Sunday, November 19, 2006

Wayang show up north

It appears that Malaysia's Malay leaders are ready to unsheath their kris, and if necessary, to kill (the minority races that are accused for formenting trouble) to defend their rights as Malays in their own lands, where they form the majority of the population and where there is an affirmative action for the Malays already in place for more than 30 years. With so much going for them, this must be one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard.

Are these leaders then admitting that their affirmative action has been a total failure? It must be when you are at it for more than 30 years and you have yet to achieve its objectives. Either those objectives were set too high or are impossible to meet? In any organisation, if objectives are not met within the stipulated time (and this rarely exceeds 3 years much less 30 years) the leaders are held to account, plans are changed or the project scrapped entirely.

But in Malaysia's affirmative action programme, we see a most remarkable thing. The leaders are actually proud of the fact that it has still not succeeded in meeting its objectives. In fact, they strongly and adamantly refuted, without much justification except pure political posturing, a considered study that suggested that the affirmative action has more than achieved its objectives. At least the person responsible for that report has done the honourable thing and resigned his post rather than compromise his academic integrity.

The wayang that is going on in UMNO these days is incredible, and I am not referring to DR M & PM AB. If the gathering of the big-wigs of Malaysian national leaders that produced these sentiments and posturing was not a very serious thing, I would laugh till my tummy ached, or my teeth fell out.

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