1MALAYSIA CONCEPT, What it meant?
1Malaysia Concept mooted by the Prime Minister, Najib Tun Razak, could not heal the wounds of Malaysians. Najib’s 1Malaysia Concept has confused the people. Najib never until now produced a blue print of the concept and this had led the concept being very much misunderstood even by BN leaders themselves. Najib was just shouting a slogan. Maybe, Najib himself could not understand the concept well or maybe Najib has something to hide in his 1Malaysia Concept.
This IMalaysia Concept of Najib is in actual fact the hidden concept of his late father, Tun Razak to strengthen malay political dominance over other races in Malaysia. His late father had wanted to copy the "Malaysian Malaysia" Concept of DAP (at that time, PAP before Singapore left Malaysia which led DAP born in the mainland Malaya) but, with in a different way so that malay dominance over other races could be realized. DAP has until today hold firm to this Malaysian Malaysia Concept, which also was followed by Malaysian First Concept.
The late Tun Razak had called all political parties in 1970s to unite under the Barisan Nasional but, these parties did not realize that they fell into the trap. SUPP also joined in after political situation in Borneo became more stabilized. Their joining in gave the Barisan Nasional under UMNO the much needed two-third majority to amend the Federal Constitution. By being in the Barisan Nasional, they all thought that it was a Unity Concept for all races, where all races would be treated as equal and that there would not be any discrimation due to skin colour, religious beliefs and so forth. When they were in, they did not realize that UMNO became the boss and all other political parties had to "kowtow" to UMNO and its leaders. Tun Razak then quickly amended the Federal Constitution and other relevant laws including the Sedition Act to allow UMNO's dream and struggle for the malays to take precedence over other races.
With the amendments no questions could be raised even in Parliament about malay privileges and no parliamentarians could freely talk abou the New Economic Policy. No one could question what the sultans did and how our nation's money were spent on them and their families. We also could not questions land alienated to the royalties and whether or not these royalties, if given land have or not been required to pay the premiums to the lands. We are all kept in the dark until now.
Now, Najib's 1Malaysia Concept is nothing, but, a struggle by UMNO and Najib the idea of his late father, Tun Razak's concept of unity through Barisan Nasional style of government, where, UMNO is the boss and other races have to be subservient to UMNO. Therefore, it is only through this concept that Najib is hoping that his regime will last for many years to come.
This 1Malaysia Concept has made us a fool of our own. This is because we Malaysians always tend to believe and adopt what our leaders said without thinking of their implications over us. Malaysia is a multi-cultural, multi-religious nation and no one race should be allowed to dominate over each other.
This was the reason why DAP had used to stand firm that this nation of ours is a secular state and not an islamic state and although Islam is our official religion, no religion should dominate another religion. This also goes to race. DAP recognise the malay race is dominant in this country, but, this does not mean that the malays should dominate other races in all things. DAP is the only party since its inception in 1960s to tell UMNO and the Barisan Nasional that the civil service, especially, the army and the police should not be dominated by one race alone. Now, we could see most department heads are muslims just because our official religion is Islam and that almost all departments were occupied by one race alone. This will be unhealthy and will divide the peoples of Malaysia further. Now, it is common knowledge that other races like, chinese, Indians and dayaks are losing confidence in the administration because of discrimination in work and promotions in the civil service.
When I was still in the Police Force, I had to work like hell because chinese officers were few. This was because not all that came to the police station could speak english and Malay language well. Nowadays, it became common knowledge that many statements recorded from witnesses and suspects during investigations did not reflect the true picture of what happened during a crime or what the witness or suspect had wanted to say. The statements were just bulldozed and witnesses and suspects were just asked to blindly sign at the spaces provided in the statement forms. At the end of the day, not only suspects, but, witnesses could also find themselves charged in court for perjury for giving inconsistent or untrue statements in court.
Therefore, the 1Malaysia Concept is not a true unity concept for Malaysia, but, a concept to enhance malay supremacy and dominance over others. This is because UMNO fears that malay will soon lose power to other races. The 1Malaysia Concept will see UMNO and Najib be more aggressive in using Islam, the Malay race and the Sultan to stay in power. It will be like a firewall around them so that they could not be "hacked" or hurt by others from outside.
We just hope that Malaysia will not experience another May 13 because of exploitation by people in power who just wish to see their dominace over others. This 1Malaysia concept if not corrected, will spell disaster in Malaysia in the very near future. In actual fact, things are already happening, where governments won by Pakatan Rakyat has been destablized and Parliament and Legislatures been used to fill the political hunger of the few. Likewise, government agencies like the police and MACC were made tools and were actively interfering the political rights of politicans and activits who voiced their grievances against the present government.