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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Speech

Speech by MIC President, Tun V.T. Sambanthan in the Parliament on 1 June 1965:

“Now, in 1955 we won the elections with a great majority. Then we obtained freedom in two years time. During this period, we had to discuss citizenship and various other things. Now what did the Malays do - since we are speaking on racial lines - what did the Malay leadership do? They had 88 percent of the electorate still with them. What did they do with citizenship.

If we look around in Asia and East Asia, particularly, you will find that my race the Indian race, is not welcomed in Ceylon, is not welcomed in Burma. Look at my brother Chinese race, it is not welcomed in Thailand, in Vietnam, in Cambodia, in all the other areas. What help do they get for citizenship in all these territories? In Burma, as we know, Indian have been send packing, in Ceylon they refused them citizenship and in Burma it is likewise. I know it, you know it. And yet in Malaya what happened? Here we found that the Malay leadership said, “We shall take them unto ourselves as brothers, we shall give them full opportunity to live in this country, we shall give them every opportunity to become citizens.” And so, in 1957, for the whole year, we waived language qualifications, and tens of thousand of Indians, Chinese, Ceylonese and others became citizens.

As I said, it has been my great good fortune to have born in this country. Where else can you find a more charitable, a more polite, a more decent race than Malay race? Where else can you get such politically decent treatment for any immigrant race? Where else in the history of the world? I ask you. These are the facts. Who are you to safeguards us? I am 10 percent minority race here. But I am happy here.”

(Note that his speech was delivered to chastise the PAP leaders who were harping on the Malaysian Malaysia concept)

MCA President, Tun Tan Siew Sin, in an article in a local paper entitled - “Tun Tan Answers Critics on Special Privileges” on 30 April 1969, said:

“The Malays, through UMNO, were generous enough to relax the citizenship laws of this country to such extent that within 12 months of independence, 90 percent who were still non-citizens after nearly 100 years of colonial rule in the Malay States, obtained their citizenship. In return for this major concession, the MCA and the MIC agreed to continue the policy of preserving the special position of the Malays while at the same time upholding the legitimate interest of other communities.”

(note that his speech was delivered prior to the 1969 general elections which was tainted with racial extremism that questioned the Article 153 of the Constitution perpetuated by the DAP and Gerakan)

As the voice of moderation among the disgruntled Malays in 1970, the late Tun Dr Ismail had this to say on the ‘Special Position’ just after the NEP was established:

“This proved a less intractable problem because the leaders of the Alliance realised the practical necessity of giving the Malays a handicap if they were to compete on equal terms with the other races. The only point of controversy was the duration of the ’special position’ — should there be a time limit or should it be permanent? I made a suggestion which was accepted, that the question be left to the Malays themselves, because I felt that as more and more Malays became educated and gained self-confidence, they themselves would do away with this ’special position’ because in itself this ’special position’ is a slur on the ability of the Malays and only to be tolerated because it is necessary as a temporary measure to ensure their survival in the modern competitive world: a world to which only those in the urban areas had been exposed.”

1 comment:

  1. The only point of controversy was the duration of the ’special position’ — should there be a time limit or should it be permanent?

    Tun Dr Ismail went on saying:

    I made a suggestion which was accepted, that the question be left to the Malays themselves, because I felt that as more and more Malays became educated and gained self-confidence, they themselves would do away with this ’special position’ because in itself this ’special position’ is a slur on the ability of the Malays...

    Kalau berdasarkan ni betulLah Najib cakap bahawa elemen DEB boleh beransur-ansur dihapuskan! Najib hanya ikut apa yang Tun Dr Ismail pernah cakap.

    Wahai Melayu! untuk tahun-tahun mendatang kaum2 lain akan terus mempertikaikan special position bagi mengukur sama ada Melayu dah ada self confidence atau belum seperti yang diperkatakan oleh Tun Dr.Ismail. Pada masa yang sama adakah kita sebagai Melayu akan mengatakan kita tidak ada self confidence selama-lamanya?

    Kalau hanya berpandu pada perlembagaan sahaja, dalam perlembagaan Singapura pun ada cakap pasal special positions of the Malays tapi pemimpin mereka tak peduli pun pasal peruntukan perlembagaan TERSEBUT MALAH BUAT POLISI LAGI AGAR ORG MELAYU DIPINGGIRKAN.

    Untuk pemimpin Melayu, kita perlukan tegas dan letakkan PENEGASAN TERHADAP terma kontrak sosial. Termanya adalah special rights and positions of the Malays shall remain forever and shall be dominant in every and whatever policies passed by the Government.
    BUKANNYA BERSETUJU UNTUK HAPUSKAN WALAUPUN BERANSUR-ANSUR!

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