Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leader M. Manoharan has come out with a gem of an idea and I have to totally agree with him. He proposed all Malaysians born after August 31, 1957 be accorded a Bumiputra status. He also said this will give more meaning to Prime Minister Najib Razak's One Malaysia concept a chance of bearing some fruit!
After all this country has always been about the Malays and Bumiputras!
Manoharan said in an interview with a news portal said that:"I want to meet the prime minister to propose that we accord Bumiputra status to all Malaysians born here after August 31, 1957 to dismantle racial barrier."
He also said that such a move might give the PM's One Malaysia slogan of unity a chance of bearing some fruit, as it would be the first step towards recognising all citizens as equal Malaysians.
Manoharan also stressed that recognising the sensitivities surrounding Bumiputra status, he explained that it was not meant to impinge on the constitutional rights and privileges of Malays
“The constitution enshrines the rights of Malays, not Bumiputras, so they can still continue to enjoy their special status. I am not trying to take it away from them,” he said.The way I see it this country should have always been about the Malays and the Bumiputras, and those who were born after independence should not have to fight for what is rightly theirs.
In Malay we called it "Tanah Tumpah Darah Ku", or in a land where mothers gave birth to their sons and daughters on this blessed land that is now called Malaysia! Every child that was born on or after that year must be made to feel this is their home, otherwise the pain that their mothers have to endure to bring them to this world now called Malaysia will be in vain, and that every child will be full of anger when the suffereing of their mothers that is not recognised!
I do not want to talk about my childhood upbringing in what I perceived as in a true multi-racial setting, it gets boring after a while when someone always brought up the subject of how Ali, Ah Chong and Mutthu grew up happily together. The question is what have we done lately?!
The truth of the matter is that along the way we somehow got lost in the woods! Yes, we got lost somewhere along the way but the difference now is that we have a new Prime Minister that can help us find our way back again and the least we can is to give him a chance to show that he can find a way out!
I do hope Manoharan can get to see his Prime Minister and to explain and to articulate with what he thought to be a damn good idea! I think it is.Having said all that and about my only dream before I end my fantastic journey is to be able to swear at Ah Chong and Mutthu in the same language that they will swear at me.
When that happens then I know that we have bonded as one people when we can do that in a common language.But before that we have to learn that one "language" and we also have to do a lot of soul searching and healing and to open our heart for more positive suggestions, and Manoharan if you are truly sincere, your suggestion gets my full support and I hope the PM can also see your wisdom! Yes the healing must start now!