27 November, 2010


I refer to news report today where PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail in her opening speech at the party congress in Shah Alam today said that 'Ketuanan Melayu' (Malay supremacy) should be abandoned.

She further said that “the concept of Malay supremacy must be left behind so that our children will grow up with the vision of a dignified race.”
[ Source: Malaysiakini 27 November 2010 / Suara Keadilan 27 November, 2010]

I fully agree with the stand taken by the President of PKR on this matter as this would benefit all Malaysians in the country.

Since PKR, being a component of Pakatan Rakyat, are now in control of 4 states in Malaysia, I would suggest that the PKR President as well as its de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim ensure that all these Pakatan Rakyat states abandon the said “Ketuanan Melayu” concepts.

As PKR is well aware, virtually all Pakatan Rakyat states still practice the policy of retaining Bumiputra & Malay Quotas on various matters of the states. This includes quotas for housing & commercial development in Pakatan Rakyat states.

I have on various occasions highlighted, the Pakatan Rakyat regime in Kedah had raised Bumiputra quotas for certain housing development upto 70%. Under the previous administration of Barisan Nasional, these bumiputra quotas were set at 30%.

Instead of resolving any of these Ketuanan Melayu policies, PKR had chosen to practice the Ketuanan Melayu in a more extreme manner. Thus, the declaration by the PKR President today is quite ironic.

If PKR and their President are genuine in what they declare in their congress today, I suggest that PKR ensure that the Pakatan Rakyat regime in Kedah immediately in their next EXCO meeting:-
1. cancel the increase of the bumiputra quotas for housing & commercial development; and
2. remove all other state policies which are associated with “Ketuanan Melayu” policies.

Currently, there are 3 representatives of PKR in the Kedah EXCO. The de facto leader of Pakatan Rakyat also comes from PKR.

Hence, if PKR fails to commence the abolishment of Ketuanan Melayu concept in their Pakatan Rakyat states, then, this would yet be another rhetoric stand by PKR for the pleasure of their members and leaders.