Malay NGOs need to stay objective

TTF: If the NGOs that protested Lim Guan Eng’s use of the Chinese language in official government matters did it to safeguard the national language, I’m all for it. If, however, their mission was to awaken the Malays and unite them against the DAP-led Pakatan Harapan, its a lost cause.

These NGOs need to realise that the Barisan Nasional we grew to love is dead and gone. Even as we speak, Dr Mahathir Mohamad is attempting to turn UMNO into his UMNO before having it merged with PPBM. By the time he’s done, we’ll be left with a one-party dictatorship that’s likely to accommodate a dummy opposition.

So you see, it wouldn’t matter if the NGOs succeed in uniting the Malays against the DAP-led Pakatan. What matters most is the establishment of a new party capable of housing disgruntled UMNO members. The new party could then work out some unification terms with PAS towards the establishment of a brand new coalition.

Only when that happens will the Malays feel assured that someone is truly looking after their backs.

PUTRAJAYA: More than 50 Malay non-governmental organisations (NGOs) led by the advisor of the Malay Consultative Council (MPM) Tun Hanif Omar today submitted a memorandum titled “Upholding the Malay Language in the Malaysian Government’s Administration’ to Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.

Among others, the four-page memorandum contained a call to Lim to use the Malay Language in all official government matters and to withdraw all documents written in Mandarin.

The memorandum was received by the secretary of the Corporate Strategy and Communications in the Finance Ministry Suhaili Ahmad at the ministry’s office here.

The memorandum also demanded that the Finance Ministry use the Malay language in all official matters, to respect the Malay language as the national language and to be an exemplary leadership which prioritises the Malay language.

Earlier, Hanif, a former Inspector-General of Police, as well as several other notable figures, joined a peaceful gathering organised by the Malaysian National Writers’ Association (Gapena) outside the Putra Mosque here after Friday prayers protesting Lim’s action.

The other personalities who took part in the protest included the former chairman of MAS Tan Sri Abd Aziz Abd Rahman, the former director-general of Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) Datuk Dr Awang Sariyan, MPM secretary Datuk Dr Hassan Mad and Gapena deputy head Amiruddin Md Ali Hanafiah.

In his speech, Hanif demanded that Lim apologise for using another language other than the National Language in an official statement by the Finance Ministry.

He said Lim must apologise as even Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had said it was a mistake that must be avoided.

Hanif said as a minister, Lim must set an example to the non-Malay community by upholding the national language which is a unifying factor for all the races in the country.

Source: Malaysian Digest

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