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Saturday 6 December 2014

The Rise of Malay Consciousness.

I thought I would like to tell readers something about Raub each time I write on an issue. I am still thinking about the just concluded UMNO general assembly. We are going to take on UMNO for all its seditious talk it allowed in that assembly. Please stop urinating on us Malays.
To certain readers, we will repeat the same statement that we made several times in the past- we are not interested to talk of UMNO per se. Who wants to talk about an organisation full of celebrated JKKK office bearers?  
Indeed, we look forward to its expulsion from Putrajaya and eventual demise in significance. We would like to leave UMNO alone as if it’s a plague.

We are only interested to talk of UMNO as far as it relates to its self-appointed role as the guardian of Malay interests and everything that is Malay. That idea, dear readers, is a blatant lie that has been shoved down our throats for a long time, by the UMNO bourgeois elite.  It is the Great Lie that all right thinking Malaysian must expose.

That idea, that notion of a supra entity guarding our interests, flies against the concept of the free man that we are. The guardian of our rights is not the political party, but we collectively acting through a government, pursuing our collective legitimate interests and rights.  We shall come back to this issue in a short while, after I tell you something about Raub as  promised earlier.

Kampung SC( Special Constabulary).

There is a settlement in Raub known as Kampung SC in Ulu Gali. SC- stands for special constabulary. This was a group of gendarmes created by the British to fight communists and their sympathisers.

There are about 100 houses there, consisting of homes built on land given to former special constables and ex-servicemen. On these plots of land, probably about half an acre each or less, these people who have defended the nation of ours against communist terrorists and other bandits, built their homes. I would have thought the BN government would pay special attention to these people; remembering that it was a cabinet decision made by Tun Razak a long time ago, that promised that every single ex-serviceman would be given a 20 acre plot of land not for mining or logging . That promised was never honoured.

Today we find ex-servicemen scrounging a living as bank guards, odd-jobbers, those with some skills acquired opened up workshops, foundry works shop etc.

But this particular settlement at Ulu Gali Raub has gained some sort of notoriety. Since 2006- this place has suffered from the lack of water supply. Before 2013, Raub has been the bastion of BN- that idiot of an ADUN, who is the UMNO ketua Bahagian has been there for the last 5 terms and the previous MP was Ng Yen Yen. They have done nothing to alleviate the problem.  Nothing, other than assigning blame to the opposition.

The fact is, this particular constituency is looked after by the ADUN himself and the opposition DAP has only recently controlled the TRAS area which is majority Chinese. All the previous MPs, since 40 years ago have been from BN all the time; the seat is reserved for the ketua wanita MCA or a prominent leader from that wing.

Last week, the people of Kampong SC, without the agitation of anyone, took up it upon themselves to demonstrate against the government for the lack of water supply. As usual, the DAP was blamed for the demonstration. Except, in this case, the blame could not hold water because all the demonstrators were Malays.  It’s impossible for Raub Malays to become stooges of DAP- a Chinese chauvinist, racist, communist party! Impossible.

For God sake! These are Malays, ex security people, sworn enemies of any organisation remotely related to communist terrorists! They rose up in defiance unable to contain the lies that have burdened them since 2006.

Parents have to tell their children not to come back for hari raya because, there is no water supply. The rivers behind have dried up- a PLKN camp built nearby has dammed up the water supply upstream for their own use- letting the effluent and discharge to flow into the river. Of course the people downstream at the Kampung SC cannot consume the water. They won’t take shit from the PLKN camp, built of course by an UMNO crony.

The inhabitants endured the dismal water supply patiently since 2006. You see, this is the difference between Malays and non-Malays when faced with this kind of problem. Any housing estate peopled by non-Malays would be up in arms if they don’t have water for more than a day- haranguing all elected reps including the MP to get JBA and now PAIP- the corporatized or privatised JBA to deliver water.

But Malay villagers would endure these shortages in good faith attributing the miserable water supply as a vicissitude of nature.  What to do- its nature’s act. UMNO has been doing the best it could. We must not upset UMNO in its rapacious quest to develop the district. They have cut down trees so that we can inhabit the place, they have mined the area like the surface of the moon to deliver progress, and they have built houses for us to live. What more do we want. We can endure these hardships with the patience of JOB. 
The people in kampong SC have endured it for the last 6 years.

But now the Malays of Kampung SC have acquired a new awareness. There is nothing natural about prolonged breakdown in water supply. The prolonged disruption is simply caused by mismanagement, bad policies and human interference. Nothing to do with nature. Malays are challenging the narration given by UMNO.  Malays have now acquired a new sense of political awareness.And its causing alarm bells withing the UMNO establishment.

This new sense of awareness reflected by the warm reception given to Lim Kit Siang, by about 40 Malays at the recent Raub DAP annual dinner, has further shocked the lazy UMNO attitude.

The new awareness, which we must cultivate, is in line with the idea of the free man. For too long the Malays have been enslaved mentally and were drilled with the idea that everything is provided for by UMNO. We must not ask what UMNO can do for us, but instead we must ask what we can do for UMNO.That dear readers, is the Kennedy state of mind of UMNO.

Malays must adopt a different attitude. They must not see interruptions in water supply or for that matter any service or product socially desirable, as caused by nature; they must refuse to accept the narration given by UMNO with muted pliancy.  The must now ask questions as a free man.

And what does the free man do?

I must quote what Milton Friedman said in the 1960s.

The free man regards government as a means, an instrumentality, neither a grantor of favours and gifts, nor a master or god to be blindly worshiped and served. He recognizes no national goal except as it is the consensus of the goals that the citizens severally serve. He recognizes no national purpose except as it is the consensus of the purposes for which the citizens severally strive.

The Malay free man will ask neither what UMNO can do for him nor what he can do for UMNO. He will ask rather "What can I and my compatriots do through government" to help us discharge our individual responsibilities, to achieve our several goals and purposes, and above all, to protect our freedom?  And he will accompany this question with another: How can we keep the government we create from becoming a Frankenstein that will destroy the very freedom we establish it to protect?


Anonymous,  6 December 2014 at 09:31  

Wah, took them so long to wake up!
Religion is indeed an effective tool of the rich and powerful. -- lesson from old A-level textbook.

Anonymous,  6 December 2014 at 09:52  

Mr Lim Kit Siang is a clean man. That is why most of the voters including Malays voted him & elected him as their MP.of Gelang Patah. Compare to Mr Lim, UMNO are nothing.

bruno 6 December 2014 at 10:43  

Dato,I have said it many times before that many Malays who would have voted opposition have continued supporting Umno/BN because they have no other choices.Unless PR can come up with a very credible Malay leader,these surpressed Malays will still vote Umno/BN come rain,thunder or tsunami in GE14.

Anonymous,  6 December 2014 at 12:45  

Dato', thank you for highlighting this sad stories created by UMNO.

I hope every Pakatan MPs or State Assemblyman will do the same thing in their blogs or in the cyberworld so that these sickening stories can reach the Malays and finally wake them up to realise that their enemy is actually UMNO, the despicable blood sucker! .

Anonymous,  6 December 2014 at 20:32  

UMNO leaders/Putrajaya should stop wasting people's time and money, the court's time, etc. by lodging lawsuits, etc. etc and hunker down to the real effort of managing the country.

As Dr M put it succinctly,
he had never resorted to suing anyone who criticised him.

Referring to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s action against two Opposition Members of Parliament, Tony Pua and Rafizi Ramli, he said he would merely give the people an answer when criticised or when certain issues were raised.

“In my time, I never took matters to court, I only answered criticisms.

‘If my actions are right, why should I be afraid? People will trust us (if we are right).”

However, he added it was Najib’s right to sue.

“As a politician, being attacked, criticised and defamed by people are normal.

“For me, there is no need to go to court, but maybe for Najib, it is beneficial for him,” he said when launching two new variants of the Proton Suprima S at Solaris Dutamas here.

Read more:

Sam Yap,  7 December 2014 at 15:15  

I don't see much of this new awareness among the Malay community where I live. The Malay solicitor down the road, seems to think its ketuanan Melayu all the way. Further up, the Malay "business man" thinks his community owes a living to to the gomen - aka as BN.
The retired soldier now a driving instructor who drops in the kopitiam for tea thinks its okay for the bigwigs in Umno to live a lavish lifestyle because they are "orang besar".
I could cite more examples. But the above should suffice to show that whatever new awareness is not happening fast enough and far enough.
Lets face it, Umno has done a good job using the Chinese as a bogeyman to frighten the Malays. Moreover, given the education system how many Malays have the ability or opportunity to read and understand even a simple literature lesson as Animal Farm?
The problem imho is that Pakatan is not doing enough to imbue the Malay community with the spirit of change.
Talking about corruption is one thing but to make them understand they have been taken on a merry go round by Umno is another matter.
I asked the Malay solicitor down my road, "If the Chinese are as bad as they are made out to be, Umno should boot out MCA and Gerakan, why bother to continue as BN?". He couldn't tell me why except to repeat some 1Malaysia garbage.

walla 7 December 2014 at 22:00  

I regularly go to places where there is no piped water. People there depend on rain to flow into plastic tanks. When there is drought and that has been often this year, they suffer. Sometimes they bathe in ponds and then catch itchiness. The other danger is rat urine.

Maybe the solution for the folks in Kampung SC is to pass the hat around for funds to dig wells. Good ones done properly may cost a thousand ringgit apiece.

Which brings me to the matter of Malay consciousness. If a federal ministry can spend thousands on a website, surely two or three for wells can't be too hard to secure.

Why hasn't it been done for so long on something so basic and necessary, all the more when the ones suffering are our ex-servicemen?

The first Malay consciousness is therefore about spending hard-earned rakyat money more wisely.

Over the years, our Malays have become painfully acquainted with the way the Umno government has been misspending rakyat money which if it had been channeled properly, it would have alleviated a lot of unnecessary suffering.

Massive monthly electricity and water bills for an ego-stroking magisterial ministerial house, for instance.

There are also occasions where good roads are built in places with little traffic but maintenance is poor in places where traffic is heavy so that potholes and traffic snarls become the bane of the daily productivity so necessary for ordinary folks to make a less hassled living.

Meanwhile we have a second Malay consciousness. All of a sudden the renaming of roads is becoming a subject of debate. One young politikus even upped his own hyperbole by accusing those who object to the renaming as being anti-nationalistic. Or something to that effect.

Yet, given the national mess in every arena we are already in, one would think the renaming of roads is less urgent than finding out where Malaysia is really on the world map.

By that it is obvious i don't mean the geographic world map. By that i mean the competitiveness world map. Substance, not form.

walla 7 December 2014 at 22:00  

So we come to the third Malay consciousness - our Malays are starting to be painfully conscious of a yawning gap between what they can do in the face of globalizing demands and what the Umno government has been dishing out which remain in all finality just communal and national destruction.

You see the foreigner using some gps app to find a place. In need of an update, the place is not where it should be. But he espies a courier van nearby, runs to it and asks our Malay man if he knows where it could be. But our man can only answer in Malay. What if the foreigner is an investor who wants to start a business and create much needed jobs?

In a globalizing world, chance should not be an option.

We can now come to the fourth Malay consciousness. Umno Youth is now talking about connecting more to our Malay youths through such things as speaking the same lingo.

My take on that is simple. It has nothing to do with lingo. It has everything to do with doing the right thing first and last so that the young will have a real future not a fake one rumbled by some three thousand of the Umno caesars led by one who runs with the rat, hunts with the cat and then sleeps with the black mamba.

So that the first right thing to do is to kick out corruption and bring back integrity and real progress that is relevant to the modern world, uplifting towards personal honour, and true to the principles of democratic governance where the voice of the moderate right-minded majority rakyat can be heard and upheld again above all the din and dumbness of those cartoon characters under Umno's patronage, furthermore by using the funds of the rakyat, their victims of taunts and torture.

Then and only then can we have a Malaysia that is on the road to be free from the hypocrisy that has been the only hallmark of Umno Baru.

After all if Umno Baru can only deliver the munafiqation of our Malays, better go back and revive Umno Lama instead.

Incidentally it is hard to recall during the time of our Umno Lama when titles were stripped from well-meaning citizens who were only trying to uphold well-being of the peoples and integrity in society.

But don't be too concerned. Maybe it is old age and poor memory that makes it so hard to recall. Assuming the lingo of the young, whaduya think?

walla 7 December 2014 at 22:20  

Is there any other Malay consciousness? Yes. Malays are conscious we have been drummed to think it was Umno which delivered us from the arrogant, greedy and bullying yoke of colonialism.

Yet all the while we see arrogance, greed and bullying displayed by the same party's patsy politicians. How come?

They bully the rakyat by saying since you did not vote for me, why not you go to your opposition MP instead for funds and projects to solve your problems? Meanwhile they are the ones who deny the rightly voted opposition MPs the federal funds contributed by the voting and suffering rakyat.

That's bullying of the blackmail kind. Maybe some of the funds have already been used up to pay for the services of the QC to defend the indefensible.

Yet another Malay consciousness pertains to Q&A's. The rakyats' representatives in the Opposition ask pertinent questions regarding financial management of some big projects. Instead of just answering those questions honestly and faithfully as would be expected of any Saya Yang Bertugas, the only response so far has been to press charges of sedition, failing which sue the messenger of the queries of the rakyat, furthermore all in the name of peace, failing which the name of the Almighty.

Don't blame our Malays then for thinking that's arrogance against the rakyat in order to protect the greed of politicians and their ilk.

walla 7 December 2014 at 22:46  

So i end with the Malaysian consciousness.

It cannot come at a worse time - the 47 percent government is going to tax the rakyat and their industries more massively during a time when inflationary pressure is rising and earnings are falling, when productivity is too low to be advertised, and leadership and thus motivation at all levels is absent, when people are under-skilled so that they are underemployed, when industries are threatened by global forces beyond their ability to fight sustainably.

Meanwhile the middle-income group is under assault from all directions without any reprieve or support. They are left to die.

At the same time, the expectations of the poor are rising beyond the ability of the government to support. The lower income group cannot earn more because job openings are not growing as fast as the size of their families. Neither their ability to add value to what they do and so increase earnings through their own efforts. Meanwhile the costs of all factors which are necessary for their enterprises are increasing rapidly.

The rich have flown the coop. Money parked elsewhere. Why stay in a sinking ship?

So we have a truncated top, a disappearing middle and a widening bottom.

Meanwhile our Malay community - both racial and religious - has the twin challenges of how to treat the growing cohort of Malay women who outrank and outnumber Malay men in education domestically, and the emerging indonesian middle-class whose number will be more than the entire population of this country in a few years time, therefore shifting the locus of this region. To wit, future investments.

With the dwindling prospects from oil, with the alarming growth of debts and costs of goods and services, with the absence of real productivity, with the increasing loads of public sector expenditure and social net, with the weakening of the young in terms of skills and ability, with falling in value investments and rising in capital flight, with cross-border and intra-social violence, with more aggressive and progressive regional competitors - and we are focused on renaming roads, suing the voices of the rakyat, stripping titles, and the special privileges of our Malays?

Have we gone mad?

Yap,  7 December 2014 at 23:08  

Salam Dato',

The good traits I like about you are your tenacity and consistency when you share your thoughts in your blog. PR is fortunate to have you. Please help to recruit more Malays to join DAP. I hope you will be the first Malay secretary-general.

Selamat perjuang untuk hadapan negara tercinta kita.


Tiger 8 December 2014 at 11:56  

Typical BN. They torture people who don't vote for them.

Anonymous,  8 December 2014 at 13:34  

Bravo Walla!
Looks like the Govt has indeed lost focus if they are more concerned with renaming roads, stripping titles, suing in the name of SA and so forth, chasing after the wind..
My ricebowl is already cracking up, when GST is imposed it will have totally disintegrated.

Anonymous,  8 December 2014 at 16:03  

Dato, I don't have to repeat the open letter today by 25 prominent Malays who asked for a rational dialogue on the position of Islam in a constitutional democracy amid worsening race and religious relations in Malaysia. These are among the heroes who speak and write fearlessly.

What I would like to ask Paul Low who is definitely not among these distinguished and prominent parties, is where was his voice when it was needed? Wishful thinking but he can never be one of them.

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