Charity begins at home

The latest outcry by Oppositions and anti-Malays echoing to Minister in PM’s Department Nazri Aziz of Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s defence of BTN’s patriotism and nationalism nationbuilding programs as being “Bloody Racist” is really manipulating the circumtance. The Fourth Prime Minister and Third BN Chairman has always been very consistent about political parties looking inwards first as a strategic effort to eventually develop the rest of the nation. has the story:


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Place Party Interest Above Self, Dr Mahathir Tells MCA Leaders

  LANGKAWI, Dec 4 (Bernama) — Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad advised the squabbling MCA leaders to place party interest above their own in resolving the leadership crisis.”(They) have to love the party, love the people, love the country, not love only themselves,” he said when approached by reporters after attending an appreciation lunch in his honour by Composites Technology Research Malaysia Sdn Bhd at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (Lima 2009) exhibition, here, on Friday.The five-day Lima 2009 ends tomorrow.Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had said recently that the MCA domestic problem should be resolved as soon as possible to enable the Barisan Nasional (BN) component party launch its rehabilitation process.– BERNAMA************ 


This call by the Statesman is about the Chinesese community to look into their own issues via MCA, the party which represented their interests for the last 60 years. MCA has been the voice of the Chinese community in the Government and as a ‘power-sharing’ pasrtner in BN, the Chinese have been represented in Government’s decision making since 1957. One of the biggest usccess for MCA was to successfully negotiate the once upon a time ‘stateless’ Chinese (even by British colonial classification pre-Merdeka) be made Malayan citizens, as part of the unwritten ‘social contract’ which was the fundamental basis of the Federal Constitution today.

Hence, it is important that the Chinese community look into their own affairs and MCA has had the track record to prove for it. Tun Dr. Mahathir is asking the Chinese community to ‘fix’ their ethnic party so that the progress they desire is reflected in the MCA’s representation in the Federal Government. MCA must be strong and solid for that.

The Star has the story:

Saturday December 5, 2009

Put party first, MCA heads told

LANGKAWI: Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has advised MCA leaders to put the party and race above their individual interest.

“‘Sayangi parti, sayang kaum sendiri dan sayang negara, jangan sayang diri sendiri’ (Love your party, your race and your country but don’t love yourself,” he said when asked by the media on what advice he would give as a veteran politician to MCA leaders in view of the on-going party crisis.

“Love your party, your race and your country but don’t love yourself” TUN DR MAHATHIR MOHAMAD

The question was raised during his visit to the Composite Technology Research Malaysia (CTRM) booth at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (Lima) Exhibition here yesterday.

The crisis mounted in MCA after the 2,304 delegates attending an extraordinary general meeting last October voted on a motion of no confidence on Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat.


In reality, the social and racial divide in Malaysia is historically inhereted and it is a very gargantuan task to undo. This is primarily because of the vast difference economic and social standing different ethnic groups and communities and geographical characteristics are the main factors.

Hence, it takes a lot to correct all these socio-economic imbalance. New Economic Policy (NEP) was designed to restructure and correct all the socio-economic desparities, with specific emphasis on eradication of poverty and economic development programs for the under developed rural Malaysians.

Despite the NEP was being implemented, Malaysia never neglected the economic and open market forces and certain ethnic groups which already has a better socio-economic standing and economic infrastructural advantage progressed further and faster than some. Hence, the socio-economic divide between ethnic groups is actually widening.

Unless the various ethnic groups are of equal socio-economic stature, standing and power, then the ‘playing field is not leveled’. Without a ‘level playing field’, a completely laissez faire economy would not holistically work as the majority who are lacking in socio-economic standing would harbour ’emotions’ and influence political standing. History has demonstrated how the masses revolt and even had clashes because of these desparities.

Therefore, the politics based on championing ethnic needs and demands is stilll very much relevant, especially the Malaysian context.

It is all about ‘Charity begins at home’. When one is socio-economically ready within their own ‘domain’, then only one could care for one’s surrounding. This is basic principle of Mazlow’s ‘hierrachy of needs’. It is not sinful to take care of your own domain first, before you are able to look into other things, even your own neighbourhood.

UMNO President V, BN Chairman III and Prime Minister IV Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad reminded that even the Chinese should look into the affairs first. He was being very consistent about it. Hence, if he thinks about the Malays first, then he was just practicing the maxim  “Charity begins at home”.

There is no racism about that. Especially when the championing of Malay rights and socio-economic standing was never about depriving the Non Malays. The progress and luxury enjoyed by Non Malays have undoubtably proven that.

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