I read with great interest the Bernama news report that quoted Khairy Jamaluddin’s statement regarding young Malaysians’ preference to be known as ‘Bangsa Malaysia’ in the next 30 years.
He was also quoted to have said that the inputs obtained from more than 20 series of dialogues on the 2050 National Transformation (TN50) revealed that young Malaysians wanted the “wall’ that separated the races in the country to be demolished.
Almost 6 years ago when I gave birth to my firstborn and wanted to register her race as Anak Malaysia, Barisan Nasional poured scorn on our effort, accusing my husband and I of many incredulous things, including marginalising the Indians, wanting ethnic cleansing and many other vile allegations.
This statement by Khairy Jamaluddin is significant. Finally an admission from an UMNO Minister that the BN policy of racial governance is irrelevant and disconnected from the young Malaysian.
The future of Malaysia is not defined by race. As a Minister in the ruling BN Federal government, I trust that Khairy Jamaluddin is not merely indulging in rhetoric geared for the impending elections, but is now genuinely convicted that insitutional racism in every form must be dismantled, beginning at the very top in Putrajaya.
A “Malaysian Malaysia” is the future that our nation deserves.