Why has Perkasa threatened to withdraw Malay support for MCA?
There are several reasons as to why the Malay far right movement is unhappy with the Chinese party.
One, the tussle over the ‘Allah’ word; two the Malay Allah-bible; and three, the immediate catalyst for Perkasa going on the warpath — the Patrick Teoh rant.
Why has Perkasa detected MCA fingerprints as complicit in all of these?
(I) The Star supports Patrick
It was only on the FIFTH (!) day – after the rest of the media had carried multiple write-ups on the Patrick controversy – that the MCA-owned paper finally provided an ambivalent piece of coverage.
While the Patrick story which broke on Wednesday was already explored from many angles by the other media, The Star has so far only published a single article (at time of this blog uploading).
“Teoh had earlier posted a note on his Facebook page criticising the PAS-led Kedah Government and its guidelines for Chinese New Year performers in the state, which included some allegedly offensive remarks about Muslims.”
The Star qualified its description of Patrick’s remarks with the adjective “allegedly”, meaning that the paper itself is not truly of the opinion that the DAP-linked deejay had actually been offensive. He is merely “alleged” by some Muslims to have been offensive.
And these Muslims, in the eyes of The Star, are just probably being too sensitive.
(II) The Star supports Guan Eng
The Penang Chief Minister reignited the Allah controversy last Christmas eve (Dec 24) in his season’s greeting.
As with the long delay in coming out with the Patrick story, The Star had similarly blacked out the Guan Eng story earlier on.
Again the MCA paper only picked up the story on the FIFTH (!) day after the rest of the media had gone to town with it.
On Dec 28, The Star reported:
“[MCA deputy publicity chief Loh Seng Kok] also took a snipe at Lim, saying there was no reason for the DAP leader to exploit religion during Christmas … “
Almost everyone else thinks that Guan Eng is the villain of the piece here. Except The Star.
In calling the MCA spokesman a sniper instead, the paper was alluding that Loh is “a contemptible person” (according to dictionary meaning of ‘snipe’) to have made his “malicious, underhand attack” (definition of sniping) on the DAP sec-gen.
Perkasa views this consistent trend in The Star to undermine Malay-Muslim interests as indicative of the stance held by its owner the MCA.
(III) Both The Star, MCA support Christian triumphalism
In the latest ‘Allah’ twist and turn, MCA indicated its support for the Christians to use the kalimah.
Perkasa secretary-general Syed Hasan Syed Ali is unhappy about what he believes were attempts previously to turn Malays into apostates by the duplicitous Damansara Utama Methodist Church. This particular DUMC story, like the Patrick and Guan Eng examples cited above, was downplayed by The Star.
The paper similarly buried the Subang Jaya City Harvest Church alleged fraud — a scandal unearthed by the Singapore authorities which caught the attention of the international press except for strangely The Star that has a sizable Christian readership.
Perkasa’s anxiety with regard to the perceived Christianization agenda of the DAP is a common concern that it shares with Umno.
Most recently, the Perkasa sec-gen brought up an incident where Malay Bibles containing Jawi script had been distributed to Muslim schoolchildren in Penang.
(IV) Both The Star, MCA support the evangelistas
The Star – which is regarded by Perkasa and the general public as the Voice of MCA – has adamantly refused to expose this Christianization movement that is linked with the increasing influence of the DAP evangelical politicians.
In fact, in the last five years since the 2008 tsunami, the paper has hardly ever carried any critical reports on the DAP evangelistas. On the other hand, The Star actively promotes the evangelistas, so much so that it is seen as being as among their chief publicists.
This bias is taken to the extent that the paper gave a miss to a 1Malaysia Mooncake and Lantern festival officiated by the Deputy Agriculture Minister in Petaling Jaya. But the same weekend, it was willing to provide flattering coverage complete with photographs to two Mid-Autumn celebrations both involving the DAP Subang Jaya state assemblywoman.
Aside from assiduously promoting the DAP 2.0 evangelista cult, the paper has also been cavalier in its attitude to Muslim sensitivities as evidenced by its feature on Ramadan Delight Pork Ribs and the Erykah Badu ‘Allah’ tattoo.
(V) Perkasa not keen to support MCA
MCA is seen as being complicit in all of these for the reasons stated above.
How will Perkasa witholding its support in the coming election impact on the MCA? Well, do not forget that the Perkasa and Umno membership hugely overlap.
Some top Umno figures, sitting and ex-Ministers as well as Malay corporate tycoons have attended the Perkasa functions.
It was at the very same event where Dr M delivered the keynote address that Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali made his threat to burn the Allah-bibles.
The table below shows that out of the MCA’s 15 Parliament seats, nine are in Malay-majority areas.
Malay registered voters in the MCA constituencies are likely to either spoil their ballots or stay at home on polling day because these BN loyalists can see that the MCA contribution to the election efforts are lacklustre and lukewarm.
Furthermore the MCA media machinery is unable to hide the fact that it is covertly helping the other side.
From the look of it, the Malay electorate is quite capable of pulling the rug out from under the MCA’s feet.
Rumblings among the grassroots indicate that this is what the Malays are likely to do, largely due to their disgruntlement with the MCA ‘hidup segan mati tak mahu’ lackadaisical attitude in giving DAP a walkover and shared use of its media resources.