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.
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.