This is an interesting column by malaysiakini on the future direction of the Malays community.
|Malays at 'defining moment' of history|
|Terence Netto | Jun 15, 08 5:26pm |
| PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim said Malays were at a "defining moment" of history that demanded they "disenthrall" themselves from the colonial discourse that portrayed them as dependent on patronage to survive.|
Can Anwar call the shot for the Malays? My questions was that in total, how many in terms of popular votes (percentage wise) from the Malays actually went to PKR?
Are the Malays community really ready for 'real' power sharing? Will the Malays won't run amok when suddenly their 'special privilege' that they enjoyed throughout the years taken away from them.
In my opinion the fate of a community cannot and should not be determined by 'one' person. A referendum must be made within the community.
UMNO will play a simple issue. Is the playing field is now level for full competition? The Malays are still way behind in the business and trade. The Chinese traditionally control the economy having the financial clouds to at least influence the current government in many economic decisions.
What will happen to the Malays community, when they lost the political power, while they are very weak the business and trade?
Are the Malays community in Perak, Selangor or Melaka ready for a non-Malay to lead the state government?
Yes, the Malays did voted for the oppositions, but mostly was due to protest for UMNO. It was UMNO weaknesses and not PR strengths that wins PR the votes. Will you think that the Malays will vote for DAP again next time around? Well I am not very sure after all the political game play and anti-Malays attitude from some of their leaders.
It is a fallacy if we think that most Malays are ready to sacrifice their special rights and happily adopted the Malaysia Malaysian slogan.
UMNO knows that, and if there is any attempts by Anwar to topple the UMNO/ BN government through leaping frogs from Sabah or Sarawak, will you think UMNO will just let it be without doing anything?
One must remember, while PR 30 seats for a simple majority, UMNO/BN only requires 5 seats for a 2/3 majority.
Unless Anwar have got tons of money against UMNO/ BN financial capability, I think a PR government would be a faraway dreams.
Even if Anwar manage to secure 30 MP to cross over, UMNO/ BN will dissolve parliament for a snap election and with the strong feeling amongst the Malays against DAP, Malays votes will sway to UMNO/ BN surely.
I think we seriously need to look at both side of the coin.
5 seats against 30, if my mathematics is right, UMNO/ BN will got the 5 anytime next year.