By Dr Azmi Sharom, posted in NST site.
AND so it begins. Race-based rhetoric has raised its ugly little head in response to a democratic process. Over 49% of the people of Malaysia have voted for parties that have rejected race-based affirmative action in favour of a needs-based platform.
It did not take very long for voices, both common and royal, to rise up in a shrill warning cry that the Malays are now “under threat”.“Under threat” from what, may I ask? Let’s take a bit of time to look at this so-called “threat”.
The head of government is Malay; the head of rulers council is a Malay sultan; the head of Armed Forces is Malay; the head of police is Malay; the head of Finance Ministry is Malay; the head of Home Ministry is Malay; the head of Education Ministry is Malay; and the list goes on. What threat is that??