Ketuanan Melayu dan Kontrak Sosial
I think people should just stop talking about these two subjects.
We read about these and I am not sure whether we all understand whatever these two phrases stand for. I don’t and I am not so agonize about understanding them.
Fact is, Malaysia is NOW a multiracial country just like any other country.
It would have been different had we not granted the Chinese and Indian the citizenship many decades ago. But we did, their great great grand parents were Malaysian and after decades of merdeka, their generations evidently deserve to be referred as sons of this soil. If you think we made a mistake then, too bad, we have to live with it.
Ketuanan Melayu – this goes along with some privileges. If there is no privilege tagging along the term, I am sure we could even care less about being Malay. If we think we are still the host of this country, we are not. Take it, being Malay is just an identity of yourself, just like a culture or a tradition. And some don’t even care about their roots or preserving their cultures, which is ok and normal. Malay, Chinese or Indian…so??
Kontrak Social is a mere gentleman agreement among these races made then that Malay shall preserve its right being the original sons of the soil in return to a good favor rendered to Chinese and Indians. While the Chinese and Indians appreciated this contract, it makes no sense for us to force upon the new generation now to honor this so called gentleman agreement. You can force but it will not last. It would be stupid for them to honor this as they are now as good Malaysians as other races.
So, if you think about it, why bother with all these. If it creates lots of uneasiness and agitation among all Malaysians, just drop it. We are not fighting for it anyway, we are just delaying it to see how long it could last so we could enjoy it until the last drop.
So my fellow hillbillies, forget ketuanan, go on with our life and trust me it won’t be long before we all have to play on a level playing field to survive. We can last contentedly kalau kita adil.