Vernacular schools will be maintained, Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan stated yesterday — see Bernama report.
Kamalanathan’s comment was in response to the call by Gabungan NGO Melayu-Islam to abolish vernacular schools.
I am mildly surprised to see who are the Malay-Muslim representatives that demanded the abolishment of Chinese school. Refer photo of their press conference: Tunku Aziz Ibrahim is sitting in the middle.
Dzulkarnain Taib – the guy speaking into the microphone – is the Malaysian Young Journalists Club president. He was at one time the editor-in-chief of Suara Keadilan, the PKR newspaper.
Luahan hati mykmu.net
Let’s look at an op-ed published yesterday by the Kumpulan Menyokong Umno (KMU). The mykmu.net website is ranked 470 in the Alexa measure on Malaysian web traffic, which puts its reach at a little better than news portal Antarapos.com (478 on Alexa).
The point that I’m making here with regard to the Alexa Top 500 ranking is that mykmu.net is read by a lot of the Umno crowd.
“Walaupun DAP sentiasa menekankan bahawa Umno adalah sebuah pertubuhan rasis yang mengamalkan penindasan terhadap kaum lain, khususnya Cina namun hakikatnya kerana rasisnya Umno itulah, sekolah-sekolah vernakular masih dibenarkan wujud. Bahkan Umno masih lagi mencuba dengan kaedah tarik rambut dalam tepung menerusi kewujudan SEKOLAH WAWASAN.
“Namun seperti yang dikatakan lebih awal, kaum imigran bermata sepet dan keturunan mereka tidak akan bersyukur sebaliknya masih memperjuangkan kecinaan dan superioriti bangsa mereka.
Buatlah apa pun keputusan, namun hakikatnya entiti rasis akan terus menyalak dan berjuang agar Cina mereka akan terus dikekalkan dan rakyat Malaysia khususnya Melayu-Bumiputera perlu sentiasa kowtow dan menyungkur di hadapan mereka.”
Luahan hati mykmu.net
We’ll examine the complaints of the Umno supporters one by one.
(1) Umno, the evil regime
“… DAP sentiasa menekankan bahawa Umno adalah sebuah pertubuhan rasis yang mengamalkan penindasan terhadap kaum lain, khususnya Cina …”
And Lim Guan Eng did it again yesterday! He slammed the “racist agenda of Umno and Utusan Malaysia” and alluded that “if it blurs decency and kindness, cheapens human life and breeds ill will and suspicion – it is an evil government” (see ‘Guan Eng tuduh Utusan mahu meraikan pembunuhan 13 Mei’)
Guan Eng is talking about the Malay party that persuaded the Raja-Raja Melayu to grant one million citizenships to non-Malays at a time when the Malay community themselves were poor and uncompetitive. He obviously fails to see any kindness in the act by Umno.
He also fails to see that if Umno had lacked decency, the Chinese transient labour would have been repatriated.
And he failed to talk about the act of opposition supporters recently bashing up Bangladeshis on GE13 polling day. So how would a kind, decent and humane DAP government treat aliens, you think?
(2) Tamil schools not on radar
“… sekolah-sekolah vernakular masih dibenarkan wujud. Bahkan Umno masih lagi mencuba dengan kaedah tarik rambut dalam tepung”
The KMU stance is that Chinese schools (note: Tamil schools are not specifically targetted) should cease to exist and that Umno is must shed its kid gloves.
“kaum imigran bermata sepet dan keturunan mereka tidak akan bersyukur”
Ooops. We shall need to add the “sepet” word to our Malaysian First taboo list.
“masih memperjuangkan kecinaan dan superioriti bangsa mereka”
(a) Chinese schools are seen as the embodiment of Chineseness which the Chinese community battles fiercely to protect and preserve.
(b) Chinese schools are seen as the vehicle to drive forward the race “superiority”.
(5) Forever Chinese
“entiti rasis akan terus menyalak dan berjuang agar Cina mereka akan terus dikekalkan”
The Chinese polity is viewed as a “racist entity” that seeks to perpetuate its Chineseness.
(6) Chinese Firstness
“rakyat Malaysia khususnya Melayu-Bumiputera perlu sentiasa kowtow dan menyungkur di hadapan mereka”
The Chinese are perceived as wanting to subjugate the other races, especially the Bumiputera Malay.
The mykmu.net editorial quoted above has managed to encapsulate the negative views of Chinese held by a segment of the Umno supporters. So how large is this segment, huh? (Umno claims to have a membership of 3.5 million or thereabouts).
Playing the Bangsa, Agama dan Negara card
The Chinese are elated, not perturbed, at their 90 percent voter support for the opposition.
If the Chinese can be cocky and arrogant (to recycle two descriptive words let slip by the ditched ex-Deputy Chief Minister of Penang) about the Pakatan electoral gains in GE13, then why shouldn’t Umno go all out to maximize its own Malay support in the next round?
What happens should Umno, for its survival, play the race card to the hilt?
One, Perkasa will be given more room
Perkasa vice president Zulkifli Noordin was the de facto Umno challenger to PAS in Shah Alam. For a last minute parachute candidate, Zul garnered an incredible 38,070 votes out of a turnout of 88,126 voters. That’s 43.2% support from those who cast their ballots.
Furthermore, he did far better than Umno’s 2008 candidate Abdul Aziz Shamsuddin who had gotten 24,042 votes. And Zul’s opponent bukan calang-calang orang. Khalid Samad is the Selangor PAS deputy commissioner.
A key factor to the electoral results is the Chinese presence. As we’ve seen in Terengganu where the Chinese are negligible in number (generally under 3 percent of the electorate), the Umno-PAS fight can easily go either way in the Malay heartland constituencies.
However in the West Coast and those constituencies with a high Malay concentration, Umno won hands down. The logical inference is that in those Malay states with very few Chinese such as Terengganu and Kelantan (and where the Chinese there have, in any case, assimilated well), there is little fear factor among the Malay populace of a potential Chinese threat.
In the more developed states with mixed populations, such as Perak and Selangor, the rural Malay seats almost all went to Umno.
Two, getting PAS on board
Former NSTP group editor A. Kadir Jasin has revealed the Malay unity talks in Selangor following the GE13.
Kadir blogged two days ago:
“Di Selangor bisik dan risik mengenai kerajaan campuran PAS-PKR-Umno cukup serius. Seandainya rancangan itu berjaya, PAS, Umno dan sesetengah elemen PKR akan menubuhkan kerajaan campuran dengan PAS menyumbangkan calon Menteri Besar.”
There are the Umno-friendly Nasharuddin Mat Isa’s in PAS.
The Haruns (Taib and Din) are not aligned to the DAP-Pakatan initiatives such as the #Black 505 rallies and earlier, the Majlis Syura objected to surrendering the kalimah Allah to the evangelistas.
In PAS too there are the Hasan Ali’s although the prototype, i.e. the ex-PAS Selangor Commissioner, has been sacked from the party. But Hasan has since formed Jati and his NGO is working the ground.
We should bear in mind that PAS was formed by a breakaway faction of Umno ulamas. And isn’t the Malay side of PKR an Umno splinter as well?
Three, the players behind the scenes
‘Dr M, Daim will decide debate on Najib’s future, says veteran newsman‘ (The Malaysian Insider, 30 May 2013).
The veteran newsman referred to in the TMI headline is Kadir.
Another veteran newsman to watch is former Utusan group editor Zainuddin Mydin.
Dan apa Zamkata?
In his most recent blog posting, the former Information Minister writes about the most effective methods to “ajar orang Cina”, citing how the autocrat Lee Kuan Yew brought Chinese Singaporeans to heel and subdued the Chinese educationists. (Singapore does not have a Chinese national education stream.)
The most ominous harbinger of things to come is the stern warning issued yesterday by Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
‘Kerajaan Jangan Lagi Berlembut, Beri Muka Kepada Pembangkang – Tun Mahathir’ (Bernama, 13 June 2013)
The hardline Malay forces will coalesce in GE14 to strengthen Umno. But basically to teach the DAP a lesson. They prefer a rapprochement with PAS and possibly an eviction of the Chinese BN parties.
Memang, “mereka enggan”
In his appraisal of the Chinese tsunami, political analyst Prof Dr Hoo Ke Ping is quoted by the Berita Harian (7 May 2013) as saying in the immediate aftermath of the event that he had previously advised MCA and Gerakan to put up a stiff fight against the opposition but the two Chinese parties had refused to do so.
(“Saya pernah memberi taklimat kepada Jawatankuasa Pusat MCA dan Gerakan supaya melawan pembangkang habis-habisan, tetapi mereka tidak mahu,” katanya ketika dihubungi BH.)
It is clear from the conduct of the election campaign that the MCA was largely missing in action. Political operatives from the BN components testify to this.
Worse than that, the MCA had allowed its media The Star to promote the DAP evangelistas as well as to cover up for the DAP cybertroopers after the SuperCyber Bullies were exposed.
Today, The Star assigned DAP bff Regina Lee to do a story headlined ‘Big NO to more social media control‘ after the paper’s earlier stories stabbed Shen Yee Aun (whistleblower on the ‘Red Bean Army’) in the back.
The Star spindoctors are deliberately casting doubts that such an outfit like DAP troopers even exists, much in the same vein as the blanket denial that a Chinese tsunami ever took place.
The tilt this week at Chinese school is another form of Malay backlash against the 90 percent Chinese support for the opposition.
MCA’s position in the BN is becoming more untenable by the day and particularly so if the party continues to permit its Jerusubang backstabbers to persist in their mischief.
The Malay hawks are circling, the Umno party president is under siege and his close aides who are blamed for deploying wrong election strategies are now facing the axe.
MCA will soon be regarded as an enemy if it is still reluctant to rein in its media that functions as the most wide-reaching cheerleader squad for the DAP evangelistas.