My wife said, Please don’t go to the anti-ICERD demonstration.
You don’t know what might happen there. It’s just not safe.
I answered my wife, I really have to go.
I have my mission and my reasons to be there.
Honestly, I had many questions in my mind but they were mostly unanswered.
At that time, I haven’t made my stand yet on the ICERD issue which was too important for me to ignore.
Frankly, I couldn’t rely on newspapers or cable news for the truth.
They seem to have a bias to their financial and political backers to spin narratives.
I couldn’t rely on bloggers or the social media either.
Even retired Law Minister and lawyer Zaid Ibrahim ceased commenting on controversial issues in his blog.
His family told him that his (insightful) stance will not put food on the table.
The peer pressure to conform is so very real.
The narratives are enforced along political, racial and religious lines.
Alienation, ostracization and family rejection are too painful for many of us.
But I am sticking my neck out in writing this opinion because the truth must be told.
If the good doctor makes a wrong diagnosis, then he will inevitably prescribe the wrong medicine.
If our Prime Minister makes a wrong prognosis, then it might lead to the death of our nation. Seriously!
My friends, you are all at liberty to hold on to your own respective viewpoints.
I respect your opinions. That’s why my inbox for feedback is always open for you. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
My 1st discovery at the rally.
My feelings told me that I was very safe. For this, I was extremely and pleasantly surprised!
Despite the chanting, slogans and loud rhetoric – I felt no danger or threat to my life.
That was my best reward for being at the rally knowing that the Malays are a very peaceful people.
My 2nd discovery.
The anti-ICERD rally was attended by 99.9% Malays who were all Muslims.
I sensed that the Malays had a very deep burden and anxiety in their hearts.
When I speak to them, I will try my best to discern the intonation of their voice.
I will also look deep into their eyes to gauge their sincerity.
Indeed, my fellow Malaysians are perceiving that their race and religion is under attack.
You will have to read the 7 provisions of the Malay Rulers’ Will _ “7 Wasiat Raja-Raja Melayu” to find the connection to race and religion.
My 3rd discovery.
ICERD is the acronym for the United Nations ratification and agreement among nations.
International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
Our nation-building in Malaysia have always been to intensify the uplifting of the social-economic status of the indigenous communities which we call bumiputras (sons-of-soil).
Nonetheless, the non-Malays have never been deprived of essential government services.
This includes the right to citizenship, police protection, education, welfare programs or healthcare.
Sure, critics complain that many government and civil jobs have gone to the Malays.
So exactly what percentage of the Malay civil servants have become millionaires and multi-millionaires compared to the Chinese entrepreneurs?
Traditionally, the Chinese have always thrived and prospered in hard places.
3b. Let’s go back to recent history.
On 1st April 2008, DAP the largest Chinese majority party made an electoral pact with PKR and PAS Islamic Party to form Pakatan Rakyat (People’s Alliance) coalition.
In June 2011, during the 57th muktamar, PAS adopted the “Welfare State” manifesto instead of its previous “Islamic State” quest.
The “Welfare State” concept had an strong emphasis on welfare, charitable activities and financial support especially tilting towards the Malay and Muslim citizens.
This was legally and institutionalizing positive discrimination based on racial lines.
During GE13 held on 5th May 2013, DAP was too happy to endorse the new stance of PAS namely the “Welfare State”.
Later DAP broke off with PAS in 2015 after Tok Guru Nik Aziz passed away. AlFatihah.
Prior to GE14 on 9th May 2018, Pakatan Harapan (Hope Alliance) was the electoral coalition formed by DAP, PKR, Pribumi Bersatu, Amanah and Warisan.
It was very challenging and an uphill struggle to convince the Malays and Muslims to vote “Pakatan”.
One of Pakatan’s election promise in 2018 was to uphold the Bumiputra privileges (sons-of-soil policy) which in a way resembled the “Welfare State” concept as in 2011.
As a result, Pakatan managed to secure 25% – 30% of Malay support which was a considerable achievement.
After winning the elections, 93 year old PM Tun Dr Mahathir announced in November 2018 that Malaysia will ratify United Nation’s ICERD to end all discrimination.
This was a betrayal and blatant repudiation of Pakatan’s election promise made just 6 months ago.
My 4th discovery.
If the Malays and Muslims were to vote in the (next) 15th General Elections according to the anti-ICERD sentiment, it’s goodbye forever Pakatan Harapan.
The Opposition consisting of PAS & Umno only need to remind voters of this “Betrayal & Broken Promises”.
The foolishness of Pakatan in pandering to Chinese chauvinism allowed tainted leaders (currently charged in court) to hijack the narrative and harness the popular sentiment.
My 5th discovery.
This is my personal opinion.
Malaysia is financially able and morally obligated to uphold the Bumiputra privileges policy – which imply that there will be positive racial discrimination.
This is after all an election promise made by the winning coalition in GE14 and it must be delivered. The outcome of GE15 is not guaranteed!
The serious defect in Malaysia is that the Executive branch of the Government (namely the Prime Minister) had become too powerful and unchecked.
Greedy politicians are now being charged in court for the abuse of power, massive corruption, money-laundering and siphoning of millions and billions of dollars.
So what if 99% of UN ratifies ICERD? It’s just not accepted by too many voters in Malaysia. Period.
We must pursue deep institutional reforms, eradicate corruption and intensify our efforts to recover the stolen billions.
It is timely to consider the reestablishing of the oversight of the King’s veto powers.