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December 3, 2007

Response to I’m Malay [Hindraf: Ordinary people’s feelings]

Filed under: Citizenry, Government, Parliament, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , — bananachinese @ 11:23 am

Dear I’m Malay,

I hear you. You have articulated very well the feelings of many of my Malay friends. In fact, you have articulated very well the feelings of many Malaysians I know.

We just need to transplant ‘Chinese’ or ‘Indian’ to replace whereever you have the word ‘Malay’.

Although I do not agree with HINDRAF sending their petition to the British Queen, I understand that they resorted to this after attempts to send memo to our PM generated silence.

And this sort of silence is very hurting to any citizens who look up to the government to address their grievances (perceived or real, it is the duty of the government to resolve problems of rakyat so that rakyat can get on with life)

Do not be surprised many non-Malays ‘do not’ understand the special rights of Malays designed 50 years ago. You see, in today’s global standards, awareness of civil rights, equal rights and human rights for all brothers and sisters, it has become hard to comprehend the protectionism. And it has become harder for those caught in the daily rat race to understand why the ‘privileged’ still cannot catch up despite years of protectionism under the care of its appointed caretakers.

Everyday Malaysians I see are really ‘kawan’ and sensitive to each other’s feelings. Examples of extreme extravagances by some privilege ones despite lack of evident honest and fair competition; just magnifies daily life’s hurts.

Malay privilege is protected by Federal Constitution, nobody is disputing it. In fact the rights of all Malaysians of whatever race are protected too. The question is how to balance it honestly. “Nothing in this Article [153] shall operate to deprive or authorise the deprivation of any person of any right, privilege, permit or licence accrued to or enjoyed or held by him or to authorise a refusal to renew to any person any such permit or licence or a refusal to grant to the heirs, successors or assigns of a person any permit or licence when the renewal or grant might reasonably be expected in the ordinary course of events.” [Article153 (7)]

The government just need to administer the country according to law and make sure Parliament is functioning with useable legislations that can facilitate honest livelihoods.

P/S: JKR and tolls dominated by Indian workers mostly at low level jobs. Good projects dominated by Indians? Can we have any real life examples?


  1. ethnic cleansing [Encyclopædia Britannica Article]

    the attempt to create ethnically homogeneous geographic areas through the deportation or forcible displacement of persons belonging to particular ethnic groups. Ethnic cleansing sometimes involves the removal of all physical vestiges of the targeted group through the destruction of monuments, cemeteries, and houses of worship.

    Comment by chandran — December 3, 2007 @ 12:16 pm

  2. Dear Chandran,

    I do NOT think government is into ethnic cleansing.

    I haven’t heard of deportation of Malaysian Indians from Malaysia either.

    On the houses of worship, I understand that is was because the structure was built without approval (see here:

    I’m not sure about the older structures, but temple guardians should make first move by seeking relevant state approvals to get it legalised to avoid running against any laws. If this has been done but ran into walls, perhaps the temple committee can check out how the churches get their approvals. In this case, approaching the MCCCBHS is the best bet.

    MCCCBHS = Malaysian Consultative Council of Christians, Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs

    Comment by bananachinese — December 4, 2007 @ 1:54 am

  3. ingredient of the foundation determine the end result of the structure…..violate the right of human being…violated itself is damn.

    Comment by malaysian — December 4, 2007 @ 1:55 am

  4. Dear Malaysian,

    I do not understand you. Please come down to my level so I can hear you better.

    For starters, What exactly would you do if you were the PM dealing with this issue?

    Comment by bananachinese — December 4, 2007 @ 1:56 am

  5. …retain a lawyer in escrow…

    Comment by frodo441 — December 4, 2007 @ 3:26 am

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