On the 1st of March 2009, Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat commented that the term “bumiputera” is racist and prevented other races from receiving government aid. Nik Aziz’s remarks was made in response over extreme criticisms and threats from UMNO against statement made by Democratic Action Party’s Dr Boo Cheng Hau, the opposition leader in Johor where Dr Boo was reported to have compared “bumiputeraism” with apartheid.
Whats wrong if we compare “bumiputeraism with apartheid? If bumiputera are entitled to special privileges, of course for sure the word bumiputera is racist, of course bumiputera means apartheid. Lets me clarify you that the term 'bumiputera' by itself is actually not racist but to say that only Malays Muslim are bumiputera then it is racist. Bumiputera means 'son of the soil' - aren't we all, the different races, who were born in Malaysia, the son of the soil? So all of us, regardless of race, who were born here are bumiputera! Only foreign immigrants we can call them as Non- bumiputras.
I've just done little research on the word "Bumiputra". The word "Bumiputra" is made up of two Sanskrit words - "bumi" meaning "earth" and "putra" meaning "son". The word is used in the Hindu holy books Mahabarata and Veda. Each time the Muslim UMNO Malay calls himself a "bumiputra", he is actually reciting a Hindu word (note: Sanskrit is the language of Hinduism and is not a language used in communication by people). It is weird that a Hindu word is being used to define a Muslim group for the un-Islamic practice of discrimination on the basis of race.
Peace always be with you Tok Guru. Thank you for enlightening us with your wisdom, and I do hope that those sick people of UMNO will take your words like true gentlemen. Tok Guru, you are my greatest Hero in the whole of Malaysia. You are one great leader that I really would love to meet one day. You are the most humble man here in Malaysia. We are all Malaysians, so all should be the same, so scrap out the all the craps about bumiputras. May god bless Tok Guru with good health!
There is hope for all Malaysians; racism has ruled/ruined Malaysian for far too long. Let's forget our race, a poor Rakyat can be a Malay, Chinese, Indian or any other races. Race does not matter, if you are poor you are poor. Let's give equal opportunities to all Malaysians.