Former Perlis Mufti Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin wrote today that the act of
placing the Malay race as more supreme than the others was against the
teachings of Islam, which preaches tolerance and the equality of all races.
“If someone considers himself more noble simply because of race or ethnicity factors, or considers others lower than himself because they are not of the same race, such belief is wrong and goes against the teachings of Islam.
“Should this be the case, it can be likened to the Jewish claim that they
are the 'chosen race',” he said.
“If a race should be viewed as noble, this nobility must be proven in how
they lead their lives. The Malays or the other races can achieve this
through their efforts towards upholding dignity, and not just by relying on
their races or different ethnicities,” said Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin
We want our Rulers to identify themselves with all Malaysians and for all Malaysians to accept that our Rulers are their Rulers as well and, in this way hope that they will learn to embrace and understand the system employed in governing this, their country. The position of the Rulers will be greatly enhanced.
I am proud Malay, as proud as the next, in fact, prouder than most because I can trace my genealogy, in an unbroken line of recorded history, spanning a thousand years. I am not a Malay come lately.
If talented foreigners get special treatment to come and live here, what about talented Malaysians who have lived here all their lives? Yesterday’s announcement of a new class of immigration permit gives a subtle hint: talented Malaysians are second-class.
Oh, incidentally, and by the way, “talented foreigners” also applies to those “traitor” Malaysians who emigrated years ago and who were then vilified by Umno officials, and sometimes MCA and MIC officials too, as “rubbish” for leaving. Most of them were Nons but in later years many non-Nons have also left.
(The word “traitor” of course applies to anyone who doesn’t kiss Umno’s racist arse.)