“Consultative” whatever is a waste of time.
Muslims accused of “intolerance and bigotry”, again
An open letter that is getting a lot of airplay is titled ‘Need for a consultative process‘. It bears the names of some two dozen Tan Sris and Datuks, among them retired sec-gens of the various ministries.
Signed by 25 Muslim individuals styling themselves “a group of concerned citizens of Malaysia”, the letter talks mostly about Islam and Syariah.
At the same time however, it also sounds the alarm over how “the rise of supremacist NGOs accusing dissenting voices of being anti-Islam, anti-monarchy and anti-Malay has made attempts at rational discussion and conflict resolution difficult”.
The letter by the group of 25 however omits to mention the concurrent rise of evangelical triumphalism.
This tide of Christian evangelism has been responsible for the accusations that conservative Muslim voices are racist, extremist, bigoted and spewing hatred. These aggressive and abusive evangelistas can be said to have “made attempts at rational discussion and conflict resolution difficult” as well.
It takes two to tango after all.
The YY blame game
The “extreme politicisation of race and religion in this country”, said the open letter, are among the developments that “breed intolerance and bigotry”. There is urgent need of “finding solutions to these longstanding areas of conflict that have led to the deterioration of race relations”, it added.
While nobody is disputing that race relations have reached a nadir, it is unfair for the letter writers to finger-point what they call “the supremacist NGOs” as being solely the Muslim ones. Why do the 25 prominent Muslims allow the evangelical triumphalists, who are the Christian supremacists (always calling other Malaysians “low class“), to escape equal censure?
Thus the aforementioned open letter is patently biased. It only blames one side when any “rational discussion and conflict resolution” obviously requires mutual cooperation by both the antagonistic parties.
There’s little incentive for the Muslim party to entertain this group of 25 worthies when the Muslim NGOs find themselves faulted by The Group in entirety whereas the Christian party is not even given a tap on the wrist.
Satu lagi projek bangang oleh JPM
The National Unity Consultative Council is a body specially created by the Prime Minister’s Department (JPM).
I’ve said since its inception that the NUCC is a bad idea. A lot of people agree with me.
Findings of a week-long online poll – results above- carried in my blog reveals that 91 percent out of the 902 respondents want the NUCC dissolved.
While the members of NUCC would likely meet with the approval of the Group of 25, they have met with strong objection from the Muslim NGOs (probably the same ones viewed as “supremacist” by the open letter writers).
“Racists must be taught how to love” – Hannah Yeoh
Merely papering over the cracks
The NUCC had tried to fob off on the PM’s Dept a National Harmony Bill drafted by the staunchly pro-opposition Bar Council.
Face it, there was never “harmony” in Malaysia to begin with. All the Firster sweet talk about “harmony” is a blatant example of selling saliva.
“Looking back through the years, one of the startling facts which must be admitted is that there never was true racial harmony,” wrote Dr Mahathir Mohamad in The Malay Dilemma (Marshall Cavendish 2009 reprint edition).
“What was taken for harmony was absence of open inter-racial strife. And absence of strife is not necessarily due to lack of desire or reason for strife. It is more frequently due to a lack of capacity to bring about open conflict.” (page 14, The Malay Dilemma)
“… in their own [Malay and Chinese] world, their values are not merely different but are often conflicting. If it is accepted that there never was true racial harmony, then it is easier to trace the relationship between the Malays and the non-Malays through history …” (p.14, The Malay Dilemma)
Tun concluded that “what has often been carelessly referred to as racial harmony was in fact a negative quantity – the absence of open conflict”.
Jerusubang, the City of Love
Tun’s views on our race history have remained consistent through the decades.
In his 1986 book The Challenge, Dr M wrote:
“When the Japanese conquered the Malay Peninsula in 1942, its inhabitants were already divided on a permanent basis into three major communities, i.e. Malays, Chinese and Indians. The three communities not only lacked unity; relations among them were so poor that they could easily become enemies.” (p.160, The Challenge)
“The defeat of the Japanese and the delay on the part of the British in sending the troops to take over power in the Malay States gave the opportunity to communist guerrillas, who were almost 100 per cent Chinese, to commit atrocities against people of various communities. For the Malays, these atrocities deepened their hatred of the Chinese. The Chinese felt the same towards the Malays.” (p.160, The Challenge)
The Challenge published by Pelanduk, Petaling Jaya
Tun was referring to the Interregnum years of 1945-46.
Today however, looking at the way that the evangelistas like to grandstand, you’d think the animosity is only flowing in one direction from the Muslims whereas an abundance of love is being returned by the Christians.
Malay-Chinese political marriage shattered on rock of racialism
In his 1998 book The Way Forward, Dr M wrote:
“Signs of Malay and Chinese unhappiness with the Government and its policies were only too apparent, but the Government leaders refused to recognise them. The absence of open clashes between the Malays and Chinese was taken to mean that racial harmony existed.” (p.46, The Way Forward)
“Of course, the non-MCA Chinese made no attempt to hide their anti-Malay sentiments. Although they did not believe they could defeat the Alliance and set up a Chinese-based government, they felt that a reduction in the number of Alliance seats would undermine the political clout of the Malays.” (p.47, The Way Forward)
“The politics of the 1969 election were entirely racial. Although the top leaders in the Alliance Government were still sanguine about events, there were clear signs that the Malay-Chinese political marriage was cracking and would soon shatter on the hard rock of emotional racialism.” (p.48, The Way Forward)
The Way Forward published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London
Tun wrote the above passages about the non-MCA Chinese making no attempt to hide their anti-Malay sentiments back in 1969.
In our present day, the non-MCA Chinese make up 90 percent of the community. What are their sentiments? Any substantial ‘Ubah’ or change?
National reconciliation is a DAP poker bluff
Consultative councils and consultative processes are quite pointless when there is no willingness to compromise. The adamant attitude adopted by the Christians – “Allah is ours!” – signals no intent at all to meet the Muslims halfway.
The hardline confrontational approach taken by the Christians over the ‘Allah’ Bibles leaves little room for negotiation. Consulting till kingdom come will not yield any results.
This realistic assessment is possibly why 821 poll respondents or 91 percent believe that the National Unity Consultative Council serves no useful purpose and should be disbanded.