Anyone can be Prime Minister

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Some non-Malay politicians are going the extra mile to remind Malays/Muslims that they have no wish to be Prime Minister. This is an understandable response given our current circumstances but it’s the wrong one. The racists in UMNO and PAS will not stop their fear-mongering tactics to win the Malay vote — they will keep saying the Chinese (meaning DAP) are taking over the country, no matter how much the non-Malay leaders keep protesting otherwise.

After Ahok’s defeat in Jakarta’s gubernatorial election, non-Muslims everywhere have become extra careful about going for public office. They have to say that they don’t want the highest position, that they are in a minority party and so on. I wish they would take a more positive position. They need to say that every Malaysian — even if they are Chinese — can become the Prime Minister as long as the majority of Malaysians are happy with the choice. They should also say that even Penang can have a Malay Chief Minister if the majority of Chinese are happy with the person chosen for the post.

You see, politics in Malaysia is not just about winning seats and becoming a “Yang Berhormat”. Politics is about more than that. It must also be about fighting racial prejudice and educating everyone about what’s good for them and the country.

If a Malay can be happy with the best heart surgeon who can take care of his sick heart, why should he be opposed to the selection of the best person available to save his sick country? Of course, selfish Muslim leaders will tell Malays that only a Muslim should be Prime Minister. Soon they will tell Malays that only Muslims who look like them can be Prime Minister, and that other Muslims are not “Islamic” enough.

If the only person who is fit to be Prime Minister is a Muslim leader who is chosen by UMNO and PAS, and endorsed by Perkasa and Isma, then this country will turn into another Somalia or Yemen soon enough. It’s the job of politicians, especially those in the Opposition, to tell people what’s good for them. You cannot talk about good governance and leadership with integrity if you then backtrack and qualify it by saying that non-Malays are not acceptable or have no desire to be Prime Minister.

What about the non-Muslim Dayaks and the Kadazans? They are just as deserving as everyone else to hold the highest office in our country. Maybe that will not happen tomorrow, but the principle of it must be upheld.

Be consistent. Speak the truth. Any Malaysian can aspire to be Prime Minister, and that position must be supported by all of us who want this country to prosper. The only qualification for the premiership is that this person must be acceptable to the majority of the people of this country.

Those who are qualified and who can serve the country well must also be willing to be forthright. Don’t be afraid of PAS, UMNO, Perkasa, Isma and the hundreds of other mosquito NGOs out there, all of which are the product of the katak dibawah tempurung school of thought. Fighting racial prejudice is a long-term programme for the country, but it must start now. No one should be unenthusiastic about fighting bigotry and racial hatred.

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  • Joe

    The term is called political correctness. In our case WE ARE POLITICAL OVER CORRECTNESS, WAY WAY OVER…

    Like it or not, that is the land we live in, UMNO, led by Mahathir, to not only rewrite the founding principles of the country, but the very history and facts. Myths like “the social contract” or Malay “rights” etc. was created to justify the agenda and actions. So what is surprising about Hadi Awang creating more myths since he has admitted defeat to UMNO and joining them, methods and goals including?

    And that is what is really what is wrong about accepting the idea that Malays not wanting to be PM. It admit defeats to myth making to justify the end. BUT more important, it avoid very needed truth – Hadi’s PAS and UMNO are not very different anymore.

  • henry ong

    The only way a Chinese or Non Muslim can become the Prime Minister if the majority of its
    populace vote for him. Malay & Muslim being the numerically dominant numbers will have to
    vote for the Chinese or non Muslims. I do not see it happening soon.

    The Malay people must be very very disappointed with the Malay political leadership shown or
    in this case degraded so much that a Chinese P.M. is better for them.

    Frankly I as a Chinese Malaysia would rather that the Chinese turn down any offer of premiership of this country even OFFERED on a silver platter.

    • Alfred Chuah

      It’s as if u understood nothing from this post….

      • henry ong

        I do understand that any race can be the P.M. of Malaysia. Frankly, why do a Chinese Malaysian want to be a P.M. of Malaysia & even if the Malay think that certain Chinese Malaysian should lead this country that means the
        country is in deep deep economic problem & very difficult decisions will
        have to be implemented & ot many Malaysians can take it.

  • hattori9cp

    Currently, Malaysia is still not in the right level of maturity to discuss the topic of non-Muslims or non-Malays being Prime Minister. USA took a very long time to have someone like Barack Obama take office as President. If Malaysia as a nation is on a path of maturity, Malaysia has a long way to go. Maybe in another 100 years or 7 generations later, a Malaysian can bring it it up. My opinion on this is that Malaysia is not facing this as merely a racial or religious issue but the way political power will be kept within certain elite families. The part where if it’s not my son that will be the Prime Minister (or any government official for that matter), it will be my brother, cousin or nephew, or someone related within the family circle.

  • Joe

    All the mess Najib ( and Hadi) has gotten themselves into and their respond is to trumpet the misery of the opposition. The opposition may be far from saints but Najib ( and Hadi) cannot be bigger jerks and assholes for touting other’s misery especially the load of crap that has come out from their mouths lately.

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