This posting follows on from ‘Kit Siang’s latest salvo at Dr M’.
Reading the DAP supremo somehow gives me the impression that his party’s multiracial scheme of things would be able to accommodate Gerakan perfectly well.
Lim Kit Siang’s press statement today (discussed in my previous posting) had targetted Dr Mahathir. His press statement yesterday carried the same focus too and was titled ‘Dr Mahathir should look within himself and within his own party Umno to discover who the real “racists” are’.
Below are excerpts from Kit Siang’s challenge to Dr M.
LKS: “Rather than pointing the finger at the DAP, Dr Mahathir should ask himself how many non-Malay leaders have been elected or appointed into the Umno Supreme Council to answer the question of who the real racists are.”
Hey, Gerakan and DAP have something in common there!
LKS: “One can only guess if Dr Mahathir’s post-GE13 barrage against the Chinese and the DAP is driven by his own blind prejudices or by fears that his true legacy will be revealed for all to see if Pakatan wins power in Putrajaya or by growing senility or perhaps all of the above.”
[Note: About Kit Siang’s below-the-belt hit alluding to Dr M’s “growing senility”, well, now we know that the fruit does not fall far from the tree. The son takes after the father and their evangelista coterie takes after the Father and Son.]
DAP thinks that Utusan is guilty of Chinese-bashing. Gerakan thinks that Utusan is guilty of Chinese-bashing.
Woohoo, another thing that those two multiracial parties have in common.
LKS: “This domination by Umno will only grow as it loses confidence in its coalition partners’ ability to deliver seats.” / “PKR, DAP and PAS are co-equals at the table unlike the BN. There is a genuine negotiation between all three parties unlike the BN.”
Kit Siang accuses Umno’s domination of the BN as undermining the confidence of the minority races in the ruling party.
The sentiments in Gerakan are the same.
LKS: “The only way for us to move away from ‘racial polarization’ is not to continue to support the BN but to look at Pakatan as the hope for the future …”
DAP’s hope for a future Malaysia without “racial polarization” as well as their noble struggle for the rights of all Malaysians “regardless of race, language, religion and background” sounds like the Gerakan playbook.
Geez, come to think of it, DAP and the Penang-based Gerakan do sound like twins, huh?
The latest developments
As we’re aware, the MCA is now trying to backpedal on their rejection of government posts.
Gerakan would discuss the matter of accepting government posts at the party’s next central committee meeting scheduled for the third week of June, said its acting president Chang Ko Youn.
He told reporters that the decision to reject the posts made on May 11 was too hasty and too soon, and that MCA and Gerakan should instead accept the government posts offered so as to carry on with the BN government’s transformation.
It is Chang who famously proposed that all the BN parties should combine — see ‘Gerakan proposes BN components merge to form one party‘ in the NST.
Unlike the BN components of Umno, MCA, MIC, PBB and Upko, Gerakan is already “non-racial”. Like how the DAP is “non-racial” too.
If the BN components reject the Gerakan proposal, then Gerakan should just go ahead and merge into the non-racial DAP. They are identikits of each other.
Welcome mat for Gerakan
The DAP is receptive to Gerakan if we are to take a clue from the latest feelers to come out of the Penang Institute.
The Penang Institute is a (purported) think-tank chaired by Lim Guan Eng and funded by the Penang state government. The Penang Institute CEO is Zairil Khir Johari and its senior executive officer is Steven Sim, the DAP MP for Bukit Mertajam.
An article from the Penang Institute titled ‘A divorce from the BN… should Gerakan heed such calls?’ suggests that:
“To remain relevant and to re-affirm its original multi-racial nature as propounded by its forefathers, a breakaway from the claws of the BN is necessary …”
The Penang Institute article on 7 June 2013 opines that poor Gerakan had been “drawn into BN’s notoriety”.
“Gerakan’s association with the BN and typically, Umno had inevitably contributed to the decline of its political popularity in the light of the various national scandals then propelled by Tun Dr Mahathir’s administration,” said the article.
The Penang Institute article believes that the “uproar and dissatisfaction towards Umno and Tun Dr M’s reign injured Gerakan’s reputation and popularity”.
The Penang Institute article also states that Umno has “turned out to be a liability with regards to the popularity of BN”, and drawing Gerakan “into the same sea of unpopularity”.
The Penang Institute article further adds that “the rejection and resentment of Umno” by the people is making Gerakan an unwinnable party.
It proceeds to suggest that Gerakan get divorced from the BN.
In saying this, the Penang Institute article assured Gerakan that a future independent of the BN is “definitely worth the while investing in the long run”.
Formalizing their relationship
Heck, 90 percent of the Gerakan members already voted for the opposition anyway in GE13.
So might as well Gerakan just come out from the closet and solemnize its relationship with the DAP.
The remaining 10 percent of Gerakan members who do not find the DAP to their taste can apply to join MCA or MIC.