Breaking the duck on Ibrahim Ali’s “May 13” remarks
1. Perkasa was big news in The Malaysian Insider yesterday under the main story banner headline: ‘Growing Chinese clout may cause new May 13, says Ibrahim Ali‘
2. A TMI reader commented: “Ok I’m going to the nearest police station to lodge a police report against Ibrahim Ali for inciting racial tension. Who’s with me?”
Zachkelate was given 1,200-plus Thumbs Up by TMI readers (see screenshot).
(A quick detour) Interestingly online commenters collect Intense Debate ‘points’ if their comments are endorsed by other readers. Rather like a Malaysian Idol popularity contest, only it’s not based on singing talent but on one’s skill in writing a comment.
Since zachkelate’s comment was hugely liked by the TMI crowd, he managed to collect a whopping 1,200-plus points scoring off Ibrahim Ali.
3. If zachkelate does actually make a complaint to the police about Ibrahim Ali, it will apparently be a first (‘break your duck‘).
The Pasir Mas MP claims that nobody has ever lodged a police report against him before.
“… sepanjang saya memimpin Perkasa, orang tuduh rasis dan macam-macam lagi, saya tidak pernah menerima laporan polis terhadap saya, orang lain yang tidak kata rasis, mereka menerima banyak laporan polis, saya tak ada.”
Ibrahim Ali said the above during his interview with Sinar Harian, from which TMI quoted the May 13 statements.
4. It does seem that zachkelate and his 1,200-plus chorus are a tad antsy over something that Pakatan swears cannot happen.
For example, if I were to remark that Japanese soldiers will land next week and overrun the peninsula, I doubt that anyone will credit the scenario.
Yet historically, it has happened before. The Japanese army invaded Malaya on 8 December 1941. But still, nobody is convinced that it can happen again.
5. Similarly the May 13 race riots did occur in 1969 but today the Pakatan people have staunchly declared that history will not repeat itself.
For example, Dr Wong Chin Huat – a fellow at Lim Guan Eng’s think tank, the Penang Institute – recently wrote:
“In 2012 or 2013, May 13 will not replay because the Malaysian society has changed. If Chinese Malaysians are targeted in post-election riot, very likely they will be protected by their Malay friends, acquaintances and even strangers.”
6. It is not only Chin Huat who is giving strong reassurances that it is impossible for May 13 to recur. Let’s flashback a year to 8 July 2011, i.e. the eve of the Bersih 2.0 rally.
‘Kuburkan Umno’ proponent Haris Ibrahim published on that day in his blog a “God is on our side” rallying cry.
“Ethnic groups are coming together like never before. People are closing their eyes to status, race and religion and opening their hearts to one another.”
In the aftermath of the rally, Haris’ blog published another write-up by a participant who recounted, “All I saw in this Bersih 2.0 rally [were] many Malaysian regardless of their race, religion and age come out to join in this walk”.
7. The Malaysian Insider itself lent a first person account that tallies with what Haris et al are saying.
TMI reader Steven Foong had attended the rally wearing a Bersih yellow T-shirt, together with his friend David who wore a Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM) T-shirt bearing the slogan “Racism is so yesterday”.
In his article titled ‘Something unspeakably holy about Bersih 2.0‘, Steven wrote about how he gave a “Malay dude” a bottle of water while a “random girl” had given him some salt during the street march.
Steven describes the feeling as:
“I’ve never felt more Malaysian than last Saturday (9 July 2011). The sense of camaraderie among Malaysians regardless of race and religion, united as a single nation, was certainly the highlight of my experience throughout the rally. There is something unspeakably holy about how Malaysians selflessly helped each other in the face of brutal oppression.“
(Steven appears to be a Christian, btw).
8. So many Pakatan supporters have valiantly risen above race and religion. They are Malaysian First, not Malay ultras or Chinese chauvinists. In fact, they’ve crossed the racial boundaries to become spiritual brothers and sisters, soulmate dudes and dudettes.
9. Ooi Kee Beng, a Singapore-based academic, believes that currently under the New Order, it is a battle of one Malay leader pitted against another Malay leader and that such a situation “does not encourage racial or religious politics”.
Ooi stresses that “… the new issues are about wealth distribution and governance, not those of race against race, or religion against religion” (emphasis mine).
10. PKR vice-president Jimmy Chua Jui Meng similarly states: “There is no racial discontent or friction” and that “The next general election is not about race or religion. It is about good governance and justice”.
To echo the Bangsar Malaysians (SABM), “Racism is soooo yesterday!”
Whether Malay, Chinese, Indian, we’re all Malaysians, declares Pakatan. And race is no longer an issue.
So why lah does zachkalate want to make a police report against Ibrahim Ali for “inciting racial tension”? Didn’t he hear his SABM-er friends all say that Malays and Chinese are today bonded in solidarity? Racial tension can only be incited if Malaysians are racists (this is following the Pakatan logic).
Among the post-Bersih and anti-Lynas generation, there is now such a great camaraderie. So many articles have been published about how Malaysians of all races marched together “united as a single nation”, under God, during the Bersih rallies and the Green Walk.
Quite impossible that a May 13 street violence can be ignited if Malaysians today are so united as Pakatan say.
Hence there is no cause for zachkelate and his 1,200-plus chorus to either believe or fear Ibrahim Ali’s prognosis that a Chinese vs Malay or Malay vs Chinese conflict could arise.
A repeat of 13 May 1969 today is as remote as a repeat of 8 December 1941 (the start of the Japanese Occupation) — you have Pakatan’s guarantee on this.
Aiyah, chill lah, bro. Take Pakatan’s word for it.