In its heyday, Malaysia Today was ‘the’ watering hole for Chinese online readers. If anyone has had enough interaction with the Chinese cyber community, it’s the MT super admin Raja Petra Kamarudin.
Yesterday, he penned a column about his erstwhile worshippers. I’m excerpting a few paragraphs below in bullet points.
Raja Petra wrote:
- Your support is subject to me saying what you want to hear. If I say what you like to hear then you will support me. If not, you will not support me. If I need your support all I need to do is to say what you want to hear.
- So it is not that difficult to get your support. Your support comes very cheap. In fact, it does not cost anything. It only involves saying the right things. Hence, since it cost nothing except to say the right words, it is also of no value since the cost is only words, albeit the right words.
- Politicians make a living doing this. This is called playing to the gallery. You stand up there on the stage and say what the gallery wants to hear. The spectators would go wild and acclaim you. You will be the darling of the crowd. The secret to this is you must not say what you think, what you believe, or tell the truth. You must say what the crowd wants to hear, even if it is a lie.
- As I said, it is not that difficult to be popular. All you need to do is to understand what people want and play to the gallery. You only need to pretend and be good at play-acting. You will get tons of supporters.
Daim Zainuddin recently said something that the Chinese do not want to hear.
Again I shall excerpt in bullet points from Daim’s interview with Nanyang Siang Pau.
From the article ‘Daim warns Chinese voters of risks of their choice‘ (21 March 2012):
- In an interview with Nanyang Siang Pau, the Umno veteran said it will not augur well for the country in the long run if the results of the next general election show that the Malay and Indian voters generally supported the Barisan Nasional (BN) while the Chinese mostly voted for the Pakatan Rakyat (PR).
- “If you vote for Pakatan because you are not happy with the hikes in prices of goods or the rise in the cost of living, do you think they (Pakatan) have the ability to reduce the prices of goods?” he asked.
[Helen’s reply: Actually, their supporters even believe that Pakatan have the ability to make it snow in Malaysia.]
- He said he understood that some 80% of the Chinese voters have already decided to support the Pakatan, ignoring all the efforts of the BN. The bottomline is, they support the opposition, he said.
- “To me, this is an emotional decision. You cannot say, ‘no matter whether you (the government) are good or no good, all I want is to topple you’.
[Helen: Sounds like the Tun is describing ABU-ers.]
- “If they (the Chinese) believe Pakatan is the answer to the problems facing them, I can only say they will be disappointed, because it will not be possible.
- “Many a time, governing a country such as multi-ethnic Malaysia is akin to walking the tightrope, almost half the time is spent on maintaining balance on the wire,” he said.
- “To a certain extent, the Chinese voters have succeeded in becoming a pressure group. But whatever pressure applied by the Chinese would evoke a counter-pressure from the non-Chinese.”
A conundrum that bears some thinking (see above) is Hannah Yeoh’s tweet that she is “constantly amazed by MCA’s loyalty to Umno”.
It really is a God-given talent how this evangelist Yang Berhormat manages to channel the lowest common denominator of the mob mentality. It must be something in the water that they drink.
The complex Umno-MCA relationship is not something to be so lightly dismissed in a 140-character tweet. Yet for them, anyone who does not hate Umno with the same intensity that the DAPpers do must be either immoral or an idiot.
I’m not sure how the Umno-Malay side of the equation sees this.
But Chinese voter sentiment is clear to all.
Dong Jiao Zong’s alignment with DAP marks a milestone. With this, the Chinese have chosen their path, irrevocably. It looks like there’s no turning back nor sidetracking.
Daim said that “whatever pressure applied by the Chinese would evoke a counter-pressure from the non-Chinese”. But the 80-90 percent Chinese who are following DAP’s tune appear oblivious to Newton’s third law of motion.