In new Malaysia, Malays still worry over race and religion

Looi Sue-Chern

Voters queuing up in the early morning to cast their ballots during the 14th general election in Alor Star on May 9. Many Malay voters do not think the Pakatan Harapan government will protect Islam and Malay rights. – AFP pic, August 14, 2018.

THE Pakatan Harapan government wants to end race and religious politics but a survey of Malay voters shows that they are still swayed by communal sentiments.  

The survey by Ilham Centre among Malays in June, a month after the new government came into power, found that they can be provoked by racial and religious issues played up by Umno and conservative Islamists in PAS. 

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  • Do you think our colonial British rulers would have given us independence in 1957 only to the Malays, ignoring others? Malays must be strong in religion & overcome through prayer any insecurities they may have to live in this modern world..

    Posted 2 years ago by MELVILLE JAYATHISSA

  • They fear everything, and make worse by their feudalistic mindset. No wonder the race are caught in a time warped, preferred to walk with crutches (even without any physical disability) and cant move forward.

    Posted 2 years ago by Rupert Lum

  • PH parties especially the malay based ones must educate the malays on the backward notion that has been ingrained in them, namely race, religion as primary consideration.
    We must consider ourselves as Malaysians first otherwise it would only serve the interest of the politically connected and the leaders.

    Posted 2 years ago by Gabriel Chelliah

  • The solution lies about a decade or so away. As the older generation passes on, the tone of politics will change. This is just a game of demographics.

    Posted 2 years ago by K Pop

  • How the country can progress with this set of mentality. Instead of practicing meritocracy to let the best person to lead they look at race and religion. It doesn't matter to them if the person is much more qualified as compared to one who is less qualified from the community.

    Posted 2 years ago by Chee yee ng

  • Malaysia as a whole will be saddled with this concerns of the Malays insecurity who are always falling back on the race and religion as a shield where it is but a weighty concerns affecting all to uplift themelves to face the emerging new era. The Malays in the catergory of 35 years of age and above are too deeply entrenched in the feudalistic bondage perpetuated from the old 61 years regime. Might help with the passing over of such group by natures act and sadly it is a slow process but in conjunction the new regime should at this juncture start tuning and inculcate the independent mind set of the very younger generations to dispel the old politically created fears and harness in a new set of capabilities and abilities to restore their confidence. Again it depends on the ruling party on the needs to do so as it is detrimental to sustain their holding on to power.

    Posted 2 years ago by Lee Lee

  • 61 years of UMNO indoctrination on Malay supremacy has left them feeling insecure. Feels a bit like holding on to an expired lottery ticket. While Allah helps those who help themselves, fortune always favours the the better prepared. The world can be a very unforgiving place. It is therefore time for Malays to stake their claim to genuine supremacy through good old fashioned determination and hardwork. May Allah bless Malaysia!

    Posted 2 years ago by Roger 5201