It was an inspirational read early in the morning and the effect does not limit itself to Malays or the little fanatics who are harping on “Ketuanan Melayu” – no matter what the cost will be in the end.
Setting aside the fact that Bakri Musa is writing on the sorry state of the nation and there are political infusions to the post, the crux of his arguments and deductions should inspire all of us.
The content itself is nothing new – it is something that most of us been talked, blogged, argue or sometimes even spitted on it but coming from a Malay Malaysia who is living abroad, it does give the issue an out-of-the-box angle. He talks about real world competitiveness when he said:-
The Malays have never learned or refused to learn what it would take to be Tuan…Both the premise and promise of Ketuanan Melayu are false. The sooner Malays grasp this stark reality, the better it is for us and for all Malaysians, as well as for the nation.
In this competitive world you work to be a Tuan; you must earn it! In feudal societies, whether you are fated to be master or servant is determined at birth by your heritage. Malaysia has long passed that stage though many are still entrapped in the feudal mindset.
Most of my Malay friends already grasped the reality and have pushed themselves towards excellence. But unfortunately that is a minority few – the rest are still under the influence of “politicians designed drugs” thinking that they are still “Tuan” by virtue of color of the skin. Bakri Musa pours cold water into this false reality when he said:-
While Malays fantasize being de jure (by operation of law) Tuan, non-Malays, through their hard work, has become de facto (as a matter of fact) Tuans in Malaysia. Outside of government offices, this is the harsh reality…
Such are the meaningless consequences of the empty promises of Ketuanan Melayu. It is a cruel hoax perpetrated upon our people by our very own leaders…
Ketuanan Melayu is premised upon false foundations. Tanah Melayu (Land of the Malays) or not, Malays are not ordained to be Tuan, in our own land or elsewhere. On the other hand, if Malays were competitive, rest assured that we would then be Tuans even in lands other than Tanah Melayu.
I agree that it is very unlikely that people that we elected will strive to make Malaysians (I said Malaysians and not Malays) Tuans of anything because that it is true nature of politicians – keep the masses beyond the thinking cap and exploit the ignorance.
In the end, it is left for each and every one of us to strive on our own to succeed. As Dr Bakri Musa said “In this competitive world you work to be a Tuan; you must earn it!”
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