Saturday, December 29, 2007

"Power-Sharing, Tolerance Basis For Nation's Success." How Accurate Is This Najib Statement?

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak says power-sharing and the exercise of tolerance in a multiracial society, practised by the government, are the basis for political stability and the nation's success.

The deputy prime minister said all component parties of the Barisan Nasional (BN) had the responsibility to safeguard the existing cooperation and collaboration among them to ensure that the country achieved greater excellence in the future.

"Surely, we cannot develop the country if we cannot maintain political stability," he said in his message in the souvenir programme published in conjunction with the 12th annual general assembly of Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) which he is scheduled to open tomorrow.

Najib said solidarity and political stability had enabled the BN government to bring about development and enhance the quality of life of the people, including those in the rural areas.

"The government will continue to step up efforts to assist the rural people, particularly in Sabah," he said. (Bernama)

***** How so very nice Najib's speech sounds! But alas, there are a few crucial points that our revered DPM conveniently omitted. For one, he did not tell us that in our country the much hyped word tolerance has different 'functions' for different people. In the umnoputera lexicon, there are two types of 'tolerance'; one for the Malays and the other is the tolerance expected and often demanded of the non-Malays.

For the non-Malays it means that they are required to unquestioningly accept the Never Ending Policy (NEP) and all the injustice and discrimination which comes along with it. They have to acquiesce and passively support any and all plans or programmes of the government even if there is nothing in it for them or it places them at a distinct disadvantage. They have to smile, cheer on the Umno pemimpin and vote for the BN at every election.

In return for this laudable display of patriotism, 'tolerance (non-Malay)' and gratitude, the government on behalf of the Malays (or so they claim) will exercise the second type of tolerance. This 'tolerance (Malay)' is an implied one and which surfaces at every Umno general assembly and its direct meaning is the refraining from actively sponsoring/inciting/participating in bloodbaths and May 13 style pogrom.

The same 'democratic' principles apply for the other much hyped claim, namely 'power-sharing'. As long as Umno gets a disproportionate, lion's share of parliamentary and state seats, government posts and every single ministerial portfolio of consequence/importance and provided that the rest of the BN 'family' wholeheartedly agree to and merrily applaud every major decision and appointment made in the name of bangsa, agama dan negara, the country will continue to be stable, successful and populated by happy citizens who display true 'solidarity'.

So you see our 'formula' for
political stability and the nation's success is pretty straightforward. All it requires is remarkably thick non-Malay skin coupled with a commendable degree of humble servitude towards Umno, of which there is a surfeit in the BN 'family'.

If in the occasional event you get a maverick like Gerakan's S. Paranjothy who complained of race discrimination, he will be branded a traitor making 'baseless' allegations, be hounded out of the party and made such an example of, that other 'mischief-makers' would be convincingly discouraged from telling 'malicious lies' about the benevolent Umno leadership.

And finally, when Najib continues to make such nice muhibah speeches all over the country, the step-siblings of the BN 'family' would be expected to nod vigorously in grateful agreement and shout joyfully in unison, "Malaysia Boleh!"
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Blogger team bsg said...

You must at least admire him for deligently reading and finishing the speech, never mind whether he understands it or not. Which really shows he still has some facilities left in him , not totally disabled ( yet )

12:43 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous SM said...

I agree with your comments. I am sure most Malaysians (both Malays & Non-Malays) will agree with you also.
However, like you so accurately put it, the Non-Malays will vote for the BN Government & then they will "swallow" whatever pill the Government gives to them no matter how unfair.
The Non-Malays deserve what they get because they have voted for this Government.
Look what the Australians did recently in their Elections. Howard got a resounding kick up his backside!
It's up to the Non-Malays to do something different in the next Elections, then & only then can they hold their heads up high & say "Malaysia Boleh"!

12:49 PM GMT+8  
Blogger kittykat46 said...

In the colonial days, the British controlled the local Chinese and Indian communities via acquiescent Kapitan China and Kapitan Keling (that was the actual name). Very much divide and rule.

BN as it exists now follows the same formula.

4:14 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Billy said...

Najib makes me laugh when he talks about power sharing. If it was true power sharing, then let the non-Malay BN partners head strategic ministries such as Defence, Home Affairs, Education and International Trade. And what about Finance which MCA used to head once? The ministries currently held by the non-Malays are so insignificant and like one UMNO back bencher once told Lim Kit Siang [check with the Hansard], "Without you Chinese, we Malays can run the country". I fully agree with him. What is the big deal about the Transport, Health, Works and Housing ministries, for example. Even UMNO malays can manage such ministries without any problems, and we know why. Power sharing? Bull shit!!!

4:21 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

malaysian, well said.

let's now sing in unison as we gaze upon the jalur gemilang....

"we are family,.."


5:06 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous middleton said...

Power sharing my foot!
It is more like wealth pocketing by one powerful group.

6:04 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous sVoice said...

I guess what DPM meant was that all others' shares are under the power of UMNOputras, so, if UMNOputras say right, there can't be wrong. If UMNOputas say "let there be tolerance." then, all others have to give way and given in to UMNOputras, that's tolerance. See, how successful the BN spirit is?

10:18 PM GMT+8  

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