LETTER It’s evident from Article 160, on the definition of Malay, that the Malays are not Orang Asal in Malaya (an English word from the Tamil, malai — hill).
The Malays have no business calling themselves Bumiputera.
This has been pointed out by the Orang Asal in Sabah and Sarawak.
So, if Hindraf Makkal Sakthi wants to push for equal rights, it must base the struggle on Article 160 and point out that there’s NO reason for the Malays to have been mentioned in Article 153 in 1957.
It’s no point flogging Article 8 on equal rights, calling Article 153 racist and demanding that it be abolished.
The Orang Asal meanwhile are more about Article 5, “the right to life”.
This covers NCR and Adat, customary law which have the force of law.
Article 153 is not necessary.
It governs intake into the civil service, intake into institutions of higher learning owned by the government, scholarships and opportunities from the government to do business.
These sectors can be governed by government policy initiatives.
The Malays, according to the 2010 Census, form 50.4 per cent if the population. Yet they make up 90 per cent of the government sector. This is a violation and distortion of Article 153.
Likewise, the other aspects of Article 153 have been violated by the government.
It has been made into a sapu bersih clause.
Long Live Hindraf