Oct 14, 2010

Will UMNO Change?

For the past several decades, UMNO was fighting for the Malays. Will it change itself to be the fighter for all Malaysians regardless of ethnicity and religion? It’s a fact that UMNO has created more racialist than nationalist. This is not good for us since Malaysia is a multiracial nation.

There are numerous of leaders and medias of UMNO that incited racial statements publicly, such incidents more rampant in recent years. I have several examples of UMNO's racism that taken from the nut graph.

*UMNO controlled Utusan Melayu frequently publishing sensitive articles, read here- Melayu jangan jadi bacul, Bangkitlah Melayu, Ketuanan Melayu tercabar - Kaum lain lebih dominan, Persoal pemimpin Melayu tolak DEB, Melayu dikhianati?, Kepentingan pelajar bumiputera diambil kira and much more. Such articles are not reflecting UMNO's sincerity to unite the Malaysians.

*Do you still remember Bukit Bendera UMNO head Ahmad Ismail's statement against the non-Malay in November 2008? He insisted that all non-Malays are squatters in this country.

*How about the Keris waive by Dato Hishamuddin in the 2006 and 2008 UMNO general assembly? Is he fit to be vice-president of UMNO after all in Najib's leadership? In the recent incident, Hishamuddin defended the cow head protesters who insulted the Hindu community in Malaysia.

*Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar who warned non-Malay Malaysians not to question the concept of ketuanan Melayu and that it was "not a joke to be fooled around with"? So how if we have a professional discussion on the topic? I'm sure you will say it is too sensitive to discuss about. Let me tell you that nothing is sensitive if you openly discuss about it. Quality discussions and debates make us more understand each others!

*Head of the Johor state, Abdul Ghani Othman objected the use of the 'BANGSA MALAYSIA' term, he stated that it was 'rojak' and not acceptable. Such leaders should change their mentality, if they refuse to change, then UMNO should kick out this kind of negative leaders who oppose the 'Malaysia for all Malaysians' concept. Definitely, the unity itself should come from you UMNO leaders, but you are not so open minded to make it!

UMNO always sees itself as Malay nationalist and conservative representing the Malays of Malaysia and generally regarded as the "protector or the champion of 'ketuanan Melayu'. Can they change their ideology to 'ketuanan rakyat' which favours to all Malaysians regardless or race and ethnicity? This is a request from a Anak Bangsa Malaysia that thirsty of equality.

Dear brothers and sisters, don't forget that if although you or me have forgotten these incidents, the history will never forget them. Remember that history will tell our younger generations on what had happened in our country. So I hope UMNO leaders reform themselves and their party immediately to regain the confidence of the Malaysians. Its better late than never!