In April this year, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib has said that no Malaysian should consider himself a second-class citizen nor feel sidelined or left behind in the nation’s progress.
He said under his “1Malaysia” concept, every member of the public who was eligible, in need of help and aid, would be rendered assistance.Last month, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin reiterated that there is no such thing as a first or second-class citizen in the country and that all citizens have equal rights.
He stressed that the government would continue to ensure fairness and equality for all as stated in the Federal Constitution and uphold all the principles of the Rukun Negara.
"No Malaysian should feel neglected as every individual, regardless of race or religion and whether he lives in town or the outskirts, enjoys the same rights and privileges. Najib and Muhyiddin have indeed uttered very nice and politically correct words about all citizens being equal in this country.
But the fact that they still have to make such rhetoric 52 years after we have achieved independence simply proves that BN government policies have failed to make all Malaysians feel that they have an equal place under the Malaysian sun.
How can all Malaysians enjoy an equal place under the Malaysian sun if the BN government continues to implement policies which are divisive and discriminatory.
Speaking at the UNESCO Conference in October this year, the Prime Minister said his clarion call for Malaysia is 1 dream, 1 people, and 1 nation."
I believe that Najib has referred to the Bangsa Malaysia concept of the 2020 Vision when he mentioned 1 people.
I have two questions for Najib.
Firstly, can some Malaysians not feel sidelined if his I Malaysia concept does not include 1 Policy -- the implementation of just and fair policies irrespective of race and religion?
Secondly, is Ketuanan Melayu concept compatible with the Bangsa Malaysia dream?
Ketuanan Melayu concept has nothing to do with the position of Malay Rulers and is not to be found in the Merdeka Constitution . It is a political concept propagated to serve not the Malay race, but the political interest of UMNO.
This concept should be replaced by the Ketuanan Rakyat Malaysia concept which rightly stresses the people as the masters , not any one race.
The Ketuanan Rakyat Malaysia concept is the necessary and right concept for Malaysia as it will make all Malaysians feel they are all truly Malysians and ensure that they can all have an equal place under the Malaysian sun.
I call on the Prime Minister to declare the inclusion of 1 Policy and endorsement of Ketuanan Rakyat Malaysia in his 1 Malaysia concept.