Thursday, January 27, 2011

A non-Malay PM: How possible?

IN envisioning federal power, one of the Pakatan Rakyat (PR)’s trickiest points is where to place the DAP (read, a Chinese Malaysian) in the executive line up. As prime minister? God forbid, not in this Malay-Muslim majority country. As deputy prime minister? But what about PAS?
Recently, PR parliamentary leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said it was okay for a Chinese Malaysian to be a deputy prime minister (DPM). It could mean creating two deputy posts, as is now the case in DAP-ruled Penang. Anwar’s original statement was only reported in a local Chinese-language newspaper. Other media did not repeat it until PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang was asked for a reaction. He said he didn’t know of any such plan within the PR. DAP chairperson Karpal Singh, meanwhile, said a Chinese Malaysian DPM shouldn’t be a problem, since the PR parties have already agreed that a Malay-Muslim would be prime minister.
The need for a Malay-Muslim Malaysian prime minister has become the default position, even among the opposition. Yet there is nothing in the Federal Constitution to state that Malaysia’s prime minister must be of Malay origin. So if convention isn’t cast in stone, is Malaysia ready for this change?
Not numbers alone
Lim Guan Eng
Going by numbers, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Engshould now be the parliamentary opposition leader. It’s the DAP, and not PKR, which has the higher number of parliamentary seats in the opposition alliance. The DAP has 29 seats and PKR 24. PAS has 23. But the DAP is happy to let Anwar remain as opposition leader. Evidently, politics isn’t always about the numbers.
In India, Sonia Gandhi was on track to becoming prime minster after her Congress Party won in the 2004 general election. But she nominated Manmohan Singh instead, who became the first Sikh to hold the post. Lebanon, meanwhile, is the only confessional democracy in the world where positions are filled based on religious belief. Thus, the president must be a Catholic Christian, the prime minister a Sunni Muslim, and the Speaker of the House a Shia Muslim.
Similar to India, Malaysia inherited a parliamentary democracy from the British where the constitution stipulates that whoever has the majority support of the House is qualified to be prime minister. Article 43(2)(a) states that the Agong shall appoint as PM a Member of Parliament who has the House’s majority support.
Beyond that, however, Malaysia under the Barisan Nasional (BN) has its own formula. Yes, the BN fulfils the constitutional requirements of the prime minister being an elected member of the Dewan Rakyat, and who commands the majority support in the House. But the BN has also created its own conventions as to race and religious “requirements” for a prime minister. These are political norms, rather than rules, which have become instituted by practice. Over time, Islam and being Malay Malaysian have been conflated into the requisite identity of a prime minister until it’s taken by some as a given.
Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, as ultra a Malay as he may be, was not wrong when he said in 2000 that a non-Malay Malaysian could become prime minister. Indeed, he was constitutionally correct.
“Confluence of factors”
So what’s stopping opposition parties from thinking differently? For all the multi-ethnicity they champion in policies, why do their politics end up mirroring the BN’s?

With regards to Anwar’s candidacy for prime minister, the DAP’s Liew Chin Tong says this was “never a matter for debate” among the PR parties because there was “no other choice”. Anwar, he said, was the most qualified person from among the three parties given his past federal experience, wide networks and public persona.
“For the DAP, it wasn’t that he is Malay [Malaysian], but because he is the most acceptable to all. Politics is not mathematics but a confluence of factors, and Anwar fits these factors,” Liew, the Bukit Bendera Member of Parliament, says in a phone interview.
Political analyst and The Nut Graph columnist Wong Chin Huatconcurs on Anwar’s acceptability to most people, albeit from the position of PKR being the most centrist of the three parties.
Wong believes that while the DAP and PAS would each prefer their own party leaders as first choice to lead the PR, “they know their leaders will unlikely be accepted by other parties and the public because of their ‘flank’ positions”.
“It’s about the relative positioning of each of the three parties. PKR is the most multiracial, so as far as such values are concerned, Anwar is in the end the common denominator,” Wong says in a phone interview.
The electorate’s vote
However, it’s hard to ascertain just how much support Anwar has based on Wong’s reasoning, and how much support is still based on the default thinking that the prime minister must be Malay-Muslim.
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A sizeable number of young Malay Malaysians are not ready to accept a non-Malay Malaysian head of government. This was reflected in a Merdeka Center for Opinion Research survey, which was conducted in late 2008 during Barack Obama’s historic election as US president.
How many Malaysian voters actually think that race counts less than a candidate’s principles and abilities in administering just policies for the country’s good? If the Merdeka Center poll is anything to go by, the numbers are not encouraging. The same sentiment was at work in Penang when Lim became chief minister. Strategically, he was compelled to appoint one Malay and one Indian Malaysian deputy to assure voters that his government would represent all races.
What needs to happen, then, before the current default thinking on who qualifies to be prime minister can be successfully challenged by the majority? At least two things would have to happen first:
 the BN must lose federal power so that the current practice of filling up cabinet positions based on racial quotas can potentially be replaced by a system that is constitutional, yet merit-based; and
 race-based political parties and racial politics must be disbanded.
Between the BN and PR, which of the coalitions are able, or even interested, in facilitating such change? If it is the PR, how well is it leading the way in this?
Unfortunately, Malaysia still needs a Malay Malaysian leader to convince the majority of Malay voters about a mindset change. That is likely the hope that the PR has in Anwar and the challenge that Datuk Seri Najib Razak faces as BN chief.
No matter, what is clear is that until and unless Malaysians can put leadership qualities above race and religious criteria, and demand for such leadership, Malaysia will be stuck with the same formula of racial politics, whether from the BN or PR. 

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25 JANUARY 2011

(Ah Pa, Uncle Kuan Yew sulah lapat itu kedai Yong Tau FOO, kita bila lagi?
Aiya Ah Cheng, sikit jam lagi itu yangoat kita boleh bikin Yong Tau FOO loh

Salam 2 all.

Teman tidak terkejut dengan kenyataan bekas Perdana Menteri Singapura, Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew didalam buku terbaru beliau Lee Kuan Yew: Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going yang menegaskan bahawa "masalah integrasi di Singapura tidak ujud kecuali dengan umat Islam. Mereka diharap tidak terlalu kuat berpegang kepada ajaran Islam bagi membolehkan pelan integrasi masyarakat Singapura dapat dilaksanakan dengan sempurna!".
Pendekkata, Lee Kuan Yew menyalahkan Islam sebagai punca masyarakat Melayu gagal berintegrasi sepenuhnya dengan masyarakat lain di Singapura! Integrasi bagi Kuan Yew bermakna orang Melayu wajib meninggalkan sebahagian daripada ajaran Islam untuk membolehkan mereka diterima sepenuhnya dalam masyarakat Singapura! Apa maksud Kuan Yew itu?

Setakat yang ada, masyarakat Melayu Islam di Singapura tidak melaksanakan hukum perundangan Islam saperti hudud, qisas & ta'zir. Mereka juga tidak mendaulatkan sebuah negara Islam. Perlembagaan mereka sekular saperti masyarakat lain. Mereka duduk dirumah pangsa macam orang lain. Anak-anak mereka ke sekolah sekular macam orang lain. Mereka juga ada yang bekerja makan gaji dengan Kerajaan kafir Singapura macam orang lain. Mereka tidak ada Kerajaan. Mereka tidak pegang jawatan tinggi dalam posisi kritikal saperti tentera, polis dan lain-lain. Jadi apa maksud Kuan Yew berkata masyarakat Melayu Singapura "perlu meninggalkan sebahagian ajaran Islam untuk berintegrasi dengan masyarakat lain di Singapura".

Kalau ada perbezaan pun, masyarakat Melayu Islam Singapura ada yang bertudung dan menutup aurat. Mereka mengerjakan solat. Mereka ada Masjid. Mereka berpuasa. Mereka pergi haji. Mereka bayar zakat. Mereka hantar anak mereka mengaji. Mereka berkahwin sesama Islam. Mereka punya nama yang ada "Bin" dan "Binti". Mereka masih ada saudara -mara di Tanah Melayu, dan kekadang balik kampung untuk beraya di Tanah Melayu. Mereka tidak makan babi. Mereka tidak minum arak. Mereka tidak makan bangkai. Mereka masih bercakap Melayu. Itulah lebih kurang apa yang tinggal pada bangsa Melayu beragama Islam di Singapura. Jadi apa maksud Kuan Yew bila menyatakan bahawa "orang Melayu tidak perlu terlalu kuat berpegang kepada ajaran Islam" untuk membolehkan mereka berintegrasi dengan kaum lain di Singapura?

Adakah Kuan Yew bermaksud orang Melayu supaya kurangkan atau jangan bersolat? Atau minum arak, makan babi? Atau buka tudung? Atau jangan pergi haji? Jangan buat masjid surau? Jangan bayar zakat? Jangan kahwin sesama Islam sahaja tetapi kahwin juga dengan kafir? Buang "bin" & "binti" mereka? Jangan sambut 'eidul fitrai atau 'eidul adha, sebaliknya sambut Gong Xi Fa Cai & Krismas sahaja? Jangan balik kampung ke Tanah Melayu? Jangan bercakap Melayu? Apa lagi yang dimaksudkan oleh Kuan Yew?

Tidak cukupkah umat Islam bangsa Melayu di Singapura kehilangan tanah air mereka? Tidak cukupkah mereka sekadar menjadi gurka dan prebet sahaja dalam tentera & polis? Tidakcukupkah mereka sekadar azan dalam masjid sahaja? Tidak cukupkah sejarah bangsa Melayu di Singapura dipadamkan? Tidak cukupkah mereka diperkotak-katikkan dan dipecah-belahkan dengan dihapuskan perkampungan orang Melayu dan disuruh tinggal menenggek di rumah pangsa bercampur baur dengan kaum lain? Apakah Kuan Yew mahu bangsa Melayu beragama Islam di Singapura hidup macam kafir macam kafir lain? Atau Kuan Yew mahu orang Melayu kafir terus? Teman tidak nampak rasional kenyataan Kuan Yew itu melainkan mahukan orang Melayu hidup saperti kafir atau menjadi kafir terus, nauzubillah!!
Sebab itulah teman berharap kenyataan Kuan Yew ini menjadi pembuka mata dan iktibar kepada umat Islam bangsa Melayu di negara ini. Itulah yang akan terjadi kalau kita membiarkan puak-puak cauvinis dan berfikiran sempit ini memerintah kita, atau mempunyai pengaruh mendalangi kerajaan. Jangan lupa Kuan Yew adalah sembahan Kitsiang & anak lakinya. Jangan lupa PAP & DAP adalah "syaitan berkembar"!

Jangan lupa amaran ALLAH didalam Al Baqarah: 120, "sesungguhnya Yahudi & Kristian (golongan kaafirun) tidak akan redho dengan kamu selama-lamanya selagi kamu tidak mengikut cara hidup dan kehendak mereka. Katakanlah (kepada kaafirun itu) Al Quran itu petnjuk yang haq dan sebenarnya. Tetapi jika kamu mahu mengikut cara kehidupan dan kehendak mereka, setelah datang kepada kamu petunjuk Al Quran, maka persilakanlah, tetapi ALLAH tidak akan menjadi penolong & pembantu bagimu".
Kita lihat sendirilah bagaimana manusia yang ditabal bininya sebagai anugerah tuhan, yang terlalu menurut cara mereka. Sehinggakan peguam untuk membelanya pun diambil seorang kafir, yang jelas manusia hipokrit dan tidak bermaruah. Karpal Singh yang terang-terang membongkar kegiatan homoseks & liwat Anwar pada 22.10.1997, kemudian mendakwa punya bukti didalam ceramah di Federal Hotel, kemudian menjadi peguam menasihatkan Azizan mangsa liwat Anwar, kemudian mendesak Kerajaan menyiasat dan mendakwa Anwar, kemudian mendesak Anwar bertaubat dan berundur setelah pembohongan 16 Sept didedahkan; dalam keadaan macam itu pun manusia yang ditabal bininya sebagai anugerah tuhan itu menjadikan Karpal sebagai peguamnya, mengendalikan kes yang penangguhan sudah menjadi sinonim, sampai rakyat naik jelak dan muak. Sebagai politikus yang licik, sudah pasti Karpal & DAP akan terus mengenggam Anwar dan memastikan Anwar berjoget dan menari mengikut rentak mereka, menurut cara mereka!!

Ingatlah! Lee Kuan Yew itu kafir! Karpal Singh itu kafir! Kitsiang & Anak Lakinya juga kafir! Dan mereka tidak akan redho dengan kita umat Islam selama-lamanya. Mereka mahu kita mengikut cara hidup mereka. Dan itulah yang ALLAH buktikan dengan kenyataan Lee Kuan Yew didalam buku terbarunya itu. Kuan Yew yang meminta umat Islam tidak terlalu berpegang kuat kepada ajaran Islam untuk diterima berintegrasi bersama kaum dan masyarakat lain di Singapura! Kalau bukti yang ALLAH tunjukkan ini pun kita masih memilih untuk sukmum bukmum 'ummyum fahum - buta, pekak dan bisu - maka ingatlah amaran ALLAH bahawa ALLAH tidak akan lagi membantu dan menolong kita umat Islam!

Semoga ALLAH memberikan kita petunjuk dan hidayah kepada kita semua. Yang baik itu dari ALLAH, yang tidak itu kelemahan teman sendiri.

Adios amigos, grasias senor.

Wallahua'lam & Wassalam.

Zulkifli Bin Noordin
20 Safar 1432
25 Januari 2011

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1. Tan Malaka yang namanya amat terkenal di zaman Sukarno mendakwa Melayu Singapura lebih disiplin (daripada Melayu Malaysia). Ini memang benar. Bahkan rakyat Singapura tanpa mengira bangsa juga amat disiplin.

2. Sebagai contoh mereka tidak akan buang sampah di jalan. Dengan itu jalan-jalan di Singapura amat bersih.

3. Tetapi apabila mereka menyeberang ke tanah besar Malaysia mereka akan buang sampah dari kereta mereka dalam perjalanan.
4. Ada pelawak yang memanggil Singapura "a fine city". Sebabnya kerana bagi tiap kesalahan kecil rakyatnya akan dikenakan denda iaitu "fine".

5. Rakyat Malaysia pun bila ke Singapura akan berjaga-jaga supaya tidak dikenakan fine.

6. Di Malaysia buang sampah selori di tepi jalan pun tidak diambil apa-apa tindakan. Sudah tentu rakyat Malaysia di Malaysia tidak disiplin dalam soal kebersihan dan lain-lain.

7. Mungkin ini kerana kita demokratik. Parti-parti politik takut rakyat tidak akan sokong mereka jika mereka bertindak terlalu keras supaya rakyat berdisiplin.

8. Parti pemerintah Singapura tidak takut kepada rakyat. Jika rakyat pilih bukan calon PAP, dia akan diheret ke mahkamah, didenda dan dijadikan bankrap. Selepas itu dia tidak dapat ke Parlimen untuk membantah perlakuan pemerintah.

9. Jika dia dibenar mengambil tempat di Parlimen, dia tidak akan berani berkata apa-apa.

10. Mungkin Tan Malaka lebih senang jika amalan di Singapura didapati di Malaysia.

11. Jika "demokrasi" ala Singapura diamal disini saya yakin bukan sahaja Melayu Malaysia akan disiplin tetapi semua kaum akan disiplin.

12. Sesungguhnya keadaan di Singapura amat mengagumkan sesetengah daripada kita di Malaysia. Apa tidak. Masalah Kampung Baru dapat diselesaikan dengan mudah. Pindahkan sahaja penduduk Kampung Baru, dan bangunkan rumah pangsa yang akan diduduki oleh sesiapa sahaja. Seperti hilangnya Geylang dan Pasir Panjang akan hilanglah Kampung Baru.

13. Menteri-Menteri pun lega kerana jika dicalonkan semula oleh parti, kemenangan terjamin walaupun menidakkan hak bersuara rakyat. 

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