He asked me to check out a particular link. Considering it was from the mainstream media, I hesitated, but heck - it was Stevie all the way from China, how could I not indulge him once in a while? ;-)
But interestingly, it was a good article about how urbane and educated Malays view Ketuanan Melayu or Malay Supremacy.
I'm surprised UMNO has not demanded that it be retracted, since it harms their agenda of divide and conquer.
Some excerpts from A middle class Malay perspective:
Fahmi Fadzil on the idea that the Malays are the natural leaders – or in some way the owners – of Malaysia:
"No. On my father’s side I’m the fourth generation born on this peninsula, on my mother’s side just the third generation, so I see myself as a pendatang too. I don’t subscribe to the idea of a natural leadership role for the Malays.
More than that, as a Muslim, I don’t see the need for this. There is no such thing as one group being ethnically superior to another."
Zahim Albakri on Malay rights:
“I was brought up (to believe) that every citizen in Malaysia was equal. I was never brought up believing that Malays should have more than everyone else.”
Dain-Iskandar Said on the concept of ketuanan Melayu:
"First, what is a Malay? Most Malays I know are some kind of mix, so who defines being Malay? Who are the guardians of the definition?
The definition of ketuanan Melayu seems to be Umno; it always seems to lead back to Umno’s agenda.
[It] exposes deep insecurity, because if you really believe you are leading this country, what are you so scared of? I don’t think any of the other races want to take that away from you. They can’t, because in the Constitution are enshrined certain precepts.”
Some of these things they say, are exactly what I've been pointing out for years. It's good to hear it from the mouth of a Malay himself.