Part 1 here.
Before we continue with our discussion of the Malay angst at the Chinese GE13 vote, a quick digression — the list of the words that, if you say them, will make those in-denial Malaysian Firsters go ballistic:
- Chinese tsunami
- Tun Mahathir
- May 13
ARHitam commented @ Jun 15, 2013 at 1:19 pm
When Dapsters are going against Umno leaders, that’s politic. But when Chinese go against Umno as whole, that’s amounting to being anti-Malay.
Now, this is happening and even progressing fast i.e. Blackout505. We are heading for a racial head-on crash for sure.
Is this what we want?”
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re: “We are heading for a racial head-on crash for sure.”
Whether we are or we’re not, what’s for sure is that the Umno octogenarian and the DAP septuagenarian are clashing like a pair celestial cymbals loud enough to shift tectonic plates.
Like I’ve mentioned earlier, Dr Mahathir had urged, Kerajaan jangan lagi berlembut, beri muka kepada pembangkang.
Lim Kit Siang yesterday responded to Dr M by saying,
“If the time has come for the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak to be tough and to stop “giving face”, it is to racists like Mahathir and Utusan Malaysia who have been seeking to destroy the message of peace and moderation with their ceaseless and reckless racist lies and falsehoods.”
Kit Siang also deployed the “Chinese bashing” trope.
In his press statement, Kit Siang wrote:
“But not content with the rejection of their message of racist falsehoods, lies and hatred, Mahathir and Utusan Malaysia have returned to the irresponsible and reckless tactics of Chinese-bashing and racist provocations with a vengeance after the 13th General Elections.”
Any criticism of the DAP and its supporters is accused to be “Chinese bashing”. It’s like how some Jews resort to alleging “anti-Semitism” as their first line of defence.
A close second to the convenient label “Chinese bashing” is the accusation of “race baiting”. But this only applies one way. When DAP and its supporters feel the heat, they call it “Chinese baiting”.
But when the same treatment is meted out by DAP and its supporters to others, such as calling Hindraf leaders and their followers “pariah”, “samsu drunkards” and “snakes”, this is never seen in Chinese eyes as “race baiting” or “Indian baiting”.
In ARHitam’s comment, he also said, “Now, this is happening and even progressing fast i.e. Blackout505.”
There will be the #Black 505 rally next Saturday that is a deliberate provocation to the police.
And following that will be the general release of Tanda Putera in the cinemas which is certain to draw acrimonious protests.
As regular commenter Shamshul Anwar has noted, “That DAP, despite winning only 38 seats as compared to Umno’s 88 seats, is cocky and ‘samseng’. I can’t imagine if it is DAP that won 88 seats.”
I’d like to highlight another portion of ARHitam’s comment:
“When Dapsters are going against Umno leaders, that’s politic. But when Chinese go against Umno as [a] whole, that’s amounting to being anti-Malay.”
DAP = Chinese = DAP
Let’s reverse the protagonists. “When Malays go against DAP as a whole, that’s amounting to being anti-Chinese.”
Umno has a lot of members. But not all Malays in the country support Umno. Perhaps only around half, give or take, of the Malay population do albeit it does appear that support for Umno is lately increasing as a reaction to the Chinese assertion of political power.
DAP does not have as many members as Umno. Far short, in fact, if we were to go by absolute numbers. However the difference is cohesion in that DAP is now receiving almost total support from the Chinese.
Hence how true would be the statement – “When Malays go against DAP as a whole, that’s amounting to being anti-Chinese”?
The boycott on Chinese products is a tangible manifestation of anti-Chinese (and not anti-DAP) sentiments because the manufacturers are being boycotted for being Chinese and not for being DAP.
The attempt to force the closure of SRJK (C)s is related to anti-Chineseness.
DAP has contributed very little to the development of vernacular education and the fact that this schooling system has been successfully maintained is thanks to the MCA, politically. (Of course credit to the school board, teachers and the Chinese community who built and supported these schools).
However as a result of the Chinese tsunami, the Malay-Muslim NGOs that want vernacular schools to be abolished are saying that MCA no longer has any locus standi to be speaking on behalf of the Chinese community on this education issue.
The problem is
When the Malays nowadays see a Chinese person, they’re beginning to view this Chinese guy not as Ah Seng or Ah Beng but as Guan Eng.
And when the thought or idea of the Chinese crosses the mind of a pro-establishment Malay, his own Chinese friends and personal experiences and individual knowledge have receded into the background to be replaced by the loud and foul-mouthed Dapster archetype.
DAP and their Dapsters are so much in your face that they have become the de facto representative Chinese in Malaysia.
This melding is exacerbated when it is Jerusubang that is in control of the overlapping – think Venn diagram – narrative which is necessarily in English because most Chinese don’t read in BM and most Malays don’t read in Chinese.
Consequence of 90% vote
The overwhelming support given the DAP as well as allowing solely the DAP to dictate the Chinese national direction has made the community a DAP collective.
However, the oppo-supporting Chinese are unable to see any of what I’m saying here. If they were to read this article, they’d just accuse me of trying to wean them away from the DAP and other such related claims.
Which is a ridiculous argument because the general election is over and the next one is not expected to be called until another 5 years.
Nonetheless, rather than rationalize, the Dapster knee-jerk response is to angrily accuse and simply slander. They prefer shooting the messenger.
To me they are unable to read accurately the Malay ground.
This is due to the Yasmin Ahmad Kool Aid which they’re gulping down. The opiate is supplied to these 90 percent Chinese by vested interests who need them to continue in the comforting delusion that they’ve got the PAS and PKR Malays on their side and in the palm of their hands.
The Chinese really believe that if another May 13 were ever to happen, it will be Malays fighting Malays. If you try to prick their bubble, they will call you “racist”.
Look at how they’ve been so insistent that the anti-EC rallies are multiracial rather than Chinese-dominated.
I think they are wrong. But they retort that I’m talking to only Malay ultras and unenlightened country bumpkins (the Umno vote bank) in my blog.