The controversial about BTN Assitant Director Hamim Hussin telling Puteri UMNO that the Malays must rule the country brought upon a lot of foul cry, coming from the Oppositions and BN component parties alike. On Tuesday Hamim gave a closed door talk to 500 Puteri members in an UMNO staged event, held in party headquarters’ covention centre PWTC.
The Malaysian Inisder report on the story:
Malays must rule the country, says BTN rep
UPDATED @ 01:43:24 PM 27-09-2010By Boo Su-Lyn September 27, 2010
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 27 — National Civics Bureau (BTN) deputy director Hamim Husin today proclaimed Malay rights as a mandate to rule the country amid a spike in Malay rhetoric.
Former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad recently warned Malays that they would lose power if Pakatan Rakyat (PR) took control of Putrajaya.
“The rights of Malays, is to rule the country. Simple,” Hamim told Puteri Umno delegates in a closed-door function today.
“Malays must unite in the face of threats,” he added.
The BTN Federal Territory deputy director cited an example where the Malay ruling party failed to act during a purportedly seditious demonstration by non-Muslims in Kuala Lumpur a few years ago.
“The Hindus marched to Parliament to send a memorandum. They, like Hindraf (Hindu Rights Action Force), are groups that spread sedition,” said Hamim.
“Where was the political party then?” he asked.
About 30,000 protestors from the Hindu non-governmental organisation Hindraf had rallied in the city in November 2007 to submit a memorandum to the British embassy, where they demanded for the Queen’s Counsel to represent sidelined Malaysian Indians.
Today, Hamim underscored the importance of Malay unity in view of a possibility that snap polls may be called as early as next year.
The ‘si mata sepet’ that has never gone to a mosque or surau only has one vote. The ‘si botol’ that only knows how to go up to Batu Caves up and down only has one vote.
“The general election is coming soon. If there is still disunity, we cannot have events like this… where we can say what we want,” he said.
Last Tuesday, Dr Mahathir said the Malays were not aware of the political threat facing them as they were divided into three groups (PAS, PKR, Umno), where no one group could obtain a percentage of Malay votes that can secure power for the community.
He also claimed that the political marginalisation of the Malays had already become a reality in PR-controlled states even though those administrations were led by Malays.
The former Umno president, who still commands widespread influence among party members and the larger Malay community, pointed to the former PR mentri besar in Perak Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin as an example of how Malay politicians had been sidelined by PR.
Dr Mahathir also implied that a Chinese or an Indian could become prime minister if PR took federal power because there was no constitutional restriction on race for the position.
Today, Hamim also urged Puteri Umno to make sacrifices in a bid to defend Malay rights.
“In the context of Malay rights, don’t just demand for your rights. You must ask, ‘what must I sacrifice to defend my rights?’” he said.
Hamim stressed that the Malays could not rule the country without co-operating with the non-Malay communities as each citizen only carried a single vote.
“Malays cannot rule the country by themselves. That’s why we make friends with the MCA and MIC,” he said.
“The ‘si mata sepet’ that has never gone to a mosque or surau only has one vote. The ‘si botol’ that only knows how to go up to Batu Caves up and down only has one vote,” said Hamim, using apparently derogatory terms to describe the Chinese and Indian communities in Malaysia.
“So Puteri Umno must make friends with youths who are not Malays,” he added.
He also exhorted Puteri Umno to recruit youths born from marriages with foreigners into their party.
“There are many foreigners who have children here. Their daughters and sons who have turned 18 should be in Puteri and Putera Umno,” said Hamim.
“You are losing them… thousands of them. You should be collecting them and network with them,” he added.
The anti Malay elements went to town with this.
The fact remains that Puteri UMNO who organised the event did announce that the talk was a closed-door affair. It means that it was meant for party members only. However, The Malaysian Insider journo disguised herself as a Malay woman (complete in Baju Kurung and tudung) and smuggled herself in to listen to the closed-door talk.
This is very unethical of Boo Su-Lyn, even if it is ‘investigative journalism’. She should not have stayed after the announcement was clearly made. It is trespassing through private property and being present in a company that was clearly not welcomed. Otherwise she would not have troubled herself wearing the selendang.
What is more damning is The Malaysian Insider editorial allowed these sort of unethical journalism to be published. It is suspiciously pointing towards the online portal of its anti-Malay agenda.
Here is her tweet exchanges about being boastful of her ‘unethical’ journalism:
If it was true that Hamim did say “Everyone has equal votes, whether the Malays, mata sepet or botol kicap”, then this reporting demonstrated the wicked agenda to demonise a Malay officer holding the authority, just the like strategic agenda of the Oppositions namely DAP and PKR to demonise the credibility and integrity of all Malay led authorities, particularly the law enforcement agencies. The essence was about encouraging Puteri UMNO to promote healthy democracy, from the positive fashion of befriending against allienation.
The use of the word ‘Mata Sepet’ was insinuating no different than renowned film and advertisement director Yasmin Ahmad in her depiction of the typical Malaysian life in “Sepet”.
The context was the same. And yet none of the political parties, which include the ones jumping about this week on this Hamim-talk event made a political issue of it at all. In fact, “Sepet” was lauded as an exemplary work of art.
If Hamim did utter such words (which have yet to be proven except for Boo’s reporting), then what about Namewee’s “Nah” video clip or other vulgar-infested ‘work of art’ to insult the Malay authority?
Where is DAP and PKR in this issue? Where is MCA and MIC in this issue? The video is there to insult on an anti-Malay notion and the emotions were not spared.
Then again the DAP and PKR has been on the anti-Malay thread for too long, that it has become a norm. Especially against the Malay led authorities like the Police, AG’s Chambers, MACC and other law enforcement agencies. Where is The Malaysian Insider when the Oppositions were systematically testing and provoking the Police?
Bottomline, this a The Malaysian Insider agenda for the ‘politics of hate’ which the Oppositions ride on for the ‘destruction’ of socio-political structure that was built on understanding, tolerance and acceptance.
If Soo’s reporting was true, then the message that Hamim was extending to the Puteri UMNO is about the Malays must work hard to preserve the democracy, which include befriending the Non Malays instead of alienating them. There is no ill intent in that and sowing the spirit of nationalism the basis of UMNO’s Perjuangan. Advicing UMNO members to be friends and inclusive with non members and Non Malays are ’1 Malaysia’ virtues.
This positive ’1 Malaysia’ angle was completely missed out from the Malaysian Insider reporting of the event.
Historically, the Malays are very generous and welcoming people. They treat the Non Malays well, as long the Non Malays do not over-extend themselves as ‘guests’ (as the saying goes, “Familiarity breach contempts”) and worse still, to the level of ‘Kurang Ajar’ness. Then again the Malays as the majority readily extended their grace to accept 1 million ‘stateless persons’ as fellow citizens when the nation achieved its independence and never meant to treat them as ‘second class’ citizens. As a docile race, when provoked the Malays will naturally react.
This is another The Malaysian Insider agenda to provoke and arouse ‘heat’, so that the ‘ripples are maintained when the water should be calm’. That can only be seen as an intent of malice.
*Updated Friday 1 October 0900am