Saturday, August 30, 2008

Umno Perceived By Many As Racist, Says Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah

Umno is now perceived by many to be racist because its leaders cannot articulate effectively to the masses about the pre-Independance social contract, nor can they defeat abuses of the New Economic Policy (NEP).

Umno has lost its intellectual capacity to address misgivings among Malaysians and this has led to a perception that it is a racist party.

To further compound this, Umno leaders have lost credibility in the eyes of the public following the stunning losses in the March 8 general election, party veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah said.

Speaking on Saturday at the opening of Kelantan’s People Action Council (MTRK) forum on Independance at the Grand Riverview Hotel, the Kelantan prince said it has now become common to see people define Umno as a racist party.

Why it has reached such a stage can be traced to three reasons, Tengku Razaleigh said.

The first is because parties with self-interests capitalise on the definitions of freedom and human rights to portray Umno as racist besides condoning a mischievous interpretation of the Federal Constitution.

The second is the complacency of Umno leaders who have allowed certain quarters to question the social contract and while rebuffing critics, Umno has not been able to shake off the stigma of been perceived as racist, he said.

Thirdly, there is no sincere effort to address the misgivings and misinterpretation over the definition of racism in the country.

Racism is where one race advocates hatred against the other and its actions underpin it, such as when the Nazis executed the Jews, explained Tengku Razaleigh.

''Umno advocates none of the above. It has never sought to close down any vernacular schools in the country. It knows how to co-exist with other races but yet, it is perceived to be racist,'' he said.

Umno needs to reinvent itself by upholding the social contract when studied through, is designed to be fair to all races, he said.

Tengku Razaleigh said many non-Malays believed that Umno or the Malays are the drivers of Malaysia. ''Of late, the Malays have become reckless and bad drivers until the Government is branded as inefficient,” he said.

Tengku Razaleigh said another step towards reinventing the party is to restore the moral credibility in the party.

''Is it too late? I hope not but Umno must come to terms about regaining the trust of the people. It must be seen as trustworthy.''

Corruption is an open secret in the country either through the public sector or within Umno until it has become a crisis to the party where only rich candidates would be voted while competency is ignored, he added.

Later, he said there is a need for stronger leadership in the country as it would prevent certain quarters from raising questionable issues which can further divide rather than mend relations among Malaysians.

Asked whether he thought Pakatan Rakyat could form the next federal government by Sept 16, Tengku Razaleigh said it is doubtful as there are disagreements within the alliance so it may derail the process. (The Star Online)

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Tengku Razaleigh has touched on the issues but surprisingly he has absolved Umno of practising racism. Perhaps having never been on the receiving end, he can be excused for not appreciating racism's evil presence in the country.

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12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous,
It is not a perception, it is the truth umno is a racist muslim party made up of racist malays. They rob, steal and plunder the government coffer to enrich themselves and their cronies. The most corrupted party in the country is umno. The non malays should not support umno anymore and all the BN component parties should leave the BN and let umno swim by themselves. Yes umno is a RACIST party without a doubt.
Hate UMNO

7:58 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like Ku Li cannot face the truth! What about that UMNO division leader who called Malaysian Chinese 'squatters" in their own country? No action has been - and I bet, NEVER -- will be taken against him. [Look at the remarks that idot (now ex-) menteri made in the USA about black and fair Indians. I could go on.] If UMNO is non racist that guys should have been sacked. Looks like, Ku Li, UMNO will now be known as the United Malay Nazi Organisation.

Malaysian Govt missions overseas continue to treat non-Malay Malaysians with contempt with their petty behaviour. That has ensured that our country's brightest and best [they did not get into universities on the basis of their eithnic origins or UMNO connections] remain overseas - not a very clever form of foreign aid from a third world country to the rich, bloated nations of the west. Yes, UMNO is racist.

Dawood, Michigan.

9:15 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hahahahha! You don't say so?
So what, who is going to stop them?
UMNO have been raping Malaysia & Malaysians for the lsat 51 years. If no one stops them, they will continue to rape us for the next 51 years!

3:02 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are no better than Nazi Germany for now.This umno racist party still wants to us non malays to submit to them forever.
They are lucky we non malays are peace loving citizens even though 3rd.class.Had we been militant i guess the scenerio would be different.
This Ku L i is still day dreaming,for he sure as daylight that his party has been racist all along.It became worst from Razak and TDM eras.

9:30 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Loganimal said...

Spread the love guys, MIC and MCA are racist too. Political parties based on race are formed on the basis of segregation of races and that only someone from that race can represent the interests of that race. That is inherent racist ideology.

The result of racial politics is a nation that is fixated with race but don't know it.

Why do I need to know your race to hire you? Or rent you a room? Or why do you need my race to subscribe to Astro/Digi/newspapers? Why is it about malays and non-malays? Not all malays are the same and not all non-malays are the same.

Race and corruption is not connected, but racial politics keep people divided and weak, and let a ruling political class (of ALL races) breed, and encourages corruption. If you can break the connection between race, politics and individual value, then the people can organize around values, and take the power back.

Who is going to stop them?? YOU are. Stop seeing yourself from a race-first perspective, stop others, reject those that do, and be proud to be Malaysian, who cares what race?

4:19 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you dont call this racism , what is it ?

10:34 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

UMNO will go down in History as being similar to Nazi Germany and Apartheird in Souh Africa!

9:58 AM GMT+8  
Blogger dano said...

UMNO may have fooled a lot of people at some time but they can't fool many today.

1:09 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wakeup! all malaysian chinese! attention to all world wide chinese! this is malaysia!

if that idiot ahmad is left alone with no action taken, all malaysian should die! idiot ahmad, if u dare, send all of the chinese back to china and indians back to india, we shall see how u can control this country. before he can do so, pls ask around the malays, if all malays want chinese and indians out from this country, we accept the fate. if he belongs to this small group of small malaysian terrorist within, please send this bloody asshole away into jail. Najib! if u are really sorry, charge this idiot under ISA law for creating racism and havoc among the races! if hindraf guys can be charged , why must najib babysit this traitor of the country . why is pak lah so quiet? WE WANT justice! now show us now how u can win our heart, pak lah. for lim guan eng, show us now u are fair and equal, but dont wait too long, chinese will think u are coward! we want this ahmad kampong fellow out of sight! can PAK lah and najib do it ? we do not accept apology! we want him out of sight, in jail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10:14 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous anonemo said...

UMNO dilihat macam tu sebab ada anasir2 yang buat mereka nampak macam tu. Ada pihak yang cuba melaga2kan, dan nak menjatuhkan..

1:04 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pl go to India and China. You will learn what racism means. Mosques destroyed blatantly. Muslims killed. No promotions for muslims. No PLKN for Muslims. No citizenships for muslims.Cannot bring in Muslim imans (priests).

4:16 PM GMT+8  
Blogger chineng said...

UMNO is not just being perceived as racist. It is racist to the core.

9:15 PM GMT+8  

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