Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Muhyiddin's Bangsa, Agama Dan Negara Recipe For Our Varsities

Universities in Malaysia have been urged to create a new co-curriculum to explain issues regarding the social contract which has often drawn the attention of various parties of late.

Umno vice president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said explaining the issues to the younger generation especially university students was important so as to avoid confusion.

"The important thing is not to question the social contract but to give an explanation so that they understand what the social contract is all about especially among the younger generation, because not all of them understand the social contract.

"Therefore, giving the explanation with proper methods and linking it with the country's history are important," he told reporters after delivering a lecture on "Malay-Muslim Politics - Crisis and Solution" at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) here today.

The lecture, organised by the Centre of Islamic Development Management Studies and Nurul Yaqeen Foundation, was attended USM students and lecturers.

Besides, he said, university lecturers should play a crucial role in giving the explanation.

"An effective explanation is important because when the students leave and mix around with the community, it will be easy for them to understand the concept of democracy and the constitution that we have," said Muhyiddin who is International Trade and Industry Minister.

He said the social contract issues had been solved long ago and all parties should accept it. (Bernama)

***** As with other government attempts to 'explain' inter-communal issues, you can bet that this social 'contract' co-curriculum hoopla will be another exercise in tilting to one side and the adding of more fiction than fact. If past experience is any guide, as usual some fanatic wingnuts with rabid pro-Malay leanings will be selected and fully expect them to mess up the whole idea by including unsubstantiated 'facts' and unnecessary Umno propaganda into the syllabus.

You can safely dismiss this proposal as just another bangsa, agama dan negara hype.
Consider it as a stillborn Muhyiddin idea.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

new bottle, old wine.

5:20 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Bravo said...

in other words "we need to brainwash the students".

5:28 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Nadia said...

believe me, we have enough brainwashing in public universities.

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

Perkara mempersoalkan semua ini timbul daripada ahli2 politik. Banyak pemimpin politik yang sebenarnya bukan buta sejarah tapi mereka sebenarnya mahu meraih sokongan daripada bukan melayu. Tapi mereka tidak sedar yang tindakan mereka itu boleh membawa kepada kesan yang serius.

6:13 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can anyone please help list out the content of the so-called "Social Contract"? I am interested to know.

Thanks, Gondu.

7:58 PM GMT+8  
Blogger balan said...

Hey, this might help.


While many may have their reservation, Social contract is still relevant. If we remove racist tendencies and look at things more objectively, it does make sense.



11:14 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous vovo said...


3:30 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous romsam said...

For Royal Professor Ungku Aziz to say that there was no social contract between the founding fathers of our nation, this has put a nail in the coffin on those ultra-malays who still see Ketuanan Melayu as a cornerstone for race relationships in this country.

While other matured and well-developed nations have put to rest the 'master and slave' relationship among the various races, it baffles the mind of thinking people why should such policy still remain relevant in this 21st century here in Malaysia. We might call our British colonial masters 'Sir' or 'Tuan' in the early days but after half-a-century of independence, don't you think that such thinking is out of date?

Mind you, the United States who imported Negros from Africa a few centuries ago to be the white man's slave might have a black man to be their next president if Obama wins the ticket to the White House in the coming US presidential elections.

Malay rights have been ensconced in the federal constitution and cannot be taken away unless by a two-thirds majority in parliament subject to the malay rulers approval. No one doubts that in the early days, the bumis especially the malays, needed affirmative actions to take them out of their cycle of poverty to be on par with other races, especially the Chinese.

But the NEP has outlived it purpose and it should be replaced with a new policy which will eradicate poverty regardless of creed and race.

The playing field should be more even and let the best among the best compete among themselves in order for our nation to progress in the future. Why should rich malays with their 'right political connections' obtain a big slice of the economic cake while the poor people are denied such opportunities to get them out of their cycle of poverty?

To be a respected race, the malays must discard the notion that the government will always have to provide them with opportunities in studies and business as if it was their birth right. The malays should be able to compete with the other races on an equal footing and work hard to improve their lot rather than expecting handouts from the government.

Ungku Aziz, a towering malay whose intellectual thinking is way ahead of his time, has opened a Pandora Box's with his outright statement that there is no written 'social contract' among the various races prior to independence. Umno politicians will now cry foul about his daring statement as they will always use the Ketuanan Melayu bogey to win the hearts and minds of the malays to support their cause. .

But the malays cannot be in a denial mode anymore. We must accept the fact that in the brave new world that we live in where people and capital move to places where no restrictions are imposed, the old way of doing business by having quota systems will drive capital away from our country and the people will suffer in the end if business opportunities pass our shores.

The malays should look at their Singapore brethren who are no less the worse although unlike their Malaysian cousins, they does not have any NEP policy to get a leg up in society. There is no short cut for success unless you work hard for it.

3:32 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous fargowin said...

Due to the education policies, most young and intelligent Malaysians have either cross over to Singapore and other countries to further their studies.

In fact a great number of them have been earmarked by the Singapore government before their finals to take up PR status and attractive jobs offered. Some of these Malaysians are actually in Singapore parliament to help the nation to progress.

Actually the fact that smart Malaysians who capable are going to other countries be it Singapore or Australia can be a good thing for the country or for Malaysian Chinese in particular.


In the age of globalisation, it is important to have roots and contacts around. These bondages among relatives and friends among all Chinese spread around the world can benefit trade in future. It is a form of bridge to better future. Companies headed by Malaysians can in future help each other.

We can never know what the future in Malaysia will be like given the circumstances. So in a way it is a good thing. It is like the old days when Chinese traded among each other in this region.

So stage one export our experts around the world - next connect each other. That is good. One day maybe someone will initiate an association of overseas Chinese Malaysians eh?

Malaysians are not genetically inferior to Singaporeans - we are the same kind of people except for the proportion of various ethnic groups. The reason why many intelligent Malaysians went overseas is due to a government bent on dividing us along religious and ethnic lines.

For too long Malaysians of all ethnic groups have been bamboozled by scoundrels who'd used divisive slogans to enrich their own pockets and the pockets of their relatives and cronies. Malaysians must unite and give the opposition a chance to do better.

Malaysians have been moving to Singapore for many years now and that has been their long term strategy since they allowed tens of thousands of Malaysians to study there.

3:36 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous coolooc said...

The damage has been done. As long as the culprit still has the power to rule the Malaysia country, there are no second thoughts of returning back here. For vacations maybe, but even that will be full with hesitations.

To be honest, if dissatisfied people in this country have sufficient financial terms and non heavy commitments, I can bet every single one of them would have left this cursed land long time ago.

I just wonder if all the non-malays are financially independent and just stayed at home enjoying life. The country under the 'supreme' ruling of the malays and the outdated worthless NEP system, will crush itself like a 500 pound bitch humping on a dying 100 years old guy.

Soon, the globe will be spread with Chinese!
They will be the ones who contribute to the progress of the host country.

They will be accepted,
by their host country.


the malay politicians will still be using:

Special rights

to tie their own countrymen down just to continue voting for them.

Some malay intellectuals will probably follow the footsteps of the Chinese.

The recalcitrants will be left behind to continue being (had) by the malay politicians.

3:37 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous vesewe said...

The Chinese came to Malaya more than 1000 years ago, while the Indians came here almost 1030 years ago. Kota Gelanggi and Lembah Bujang are proof of these early settlements.

3:39 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Hon said...

The most important asset of a country is not its natural resources, but rather its human resources. This is especially true in a knowledge-based economy, which of course, will be the trend in the future if not already the trend in most of the western countries.

My daughter, who is in her final year medicine in Auckland, told me that a team of Singapore recruitment officers have just visited Auckland and talked to the Malaysian students there, offering jobs and training prospects for the final year students once they graduate.

My daughter also told me that over the last few years, quite a lot of her Malaysian seniors, after graduating from medical courses in New Zealand, have gone to Singapore to work as house officers and subsequently stayed back in Singapore for their postgraduate training. Similar teams are sent to Australia and UK for recruiting Malaysians there to work in Singapore.

About a year ago, Reuters reported: "Malaysia is counting on bright, ambitious people like Tan Chye Ling for its future, to lead it away from manufacturing and into the knowledge age."

But the 32-year-old scientist, a postgraduate in molecular biology, is not counting on Malaysia to look after her future.

"I felt very suppressed in Malaysia," said Tan, who moved to neighbouring Singapore, the region's pacesetter for biotech investment, after a decade of research and study in Malaysia.

"I have benefited from the better research environment and salary scheme here. Things are much smoother," she said by phone from the National University of Singapore where she is studying allergies and dust mites. Tan estimates that 60 percent of the research teams she works with in Singapore are from Malaysia, despite her country's efforts over several years to develop a biotech industry.

There is a serious problem facing Malaysia and that is the problem of "brain drain". Why are Malaysians overseas not coming back to work? Well, pay may be part of the reasons but it is not the main reason.

Singapore recruitment teams offer Malaysian medical students a salary which is a few times what they would expect to get in Malaysia S$40000 a year for houseman after tax (equivalent to RM86000) which is about five times the pay of a houseman in Malaysia.

But as I say, pay is not the main problem. The living expense overseas is high. And for a person working overseas, the loneliness and the stress level is also high. So not everyone opts to work overseas because of the pay. Many would not mind to work for a lesser pay if they can stay near to their loved ones. So why do people choose to work overseas, away from their loved ones?

Malaysia has many research centres and state-of-the-arts hospitals, which may even be the envy of many overseas countries. But hardware alone would not attract these experts to come home.

In the medical field, I have so many classmates/friends working overseas, many in world-renowned centres. Why do they do that? Some of my classmates and friends did come back as specialists. After working a few years (many only lasted a few months), most got disillusioned and went off again.

There is really not much prospect of career advancement here. How many can hope to become a professor even when they are an acknowledged expert in their field? How many of them can blend into the local team where the work attitude is vastly different from that overseas? How many of them can have a say about how things are to be run? On the other hands, lesser beings are being promoted to professorship for doing much less.

There is an unwritten rule that even if the person is very good, the head of the team has to be someone from a certain ethnic group who may not be even half as good as him. In everyday life, some become disillusioned with the corruption, the red tape and the "tidak apa" attitude of officialdom.

For an overseas doctor applying to work back home, the application can take up to six months to get approved, whereas Singapore sends teams overseas to recruit them on the spot and offering them jobs immediately as long as they pass their final examinations. See the difference?

It is the sense of being appreciated and being wanted that make these people stay overseas. Back here, they are often made to feel that they are of a lower class. They do not feel appreciated and they do not feel wanted. That is the main reason.

For those with children, the education system further puts them off. Even school children can feel being discriminated against and one glaring example is the two system pre-university education.

All these make them pack their bags and off they go again, leaving behind their parents, perhaps their siblings, the friends they grew up together with and their favourite food that is often not available overseas. No one likes to be away from home but circumstances and a sense of being recognised for their worth make them go away. It is really sad.

Parents spend big sums of money on educating their children but the ones who benefit most are the Singaporeans, the Americans, the Australians, the British and so on.

As long as race politics is not done away with, this problem of "brain drain" will continue and Malaysia will always trail behind the advanced countries no matter how many Putrajaya and Twin Towers we build.

3:41 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous bayi said...

In reality implementation of Muhyiddin's proposal would make the local universities propaganda insitutions, no less. The graduates will be zombies for bangsa, agama dan negara.

11:19 PM GMT+8  
Blogger bayi said...

In reality implementation of Muhyiddin's proposal would make the local universities propaganda insitutions, no less. The graduates will be zombies for bangsa, agama dan negara.

11:20 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Linness Yusof said...

IIRC, the law faculty of UiTM offered a course called Pemikiran Tun Mahathir or something like that, during which the students are expected to study and discuss his thoughts and visions etc etc etc.

Thank unnamed deity that the said course was implemented past my time there. *breathes a huge sigh of relief*

Now they want to have this new curriculum? Oy vey, indeed.

2:13 AM GMT+8  
Blogger kittykat46 said...

Biro Tatanegara is already heavily involved in the Brainwashing exercise, with heavy doses of the Social Contract, the History of The World According to UMNO, plus other less overt messages.

The whole issue about the "Social Contract" debate IS that it is bundled as a justification for racist policies.

10:31 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ungku Aziz said there was no social contract, but the UMNO Racists did not dare to say anything.
Until tody, "they" have not shown us any "evidence" of the so-called "Social Contract"!
Looking at what's happening, Muhyiddin will be the next DPM of Malaysia so he can say whatever crap he wants.
As Anonymous said, "new bottle, old wine" (or maybe I should say, "new bum, same shit"!).

7:30 PM GMT+8  
Blogger kun izzul said...

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8:08 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous thosedumbastards said...

Race, race, race! Religion, religion, religion! Same old shit! Idiotic leaders just wanna keep their people stupid so easy to rule them!!!

6:56 PM GMT+8  
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Blogger arly said...

hi there,

social contract in the aim of maintaining a certain form of social order?

"why it is in an individual’s rational self-interest to voluntarily subjugate the freedom of action one has under the natural state in order to obtain the benefits provided by the formation of social structures?"

oh well, a prerequisite i suppose i would want is for a sovereignty entity that may act as a necessary evil (who will take away some of my rights and limit some parts of my freedom - with too much liberty there will be chaos), but a conscious and ethical one at that.

we all have entered a social contract by default - our birth into society. even if we deny such social contract, let's say by protests and demonstrations - true, there will be new reformations but eventually some old parts of the social contract will perpetuate again - as seen, colonized countries ending up with neo-colonial leaderships.

really interesting blog and comments given by respondents. i am a student from National University of Singapore and am aspiring to do a dissertation on e-democracy in Malaysia.

if you (owner of the blog or the respondents here) do not mind me asking you some interview questions, do leave a HI email to me :)



7:21 PM GMT+8  

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