Aug 7, 2007

PM should invite Raja Nazrin as personal adviser

Raja Nazrin’s deep and superb insight and analysis of the country’s political situation makes him eligible to be personal adviser to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. This was demonstrated by his keynote address to students at the first Malaysian Student Leaders Summit 2007 on Sunday.

As reported by Malaysiakini :

In a media statement, DAP national adviser Dr Chen Man Hin said the prince’s “deep and superb” insight and analysis of the country’s political situation makes him eligible for the post.

According to Chen, Raja Nazrin demonstrated this in his keynote address to students at the first Malaysian Student Leaders Summit 2007 on Sunday.

In his address, the prince deplored the lack of national unity and commented that 50 years after Merdeka, the country is still grappling with concerns about unity.

Chen said this is happening because of the strains on unity by introducing a bumiputera policy in 1966, the New Economic Policy (NEP) in 1970 and Islamic state during Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s premiership.

“To make matters worse, at the Umno general assembly last year, the ultras rejected the concept of ‘bangsa malaysa’ and proposed the implementation of a ‘Malay agenda’ where Malays are conferred ‘ketuanan melayu’ (hegemonic) status, while the rest are plain or ordinary Malaysians.

“Then last month, the deputy prime minister (Najib Abdul Razak) heightened the unease amongst the people when he unilaterally announced that Malaysia was Islamic and not secular, claiming that the constitution did not state Malaysia was secular,” he added.

He said this claim was contrary to the declaration by former prime ministers, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Abdul Razak and Tun Hussein Onn that the Malaysian constitution was secular.

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