Commentary by DR. RAIS SANIMAN
THE Malays do not realise that they are being recolonised by internal colonialism.
The Malays are living in the gagaland of Ketuanan Melayu because they have strings of fancy titles and even longer names.
The fact is they are 3rd class citizens, with the first being Chinese and 2nd, Indians. All the statistics confirm this situation.
So, the Malays carry on living happily in their fancy world, smiling, laughing, praying, oblivious to the fact that they are being dominated politically and economically by the Chinese.
The same thing happened in Java. The Javanese never realised that they were a colony because they still had their sultans with 80 wives, courtiers , the melodious sounds of the gamelan and regalia festooned with tin medals, etc.
And so, similarly over there, life carried on merrily, until Soekarno and Hatta came along.
But we have Najib, etc. and we don’t have Soekerno, Hatta and Nusantara leaders.
We have Hadi, Zahid, Najib, Rosmah and other frauds and clowns.
So, we will disappear slowly like the Singapore and the Penang Malays. Future Malays will be dancing for tourists like the native Hawaiians tourists brought by Chinese towkays.
There you are, the Sejarah Melayu in a nutshell.
The Malays won’t fight for their human rights under the Federal Constitution and the UN Charter. Why? Because they are not aware of their rights.
Ask any Malays on the street what is Article 153, and they will look blank.
So, we continue to amble merrily along until we become kaum pendatang in our own country. The rich Malays have gone with their loots to London, etc.
Well presented and articulate. It’s the truth though painful to be reminded. We are still slumbering, thinking everything should be ok. What is our next move?
First, the Malays must unite and organise themselves to defend their human rights under the Federal Constitution and the UN Charter. Their very survival as a race depends on this unity.
Second, they must get back their political power, and with that political power they can design policies like the NEP (New Economic Policy) in its modern form to upgrade themselves socioeconomically to the levels of the Chinese and Indians, without being deprived of their human and social rights.
They can design the best education system in the world based on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and study the advanced system, like those used in Singapore, Finland, etc.
They can strengthen the Islamic network domestically and internationally.
With racial parity, a united Malaysian nation in diversity will automatically achieve the dreams of our founding fathers.
These are some possible policies for all Malaysians, with full rights accorded to the Malays.
As the policies evolve, other policies need to be incorporated to make it a comprehensive system
In the course of Malay history, it was Malay Disunity that brought the glorious Malay empires of Majapahit, Malacca, Perak and others to their knees. This is the historical pattern that we are seeing even today.
We have to get together for the common survival of UMNO-PAS-Pakatan and the rest.
With political power we will be able to design good policies for all Malaysians, including for the Malays.
Right now the minority is ruling the majority because the latter is divided.
The DAP is now the ruling government and 98 percent of the Chinese are united behind them.
The economy is in Chinese hands, just like in South Africa where the white minority is politically and economically dominant and ruling the land.
The blacks, like the Malays are divided, fighting among themselves and forgetting the main enemy. Lee Kuan Yew was right and so the British went on with their divide and rule policy.
We now have many clever Malays. They know the game plan. We can do it if we try. We have no choice.
Do it or disappear like the Maoris, Aborigines, the Red Indians, etc.
Dr. Rais Saniman was among those who had contributed to the formation of the New Economic Policy (NEP) in 1970. He was a senior General Manager of the now defunct Bank Bumiputra Malaysia Berhad (BBMB) International Banking Division and alternate director of Bumiputra Malaysia Finance (BMF). In the government he was among those instrumental in the setting-up of Bank Islam Malaysia, Economic Adviser, founding director of the Malaysian Nasional Shipping Line (PNSL), council member of MARA, member of the Economic Panel appointed by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in 1982 and many other organizations. He co-authored the book, ‘Growth and Ethnic Inequality’- Malaysia’s New Economic Policy’ with Just Faaland and Jack Parkinson.