‘Umno’s Kuala Besut representative A. Rahman Mokhtar dies of lung cancer‘ — breaking news
Now Terengganu is left with 16 Umno Aduns to Pakatan’s 15 Aduns (Pas 14, PKR 1).
If PAS wins the Kuala Besut by-election, the state assembly in Terengganu will be 16-16. See my earlier analysis on the Terengganu electoral situation here.
If the parties are deadlocked, they might form a unity government. I had earlier explored the possibility of Umno and PAS uniting to form the government in Terengganu here.
Malays uniting: The empire strikes back
Regular commenter Fakin’ Fake Calvin @ 2013/06/25 at 5:29 pm
“in response to the Jonker Walk issue: The Empire Strikes Back!!! Cue Darth Vader music….”
The Jonker article was the most viewed yesterday in The Star Online (which claims to have 5.5 million unique visitors a month). Therefore, and quite obviously, what is developing on the Malay ‘backlash’ front is striking a chord among J-Star readers.
It’s Umno versus DAP now, one on one, man to man.
On the Jonker Walk issue, the voice of the Chinese opposition intones ‘Malacca CM kills goose that lays the golden eggs‘ (Malaysiakini, 26 June 2013).
That’s how Malaysian Chinese see themselves, really — as the “golden goose”. They claim they pay 90 percent of the taxes, they claim they are the Brains Trust of Malaysia, they claim they have contributed so much to the country that a museum should be built to commemorate the sacrifices of their forefathers.
Chinatown is not only limited to Jonker Walk and Petaling Street.
The DAP supporters are, after all, living in one humongous Chinese bubble — speaking Chinese dialects, eating Chinese food, watching Chinese entertainment, living in Chinese suburbs, working in Chinese companies and having a low opinion of the other ethnic communities.
The high priests and priestesses of the DAP Jerusubang cult are leading the charge in labelling Umno as “low class”, MCA as “running dogs” and “prostitutes”, and Indians as “pariah”.
Without the four-letter words but with the same venom – “May God have mercy on the racists for they love not others who are also made in God’s image” (screenshot here) – are the exalted ones of The J-Star. They are the ‘Love’ face of the instigators of the Politics of Hate.
And The J-Star is the primary peddler of Jerusubang’s “hallelujah kumbayah” (see below).
The J-Star slags off Utusan as racist.
The MCA-owned and MCA-controlled newspaper has 26 top jobs on their editorial floor and only one editor who is Malay. She is in charge of the monthly pullout called ‘Clove’ that features sambal tumis recipes.
With that kind of evangelista set-up at The J-Star, what do you expect the paper’s contents to be like?
You can just anticipate the sort of mindset that is cultivated by the Jerusubang media.
Hence it is not surprising that J-Star readers are unable to fathom the reasons behind the Buy Chinese Last campaign, the drive to abolish Chinese school, the call to roll back the liberalization (e.g. merit intake to local universities, approval for independent Chinese secondary schools) …
And now the Chinese are being hysterical over the opening of some roads around Jonker Walk and playing the “Chinese are being punished and victimized” tune.
Taking Malaysia for …
The working relationship between Umno and MCA (and MIC) was Malay-Chinese (and Indian).
The working relationship between PAS and DAP is Muslim-Christian evangelista.
DAP busted the BN’s communal formula with its relentless and vicious propaganda that the “race-based” approach is something inherently evil.
The J-Star is not Chinese-Chinese (it is not Sin Chew Jit Poh, Kwong Wah Yit Poh or Nanyang Siang Pau). Its group editor is a self-confessed Hannah Banana. Its Scissorati are Jerusubangites.
That’s why The J-Star has no real comprehension nor sympathy for the MCA’s struggles. And that’s why The J-Star stuck its poisonous scissors in the BN back.
For the last half century, the MCA has mediated so that the Chinese can keep our Chineseness and hugging it to our chest.
Working behind the scenes, MCA negotiated the buffer zone so that this Chineseness of ours did not get too much in the face of the other races.
It was a measure of the MCA’s superb talent, ability and success that the majority race left us Chinese alone to our own devices and did not forcibly impose assimilation as happened in all our neighbouring countries, including Singapore where Lee Kuan Yew shut down the Chinese schools.
But after the changing of the guard from MCA to DAP, the Chineseness that we had hitherto kept hugged close to our chest suddenly puffed out in tremendous cockiness and arrogance.
Where do we go from here?
Let’s have a second look at Zainah Anwar’s Star column on prryhic victories, ref. here.
Zainah’s is the typical type of Malay voice that the J-Star readers are exposed to. See Annie’s blog ‘Melayu of the Star‘ (25 June 2013).
On the other hand, the nationalistic-sounding Malay voices are immediately branded as racist and seditious — for example the former UiTM vice chancellor, the former Appeal Court judge, etc.
Anyway, Zainah wrote:
“In winning, its dominant partner has decimated its erstwhile allies. […] Whether Barisan survives as a grand coalition of ethnic-based parties is now dependent on Umno. Which direction will it go?”
Even though Zainah is Malay, her narrative is according to the Star template.
She says that in winning, the BN’s dominant partner Umno decimated its erstwhile allies the Chinese majority-membership parties.
Zainah is quoting a point of view favoured by the Chinese, which is that Umno’s Big Brother stance has effectively emasculated the MCA, Gerakan and SUPP.
Why does she overlook the far more obvious? Which is that the DAP decimated MCA, Gerakan and SUPP through the opposition’s virulent Politics of Hate. That’s what the GE13 results chart shows.
“[Will Umno] Appeal even further to its conservative rural core or embrace the changing mood of the electorate and push for real change?”
Sigh … that snake-oil word again “change”. And making as if the “conservative rural core” that supports Umno represents backwardness.
“The Malaysian electorate wants to see change in the way this country is governed, how law is applied, how politics is conducted and how business is run. The long-standing public demand for greater transparency and accountability, independence of the judiciary, a free and responsible press, free and fair elections, a more just and open political system, an end to police abuse and misuse of power, and an end to the intricate web of business and politics that breed cronyism and corruption largely remain unmet.”
The by-the-book political vocabulary – see words highlighted in bold red above – of Star columnist Zainah Anwar evokes standard Lim Guan Eng and Lim Kit Siang.
Why is the MCA allowing its mouthpreach to deliver DAP sermons?
Zainah also believes that Pakatan stands for “affirmative action based on need, rather than race, and ketuanan rakyat rather than ketuanan Melayu“.
And she is writing in … surprise, surprise (or not really) … the MCA-owned and MCA-controlled tabloid.
In an earlier posting I had discussed the claims by Zainah that “the stark reality facing Barisan” is the unmistakeable vote swing among the Malays away from Umno in urban and semi-urban areas.
“There are many in Umno who want the easy way out. By hook or by crook, get PAS to leave Pakatan and join Umno and in one swoop, Umno’s dominance is further entrenched …”
As with her statement where she blamed Umno (and not DAP) for the decimation of the MCA, here Zainah says that many in Umno want a hook-up with PAS.
She omits to mention that there are those in PAS who want a hook-up with Umno too.
This mutual attraction between Umno-PAS/PAS-Umno can only increase with the passage of time in tandem with the fear factor of the DAP and of Chineseness becoming stronger.
And we have the most recent vacancy in the Terengganu state legislature (precipitated by the Umno Adun’s passing) to observe the development of this Malay unity trend.
Zainah is correct in her next paragraph:
“Should this alliance of the two dominant Malay parties come true, it would be the end of any pretence at finding an accommodation to manage the competing demands of a modernising, ethnically diverse nation.”
Is there any likelihood of a formal Umno-PAS alliance? Let’s see.
In saying “the end of any pretence at finding an accommodation to manage the competing demands of a modernising, ethnically diverse nation”, Zainah places the onus squarely at the door of Umno.
The DAP push and Chinese tsunami factors are missing from her article and her consideration of the coming to an end of the spirit of accommodation.
Is anyone still wondering why Zainah Anwar and her ilk are columnists in The J-Star?
And is anyone worried that MCA is funding Gergaji Dua Mata covert political blogs like Stop the Lies?
The Unspinners had leaked that “kita tahu apa yang Chun Wai buat di belakang-belakang dalam dunia siber“.
Adakah Umno tahu apa yang MCA buat di belakang-belakang dalam dunia siber?
The DAP have their SuperCyber Bullies (tagged the ‘Red Bean Army’).
The Scissorati snip-snip-snip away as well as spread fitnah in the cyberworld and social media and through their covert political blogs that are MCA-Star black propaganda operations.