Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had written about the problems of 1Malaysia concept in latest article.
7. Without the Government spelling out the precise meaning of 1 Malaysia, different people are giving their own interpretations which not only differ from each other but are in conflict with each other.
8. The Malays generally interprete 1 Malaysia to mean real adoption of the national language as the home language by every citizen as happens in other multiracial countries. They also expect the abolition of Chinese and Tamil schools and ensuring the private sector has a fair participation of Malays and other Bumiputeras.
9. The Chinese and Indians interpret 1 Malaysia to mean amendments to the constitution to eliminate provisions for the special treatment of the Malays and their protection by the Rulers, removal of the quota for Malays in the Civil Service, termination of the NEP, termination of the 30 per cent quota for Malays and indigenous people in business, termination of the quota for awards of licences, contracts and Aps. All awards to be on a competitive basis and open to all irrespective of race. They also expect perpetuation and maintenance of Chinese and Indian schools by the Government.
10. These two interpretations of 1 Malaysia admittedly are by the more extreme groups. The more moderate ones from both sides are milder in their expectations but their minimum interpretations still provide irreconcilable conflicts. 1 Malaysia clearly means different things to the different races.
Clearly our Prime Minister has a big task in front of him to explain the real meaning of 1Malaysia.
Tun Mahathir had put it succinctly on the underlying problems of the 1Malaysia definition. Najib has to settle this once and for all.
Right now 1Malaysia is neither here nor there.
If he choose to be weak, if he choose not to be firm on these issues, there is no way his 1Malaysia can be perfected.
It seems that he himself is the cause of this confusion.
Let me offer a simple solution.
Stick to the Constitution and plug the economic wastages. You don’t have to hold millions of dollars worth of economic labs and create a barrage of acronyms.
Just eliminate corruption and rent seeking behaviour. Show us that you are Prime Minister on your own right and you are solely in charge of the country. Right now, where is the leadership?
Show us that you mean business when somebody breach the Sedition Act. This applies both ways. These days, only the Malays are subjected to sedition act while the non Malays can say or create Youtube videos in whatever forms they like.
Make people feel safe. The economy is already expanding even while the NEM is still in discussion stage. Wastage and corruption are the issues that are holding back an otherwise vibrant economy.
When people feel good about themselves, when people know that somebody at last is being in charge up there, they will buy in to your policies.