Even Malays are leaving Malaysia

0
no views

Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah is concerned that even Malays are getting disillusioned with the state of the nation and leaving the country, reports the Malaysian Insider.

Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah is concerned that even Malays are getting disillusioned with the state of the nation and leaving the country.
 
“Something must be wrong in this so-called Malay Land (Tanah Melayu) when they (Malays) are leaving.” said the Kelantan prince during an interview with The Malaysian Insider.
 
The Umno veteran and Gua Musang MP said people, especially the young, are feeling uneasy over developments in the country and didn’t mince his words when he pointed out that there are signs of decline everywhere.
 
“There are many Malays in London who are professionals, making good money, who will not return because the environment is not right in Malaysia.”
 
He added that the negative publicity generated by the caning of three Muslim women and controversy surrounding the use of the word “Allah” is not helping the country.
 
While the caning may have been in accordance to Syariah laws, Razaleigh said it still negatively impacts the country when it makes headlines around the world for the wrong reasons.
 
 holding hands and cited a case where Islamic authorities barged into a room where a foreign couple was staying.
 
Razaleigh also decried that race relations are getting increasingly strained because of divisive policies.
 
He said the government can stage as many open houses as they like but there’s no warmth.

“Of course people will come if there’s free food but it’s not genuine.”
 
He pointed out that despite the recent assurances on the crime rate coming down, people are still insecure about their safety.
 
“Even my wife is afraid to go out. Why should we be afraid in our own country?”
 
He lamented the corruption in the country and how Air Force jet engines that weigh a ton can go “missing” or how the nation’s first submarine, which cost billions, could not initially dive.
 
“Now that it can dive, we’re not sure if it can come up again.” he said, adding that it may sound comical but it is alarming.
 
On the streets, he said, corruption have allowed drugs to flow in.
 
“Malaysia is only a small market compared to New York, but because people are corrupt they allow drugs to flow in.” he said, adding that young minds and lives are lost because of it.

READ MORE:  Najib conviction: Implications for Malaysian political culture

“These are signs of decline which were never here before,” he concluded.

Source: Neville Spykerman, themalaysianinsider.com, 26 February 2010

Thanks for dropping by! The views expressed in Aliran's media statements and the NGO statements we have endorsed reflect Aliran's official stand. Views and opinions expressed in other pieces published here do not necessarily reflect Aliran's official position.

Our voluntary writers work hard to keep these articles free for all to read. But we do need funds to support our struggle for Justice, Freedom and Solidarity. To maintain our editorial independence, we do not carry any advertisements; nor do we accept funding from dubious sources. If everyone reading this was to make a donation, our fundraising target for the year would be achieved within a week. So please consider making a donation to Persatuan Aliran Kesedaran Negara, CIMB Bank account number 8004240948.
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments