Saturday, December 20, 2014
- TMIOnce identifiable through their attire of robes and turbans, many are now embracing baju Melayu and "kopiah" or skull caps.
- TMIBe wary of Putrajaya's announcement that the price of RON95 and diesel will dip below RM2 a litre come January 1, PKR Youth said today, and urged Malaysians to join a New Year's Eve rally to protest fuel prices.
PETALING JAYA: Lashing out at former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad for saying Malays had become a “minority” in the country, Zairil Khir Johari said it was Umno and not Malays who were grovelling and bending over backwards to get some semblance of support after faring badly in the last general election.
The DAP leader said, “With only 47 per cent of the popular vote won, the Umno-led coalition is effectively a government without a popular mandate.
“Following their disappointing electoral performance, it is Umno that has been grovelling and bending over to right-wing nationalist lobby groups such as Perkasa and Isma.”
Zairil, who is the MP for Bukit Bendera also said Umno and Mahathir were simply resorting to desperate measures because the country’s economic situation was in tatters.
He said, “Unable to fend off right-wing pressure and without a clear economic agenda in the face of a weakening ringgit, depressed commodity prices and the prospect of inflation and suppressed domestic consumption following the implementation of the upcoming GST, it is no surprise that Umno and Dr Mahathir is resorting in desperation to race-baiting and fear-mongering in order to drum up waning support.”
Accusing Mahathir of sinking to new lows, Zairil said Mahathir’s latest statements were merely an “exercise in deception” because far from becoming a “minority” in their own country, Malays had never been more dominant.
“Contrary to Dr Mahathir’s proposition, Malay dominance in every sphere of Malaysian society is actually at its peak.
“Politically, every significant government post, from the prime minister of the Federation to 12 out of the 13 state chief ministers, is held by Malays.
He also pointed out “Malay dominance” in the police force, the civil service and the army, saying Malays also made up the majority on the population, “recording a fertility rate that is one and a half times more than the Chinese.”
Zairil, who is also DAP’s Assistant National Publicity Secretary, said that from an economical standpoint, the share of equity of the Malays had also grown by “leaps and bounds” under the New Economic Policy.
Zeroing in on the number of largely Malay-dominated GLCs in the country, Zairil said, “According to the Asian Development Bank, Government-linked-companies’ share of market capitalisation of the Bursa Malaysia and the benchmark Kuala Lumpur Composite Index stands at 36 per cent and 54 per cent respectively.”
He also said the special position Malays enjoyed was “constitutionally enshrined”, adding that any potential amendments required two-thirds majority approval in Parliament as well as the approval of Malay Rulers.
He added, “This fail-safe (strategy) effectively means that there is no conceivable threat to the Malays in this country.”