By DARELL LEIKING
COMMENT: it is unfair to blame the non-Malays every time an issue involving the Malays comes out, and threatening to suspend their citizenship, is certainly unhealthy.
While I had not read nor heard the full text of Zainal Kling’s (Chief Organiser for the Malay Dignity Congress) speech, I am disgusted to have read what was reported by an online news portal.
I am wondering who is attacking the Malays or whether there is any covert conspiracy to downgrade the Malays as how Zainal alleges it to be.
But blaming the non-Malays or caving into protectionism (threatening the non-Malays) will certainly not lead the Malay communities to progress or development.
Yes, they may enjoy temporary vindication or a feel good factor but it will cause a divisive and polarized Malaysia.
The Malays are already enjoying the benefits and privileges as enshrined under the
Constitution and a continuous attack on the non-Malays is unhealthy. Why?
Because since they have no special privileges and benefits, they will have to work harder (than the Malays) while at the same time, expected to contribute to the development of the country. But here they are again blaming the non-Malays and threatening them.
By default, the “social contract thru inheritance” as how Zainal claimed exist only in the context as enshrined in the Federal Constitution pursuant to the Federated States of Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak having had agreed to form the Federation of Malaysia on the basis as equal partnership in 1963.
In fact and I opine that such manner of the “social contract thru inheritance” as to how Zainal described it to be, is deemed no longer existent in that context when Sabah, Sarawak, Singapore and the Federated States of Malaya jointly formed the Federation of Malaysia, but is in fact now stated in its new form as in the Federal Constitution.
Hence the question of inheritance does not arise anymore because through the Malaysia Agreement, Malaysia is not the land of Malays but the land of Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans, Dusuns, Muruts, Bajaus, Ibans and Dayaks.
So I hope Zainal will understand it clearly that Sabah and Sarawak did not ‘join’ but ‘formed together as separate entities” the Federation of Malaysia and he should make a detailed research on Malaysia Agreement 1963 before using the social contract in Malaysia as his basis of argument,” he responded.
* Datuk Darell Leiking is the Member of Parliament for Penampang. His comments here are in response to Zainal’s allegation reminding other races of their social contract with the Malays, saying that it is the basis for them to receive citizenship which could be suspended if they break the contract.