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On race and political office

Wed 2011-Nov-16 @ +08 13:58:30 pm

If it happens that the best person is a non-Malay, so be it. I cannot say, “I’m Malaysian first, but the prime minister must be Malay.” You can’t have your cake and eat it (too). For heaven’s sake, after 50 years we should accept each other now…

quoted in The Edge
Oct 31, 2011

Yes, I am a Malaysian first and Malay next. Does any bigot have a problem with that?

letter to Utusan Malaysia
September 2010


  1. Wed 2011-Nov-16 @ +08 15:53:48 pm 15:53

    This is how Malaysia will always remain in the third world and in deficit !
    Plus will always have lots and lots of handicapped on wheel chairs and carrying tongkats, soon the nation will go into bankruptcy and hopefully China will come to it’s recuse.

  2. Leithaisor permalink
    Wed 2011-Nov-16 @ +08 16:04:55 pm 16:04

    Nazri was never exactly a politician most would admire, but these two statements certainly were words to quote proudly. Hopes he has the guts to stand by them.

    • Wed 2011-Nov-16 @ +08 22:28:43 pm 22:28

      Well, Nazri certainly isn’t a single-dimensional politician and to the extent that he is willing to state in blunt forthright terms his stand on progressive race relations, I think they bear highlighting and given some attention. On other issues and on his political thinking in general he has to be judged on his stands as they are, of course.

    • Sam01 permalink
      Thu 2011-Nov-17 @ +08 20:03:15 pm 20:03

      Talk is cheap. He talks trash most of the time. A few wise quotes make not a race relations minister.
      He is a political actor.

    • Fri 2011-Nov-18 @ +08 06:31:02 am 06:31

      No one says he’s going to be a great race relations minister. But for an Umno politician to say he is Malay second, and that it is acceptable that the best person be prime minister is at least half a step forward. Life isn’t black and white. Politics certainly isn’t

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