The congregation of 126 non governmental organizations (NGO) which was coordinated by PERKASA last Saturday is worthy praise. Let us not look too closely at Ibrahim Ali as a person but look at the mood of the 1200 odd delegates representing almost all Malay NGO nations wide.
The Congress was successfully organized and for that let us give due recognition to PERKASA and Ibrahim Ali as a person. I wish I can see him in days just to congratulate this mate of mine whom I have associated with since the days in Shah Alam ITM.
The Congress was all the way in serious workshop and throughout the sessions the participants were all out telling the government that the New Economic Model is one that kills the entire Malays in all aspects of lives.
“The Malays are giving away everything” shouted some delegates from the floor.
The participants were very representative of all the Malays from all levels and sectors and with their apparent disgruntlement towards the NEM is the actual worries and reservations in accepting Najib’s proposal of the NEM which he is going to table in Parliament on the 10th of this month.
It simply means that what Najib is going to table in parliament is already rejected by the Malays before hand. If Najib is delivering the same proposal, than the Malay's reaction is already predictable.
The revisions were done by Dato’ Dr Professor Ramlah Adam from UiTM, Dato’ Halipah Isa from Economic Planning Unit Dato Akbar Ali and the rest of the delegates were unanimous in their stand that the New Economic Model proposed by DS Najib is exceedingly objectionable and intolerable.
Some went further by telling the leaders that if they are not competent to rule and administer the nation, they should give it to some on else to lead. This kind of rhythm heard in the open is nothing less than the vote of no confidence to the ruling leadership.
The pressure on the government to unfasten the entire plan in the NEM was too great that PM Najib had to set aside his prepared speech text and responded off the calf answers during his closing speech late in the evening.
PM Najib had to say that what was done by him was just a proposal and it is up to the rakyat to accept or to reject it. He was telling every one that nothing is done yet and he is the process of securing feedbacks from the people.
The question is, what is he going to say on the 10th in Parliament when the cross section of the Malays represented by their NGO’s are rejecting the proposed NEM?
UMNO has ceased to play as an effective role in protection of the race, so the views of the NGOs have got to be taken seriously as the representative voices of the Malays.
No UMNO Division or the Branch has the courage to tell the leaders upfront as the leaders at all levels have disconnections with the members they lead. They prefer to express their annoyance behind the leaders.
Dr Ramlah Adam, Ali Akhbar and every invited guest was in the open that NEP was the best formula that was accepted by every race and NEP has never been proven to be the hindrances for the national progress and development.
I have spent a lot of time writing in this blog 2 years ago that the NEP model created by Tun Razak was the best formula and policy which is applicable perpetually and that was the result of sincere and truthful formula by truthful multiracial leaders of yester years.
I was expressing mu personal unhappiness that Dr Mahathir dismantled the NEP in 1990, as he wanted the Malays to go on moving without the ‘tongkat’.
I was not disagreeing to his view that we Malays should go on moving without the ‘tongkat’ but what I was disagreeing was that the ‘tongkat’ should be I kept in the store and shouldn't be thrown away.
No one knows that one day we will need the ‘tongkat’ badly like we are facing currently. Profeesor diRaja Ungku Aziz used to respond by agreeing to my idea. He said “Kalau kita tidak mahu menggunakan tongkat, kita jangan buang tongkat itu. Kita simpan sahaja tongkat tersebut. Mana tahu suatu hari nanti kita akan memerlukan tongkat itu”
Now where is at least one of the smart Alex who used to bombard me with nasty criticism alleging me and people like me as useless able bodied man? It is not at all easy to retrieve and to repossess the ‘tongkat’ as our friends from other races would not agree to it.
I am with total agreement with the resolutions of the Congress and we are anxiously waiting what PM Najib is going to unveil the NEM plans in Parliament on the 10th of this month.
It is not an easy task for him but we can’t be sympathizing with him at the expense of all Malays and Malaysian as a whole.
The Malays are in desperate need of assurance and commitment from the top government leaders and all policy makers as well as the Law Makers that their future is appropriately protected.
Lastly but not least I would like to extend a huge CONGRATULATION to Ibrahim Ali and PERKASA for the successful congregation of 126 Malay NGOs to agree and to tell off the PM that the Malays can’t accept peanuts any longer.
But what worries everybody is, he may sway and may swim with the flow again. He is known for his habit of ‘changing goal posts’ without qualm.