A quick anecdote:
A couple of years ago, I took part in an interfaith roundtable held at ISTAC in Jalan Duta (photo below).
Since the event was co-hosted by the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS), the proceedings were conducted in English due to the presence of foreign participants.
At my table was a representative from Abim who was rather quiet and did not provide much input. The Abim lady’s conspicuous silence prompted the moderator (a Singapore Malay) hosting my group to tell her that she could address the table in BM instead.
Given the option of speaking BM, the Abim rep immediately piped up and was able to contribute a wealth of ideas with confidence and eloquence.
And the point of the story is …
The super cyberbullying and scorn poured by Dapsters on those whose English is not up to mark have effectively shut out any Malay voices in the Chinese celestial sphere.
The silent majority
We can see from the pie chart above that only one percent of Utusan readers are Chinese.
There is hardly any meaningful inter-ethnic dialogue taking place in the national language. The MCA’s own language priorities (see screenshot below of MCA website) clue us in as to why.
The readership of the two leading mainstream English papers shows an interesting asymmetry.
This quarter of shared space is the language – English – overlap between the two races.
(Note: There is a difference between readership and circulation, ref. here)
Going by the numbers, The Star has a greater influence than the NST due to its far wider reach. This interpretation is augmented by their respective distribution patterns.
The NST relies more on institutional subscriptions (e.g. delivered to government offices) and bulk sales (e.g. corporate sponsorship for delivery to the classrooms). The Star, on the other hand, has stronger street sales.
These circumstances leave the field wide open for The Star to Jerusubangize the urban population (more on this later).
It is against this backdrop — i.e. 90 percent of the Chinese population (the DAP supporters) do not have much inkling of what the Utusan-reading Malays are thinking — that we should view the latest Kit Siang-Mahathir spat.
Kit Siang threatens to sue Dr M
I am reproducing Dr Mahathir’s blog posting ‘Gelang Patah‘ (Che Det blog, 11 April 2013) in full below.
I do not think there is any issue with Dr M’s paragraphs (1) – (5).
(6) is contentious, and we’ll return to it shortly.
Insofar as interpretative comments go, (7) is fair game. You can’t expect a Malay and a Chinese to have identical views on the PAP. (8) & (9) are an old squabble by the two elderly minister mentors on how their legacies would be viewed eventually by history.
(10) is vintage Mahathirism. (11) is Dr M’s personal opinion.
(12) is the crux of Kit Siang’s defamation suit threat.
(13) “Gelang Patah will be the focus of GE13” — true.
(14) “Will the DAP end Malay-Chinese friendship and cooperation in Johor”? — a valid question.
So let’s now return to (6) and (12).
Politics of Hate
Dr M writes that Kit Siang is going to (a) bring about conflict and antagonism between the races, and (b) wage the Chinese to dislike and hate the Malays.
You can consider the above for yourself and whether you reckon Kit Siang can make a convincing case against Dr M for libel on this score.
Dr M also writes that “racial confrontation would replace Sino-Malay cooperation which has made Malaysia stable and prosperous” which is correct. However, he appears to lay the blame at Kit Siang’s door by saying “[however such a] cooperation will end when Kit Siang wins Gelang Patah”.
The following sentence – “Even if there will not be violent clashes as seen in many countries where people are divided by race or religion” – indicates that Dr M has not signalled a red alert (risk of a repeat of the May 13 riots).
So it boils down to this then: “Sino-Malay cooperation will end when Kit Siang wins Gelang Patah”.
Is the above conjecture by Dr M allegedly ‘defamatory’ to the extent that warrants the Tokong’s father hauling their nemesis to court?
Dapsters going ballistic
Returning to the echo chamber, we have the DAPSubangJaya tweeting that Dr M’s Gelang Patah article is seditious.
Kutty is a Malayali/Tamil surname, I’m made to understand. Hence when the DAP and Dapsters employ this taunt, they are reminding Dr M that his forefathers were immigrants too.
The double standards of the Dapsters are becoming very clear for all to see.
Dr M cautions against an impending “racial confrontation”. The urban Chinese pooh-pooh his warning.
My sense of things is the same as Ayah’s — see ‘Silent anger among Malays is growing’.
Dapsters are so bodoh sombong that they cannot comprehend how provocative their behaviour is. And nobody is allowed to tell them off lest their lynch mobs burn you at the stake.
From my personal experience, I’ve seen that the Chinese supremacists become extremely vicious and out come their bayonets whenever I pick up on anything that Dr M says.
Is it that impossible for them to fathom that their escalating viciousness will provoke a counter response?
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1. Kit Siang is going to contest in Gelang Patah.
2. Why Gelang Patah?
3. Obviously it is because Gelang Patah has a Chinese majority.
4. Obviously Kit Siang is going to play on Chinese sentiments.
5. Johore has been an Alliance/Barisan Nasional stronghold ever since independence. The three races there have been supporting each other in elections. They do not have strong racist feelings.
6. But Kit Siang is going to bring about conflict and antagonism between the races, to wage the Chinese to dislike and hate the Malays.
7. The slogan of the DAP is Malaysian Malaysia, a slogan used by the PAP in the 1964 General Elections. The slogan implies that Malaysia did not belong to all Malaysians equally. It belongs to the Malays.
8. The PAP intended to get the Chinese not to co-operate with the Malays, to end the Sino-Malay “kongsi” of the Tunku in the Alliance Party.
9. Kongsi means not taking all our entitlements for ourselves but sacrificing some so others may get their share.
10. The PAP rejected this “kongsi” principle demanding that everything be based on merit. When Singapore left Malaysia the DAP, the PAP Trojan horse, took up the Malaysian Malaysia slogan. The intention was to draw away Chinese support from the MCA and abandon the kongsi concept with UMNO and the Malays. The meritocracy promoted by the DAP will mean diminishing opportunities for the Malays in education and in business. This will result in the Malays becoming less and less qualified and poorer. Meritocracy is not about sharing but about the winners taking all.
11. When Kit Siang decided to contest in Chinese majority Gelang Patah it is because he wanted the Chinese there and in Johor to reject working together and sharing with the Malays.
12. An unhealthy racial confrontation would replace Sino-Malay cooperation which has made Malaysia stable and prosperous. That cooperation will end when Kit Siang wins Gelang Patah. Even if there will not be violent clashes as seen in many countries where people are divided by race or religion, but confrontation between the three major races in Malaysia will be disruptive and will not be conducive to the development of Malaysia.
13. For this reason the decision of Kit Siang to contest in Gelang Patah will be the focus of the 13th General Election in this country.
14. Will the DAP end Malay-Chinese friendship and cooperation in Johor or will “kongsi” remain the bases of race relations in Johor and in Malaysia?
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