Thursday, March 13, 2008

Malaysians first...and last - let us put behind us race-based politics..

Sad, but true that we now have PKR also sounding very much like the Barisan Nasional (the UMNO led-coalition), for they too are talking 'Malay', 'Chinese' ... and not Malaysians. Will we not come of age to be able to look at us as just 'Malaysians' - and not ethnically. If percentages are considered for who will be the 'Chief Minister' and who will be the "State Excecutive Members' - we, Malaysians are just back to square one. Racial politics we rejected but here we have PKR also talking like that....

So the minorities will never be the leaders in Malaysian governments - the Orang Asli, the Ceylonese, the Indian Muslims, the minor Chinese ethnic groups, the Siamese...

Let us get rid of all the polarization that the UMNO-led coalition of parties, the majority of whom were single-ethnic parties, have been propagating for the last 50 years. It is time we became Malaysians first and last....The choice of a leader or a rep should NEVER be based on the question of his/her ethnic background, religious belief, who is or her parents were, his class backgroud, his education achievements, his facial features, etc... only his ability to be the best of leaders or representative..

PKR, DAP and PAS PLEASE do not lead us again down that road where Malaysians were divided and SEEN as to what is their race, ethnicity, religion....

DAP has shown great maturity in allowing a PAS member be the Chief Minister in a State where DAP won far more seats that both PAS and PKR....

Is there not going to be collective leadership - and if that be the case does it really matter who be Chief Minister or State Exco???

PKR threatens to pull out of Perak state gov't
Mar 13, 08 1:52pm
Just as one fire has been doused in Perak over the appointment of a PAS man as the new mentri besar post, another one is taking place.

PKR has today threatened to pull out from the Perak coalition government on hearing that eight of the 10 executive council posts will go to DAP while the remaining two going to other parties.

In a statement issued by PKR deputy president Syed Husin Ali, the opposition party expressed its objection to “the agreement made between PAS and DAP with regards to the composition of the Perak state exco”.

“In the spirit of sincere openness, we stress that the composition of the exco must reflect the composition of the population of Perak and represent the interests of all ethnic groups fairly,” said Syed Husin.

“We ask that this composition be discussed again and if the composition is not altered to the satisfaction of all parties involved, PKR will not take part in the administration of Perak.”

However, he said that PKR will honour its agreement to support the coalition government.

According to available statistics, Malays represent 53.7 percent of the population in Perak, Chinese (31.4 percent) and Indians (13 percent).

It is believed that an earlier agreement between the three parties was for the 10 exco posts to be distributed among them where DAP will have six, PKR two and PAS two.

In last Saturday’s general election, the opposition won an unprecedented 31 of 59 state seats - DAP 18, while PKR has seven and PAS six. The remaining 28 are in the hands of BN, with Umno 27 and MCA 1.

According to Syed Husin, PKR accepts Sultan Azlan Shah’s decision to appoint PAS state assemblyman, Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin, as menteri besar of Perak.

“While at first we stressed the need to choose an individual that will be well received by the majority, we now accept the decision in the spirit of cooperation between PKR, PAS and DAP as well as in the interests of stability and harmony for Perak and for the whole of Malaysia.”

Furore in Perak

Yesterday, DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang created a furore when he said DAP would boycott the swearing-in ceremony today in protest against Nizar’s appointment as mentri besar.

However, in a dramatic reversal this morning, he apologised for any offence caused to the Perak royalty over his statement, which he said was not made out of disrespect to the Perak sultan and regent.

Meanwhile, state DAP chairperson and Sitiawan state assemblyperson Ngeh Khoo Ham told Malaysiakini that all the party’s elected representatives will attend the swearing in ceremony before the Sultan of Perak in Kuala Kangsar at 4pm.

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