..in the opinions of Anas Zubedy ( he posted an appeal ad in the newspapers for politicians to stop politicking and focus on the economy instead). His answers to this Q&A style interview pretty much embodies where i stand in this hot issue in beloved Bolehland.
On “pendatang” (visitor):
Look, I think it is not technically wrong to say that the Chinese and Indians were pendatang in the past. But that was before 1957. We cannot call the current batch of non-Malay [Malaysians] pendatang. This is their home. How can you call them pendatang? Gila (crazy)? It’s spiteful.
On “Ketuanan Melayu”(Malay Sup*#%$^%!@) :
Personally, I know why my family is considered Malay or Bumiputera. It’s in the Federal Constitution, and I think this is practical. The problem now is that we have forgotten the spirit of 1957, when a contract was made by our [founding leaders]. You can call it whatever you want, the social contract, perjanjian keramat (magical promise), whatever.
But in this perjanjian (promise, or in Arabic- bai’ah), the Malay inhabitants decided to share this country with those who were then considered pendatang. The contract also clearly upheld hak keistimewaan orang Melayu. But at the same time, there was compromise. They allowed what no other country allowed, for example [vernacular] schools. They wanted to create a nation by integration, not assimilation. What do we want now?
Ketuanan Melayu has always existed, but at different times in history it carried different meanings. Today, ketuanan Melayu should mean that Malaysian culture must have budaya Melayu at its core.
It doesn’t mean a Malay [Malaysian] is more superior than a non-Malay [Malaysian]. It doesn’t mean other cultures are not Malaysian, but that they play a supporting role to Malay culture. It’s a question of whether or not all Malaysians can speak Bahasa Melayu fluently. If you can’t, then there’s a problem somewhere.
On ideal Malaysia in the future:
We achieve Wawasan 2020, especially the first goal which is unity.
Couldn’t have said it better myself.
I have also posted my thoughts here, specifically regarding this issue: https://farahhanani.wordpress.com/2008/08/14/litany-stereotype-affirmed/
P/s: School starts back tomorrow so writing fun is over. Back to de rigeur of circuits analysis and other wacky stuff. Takpe, menjalankan amanah.