KUALA LUMPUR – May 16, 2018: Two political analysts contacted today expressed confidence that the increase in the number of non-Malay members of parliament will not affect the special privileges of the Malays and Bumiputra.
Associate Professor Dr Ahmad Martadha Mohamed of Universiti Utara Malaysia referred to Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad’s statement that all parties under Pakatan Harapan have agreed to comply with the four major aspects in the federal Constitution.
“Regardless of their background, they shall be sensitive with issues concerning religion, race, the rights of the Malays and Bumiputra and the institution of the Rulers that are enshrined in the constitution,” Mahathir had said.
Dr. Mohd. Azizudin of the same university agrees with Martadha.
“Parliament is the place where they debate on national issues. I don’t think it will affect functions of the executive because the executive will be formed by the prime minister,” he said.
Concerns were also expressed on social media by netizens on the number of seats won by the Chinese-dominated DAP . It won 42 parliamentary seats, up from in the recently concluded general election, up from 38 in 2013.
Twitter user Nor Fadhlan had this to say: “I hope Tun Dr Mahathir will protect the constitution and may DAP will do their job honestly with Pakatan Harapan.”
Another Twitter user Insydios however advised the Malays not to be worried about their rights.
“We have the constitution. The Malays and Bumiputera privileges will not be abolished,” he wrote.