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Are we Malays weak?

 | September 5, 2012

Umno's instigation that the Chinese will rule the country if the opposition is voted in defies common logic in Malaysia where they are only three against more than six Malays.

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I have a special note for the Malays and Bumiputeras in this country. As long as Malays are articulate and as long as there are laws that govern our existence and regulate the conduct between persons, it is we who must look out for our own interest. Not Umno.

Malays form 61% of our 28 million population. Umno members are 3.2 million. But only one in six Malays is an Umno member. There are more of us and less of them.

Even if one Umno member dies today, there are still five other Malays around to champion Islam and preserve the Malay sultanate.

It’s not true that if Umno dies, Islam and the sultanate will die too. It’s not true that if Umno dies, the Malays are destroyed.

What is true is this: those who will die are Najib Tun Razak (Prime Minister), Dr Mahathir Mohamad (former premier), Muhyiddin Yassin (Deputy Prime Minister) and Noh Omar (Umno Selangor deputy chief). The other Malays will survive.

Likewise, if MCA dies, the Chinese will be strong. If MIC dies, the Indians will still survive.

So, why then are we (Malays) depending on Umno? Does Umno even has the capacity to look out for us?

Are Malays weak?

The last time I heard, even Mahathir assailed the quality of the Umno people. He said Umno is rotten to the core and consists of half-past six fellows. He said Umno is corrupt from the bottom to the very top!

How then can the fate of this country be made to depend on mediocrity?

We must also reject Umno’s instigation that if it loses, the Chinese will take over the administration of the country.

Seriously, can this happen?

Malays are six people, Chinese three and Indian one. Can three Chinese take on more than six Malays?

Even if they teamed up with the Indians, can four non-Malays quash more than six Malays? Are we Malays that weak and incapable?

Vote in good people

Umno is talking stupid, so we too must reply in the same stupid vein.

Maybe we need to speak this way because Mahathir says Umno members are morons.

But not all Malays are Umno members and Mahathir knows this because he has said before that the smart Malays are not in Umno.

I’m sure many have read Michael Porter’s Competitive book series.

One of the things he mentioned is we can determine the highest quality of our services and products by demanding and insisting that they be so. Similarly it is with a government.

We, the Malays, must demand and insist the government to be of the highest quality.

We translate the forceful demand into our votes. My brethren, vote in good people to get a good government.

The writer is a former Umno state assemblyman but joined DAP earlier this year. He is a FMT columnist.


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