Tun razak was an institution builder. TDM was a destroyer of institutions.
Institutionalising an entity means developing an organization beyond personalities, with its own systems, values, traditions, missions, heritage. An institution is always referred to organizations that brings good to its members and society at large.
In this write up I am addressing the members of a strategic Malay institution, an august forum, the MCOBs, putting across an argument that two Malay institutiions that the Malays need to immediately help save and help revitalise are UMNO and the civil service.
You may be a PAS or PKR man with a killer instinct but hang on. Look at the big picture. Assuming that you are the government, a strong opposition will make you stronger. And a clean civil service is key to the well being of society and our well being
The Malay College is a Malay institution, and we already share the passion and in some cases obsession to strengthen it.
The Malays as a race is not that bad an institution builder. The fact that it puts traditions and customs in high regards are traits that make them good institution builders. With Malaya becoming independent what more as a federation, and the migration from feudalism to democracy, institution building moved beyond royal institutions to those encompassing politics, religion, education and military.
Post Merdeka, the time of Tun Razak was the time associated with great institution buildings. The same could not be said about TDM era. I would even categorise him as one, the destroyer of institutions. This has a lot to do with the many failed privatisations of national institutions and the things he did to the judiciary. How would you explain a world class institution such as Malaysian airlines being made a personal private property ,a third rate as an example.
If I have to choose 5 strategic segments for the Malays to focus on , I would put the military, the malay political institutions ,the malay civil service, the malay economic institutions and educational institutions in my list. I categorize the malay sultanates under politics. I have not included the religious institutions because it has always been central to Malay society and religion amongst Malays touches every aspect of their daily life.
If I have to go one level down and choose 5 institutions that need immediate attentions UMNO is top of the list, followed by the civil service, the the military, the Malay monarchy, the judiciary, and the Malay elite schools.
No matter how bad the current mood against UMNO is, we need to recognize that it is a a vital and strategic Malay Institution. No matter how outdated you think umno is now, it has a role to play for the betterment of the Malays and the country. A rotten UMNO would weaken the malays political grip no matter how strong PAS or Keadilan are.
As a non member of UMNO you may ask how would you help revitalise UMNO. Put on the pressure to its members to change, subject them to good governance,. During elections, vote the good guys, ignore the bad, the rude, the arrogant. To those within UMNO you are the change agents.
Second in my list is the civil; service. Politicians have been getting alot of the flak for failures to govern for failures to be good and clean leaders but the one sitting pretty eating into the coffers and further undermining the malays are the civil ervants which include the police. Corruption is the cancer that i think is already in the- critical stage.
With these two institutions in check the other institutions will be in good health