Strive To Become Towering Race, Malays Urged
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 22 – The Malays could become a towering race by striving to improve themselves and capitalise on their rights and position, said Umno legal adviser Datuk Mohd Hafarizam Harun.
He said they should pursue knowledge and leave their comfort zone and compete with other races.
“Do not use the special rights and privileged position as an excuse that they can rest on their laurels as they are protected,” he told Bernama here today.
Universiti Teknologi Mara lecturer Assoc Prof Shaharuddin Badaruddin said the Malays should not rely solely on the special privileges to succeed in their endeavours.
“The Constitution is merely a platform to defend their rights and position. To succeed they must work hard.
“In football, if you playing a defensive game, hardly attacking game, how to beat your opponents. Similarly, if the Malays do not take advantage of their rights and position, they will not succeed,” he said when contacted.
Umno veteran Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang said the Malays must be willing to change the perception that they were a docile community.
“We cannot go far if we rely only on subsidies to succeed. If other people can, why can’t we?
“We have to think positive and challenge ourselves. If not, we will be left far behind by other races,” said Abu Zahar, who is also Dewan Negara president.
Federation of Peninsular Malay Students (GPMS) Jais Abdul Karim said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had jolted the Malays out of their complacency to rise up and empower themselves so that they would not be looked down by other races.