Dr. Maximus Ongkili's inability to separate
ethnicity and religion when calling on the people to define their own race
is a lame way to back a lame statement by a very lame Ali Rustam
by Teresa Kok
Tuesday) : Dr.
Maximus Ongkili's inability to separate ethnicity and religion when
calling on the people to define their own race is a lame way to back a
lame statement by a very lame Ali Rustam who was trying to promote the
Ketuanan Melayu concept in Sabah.
Maximus said, " ..... there are Muslims among the Kadazandusun Murut
community as well as Christians. It is therefore up to them how they wish
to define their race"
As we are born into a particular racial community, how can we re-define
our own race?
How can one call himself or herself a Malay just because he has embraced
A Kadazandusun person is forever a Kadazandusun no matter what religion he
How can a Kadazandusun become a Malay just because he speaks Malay and has
converted into Islam?
Maximus, as a Kadazandusun leader in Barisan Nasional, should wake up and
stop visiting Umno troublemakers from spewing hate politics among his
Instead, he further strengthened the confusing and racist statement made
by Ali Rustam on 9th June 2007.
Is Ali Rustam's "it's easy to become a Malay by converting to Islam" snake
oil an attempt to further divide the Kadazandusun community by
categorising those who embaraced Islam as Malay while native Kadazandusun
remain Kadazandusun, thus reducing the numbers of Kadazandusun in the
population statisticis in Sabah?
In other words, is Ali Rustam trying to Islamise the Kadazandusun
community and strengthen UMNO in Sabah in the process?
If this is the intention of UMNO and Ali Rustam in Sabah, then the policy
of using race and religion by UMNO in Sabah will only divide and destroy
the harmonious society in Sabah, like what's happening in the Peninsular
I urge the leaders in Sabah BN and community leaders in Sabah to stand up
to protest against the racist statement made by Ali Rustam and reject
UMNO for using race and religion to further divide the society here.
Malaysia has reached 50th year of independence. It is time for all
Malaysians, regardless of religion and race to put the country, Malaysia
first. It is time for us to reject and discard racist politicians from BN,
particularly from UMNO, and stand united as Malaysian, but not our own
race and religion.
*Teresa Kok, Publicity Secretary of DAP and Sabah
DAP Liaison Chief