Prof. James UH Chin is a Sarawakian who co-edited the recent book on Pak Lah titled The Awakening – The Abdullah Badawi Years In Malaysia.
He published an article yesterday touching on the “rise and rise of right-wing Islamic politics in the peninsula” and how this development enables the federal power to “impose their will on East Malaysia”.
Below are two excerpts from Chin’s article ‘East Malaysia: primus inter pares’.
“The RCI [Royal Commission of Inquiry] has been told numerous times that the highest levels in the federal government, during the Mahathir era, gave thousands of Muslim Filipinos and Indonesians Malaysian citizenship to ensure that Sabah became a Muslim-majority state in less than a decade. From 1970 to 2010, Sabah’s population increased by 390 percent! This was to guarantee Muslim political hegemony and ensured that the native Kadazandusun, previously the majority in Sabah, will never be able to politically challenge a Muslim-led leadership, both in Kota Kinabalu and Putrajaya. One witness, a civil servant who issued the Malaysian identity cards illegally, openly told the RCI he saw it as his duty to ensure Muslim dominance.”
“Today, there is intense political competition and constant tensions between the Muslim and non-Muslim population in both states, and racial tensions so prevalent in Malaya is starting to manifest in East Malaysia. The younger Muslims from East Malaysia are starting to distance themselves from their non-Muslim neighbours and becoming super sensitive to all issues pertaining to Islam, mirroring the breakdown of racial relations in the peninsula.”
The rest of James Chin’s article can be read at the New Mandala.
If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em
What is a power-hungry DAP 3.0 politician to do in a situation of Muslim political hegemony? Answer: Out-Islam the Muslim politicians.
What are power-hungry DAP 3.0 chameleons to do in a situation where they will never be able to politically challenge a Muslim-led leadership? Answer: Mimic the image of the Muslim-led leadership.
What are power-hungry DAP 3.0 evangelistas to do in a situation where the swing voters see it as their duty to ensure Muslim dominance? Answer: Subvert the ‘system’ and divert the dominance to one’s self following the successful mimicry.
MCA vice president Gan Ping Sieu has a wow, terribly impressive suggestion. He proposes that religious extremists be blacklisted as “registrable persons”.
Does GPS’s “religious extremists” include evangelista politicians who pander to the rise and rise of right-wing Islamic politics in the peninsula?