Thursday, October 23, 2008The Middle Ground by Romerz
Comments by Sarawak Headhunter in red.
What is meant here of course is the pre-independence of Malaya, not Malaysia.
By 2010 UMNO hopes to have brought all dissent under control, so that all Malaysians will be cowed into accepting the "social contract" according to UMNO. There will thus be no necessity for any actual study or further need to explain this purported "social contract" - UMNO would by then have bullied everyone else into accepting its revisionist version of the same - one which will put all other citizens of non-Malay origin - including the Bumiputras of Sarawak and Sabah into 2nd and 3rd class positions.
The fact is that no fuss was made during Tunku Abdul Rahman's time as Prime Minister about this "social contract", whether about its existence or non-existence or its implementation, since it had already been incorporated into the Constitution of the Federation of Malaya (and later Malaysia). The ultras - extremist Malays - in UMNO (whose privileged sons are in the process of inheriting their positions in UMNO) who were impatient to rise to power and wealth which they saw as rightfully theirs, notwithstanding that some of their parents may have just got off the boat not too long ago, saw the opportunity to discredit Tunku Abdul Rahman whom they saw as being too soft with the Chinese.
The Chinese therefore had to be put in their place and forcefully reminded to whom they owed their "citizenship", so that these elite Malays could claim their "birthrights", and it was for this purpose that the "social contract" was invoked and abused, even at the expense and on the backs of the not so privileged Malays (and other Bumiputras from Sarawak and Sabah who had been roped in for good measure but who would mostly remain poor for the next 40 over years).
This probably refers to the independence of Malaya, since the formation of Malaysia would entail broadening the scope of the "social contract" to include the non-Malay and non-Muslim Bumiputras of Sarawak and Sabah, which expanded "social contract" has been also subject to severe abuse by the ruling Malayan elites in general and the ruling Malayan Malay elites in particular.
The "social contract" exists only in the minds of the ruling Malayan Malay elites only, especially when they want to justify anything they do by way of (abuse of) the process of law, administration and government. The elite Malay hold on power and control of wealth depends entirely on being able to convince or bully the other races into believing that such a "social contract" exists or else the latter will find their blood being spilled. Deny it at your own peril!
These Malays (with whom many more enlightened Malays do not agree, it must be said) do not see enforcement of this "social contract" - the real essence of which, entirely different from that in their perverted minds, is in reality already enshrined in the Federal Constitution - through due process of law but rather through coercion and even deadly force if necessary.
They cannot allow any real intellectual discourse since this will show clearly how they have not only misled the entire Malay race and in fact the entire nation with their version of the "social contract" but also how they have abused it for their own personal benefits.
As a first step, if Datuk Seri Hishammuddin is sincere about Sultan Azlan Shah's proposal, then he should convince his cabinet colleagues to allow government sanctioned discussions to take place, behind closed doors if necessary. Better still the government itself organize such discussions with representations from all stakeholders of this country.
They will never agree. The consensus on the Sarawak side will be that Sarawak wants out of Malaysia.
There can never be a common platform founded on the lust for power and greed for wealth of the ruling elites of the nation.
51 years already wasted but better late than never. With royal consent, all that is needed now is the political will ....... but will this be found wanting?
I think you already know the answer yourself. Good try anyway.
How do we negotiate or discuss anything with scoundrels like these?