The most powerful man in Malaysia says …
No prizes for guessing who. He’s the guy whom Najib Razak and Muhyiddin Yassin pergi menghadap at his home during Hari Raya open house.
Dr Mahathir Mohamad doesn’t hold any government position yet it was his kenduri raya that created the most buzz and was given the most critical notice by the media.
Because Dr M has now sunk his teeth into the topic – see ‘Dr M: Beware the hate tactics‘ – it will be trending in the mainstream instead of the subject being confined to blogosphere grousing.
The Star on Saturday quoted the ex-premier as saying:
“They live on this hatred. If you look at the opposition, the main thing they do is to create hatred for the government.”
Dr M said that with the opposition, “The idea is that you must hate the government which means ‘Hate the government, therefore vote for me (Pakatan)’.”
[See how the Twits, from whose ranks the DAPsters are drawn, multiply so quickly in number.]
BN is often accused of brainwashing the public but Rais Yatim, who is Information Minister, is not seen ordering the various media to feature him every day so that he can nurture a Dear Leader cult.
It pays today to be Pakatan
See latest in ‘Stop the Lies’ about individuals with vested interests “spewing hatred against the government”.
Foul, abusive language and demeaning nicknames are used by both sides of the political divide. These haters do not require any intellectual dissection.
Instead it’s the following type of character – refer the subtle specimen ‘JW Tan’ (a regular Nut Graph commenter, link here) – that is worth studying in relation to Dr M’s complaint.
(The Nut Graph is an overpaid web portal, see review here. DAPsters should ask where the website got her multi-million ringgit funding from.)
JW Tan’s comment, which I’m deconstructing, was made in response to blogger Gopal Raj Kumar’s remark that Nut Graph had “decided in its infinite wisdom that the Barisan government; a government of Indian, Chinese and Malay [Malaysians], is racist”.
(See also screenshot below for context … click 2x on thumbnail)
The keywords and ideas from JW Tan:
- “post-racial future”
- “where we see each other as equal citizens, not labelled by whatever our skin colour happens to be”
- “I do not necessarily want MCA to represent me … simply because they are of the same ethnicity”
- “Barisan is racist, perhaps the second-most racist government in the world after Zimbabwe’s.”
- “… segregates other Malaysians by ethnicity. The moment one believes that people have different values to society deriving from their ethnicity, then one becomes racist. That’s essentially what Ketuanan Melayu (and the Barisan ethos) is.”
JW Tan’s language may fall within the bounds of civility but his/her sentiments are much like a commenter calling himself ‘AgainstRacism’ (quoted below).
They claim to be against racism
The guy who dubs himself ‘AgainstRacism’ commented‘:
“Also , THANK YOU for admitting you’re a lousy Malaysian by saying AKU CINA. Malaysians are to say I’m a Malaysian and not by their race.
“THANK YOU for admitting you are a racist person by AKU CINA. Thank you that everyone now can see, HELEN ANG ADMITTED SHE IS A RACIST PERSON.”
Another comment by the same fella:
“We have proven that helenang.wordpress.com is a racist wordpress site, thank you for once again proving to us UMGOK cannot be trusted. NO WAY i’ll vote for that crappy umgok in ANY General Elections. MAMPUS UMGOK !”
What is in opposition politics that feeds the frenzy displayed by ‘AgainstRacism’ as well as the posturing of JW Tan and their ilk?
Back to Dr M’s statement that the opposition “live on this hatred”, and amazingly being self-righteous while at it. Quite amazing too how they can preach Love and Righteousness all the time but just look at the fruits of their labour.
Tunku Aziz: ‘Guan Eng miliki keangkuhan luarbiasa’
Dr M has his faults but “cocky” and “arrogant” are not words that I would use to describe him.
And you rarely hear people who have actually worked with Dr M complain that he is a dictator. Whereas with Kim Guan Eng, the ‘dictator’ label comes from many sources, including ex-Pakatan politicians who have been under him before, and the latest, Tunku Aziz Ibrahim weighing in.
The way that the ‘Tokong’ press conference was conducted and how Mansor Othman himself was handled by his boss tends to confirm rather than dispel the perception of Guan Eng as dictatorial.
Impossible to engage
It is an article of faith among the pro-opposition crowd that Mahathir and Umno are the ones responsible for all the racism and hate in the country.
No one is blameless but I don’t see DAPsters doing any self-reflection. Take for example all the venom poured on Rosmah Mansor. I’ve not ever heard the PM’s wife mencarut like what her critics are incessantly doing. Yet in their tunggang terbalik world, they freely accuse the other side as being full of venom and hate.
Some of their behaviour is most harmful to the larger Chinese community, such as their portrayal of MCA as anti-Islam — see my previous posting.
Is it possible to engage these people? I doubt it. How to reason with a cult?
Mansor hit the bullseye with his ‘Tokong’ disclosure. They are a closed community. Haris Ibrahim, for example, does not allow trackbacks to his blog from my blog although trackbacks from other blogs are permitted.
Their vantage point is the belief that “Barisan is racist, perhaps the second-most racist government in the world after Zimbabwe’s” — to quote the regular Nut Graph commenter JW Tan.
And to recall Dr M’s observation: “They live on this hatred. If you look at the opposition, the main thing they do is to create hatred for the government.”
The main plank of the ABU appeal is that Pakatan is better than BN, i.e. the people in the Pakatan parties are better than the people in the BN parties.
Are the Pakatan “angels” less racist than BN folks?