The Dapster-KJ rhetoric is that election results last Saturday for the Umno wings are an indication of Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s influence on the wane.
Khairy Jamaluddin easily romped to victory in the Pemuda contest, thumping Akhramsyah Sanusi who had received the backing of the Tun. This delightful/unsavoury (depending on which side you’re on) outcome to the Umno election prompted Lim Kit Siang to gloat and launch an offensive against his old nemesis Dr M.
In a press statement yesterday, Kit Siang could not resist harking back to what he perceives as “a major failure for Mahathir”, i.e. “the Battle of Gelang Patah”.
Like Khairy, Kit Siang had similarly won that particular electoral tussle where the Tun is considered to have lost, somewhat, by proxy.
Khairy’s victory is a DAP victory
Kit Siang’s press release is titled ‘Johore a key battle ground for the vision of a Malaysian Dream as a unifying factor for all Malaysians and an antidote to the revival of extremist and intolerant racist politics in five months after 13GE’.
Lim Sr and Jr are identical in this respect. Both have the habit of attaching long-winded headlines to their press releases.
The father-and-son duo should take a leaf from Dr M whose last 10 blogs articles are crisply titled as follows: ‘Politicians vs journalists’, ‘Chin Peng’, ‘Regime change’, ‘The Rohingyas’, ‘Masa depan Umno’, ‘Fuel subsidy’, ‘Sunni and Syiah’, ‘Meroboh surau’, ‘Advice that will bankrupt the nation’ and ‘Water for Singapore’.
All of Dr M’s articles have short titles.
Compare the most recent press statement by Lim Guan Eng (yesterday) which is titled ‘The Special Screening Of “Tanda Putera” To Commemorate Malaysian Airlines (MAS) 41st Anniversary Celebrations Insults All MAS Customers Who Are Offended By The Lies That Is Not Only Historically Wrong But Also Racially Offensive And Derogatory’.
Did DAP really get the Malay votes?
The DAP permanent fixture (Lim Sr), who has been heading his party since 1969, frames his epic battle as one where Umno politicians led by the Tun had conducted an “irresponsible and reckless campaign” (a phrase he repeats thrice in his press statement) “to racialise Gelang Patah” (another phrase that Kit Siang repeats thrice also) by intimating that he-Kit Siang wanted to create a “racial confrontation”.
Kit Siang further insinuated that Dr M is a liar for imputing that he (LKS) was “seeking to incite the Chinese to hate the Malays” [Kit Siang’s words].
Earlier the NST had reported Dr Mahathir as saying: “He (Lim) will only be satisfied if the Chinese community in Johor hate the Malays” in a speech at the Bicara Perdana event at Dataran Tanjung Emas in Muar on 8 April 2013.
He then goes on to declare that the most significant aspect of his Gelang Patah triumph was that “Mahathir’s allegations and lies failed to make any impression on the voters, particularly the Malay voters” without whose votes the DAP could not have crossed the finish line first.
The “extremist and intolerant racist politics” post-GE13 are all blamed by Kit Siang on Umno.
Do the Chinese hate the Malays?
Or for that matter, do the Malays hate the Chinese? If we can answer the preceding question(s), then we can get closer to the truth of Dr M vs Kit Siang.
Christians do not form the majority in the Chinese community. Yet in the matter of the kalimah Allah, the Chinese whom are Buddhists, Taoists, Deists, Confucianists, agnostics, atheists are in the majority siding with the Church, and not with the mimbar.
Why is there this Chinese herd mentality against the Islamic religious authorities on the Allah issue?
In the same press statement where Kit Siang all but announces the DAP’s aim to wrest Johor to serve as the opposition springboard to Putrajaya, he accuses Umno leaders led by Dr Mahathir of concocting “preposterous allegations and lies that the 13th General Election was proof that the Chinese in Malaysia were out to oust the political power of the Malays and to dominate Malaysian politics”.
Simple test question then: Do the Chinese want to dominate Malaysian politics? Do the Chinese want to oust the political power of the Malays?
Answer: Perhaps not.
But the evangelistas do.
“Vision of a Malaysian Dream”
The phrase “Malaysian Dream” occurs 10 times in Kit Siang’s press release yesterday.
Pursuit of the Malaysian Dream; call to embrace the Malaysian Dream; fulfillment of the Malaysian Dream.
Kit Siang declares that “Johore [he uses the old British colonial spelling] will be a key battleground for the Vision of Malaysian Dream” to achieve the objective of ending the “politics of race, corruption, cronyism and abuses of power”.
Kit Siang has been recycling his anti-race polemics since 1964 when he was the political secretary to DAP founder Devan Nair. That makes it almost 50 years / five decades / half a century of us having to hear Kit Siang rail against the “politics of race”.
In comparison and in half the period, Dr M has built Putrajaya, Cyberjaya, KLIA, the Petronas Twin Towers, the North South Expressway. Even the Penang Bridge which opened to traffic on 14 Sept 1985 was completed during his tenure as Prime Minister.
Despite the loud and overly much protestations by Kit Siang, his son and their evangelista coterie, Dr M … methinks … is correct. DAP does incite the Chinese to hate the Malays. If all the nasty and insulting comments pouring forth following the Allah verdict is not hate speech, I don’t know what is.
If there is no cessation to this kind of provocative behaviour (like Hannah Yeoh’s for example), it will lead to a confrontation just as the Tun predicts.
Will Kit Siang ever withdraw from the scene?
Or is he waiting for Marcus Lim (the grandson) to enter the political fray first?
Dr M once said in Parliament — refer Hansard, 26 May 1965
“It is a peculiarity of this country that those who openly accept the fact of racial division are the people less prone to racialist politics. The Alliance is based on racialism where its party structure is concerned, but its decisions are the results of mutual ‘give-and-take’ amongst its constituents and no longer represents a purely racialist stand-point.
“On the other hand, the so-called non-communal parties are the most communal and racialist in their attitudes. Basically, they are pure Chinese chauvinists, or they derive inspirations from a common dislike for the Malays.”
The Tun made his above observation almost five decades ago as well.
He and Kit Siang together go back a long, long way. And the two senior citizens are still lobbing their hand grenades at each other. Not only that, their sons – respectively the Menteri Besar and Chief Minister of two northern states – are continuing the proud family tradition.
I truly wish that one of them would just sock it to the other and land a devastating sucker punch.
There appears to be no other way to compel Kit Siang to retire. (Btw, he has been MIA in Gelang Patah despite his current interference in DAP Johor affairs.)