Saturday, October 4, 2008
Zaid attacks race politics
Zaid attacks race politics
Zaid says he joined the government for the wrong reasons.
By Leslie Lau
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 4 — Amid widespread speculation over his political future, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim has criticised his own party Umno for contributing to race relations problems.
He also urged Umno to engender a more fair-minded administration, and lead the Malays towards having better race relations with non-Malays.
Speaking to the mass-circulation Chinese-language Sin Chew Daily in his most extensive interview since resigning as a member of the Cabinet recently, Zaid also called for more open debates over "sensitive issues”.
He also pointed out that the results of the March general election were a clear message from the people that they wanted change, but the government had failed to change.
The former minister in the Prime Minister's Department, who resigned in protest against recent Internal Security Act arrests, said he had joined the government for the wrong reasons.
"I became a minister for the wrong reason. That reason was reform, but I have failed.
"I thought they would no longer use the ISA. I thought the government would be more open to the rule of law and the constitution, but I was wrong."
There has been, in recent weeks, intense speculation over the political future of Zaid, but the Umno man did not address the issue in his interview with the Chinese-language daily.
But he was highly critical of the "culture of fear" in Malaysia, which he appeared to blame on Umno and the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition.
"When we face an issue we cannot discuss it, we cannot debate it. We only use fear or we take to the streets. That is not the way things are done in a mature society," he said.
He said the leadership style of "those with political power" had resulted in race relations being a sensitive issue even after 50 years of independence.
The former minister said race politics had been constantly used because it was easy to get support that way.
"Umno feels that it is a party needed by the Malays. Umno leaders keep telling the Malays that they are constantly in danger and therefore need Umno.
"They always feel that only they know what is good for the Malays."
He said there was no need for "real Malays" to feel any fear or insecurity.
The real question, he said, was that too many people did not understand or respect the historical fact that for the last 100 years, the Malays, Chinese and Indians have contributed to nation-building.
He said Malaysia's status today as the 19th largest trading nation in the world was due to the contributions of all races.
Zaid also felt that under today's circumstances, a "May 13" race riot is not likely to happen again.
"I am not afraid of the Chinese being smart, because I too am smart. We keep talking about the Chinese having more shops and how we should be worried. The fact is we should not be worried. We should think of how to catch up," he said.
He added that it was no longer necessary for "one party to represent one race" anymore.
Zaid: Chinese Malaysians Have Made Great Sacrifices
Posted by St Low
Saturday, 04 October 2008 17:58
KUALA LUMPUR: Former minister in the prime minister's department Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said true Malays need not be afraid, or feel lack of a sense of security.
"Take myself as an example. I'm a pure Malay, but I have a sense of security. I feel proud of my own race and culture."
However he said, the problem is that many people do not understand or respect history. Indians, Chinese and Malays have been participating in the nation-building process since a few centuries ago. The Indians used to work in the estates, while the Chinese and Indonesians have all made valuable contributions and sacrifices for the nation too. But we have all forgotten this.
Zaid Ibrahim quit his Cabinet post because he did not agree to the government's decision of detaining civilians under the Internal Security Act (ISA).
He said during an exclusive interview with Sin Chew Daily that the Chinese used to work here as miners, and they made great sacrifices during the confrontation with the communists, adding that we must understand history and what they have done for the nation.
"The rights of every individual must be respected and taken care of by everyone else."
"We are only talking about Malaysia as the 19th largest export country in the world, and that we have the twin towers and are a developed country... Do you think we have done all this ourselves? You're wrong. This achievement has been made after so many people from different ethnic groups have sacrificed for the nation.
"We are not talking about the positive things, but instead discussing how we should get worried because the Chinese have opened how many more new stores here.
"As a matter of fact, the first feeling we should have is not about worry. We should work harder to keep up with them instead.
"I've never been worried about the Chinese. In my legal firm, my partner is a Chinese, and we trust each other. Do you think I have built up my success all on my own?
"I'm not scared that the Chinese are smart, for I'm also very smart. I'm not scared that the Chinese are hard working, for I'm also very hard working. We have bad guys in every ethnic group, and you're cheated simply because you're not smart enough. We must educate young Malaysians to look at things from a positive perspective."
Zaid said certain people have kept on mentioning May 13 to blackmail the people. However he felt that given our current situation, this thing would never happen again.
"I am thinking, for a better future, all Malaysians should stand up and speak out bravely. The Chinese must defend the rights of the Malays, and the Malays must also defend the rights of the Chinese. Everyone must be properly taken care of here."
He felt that we should not rely on a single political party to take care of a particular community. It should be that the rights of every individual must be respected and taken care of by everyone else. (By HOU YALUN/Translated by DOMINIC LOH/Sin Chew Daily)
written by Shimshon, October 04, 2008 18:12:36
"I'm not scared that the Chinese are smart, for I'm also very smart. I'm not scared that the Chinese are hard working, for I'm also very hard working.....
He he he....
Abdullah Al-Beduin - can't say: "...for I'm also very smart....for I'm also very hardworking" ---
because Pak Lah despite his positve qualities, is certainly not very smart, nor very hardworking!
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written by ChrisLim, October 04, 2008 18:17:07
In my workspace, we have Malay, Chinese and Indian co-workers. We are all happily working together as a TEAM. Each group has their own capabilities and we never have any doubt towards each other. We assist each other and work in a harmoneous and friendly enviroment and never have people behave and talk like Ahmad Ismail. It is very sad to see what Ahmad Ismail had commented on Chinese as Pendatang. From what his remark, it is clear that even he works in BN with so many raced based parties, he does not believe in working with pther parties as a team.
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written by Concerned_Citizen, October 04, 2008 18:18:26
A leader in the making! I salute you, Sir Datuk Zaid!
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written by Malaysia Ku, October 04, 2008 18:22:02
Datuk Zaid is the true Malaysian; we should start thinking of being a Malaysian first before thinking about anything else. We must not be worry about who have the most wealth because if we work hard and smart enough the wealth will come on his own. After all god makes us equal. As leaders of all Malaysians they must make sure that not a single of us will be left behind in all aspects of development. Datuk Zaid we salute you for your principle you fight for. SYABAS..
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written by Uncorruptible, October 04, 2008 18:29:06
The only people who have made no sacrifices are umno.
they just skim off the fat of other people's sacrifices by plundering the country.
Pakatan Rakyat is Malaysia's saviour.
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written by pulaiman, October 04, 2008 18:38:56
DEAR DATUK ZAID I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT YOU HAVE WRITTEN AN ARTICLE DESCRIBING THE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE PLAIN TRUTH. YES THE CHINESE HAVE SWEATED BLOOD TO BE WHERE THEY ARE TODAY. ALL THE INDIAN DOCTORS ,LAWYERS, GOOD TEACHERS AND INTELLECTS DID ORIGINATE FROM THE RUBBER ESTATES OF MALAYA BUT TODAY THERE ARE PROUD INDIANS. THERE WAS NO GOVERMENENT HELP FOR THE CHINESE AND INDIANS.
SIR I PRAY THAT YOU LEAVE UMNO AND JOIN FORCES WITH OUR ANWAR AND TOGETHER BRING THIS COUNTRY OUT OF THIS BN ROT. WE DONT HATE THE MALAYS WE HAVE FRIENDS EVERYWHERE BUT IT IS THIS BN UMNO THAT IS SOWING THE HATRED OF RACE.
ABDULAH CANNOT RULE NEITHER CAN NAJIB OR ANYONE ELSE PLSE DO SOMETHING DEAR DATUK ZAHID FOR YOU ARE THE ENLIGHTENED ONE...
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written by kanokporn, October 04, 2008 18:44:33
it is not about being smart or working very hard or both. i am an engineer and a lawyer but could not get a job with the govt no matter how hard i tried and i even went to univ malaya in 1972. all this started then. the chinese and indians worked very very hard and sacrificed for this nation but in the last 51 years we have been completely overtaken by your malays/muslims simply because of the policies that have been put in place only for the malays as if they are the only human beings. example switch to bahasa, nep, affirmative action program only for the malays. look at the people in govt service. every single one is a malay and you think chinese and indians have become stupid suddenly?. no we have been slowly squeezed out to work for the malays. even in the private sector and in contracts same story. go tell your pathetic story to the pigs which are wonderful animals made by god anyway. you were so stupid to have joined umno, bn and to accept the de facto position. now with your stupidity again you want to join pr. you are rich i guess so no problem. the simple good folk have no choice my friend. think about it. your turncoat behaviour does not impress me.
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written by cruzeiro, October 04, 2008 19:04:41
The idea that Umno wishes to instill into the minds of Malays in Malaysia is that - a fair race is when the competitor wears 10kg weights which is subject to a "social contract".
Likewise, the Non-Malay should be forced to believe that they are born to run with weights, the weight of which is subject to goodwill of Umno and the "social contract".
Little do the realize that they have made others more competitive and resilient - so the "social contract" now declares that they wear 12kgs!
This will keep happening, until the weights are unshackled in due time (locally or overseas) in a different race, and in due time, the local racists are left with kangkung feet incapable of running!
That's the NEP for you!
And you've yet to quit Umno despite having been persecuted ......
Have you lost your feet, or are you hoping for some freebies yourself?
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written by Lim Lim, October 04, 2008 19:08:07
historical facts aside,pls ask ourselves n urselves ;what's the percentage of constribution from the chinese malaysian on the national taxation???this is one of the foundamental element as far as nation building process is concerned!
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written by Limang, October 04, 2008 19:20:02
Yes, true Malays have no fear as they are as smart, hardworking and resourceful as any other races.
In fact, most Malays are very good people too.
The only problem is the "foreigners" who claimed to be Malays and use the fear tactic to frighten the true Malays into voting for them.
UInfortunately, the majority of the true Malays never woke up and believe in such craps and today, they remain wrapped up in their own cacoon, unaware that these "fereigners-turned-Malays" is controlling them and leading them to humiliation and defeat. The worst thing is these foreigners-turned-Malays are robbing and raping our country dry!
Zaid, you should do something about this, as you know what's happening, and you have the means, capacity and support.
If we were to do this, to try to awaken the Malays, we would end up like RPK, a true Malay - ISA-ed!
So over to you, brother!
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written by ahmadneil, October 04, 2008 19:34:09
That's the way Hero Zaid!You are absolutely right!We malays must have the guts to stand up and say something like this.Open UiTM to the chinese and tell them to come so we can learn from each other.If we don't then our grade will be like those in the kindergarden.Let open all the malay institution up so we can have chinese ,Indians and other races coming in to join us.Let meritocracy be the word of the day.
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Umno wants Zaid to show cause over his anti-ISA views
By Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 10 — Former de facto Law Minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim has been issued a show-cause letter by his party Umno over his outspoken opposition to the Internal Security Act.
He told reporters today that he was issued the letter two weeks ago.
The party letter was issued over Zaid's open letter to the Prime Minister regarding the use of the ISA and his support for the opposition's push to repeal it.
Speaking at a press conference today, he said his lawyer Malik Imtiaz Sarwar would respond to the letter.
Zaid quit the Cabinet in September.
Zaid had quit Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's Cabinet in September over ISA arrests and the lack of support for his proposed reforms, had written an open letter to the PM calling for the abolition of the law.
He said in his letter that the government had failed the people in repeatedly reneging on Tunku Abdul Rahman's promise that "the ISA would never be used to stifle legitimate opposition and silence lawful dissent."
Zaid's presence and support of an opposition caucus against the ISA was also cited in the letter asking him to show cause.
Since leaving Cabinet, there has been widespread speculation over the political future of Zaid.
He is said to be contemplating quitting Umno and is being courted by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's PKR party.
The show-cause letter will certainly fuel more speculation.
A number of Umno leaders have been clamouring for action to be taken against him for his outspokenness.
Last week, Zaid also referred to the social contract as "racialist and a creation of Umno."