O YOU who have attained to faith! Be ever steadfast in your devotion to God, bearing witness to the truth in all equity; and never let hatred of anyone lead you into the sin of deviating from justice. Be just: this is closest to being God-conscious. And remain conscious of God: verily, God is aware of all that you do.

AL – MA’IDAH (8) 

VERILY, [O you who believe in Me,] this community of yours is one single community, since I am the Sustainer of you all: worship, then, Me [alone]!

But men have torn their unity wide asunder, [forgetting that] unto Us they are all bound to return.

AL – ANBIYA (92 – 93)



Once again Malay politics is being played out and played up!

Around this time last year UMNO was split right down the middle over leadership issues. The party hierarchical tree was divided from its canopy right down to its divisions and branches and grassroots over the need for a new leadership under a new President. Also ripe for change were the other protagonists in the party hierarchy!

Entanglements which needed disentanglement!

Supporters of the then UMNO President Dato’ Seri Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi said he should stay for the sake of the party unity! Supporters of Dato’ Seri Najib Abdul Razak said he should take over for the sake of Malay dignity!

Much debate and argument occupied mainstream media space as they did cyberspace as well as the coffee shop and gerai spaces. Malays of all ages and affiliations intensely defended their loyalties and their political heroes. Equally animated were the attacks on political foes.

We said we did it for the sake of  bangsa, agama dan negara! For our Malay roots – our akar umbi!  No one would admit they did it for selfish ends!

The UMNO general assembly postponed from December to March saw efforts to consolidate the party strengths and to come to sensible compromises. The new line-up was accepted grudgingly by some and heralded as holding new promises by others! Impassioned speeches accompanied by much hugging and hand kissing , bersalam salaman dan bermaaf maafan ended the assembly in true Malay style – the two thousand or so delegates resplendent in colourful Malay baju, beradab dan beradat.

Once again the promise of Malay unity within UMNO would help to alleviate what has always been UMNO’s platform i.e. the Malay agenda. With renewed vows comes the promise of  new vigour! Except that this time the Malay agenda must go hand in hand with the national agenda of ensuring that the other ethnic groups are not marginalised in the equation, true to the spirit of the Federal Constitution.

The current Prime Minister  has vowed that he is going to be the people’s PM! Najib Razak has promised that ONE MALAYSIA will be his clarion call and his one outstanding vision for the country. The national ideal/ philosophy/ goal of a united people made up of diverse ethnic groups and cultures manifested in the cries of MERDEKA, in the tenets of RUKUN NEGARA, in the conglomerate of a BANGSA MALAYSIA and in the construct of a fully developed WAWASAN 2020 echoes throughout the nation again in the concept of ONE MALAYSIA!

HOWEVER,  the very people responsible for translating the vision into reality, into meaningful policies and projects,  into day to day conduct and behaviour, i.e. the wakil rakyat (ADUN and MP) elected by the people to serve their needs – seem oblivious to this call!  As usual, they pay lip service to it in their rhetoric but fail dismally in their political ploys and stances!

Now PAS is seriously divided after their muktamar as UMNO was before the general assembly. And the “contentious” issue at hand is that of Malay unity and by extension whether we like it or not, national unity

While one group led by the newly elected President Hadi and Deputy President Nasharudin has proposed unity talks with UMNO, another group led by popular spiritual leader Nik Aziz is dead against it. Once again there is a split within a major Malay political party and the bigger Malay political community.

Once again the Malays and Malaysians will be preoccupied in great argumentations about right and wrong, truths and untruths, moral and immoral, sincerity, trustworthiness, uprightness, justice – all ingredients of integrity!

NOW  the questions will be: who has better integrity UMNO or PAS? Who is more sincere in helping the Malays? Who is more correct in their interpretation of Islam and in their translation of Islam’s tenets? Who is more just and fair in its dealings with Malaysia’s other ethnic groups?

Meantime the other political parties in the BN versus PR equation will join in the foray in the true spirit of togetherness inherent in ONE MALAYSIA

Whether you agree or not Malay politics determines  national politics as it always has!


6 Responses to “”

  1. 1 whatmeworry
    June 19, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    What Unity talks are they talking about when it does not involves the non Malays? First of all, it should have been Malay/Muslim Unity talks then it would have caused such an uproar. The PM is on record in saying that BN must change or be changed. So far, I don’t see much changes.

  2. 2 whatmeworry
    June 19, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Sorry, omission the word “not” should be inserted after would.

  3. 3 Rahman Majeed
    June 19, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Salaams Datin,

    I have been following your blog regularly. Your concerns on the current status of the our ADUNs and MPs’s integrity and mere rethoric is also a major concern of all level headed Malaysians. A trip to Putrajaya will enlighten you more…. It’s worrying to see how the MPs and ADUNs are performing. The fracas in Parliament is a typical example of their appathy and childishness. How can the youger generation respect such representatives of the people – on both sides, the it the ruling party and the opposition. Both sides are just involved in their own world of ‘war games’ at the expense of the country’s deterioration.

    I pray they come to their senses. Their words and actions are not from the heart…..Are we supposed to have faith in them anymore? We are watching them, but they are just not bothered.

  4. June 19, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Nice to chat with you during dinner tonight. Have started reading some of your articles and find them very interesting, indeed. Thumbs up!! (seated on your left..)

  5. June 19, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    perhaps unity among the predominantly Malay race is crucial before a bangsa Malaysia unity plan takes place!

  6. 6 ninitalk
    June 20, 2009 at 6:37 am

    honeymanis – so nice to “meet” you again soon after the heart2heart talk over dinner. Let’s continue our animated exchanges in cyberspace!

    CowboyMalaysia – it’s the chicken n egg situation again! “unity” is a huge concept – perhaps there can never be real unity in the “sehati sejiwa sebantal” sense but we can agree to disagree in a civil way and learn to have diverse views but articulate them well! Get rid of the prejudices, jealousies, hatred, vindictiveness and vengefulness! Be kind and compassionate towards one another!

    Rahman – you are right! It’s negative Malay practices and attitudes that undermine the value of so much that is good!

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