The Malaysian Pandora Box
Abdullah Badawi came out to say that Malaysia is neither secular or theocratic. What does that mean? Najib and Mahathir said it is Islamic. PAS wants it to be Islamic. The MCA and MIC and the eastern Malaysian states claimed that the founding fathers of Malaysia wanted it to be secular. Would Malaysia be formed if it was to be an Islamic state? The answer is obvious. And the British colonial govt will not allow it. During its conception, it was plain clear to everyone that it was meant to be a secular state with every Malaysian being treated equally except for some special rights to the natives, not just to the Malays. Over the years the Bumis have shifted the goal posts gradually on the threats of another May 13 should the minorities dare to open their mouths. So what we have in Malaysia today is a state running on two principles, Islamic principles and Malay dominance. It is good that the issue is out in the open. Malaysia shall categorically state its position. If it is an Islamic state, a Malay state, or whatever, let it be clear for all and no need to beat around the bush, and everyone guessing. Once the official position is stated and adopted in the Constitution, then so be it. Those who accept it stays. Those who cannot agree with it leave. Only then will Malaysia be allowed to progress in its own chosen path without threats of racial or religious bloodbath. The Malaysians must know what kind of constitution and state principles they are supposed to live by.