Born as a not-so-authentic Malaysian

Tengku Faris: Don’t question Malay rights

From The Star Online

Years singing “Negaraku” with all my heart did not matter

KUALA LUMPUR: The special rights and privileges of Malays should not be questioned but the community should make every effort to improve and stay united, the Tengku Mahkota of Kelantan said.

Tengku Mohammad Faris Petra Sultan Ismail Petra reiterated that nobody should challenge Malay rights and privileges, adding that these developments were becoming apparent following the recent general elections.

“The Malay Rulers will act as a source of unity and loyalty among all the people as stated in the Constitution and Rukunegara.

“As such, the people should be united and no one should question the special rights and privileges of the Malays because it is quid pro quo in return for providing citizenships to 2.7 million people of other races who joined the Malay Federation.

“It is not appropriate for the other races to demand equal rights and privileges after they had already acquired their citizenships,” he said in his opening address at a Malay unity gathering held in conjunction with the Maulidur Rasul celebration at the Putra World Trade Centre yesterday.

The theme of the event, organised by a group of Malay NGOs named Barisan Bertindak Perpaduan Melayu (BBPM), was “Malay Unity is the Core of National Unity.”

The NGOs included the National Writers Alliance (Gapena), Federation of Peninsula Malay Students, Pekida and the Malaysian Islamic Consumers Association.

Tengku Mohammad Faris, however, reminded them that while they pursued stronger Malay unity, they should not ignore the rights of other races, such as freedom to practise their religions.

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Sigh, I am already very clear about this fact long long ago, but being reminded again that even though I am born a Malaysian on the Malaysian land does not make me an authentic Malaysian is pretty heartbreaking.

It is not appropriate for the other races to demand equal
rights and privileges after they had already acquired their citizenships.

This definitely hurts to read.

How do you expect fellow “not-so-authentic Malaysians” to love Malaysia like this ? Dear Tengku Mahkota of Kelantan, I was really disappointed because I thought the royal symbol should show more wisdom and yeah, please explain to the other royal families of the world when this news reaches their royal ears.

Freedom to practise religion and other general rights, that is what we are all to have and we should make every effort to to improve and stay united, you say ? Then, you should check with your immigration department to check the number of “not-so-authentic Malaysians” giving up their citizenships or migrating to another country.

Well, it is true that people won’t kill each other anymore due to racism in this modern day but people will just take the peaceful step to flee to a place where they are totally accepted with all the rights a citizen should have. And many are already considering the peaceful step even at this very moment. Is this the improvement and the unity that you wish for ? Haven’t we learned a big lesson from that very miserable historical event in our past ?

From the day when I was born in Malaysia and perhaps till the day I die, I may remain just a Malaysian in my passport and my identification card because I should be happy with the citizenship bestowed upon my non-Malaysian ancestors who brought me to this world and zip up my lips for it is pointless to waste my efforts to ask for equality. *sigh* A change, the dream that I’m still hoping very much to be realized.

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14 thoughts on “Born as a not-so-authentic Malaysian

  1. When they stop giving themselves excuses for compensation and quit blaming everything else but themselves when something goes wrong and be proactive and more open-minded instead.

    But I guess that’s just asking too much.

  2. And oh yeah, stop moral policing. Then maybe we might get somewhere with our hopes to become a more developed country. Otherwise, we’re doomed to remain with our third-world mentality.

  3. Haha, asking too much as in they wouldn’t be like that ay ?
    So, moral policing = third-world mentality ?
    Mind defining the third-world mentality ?
    I guess moral policing is an act to protect values that
    shouldn’t be changed by the factor called time.

    A Voice, thanks for sharing.

  4. Anyway, it took years for a non-white (Mr. Obama) to actually
    try out for the presidency seat in the States so I guess it’s still
    a long time ahead for Malaysia to accept such a thing.
    America yearns for a change and we’re just worrying too much
    what will a change bring to us if we do it abruptly.
    Now, is this asking too much ?
    But, I guess one day, we’ll see that coming.

  5. “Walaupun saya banyak menegaskan perpaduan Melayu, hak-hak Melayu dan ketuanan Melayu, tidak bermakna beta tidak mengambil kira kepentingan kaum-kaum lain yang merupakan rakyat negara ini. Sebenarnya apabila hak-hak dan keistimewaan orang melayu dijaga dan dipelihara serta tidak diganggu gugat, akan menjamin keharmonian negara. Ini bukan sahaja menguntungkan Melayu tetapi juga semua kaum.

    Saya ingin mengingatkan bahawa dalam kita bertindak menyatupadukan Melayu, kita harus akur bahawa dalam masyarakat majmuk seperti Malaysia, hak-hak kaum lain adalah sentiasa terjamin seperti contohnya, mereka dibenarkan mengamal kepercayaan anutan mereka dengan aman iaitu patuh kepada undang-undang dan damai iaitu tidak provokatif terhadap Islam. Raja-raja Melayu adalah ketua agama Islam dan Malaysia adalah negara Islam bukan sekular, acuan tersendiri, bukan seperti negara-negara lain.

    Tidak harus ada apa-apa kebimbangan. Raja-raja akan menjadi payung kepada perpaduan dan menjadi sumber ketaatan kepada seluruh rakyat, sebagaimana yang termaktub di dalam perlembagaan dan rukun negara. Dengan demikian, sewajarnyalah semua rakyat bersatu dan tidak harus ada ungkit-mengungkit mengenai hak dan keistimewaan orang-orang melayu kerana ia adalah quid pro quo sebagai balasan kepada beri-paksa kerakyatan kepada 2.7 juta kaum lain yang datang ke Persekutuan Tanah Melayu. Maka memanglah tidak wajar setelah kaum lain mendapat kerakyatan, mereka menuntut pula persamaan hak dan keistimewaan.

    Sekali lagi, saya ingin menegaskan bahawa hak dan keistimewaan orang Melayu adalah amanah dan tangggungjawab yang wajar dilindungi dan tanggungjawab kepada generasi warisan keturunan Melayu, saya yakin kaum-kaum lain juga mahu melihat orang-orang Melayu bersatu kerana jika orang-orang Melayu bergaduh sesama sendiri sudah pasti keamanan tergugat.”

    Quoting from A Voice’s blog.
    Can somebody explain the logic in this part that say that
    the unity of Malay would be beneficial for other races ?
    Of course, conflicts would lead to non-peaceful days but
    that does not mean eternal hardship to our nation as long
    as the conflicts are for the good cause; the better future.

    Well, the context to actually divide races is a boring issue for me.
    Human should already be able to appreciate each other
    without differentiating the difference in our traits.

  6. Setiap negara ada pros dan cons, cth: Thailand, Indonesia dan Filipina.. bangsa cina diasimilasikan dalam kaum majoriti dari segi nama, bahasa dan budaya, tetapi mereka bangga menjadi warga negara tersebut. Di Malaysia tidak begitu tapi Kaum Bumiputera di beri hak keistimewaan sebaliknya kecuali Kelantan(org cina disana bercakap dalam Bahasa Kelantan dengan fasih). Is not all bed of roses pun kat negara lain pun sebenarnya.

  7. En. Mahaputra, kita sedar akan situasi yang kita ada di negara kita sekarang.
    Tetapi, kita juga sedar bahawa keadaan ini tidak patut berterusan begini
    untuk menetapkan satu negara yang lebih bersatu dan maju.
    Malaysia amat memerlukan satu identiti yang lebih kukuh untuk dirinya
    supaya dapat menonjolkan prestasi di mata dunia.
    Sudah lama kita mendebat isu ini.
    Saya rasa sudah sampai masanya untuk memikirkan satu
    langkah yang lebih konkrit untuk menyelesaikan masalah ini.

  8. Melayu pun datang dari Java (Jawa), Sumatera (Minangkabau/Acheh), dan Sulawesi (Bugis) selepas Portugis mejajah Melaka. Melayu adalah Pendatang yang tidak tahu asal usul nya, baca lah buku Jared Diamond “Guns, Germs, and Steel”, tentang asal usul Melayu, Sebenarnya Melayu Pendatang dari Taiwan. dan Tun M juga Pedatang dari Kerala, India, http://www.malaysianunplug.blogspot.com/2008/06/dr-mahathir-was-reminded-of-his.html

    Pribumi Semenanjung Malaysia sebenar adalah Orang Asli Negrito, baca lah: http://www.andaman.org/BOOK/chapter35/text35.htm, dan Pribumi Borneo adalah Dayak and Kadazan-Dusun.

    Tak paya la Ahmad Ismail bangkit org lain punya sejarah asal usul.

  9. Kris, terima kasih kerana sudi memberi informasi asal-usul keturunan Melayu di negara kita. Maklumat-maklumat mengenai sejarah asal usul patut diajar di bangku sekolah lagi dan tidak patut dieksplotasikan oleh ahli-ahli politik yang mahu menjaga tempat dia di dunia politik.

  10. what can we do? sometimes it is not that we do not love our country, we want to serve so much, but we are not given the chance…sigh…all those politics talk, felt so frustrated..
    Even the M university students stand out just to oppose Penang Government puttng Madarin road signs. it is so hard to imagine we Malaysians still be able to unite together serving this country in the future. they just keep clinging to how they can protect themselves.

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