Malaysia’s SOCIAL CONTRACT – resulting in Social Cracks?

I have always been a proponent for the teaching of History as an educational subject. After all, it is said that: “What we are today is because of what we did yesterday. What we will be tomorrow will be determined by what we do today”.

So history lessons are good. There are so many lessons to be learnt from history.

However, we need to be careful that these history lessons do not become (failed)indoctrination to our students to accept what was a well intentioned programme (Social Contract a.k.a. New Economic Policy) but that was implemented inefficiently initially  but in the latter stages (1980s onwards) abused only for the benefit of a relatively small “politically connected” group of people!

The resulting social cracks are not between groups of people but within each of these groups …. the have nots …… the man/woman on the street whose cost of living has been severely affected by this abuse of the Social Contract. This disgruntlement culminated in Malays voting for the DAP and Chinese voting for PAS (and of course, Indians not voting for Samy Vellu!) in the March 2008 elections.

So all this talk about reminding people about the Social Contract (here), the need to educate the young about the Social Contract (here), the need for interfaith understanding and the proposed building of a place of worship for Malaysians who cannot grasp the national language (here) is all ……. well …….. very good! But we all know that is not the point. 

It is the abuse of the Social Contract by this relatively small “politically connected” group of people that needs to be stopped.

As for the increasing racial tension in this country – the best way to cull this so-called polarisation amongst the races is to stop the rogue politicians from playing the race card!

We need to move on. We need to stop the rot. We need to change.

Sure, it’s nice to hear our PM designate proposing to do away with the (abused) privileges “in the not too distant future” (here) but later caveated by an aide as usual (here). But as a foreign paper commented: “That ‘not too distant future’ can mean now or a 100 years down the road”.


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