(Petaling Jaya, Tuesday): The “Takkan Melayu Hilang Di Dunia” gathering of the Malay Action Front at the WTC yesterday is generally regarded as a political aberration and looked askance by most Malaysians, but there were a few suggestions made by the political has-beens and also-rans who spoke which could find resonance among the general public - one of which is the call for a full clean-up of the Cabinet to restore the people’s trust.
The Cabinet tomorrow should demonstrate that it is not a dinosaur-like outfit and capable of addressing important and fundamental issues facing the country, including the following issues:
1. Take disciplinary action against the two deputy ministers,
Datuk Khalid Yunus (information) and Datuk Sulaiman Mohamad (health)
for attending the “Takkan Melayu Hilang Di Dunia” gathering, not because
the speakers openly flayed Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and UMNO leaders
(which are party matters of no concern to the Cabinet) but taking
part in a public meeting which was inflammatory, provocative and
insensitive of Malaysia’s multi-racial characteristics as illustrated by:
2. There had been too much irresponsible communal politicking in the 14 months after the 1999 general elections, and the Cabinet should send out a clear message to halt the escalation of the recommunalisation of Malaysian politics with all Cabinet Ministers, whether UMNO, MCA, MIC or Gerakan, setting a role model as a Malaysian first and Malay, Chinese or Indian second or be sacked from the Cabinet.
3. Cabinet should declare its full backing for the new Chief Justice of the Federal Court, Tan Sri Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah in his mission to restore public and international confidence in the judiciary and "to bring back the judiciary to its past glories" and establish a Commission of Inquiry on the changes which could be initiated by the Executive to support such judicial reforms to restore confidence in the judiciary, including a new judicial appointment mechanism involving a thorough-going process of consultation involving judges, practising and academic lawyers, and knowledgeable lay persons on all appointments to the various judicial offices.
4. Resolve the SJK © Damansara relocation dispute by overruling the Education Minister, Tan Sri Musa Mohamad and adopting the "3-Win" formula of "one-school, two premises" or two schools, resulting in an additional Chinese primary school in the Klang Valley meeting the wishes not only of all the parents of the 1,400 students of Damansara school but also the parents in the Klang Valley with the building of the new school in Tropicana while retaining the original school in Section 17, Petaling Jaya.
5. Recognise the Unified Examinations Certificate (UEC) for entry into local universities as first step to prepare for Eighth Malaysia Plan to transform Malaysia into a K (knowledge-based) economy with a three-point “brain gain” strategy to attract the best brains regardless of race and nationality from at home and abroad, viz: