DILEMMA MELAYU : BERI SALAH. TAK BERI KALAH!
A blast from the past that is still relevant today.
The Malays are their own worst enemies. Look no further than to what is now happening amongst the political elites and political leaders of the Malays. Political Elites are those whose position in political organization, institution, and movement enables them to influence political outcomes, often decisively. Political leader lead. In Malaysia today, Mahathir is about the only Malay political leader of note. Everyone else may, at most, lay claim to being part of the political elites.
The on-again, off-again, on-again love-hate relationship between three political elites, DSAI, DSZH and Kepit Man is off again. While the other Hadi and Muhyiddin on-gain and off-again relationship are now on-again. What drives these political elites to do what they do? Two words. Vested Interest. Not the nation’s interest, not the rakyat, and certainly not the interest of the Malays. Over and above everything else, their own vested interests dominate.
Yesterday I was texting with a friend from Raub and she told me “If all of you get together, you guys can make a difference to this country” Who were the “you guys” she was talking about? Malays? Malay bloggers, Malay writers? Is it all those Malays who write their thoughts on FB. Progressive, liberal, and unconventional Malays?
Some young, some old, gender-neutral, and certainly not racially challenged Malays? The more I think of it, the more I wondered if that is at all possible. Are there enough of “you guys” out there who can make a difference? And why must it be the Malays who can make a difference to this country? Don’t the others count?
The truth of the matter is simply this. The Malays are, like you, only flesh and blood. And like you, what the Malays have become is the sum of what has been tutored and given to the Malays from one generation to the next. We are all the sum of our past. Unfortunately for the Malays, their past leaves much to be desired and it shows like a festering wound among many Malays today. But all is not lost.
Increasingly the Malays are taking responsibility for the state of our nation today. When the ex-president of the largest Malay political entity, was unceremoniously dubbed a Convicted Felon, the loudest cheers for the conviction came from the Malays.
There are other Malays who once held high public office also waiting for their time in court and they are there because of other Malays who have made it their sworn duty to bring to justice any Malay who have abuse their time in public office thus bringing disrepute to the Malays.
So the Malays are taking responsibility for the misdeeds of other Malays and holding these errant Malays to account. But are they doing enough? Would what they have started to do, continue, and not abate over time for any reason?
Honestly, that is a work in progress. It splutters, stops, and starts while it continues to make its slow but sure way towards that time when justice is finally served. Hard questions demanding answers from the authorities are being asked. Corrupt and kleptocratic abuse by politicians and anyone else can no longer be swept under the carpet.
Corrupt and kleptocratic misdeeds still happen but these political pariahs have to be more devious in their ways. Almost all this work and almost all the responsibilities of bringing those guilty of such treasonous acts lies in the hands of the Malays. Maybe that is why the wheels are justice is moving ever so slowly because by bringing these Malays to justice, the Malays are rubbing salt into their own wound.
Be as it may, the fact that it is the Malays themselves who are now taking responsibility for these abuses has made it possible for that time of reckoning to come sooner rather than later. And I say this because no one more than the Malays, are mindful of the fact that their failure to rein in those Malays who are corrupt, will condemn the Malays that come after them to a future bereft of hope and a future!
What is truth, and what is true is that the Malays, by their sheer numbers, has taken responsibility for what is now happening and what will happen to our country. But the “others” must do their part. The others must put their time and effort and do their duty to King and country.
This sacred duty is now mostly the burden of the Malays to shoulder and this they have done without too much question asked of the “others” as to why they are not doing their fair share of the work. You owe it to yourself and to the Malays to join the Malays in this work. I am one. With you, we are two. Who else will join us?
For now, because of COVID-19 there is a great pause in all the things that matter in our life. But true to form, these political pariahs will not cease or desists playing politics. I think that all the underlying “misunderstanding” between Umno and Din has been resolved. Din has agreed to Umno’s two demands:
1) A ‘one-off’ withdrawal of savings of up to RM10,000 from Account 1 of the Employees Provident Fund (EPF).
2) Extending the loan moratoriums until June 2021.
All that is left is to tie the loose end so that Din can still play king of the castle in his back door government until the next general election. Umno now wants “meaningful” representation in that Back Door Government. and what Umno wants, Umno invariably gets.
And what of PAS? Huh, those Towel Head have been well accommodated financially, and they have enough for their second, third, and fourth wives and, of course, for their Mercedes! All’s is well and ends well?
For PN so far so good. The budget will pass and they have a couple of years to get their act together before the next GE.
For the “you guys” Malays and for the others…it is still a work in progress.