A Merdeka Center survey recently found Dr Mahathir Mohamad to be the most popular personality in Umno.
The opinion poll had asked 600 Umno members to rate their party leaders, and Dr M came up tops ahead of Najib Razak in second place, with Zahid Hamidi taking the third spot and Muhyiddin Yassin, fourth.
Commenting on the poll results in an editorial yesterday, The Malaysian Insider attributed “the main reason why Dr Mahathir is held in high esteem has much to do with the psyche of the Umno supporter and the fact that there has not been a deep and thorough examination by the party of Mahathir’s years as the PM by anyone in the ruling party”.
Aah. So it is “the psyche of the Umno supporter” that makes Dr M such a popular figure with them, according to TMI. Interesting … coming from the KJ-linked portal. Pray tell, what kind of psyche does the ordinary Umno supporter have?
Evangelistas will surely say that Umno supporters are “racists” and it is this racism what makes them to be attuned to Dr M (since the ex-premier appears to be the enduring pet hate of the opposition and their supporters). However a failure to comprehend his popularity actually reflects on the evangelista’s general incapacity to understand the Malay mind.
Why Dr M is popular
Despite having been out of power for a whole decade, the ex-PM of 22 years remains the Umno man most capable of correctly reading the Malay mood on the ground. As one example, his succinct and lucid article yesterday on Chin Peng hit the bullseye.
None of the current crop of Umno leaders had been able effectively counter the opposition propaganda – among its chief proponents was the MCA and its mouthpiece The J-Star – that is glorifying the late communist guerrilla while at the same time whitewashing their atrocities.
Dr M, who doesn’t employ big words nor a prolix writing style, managed in his NST column to pen the most cogent passages expressing exactly what it is that the common man (who is aghast at the idea to import Chin Peng’s ashes into the country) has in his heart.
I really have to take my songkok off to the Tun for nailing it.
Bintang Tiga, Bintang Lima
Dr Mahathir’s NST article sought to explain why the “government is right in not allowing the burial of Chin Peng in Malaysia or bringing his ashes back”.
Describing how the communists had been prepared to use violence, Dr M wrote: “To make it more horrendous, many of the atrocities and mutilations committed by Chin Peng and CPM were not only on soldiers but also on many civilians“.
Dr Mahathir also cautioned:
“But it is entirely possible for his leftist supporters to try and rally around his burial place as a symbol for the resurgence of CMP in Malaysia.
“Already race relations in Malaysia have deteriorated.
“With Chin Peng as a symbol, it is most likely that race relations might explode in violence.”
The secret of Pakatan’s success is FANATICISM
In the article ‘Chin Peng: A fanatic but no hero’ published in Singapore newspaper Today, historian Kumar Ramakrishna writes how the authorities had regarded the Bintang Tiga chief as “a menace to society”.
Assoc. Prof. Kumar further noted how the Malaysian supporters are pushing for Chin Peng to be remembered as a nationalist hero and his purported “commitment to upholding the ‘dignity of man’ should be honoured, they say”.
(The article ‘Chin Peng and the dignity of man‘ that Kumar is referring to was published by MSN News on 26 Sept 2013 and is written by ‘No more bullshit’ author Kee Thuan Chye.)
Bintang Tiga brutality
The communist terrorism appeared to be not just horrifying but also indiscriminate, according to Assoc. Prof Kumar.
He recounted how the Bintang Tiga slaughtered the hapless victims whom the terrorists suspected to be “running dogs”:
“In Johore, guerrillas shot dead a Chinese squatter, hacked his wife to death with a parang, set their hut alight and threw their eight-year-old daughter into the flames. In Perak, Chin Peng’s men hammered a nail through a Chinese girl’s head. At Pantai Seremban, two young men were battered to death by guerrillas wielding cangkuls. Even captured guerrillas admitted that the tortures were ‘too horrible for description’, while a late 1952 police report noted that this ‘senseless cruelty’ was typical of ‘hundreds of similar incidents’ throughout the country.
“This is precisely why at the Baling Peace Talks in December 1955, Singapore Chief Minister David Marshall asked Chin Peng what he was fighting for. When the CPM chief replied the ‘dignity of man’, Marshall replied caustically that employing violence to secure public compliance with an ideology they did not want was not compatible with the ‘dignity of man’. Tellingly, Chin Peng’s only response was that they had different outlooks and he was not going to argue about it.”
Bintang Lima viciousness
Dapsters adalah cucu-cicit komunis.
If the communists carrying out their jungle warfare were typified by their “senseless cruelty”, the descendents of the communists today are similarly vicious.
The terror weapon of the Bintang Tiga was the rifle. The character assassinating weapon of the Bintang Lima is their keyboard.
The communist terrorists (CTs) left behind a trail of destruction. The evangelista Bintang Lima cyber troopers (CTs) are equally destructive.
They can simply say anything, spew any insult and make any wild accusation.
DAP Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming can simply say too that a dark-skinned man named Chua Lai Fatt cannot be a genuine Malaysian citizen.
Can simply say anything
The Dapsters feel that they can simply insult with impunity.
In February this year, Subang Jaya voter Leong Pei Koe was sentenced to a month’s jail by the Magistrate Court by showing the middle finger to the Raja Permaisuri Agong. In the middle of this year in June, Melissa Goo Yee Ling was detained by the police for insulting the Yang DiPertuan Agong in her Facebook.
Dr Mahathir had written in his article the the Communist Party of Malaya wanted to replace British colonial rule with a communist dictatorship [the communists wanted a republic, which means no kings].
Dr M also believes that “it is entirely possible for his leftist supporters to try and rally around [Chin Peng’s] burial place as a symbol for the resurgence of CMP in Malaysia”. While the CPM may be defunct, rebellion by the Chinese is resurgent.
Dapster children are beginning to refuse to sing Negaraku in school.
Dr M has warned that with the deterioration of race relations in Malaysia being already so bad, and with Chin Peng as a symbol, “it is most likely that race relations might explode in violence”.
In truth, even without Chin Peng as any sort of symbolic figurehead, race relations might still explode in violence given that the Bintang Lima are behaving just like the Bintang Tiga (in vilifying their enemies as “running dog”, displaying the identical cruelty and hatred) …
If Chin Peng and his Bintang Tiga wanted to topple the government, Guan Eng and his evangelista Bintang Lima similarly want the current government to be overthrown. Same difference.