The Nest of Evangelistas is undoubtedly kiasu.
After this, Exhibit A
And this, Exhibit B
Today comes this, Exhibit C … all three within the span of one week.
No Chinese support, so what?
Methinks The J-Star doth protest too much.
All these headlines attributed to Najib only serve to reveal the depth of their desperation.
The method hearkens to that other time when the paper was similarly just as desperate to deny the “Chinese tsunami” (nope, nothin’ like that happened … no tsunami, lah … it did NOT happen, I tell ya) .
- “Chinese support crucial”, Najib kata konon
- “Barisan needs Chinese support”, Najib kata konon
- “Support of all races vital”, Najib kata konon
Repeating a mantra ad nauseam will not make the invocation more potent.
Quite simply, BN does not need Chinese support. To the contrary, the BN will be able to collect more votes – from the Malays – if MCA just vamoosed.
Umno delegates correct
The J-Star quoted Najib Razak as saying in his winding up speech at the Umno general assembly earlier this evening:
“There are some delegates who say that we do not need Chinese votes. Look back at history, why did Tunku Abdul Rahman form ties if it did not benefit us?
“In 1974, why did Tun Abdul Razak form Barisan Nasional? If it was not beneficial, do you think Tun Razak would have formed the coalition?
“After that, Tun Mahathir, Pak Lah and until today, we defend BN. Why is that?” asked Najib.
To elaborate his point, Najib gave the example of the time former Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamed had lost an election because word had spread that Mahathir did not need Chinese votes.
“Let that be a lesson.”
It is the Prime Minister who has apparently not learned the lesson of the Chinese tsunami.
Well, okay do let’s look back at history
(1) Why did Tunku Abdul Rahman form ties?
He was suckered by MCA founder Tan Cheng Lock who was a Malacca Baba.
Tunku mistakenly believed that the two million Chinese given citizenship between 1952 and 1960 were like his good buddy Cheng Lock who was acculturalized to Malay society, spoke Baba Malay and did not speak Chinese at all and nor could read hanzi.
If the Tunku had known that the majority of the new citizens were more like Chin Peng than Cheng Lock, he may not have come to the same decision.
(2) Why did Tun Abdul Razak form BN?
Tun Razak formed the BN after the NEP was securely in place and the Sedition Act tightened. Najib Tun Razak on the other hand chose to dismantle what his own father had fortified as safeguards for preserving public order.
In 1974, the Chinese had not yet crossed the Rubicon and Tun Razak gave them a lifeboat to sail back.
In 2014, the Chinese have burned all bridges and there is no turning back anymore.
Plus the opposition Chinese of Lim Chong Eu and Tan Chee Khoon’s era did not do like this to Tun Razak.
(3) Mahathir lost his Kota Setar seat because word had spread that he did not need Chinese votes
And the good doctor’s response:
“Mahathir could no longer contain his anger with MCA which he now began to express openly. […]
“On 5 June 1969, Mahathir reacted against the statement of MCA President Tun Tan Siew Sin that MCA would not participate in the Cabinet because it had suffered heavy losses in the 1969 elections.
“He said: ‘Tun Tan Siew Sin does not have to withdraw, MCA should in fact be excluded from the Cabinet’.”
(Excerpt from Mahathir di Sebalik Tabir by Zainuddin Maidin)
No need lah
Dato’ Seri does not need to wear a Chinese shirt.
Dato’ Seri does not need to play the Chinese drum.
Dato’ Seri does not need to adopt a Chinese name.
Dato’ Seri did not get a single extra Chinese vote despite doing all of this and more. Still can’t get the message?
Must everything be communicated through shouting?
Perkasa raised their voice against repealing the Sedition Act. So did Isma and the other Muslim NGOs. The current and former IGPs and retired top cops and security top brass expressed their concern against abolishing the act. Retired judges spoke up too. Wanita and Pemuda Umno added their objections as did the Umno deputy president and the Umno former president and the majority of the Umno division chairmen.
And only then did Najib listen. The sound and fury has to reach a cacophony before the PM’s ear registers anything audible.
Boy, it’s really hard for conservative Malays to get through to him. But he’s all ears to the “moderate” evangelistas though.
Blogger ‘A Voice’ requests: “Can Najib’s advisers tell him his off-tone shrills are similar to Pyan Habib reciting poems?
“Pyan Habib speaks that way because he is deaf.”
By blogger ‘A Voice’
When Dato’ Najib speaks with his normal tone, he sounds dignified and confident.
He has a good tone of voice, clear and well paced. Have heard him speak off the cuff in both Malay and English and his flow of thought is clear. Things go downhill the moment Najib tries to speak in casual Malay on a political platform like the Umno general assembly and at political rallies.
He thinks that it is a crowd puller and the audience enjoys it when he goes into an unnatural off-tone manner of speaking to raise his tone and extend syllables ending with ‘a’. It is like reading Quran syllables meant for one harakat as three harakat.
More embarrassing, Najib would start to lead cheers at the most awkward of time. He is President and Prime Minister. He does not need to play cheerleader.
In his opening speech, he asked the audience to cheer “Hidup Umno!” after hardly 5 minutes into his speech.
That style of speaking becomes unbearably squeamish that we’ve stopped listening to his speeches on political podium.
A few minutes into his opening speech at the Umno general assembly the other day and we’ve had it. Better to switch off the TV and wait for the written text.
Najib needs to entertain and warm up the crowd at political rallies but not in this awkward and unnatural way of speaking. He does not sound serious.
Hardly a minute into his speech, he already asked the crowd to cheer along “Salam satuuuu … Malaysia!!!!”
During the salutations, he was sounding like Anwar, and came the part for Tun Dr Mahathir, he was pronouncing it like an Arab as “Tun Dr Mahadhirrr Mohammad”.
“Tun Siti Hasmah Mohamad Aali” came with the first round of extended ‘a’.
“… Yang Berbahagia Tun Abdullah Ahmad Ba-da-wi dan juga Yang Berbahagia Tun Sakaran Daandai.”
After the off-tone opening, he was getting into his usual tone of speaking.
That was till 3:40 (on the YouTube video) when he started mentioning the theme of his speech, SO-LI-DA-RI-TI in the same manner Anwar Ibrahim cries out Re-for-ma-si.
Every time an Umno leader feels his position is under threat then the theme perpaduan or ‘unity’ resurfaces. At the start of Reformasi, Dato’ Hishamuddin’s immediate response as replacement Ketua Pemuda after Dato’ Zahid Hamidi’s resignation was the call for unity.
Maybe Umno’s political situation is quite threatened [that there is need] to call for unity.
Then the build-up movement of hands and body for the dramatic phrase.
… Bahawa semangat perjuangan paaarti kebangsaan Meelaayu Bersatu atau Umno akan terus marak, terus menjulang, terus menyala. Marilah kita laungkan bersama-saamaa sebanyak tiga kali.
Hidup Umno! Hidup Umno! Hidup Umno!
That was it.
We decided to switch off the TV and leave the house for PWTC. We’ll read and analyse the speech objectively from the text without the drama.
When Najib goes into that mode of speaking and this time around at the early part of the speech, we know there is not much substance in Prof. Dato’ Seri Haji Khairul Anas’ written speech.
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