Tuesday, November 13, 2012

If there is one piece of legislation we needed most, it's the Freedom of Information Act.

Islam in Malaysia will not allow a Malay to be a non-Muslim. 

Some Islamic scholars however say that there is 

no compulsion in the religion

But scholars have no influence in Malaysia; only religious bureaucrats.

Nurul is brave to express an opinion; but in Malaysia, 

Muslims have no right to an opinion on their own religion. 

They can be punished. Only the state can issue opinions.

Do you believe that Islam has intruded into the public

 sphere at the expense of democratic principles?

It's not Islam that has intruded into public sphere. It is the 

proponent of tyranny and fascist leaders that has used 

religion to control the apparatus of the state. Democracy

 and the rule of law are endangered when you allow 

such leaders to continue to rule.

Communal issues are major issues of the political

 process here; do you think that Pakatan has done 

enough to change this paradigm?

Pakatan strategy is clear - do not talk too much about 

difficult issues; let's get to power first. So that's how 

it will be. Whilst that is not the approach I would

 take, I recognise that politics require many 

different approaches to succeed.

I just hope that when they get to power; 

they will not forget that many hard decisions have to

 be made. If they then said we will wait to win the 

second term before we do them; then I say let's remove them.

So yes, they have not come up with substantive

 plans to change the political paradigm of the country.

Is there a difference between the racial politics of BN and Pakatan?

Racial politics in BN is clear and blatant led by Umno, 

whereas racial politics in Pakatan are more diffused 

and somewhat sheltered by religion and meritocracy.

What is your opinion on affirmative action programmes and

 do you think it nurtures a culture of entitlement?

Affirmative programmes carefully structured and guided 

by transparent principles and good governance can be a 

useful tool to help the poor and the marginalised 


The problem we have is that the Malays no longer

 see affirmative policies as privileges to be g

iven on the need basis; but as

 their rights. Which Malay leaders we have now 

who will dare to explain to them otherwise?

Do you think that affirmative action programmes 

contributed to the ghettoisation of the public and 

private sectors along racial lines?

NONEThe problem we have is the inability 

of some leaders to see the long-term

 pernicious effects of discrimination. 

They want instant gratification and 

support and so they tell the Malays

 they have special rights. When you 

take that path, you then will not 

see you are practicing discrimination.

Only enlightened Malay leaders can tell the difference between 

outright discrimination and affirmative support programmes.

 The Chinese then retaliate and would gang up and support 

each other, thereby making the situation worse.

It's only the Indians and other natives who are 

left alone; desolate and poor.

A recent survey highlighted the racial 

discrimination practices of the private sector. 

Do you think that it is the role of government 

through legislation to even the playing field in the private sector?

Discrimination in the workplace is rampant in the country. 

It's to be expected that when the Malay-led government 

practices discrimination in the public service

there will be a similar response in the Chinese-dominated private sector.
A responsible government must take all steps to end

 discrimination; otherwise, Malaysia will never achieve 

its true potential. It may even sow the seeds 

of future    instability. Legislation is required for this purpose.

What is the one piece of legislation that is desperately needed in Malaysia?

If there is one piece of

If there is one piece of

legislation we needed most

 legislation we needed most, 

it's the 

Freedom of Information Act.

it's the 

Freedom of Information Act. 





regardless who comes to power.

It's only when the leaders know the rakyat can see 

what they are doing will things improve.