Above from Malaysian Politics Motivational Posters
So, sleepyhead Badawi is pandering to the non-Malays his UMNOputras have alienated, likely in a terribly belated attempt to recuperate some of the losses BN suffered during the 2008 General Elections… At the cost of seeming even weaker to the Malay ultras itching to replace him.
So apparently as if by magic .Ketuanan Melayu is now a perfectly okay term to throw around.
It is not offending, frightening or dangerous to other races, because it simply means Malays being successful – and not, say, Malays being the high overlords of the subservient lesser races.
Funny then how tuan is literally translated as ‘lord’ or even ‘overlord’, and ketuanan can be rendered ‘lordship’.
But if you want the simplest test of whether such an arbitrary redefinition can miraculously make Ketuanan Melayu a nice, kind, gentle, cuddly, politically neutral phrase, just use the Put The Shoe On The Other Foot Technique and try these on for size:
Chinese Supreme High Overlords.
Next, let’s put this concept to the practical test. Let’s get Lim Kit Siang to shout that at the next DAP rally. Let’s have new MP Jeff Ooi open a motion on Ketuanan Cina in Parliament while simultaneously writing a series of blog posts about it.
Let’s see if Ketuanan Cina will also be considered perfectly acceptable to the general public if we just redefine it as meaning ‘Chinese being successful’.
Or if it will be rightly viewed as an intentionally outrageous, provocative and seditious statement meant to convey Chinese chauvanism and arrogance? One that lands its champions in detention without trial to preserve the peaceful multicultural equilibrium of the nation?
If you catch my drift, then you’ll understand why Badawi’s spin and redefinition fails to impress me.
And while we’re at it…
Takkan Cina hilang di dunia!!!
Bangkitlah kaum Cina!!!
Berjuang demi maruah kaum Cina!!!
Pantang dicabar Ketuanan Cina kami!!!
Don’t feel offended, I’m just trying to be ‘successful’ here.
From The Star 29 April 2008:
Pak Lah explains meaning of ‘ketuanan Melayu’
By JANE RITIKOS and MANJIT KAUR
KUALA LUMPUR: The definition of ketuanan Melayu (Malay supremacy) is not about the Malays being in a position to dominate, rule over and force their power upon other races, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
He said Malay supremacy meant that the Malays, as the indigenous people in Malaysia, needed to strengthen themselves to ensure they were successful and developed.
“If they are not successful and developed, then they are not tuan (masters), therefore they will be coolies. I am sure we do not want to become coolies who do not play any role in development because we are weak and not able.
“So when we talk about that (Malay supremacy), we mean we must be successful in many fields. It is never about ruling over others, or forcing our power upon them,” he told reporters after chairing the Umno supreme council meeting last night.
Abdullah, who is also Umno president, was asked about Malay supremacy being weakened due to Barisan Nasional’s losses in the general election and because the Malays were split between Umno, PKR and PAS.
He added that there were still matters related to the Malays that needed to be further improved and enhanced, although their successes were evident.
“We are not going to be a race that dominates others. We want to be a party that represents the Malays and that is ready to co-operate for the future of Malays and the people, as Malays will also succeed when all Malaysians are successful.
“That is Malay supremacy and I hope people will understand it,” he said.