The beginning of a fair and equal society ?

Malaysiakini reported today that the new Penanag Chief Minister , Lim Guan Eng, has appointed an Indian Malaysian as well as a Malay Malaysian to be Deputy Chief Minister. He has also pleaged to have open tender and do away with NEP in the state.

This is the first time an Indian Malaysian has been appointed as a Deputy Chief of a state, and I really welcome this development.

Malaysiakini reports:

Ramasamy, 58, a political scientist and former academician, said his appointment shows that the state government was sincere in wanting to represent all communities after being given a mandate in the polls.

“I hope other state governments will also follow suit to make all communities represented in their leadership,” he urged.

Mohd Fairus, a newcomer in politics as well, said he will look into issues which are of concern to the Malay community in the state, such as education.

I also come across an article from Wall Street Journal in which it is reported:

The governments in the five opposition-ruled states will “reduce race-based affirmative-action policies and begin to implement a more competitive merit-based system,” opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim told reporters yesterday. He said the five states will try to ensure that the poor among all races receive benefits such as low-cost homes and education.

Dismantling the affirmative-action program — meant to benefit the majority Malays — was one of the main promises of the three-party opposition alliance that made massive gains in Saturday’s elections.

The opposition, guided by Mr. Anwar, won an unprecedented four state governments in addition to one that it already ruled. It also increased its haul in the 222-member Parliament from 19 to 82 seats. Until now, the ruling National Front coalition had never gone below a two-thirds majority since 1969, and had never lost control of more than two of Malaysia’s 13 states.

The result reflected widespread disaffection among the country’s ethnic Chinese and Indian minorities over social and racial inequalities, mainly stemming from the affirmative-action program known as the New Economic Policy. It was started in 1971 to help the Malays, following violent race riots in 1969 that were blamed on the wealth gap between poor Malays and wealthy Chinese. The NEP gives a host of privileges to Malays including preference in government contracts.

The Malaysian state of Penang, which was won by the opposition Democratic Action Party, fired the first salvo against the NEP, long considered an untouchable policy.

Lim Guan Eng, who was sworn in yesterday as the chief minister of the Chinese-dominated Penang, announced that state contracts will no longer be awarded based on NEP. Many state contracts are known to go to businesses with links to the ruling party.

I hope Penang coalition government can succeed in doing away the NEP and yet still be able to look after the interest and needs of all races. I hope it succeeds in eradicating the poverty levels of all races and prove to the Penang Malays that they are well taken care of even without the NEP.

 This would then show to the Federal Government that abolition of NEP does not necessarily mean the marginalisation of our Malay brothers.

If Penang succeeds in doing so, then UMNO will have no excuse not to do away with the NEP in the Federal administration.

Ultimately, people of all races will benefit from this   and a true Malaysian identity can then be forged.

 

 

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23 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. A true Malaysian
    Mar 12, 2008 @ 17:43:47

    It is a good start for Mr. Lim Guan Eng to have ‘open tender’ and ‘2 deputy CMs’. In doing this, Guan Eng has set a benchmark for other states to follow.

    It was a thoughtful move to appoint 2 deputy CMs that represent other communities in Penang. Such move is necessary to cushion the effect of shifting in mindset of Penangites in favour of ‘multi-racial’ politics, who I believe are still not able to accept 100% that a Chinese Malaysian Chief Minister could perform his duty equitably. (Due to race-based politics played by BN)

    In time to come, I believe deputy CM will not be necessary when all of us can think like genuine ‘True Malaysians’.

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  2. Low Keing Hooi
    Mar 12, 2008 @ 22:29:29

    I hope Guan Eng can preserve a Malay and an Indian deputy CM not only for one term but for all terms.

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  3. Selangor Voter
    Mar 12, 2008 @ 22:40:11

    I hope Lim Guan Eng will not disappoint the people of Penang. But if Teng Chang Khim is not appointed as Deputy Menteri Besar of Selangor, I’m sure DAP owes all their supporters in Selangor an explanation as to why Teng Chang khim who is the longest serving DAP ADUN in Selangor. Even during the 2004 elections when DAP was wiped out even In PJ, Teng Chang Khim still managed to get himself elected. That shows how popular he is will the voters in Selangor.

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    Mar 13, 2008 @ 00:53:09

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  5. jeff
    Mar 13, 2008 @ 08:56:56

    UNMO -putra will resist NEP till the end of the day, no matter how Penang did, doing away NEP will erode the Malay corrupt power from reaching filthy super rich, take a look at TDM , son n son-in law of AAB, all benefited greatly from NEP multi-billion government contract.

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  6. yapchongyee
    Mar 13, 2008 @ 09:04:33

    Mr Lim Kit Siang has been too lomg in politics and he has become demented from living too long; senile dementia I suspect.

    I read some of the cemments and all of them have one sentiment in common, ie THE MOST IMPORATNT ACHIEVEMENT OF THIS ELECTION IS THE DAWN OF RACE POLITICS. Therefore why does Lim Kit Siang object to PAS nominee. Having said that Lim Kit Siang has no common sense because if DAP, PAS and PKR submitted 3 candidates for the Sultan’s approval then it must also mean that DAP has agreed to accept whomsoever the Sultam chooses. I can see how that little mind of Lim Kit Siang works, HE THINKS THAT BECAUSE DAP AND PKR HAVE THE MOST REPRESENTATIVES IN THE STATE ASSEMBLY, THEREFORE EITHER HAVE A RIGHT TO THE MB SHIP. That I am afraid is not correct because the coalition submitted 3 names and of these only one can become MB and that decision belongs to the Sultan.

    There is no ground upon which Lim Kit Siang can gribe about. I read quite a few of the 500 plus comments on Malaysians unplugged and I have to make one very obvious and important observation and that is the TOTAL ABSENSE of any comment on the Sultan’s choice and why he had been unfair. I WOULD LIKE TO CORRECT THIS OBVIOUS deficiency; I WANT TO CONGRATULATE HIS HIGHNESS FOR HIS OBVIOUS WISDOM FOR WHAT HE HAD ACHIEVED. Did any of you even asked yourselves why is it that His Highness did what appears to any ordinary person to be unfair ? None of you did! That shows how much you understood of the actions of His Highness. From my perspective I think it was sheer poetry. His Highness had just cast a stone into the pool and watch the ripples radiate in ever bigger circles.

    I believe it was His Highness intention to expose the cracks in the rhetoric of those like Mr Lim Kit Siang and he achieved that by picking the least qualified and the one that will generate the most controversy, ie, PAS because they had the least claim to the job being the party with the least seats. It was so simple and it was so effective; it caused the UNITED FRONT TO CRUMPLE RIGHT THERE. Is that not sheer poetry ? I would like to say that Lim Kit Siang has proved himself to be too old for the job and he need to be replaced. I would like to remind Lim that wisdom is not always about how to achieve your objective by force; you need to also know what is POSSIBLE. Politics is all about perception, image and knowing what is possible. The Sultan has made his choice and no amount of force will change that.

    Now that race politics is proven to be irrelevant, you Mr Lim too has become irrelevant and you should retire; 50 years as a politician is much too long, all those who went into politics like the Tengku, Tan Siew sin, Tun Sambantan etc. have gone to their makers and you Mr Lim should also go to your maker. Mr Lim you have fought for CHINESE RIGHTS for too long & now we do not want CHINESE RIGHTS, what we want today is MALAYSIAN RIGHTS OF FULL CITIZENSHIP. No more Chinese or Indian rights because there is only one RIGHT and that is the right to full Malaysian citizenship. This you have to understand is what all Malaysians what; not just Chinese rights; and by your own ignorance YOU WHO OPPOSE THE DECISION OF HIS HIGHNESS HAS BECOME A RACIST YOURSELF.

    I read quite a few of the 500 plus comments on Malaysians unplugged and I have to make one very obvious and important observation and that is the TOTAL ABSENSE of any comment on the Sultan’s choice and why he had been unfair. I WOULD LIKE TO CORRECT THIS OBVIOUS deficiency; I WANT TO CONGRATULATE HIS HIGHNESS FOR HIS OBVIOUS WISDOM FOR WHAT HE HAD ACHIEVED. Did any of you even asked yourselves why is it that His Highness did what appears to any ordinary person to be unfair ? None of you did! That shows how much you understood of the actions of His Highness. From my perspective I think it was sheer poetry. His Highness had just cast a stone into the pool and watch the ripples radiate in ever bigger circles.

    I believe it was His Highness intention to expose the cracks in the rhetoric of those like Mr Lim Kit Siang and he achieved that by picking the least qualified and the one that will generate the most controversy, ie, PAS because they had the least claim to the job being the party with the least seats. It was so simple and it was so effective; it caused the UNITED FRONT TO CRUMPLE RIGHT THERE. Is that not sheer poetry ? I would like to say that Lim Kit Siang has proved himself to be too old for the job and he need to be replaced. I would like to remind Lim that wisdom is not always about how to achieve your objective by force; you need to also know what is POSSIBLE. Politics is all about perception, image and knowing what is possible. The Sultan has made his choice and no amount of force will change that.

    Now that race politics is proven to be irrelevant, you Mr Lim too has become irrelevant and you should retire; 50 years as a politician is much too long, all those who went into politics like the Tengku, Tan Siew sin, Tun Sambantan etc. have gone to their makers and you Mr Lim should also go to your maker. Mr Lim you have fought for CHINESE RIGHTS for too long & now we do not want CHINESE RIGHTS, what we want today is MALAYSIAN RIGHTS OF FULL CITIZENSHIP. No more Chinese or Indian rights because there is only one RIGHT and that is the right to full Malaysian citizenship. This you have to understand is what all Malaysians what; not just Chinese rights; and by your own ignorance YOU WHO OPPOSE THE DECISION OF HIS HIGHNESS HAS BECOME A RACIST YOURSELF.

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  7. Dr Hsu
    Mar 13, 2008 @ 09:13:59

    Mr Alan Foo, I thank you for your offer but I set up this blog not for profits and not for any material gains.

    I only hope that through this blog, I can play my little part in shaping a better and fairer society.

    You are welcome to make this blog reach more readers, but not for any profits please.

    Thnk you.

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  8. Racist
    Mar 13, 2008 @ 09:49:06

    Go for Open tender and i believe all contract will go to chinamen because they control all the supply. So in the end only chinamen can give low price. IF you don’t believe ask your malay/india and chinesse friend buy a pair of glove and compare the price.
    For me if this unfair practice continue we will face a new problem.

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  9. VJ
    Mar 13, 2008 @ 11:09:13

    i’m pretty sure we’re not there yet in terms of equality and putting away non-racial politics.
    2 eg:
    1) though DAP won double the seats of PAS , the Palace chose PAS MB
    2) per today’s news it’s said that S’gor Deputy MB prefered to be Malay as well

    In such ‘royal cases’ i dont think DAP could do anything .

    Dear equality lovers , deniying 2/3 majority is close but next term the federal gomen itself has be to replaced if were to implement fair laws across .

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  10. humbleforest
    Mar 13, 2008 @ 15:31:24

    Whoever is a Mentri Besar or a Chief Minister
    of a state does not matter. As long as the leader
    has a mutual respect and trust for all people
    and is able to impose fairness and non-corruption attitude administration is alright.

    Justice distribution is one’s best
    policy in safeguarding peace and stability
    in one’s environment. It also wins the
    repect of all races.

    Since we are all Malaysians we must
    think and act as ONE and only ONE.,
    otherwise there will always be a wide gap
    of racial discrimination and many other
    things as well.

    Change our out-dated attitude and
    see all as brotherhood.
    Since we all come from the same source,
    as the children of ONE TRUE GOD, and
    believe in our respective God, then
    we should instill indiscriminate Love in our
    pure heart. No more racial discrimination.
    No more primitive idealogy.
    Brotherhood and Love one another
    must always be in one’s mind and heart.

    Leaders are blessed with great merits
    by Heaven to rule fairly and unbiasly.
    They are also being judged by the
    natural law of retribution.
    “Good begets good, bad begets bad ”

    Materialise or not , leave it to one’s belief.
    No one can evade from this natural ” pure law “

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  11. A true Malaysian
    Mar 13, 2008 @ 16:42:35

    Racist,

    I don’t agree with you. My question is, if Chinese Malaysian can give low prices, why not the Malay?
    Chinese Malaysian can give low prices and yet make money from the deals, why?

    To me, this is due to dedication and hard working nature of Chinese Malaysian. I am not saying that Malays are not hard working or whatever, but one really need to learn the trade in order to be successful. There are no short-cuts for being successful.

    Further, open tender can ‘weed out’ inefficiency in an economy and resources can be deployed to the fullest.

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  12. VJ
    Mar 13, 2008 @ 18:01:04

    humbleforest , i’d only agree with you IF
    1) the selection done based on democracy call not racial call (in this case)
    2) the installation of MB/Deputy done without any force (eg there’s a forced law to accept only Malays) . Is that sound democracy to you ?
    3) such noble/humble concept of “act as ONE and only ONE” accepted and practiced by the majority instead of pressing it only on minority . No point the minority screams for this and the majority doesnt give a damn about it. This will fail the equality concept in the first place.

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  13. VJ
    Mar 13, 2008 @ 18:03:52

    Racist , you are wrong. True Malaysian you are right .
    Not all tenders could fall into hands of chinese . I know cases , in industries , where malay vendors showed favorable quotations compared to chinese .

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  14. jeff
    Mar 14, 2008 @ 02:46:52

    “chinaman” control all the supply? That is so absurd, and misleading. TDM logic is not relevant anymore. This racist must be living in a nutshell and his own fantasy world instead of Malaysia, look at Tenaga Nasional, Scomi, BBM., and score of others multi-national corporations here, who is the real owners behind all of those? Get facts before saying.

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  15. humbleforest
    Mar 14, 2008 @ 02:47:00

    Dear Mr. VJ.

    In your recent statement as mentioned by
    your goodself, humbleforest just quote as,

    “In such royal cases. I don’t think DAP could do anything,”

    So always adopt a consultation approach
    rather than a confrontation approach in
    a tough situation.
    We can’t go directly against a strong hurricane.

    We must lead a moral example for the next
    geneartion to follow and also win the respect
    of others to understand the meaning of “ONE”

    Those who disagree, let it be, as their
    aging day will be called upon sooner or later.

    At least, we try our best to close the racial gap for the next generation to follow the right step,
    and understand of what is the meaning of ” ONE.”

    ” A great deceiver is a person who deceives
    himself ”

    If there is any rude remarks made,
    kindly accept my apology.

    Humbleforest welcome comments and also
    thank you for your sharing.

    —————————————————–

    ” There is no perfect human system. There is no system of systems. No human systems may offer true everlasting solution to conflict and problem unless there is sincerity, compassion and indiscriminate love for one another. ”
    Systems come in many names and forms.
    It is the intention and substance that one
    should focus on.

    Greed, hatred, biasness, jealousy, egoism,
    selfishness and sensitiveness should not be
    in one’s heart and mind.

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  16. jeff
    Mar 14, 2008 @ 02:49:22

    “chinaman” control all the supply? That is so absurd, and misleading. TDM logic is not relevant anymore. This racist must be living in a nutshell and his own fantasy world instead of Malaysia, look at Tenaga Nasional, Scomi, Bumiputra Finance Bhd, and score of others multi-national corporations here, who is the real owners behind all of those? Get facts before saying.If that is the case, race riot already erupted many , many times in Malaysia.

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  17. Ahpek
    Mar 14, 2008 @ 08:55:45

    chinaman mean folk from China, true malaysian. unless racist is an illiterate and ignorance person who wants to deny and rewrite our country history.

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  18. VJ
    Mar 14, 2008 @ 11:17:23

    our PM is quick enough to blast PG CM to defend unmo fed NEP .
    I was stunned when PM said :
    “Do not marginalise the Malays. I want to ask Lim Guan Eng what his plans are for the Malays in Penang What are his plans for the Indians in Penang? What are his plans for other minority groups in Penang?”

    since when he woke from sleep ? And since when he started to worry about Indians?

    We wont fall into his sweet talk……

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  19. Sharing
    Mar 14, 2008 @ 15:22:17

    Fair & Equal starts with Human Rights
    among pairs of partners with Rights & Obligations to be specified

    Government & People – Rights of Taxes & Rules but obligations of Transparency, answerable, accountable and efficiency.
    Officers & Rakyats – Rights to be paid but obligations to respect Rights of Rakyats under the Laws and to enforce. NO Abuse is the basis of ALL!
    Other pairs can be found
    Vendors and buyers, similarly, Manufacturers and Consumers, Developers and House Buyers,
    Service Providers and Service Users – including Lawyers and clients,
    Capable & Disables – compassion and consideration to be more emphasized as being a party of Human being to which the society is formed
    and many more!!

    The fairness of Administration starts only when Capable and Ethical are in place!
    Putting Chinese, Indian and Malay as CM is “fair” when comparing with History
    but not a guideline for the Bigger Fairness which eventually should look at Capable and Ethical and Race no more!

    A Hong Kong guy. John So, is mayor of Melbourne
    http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/info.cfm?top=190&pa=1317&pg=1995
    A Malaysian lady, Penny Wong, Labor Senator & A Minister in Australia.
    http://maverickysm.blogspot.com/2007/12/i-seek-nation-that-is-truly-one-nation.html

    Capable in the sense of Integrating Knowledge, Experience and Relationship for the Growth of the Area, District, or State and Country concerned. Finally, be able to walk into Globalization to see Human as One in the Planet of Earth!!

    Human Rights have much to promote before a Fair and Equal Society can be observed!

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  20. humbleforest
    Mar 14, 2008 @ 15:29:36

    In this forum many bloggers are speaking and acting for the good and better stability of our country.
    Our PM himself must even be more
    open-minded and able to accept the majority’s
    fair opinion. Sit down and analysis together truthfully, if we really classied ourselves as Malaysians.
    Throw away parties’ differences and
    work for a common issue on the economic and benefits of a country, not on one’s personal interest or own party’s benefits.
    Work in harmony.
    Do not be a perverter or show
    pathetic emotion.

    Whatever lost can be gained back if we have
    no greed, hatred and unbiased heart to
    settle any issue.

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  21. jeff
    Mar 15, 2008 @ 08:34:16

    ABB always claim he is P.M for all Malaysians,but his word n action always contradict each other, he already started his threat against LGE trying to play up Malay sentiment against a non Malay chief minister, typical case of a pot call a kettle “black”, umno-putra racist operation mode, he should tell his umno youth branch stop “death threat” against other Malaysians, or his big ear is not working?

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  22. Jeff Soh
    Mar 15, 2008 @ 20:43:59

    Yap Chong Yee’s comment about Mr Lim Kit Siang has been strongly worded.

    I applaud his objective analysis of issues.

    Though his words could have been more restrained in this instance, I believe he has made an excellent point about full Malaysian citizen rights for one and all.

    This must be the new motto for politics in Malaysia.

    Jeff Soh

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