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Sunday April 13, 2008

Tengku Faris: Don’t question Malay rights

KUALA LUMPUR: The special rights and privileges of Malays should not be questioned but the community should make every effort to improve and stay united, the Tengku Mahkota of Kelantan said.

Tengku Mohammad Faris Petra Sultan Ismail Petra reiterated that nobody should challenge Malay rights and privileges, adding that these developments were becoming apparent following the recent general elections.
First of all, nobody is actually questioning Malay rights. What we are  asking is our own rights. What’s so wrong about that?
“The Malay Rulers will act as a source of unity and loyalty among all the people as stated in the Constitution and Rukunegara.

Duh. We’ve seen that for the past 50 years.And we’re tired of it. And as though everything in the Constitution had been followed. For me, Constitution had been dedicated to only a special group of people. They can refer to Constitution, but not us – as tear gas will be thrown to your balls.

“As such, the people should be united and no one should question the special rights and privileges of the Malays because it is quid pro quo in return for providing citizenships to 2.7 million people of other races who joined the Malay Federation.

Quid pro quo (Latin for “something for something” [1]) indicates a more-or-less equal exchange or substitution of goods or services.

No one should question the special rights and priveleges is what had been happening for the past 50 years. We’ve awaken together with the political waves to change the way we live here. To improve our own society. And please , we do not need to be ‘provided’ with citizenship because we’ve also been the pioneer race in this country.
“It is not appropriate for the other races to demand equal rights and privileges after they had already acquired their citizenships,” he said in his opening address at a Malay unity gathering held in conjunction with the Maulidur Rasul celebration at the Putra World Trade Centre yesterday.

The theme of the event, organised by a group of Malay NGOs named Barisan Bertindak Perpaduan Melayu (BBPM), was “Malay Unity is the Core of National Unity.”

The NGOs included the National Writers Alliance (Gapena), Federation of Peninsula Malay Students, Pekida and the Malaysian Islamic Consumers Association.

Tengku Mohammad Faris, however, reminded them that while they pursued stronger Malay unity, they should not ignore the rights of other races, such as freedom to practise their religions.

Why it is not appropriate? We’re not Indonesian workers who came here for a job or for the citizenship. Thus, we’re also the son of the soil. Again, i stress we do not need to acquire our citizenship, we are originally citizens of Malaysia. Joke?

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