Najib – Malay Rights Fully Protected
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 21 – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the privileges and rights of the Malays are fully protected under the Federal Constitution and cannot be disputed, and this fact should be accepted by all races in the country.
Najib, who is also the Umno president, said this fact was agreed upon by the founding fathers representing all the races in the country when it gained independence.
“Even if the two-thirds majority is gained in Parliament, nothing can be changed without the consent of the Council represented by the nine Malay Rulers.
“In other words, it would be pointless to quarrel and use this provision on citizenship to threaten the other races because the provision enshrined is so concrete even if an emergency were to be declared, it still cannot be touched,” he said when delivering his keynote address at the Umno General Assembly 2010, at the Dewan Merdeka, Putra World Trade Centre, here.
When delivering his speech with the theme ‘Empowering the Race to Lead Prosperity’, Najib pointed out that efforts by certain groups to question the position of the Malays as a race whose privileges are protected, had clearly caused uneasiness and dissatisfaction towards the Malays who are noted for their accommodating attitude.
“This feeling of discontentment has begun to spread and may destroy the racial harmony which we have nurtured for so long,” he said to loud applause from the more than 4,000 delegates and observers.
Najib said that after gaining independence for 53 years and that Malaysians were now facing relentless pressure on the main thrusts in racial relations which had existed all this while, this national polemic could possibly pose a threat to national solidarity.
“What poses a problem under these circumstances is that there will be tension when history is ignored or forgotten as time goes by, or when there are irresponsible groups who try to re-interpret all this to suit their interests or narrow agenda,” he said.
Najib said the Malays had actually made the biggest sacrifice to achieve independence, when they were willing to share the ownership of ‘Tanah Melayu’, which was their motherland, with the other races.