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1 Malaysia: Unity in Diversity; as opposed to Unity in Uniformity

Posted by Oscar the Grouch on April 19, 2009

Whilst Mahathir has his Bersih, Cekap dan Amanah concept, Pak Lah with his Work With Me, Not For Me; Najib has since conceptualised his 1 Malaysia model- a yet to be fully-explained slogan backing his governmental administration.

In his website – aptly called www.1malaysia.com.my – Najib indicates that there will be 8 Values of the 1 Malaysia. So far, he has unveiled 4 of the values: – Culture of Excellence, Perseverance, Humility and Acceptance. And thus far, he has riddled us with more convoluting and meandering explanations that are, quite frankly, unfathomable.

First of all – let us understand – the 1 Malaysia is a concept. It is simply a slogan. To put it even more plainly, it is a motto – a meaningless axiomatic dictum of words that carries no weight of law.

Secondly – and as many would want to believe – it is not about One Malaysian, where all Malaysians stands as one in equality. A concept of equality of such a nature would go against the spirit of the Federal Constitution – namely Article 153 – which safeguards the special position of the Malays and natives of Sabah and Sarawak. It would also go against the New Economic Policy.

Hence, if the 1 Malaysia is not about equality of races, then what is it about?

Professor Datuk Dr Shamsul Amri Baharuddin, from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Institute of Ethnic Studies, drew an uneasy distinction with the concept of “Malaysian Malaysia”, promulgated by the PAP of Singapore, and later the DAP.

The Malaysian Malaysia – he says – is an ideology that espouses all ethnic group having equal rights with none having special rights. The 1 Malaysia, Prof Shamsul explains – rhetorically in florid scholastic terms – as a national unity process not in the manner of “unity in uniformity” but “unity in diversity“. This in plain simple English means something out of nothing.

Najib himself, so far with his 4 Values, does not breach on the subject of equality. He talks firstly on a Culture of Excellence- it is basically the abstract issue of work and performance. In Part 2, he talks on Perseverance- in which he preaches some sort of self-help maxims on how life is never easy. In Part 3, he pleads on the trait of Humility.

It is finally, in Part 4 which he threads on issues of more substance: – Acceptance. It is here that Najib tries to surreptitiously and perhaps covertly take on the topic of equality, by pointing out the difference between “tolerance” and “acceptance”. On the former, he explains that “… when you say you tolerate, you don’t quite like it, but you accept it because you have no choice.” This is as opposed to “acceptance”, where he argues “… if you talk in terms of acceptance, it indicates a state of mind that you are embracing something positively.”

So Najib is asking us to accept not to tolerate all the farcical nonsense, but to embrace it with a smile?

It is really all too philosophical for me to swallow. What exactly are all these Values? These are all not politics. It is some sort of Swami Beyondananda mantras – “excellence”, “perseverance”, humility” and “acceptance”. Pick up any cheap self-help book from MPH and you can find the same crap. In fact, why not just get a free copy from the Buddhist temple.

I wait, with abated breath, on the next 4 Values.

10 Responses to “1 Malaysia: Unity in Diversity; as opposed to Unity in Uniformity”

  1. flyer168 said

    Oscar,

    With the “Haprak” UMNO/BN Leaders “Bankrupt of Intelligent, Legal, Constitutional, Political, etc SOLUTIONS”….

    They will always be in Denial & therefore will resort to “Alternative Tactics” which can only be found in their Gutter Politics & Law of the Jungle “Holy Book”!

    Party promotions based on “patronisation, money politics, etc” without “Meritocracy and Proven Track Records” leads to “Leaders” that UMNO is inheriting – “Elite, Ketuanan UMNO BEGGARS”….

    Remember….One must always be MAGNANIMOUS in VICTORY….

    TWO WRONGS DO NOT MAKE ONE RIGHT….

    Hello, apa macam mahu jadi “Pemimpin” negara kalau ta’mau dengar, tengok & belajar….

    Asik2 mau pukul semua Anak Bangsa Malaysia Melayu, Cina, India & SENDIRI PUNYA PARTY MEMBER pun mau cari Gaduh!!!!

    Pemimpin Ketuanan Muslim Hadhari UMNO dari atas sampai bawah semua GOBLOK!

    Everyone of them UMNO Leaders are “Squeezing” each other by the “Orbs/Jugulars”.

    After what Agong had done for Incoming PM & DPM….

    Now the “Anointed Adviser” have them both in his “Trap” with one son as Dy Minister of MITI & another Businessman son to be appointed as a “Senator” in due course (Semua APs bisa Di-ator!)….

    He now has to complete his “Dream Team” with “Idris Jusoh” & his 40 thieves….

    Creating another State Constitutional Crisis in Trengganu, to continue the Oil Royalty plunder Kau, Kau Pt 2!

    Former FM, Daim is in his sights to complete his Twin Tag Team….

    Together with his 2 sons he is now the “Taiko” to continue from where he left the last time….

    Fat Mama’s 1st reprimand to Najib….

    Bodoh….remove MB Mohd Nizar but forgot to remove Speaker Sivakumar!

    Now 2nd reprimand….

    Goblok….Listen to Mahyuddin to invite Mahathir to rejoin UMNO!

    Now….even Mama cannot help you, Stupido!

    There will definitely be “Fireworks”, so let us sit back & watch the Greatest show in Bolehland….

    “Devine Intervention” works “Wonders”….

    You go figure out….

    Cheers.

  2. barbie said

    Oscar, I love Swami Beyondanda okay!!

  3. Calvin said

    1 Malaysia….another slogan

    BN say will listen to Malaysian,
    BN say will improve our country,
    BN say will make everythings better than ever…

    After 308….what Malaysian see? What Malaysian gets?
    Those positive annoucement…IS THEIR OBLIGATION! OK, DON’T MISS LEAD THE DIRECTION….

    What I wanna say now is…where is our human right? why enforcement can treat Malaysian like this? So because they are naughty, not listen to what you say (like kindergarden student)?
    Whatever reasons you have, TELL YOU WAHT, MALAYSIAN CAN’T ACCEPT THIS.
    Will you improve this, for Malaysian? Implement your obligation as a government in Malaysia?

    In my diary, third Malaysian die in government building.
    Why?
    Is the sitatuon become better OR WORSE?

    Some “special” newspaper published sensitive news! Which can directly destroy our peaceful land!
    Where is the ISA? Why government have no action? Why no BN members say something about it?
    WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY?
    Is this fulfill your so call 1-Malaysia???????????????????????????

    If somebody really doing something with his heart, his spirit….Malaysian will know about it, OK!

  4. porno said

    I love Swami Beyondanda okay!!

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  6. sexitim said

    It mind boggling (actually, not really.. lah! just being polite here) that a person with such background and credentials would turn into a poppycock offering ridiculous opinions like “losing Pedre Brance aka Pulau Batu Putih to Singapore is a win-win situation”. Well, we can’t expect much from an intellectual whore, right? Oopss.. by calling Rais an intellectual whore, am I breaking any law here? *chuckles

  7. Nandakumar said

    I am Nanda and it is beyond me

  8. flyer168 said

    Good one Nanda.

    Just to share this…

    George Carlin Lying Politicians And Words.flv – YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…re=related

    George Carlin telling it how it is in Washington DC.

    Sounds familiar in Bolehland ???

    You be the judge.

    Shalom.

  9. flyer168 said

    Correct Link…

    Just to share this…(correct Link)

    George Carlin Lying Politicians And Words.flv – YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oFY0l63JYI

    George Carlin telling it how it is in Washington DC.

    Sounds familiar in Bolehland ???

    You be the judge.

    Shalom.

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