“The Malay psyche appears simple in essence and yet it is complex in fathoming. A non-Malay, who has only a superficial relationship with a Malay, can easily fall into the trap of taking the Malay for granted.” – Dr Ismail Noor and Muhammad Azaham Wahab (The Malays Par Excellence … Warts and All, p.19)
Hannah: “Move forward with us”
Well, Hannah Yeoh can’t possibly be that non-Malay who has only a superficial relationship with Malays and easily falling into the trap of taking the Malay for granted, can she? After all, she is so steeped in Malay community life that she practically camps in the mosques decked out in her tudung litup (below).
Recently on the eve of the May 13 anniversary, Hannah took a potshot at communal parties and the BN’s rural voters who are still subscribing to race-based politics. She said they “were “pathetic”, “backward thinking” and “not capable of reforms”.
She also urged the pathetic and backward thinking BN folks to “move forward” with the DAP. See @hannahyeoh tweet below a couple of days ago
BELOW: Earlier tweets by Hannah as to which are the “race-based” and “racist” parties deserving her contempt, i.e. MCA, Umno, MIC and Perkasa
BN idiots are depressing the Firsters
Hannah was responding to a Malaysian Insider story on Paul Low, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, who held the view that “race-based politics is unavoidable” because – as the TMI headline puts it – “people still want race-based politics” (Note: Beware of spin by the portal).
Hannah scolded the Minister, “Please don’t waste time trying to change from within BN. They changed u instead. What a disappointment!”
TMI had quoted Paul Low as saying, “The last election had shown that race and religion in the rural areas key factors behind the support for the government in power today”. The Minister in the PM’s Dept was speaking at a ‘Moderation’ forum alongside former Selangor Deputy Speaker Nik Nazmi and J-Star personality Niki Cheong.
BELOW: Niki Cheong in the J-Star ‘Moderation’ advertisement and his tweet on how the AG is an “just an idiot” (name-calling typical of the Malaysian Firsters who invariably think other people are stupid)
Hannah’s ‘Malaysian First’ mindset
Niki Cheong’s tagline is: “Are we wrong in wanting a better Malaysia, even if it differs from what some of us think it should be?”
Niki evidently thinks that the Malaysia we have presently is not good enough and needs ‘UBAH’ to make it “better”, and the ideal shape of the country changed to suit the taste of the ‘moderates’.
Niki told the forum he is “depressed” with the situation now.
Similarly slagging “race-based parties”
Also responding to Paul Low is Genie Lim who said the minister “represents the Barisan Nasional government’s view”.
In her letter to the editor of the pro-opposition media, Genie Lim wrote, “Barisan Nasional’s mono-ethnic or race-based parties are to be blamed for racial politics, not the people”. She accused Umno and MCA of playing “the race card to instill fear, hatred and insecurity within their respective communities”.
Again, note how the Pakatan people are always accusing stupid BN people of fear-mongering and instilling hatred. Genie Lim also alleged that Utusan‘s ‘Apa lagi Cina mahu?’ news headline is an example of the Umno media engineering racial polarization.
Genie Lim is assistant research director of Institut Rakyat, by the way.
From the colours of its logo, you can easily guess which political party is funding this so-called ‘Institut Rakyat’. But if you have a doubt, sitting on its board of directors are Wan Azizah and former PKR vice-president Syed Husin Ali.
The Genie comes from the PKR bottle
Below is the office address of Institut Rakyat:
A-1-09, Merchant Square
Jalan Tropicana Selatan 1
47410 Petaling Jaya
Below is the address of the PKR headquarters:
A-1-09, Merchant Square
Jalan Tropicana Selatan 1
47410 Petaling Jaya
So when you see commentary by research directors such as Genie Lim and fellows of This and That institute (the Penang Institute, for example, whose CEO is Zairil Khir Johari), then you ought to take their views with bags full of salt.
The problem with the clueless BN communication apparatus is that they fail to alert the public to this kind of chameleon guises and masquerades by the slick Pakatan propaganda machine.
And despite all that money poured into the BN cyber warfare, the ordinary BN supporters are constantly terrorized online by the Dapsters and evangelistas who harass and portray us as racist, extremist, bigots and “hate-spewing, divisive, race-obsessed ignoramuses”.
If the BN central command still fails to register how weary BN supporters are of being left to the mercy of the rabid and feral Pakatan strike squads, then the BN had better prepare to vacate Putrajaya by GE14 because you’re not getting our votes. BN be warned!
M’sian Firsters love their neighbours regardless of race or religion
According to Genie Lim of PKR’s Institut Rakyat, Malaysians have rejected race-based politics and this is indicated by Pakatan receiving the popular vote in GE13. She repeated the opposition mantra that “Malaysian voters want political parties who take care of all Malaysians, regardless of race or religion”.
The Firster hogwash is being fed to the public by the troughs. According to their storyline, BN is Evil (racist) while Pakatan is Good (colour blind)
BELOW: The new generation Chinese of City Harvest Church Subang Jaya with their eyes all closed
Politicians like Hannah Yeoh (see above) are most disdainful of the BN’s 1Malaysia – see her tweet above. I hope the BN chairman will just stop his promotion of 1Malaysia from now on.
What sparked May 13?
Dr Goh Cheng Teik was formerly an academic and then a politician (Deputy Minister). His first degree is from Harvard and his PhD from Leiden University. Below is what he wrote about the May 13 race riots.
“The mass amok which took place in Kuala Lumpur on 13 May has its origins in the perceived change in the ethnic configuration of power and the resultant sense of anxiety and alarm discussed above. The insults and abuse hurled at Umno and the Malays by unruly Opposition activists and sympathizers during the post-election processions acted upon this insecure state of mind and led to an overflow of racial emotion. The timing and location of the first fatal incidents were not coincidental.
“The mass violence broke out within the vicinity of the Selangor Menteri Besar’s house at about 6 p.m. on 13 May, approximately sixty hours after the last result in the state of Selangor was declared. The Selangor results had evoked feelings of anger, frustration and anxiety within the local Umno branches. Anger was stirred up by the perceived pattern of voting in the state. While the Malays rejected the ‘extremist’ PAS and solidly supported Umno as evidenced by Umno’s loss of only 1 out of 13 seats, the Chinese and Indian voters rejected MCA and MIC and flocked to the ‘extremist’ Opposition parties.” – Goh Cheng Teik, The May Thirteenth Incident and Democracy in Malaysia, p.18
Dr Mahathir on the 10 May 1969 polls: “The Opposition parties were jubilant and did not hide it. They behaved as if they had won the General Election.”
Tun: “the DAP incited Chinese chauvinism”
The Pakatan narrative is that race relations on the ground in the 1950s and 60s was hunky-dory and it was only the wicked politicians from the race-based parties who stoked the fires of Malay racism.
Needless to say, Pakatan Firsters are peddling Kool-Aid.
Dr Mahathir has a different recollection of May 13. Recounting the race riots in his memoir A Doctor in the House (p.197), he wrote:
“Many non-Malays who predominated in the crowd made rude remarks and gestures. They taunted the Kampung Baru Malays with cries such as ‘Melayu balik kampung’ and ‘This is our country now’.”
The clash was waiting to happen. The Times (of London) had penned an editorial in conjunction with the printing of the Malayan constitution two months before Merdeka was declared. On 2 July 1957, the venerable British newspaper said:
“… one need only look at the Constitution and the latest amendments incorporated to be reminded how great is the divide between the Malays and the Chinese.”
“When Malaysia achieved independence in 1957, many predicted that the country would never be stable,” wrote Dr Mahathir in his 1998 book The Way Forward.
In his speech at the Umno general assembly on 11 May 2000, Dr M recalled, “In 1969, racial riots erupted, something which had been predicted by foreign observers”. He reiterated the same idea in A Doctor in the House, writing, “Foreign observers had repeatedly predicted that the Chinese and Malays would not be able to live together”.
Tun Razak: “[Opposition] went on a rampage of insults and obscenities”
On 11-12 May 1969, the DAP and Gerakan “held noisy, racially provocative and intimidating” victory parades which splintered into smaller processions without police permits, according to the National Operations Council (Mageran) report.
Tunku Abdul Rahman, in his retrospective May 13: Before and After talked about how the opposition supporters had been “throwing insults at the Malays” by telling them that the sailing boat, which is the symbol of the Alliance, is already sunk.
Reviewing the flow of events in May 1969, Tun Razak observed:
“The Opposition parties were returned with a few additional seats. This unexpected success on their part unfortunately made some of them lose all sense of proportion, and their members and supporters went on a rampage of insults and obscenities. What started as political activity was allowed to deteriorate into race-baiting.” (Source: NOC White Paper)
The DAP was registered as a political party in 1966. The election of May 1969 was the first time that it took part in the electoral process. “Claps, claps, claps”
Tunku: Saving our nation from a bloodbath
In 1964 as a precursor of things to come, the Sino-Malay riots of July and September left three dozen people dead in Singapore – see, Singapore Infopedia.
Tunku Abdul Rahman went on record as follows:
“When facing this dilemma, I found that only two choices lay before me. One, take positive action against Mr Lee Kuan Yew; and, two, break with Singapore and save the nation from a bloodbath. So I chose the second course. ‘ (Source: Leon Comber, Google Books)
A few years later in May 1969, dead bodies floated in the Klang River. Is it true that before that eruption of pent-up feelings, Malays and Chinese had a friendly relationship as the Firsters keep insisting?
Actually, rivers literally ran red too where the corpses floated during the post-World War Two interregnum, i.e. the weeks following the Japanese surrender and before the British return. One score years before May 13, there was an even more serious Sino-Malay conflict that took more lives.
- 1945/6: Batu Pahat, Johor
massive killings in Parit Gumong, Parit Kecil and Parit Kali (link here)
Ref. Kiyai Salleh and Tentera Selempang Merah
- Nov 1945: Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan
40 Chinese dead (link here)
- Dec 1945: Teluk Anson, Perak
4 Malays killed, 14 injured (link here)
- Feb 1946: Batu Malim, Raub, Pahang
30 Chinese killed, 16 injured (link here)
— newspaper cutting below
- Mac 1946: Bekor, Kuala Kangsar, Perak
56 Malays dead (link here)
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British authorities: Chinese a “foreign race which is largely unassimilable”
During the height of the kalimah ‘Allah’ dispute, Tun Daim cautioned that if the Chinese are still unable to understand Malay-Muslim sensitivities, “they will be sorely mistaken when push comes to shove”.
In 1931, the Chinese population was almost 2-and-½ times that of the Malay population in Penang, Malacca and Singapore. In the following year, the Straits Settlements annual departmental report (1932) said:
“It is questionable whether such a preponderance of any foreign race which is largely unassimilable and which retains its own customs and language is in the interests … of the people of the country”.
Fast forward to 2015 and we have Hannah Yeoh dissing BN people as “pathetic”, “backward thinking” and “not capable of reforms”.
BELOW: Malaysian Chinese students give thumbs down to the national flag
Tun: Chinese want privileges of citizenship but unwilling to shoulder responsibilities
The May 13 riots should not have caught any of the BN leaders unawares. Dr Mahathir acknowledged, “Trouble had long been brewing and some of us had seen it coming” (A Doctor in the House).
“In the two years leading to the 1969 General Election, antagonism between Malays and Chinese had risen sharply,” wrote Dr M in his autobiography.
We can imagine the provocation and the kind of things that were said in 1969, and how supporters of the government were put on the back foot by the aggressive opposition. “On their part, the Malays became emotional and argued their case poorly,” said Dr M in his book Doctor.
“Although the Malays are the masters of political nuance, ironically, in argument, they often lack subtlety and emphasise the wrong things,” he added. “The general feeling on the ground was that while the Chinese wanted the privileges of citizenship, they were unwilling to shoulder the responsibilities.”
The feeling was also reminiscent of ground sentiments elsewhere that anti-Chinese riots had occurred. Even though there was general anger in the local community, said Dr M, “Malays outside the city did not condemn the riots”.