Fifteen-and-a-half months ago, way before the likelihood of an all-Malay, ruling legislature in Selangor socks us between the eyes, Dr Mahathir Mohamad already warned that it will happen.
“The indisputable fact is that the DAP has succeeded in destroying the collaboration or sharing between the different races as exemplified by the BN coalition,” he wrote in June 2013 (see Che Det article reproduced below).
Tun observed that if today the schism between the races is deeper, it is because the DAP rejects the concept of ‘kongsi’.
“The DAP wants the Chinese who already dominate the economy, to dominate Malaysia’s politics as well,” noted Dr Mahathir in his article more than a year ago.
“Racial polarization has become more pronounced as a result. It will become more so in the future,” he added.
Now isn’t the Tun most prescient?
Peace shattered, hatred prevades
For the last 40 years, our country has enjoyed a fair bit of prosperity because the MCA promoted peace. Unlike the Christian DAP, the MCA never counted FITNAH as its primary political weapon.
However, after a series of a dozen general elections since 1959, the BN Chinese party’s arch rival managed to finally seize the upper hand in 2008 with its brand of virulent hate politics. This breakthrough coincided with the rise and rise of the evangelistas in the opposition.
Before the advent of the feral evangelistas, our political environment was never this toxic.
“Hatred of the Malays was whipped up through the slogan ‘Malaysian Malaysia’,” writes Dr Mahathir describing the DAP’s call to ‘Ubah’ and the party’s promise that “ini kali lah” Umno will be kicked out of Putrajaya.
Not long after GE13, Dr M wrote:
“I may not always be right but after 60 years involvement in Malaysian politics I felt strongly that the race factor will continue to dominate the politics of the country. The quality of the candidates or parties, the ideologies and the desire for change will always be secondary to race. The election results showed that I was right.”
Yes Tun, you are.
And it is precisely for this reason of race that the MCA is sitting in Death Row.
Dr Mahathir: “PAS benefited the least”
MCA the Malaysian CHINESE Association is hooked on the life support of Malay votes. The Malay electorate nonetheless can no longer be persuaded to vote MCA anymore. The Chinese vote swing reaching up to 90 percent pro-opposition support has irrevocably sealed this fait accompli.
And because the race factor continues to dominate Malaysian politics, the BN setiakawan formula – where Umno supporters have been traditionally willing to extend talian hayat to Chinese BN candidates – is busted because the disloyal MCA has betrayed the trust given it by the other races in the ruling coalition.
For example, the MCA media connivingly campaigned for the DAP Christian candidates but did little to help the MIC’s Indian candidates nor much for Umno’s either.
“This pact (between the parties opposed to the BN) clearly benefited the chauvinist Chinese in DAP most, while PAS the most Malay of the Pakatan parties benefited the least”, concluded Dr M in his diagnosis of the GE13 results.
BELOW: Umno is racist party – the message that DAP daily pounds into their Dapsters
DAP’s ascendance a victory for racism
Why did PAS get the short end of the stick?
Because “Kit Siang is more wily than any of PAS’s leaders”, is the Tun’s answer.
Dr M is able to read the DAP Mursyidul Am’s playbook like the back of his hand, after half a century of the two now elderly men going toe to toe in the political arena.
“A win for Kit Siang will be victory for racism”, wrote Dr M at that time (May 2013) when Lim Sr was making his bid for the Gelang Patah Parliament seat in order to penetrate the Umno fortress of Johor – which the DAP ultimately succeeded in doing.
Dr Mahathir: “Attacks against the Malays became blatant”
Dr M’s description that the DAP “must antagonize the Chinese against the Malays” is a clinical and correct reading of the main method employed by the Father & Son party.
“This campaign was quite subdued when the Barisan National Government won strong support from people of all races in Malaysia. But as soon as the Government appeared to be weak the DAP extremists were let loose and the attacks against the Malays became blatant …”
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Please look carefully at the bar chart above of our general election results from 1959 to 2013.
You can see that when the Government was weak, i.e. BN blue bar is short (1969, 2008, 2013), “the DAP extremists were let loose” and the attacks on Malays and Islam relentless and unremitting.
In GE13, the opposition (red bar) for the first time since 1969 overtook the BN in the popular vote and popular imagination. We are now breathing a climate where the DAP evangelistas reign supreme.
MCA is dead and cannot be resuscitated because DAP has mastered the art of Hate Politics and MCA is no match. Fitnah and Benci is the order of the day. It is what we’re witnessing at the very moment with Khalid Ibrahim being a victim and the oppo harnessing hate against him.
BELOW: 70.6 percent of Anil Netto’s poll respondents want Khalid to step down
MY POLL (BELOW): STILL OPEN FOR VOTING.
2 May 2013
By Dr Mahathir Mohamad
1. Malaysia has enjoyed more than half a century of peace and stability and high growths under BN coalition Governments. The seizure of power by the Malay majority upon independence as predicted by foreign observers and some locals did not happen.
2. Instead under the Tunku they promoted a sharing of power and wealth between the three major races through a coalition, the Alliance. The Alliance won 51 out of 52 of the 98 Federal Legislative Council seats contested in 1955. The Tunku as Chief Minister agreed with Sir Cheng Lock Tan’s request and gave one million citizenship to unqualified Chinese and Indians, diluting the Malay majority from 80% to 60%.
3. In 1963 Singapore joined the new state of Malaysia. The PAP did not believe in sharing power. It promoted meritocracy, rule by the elites, by suggesting that Malaysia was not ruled by the cleverest and the most qualified but by Malays. This was intended to stop Chinese support for the MCA and antagonise them against the Malays and UMNO.
4. In 1964 elections the PAP contested with the Malaysian Malaysia slogan to reflect its meritocratic creed. It won only one seat. The Chinese in the Peninsular, under the MCA rejected the PAP.
5. The people of the Peninsular, in rejecting the PAP demonstrated their belief in the concept of “kongsi” or sharing espoused by the Alliance. Singapore and its chauvinistic meritocrats had to leave Malaysia.
6. But a Trojan horse was left behind in the form of a political party named DAP. The similarity of name is not accidental for the DAP was to continue the fight for a meritocratic Malaysian Malaysia. The fight against “kongsi” between the races was to continue.
7. Despite a claim that the DAP is multiracial, its leadership and the overwhelming majority of its members belied the claim to this day. The strategy was to antagonise the Chinese against the Malays by suggesting that the Chinese were second-class citizens.
8. This campaign was quite subdued when the Barisan National Government won strong support from people of all races in Malaysia. But as soon as the Government appeared to be weak the DAP extremists were let loose and the attacks against the Malays became blatant to the point of claiming that the Malays are as much newcomers to Malaysia as the Chinese and Indians. There should therefore be no special treatment for them. The DAP conveniently forgets the special treatment accorded to the Chinese and Indians in Malaysia.
9. The growth and prosperity of this multiracial country depend largely on Sino-Malay cooperation or kongsi. The Barisan National exemplifies this kongsi spirit. To break this kongsi the DAP must antagonise the Chinese against the Malays.
10. Through all the elections in Malaysia the people of Johore have personified the kongsi principle. In every election the Malays would support the MCA Chinese and the Chinese would support the UMNO Malay candidates resulting in Johore delivering 100% BN victories.
11. Now Kit Siang has decided it is time to break up the kongsi. True the Chinese majority in Gelang Patah is smaller than the other constituencies Kit Siang had contested. But Kit Siang hopes with the support of PAS he can split Malay votes, so as to defeat BN. Now UMNO is contesting Gelang Patah with little hope of getting Chinese support.
12. Kita Siang does not agree with the Islamic state and Islamic laws proposed by PAS but that party’s ability to break Malay unity in Johore would benefit DAP. Kit Siang knows that PAS would never be strong enough to impose its version of the Islamic laws in Malaysia if Pakatan wins.
13. Kit Siang is more wily than any of PAS’s leaders. He also knows that PAS needs the support of the Chinese in order to defeat UMNO. He holds the trump card in any “pakatan” of the opposition.
14. Johore is a Barisan National bastion. If it is broken then he could put an end to the MCA’s cooperation with UMNO under the old “kongsi” or sharing concept. Instead there would be meritocracy in everything where the winner takes all and the devil takes the hindmost.
15. A win for Kit Siang will be victory for racism and rule by the elites as is found in a nearby country. It will spell the end of good relations in Johore between the races.
16. Victory for Ghani Othman will mean a sharing of power and wealth of this country between all races and tribes in multi-racial Malaysia.
6 June 2013
By Dr Mahathir Mohamad
1. After Parliament was dissolved on the 13th April 2013, I was interviewed by a BBC journalist. He appeared quite convinced that race-based parties such as those in the National Front would be rejected by a more liberal electorate which believes in democracy, freedom and non-racial politics. Also the idealistic young would reject the BN.
2. I had to disagree with him as I believed that racial polarization in Malaysia had become more pronounced now than ever before. I may not always be right but after 60 years involvement in Malaysian politics I felt strongly that the race factor will continue to dominate the politics of the country. The quality of the candidates or parties, the ideologies and the desire for change will always be secondary to race.
3. The election results showed that I was right. The DAP playing on racial sentiments drew the Chinese away from BN by depicting the MCA as lackeys of UMNO. The DAP won 38 seats, reducing the MCA’s seats from 15 to 7. The Gerakan won one seat out of two. All the DAP Chinese contested in Chinese majority constituencies. A few of the MCA, Gerakan and MIC candidates contested in Malay majority constituencies.
4. Although the DAP claims to be multiracial, it is in fact a Chinese party with mainly Chinese members and leadership. When it held elections to its Central Committee recently other than Karpal Singh all the members elected were Chinese.
5. Hatred of the Malays was whipped up through the slogan “Malaysian Malaysia”, implying that Malaysia is for the Malays only while other races were discriminated against and alleged to be second class citizens.
Advocating meritocracy, the extremists Chinese in the DAP charged the BN Government of discriminating in favour of the Malays even though they were inferior and less qualified for places in the universities, awards of scholarships, contracts, licences and positions in the Government. The Malay leaders were not as able as the non-Malay leaders who possess greater merit.
6. Whenever Government policies such as the NEP were defended, the defenders whether in the Government or NGO’s are labelled racist. The Malay parties in the election pact in Pakatan were tolerated because they were useful for election purposes.
7. If more proof is needed of the role of Chinese racism in the 13th GE, the demonstrations accusing the BN of fraud and cheating in the elections, despite being organised by Anwar and the PKR, are largely attended by Chinese, especially the young. Within the Country and abroad, Chinese youths wearing black shirts and masks made up most of the demonstrators. Usually Malays make up the majority of the demonstrators.
The lack of respect for the national flag was shown by Chinese young people in Taiwan holding it upside down. Although DAP and PKR participated in these demos, PAS members were noticeably absent. In fact PAS leaders dissociated themselves from the agitation to overthrow the Government through street demos ala Arab Spring. The protests seem to be mainly a Chinese affair.
8. The indisputable fact is that the DAP has succeeded in destroying the collaboration or sharing between the different races as exemplified by the BN coalition. The Pakatan is not a true coalition. It is simply an election pact between the parties opposed to the BN. This pact clearly benefited the chauvinist Chinese in DAP most, while PAS the most Malay of the Pakatan parties benefited the least, winning only 21 seats against DAP’s 38 and PKR’s 30. Actually although PAS contested in more constituencies than DAP, it lost two seats more than in 2008.
9. If today the schism between the races is deeper it is because the DAP reject the Malay/Chinese/Indian “kongsi”. The DAP wants the Chinese who already dominate the economy, to dominate Malaysia’s politics as well. It is clearly racist and reject inter-racial sharing of power and wealth as advocated by the BN. Racial polarization has become more pronounced as a result. It will become more so in the future.