Dr Mahathir has quit UMNO, Malaysiakini has just reported.
I am not surprised. I was also not surprised when yesterday, Malaysia Insider carried a piece of news that the ‘good’ doctor has decided to play race card again.
I was not surprised because when a person is becoming desperate, he will take desperate measures. Just like an animal, when it is cornered, it will be at its fiercest. And never underestimate Dr Mahathir; this is a move to force Pah Lah into a corner too.
I am however disappointed that he has decided to put his own agenda above that of the nation.
According to Malaysian insider, Dr Mahathir said: “What does it say? Malaysia for Malaysians! This is the reality of the present situation. If we do not speak up, if we choose to keep quiet, we will lose our rights and the other races will take over. When that happens, it will be like Singapore. Do you think we will still have control?”
This is dangerous and seditious. How on the earth can non Malay takes over the country, like in the case of SIngapore, when they make up of less than 40 % of the population?
Remember, this is a democracy, each person has only one vote. As long as the Malay brothers are in the majority, they will have the ultimate say over how the country is run and going to be run. Even if they decided to do away with racial politics, as many Malay intellectuals are starting to advocate, the fact that they are the majority race will always be a safeguard to their rights.
So I appeal to my Malay brothers, do not be afraid of doing away with nonrace politics. You have the number; you are the majority. Give non race politics a try of 2 terms , 10years at the maximum. During these 10 years of trying out non race politics, adopt policies based on social strata and give assistance to the poor and the needy regardless of race. DO away with politics of race, politics of patronage… etc.
I am sure, the country will progress better. There will be better economic progress because by doing so, business people will become more competitive; universities will produce better students due to better competition; there will slowly be a culture of excellence emerging from all fields, even in sports. The indigenous people will develop their potential to succeed and be able to stand without clutches… important attribute in the era of globalisation.
There will definitely be better unity. Without race based politics, the people will definitely mix better.
Just take an analogy. If you have a solid brick house and all your neighbours have only wooden huts, by letting them build solid houses around you does not make your house any smaller. Another analogy. Say you have the right to use cars and other people only the rights to use bicycle, by giving them right to use cars too does not amke your car any smaller, or your car any uglier.
Similarly, give people more rights does not make your existing special rights any lesser.
When after a trial of 2 terms or 10 years , the Malay majority finds that there are worse off, they can always vote to bring back the old way..race based politics .
In fact, by virtual of being the majority race with the most votes,this is their best safegurad, and they can vote for any system they like after 10 years.
The thing is, if you do not even try, how do you know that non racial politics will not be better? Overseas examples like Switzerland have shown us that if non race politics is adopted, the progress and unity among people will definitely be better. So why not give it a try?
Dr Mahathir has misled people again by his speech.. The Malay percentage of the population will get bigger with time and the non Malay proportion will be smaller, according to demographic projections. No matter what happens to the other races, Malays will always be in the majority and because of that majority, they can rest assured that Malaysia will not be another SIngapore, where the Malays are in the minority.
So I appeal to our Malays brothers, do not fear non race politics. It is the trend in this world where everyone will be treated equal, as written under the Universal Declaration of Human rights. With the world becoming smaller and flatter, the ability to blend with the world is getting more and more important, and when everwhere in the world , equality is becoming a reality, how are we going to blend with the rest of the world if short sighted racial policies are still being adopted?