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11/17/2006

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At the Umno General Assembly: Will it boil down to 'them versus us'? 17 Nov 2006 Wan Hamidi Hamid -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Is the show of strength and bluster by Umno delegates going to have a lasting impact? From Monday till yesterday, most of the party delegates who took to the rostrum, made it known publicly that the Malays would no longer tolerate any form of threats. It was a strong message: Don’t test us or else... Many speakers accused leaders of Barisan Nasional component parties of questioning the Malay rights while almost all blamed the Chinese business community for "taking more than what they needed". The tone, set by Umno Youth, continued yesterday. Malacca representative Hasnoor Sidang Hussein reminded party loyalists that the time had come for the Malays to act against those who undermined the Malay rights. "Our tolerance... made those who dared to challenge the Malays and Islam become bolder as they felt no action would be taken against them." Most delegates used the term "Malay rights" interchangeably with "Malay dominance" and "social contract". At the end of the debate on economy and education, Perlis delegate Hashim Suboh was more explicit in showing off his anger against the non-Malays when he put a rhetorical question to Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein: "Datuk Hisham has unsheathed his keris, waved his keris, kissed his keris. We want to ask Datuk Hisham, when is he going to use it?" The above is an extract published in the New Straits Times. It is good that the Malay politicians expressed what they really feel and wanted to do. Honesty is always good. No need to pretend, no need to feel shy about gut feelings. If they think it is time to kill the non Malays, go ahead and do it. It is their right, and just claim that they were all running amok. Now after hearing all these threats to their lives and safety, where would this leave the non Malays? Is Malaysia their home? Is Malaysia safe for them? Would they appeal to the United Nation for protection? Or would they continue to blame Singapore and even dispute LKY that there is racial discrimination in Malaysia?

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