Just what the heck is this so-called “Ketuanan Melayu” that these red-shirt jokers are fighting for? The very meaning of this phrase is demeaning and reeks of racism.
Let’s understand what the phrase Ketuanan Melayu and what it means. The word ketuanan comes from the word tuan which means master or ruler. So this phrase imply that the Malays are superior among all the other races. But which part of the law or provision says so? Although I am not a Johorean, I respect what the Sultan of Johore said when he said that there is no space for racists in his royal highness’s land. That is what all leaders here in Malaysia should emulate.
Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against the Malays. In fact I have a lot of Malay friends, Chinese friends, Indian friends, Chindians, Malindian, Chinalay, and everything in between! And I love all of them. But we all work hard together in this country, we all have fun together, we defend this country together. So why should only one race be made the de-facto master? And please, do not bring the issue of pendatang into the picture. We chinese and indian are born in Malaysia, and we die in Malaysia, so there shouldn’t be any argument of who-comes-first-gets-to-rule-first.
There is also another stake that the clueless demonstrators claimed, that they are supposed to be protecting the dignity (maruah) of the Malays. To this I have to say to them, dignity is earned, not fought for, just like respect and trust. So the very act of demonstrating for this “dignity” just destroyed whatever maruah that you have left in you. I have never had any respect for UMNO leaders, but some of them still have the guts to say what is right.
But at the end of the day, it is up to the rakyat to decide for themselves. Let’s just see what happens.