Lim Kit Siang
Tan Sri Muhyiddinm Yassin has confirmed that the greatest threat to
Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s signature 1Malaysia policy is
his “Malay first, Malaysian second” Deputy Prime Minister.
In his speech yesterday, Muhyiddin said Malaysians cannot refute the
fact that the future of the nation depended on the unity of the Malays
and Muslims, who formed the majority.
Muhyiddin said if the Muslims split due to differences in politics or
other fundamental issues related to religion, then it would be
difficult to achieve peace and unity for the nation as a whole.
Muhyiddin is wrong as forming a greater majority than Malays and
Muslims in the country are Malaysians regardless of religious faiths
Muhyiddin yesterday completely repudiated Najib’s signature 1Malaysia
policy, which is defined by the 1Malaysia Government Transformation
Programme (GTP) Roadmap launched by Najib in his first year as Prime
“The goal of 1Malaysia is to make Malaysia more vibrant, more
productive and more competitive – and ultimately a greater nation: a
nation where, it is hoped, every Malaysian perceives himself or herself
as Malaysian first, and by race, religion, geographical region or
socio-economic background second and where the principles of 1Malaysia
are woven into the economic, political and social fabric of society.”
It is clear that after 39 months as Najib’s Deputy Prime Minister,
Muhyiddin has not become more 1Malaysia-minded but instead has remained
as racist as ever as when he declared in his response to my challenge on
April 1, 2010 that he was “a Malay first and then only a Malaysian”.
Muhyiddin had said: “How can I say I’m Malaysian first and Malay
second? All the Malays will shun me and say that it is not proper.”
He even challenged me to declare that I was Malaysian first and Chinese second.
I never had hesitation to declare both inside Parliament and outside that I am Malaysian first and Chinese second.
It is a reflection of the failure of the Malaysian nation-building
process as well as the hollowness of the 1Malaysia Policy that up to
now, Najib dared not set the example to declare that he is Malaysian
first and Malay second.
Just as a Malaysian who declared that he is Malaysian first and
Chinese second does not make him or her less of a Chinese, similarly a
person who declared that he is Malaysian first and Malay, Indian,
Kadazan or Iban second does not make him or her less of a Malay, Indian,
Kadazan or Iban!
If Muhyiddin still maintains that it is wrong for a Malay leader to
declare that he is “Malaysian first and Malay second”, is he going to
take the next logical step and propose in Cabinet and the Barisan
Nasional Supreme Council to scrap the 1Malaysia Policy as a total
failure after three years?
Or worse, that it is a complete fraud on Malaysians for the past
three years especially as the objective of the 1Malaysia policy has not
found unanimity or consensus in Barisan Nasional let alone majority
support of UMNO, the political hegemon in Barisan Nasional!
Even the de facto Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir and other UMNO
leaders have criticised the 1Malaysia slogan as “hollow” and
When is Najib going to be frank with Malaysians – that his signature
1Malaysia Policy is just an empty slogan without serious purpose or