Yes, not many are aware of its definite answer. Neither did I, as clearly portrayed in my previous article (click) on non-Malays being constitutionally unfit to rule as Malaysia’s Prime Minister.
I don’t really favor my personal blogging site to be too political as it’s beyond my capacity to comment on any fronts. But I think this shall be made a reference to as many Malaysians concerned for such an issue is rarely made into question mark for being respectful to Malay’s status quo leadership.
From a Malay’s majority perspective, surely one would argue that Malaysia is a Malay land and by right, a Malay must be the prime leader in this continuing legacy, ever since Hinduism was still a strong hold in Nusantara’s region. Malay people, however, are always skeptical of their future when it comes to national’s leadership as one usually ponders if Malay rights would be preserved in ensuring political and economical mileage though there should be left no place for doubts as Yang Dipertuan Agong & Majlis Raja-Raja are always there to protect Malay rights.
Political entity can be viewed by various thinking perspectives and there’s never gonna be an ending to anyone’s, hence it’s best for me to just leave it unattached to this article as its view on this issue shall be independent & not politically-meant.
So, can non-Malays be Malaysia’s Prime Minister?
A reader earlier commented on my misleading argument that non-Malays can never be the Prime Minister of Malaysia, constitutionally.
”I write to you today to point out a mistake in this post. You have stated above that the constitution doesn’t allow non-Malays to be Prime Minister. Well after revising and re-revising the RM 5 constitution that I have with me. I found no article stating that a non-malay cannot be a Prime Minister. I’m just saying you know.”
After a thorough research on Malaysia’s constitution, the reader was particularly correct for it’s never mentioned that non-Malays can never be Malaysia’s Prime Minister. It was during this ‘soul-searching’ period of time which I happened to read on public opinions whether it can be made possible in this Malay-dominant country. Let me first-handedly admit that I lack critical sense in elaborating further whether one fits to fill this ultimate position for being a non-Malay, but one that I’m sure of is it’s bound to happen though rather nearly impossible noting our race-based democratic inclination.
Here are some chosen personal opinions of an online journal’s columnist en route to the first non-Malay being Malaysia’s Prime Minister, which I found rather logical and most realistically truthful in this multi-racial country;
1) The first hurdle is to be the leader of your party or coalition during the General Elections. At the time of writing, the leaders of the two coalitions are both Malays. One of them is the president of UMNO and Barisan Nasional; and the other is the husband of the president of PKR, who also acts as the leader of the Opposition for Pakatan Rakyat.. In order for you to be the leader, either of these two must fall.
2) In the case of BN, you would have to get UMNO to agree for you to lead them. (You won’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of being an UMNO member, unless if something changes in the future)
3) If you’re with Pakatan Rakyat, then you’ve clearly managed to rise as the first among equals. (Although they’re a three-party coalition of equals; likened to having three Generals at one time)
4) Further, unless you’re a Muslim, you would also have had to convince PAS to back down from their stance that a non-Muslim may not be the Prime Minister of their Islamic nation-in-waiting.
5) Win the General Elections itself, by at least a simple majority. (You would have had to convince enough voters of all races to vote for your coalition, I would say that it would take considerable effort)
6) To command the majority of the House. (The majority of the MPs in Parliament must agree on who shall be the Prime Minister from the winning party of General Elections)