Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Shaik Rizal Sulaiman: My utmost respect to you...

The Malays are 'technically' in power governing the country but it is also this same controlling group that demands the right to correct economic imbalances and disparities for its own race.

What does this say about the 'majority governing' Malay race for the last 50 years?

I dare say that most Malaysians (regardless of race) below the age of 40 would like to see all opportunities be spread amongst those who deserve it on meritocracy.

We do not need the keris anymore to tell others to be careful of what they say and do because in the survival of the fittest, the keris is of very little relevance!

If we continue to hide under the 'bumiputera' tempurung as most Malays have been in the last 50 years or more, the catch-up game will just get harder and the gap wider.

If we continue to expect without earning it, we will never learn how to be a race that succeeds on merit.

There is NO substitute for merit.

The Malay politicians continue to shout about Malay rights and bumiputera rights because the very nature of our local politics is sadly racially biased.

In this day and age, a great nation is built upon joint success stories, meritocracy and the combined hard work of its people WITHOUT any fear or favour of racial biased politics governing our daily policies.

I am below 40 and as much as I love the 'idea' that Malaysia is tanah tumpahnya darah orang Melayu, I can't help but also feel that this country is for ALL Malaysians alike including the Chongs, the Kumars, the Xaviers, the Kaurs etc who were born on the same day in the same hospital as me here in Malaysia .

If we feel that WE (the Malays) deserve this country more than THEM , then WE (the Malays) should have shown them a long time ago that we deserve the 'control all' status.

We have to earn it.The policies FAILED because the very concept of Malay rights or the NEP/DEB is like a double-edged sword.

On one hand, it aims to eradicate wealth disparity but on the other, it has made the Malays oblivious of what reality is. Our (Malays) success is only reflected in the 'perceived' political power which today can collapse in a matter of minutes.

I would also like to see my children succeed in their country, Malaysia, for reasons that true success should be based upon, which are merit and hard work and NOT because they are Malays or bumiputeras.

For as long as the Malays don't see this, there is very little point in fighting for Malay rights. It just makes us look more ridiculous.
We have taken this notion of being privileged a bit too literally in that it now simply means we want this country and its fruits all for ourselves without accepting the responsibilities that come with it.

I blame the MALAY politicians for this because we want to only fight the cause without strategising for the true substance and need of the cause. We have been given fish all the while without being taught how to fish.

It's funny how two different generations can be so diverse in their thinking and the recent elections proved just that. We are no longer concerned with racial problems but more so the never-ending Malay agenda issues.
The rakyat has spoken and the landscape has drastically changed.

Is this change welcomed ? Is it good ?

The answer is 'NO' . Because we, the Malays, have been caught with our pants down - we are not ready to compete on any level playing field (we can't even compete on advantageous grounds!).

Even with three or five more continuing policies for Malay rights or bumiputera privileges over the next 50 years, we will still be in exactly the same position as we are in today.
The truth hurts and the truth will always prevail. And the truth of what's to come will NOT go away.

I am cynical perhaps because I feel that Malay rights is NOT relevant anymore.The right to be safe, to be treated fairly, to have a world-class healthcare and education, to enjoy equal prosperity, to have good governance, to live in a clean environment and to be war-free is what I want for my Malaysia . NOT for MY race to be artificially powerful.

If we want the Malays to fail, then by all means continue the fight for Malay rights. Go and polish your keris.

-Shaik Rizal Sulaiman
Need i say more here? This is good enough coming from a young malay. I do believe many of our young malay friends share the same view. So What Say You?? Please comment...


HopefulPessimist said...

I couldn't agree more. He took each and every word right from my mouth. I share the same sentiment. I applaud him for putting it in writing and I hope this goes straight to those ignorant people up there. Let them know how we really feel. Let them see that we are no longer supporting them and whatever agenda they may have for the 'good' of the Malays.

Michelle said...

I'm pretty sure one doesn't have to be a Malay to agree with Shaik. This is the kind of mentality that we should all be gearing towards.

Might pinch this letter from ur blog here to re-post on my own blog. Writings like this should be shared.

peng said...

This is heartening reading amidst all the chaos in our country now.
For this, we still have hope.
And I hope Shaik Rizal Sulaiman will be able to educate his fellow Malay countrymen to change their mindset on 'ketuanan melayu'.

TheWhisperer said...

Hope, Peng & Michelle,

I cant describe the overwhelming feeling that runs through me reading Shaik's strong message.

Michelle, by all means, pass this piece of beautiful message around. It is this type of mature mentality that is going to make the Big difference. And younger generation like yours and Hope's already make some differences in some ways.

Keep on with your blogging to educate and spread goodness among the Rakyat.

Stay neutral for the Rakyat.

Our Country's Future Matters Most!!

Azh said...

"The right to be safe, to be treated fairly, to have a world-class healthcare and education, to enjoy equal prosperity, to have good governance, to live in a clean environment and to be war-free is what I want for my Malaysia . NOT for MY race to be artificially powerful."

I'm a Malay and I'm 24 and this is what I want for my Malaysia.
For Malaysia to be Malaysians' and not just for one race.

TheWhisperer said...


Reading comments from people like you put smiles on my face and it does help to brighten up the Horizon of Hope.

Lets do our part as Malaysians to Right the Wrong.. Just remember the next 10-20 years will be in your hands.

Don't Stray away from this Objective.

Start from Home and Educate your Children...

Its worth it as I have that privilege to grow and play with children of various races. It was racist-free then and till today both my girls are still closely bonded with their Malaysian friends despite the fact they did went through series after series of racist inequalities through schools, PSD scholarship and now from their university.

Well, they blamed it on the Administration and their System, not merely Malays, Chinese or Indians...

And it's so True.

Anonymous said...

Walk the streets an see for your selves. How many malays having shops and doing the business? In your offices, how many ratios of malays against non-malays? Look at the ratios of drivers with different type of cars, who has the bigger stakes? Look at the guard houses, who are the majority sitting there? Look at the stalls, hyper market, who has the bigger and better jobs? Open up your eyes and just have your own localised survey. I agree with all the idealism. The question is not why we are not doing it. It is rather more when can we do it!

TheWhisperer said...


I walk the streets all the time and i do make observations.

What we see now is more reflective of the old mindset and mentality. So, lets not allow all that to blind us from the very fact that this author's article do have a Awareness creation value.

You expect things to change overnight after decades of brainwashing by the administrator? Lets be fair and lets not dwell in the past for too long.

Like it or not, it was Awareness that brought about this Wind of Change.. So this Awareness program shall continue despite all Odds.

Perhaps, you should ask yourself- how much are you willing to sacrifice... Would you put yourself in the frontline like few of our fellow bloggers?

Try to stay calm and think logically..

Anonymous said...

My friend, what awareness program? What you are talking about is someones idealistic views which I believe only represent his personal wishes. I maintain that this could only come from someone whose background would have put him in a small group that does not reflect the majority of malays that walk the streets. Those majority that barely make their ends meet on daily basis. So ya, please continue with the belief that there is this great 'awareness progtram' and 'wind of change' thats going on while the reality lies out there in the more ordinary peoples walks of life. And tell those very people to sacrifice for this great wareness!

Fauzi Shaffie said...

If you can define what do you mean by meritocracy, then there could be some sense prevailing. I have been trying to do some little business since 1987, and the experience is telling me loudly that I have to live in an unfair world. The word meritocracy is very misleading. It can serve as a good war cry to those ambitious, but not to the very needy people whom (quote "most Malaysians regardless of race below the age of 40") you claim to champion.

TheWhisperer said...

Encik Fauzi Shaffie,

I truly understand your predicament and coming from a Bumiputera itself, it is indeed clear that being a bumiputera is not enough. You have to be a umnoputera bumiputera to be fed.

The truth is meritocracy never existed with this administration so what you have experienced is more or less due to inequal distribution of ketuanan melayu agenda.

IF You, as a bumiputera, can feel that this world is unfair, can you Feel for those non bumis having to go through decades of Oppression.

Be Honest and you shall have my respect.

Anonymous said...

thank you for your kind comments.

shaik rizal sulaiman

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SUARA said...

Many of the Umno supporters are not rich either. It is an old mindset too to blame on UMNO putera too. maybe we should look at the Singapore Malays too. Are they meeting the supossef target. You don't need meritocracy to compete. You don'T have to be kiasu to survive.
Many of the problems also point to chinese do not realy want to help the bumis achieving the target. Many chinese discriminates the Malays with their clannish business associations. Many chinese would not want to see many Malay succeed. One or two maybe. And the Malays decide what competiton is worth competing. You don't need all A's to get a degree or to have an eventual PHD.

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