Picture this: the year is 2007, Kuala Lumpur. Banner waving everywhere on the streets around Mahathir’s twin erection – Petronas Tower. Malay, Indian and Chinese children cyclying gleefully around a village as the sun goes down. The sign on the banner reads “one legacy, one destiny”. The questions behind the banner of unity are many:
Whose legacy, whose destiny?
Islamic state or secular state?
Election this year or next?
Is there or is there not a photo?
Is there or is there not high-level involvement in Altantuya’s murder case?
Is there a clampdown on bloggers?
Akujanji or Aku TAK janji?
The list goes on …
According to ASIA TIMES ONLINE:
The real victim in all this is the Malay community, whom UMNO claims it is serving and protecting. By politicizing religion, UMNO has tarnished Malaysia’s international and domestic reputation as a bastion of moderate Islam. Meanwhile, UMNO’s unwavering support for an affirmative-action program favoring ethnic Malays over minority Chinese and Indians has bred animosity among non-Muslims and become an excuse for them to scapegoat Malays for all the country’s shortcomings and ignore their significant contributions to nation-building.
That racial divide has and continues to play into UMNO’s hands. The government elite and a growing band of concerned Malaysians have set the stage for country’s 50th anniversary. Malaysians of all ethnicities must now decide where they will stand, if it’s best to leave nation-building primarily in government hands, or if now is the time to become more active stakeholders in the country’s future.