The 1969 general election was a communal showdown and foreshadowed the 2008 tsunami.
DAP had emerged the biggest opposition party in the 10 May 1969 polls.
Thousands of Malay villages would have likely suffered the same fate that befell Kampung Buah Pala had the DAP successfully come to power then in Selangor. (Ref. Kg Buah Pala: Pagar makan padi)
Election results (10 May 1969)
At state level
Penang fell to the opposition. Gerakan won 16 seats in the 24-seat state assembly. The only four seats that the Alliance retained in Penang were all Umno’s.
Perak fell to the opposition which garnered 21 seats in the 40-seat state assembly. From the opposition’s haul in Perak, PPP collected 12 seats, DAP six, Gerakan two and PMIP (PAS) one. Out of the 19 seats that the Alliance retained in Perak, 18 were by Umno and one the MCA.
In Selangor, the result was deadlocked at 14-14. Neither side managed to obtain a simple majority in the 28-seat state assembly. DAP was the biggest opposition winner notching 9 seats, with Gerakan having four seats and an independent candidate, one. Out of the 14 seats that the Alliance retained in Selangor, 12 were by Umno and one MCA, one MIC.
In Kelantan, PMIP (PAS) won 19 seats in the 30-seat state assembly and holding on to its rule.
Overall nationwide, PMIP (PAS) had 40 state seats, DAP 31, Gerakan 26 and PPP 12.
At federal level
DAP obtained 13.73 percent of the total votes cast for Parliament, and in the process bagging itself 13 Parliament seats. (Note: The peninsula had 104, and Sabah and Sarawak together had 40 Parliament seats).
MCA which obtained 13.50 percent of the total votes cast for Parliament got the same number of Parliament seats – 13 – as the DAP. Nonetheless, this outcome was a crushing blow for the MCA because 13 seats were only half of its previous tally of 27 seats in GE 1964.
As in 2008, the BN in 1969 was dealt a setback. However Umno by itself only suffered a dent. In GE 1964, Umno won 59 seats and in GE 1969, the number dropped to 51 — a reduction of 8 seats. (See table of results).
Bottomline: 10 May 1969 saw the mauling of the MCA.
History will repeat itself on 5 May 2013 to send the MCA reeling. Once again, the Chinese electorate is in an equally vicious mood.
Source: RK Vasil
Note: In 1969, a total of 103 seats were contested in the peninsula due to Umno ceding one seat to PMIP (PAS) prior to the polling day. The United Democratic Party (UDP) was formed by Dr Lim Chong Eu in 1962 after his departure from the MCA, of which he was president 1958-59.
Jamie’s comment originally @ 2013/04/20 at 10:31 pm
Paraphrased, the questions posed by reader Jamie (screenshot above) are:
Q.1 What is my stand with regard to the end game whereby the Chinese gain more political power, and consequently more benefits, through the ascendency of the DAP?
Q.2 What do I want to achieve by exposing the DAP (since Jamie doesn’t “get the whiff” that I’m a BN supporter either)?
Reply to Jamie’s Q.1
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” — Abraham Lincoln
DAP 1.0 had never held power before. The May 13 race riots pre-empted the party assuming the power that it had legitimately earned in 1969 through the ballot box.
Thus before 2008, it was not possible to discern the real character of the DAP. Their leaders had never been put to the test after having been deprived of what might have been its closest whiff of power in Selangor 1969.
In the 2008 reprise, DAP 2.0 blew away the MCA. Five years ago, DAP contested 47 Parliament seats and won 28, giving it a success rate of 59.6 percent. On the other hand, MCA contested 40 Parliament seats and lost 25, giving it a failure rate of 62.5 percent.
DAP 3.0 in 2013 will be the strongest that the party has ever been.
The despotic dynasty
To answer Jamie’s question on how I interpret the DAP’s current success:
After Goh Hock Guan resigned as DAP secretary-general following May 13, Lim Kit Siang ascended the post and remained there for 30 years (1969-1999).
Lim Guan Eng took over from his father in 2004 with Kerk Kim Hock warming the sec-gen seat during the interregnum between Lim Senior and Lim Junior. Aside from two short stints where Fan Yew Teng was acting sec-gen for a year, and Chong Eng was acting sec-gen for half a year, the DAP has been all the while a 1Dynasty show.
While it is true that the DAP is soaring to its apogee, I do not reckon that it’s the Chinese in general who are truly gaining any political power. The Lim Family has demonstrated that they cannot even share power democratically with their own party leaders as evidenced by the recent sidelining of DAP Johor.
Power for the DAP merely resides in the personality cult of the Dear Leader and his coterie of brown-nosing evangelistas. The ‘D’ in DAP has come to mean Property Developer.
DAP true colours — biawak green
What transpires with the DAP coming into power?
Clue: Well, just take a look at Selangor Times (below, Hannah Yeoh on Page 4 of the paper’s latest issue).
The Selangor state newspaper is published in English and Chinese. Almost 90 percent of its staff are Chinese. Selangor Times does not have a single Malay employee.
It is a Jerusubang publication featuring the DAP 2.0 and PKR evangelistas every single week without fail, from front cover to back cover.
The Umno Aduns are near invisible in the paper and nobody reading Selangor Times would ever realise that Malays are actually the majority race in Selangor, and that the state capital is NOT Subang Jaya.
The Penang state newspaper Buletin Mutiara published 50 photographs of Lim Guan Eng and his spouse in a single edition of 28 pages. Both Selangor Times and Buletin Mutiara are the most avid promoters of evangelista worship.
Evangelista Bintang Tiga
Reply to Jamie’s Q.2
What do I want to achieve by exposing the DAP?
Most pro-establishment people can already see through the DAP. What needs to be exposed is the nexus between the DAP, the church and the Jerusubang media. For example, it needs to be highlighted Bishop Paul Tan is the DAP Mullah and The Star is the DAP Xinhua (national news agency).
What do I want to achieve? I’m compelled to blog only because the MCA has rolled over and played dead.
Below is a picture of the MCA white flag (the BN blue has been washed away). Further below is a picture of the DAP 3.0 flag.
I’ve previously asked the question: “What kind of people are they?”
With DAP 3.0 the next generation, a more applicable question is: “What are these people capable of doing?”