mjority malay poverty issue?

    If you ponder on it, JMD, (i)-(v) are emphatically NOT ‘rich people’s issues’. They are issues to help us level the playing field between the classes.

    JMD : again, in d pretext of d priority of d poor malays, d issues of poverty,unemployment, education n unfair income distributn takes precedent than d issue i – v.




    You wrote: “Why they did not need to highlight issues such as expensive medical treatment? Because they do not feel it is expensive that’s why. They can afford to buy life insurance can’t they? Most Malays cannot.”

    Everything is expensive to most people nowadays after the Dollah-flip-flop-petrol-fiasco, Chinese included. If we had good public healthcare, nobody would desperately need to buy medical insurance, Chinese included.

    If the Chinese could avoid paying the medical insurance premiums, they would — who wants to be out of pocket spending heftily on something that’s redundant? The issue here to address is not that Chinese obsess over insurance but to make quality and professional public healthcare viable and a service available to all, especially primary healthcare in the remote areas.

    JMD : Gd idea. I agree w u. Also, d poor ppl in d remote areas will surely benefit most. Bt d doctors which d NEP helped r so selfish dat they only want 2 work in cities not in d remote areas. Case of Melayu lupa diri n being grateful of d help dey were given. Dat’s why I criticised d Malays 4 not being sincere when dey become successful.

    Dear JMD,

    Do you remember the last time (and this is actually very recent, since our discussions have been intense) I had appealed “really and truly, from the bottom of your heart”? Well, I ask the same again.

    WHY. Why do you say the things below that you wrote in your open letter to TDM?

    (i) “If they do not fight for the plights of the Malays and instead fight for the issues brought forward by the Chinese, then who would protect the livelihood of the Malays themselves?”

    JMD : Yes. D malay leaders who do x fight 4 their poverty ridden brethren bt instead focus on sumthing not directly beneficial 2 them now, then who gonna help d poor Malays in d remote areas? I c so many cases of local leaders diverting d money meant 4 d poor n funds from PPRT into their own pockets out of greed.

    (ii) “It is bad enough we cowered under pressure by other races (especially the Chinese who had economic strength in Malaysia and now wants greater political powers too) … Some Chinese are believing that they should hold the highest political powers in Malaysia too. … It seems that the idea of a ‘fair Bangsa Malaysia’ propagated by the DAP/PKR is ‘the Chinese hold highest political power in the land as well as bigger economic share’.

    (iii) I can safely say that the Chinese feel that Malaysia owes them a favor for years of ‘hardship’ or being ‘2nd class citizens’ under the Umno ruled Malaysia.

    (iv) They may not say it out loud, but they indeed are acting out that this is the time they should get everything. They know they will win in every aspect.

    Why do you think as you do on “they”? Will you not think “us”? Malaysians together?

    JMD : If I do not remind d malay leaders to look after d poor ppl from their own race 1st, then dis ppl will lag further behind. Dats why aniseed, w all due respect, I insist d malay leaders to look after their own backyard b4 d poor malays stop supporting them. Same goes if Jeff Ooi neglect any poor chinese in his constituency. I hv no objection if he want 2 focus on them 1st as it’s a moral thing 2 do. Coz if der r any poor malays in jeff ooi’s area, d sincere local malay leaders will help them also. That is what I meant. I did not mean that we should only think abt our race only. Just give more focus on ur own race 1st coz they r indeed disparity.

    As for me, msleepyhead’s worldview resonates much, much more. He or she wrote: “I hope there will arise a true leader that will say material wealth is not the way to solve the woes of this country.”

    JMD : Me too.

    Yesterday, you published my comment where I said I disliked the stereotype that Malays are lazy. Today I wish you to give more thought to the stereotype that Chinese are too hardworking.

    JMD : True, some Malays r as hardworking as d chinese while there r also chinese who r as laidback as d malays.

    If we credit the stereotype with some degree of truth, reflect on what the Chinese race has lost in gaining material wealth, and working twice as hard and being twice as resourceful to attain that “material wealth”?

    What Malay-centrism has made or turned the Malaysian Chinese into, will surely come home to roost because the two races are neighbours. Think about the sort of person you, as a Malay, would have living next door, the nature of your Chinese neighbour, unless we truly want to go apartheid the whole hog and live in separate enclaves leading separate lives.

    Think JMD.

    Thank you shalom.

    JMD : I would also implore u to think abt d plight of d poor rural malays. Dey r nearly 2 million malays earning less than rm1000 per mth in M’sia. At least d chinese r complaining abt these things with their acquired wealth already secured in the background. D Malays r complaining abt their plight with empty bank accounts in d background.

    Sacrifice n understanding r needed.


  25. JMD,

    My compliments to you. You have pertinently articulated issues which are truly relevant in these present times of political, economical and social uncertainties.

    I hasten to add that negative comments pertaining to the NEP have been the direct result of the calamitous performance of the BN in the last GE and which was unprecedented in the coalition’s history. Was the NEP an issue before and after the 2004 GE? Why this last election result has to be mentioned in context to your post, is that it exposes how dysfunctional AAB has been as a leader and more importantly why we venerate TUNMM as astute and visionary.

    Critics of our TUN had failed or refuse to acknowledge that when he expounded the rationale for affirmative actions, he had also made numerous pleadings to the Malay community to be self-sustaining. This would then allow for a wider implementation to accommodate and benefit more needy non-Malays. He knew full well its limitations of statute in time with respect to its implication to the other races.

    I am of the view the majority of the rakyat accepts this affirmative action for the general good of the country. If not, would they return the BN (and its predecessor, the Alliance) to govern time and again even in the last GE (myself included) despite its leader’s shenanigans?

    With the humiliating defeat in the last GE (I call it defeat) came a new wave of criticism towards the NEP from the chauvinistic DAP and the opportunistic PKR, raising the ire of the Malay community. Caught in a marriage of inconvenience in this dodgy coalition, PAS being 99.9 % Malay based, looks in the other direction and belies its own image. AAB in his weakened position, the cause and effect of his flawed and derelict administration in the last 5 years, can do little or nothing to assuage UMNO in general and his community in particular.

    Expediency on both sides of our political spectrum will use the NEP for their own agendas. And in promoting or critisising the NEP (depending on whichever political divide one is from) the whole gamut of separate issues become entangled – Ketaunan Melayu, Bangsa Malaysia,the Social Contract, Cronyism, Racism, Religion etc etc. And the true spirit and intent becomes convoluted and lost in translation.

    It is sad case of affairs that the present government is not engaging the critics. We are extremely fortunate therefore that concerned citizens like your good self have come forward and correct misconceptions and to address this and other contentious issues, with as always expressed in your passionate signature.

    I do hope that we could one day meet over a cup of kopi.

    PS I suggest that you are older than what you have stated and I will submit when I recall your post indicating as much.

    Thank you

    JMD : Hahaha. Probably since i’m a Liverpool fan makes me sound older. 18 yrs is a long wait indeed 🙂


  26. JMD,

    Come on la brader, not all poor people in this country are Malays.

    Please do come to Sarawak la, I invite you there. Go to the rural area man. Even the poor Malays also look like Rockefellar compare to them.

    Why talk about poor Malays only? Why can’t we have policies that help all the poor regardless of race and religion.

    If that is successful, not only Malays will gain because there will be less poor Malays, but Malays will at the same time get respect and love from other races. You go and help the poor from different races, and they are just normal human being, so they will love and respect you for that.

    In that way, you gain 2 instead of 1.

    Please consider la brader.

    JMD : Since when we dun hv policies dat help all poor rgrdless of race n religion? Show me policy in M’sia dat doesn’t help all poor ppl n I will show u d one dat does. D system is good bt d abuses by d leaders gave it a bad name. N yes I’ve been to S’wak (Daro, Kapit, Kg Rejoi) n Sabah (Tagibang, Timbua, Menggatal etc) helping d poor there. Wht were the MPs doing all dis while? Sleeping on d job. So dun blame d system in place. Y r u blaming Malays for their poverty? Blame d relevant MPs there 4 not highlighting their issues bt bz playing golf. What hv u done 2 help them? TQ 4 reading dis blog. Really appreciate it.


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  28. Salam JMD, thanks for the meaningful article you wrote, I think you out did Dr Mahathir in this very sensitive NEP subject this time, so please keep up the good work as you showed like Dr Mahathir that you need not put your ideas across using foul and aggressive language but simple persuasive argument are more effective to reaching out to others.

    I predict that Bangsa Malaysia shall remain a dream for many more scores of years to come, I see our children more polarised by race now than ever before. In our founding fathers wisdom they have chosen to allow education in each of the different ethnic language namely Malay, Chinese and Tamil so now 50 years after Merdeka, basically a Malaysian Chinese or Indian can actually choose if he wants to, to just carry on his life in Malaysia without speaking a single word of Malay, no need malay friends and no need to know the Malay culture, so tak kenal maka tak cinta. Its a shame really as the key to tolerance and respecting each other in a diversified Malaysia is understanding between the people of various ethnic background.

    Since freedom to be educated in one own’s mother tongue is enshrined in our Perlembagaan, so I do not think it could be amended as the Chinese and Tamil educationist will surely come up in arm defending their rights in the Perlembagaan. Surely not helping when this country’s non malay politicians, then and now, has great difficulty rising above the interest of their race if at all.

    However if nothing is done by the Government to arrest this widening polarisation, in time the younger generation Malay domestic view is this: “The other races do not want to share their wealth with us, but whatever little we have they want also” and on the other hand “When a Malay talks about his rights under the Perlembagaan, the Malay is branded a racist for doing so”. Some extreme elements may use this perception to create havoc to our peace and security for their own political gains. I worry for this country’s future.

    JMD : TQ 4 ur comment.


  29. JMD,
    I was thinking about e-mailing you and asking you this question but on second thought, perhaps it is good to share this with others. As I have said earlier I admire your writings and I sincerely believe that you are a very honest and wise man. You are not afraid to raise up all the important issues pertaining to the malay rights and corruption among the BN leaders and your knowledge is quite impressive. I wonder if you are active in politics? I believe many will support you as manpakpin already declared. I must say, at the moment, I’m truly disillusioned with the current political scenario. I look at all the leaders that we a have and I see no hope at all. I think we need someone who can bring a bit of fresh air, someone who is strong in personality and obviously know what to say and not just providing us same lame excuse of “Never mind lah” or keep talking about political conspiracies against him. I hope you will seriously consider this and I shall support you although I’m a Man Utd fan (ha ha). Looking forward to your next articles, JMD. Keep on writing and take care.

    JMD : Thank u so much. Really appreciate d confidence. Currently I am away on some ‘kerja amal’ 4 the hardcore poor in Melaka. Will b back soon.


  30. Yoohoo JD

    You touched me. You put it so succintly. But do you agree that we Malays are our own worst enemies.
    We can’t see another Malay who are better of than us in wealth, education, standing or whatever. We prefer to acccept the non-Malays on top of us or to be our boss.
    Wr too like to go to an Indian or Chinese shop through there are Malays trading there too.
    If our colleague of the same race is better than us, we will do whatver it takes to bring him down to be on par with us
    We are also so scared to compete with the non-Bumis. Notice how our kids are jeered at if they speak English. As though she/he wants to be “Mat Salleh”. That explains why our rural students don’t fare well in English.
    It’s a sad situation. The non-Malys too are schooled in Sekolah Kebangssaan but they try to be proficient in English.
    I am trying to break that mould. Come off the comfort zone. Like in the choice of foreign Universities, I told my kids to get into a school where there are few Malays.
    Not another Malay reservation. Compete with other international kids. Proof that we can do it.
    Peace to you and all Malaysians on our 51st birthday.

    JMD : Yes, I agree w u wholeheartedly. Dat’s d main reason 4 my article. Malays backstab Malays. Dats y, the NEP doesnt work dat well n failed to achieve its objective. Need to change our laidback culture.


  31. JMD and others,

    Enough about problems, let’s try solutions shall we?

    The country really must ask, what sort of direction it will like to take in the future. Singapore is banking on technology and R&D, and tourism – casino and theme parks to generate revenue. Vietnam is going the manufacturing and cheap labour way like Malaysia did in the 80s and 90s. Some say they are catching up, but seriously, who wants to be modern day slaves in a factory.

    As society moves forward, it’s normal for its citizens to avoid menial tasks ‘perceived’ to be low class, that’s why we have immigrants doing all sorts of jobs our ‘people’ think is bad. That’s one of the aspects of mass education we did not foresee, let’s face it not everyone ends up a neurosurgeon. There are people who are great at plumbing, and that shouldn’t be seen as a lowly job. The idea is to promote professionalism and integrity no matter what you do. If you’re a cleaner, ensure that the toilet is clean and smelling roses. Take pride in our jobs. The people needs to know that a good hospital is just as much its capable surgeons as its clean sheets and corridors.

    We still have some of the best natural wonders, rain forests, beaches, and tropical islands. These are gold mines waiting for tourists to hand over their cash, all we need is a good system, get these places going and the cash register will always go ka-ching! It’s god given, don’t waste it.

    The world is already seeing signs of education inflation, degrees are the standard these days and postgraduate education is becoming common. We have to ask why we are sending all our kids to university? What is it for? In the 90s we needed the workforce for the booming manufacturing industry. We’ve heard of brain drain but there’s also brain hemorrhage, we’ve got all this universities churning out graduates, but guess who they work for in the end – MNCs, let’s not name names here but a quick drive through Shah Alam and Bayan Lepas is all you need to do to find out. Brains working inside the country but contributing to the wealth of outsiders. We need to rethink the purpose of education. This is not an original idea – literacy and arithmetics does not equal education. Our British inherited system was initially meant to supply labour to the civil service and then later it served the industries.

    University education, then joining the work force for a 9-5 in an office tower or factory will not make you rich or improve your lifestyle. Most just end up in debt, no different than kais pagi makan pagi, kais petang…

    Stop fighting about rights, think of ways to create jobs and improve the economy, provide valuable services, when all these are done, there will more than enough for everyone. Some greedy bastards may take advantage of these, but let capable people carry out these reforms, and once it’s running like a well oiled machine, Malaysia will be alright.

    There are so many things to be done and we’re fighting each other? And I’ve not even started on the climate crisis yet..

    JMD : TQ 4 d comment. I agree w u. It’s gd dat readers can chip in w their valuable insights n opinions. Im also keen on d Green Agenda. 1 of my passion really.


  32. JMD,

    Okay, so now that the scouser has admitted where his worthy support lies, then we are ‘kaki lang’ as the Hokkien people say. Kaki lang has also something to do with my comment between your good self vis-a-vis aniseed.

    Firstly bloggers do not always use literal language. This tend to have the effect that when we comment on a particular race, it may seem that our comments are racist.

    That said, I dare anyone out there who can swear (for lack of a better word) that he/she does not have a single racist bone in their body. We all have racist tendencies at one point or another. It is only our religious faith, up-bringing and culture (of tolerance and understanding) and our conscience that keeps this beast in check.

    This brings me to the Chinese. If I had my say if you‘ll allow me, I liken them as “International Chinese” borrowing the moniker from the title of a book. Their traits sit pretty close to the International Jews that I am referring to.

    They have this dogged determination in preserving their mother tongue and vernacular schools (whither bangsa malaysia in this respect?).

    They are always hard working, working industriously throughout the year until the CNY hiatus. It is their nature to accumulate wealth.

    They always network. If you walked into a hardware shop and they did not carry your intended purchase, they will get it for you from another source. Or they would recommend you to another shop. This is the ‘kaki lang’ thingy.

    Did you know that hardware, electrical and auto spare-parts shops have different prices for you and for construction and electrical contractors or mechanics? They are privy to cheaper prices because they monopolise these businesses, from the retailing shops to the professions. This also is the ‘kaki lang’ thingy.

    I am not questioning their loyalty nor being controversial and I will be accused of arousing tensions but..

    I had always held back this hypothetical question and is worth pondering – Who would they support if say China or Singapore were to invade Malaysia?

    Where aniseed is concerned I find that he/she sees sinister motives whenever anything Chinese is referred or alluded to. He/she assumes writings in the literal sense. Her signature greeting suggests an ultra liberal predisposition.

    JMD, I am not as competent as your good self for meticulous detail in citing source references and your flair in prose. I wish I had more time to elaborate and talent to do so. Thanks a bunch.

    You’ll Never Walk Alone

    JMD : Tq freddie 4 ur comments. Good info 4 me 2 churn. But 4 aniseed’s sake, lets give her d benefit of d doubt k. She was curious on certain aspects of my articles which in turn she had been so nice to enquire from me thru her comments. In which I had in d best of my effort, tried 2 explain wat I meant.


  33. why do i feel like im reading a long text message reply from jmd. happy merdeka day and as always great write ups and responses.

    JMD : TQ. Yes rite now I am away in a hardcore poor village in Melaka. No internet. Accessing dis blog thru my mobile. I know dis can be annoying 2 read so bear wit me. Will b back in a couple of days. Happy merdeka 2 u 2.


  34. JMD and all Brother bloggers,

    Happy Merdeka. May the country’s 51st anniversary provide us with a 1st Olympic gold and at least bring us all together again even if for a brief moment. Malaysia Boleh.

    I am Proud to be Malaysian as will my Children Be, no matter what.


  35. JDM,

    IMHO, God did not created mankind equal. No No. That’s why there are geniuses and there are morons. Clever and dimwit. Beauties and Uglies. Tall and short. Rich and Poor.. and on and on…

    Who wants to be born into a poor family living in a slum, or remote village? No one, but God in His infinite wisdom had dictated so.

    But I’m not saying God is unfair. far from it. God knows what’s best for each and every one of us, eventhough it it may seems unfair, cruel even.

    Which is why the concept of justice in Islam differs from western’s. In western concept, justice means equality. but in Islam, justice means putting things where it belongs. (correct me if i’m wrong).

    Thus a law that some says discriminatory may be a just law. A policy that gives advantages to some may be a good policy, as it evens the playing field.

    Well, that’s my two cents worth

    JMD : Thank you for the comment. Your views are quite peculiar. Will look into it. Thank you.


  36. hang jebat, that write-up (i.e. yr comment in Che Det) is the very comment that bought me to your blog. Since then, I try to pay a visit your blog, along with che det’s everyday. Yr comment is spot on and totally similar with what I’ve been preaching to my ‘songsang’ friends in yahoo groups and lunch kaki. I even promote your blog to them, hoping their blocked minds or their “ketaksuban” to a particular party or person melt down.

    You’re a gifted writer and please keep maintaining this blog as long as you could. There are lots of neutral blogs out there, but articles in JMD, (and surprisingly, the comments from their readers too), are exceptionally intellectual, be it on the points raised or the language used. The GIGO (garbage in, garbage out) thingy really works here.

    p/s I have a feeling that JMD is not an ordinary somebody. He must be known by most. He could be a seasoned columnist, if not an academician. You could be my uncle. All can never be so young…. 🙂 ha ha ha

    JMD : Thank you for reading this blog and for the generous compliments. But I’m sure there are a lot more credible bloggers out there with more astute analysis on any particular issues. However, I am glad that my writings could make a little difference. When a certain issue nudged my interests, I just would write about it. Thank you again. Whoever behind this blog is not important. What is important are the articles and the subsequent discussion. Goodnight Rencang. Sleep well ya. I am not your uncle by the way 🙂


  37. F.Kevin has the same thoughts as mine. No one can say that he/she is not a racist. If we r all not a racist, then there would not be any issue or demands in the first place!

    I admit that I am a racist as I would help my poor relatives first before I help a chinese or indians who are strangers to me. Nevertheless, my mixing with my chinese and indian friends at my former schools and neighbourhood teaches me tolerance and acceptance of their culture, way of life and traditions. Tolerance has to be in both ways.

    I accept chinese as the major economic power house in Malaysia ever since pre merdeka days and on the same time I am humbled by my chinese friends who understands effort for the bumiputera to enjoy a small slice 30% of the economic cake (which until now still not yet achieved).

    Political power means nothing without a strong economy. If everything is to be based on meritocracy or human rights to the extreme, then no one country in this world have achieved this.

    Native indians and aborigines have been sidelined. The jews have been driven out of europe. The kurds and bosnians have been slaughtered. The palestinians have been deprived until now. These are examples of how races of the world failed to find a workable formula to tolerate one another to live peacefully and harmony.

    Our former leaders of the country have achieved a workable formula and enshrined the formula in what we called the Federal Constitution. It may not be perfect as the God sent Quran but it has given us a good and peaceful environment to live until now.

    The ball is in the current leaders to smartly preserve and uphold the proven formula. Too much of a freedom has led to NEP being questioned, the disrespect acts to the Sultans and the traditions of the Dewan Undangan Negeri, the decision and jurisdiction of the Shariah Courts and latest, the UiTM 10% proposal.

    I hope that the govt can be stronger to check on this.


  38. JMD,

    Thank you for the reply. My apologies for responding rather late.

    Since we talk on policies to assist the poor, I will start with PSD scholarship which has been an issue when the government is studying the proposal to increase the quota for the non-Bumis.

    Just a reminder, in 2006, Dato Abdullah Mat Zin release statistics for PSD scholarship. The figures for 2005 shows for local undergraduate scholarship, the Bumiputera was allocated 70% while the non Bumiputera was allocated 30%.

    As for overseas undergadute scholarships, a bigger share was allocated for Bumiputera with 80% in the same year.

    Before I proceed further, I just want to point out that what I am saying is focused on the public means, which means it belongs to us all Malaysian regardless of race or religion.

    I have no objections if this comes from private money. Nobody except the owner the money have a say in it. But PSD scholarship is a different matter.

    Take Malaysian Indians for example, 1.8 million Malaysian Indians have the lowest share of the nations’s corporate wealth. One figure suggested a mere 1.2%. And this figure will even lower if you minus Ananda Krishnan from the list.

    No doubt there are some assistance given by the government to MIC, which comes in the form of shares but yet failed to be disburse equally among the Indians. But even if it is, bigger share was given to the Malays, with an example in the form of MARA.

    So lets focus on the PSD scholarship. The importance of scholarship, as you may know, is to uplift the socio economic condition of the community. Like Confesus said ‘If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.’

    I have no objection if the PSD scholarship is awarded to poor Malays but at the same time I do not believe this should be done at the expense of other poor non Malays.

    Imagine if you are a poor man’s son living in the estate and your result are the best among your peers. Yet you have to compete with other races, with many lived in the urban environment with access to better education (an example is many A class schools are located in the urban area) and probably have better results.

    It would be unfair for you to have access to only 20-30% of the PSD scholarships.

    That is why I propose that assistance from the government should be colour blind, without race as a consideration criteria and be replaced instead on the income groups.

    I believe that with that kind of system, Malays will still get a very large chunk of share but at the same time other needy non Malays would also stands a good chance, provided that they qualify for it.

    JMD : Saudara Alhadee. Di dalam Islam, adalah menjadi fardhu kifayah bagi sesuatu umat untuk melindungi dan memperkasakan kaum muslimin. Siapakah kaum muslimin di Malaysia ini? Majoritinya adalah bangsa Melayu.

    There were some quarters in Islam that said that all these studies such as science is secular and should not be learned by Muslims.

    During the days of the Prophet (p.b.u.h), it was considered enough to defend their people with horseriding and swordplay. In today’s world, that is not enough. How do we learn this technology? We need to build submarines, guns, tanks etc. How can we learn to make all these things when we only know how to recite a few verses in the Quran?

    During the Islamic golden age, the Muslims appreciated knowledge. At that point of time, they learned latin in order to decipher all the technology learned by the Greeks and Romans. They translated latin books into Arabic. To cut the story short, the Europeans, who were still trapped in the Dark Ages quickly learned how precious knowledge is and began to learn Arabic and thus, began their rise in the world.

    That is why, English is important for every Malays specifically to gain knowledge and in the end, the Malays as a whole can profit from it.

    Now, currently the problem of Malays not wanting the NEP is quite prevalent these days escpecially among the Malays in the urban areas (the well to do Malays). The NEP idealogy had helped thousands, maybe millions of Malays since its inception in 1970.

    It is sad that the Malays that had reaped its profit decided that the other Malays that came after them is not good enough to receive its benefit. Or, in other aspect, they feel that since they had became successful via the implementation of the NEP, they feel that all Malays can be successful WITHOUT it.

    It is like crossing the river using a bridge, but once you get to the other side of the river, you decided to destroy the bridge and ask the Malays on the other side to swim instead.

    This problem is certainly new. No Malays or Malaysians were uncomfortable with the NEP before. Majority Malaysians kept on electing the progenitor (BN) of this affirmative action in every elections since 1974.

    Before 1970, the wealth of the Malays are less than 2%. The shareholding of the Malays are also around 2%. Professional Malays such as doctors are less than 2%. Who had the whole chunk of wealth in Malaysia at that time?

    Obviously at that time, the Malays were not getting the share of wealth and education.

    In a country of even a single ethnic population, there would be a conflict between the rich and the poor. Economic conflict between races is even worse. Even the British recognised that. That is why, during the British rule, they would also send a handful of Malays to be properly educated in universities. There were some examples of young Malays among the numerous non Malays who were sent to good universities during the pre independence time.

    One such example was Dr Mahathir. Eventhough his Senior Cambridge result was not as good as the other chinese students at that time, the British found it imperative to send 7 Malays including him to study medicine in Singapore. There were 77 students at that time. If the British practices meritocracy, then no Malays will be doctors. In the end, the Malays would probably be like the Malays in Singapore these days.

    Study shows that human brains need proper food in order for it to function properly. Since the Malays were so poor at that time, it is not by coincidence that they had poor results. Their results were hampered by the environment. No light, no good food, diseases like Malaria was rampant amonbg the poor at that time.

    But if they were given the opportunity to excel, they might prove that they too can become successful. They probably were late developers which they may become good if given the chance. One such example, Dr Mahathir, who upon entrance the university with an average result, had the highest score in his Physics paper in the entire class in the university.

    Hence, by giving opportunity, the Malays may overcome the income disparity. This opportunity was not available before the creation of the NEP.

    Right before independence, we decided to rule the country through capitalist democracy. We did not go for a socialist system whereby the system wishes everyone would have the same level of wealth. But actually, in the end as history would show in any socialist country, everyone would be at the same level of poverty.

    We did not opt to become a communist country although at that time the communist movement was very strong. But as any other communist country, only the top echelon are better off while the man on the streets remain poor.

    Thus, we opted for capitalism when we gained independence. But only those who are able to afford and have the ability, can become more successful. Therein lies the root cause of the economic tension which resulted the racial riot in 1969.

    Because you see, in the 50’s and 60’s whenever the Malays wanted loans or business licenses, the main criteria required by the meritocratic government was ‘Do you have any experience?’. And of course, most Malays didn’t have one. Thus, the vicious cycle of being poor continues. Imagine the frustration of a Malay back then when they have the land to mine tin, their application to acquire license to mine were turned down due to lack of experience. Thus, the Malays suffered the downspiral in their economic standing.

    This is because, the chance to excel were never given. NEP is just that = to create opportunities when they are no opportunities.

    You have to understand and accept the disparity among the majority Malays and the other races at that time.

    To catch up with somebody, we need to run faster than the preson ahead of us. If we run at the same rate, then we can never catch up.

    To correct the imbalances, we need to be unfair. If not the disparity will be even bigger. The rich will be richer, the poor will be poorer.

    Is it very wrong for the Malays to come up at the same level as the chinese? Just like this article stated, we just want 30% of the country’s wealth. 30% only. If the NEP was not in placed, then not even 10% would be achieved. Even the poor people from other races will remain poor if meritocracy was put to place.

    The NEP was not inttended to run forever. It was originally to run only for 30 years (a generation). Because when a Malay who had become successful, their children will inherit their traits. For instance, a doctor may have offsprings who are doctors as well. Thus, when all Malays are successful, the next generation will be better off and the NEP may be phased out little by little.

    But due to the greed and the ungratefulness of the Malays, we still fail to achieve the 30% target. Theree were years when we had achieved 20% but due to the economic crisis in late 90’s and then now, the figure had decreased a bit.

    The Malays have been living in this country for hundreds of years. This is where the Malays belong. When the great depression hit the country in the 30’s, the Indians and the Chinese immigrants went back to their own motherland. The Malays stayed because there is nowhere to go. This was their land. It is sad that some quarters chose to be blinded by the state the Malays are in right now and failed realise the plight of the majority of Malaysians. And who are the majority of the Malaysians?

    Now I am not the one who would advocate that we should only help the Malays and not the other poor people in other races. By God we should help the poor people in Malaysia. I totally agree with you that we should not exclude the poor and only focus on the Malays. Has that been the case with the Malaysian Government? This is where like I said earlier, it falls on the shoulder of the respective community leader to take care of the poor people. Help is readily available to all that are poor. PTPTN fund is one such example.

    Your last two paragraphs mirrors greatly on the Misi Nasional that replaced the NEP in 1990. If you read the Misi Nasional, especially its ‘Teras Tiga’ – “menangani masalah ketidakseimbangan sosio-ekonomi yang berterusan secara membina dan produktif tanpa mengira kaum.” it shows how the government is actually looking at the plight of the non Malays. It just that in the current political scenarios, the current plights of the non Malays are highlighted more in order to discredit the BN led government.

    It may seem that the NEP is only focussing on the Malays. Do you know why the NEP is having a bad name? Because there are some quarters who are abusing it. And the Malays who is receiving the help chose to be ungrateful. It is disheartening to see young Malay students who are receiving public funds chose not to study but divulge themselves in social ills instead. In the end, instead of getting first class degrees, they could only muster a weak second class lower. How to change their lifestyles with that kind of results?

    Before we get into further redundant arguments, please apprehend the fact that not all poor Malay students who got good results were offered PSD scholarships. There are those who were left behind to make way for the so called 30% allocation meant for the non Malays. And, PSD scholarships has requirements to be filled. Not all Malays with any kind of results could get it unless they fulfilled a minimum requirement. And this Malay students have to fight with other Malay students with better results.

    The Malay student do not fight for a scholarship with the non Malays as they have been allocated a percentage of allocation already.

    My point is, since the population of the Malays are bigger than the non Malays, why do they want to decrease the allocation of the PSD? The numbers of poor Malays household is 1.7 million in the country. Nearly as many as the whole indian population in Malaysia whereby the poor indian household is about 60,000.

    Just like how Msleepyhead had written in the comment above, coupled with the comments by Klonetrooper and Freddie Kevin, the key is to sincerely work hard and be grateful with what we have. Everyone and the leaders should work towards building the nation. How to build a successful muti racial nation? The fundamental pillar would be harmony being the multi races. How to create harmony? When the economic imbalances has been corrected. When everyone is at par, thinking along the racial line will automatically disappear. When the nation is strong, when we ‘bersatu teguh’ instead of ‘bercerai roboh’, and the leaders are competent enough to bring investments to the country, we will achieve what we all had dreamed – the emergence of Bangsa Malaysia.

    We were on track in the 90’s before the currency crisis hits us. But since we were very united in overcoming the adversity, we sailed through. At the turn of the new millenium, we were on track again. What happened since then?

    It is so difficult to get the Malays to do the right thing. Our culture is an affinity towards being laidback. Or in other words, the Malays would choose the path of least resistance to achieve something. This culture needs to be changed in order for the Malays to run twice as fast so that in the future, we can dismantle the bridge that all of us had crossed successfully.

    Thank you.


  39. The United States chose to continue their afirmative action policy to correct the imbalance in society.

    Such policy is not popular and brings out the most heated debate in society but it is a policy that is needed to achieve a healthy and stable nation in the future.

    I spent 4 years at ITM struggling with a sense of anguish knowing that my good friends who are non bumi are not open to the privelege. In my third year at ITM, I found John Rawls and took solace from his argument for affirmative action. I have had a good education there and I try my very best to give back to society what I have taken.

    I have a contract with the storm in my conscience that once in a while it is allowed to howl in peace and I that I would have my peace.


  40. Anwar si pengkhianat bangsa Melayu dan Islam sekali lagi menghina dan memcerca bangsa Melayu sebagai bodoh. Sila baca artikel yang ditulis oleh RPK botak yang tiada otak dalam MalaysiaNoday mengenai kenyataan Anwar anak Ibrahim.

    Siapa sebenarnya bodoh? Yang pasti ialah Anwar Ibrahim kerana dia masuk UM dulu dengan hanya mendapat 1 prinsipal sahaja. Walaupun Anwar ini bodoh tetapi kerana hak keistimewaan Melayu, dia dapat juga masuk UM walaupun hanya dapat mengikuti kursus yang paling mudah di UM iaitu Pengajian Melayu. Walaupun mengikuti kursus yang mudah, kerana kebodohannya, Anwar tetap gagal pada tahun pertama.

    Sekali lagi kerana hak keistimewaan Melayu, Anwar diberi peluang untuk “repeat’ di UM. Tetapi, pada hari ini Anwar anak Ibrahim ini begitu lantang mempersoalkan hak keistimewaan Melayu yang pernah membantunya mendapatkan segulung ijazah yang sekadar “General Degree” iaitu ijazah paling rendah tarafnya kerana kebodohan Anwar. Jika tidak Anwar anak Ibrahim ini hanya seorang lepasan STPM sahaja. Manusia yang mungkin menjadi pemandu kereta taukeh-taukeh bukan Melayu.

    Jika dia tidak dapat masuk UM kerana hak keistimewaan Melayu, maka dia tidak dapat menjadi wakil pelajar dan dikenali ramai termasuk oleh Tun Mahathir yang mengangkatnya naik menjadi seorang pemimpin. Tetapi, hari ini kita melihat si tanggang bodoh bernama Anwar anak Ibrahim ini sanggup menghina dan mengkeji bangsa Melayu Islam semata-mata inginkan kuasa dunia.


  41. Dear JMD,

    I’m appalled that Malaysians should even pose a hypothetical question like ‘Who would [the Malaysian-Chinese] support if say China or Singapore were to invade Malaysia?’

    Such ‘pondering’ is not worth dignifying with a response. However, I’d like to share with your readers the night at a mamak shop where many of us gathered to watch Malaysia in the men’s badminton singles final at the Beijing Olympics.

    It was a mixed crowd of various ages, though predominantly young and predominantly Chinese, ensconced in front of the shop’s several TV sets and the big screen put up by the roadside where the match was projected. Everyone was rooting for the player who represented the best hope our country ever had for a gold medal. Just as Lee’s coach Misbun Sidek was rooting for his charge.

    All my friends, of whatever political affiliation or political apathy were unanimous in wanting a Lee Chong Wei victory. If he’d won, it would have been our song Negaraku playing in the stadium. And if there are Malaysians who still see in Lee a Chinese of divided loyalty donning national colours, then that’s just too bad, or very sad.

    When Lee hit the shuttle out, I heard a very Malaysian expression from the Indian guy sitting at the next table to mine. He let out an exasperated ‘Adoi!’

    In the second set, after Lee had been trailing many points and finally managed break the duck, the crowd erupted into cheers. But otherwise we were all generally subdued because the China player had complete mastery of the game, and it looked like Malaysia’s first Olympic top-place finish will still have to wait.

    When Lin Dan got match point, nobody cheered. Do some Malaysians expect their fellow citizens to support China and celebrate a China gold?; and in any case China has already bagged so many, so what’s one more whereas a debut gold means so much more to us Malaysians.

    Where does the loyalty of a Malaysian citizen lie? If anyone needs even to ask, I’m really sorry for such a question.

    JMD : Thank you aniseed.


  42. I dare say that what you write is what 99.9% malays feels and think…0.01% are so-called liberal Malays who are the advocates of liberation, democratic or equality without understanding history properly…

    I want to say more but i’m just speechless and in awe reading your piece. (betul ni bukan statement mengampu)….

    JMD : Thank you for reading it. Please also read the comment section as I feel I had made several commentary and replies which is quite relevant to the article. Thank you again.


  43. Salam JMD,

    I share your sentiments exactly esp on NEP abt ‘Melayu yg tak sedar diri ni’.. and you sound like a well educated person..

    what this akak tua wants to point out though, I was perplexed w your answer to alhadee abt NEP and the hardcore poor in Swk.. are you aware of that, ‘ whilst it is true that all Malays (Muslims) are Bumiputeras, not all Bumiputeras are Malays or Muslims. They are the Sarawak Bumiputeras and the Sabah Bumiputeras, eg. the Ibans, Melanaus, Kelabits, Kadazans etc (too many to list out). This is in the Federal constitutions and in Penang, the Indian Muslims are also considered as Bumiputeras.

    and to alhadee and the non-Bumis, that is the fact, the NEP (b4 it got abused by the wealthy Malays), is supposed to focus on all poor Bumiputeras (regardless of their races or religions, eg. Ibans are mostly Christians) not just on the poor Malays (Muslims) who just happened to be Bumis. There were many poor Sarawak Bumiputeras (non-Malay, non Muslims) who received the benefits of NEP especially thru MARA and PSD.

    Examples of Sarawak Bumiputeras are Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud who is of Melanau descent and Idris Jala of MAS, just not sure what ethnics grp he is from, maybe Kelabit??..

    p/s JMD, you might want to rethink, to use the term ‘Bumiputera’ instead of ‘Malays’ in some of your article when talking abt NEP and ‘special rights’, because it is misleading at some point. Or do you have any significance in prefering to use the term ‘Malays’, instead of ‘Bumiputeras’? Sarawak and Sabah are part of Malaysia too. 🙂

    –akak tua who is married to a non-Malay Bumi of Sarawak. And he was just one of the many2 non-Malay Bumis (Muslims and non-Muslims), who did receive the benefit of NEP ( he received it thru MARA, went to MRSM then was offered scholarship to further his studies overseas and this was in an era where PSD scholarships were not even opened to the non-Bumis..)

    JMD : Thank you for commenting and sharing your experience. Basically, my reply to Alhadee was in line with his comments and also to connect with his own blog. In the context of the current scenario where even the Malays are questioning the usefulness of the NEP, I had focussed my reply with regards to the realm of the Malays. But of course, where it is applicable, the word Malay is interchangeable with the word Bumiputra.


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  45. Dear JMD,
    Thanks & enjoyed your writings.

    I agree with JMD, NEP is a essential tool. also think it must be used properly, so that Malay will be stronger, independent economically, and upon graduation from ‘NEP’, they will able to compete equally with other races in Malaysia, this will be the Malaysia I’d like to see. Government’s political will is extremely important role to make this happen. Hope this anectdote is suitable explain why government is important: Of course little boy will cry when his father tries to teach/discipline him or when he wants something, but if the father lack strong will, and let the kid has his way, he is spoiling his son. Yes, the kid will be fond of the father, and get gifts easily when requested for, but he will grow up not as strong as he could be. The father’s action is extremely important in deciding / moulding the kid’s future.

    Dear Hantu Laut,
    the issue of “projects given to those so-called Malay businessmen, many eventually ended up in Chinese hands and not only that,…” is related to what Dr M lamented in his article ‘Affirmative Action’ paragraph 30 (“they disposed these for immediate gains”) at chedet.com. So when you mentioned “the chinese also benefited from the spin-off”, i believe it means which after being subcontracted to a few level down, finally the job reaches some chinese contractors. In general, I interprete your info as : this whole practice benefited a) main contractor, b) next contracted parties, c) there’s a chance someone in government received kick-back, d)the sub-contractors who finally got the last deal & do the actual job. But besides this small group of selected few (ie a), b), c) and d)), the group of people who lose due this this practice is a)rakyat(due to after being sub-contracted so many times, someone would have to cut-cost to ensure job is done, there’s a potential issue of safety/integrity of structure), which the issues of leaking parliment roof, leaking hospital wall, falling bridge comes to mind, b)rakyat again (unnecessary money is lost each time the job is sub-contracted to other parties, and if these parties gain only by sub-contracting to other parties – imagine money that selected few malay & chinese gain, so a project that costs RM200k could be RM800k due to all these, c) rakyat again(the practice of sub-contracting to various level created an artificially high contract price, and discouraged proper competition (imagine a totally different scenario which the main contractor gained the contract, and he challenge his company to do its best to fulfill the contract by itself, and sub-contract out other works to other companies; this will create profit & at same time being competitive; best of all contract/project price can be kept to almost competitive/real market level – whole commerce market benefits from this), d) other Malay contractors who does not know the key contractor that well (so the juice of NEP is not reaching them), e) other Malay contractos who believe in their own merit and fair way to fight for contracts (it would be a hard fight, as there are so many contractors, but so little jobs, but you will lose out against the few Malays with connections) f)other (95%?) of malays & chineses who did not get the spin-offs.
    my opinion to Hantu Laut’s observation is : why let SOME chinese benefit? Lets create an environment that encourages everyone that involves in the process directly (malay, indian or chinese) benefit fairly; and everyone else benefits via government giving contract that is not artificially too high, and thus, not eating Rakyat’s money. Regardless of if you are a Malay, Chinese or Indian, you would not want to see your hardly earned & paid to government as tax to be simply given to some selected individuals for doing nothing more than subletting whole contract to someone else, right? Of course, this needs government’s strong political will. Who knows, maybe they can call to have transparent & public bidding process among all qualified bumi contractors & train government personnels with integrity that will ensure the quoted prices are not ridiculously too high).

    Dear MyMalaysiaku,

    I think more data should be collected before drawing question of “how many non Malays actually applied for jobs in the public sector?” that I have a feeling it is implying that non Malays are not interested to join the public sector. Lets analyse/draw conclusion based on properly done surveys instead of hearsay or popular sayings. The answer to the question may be “less than 10 non Malay actually applied for public post” or “10,000 non Malay actually applied for public post”. quessing further, could it be 10,000 applied and none are qualified?, could it be 10 applied and all 10 got the job? could it be there’s 5,000 qualified non Malay, but somehow did not get the job? I don’t know, unless I got the data from government, and I think maybe you also don’t the the info. Constructive and productive discussion needs to be based on such data. Is such data a public domain? I think not, which is making everyone wondering or guessing on one or another extreme. I think these data should be easily available by public without needing to be obtained via mouth of politician, as everything this happens there is chance the information is manipulated to their need, or some information withheld).

    JMD : Thank you for reading this blog.


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