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I am compelled to re-publish this very interesting article by YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed in his blog recently as I see the relevance to the Malay Rights and racial articles which I have posted recently. Reading the article below has given me a new insight as to how racial politics started in Malaysia although one may always argue that it was just a matter of time. Similar to the term “biting more than one can chew” or “kacang lupakan kulit (a nut forgets its skin!… excuse the pun!). But even with time, if the premise was right and adhered to begin with then I think such demands would be less demanding and interrogating. This is the problem we face today… all from that stroke of a pen then…

Below is taken from written by YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed, our beloved leader:

1. Mr Lee Kwan Yew, the Minister Mentor of Singapore is three years my senior. That means he and I practically grew up in the same period of time. That also means that I have been able to watch the progress of Mr Lee, and in fact to interact with him on various occasions.

2. His assertion in his interview with the New York Times that “Race relations (would be) better if Singapore (had) not (been) “turfed out” (of Malaysia) is worth studying. Is it true or is it fantasy?

3. Before Singapore joined the Peninsular, Sabah and Sarawak to form Malaysia, there was less racial politics in the Federation of Malaysia. In 1955 the Malays who made up 80 per cent of the citizens gave a large number of their constituencies to the few Chinese and Indian citizens and ensured they won with strong Malay support. As a result the Alliance won 51 of the 52 seats contested.

4. The Tunku then rewarded this willingness of the Chinese and Indian citizens to support the coalition concept by giving them ONE MILLION unconditional citizenship. This reduced Malay majority to 60 per cent.

5. In the 1959 elections the Alliance of UMNO, MCA and MIC won easily though Kelantan was lost. PAS with only Malays as members was rejected. Racialism even when implied failed.

6. In 1963 Singapore became a part of Malaysia. Despite having promised that the PAP will not participate in Peninsular, Sabah and Sarawak politics, Kwan Yew reneged and the PAP tried to displace the MCA in the Alliance by appealing to Chinese sentiments in the Peninsular. Of course the slogan was “Malaysian Malaysia” which implied that the Chinese were not having equal rights with the Malays. If this appeal to Chinese sentiments against the Malays was not racial, I do not know what is racial.

7. But the Peninsular Chinese favoured working with the Malays in UMNO. They totally rejected PAP in 1964.

8. Following the Malaysian Malaysia campaign a few UMNO leaders tried to rouse Singapore Malay sentiments. There were demonstrations in Singapore where before there were none. Kwan Yew accused Jaafar Albar for instigating the Singapore Malays. Although I never went to Singapore, nor met the Malays there, I was labelled a Malay-ultra by Kwan Yew himself.

9. By 1965 racism had taken hold and the Tunku was forced to end Singapore’s membership of Malaysia. But the seed of Chinese racialism had been sown, so that even after the PAP left, the “Malaysian Malaysia” war cry was picked up by the DAP, an offspring of the PAP.

10. With the background of Singapore’s activities in Malaysia in the short three years of its membership, can we really believe that if it had not been “turfed out” race relations would be better in Malaysia?

11. But proof of what would have happened was shown by the politics leading up to the 1969 Election. The MCA began to criticise the Sino/Malay cooperation especially on so-called special rights and demanded for a Chinese University. UMNO then began to clamour for a greater share of the economy of the country. The UMNO/MCA conflict resulted in the Alliance faring very badly in the 1969 Elections.

12. DAP and Gerakan, a new party largely made up of MCA dissidents made gains. The Alliance were shocked and rattled.

13. Then the Gerakan and DAP held their victory parade near the Malay settlement of Kampung Baru, hurling racist insults at the Malays. The result was the 13th May race riots.

14. Till today the racist slogan “Malaysian Malaysia” is the war-cry of the DAP. Racism in Malaysia is clearly the result of Singapore’s membership of the country for just three years. Can we really believe that if Singapore had not been “turfed out” Malaysia would have no racial problem.

15. While Kwan Yew talks about his belief that all ethnic communities should free themselves from the shackles of racial segregation in order to promote fairness and equality among the races, he also said that “once we are by ourselves (out of Malaysia) the Chinese become the majority”.

16. Singapore’s population is made up of 75 per cent Chinese and they own 95 per cent of the economy. It is therefore not a truly multi-racial country but a Chinese country with minority racial groups who are additionally much poorer.

17. In Singapore dissent is not allowed, People who contest against the PAP would be hauled up in court for libel and if they win elections would not be allowed to take their places in Parliament. Whereas in Malaysia opposition parties invariably win seats in Parliament and even set up State Governments (today five out of the 13 States are ruled by the opposition parties) the PAP in Singapore has to appoint PAP members to represent the opposition.

18. Whether the PAP admits it or not, the party has always been led and dominated by ethnic Chinese and have won elections principally because of Chinese votes. The others are not even icing on the cake.

19. If Singapore is a part of Malaysia the PAP can certainly reproduce the Singapore kind of non-racial politics because together with the Malaysian Chinese, the PAP will ethnically dominate and control Malaysian politics. No dissent would be allowed and certainly no one would dare say anything about who really runs the country.

20. Amnesia is permissible but trying to claim that it is because Singapore had been “turfed out” for the present racist politics in Malaysia is simply not supported by facts of history.

21. Lee Kwan Yew and I saw the same things and know the reasons why.

Dr Mahathir Mohamed



  1. Shaik, So when are you joining them?

  2. No sense in aguing who is a better and responsible leader. The Singapore result speaks for itself FULL STOP!!!

  3. joining who? what?

  4. No wonder question 49 of PMR History correct answer is the obsticale to national racial unity is SRJK type school. and now come the cause of racial widening is PAP solgan Malaysian Malaysia adapted by DAP. The Goverment effort to console into 1 Malaysia race by UMNO is never meant to be Malaysian Malaysia so we must always be grateful to those past & present politician for the current racial distance.

  5. to joseph chiang – if Spore is better, go migrate yrself to Spore la….

  6. Item 6: PAP reneged on agreement not to venture into Malaya.

    How convenient. It started when UMNO ventured in Singapore elections and got thrashed. In response, PAP entered Malaya to take part in the elections.

    Mahathir is an expert with selective facts to suit his agenda.

  7. Have anyone here seen the Declassified Documents on the May 13 Incident? If not, you can read “May 13: Declassified Documents on the Malaysian Riots of 1969” by Kua Kia Soong. You will be surprised who are the real culprits behind May 13!

  8. Malays are all just rather useless. How many books has Tun himself published in order to raise their status and where are they as a race 20 years later? Still mere traders – best at getting government grants, buying a big car and getting a second wife! JN

  9. Explain why Razak went cap in hand to the China country, a communist one at that!

  10. he is best leader

  11. jeya, don’t generalize that way or else you are showing your level of education.

  12. who are the culprits? and where to read the source?

  13. Today UMNO has exploited the system with the ‘Bumi only’ policies. We are equal and thats it, dismantle all the above policies and every Malaysian compete on the same platform. No more excuses, and as for Maha-thir (Maha – great, thir – thief Indian languages) he is the taboo or he will destroy Malaysia for his benefit. Don’t be fooled.

  14. I’m extremely impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself? Either way keep up the nice quality writing, it is rare to see a nice blog like this one these days.

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