Wan Azizah rubbishing ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ for PKR’s desperate survival?

PKR President Wan Azizah Wan Ismail rubbished the concept of ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ in her sordid attempt to recover any shred of support that could be salvaged from the inevitable dismantling of a party that was formed for the sole purpose for husband Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim to get ‘revenge’ for being sacked from Cabinet and UMNO on 2 September 1998.

Sin Chew Jit Poh’s story:

Wan Azizah’s statement an attempt to salvage sinking ship: Muhyiddin

2010-11-28 18:05

KUALA LUMPUR, Sunday 28 November 2010 (Bernama) — Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin described the remark by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail yesterday as an attempt “to salvage a sinking ship.”

In her keynote address at the PKR congress, Wan Azizah said the notions of “ketuanan Melayu” (Malay supremacy) should be abandoned so that the younger generation would grow up with the vision of “dignified race” or “dignified Malay.”

Muhyiddin said the statement was made in an attempt to win the support of the people at a time when the party was in disarray following a divisive party election.

Muhyiddin said PKR leaders should respect Article 153 of the Federal Constitution which provides a safeguard for the special position of the Malays and Bumiputera as well as the interests of other communities.

This provision should serve as a guiding principle in championing the cause of the people, he said. “However, it seems that this is not the case with PKR.”

Speaking to reporters after visiting the Malaysian Agriculture, Horticulture and Agrotourism (MAHA) 2010 here, Muhyiddin said there were an increasing number of PKR members who were dissatisfied with the party.

“Many have left and party branches and divisions closed. The recent party elections demonstrated how in disarray the party has become.

“They talk about principles, about fighting for democracy but this does not seem to be a practice in the party,” he said.

On Wan Azizah’s statement that PKR advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was “a great man bestowed by God” to be the leader of the people, Muhyiddin said, Wan Azizah should be realistic in her assessment.

He said Wan Azizah might have uttered the statement out of love for her husband and therefore the remark was more personal in nature.

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We don’t feel we need to put forth a rebuttal to this what seemed to be a desperation call. One of our readers sent us an e mail to explain what ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ is all about.

Hence, herewith we shal publish that in full:

(1)” Ketuanan Melayu”  was a ‘slogan’ used by our forefather was to remind and unite the Malays with the highest justification of covenant .
(2) The justification of Ketuanan Melayu becomes the ‘right ‘ when it further stipulates and enshrines in our constitution .
(3) Ketuanan Melayu was not just plucked out from the heavenly sky but had demonstrated in the historical evolution of our nation .
(4) Prior to the coming of the invaders Persekutuan Tanah Melayu existed . It had the sovereign Sultanate of Malay kingdoms whose Governments representing their territories . It came with the order of hierarchy governing with stipulated  laws and principles
(5) It developed the social ,economic ,cultural orders with strong and institutionalized fundamental values of Islam . Above all , the Malays norms practicing in the customary laws strengthen the ‘right ‘ that the Malays and the Bumiputra are the ‘Tuan’ of their Tanah Melayu . Unfortunately , the slogan is understood by some as ‘Tuan and servant’ relationship .
(6) We were invaded by the Dutch , the Portuguese than the East Indian Company , later British colonial masters for more than 500 hundred years . At the same time , the exodus of non Malays organized by the Colonial rulers arrived to stay for serving and feeding the Colonial industrial revolution .  They were not welcome .
(7) Our forefathers knew that the Malays should not be like the native Indians of America .The natives Indians were alienated by the white Americans Colonialists . As the result of the political and military power of the Whites  , the natives lost their territories and culture . Today the native Indians ended living in a small-arid constructed reservation land reserved by the White Government. Engaging that , the Malay’s importance prevails in the articles 152 and 153 signature the Malay position . Besides the ‘ right’ of others are rightly respected and guarded due to our tolerance and acceptance
(8) Denouncing ‘ ketuanan Melayu ‘ is no crime and politicizing it , is a human crime to the Bangsa Melayu and its existence throughout the evolution of our Malay history and good values of Islam .
(9) We should not be apologetic in propagating the slogan of  Ketuanan Melayu nor it is taken as the sign of Malay weaknesses . We must prescribe the notion and the sprit of ‘ Ketuanan Melayu ‘ for us to move forward for the order of change and achieving progress with dignity in all arenas . We have a CAUSE and our CAUSE is justified because it is our Tanah Melayu .
(10) With this justifiable CAUSE and in upholding the sprit of ‘ Ketuanan Melayu ‘ with sincerity and its fundamental nature of Malays’ tolerance and acceptance , Ketuanan Melayu has served as one of the major principles of Malaysia democracy in a multi cultural ecosystem . It is in the Nation track record and without denial has brought peace harmony and prosperity to our Nation .

With peace in mind  , may Allah SWT bless us all .

 

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