29 October 2018
28 October 2018
The statement of Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman that Pakatan Harapan government would end the era of Ketuanan Melayu or Malay supremacy has been misinterpreted, according to Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin.
He said Syed Saddiq’s statement was also interpreted as if Bersatu was no longer fighting for the Malays when, in reality, the party existed on the basis of championing the rights of the Malays in line with matters enshrined in the Federal Constitution.
“Although we (Bersatu) fight for the Malays, we must also remember that the non-Malays also need our support so that they too will be able to enjoy the country’s wealth.
”We have to understand the current scenario. We have just won a general election and formed a new government with a new hope, and we have made a promise to be fair to the people, regardless of their race and background,” he said.
Muhyiddin stressed that it was one of Bersatu’s agenda to continue uplifting the status of all Malaysians to become a developed and respectable nation.
“That is why all communities in Malaysia, regardless of the race, should just lend a helping hand to the poor and the needy. Let’s not brag about supremacy when there are no effective measures being taken or promises fulfilled.
“We want to find a more suitable approach, a better narrative and acceptable by the people because there are so many things that need to be done. While we are fighting for the Malays, we also want to share the prosperity,” he said.
In his speech earlier, Muhyiddin also advised all party members to mind their manners and words as what they do or say would easily be caught in camera and go viral on social media, which would definitely tarnish the good name of the party.
27 October 2018
Syed Saddiq: Pakatan rule end of ‘Ketuanan Melayu’, dawn of ‘shared prosperity’
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 27 — Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman said today that the Pakatan Harapan government will end the era of “Ketuanan Melayu”, or Malay Supremacy.
The youth and sports minister said Putrajaya will shift towards “shared prosperity” to ensure equity and equitable distribution of wealth across all segments, but this would not mean that the Malay community would be sidelined.
“The Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has stressed on this, the same with Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz. But you can’t just look at ending it, we must look at what replaces it. We want a shared prosperity because to develop a nation, no one must be sidelined or left behind.
“We will ensure that the Malays will still be looked after, but it’s also about equal opportunity and equitable distribution of wealth. There will no longer be any kissing of the keris, being symbolic protectors of the Malays while at the same time Malay equity continues to plummet.
“So we will work the ground, empower them and give them opportunity,” said Syed Saddiq, adding that equity is important and that it is the way forward.
However, he also said this does not mean that the Bumiputera economic policy will end, citing studies from University of Malaya (UM) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) that the Malays are being sidelined in the corporate sector.
He said equitable access for all is very important and the vision of “shared prosperity” will see everyone in Malaysia benefiting.
“If you look at studies by UM and UKM, Malay applicants who graduated in engineering are three times less likely to land a job when compared to his or her peers. So this must be a comprehensive [agenda] allowing equal and equitable access in opportunities.
“It is easy to say that people are hired on merit but what underlies a merit is a system of discrimination. This doesn’t just happen here, but also in other countries. It is a subconscious discrimination and a hidden hand of the corporate market,” he said.