Najib’s 1Malaysia is as muddled as Tun Dol’s Islam Hadhari.
Really dunno why he’s still diligently, dutifully but more rather religiously wearing the 1Malaysia pin daily. Even until today. What a masochist!
The Chinese spit on his 1Malaysia.
The Indians are less than lukewarm.
Sarawak wants more autonomy and parochialism is growing stronger each day among Sarawakians.
Some Sabahans are dreaming of secession.
So who is the 1Malaysia really for, and in what way does adhering to it benefit Najib?
Not only is Najib failing to draw support from the ethnic minorities with this 1Malaysia thingy, he’s also at the same time increasing the ire of the Malays at him. For them, 1Malaysia or Malaysian First (whichever one its called) is merely being exploited by the DAP as a means to label the Malays “racist”,
e.g. Muhyiddin’s purported declaration of ‘Malay First’ is sooo “racist”, konon.
The fundamental question then to ask is what does Najib get in return for his continued loyalty to 1Malaysia?
Answer: Not only does Najib fail to gain anything, he’s further bleeding Malay support.
Most recently in a nationwide survey:
‘More Malays say they are Muslim first: Malaysian poll‘ (The Straits Times, 12 Aug 2015)
Asked if they see themselves as Malaysian, Malay or Muslim first, about 60 percent of Merdeka Center poll respondents chose Muslim. In other words, six out of every 10 Malays see themselves as Muslim First.
Only 27 percent of Malays regard themselves as Malaysian First, the Merdeka Center opinion survey found.
To remain in power Najib requires solid backing from Umno – you know, the parti M-E-L-A-Y-U dulu, kini dan selamanya.
Today there are deep pockets of dissent and the disaffection against Najib may still continue to spread.
In the name of 1Malaysia, the DAP evangelistas are pushing and provoking. See @hannahyeoh tweet above.
Umno itself has never been receptive to 1Malaysia. Tell me, which one of Najib’s cabinet colleagues has ever promoted 1Malaysia ardently or with any vigour and conviction? How many BN politicians can define the concept with any clarity?
What Umno has to sell to its members is that the party cares about protecting Malay interests. Whereas the Chinese will rationalize that 1Malaysia requires doing away with Article 153 – which is indeed a logical supposition of the concept.
Ergo, 1Malaysia does not only not serve Malay interest but is instead detrimental to it.
Umno wants Ketuanan Melayu. That’s why the division chairmen almost unanimously agitated for the Sedition Act to be retained.
The Umno chiefs wish to firewall the Malay Special Position and all that Article 153 entails (quotas, preferences, permits, etc).
They do not wish for the monarchy (Raja-Raja Melayu), which represents Malay sovereignty and Islam, which defines the Malay individual under Article 160 to be questioned by the non-Malays either. The Sedition Act protects all the aforesaid matters from being challenged. Hence we can conclude that Umno prioritizes Ketuanan Melayu.
Ketuanan Melayu and 1Malaysia are, however, opposing ideas and even mutually exclusive.
The upshot is that Najib desperately needs solid support from Umno to safeguard his position, which at the present appears precarious. So Najib should strive to get on Umno’s good side or failing that, at least minimize the aggravations.
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1Malaysia is one of the items that alienates the Umno grassroots. It is an irritating thorn in the flesh they have had to put up with only because the party president has a yen to “transform” and liberalize our country.
But at this point when so many quarters are baying for Najib’s blood, don’t you think he should just give 1Malaysia a rest already?
Nobody else is going to help him, you know, except Umno. His party is the last buffer which stands between him and the “Get Najib” forces that want to depose him.
Well, okay, Najib may be able to entice a degree of PAS support. In which case, Najib should remember that 1Malaysia is no great shakes with PAS. The Islamist party is only a slightly less Melayu than Umno.
The PAS people’s self-identification is likely in the following order: Muslim first, Malay second, Malaysian third because the ummah is global and universal in nature under the roof of Dar al-Islam.
Recall the Merdeka Center poll results released two days ago – Six out of every 10 Malays see themselves as Muslim First. Consequently, we can take it that the majority of Umno and PAS people are these Muslims First.
I really don’t want to be rude but for the sake of the BN’s fortunes in GE14 as well as for Najib’s political survival, I need to say this – With the PM, his 1Malaysia brainchild is symbolized by a raised index finger.
His political opponents, though, will not raise their index finger for 1Malaysia. You know as well as I do which finger of their hand it is they will point.
For BN’s sake, will one of the PM’s confidantes please, please advise him to ditch 1Malaysia to save (or at least extend) his precious political life. Dismantle the 1Malaysia programmes. Call it Kedai Rakyat Malaysia, Klinik Rakyat Malaysia etc but rebrand by getting rid of the numeral ‘1’.
Junking 1Malaysia will go some ways toward assuaging the Umno annoyance and angst at him. Trust me on this one.