Reactions to Datuk Zaid Ibrahim's speech

From Bernama of November 02, 2008 (Get out of Malay grouping, Shahidan tells Zaid)

KANGAR, Nov 2 (Bernama) -- Perlis Umno liaison chief Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim has slammed former Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Zaid Ibrahim over his remarks on "ketuanan Melayu" (Malay supremacy) which Shahidan regards as extreme.
"Zaid should repent. Otherwise, he should get out of the 'rumpun Melayu' (Malay grouping)," said the former Perlis Menteri Besar, here today. Shahidan, who is also Arau Umno division chief, said Zaid "is a Malay and should be behaving like a Malay".
"He should have the Malay spirit and not question 'ketuanan Melayu' openly," Shahidan said when met at the closing of the Perlis Open Cycling Championship 2008 and the Women's Cycling Championship for the President's Cup, here.
He said if Zaid continued to question the Malay supremacy concept, then he should no longer be a Malay because as a Malay he should be defending the Malays and not running them down.
Shahidan, who is also an Umno Supreme Council member, wants Zahid to apologise for his remarks. Zaid had recently said that the "ketuanan Melayu" concept was a failure and detriment to the Malay race, and that it had caused wastage to resources, energy and time needed to address the real issues in the country. -- BERNAMA

From NST Online of November 04, 2008 (Zaid lucky to be born a Malay, says Syed Hamid)
PUTRAJAYA: Umno supreme council member Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said historical realities must not be questioned to prevent potential issues from cropping up.
Elaborating on his call for Datuk Zaid Ibrahim to apologise for his remarks on the concept of Malay supremacy, Syed Hamid said the former minister in the Prime Minister's Department should extend the apology to all Malays in the country.
"It (the apology) is a simple statement that he should make. He should tell them (Malays) that it was not his intention to make them angry or hurt their feeling as the realities are all there," the home minister said.
Zaid should realise that in practising freedom of speech, he should not go to the extent of hurting the feelings of Malays, he said.
"If he does, then issues will start arising. So, those historical realities must never be questioned. Let us look forward.
"If you say that the concept of Malay supremacy has failed, then Zaid will not be what he is today. He is fortunate he was born a Malay," he said after launching a forensic level security control system, NexCode, here yesterday.
On Friday, Zaid was reported to have said that the concept of Malay supremacy had failed and was a distraction from the real issues confronting the country.

From TheEdgeDaily of November 04, 2008 (Malay supremacy ‘enriches only certain Malays’)
IPOH: The Ketuanan Melayu or Malay supremacy concept as advocated by certain groups, benefits and enriches only a small group of Malays, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said.
“I believe that the Malays and bumiputeras should not be sidelined,” he said. “We should do all we can to help them together with the Chinese and Indians,” Anwar told reporters after a talk at the Bangunan Darul Ridzuan yesterday.
Fighting for Malay supremacy to enrich a small number of Malays while a larger section of the community were still in deplorable condition, was unacceptable, he added.
On the remark by former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Zaid Ibrahim recently that the Malay supremacy concept had failed, Anwar said, the statement should be studied by all.
At the 21st LawAsia Conference in Kuala Lumpur last week, Zaid said the Malay supremacy concept had failed and distracted from the real issues confronting the country.

From The Star Online of November 04, 2008 (Zaid hits back at critics)
KOTA BARU: Former de facto Law Minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim has hit back at three Umno supreme council members who asked him to apologise over remarks he made about Ketuanan Melayu (Malay supremacy).
Stressing that he would never apologise, Zaid in a statement yesterday said it was because he loved his Malay race that he had recommended that open competition be allowed to ensure the race could compete with others in a globalised age.
“I am not surprised by the reaction of some Umno leaders especially since they have an ongoing party election,” he said.
“I am a village boy from a poor family, not an aristocrat or royalty. I want to see the Malays succeed in economy and education.”
Zaid said he was not questioning the special rights of Malays as enshrined in the Constitution.
He said the new model that he recommended was based on openness to ensure young Malays closed ranks and cooperated not only with other races in the country but also foreigners.
He named Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Syed Albar, Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim and Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib as the three supreme council members.
Zaid pointed out recently that the Malay supremacy concept had failed and distracted from the real issues confronting the country.
Yesterday, he said he hoped Malays could differentiate between leaders who thought of their interests from those who only used the name of the Malays for political mileage.
Zaid said the concept of Malay supremacy had a negative element.

From The Star Online of November 05, 2008 (Hisham slams Zaid for criticising racial concept)
SERDANG: Outgoing Umno Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein has criticised Datuk Zaid Ibrahim for making “irresponsible remarks” on ketuanan Melayu (Malay supremacy).
“His statements are irresponsible, uncalled for and they contradict his position when he was in the Govern­ment,” said Hishammuddin yesterday.
Several Umno leaders had censured Zaid for his recent statements that the Malay supremacy concept had failed, that it distracted from the real issues confronting the country and that there should be a fresh perspective based on agreements made in good faith with all the communities.
Hishammuddin said he did not know what were Zaid’s motives.
“Perhaps he is trying to get himself expelled or punished, but I think the people can tell which leaders are genuinely sincere and consistent in their actions,” said Hishammuddin.
“If you bad-mouth the party while you’re still in it, your stand is inconsistent with what you did before, and you’re bad-mouthing the leadership that put you in the Govern­ment. That does not make a leader.”

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