31 Aug '13, 11pm

56 years later – a fractured, polarised nation - Tommy Thomas (Mkini)

Tommy Thomas Malaysiakini Aug 31, 2013 COMMENT The social contract, social compact or bargain reached by the three communities under the watchful eye of the British imperial power as a condition to Merdeka was that in exchange for full citizenship, a right to use their language and observe their religion, the non-Malays had to concede special privileges to the Malays to assist the latter to ascend the economic ladder. It was a quid pro quo. It was a consensus arrived after hard bargaining, and has formed the basis of nationhood. In this equilibrium, the non-Malays were not to be relegated to second-class citizens: citizenship was not on a two-tier basis and there was going to be no apartheid, partition or repatriation. What was required from the non-Malays at the time of Merdeka was undivided loyalty to the new nation. They could no longer owe their allegiance to the mothe...

Full article: http://blog.limkitsiang.com/2013/09/01/56-years-later-a-f...

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