An article in The Malaysian Insider, A ‘browning’ of Islam in America? — C.M. Naim referred to another article in the New York Times American Muslims Ask, Will We Ever Belong? which in turned inspired this post - Will we (non-Malays and non-Muslims Malaysians) ever belong?
At a talk by Haris Ibrahim at Church of Divine Mercy, What does it mean to be a Malaysian, the audience were asked a question that goes something like this: "Would you accept being second class citizen?"
There were various responses and one of them was "for a limited period yes but not forever" which promted Haris to ask why?
Well here is the answer. Malaya and subsequently Malaysia a few decades ago had a population which had a large majority Malays (and orang asli and then Sarawak natives) which were poor and not well represented in the middle class and the professional classes.
A country with a large section of population in poverty struggling hard just to survive will not be a stable community and any reasonable person would support some kind of affirmative action to lift them up. But is such efforts morphed into "ketuanan Melayu" or Malay Supremacy plus end up extrapolated to infinity (forever), which would willingly accept for it would extend into their descendents right down till eternity.
So the question, will we the non-Malays and non-Muslim ever belong?