DAP National Vice Chairman, Tunku Abdul Aziz Say ‘UMNO Does Not Understand the Constitution’

Posted: August 7, 2010 in Anak Bangsa Malaysia, DAP, Tunku Abdul Aziz, UMNO
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by Senator Tunku Abdul Aziz, DAP National Vice Chairman

Over the past two weeks, the DAP’s National Publicity Secretary, Tony Pua has been harshly criticised by Umno leaders for the suggestion to remove bumiputera discount for the purchase of luxury homes and instead use the discount to fund schemes for the poor.

I am most appalled by the recent actions by Umno Youth to file a report against him claiming that his suggestion was seditious, in breach the Federal Constitution and the social contract. Other Umno leaders including the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak himself has warned Pua against causing dissatisfaction and anger against Malays, and becoming a threat to public peace.

It is clear that these so-called Umno leaders have little or zero understanding of the Federal Constitution for try as I might, I could not find a clause or article in the Constitution which suggests that Malays or bumiputeras are given the right to discount for property purchases. There’s certainly nothing enshrined in the Constitution which says that Malays are entitled to discounts for luxury properties costing millions of ringgit.

The ’special position’ of the Malays also does not extend by definition to such discounts or privileges, or one could then make the incredulous argument that as a result of the ’special position’, Malays will even be entitled to constitutional discounts for purchasing BMWs, Porches, home theatre systems, first class air tickets or even jewellery and precious stones.

The discount for the purchase of luxury properties is one of the clear cut abuses of the New Economic Policy which needs reform to ensure that it is the bottom 40% of income earners who receive the benefit from affirmative action. As such I complete support the suggestion by the Selangor Menteri Besar to consider abolishing the discount applied to luxury homes but to use the ‘discount’ to set up a housing fund to help poor bumiputeras.

Umno and its Youth wing’s ignorance and abuse of the constitutional provisions is obviously meant to protect the rich and wealthy Umnoputras who wants to continue to enjoy such discounts when purchasing their luxury homes.

Umno’s reactions also clearly demonstrate that they have no sense of pride and self-worth, for seeking to protect such entrenched and distortionary benefits at the expense of the poor and less fortunate. Malays as a race should be proud that there are those who are now able to afford such properties, and we should be pround to be standing on our own two feet with handicaps.

The Umno leaders who have criticisms based on bumiputera rights such as the Prime Minister, Umno Information Chief, Datuk Ahmad Maslan, and the Umno Youth leaders should be completely ashamed of themselves.

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  3. sabahan says:

    YM Tunku, there is also nothing in the Constitution that says we need to be charitable to the weak and deprived members of our society; but we try to assist them through private and public means, whenever possible.

    However, something is seriously wrong with our society when charity is demanded as a right, especially from those who are clearly not in need of such crutches. Pax.

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  4. Malaysian says:

    Well put Tunku. But the problem is that the UMNOputras just cannot understand this.

    The ones who make the most noise are the professionals, the rich and the greedy. They are just thinking of enriching themselves further. They are not making the noise to save the poor Malays who do not even have the money to put the downpayment for a small house. How are they going to take advantage of the discounts. It is well known how UMNOputras working in town councils have been ursurping the rights of the poor Malays by taking of houses/apartments which should not be theirs.

    I would love to hear the UMNOputras fight to help the poor own houses by offering them better discounts and even assist in getting the money for downpayment. If we do not buy all the armoured vehicles, which we will never use anyway, there should be enough money to help every poor family get the money for a downpayment. Will they take the challenge?

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