Now that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has said it, we hope Malaysians are now at ease. His statement that any Malaysian, irrespective of race and religion, can become a prime minister, could have triggered an alarm to the Malays, whom all these while strongly held to the 'believe' that only a MELAYU can sit at that position, and not others.
Dr M said anyone from Bangsa Malaysia is eligible for the position provided that he heads the party with majority power (at the Parliament).
It was only a few days earlier when Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi hinted to the Press that 'anyone could become the prime minister'.
Former MCA president (if I am not mistaken), Tun Ling Liong Sik used to become acting premier when Dr M was away during the late 1980s.
Let's not bicker over this issue. Bangsa Malaysia will come soon although it may takes time. When it comes, there will be more Malaysians that 'Malaysian Chinese' or 'Malaysian Indians'.
But of course will dont want to end up like Indonesia where each and every single citizen must bear the 'Indon' name. It wont apply to Malaysia. We will still retain our Malay, Chinese, Indian, Sikh, Iban or other names as Bangsa Malaysia.
So, when the idea to form a multi-racial party (instead of Barisan Nasional) was mooted, the groundwork has been laid down.
I dont want to talk more about this. Leave it to our experts as I dont want to offend anybody. Maybe Datuk Wong Chun Wai wants to add something to this....