EDITORIAL: Malaysians’ dilemma

KUALA LUMPUR (Sin Chew Daily/ANN) - The new government under Pakatan Harapan should be bold enough to be different from its predecessor Barisal Nasional. It should look into doing away with the unfair matriculation programme to assist buniputra students, a backdoor way of entering into public university so that there is a competitive platform for the Malays and other ethnic groups to grow further.  

The Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) chairman Tun Daim Zainuddin, in a media interview recently, expressed his view that the government should abolish matriculation. 
However, abolishing the programme will lead to Pakatan Harapan being labelled as `anti-Malays`, which is equivalent to political suicide to him.
Yes, the Pakatan Harapan government receives strong support from the Chinese community with the glory of ‘new Malaysians’.
However, it does not dare to give a positive reply to the many requests made by Chinese community. In a nutshell, it is seeking Malay votes and to look after the feelings of the Malays. 
As the coalition is fearful of becoming a one-term government, Pakatan Haparan would be competing with Umno and PAS to seek the support of the Malays. 
Umno is sure that Chinese votes would not return, hence it is taking on approach along the racial and religious lines with PAS. 
Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia has DAP with it and Chinese are the staunch supporters. 
To the requests made by Chinese, they keep playing the delay tactic by gauging the response in Malay society first before many adjustments. Anyhow the next general election is still four years from now.  
Hence we often hear the remarks of looking after the feelings of the Malays while Chinese still yet to feel good about receiving fair treatment.
When the Barisan Nasional was in power, Umno shared the same sentiment.
Now that Pakatan Harapan has taken over the baton, such mindset remains. 
Few would dare to sing the particular song – we are different, which has been heard in every corner of the country before the election.
Ya. This is a Malay-majority country. The government would need to look after the feeling and the interest of the Malays. But the Chinese have feelings too. From the previous government to the current government, the Chinese are still in dilemma as whoever rulse, the bumiputra agenda is always placed as top priority. 
We hope the Pakatan Harapan can be drafting policy from the angle of a `Malaysian`. Any implementation of policy, the Malays, as the largest ethnic group in the country, do not need to stress about Malay agenda. 
Why must we be confined by Umno and PAS?
The new government should walk the talk. When it has said that it is going o be different from Umno, then be it different from Barisan Nasional. Otherwise why are the people vote for the new government? 
After Pakatan Harapan`s victory, political interests take centre stage while promises are placed aside. Don’t the Chinese sense this? 
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad had said that the matriculation is the `backdoor` allowing Bumiputra students with weaker academic result to enter public university. Because of this back door, many STPM students (form six) are rejected by the public university or not granted the choice of their studies.
The 100% back door only meant for the Malays was later allocated 10% for non-Bumiputra students. In fact the government should have removed this back door and let students of all races to apply for public universities. 
The path for STPM students and matriculation students are different, including fees charged for accommodation and living costs. This is an unfair education system which has also lowered the standard of local university. 
Pakatan Harapan government should do the right thing and not to be afraid by being labelled as ` anti-Malay`. It has never done anything which is against the Malays. 
If the Pakatan Harapan government is afraid of being blamed and doing the right thing, it would be the same like Barisan Nasional which has ruled for 60 years. We are still moving on the same spot and not moving away from the racial barrier. 
Dr Mahathir has wanted the Malays to be independent. He even shed tears for not witnessing them to stand on their own feet. But he implemented Bumiputra agenda through policy. After leaving Umno to form a new political party, he still has policies to please them.  
The Pakatan Harapan government should teach the Malays driving instead of arranging a driver for them. Look at our own children, if we were to settle everything for them, how are they going to be independent? A child who can’t compete is like a flower in incubator. The Malays and children of other ethnic groups are the same, they need a competitive platform for them to grow. 
We hope the Malays can be more confident and together with other ethnic groups compete in overseas by taking up the global challenge. 
If abolishing matriculation can be a political suicide, then retaining the programme is equivalent to a gradual suicide in slashing their competitiveness. When is the Malay dilemma coming to an end? How about the dilemma of other ethnic groups? 


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