Dato’ Onn bin Jaafar had left the party he created, UMNO on 26 August 1951 when he had wanted to transform the party from a race communalist to one that’s open to all.
Disillusioned but unbroken he next formed Independence of Malaya Party which had failed to draw in sufficient backing. Finally he had formed Parti Negara or the Nation’s Party that had limited itself to only Malay members, that too failed to draw in large voters’ attention.
Recently the ousted former Deputy Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin had registered a new party called Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (BERSATU) which will ultimately fail for the wrong reason. To be a member of this party, one needs to be a Bumiputra.
Onn Jaafar had the right mind but in a wrong time.
Muhyiddin Yassin had the right time but the wrong mind.
Malaysia is a unique country.
Now if any editor asks me to find references why do I say that, then I rather change the editor rather than my sentence, as happened.
It is unique because the people are diverse in its culture, everyone is included and largely peaceful. However, we are suffering from growing pains as a nation.
A Bumiputra is stated as:
“If one of the parents is Muslim Malay/Orang Asli as stated in Article 160 (2) Federal Constitution of Malaysia; thus the child is considered as a Bumiputra”
“If the child was born is Sabah or the father was domiciled in Sabah at the time of birth, and one of the parents is indigenous natives of Sabah as stated in Article 161A (6)(b) Federal Constitution of Malaysia; thus his child is considered as a Bumiputra”
“If both of the parent are indigenous natives of Sarawak as stated in Article 161A (6)(a) Federal Constitution of Malaysia; thus their child is considered as a Bumiputra”
In addition to the interpretation given above, a broader definition of bumiputra include groups such as the Indonesian Pribumis, Malaysian Siamese, Muslim Indian Malaysians, Straits Chinese or Peranakan and the Kristang people of Portuguese-Eurasian descent.
There have been notable cases of people with one Bumiputra parent and one non-Bumiputra parent being dismissed as non-Bumiputra.
Bumiputra in my honest opinion is a good concept that is following along the line of China, Thailand and Indonesia where all its people is assimilated as a one nation. You are Chinese, Thais or Indonesian.
However, this is not Malaysia and not multi-cultural enough in an open diverse world, like the footprint of the United States and human rights.
In this time and day, we must be free to choose what we like as long as we don’t harm others in our intents.
In a lot of old national governance, humans are forced to change – change name, change religion and so on. Reason being to merge the people together, to reduce the chance of rioting, this is especially through during the days of warfare where one country fought against the other – annexed or ate up the entire country. Like 2 different cells, one merged up with the other to form a new cell. If you don’t change, you will be made to suffer or even killed.
In America, immigrants who came to be Americans proudly adopt new names for themselves for ease of calling and not be misjudged instead of some difficult, complex, not easy to spell European and Asian names.
Here – Malaysians should set an example how unique as a country it is in the world. That people are still free to join any political party they believe in, inherit whatever names they have and profess to religions that they believed in.
In fact, nowadays – all races seemed to choose simpler names to be called rather than complicated ones. Others had gone on to choose a traditional name which represents more of their race and religion.
Malaysia, forever more needs a single notable party that consolidates all Malaysians in its diverseness rather than a multi-party made up of one dominate race in its central committee. The best leaders should be chosen regardless of race.
Bumiputra is a fine idea but in this instance, not what every Malaysian wants.
Thus in my opinion, BERSATU had failed on its pledge.
To bersatu (unite).