Below is a gem of a historical photograph. Unfortunately I have already conteng it with a red circle.
I spent the last hour and more surfing the Net to try and find an alternative clear copy. But it’s so rare that I couldn’t locate another one through online search, aside from this one uploaded in my blog.
It was originally posted in the Umno Facebook but the FB timeline is – frustratingly – inaccessible at the present moment despite my scroll and scroll.
This annoying episode, i.e. the unavailability in public domain of important info and material that’s favourable to the ruling party, epitomizes Umno at its most Tidak Apa.
Jadi kalau Umno asyik dok kena belasah dengan DAP and its sneaky evangelistas and their RBA, it is the Malay party’s own fault, really.
Anyway, below is the photo. It is Tunku Abdul Rahman’s cabinet but I can’t place the year due to the lack of archival source.
The Ministers seated in the front row can be identified because they’re public personalities.
I couldn’t finger the man circled in red and it was here that my blog readers helped me out. I’m told that he’s a prominent MCA leader called Tan Tong Hye.
So, in the photo above and seated from left are T.H. Tan, H.S. Lee, V. Sambanthan, Tun Razak, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tan Siew Sin, Tun Dr Ismail, Sardon Jubir, Fatimah Hashim and Khir Johari.
That’s six Umno Malays, three MCA Chinese and one MIC Indian.
Note that the Deputy Prime Minister Tun Razak is seated on the PM’s right while the MCA president is seated on the PM’s left – sandwiched between the Tunku and the ‘towering Malay’ Tun Dr Ismail.
This formality in protocol is still being observed but its substance, however, has been lost since the Chinese tsunami of 5 May 2013.
Below is a shot of the BN supreme council room.
MCA president Liow Tiong Lai’s portrait is displayed right next to Najib Razak’s because MCA is the most senior component party after Big Brother – you can see the MCA logo beside Umno’s framed on the wall.
Nonetheless, for the first time in the history of the Alliance and its successor the BN, the coalition spirit of ‘consensus’ is no more. In the footsteps of the Pakatan hogwash formula, Umno and the BN satellites have now “agreed to disagree” over today’s Red Shirts rally.
The political compact between the races under the BN umbrella is broken. Dah patah dah. Understand this.
Now just a quick comparison of what was given to the Chinese in their Merdeka citizenship package.
USA got her independence on 4 July 1776.
African Americans were granted the right to vote on 3 Feb 1870. The USA’s ethnic minorities won protection from racial discrimination through the Civil Rights Act signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on 2 July 1964 (about seven months after Kennedy was shot).
It took more than 93-and-½ years from the time of Independence for American blacks to obtain their right to vote.
It took 188 years, from the time of their country’s independence, for the blacks to secure equal civil rights.
It took 232 years + 4 months from the USA’s Independence in 1776 before the first biracial American was elected President. Barack Obama’s mother was white and he was raised by his white maternal grandparents. Obama is black in skin colour and a WASP by temperament.
Contrast. In Malaya, from the moment of our Independence, the Chinese Minister is seated beside the Malay Prime Minister.
Chinese and Indians were enfranchised with the vote on the dot at Merdeka 1957 compared to the 93-and-½ years it took before blacks were privileged to vote in America.
Barack Obama does not speak the native African language of his Kenyan immigrant father. In Malaysia, we still speak Chinese.
No other country in the world would tolerate its belligerent and contemptuous minority spitting on the national language.
Obama does not observe the religion of his father, which was Islam. If Obama had been a Muslim, he would not have been successful in becoming President.
American congressmen take their oath of office by swearing on the Bible. There is still religious prejudice against non-Christians and after the 911 terrorist attacks, suspicion of Islam.
A discerning person would be able to adopt a wider perspective and understand realities not only in Malaysia but anywhere else in the world about the need for minorities to adapt and integrate into the mainstream.
He would understand the realpolitik concessions that the minorities in Malaysia have been given and the limitations we doubtless face. But not the greedy DAP evangelistas who just want to grab power and sit themselves at the apex.
In 1959, we had our first post-Independence national polls and the Chinese and Indians voted mostly for the opposition even though it was MCA and MIC that were responsible for wrangling them their citizenship.
In the 1959 general election, the opposition obtained 48.3 percent of the popular vote against the Alliance’s 51.7 percent. The gap in their respective support was rather small – only 3.4 percent.
Ten years later, there was the 10 May 1969 general election. This time, the opposition won the popular vote at 50.7 percent beating the Alliance.
1969 election results
- The Alliance, which got 49.3 percent of the popular vote, had failed to obtain a simple majority in order to form the government in Selangor.
- The Alliance also lost outright the state government of Penang to opposition party Gerakan led by Dr Lim Chong Eu.
- In Perak, the Alliance retained 19 seats (18 Umno, one MCA) in the 40-seat state assembly. The Alliance was short of a simple majority in Perak too.
The Chinese have always supported the opposition more. I repeat. The Chinese have always supported the opposition.
Yet despite this, the Malay-led Alliance still accommodated the MCA.
Post-May 13, Tun Razak created the BN to absorb the opposition parties Gerakan, PPP and PAS.
Until 2008, the DAP was never a part of the government and never ruled any part of the country.
Leaders of the BN have had to banyak bersabar dan bertolak-ansur because they have always worn the mantle of power. They have ruled this country from Day 1. They were responsible for the well-being of the entire nation and hence they could not be afford to be as reckless as the DAP.
Leaders of the DAP have been good at tearing down – destroying and not building. Their unconstructive labour in politics was to find fault with the Alliance/BN and blame the government so that they could become more popular, in inverse correlation to the unpopularity of the BN.
And they have no qualms in badmouthing the country as well. DAP supporters cheer for the opponent – usually China’s Lin Dan – to win in badminton matches, especially when our national champion Lee Chong Wei is on the court. (Lee is disliked because he is perceived to be chummy with Rosmah Mansor.)
And now that the DAP evangelistas have tasted power – and finding that they enjoy the flavour of it – they’re going all out to wrest Putrajaya. Never mind if they have to perpetrate a dirty and destructive war.
I believe the Malays do not mind ‘sharing’ power with the minority races although they will balk at relinquishing the rein. Our peaceful history the last six decades – bar 1969 – is the maximum profitable deal that the Chinese will be able to swing.
The Chinese do not appear to be thinking in binary. They did Bersih 4.0 but refuse to accept the counterstrike of Red Shirts rally. To trot out the cliche, “for action there is an equal and opposite reaction”. In the DAP playbook, there is no such rule though.
To effect a regime change, the DAP instigates anger and resentment, and incites hate. Their methods are tipu, bohong, putar-belit dan fitnah. Their political operatives masquerade as Malays and Muslims and they do not bat an eyelid to kenakan orang.
And they’re full of hypocrisy and pretense while perpetually whinging and playing the victim.
The behaviour of the DAP has made C-I-N-A a four-letter word in Malaysia. But just as they apparently have no inkling of history and no common sense, they possess seemingly no comprehension that what goes around will come around.
The DAP and their supporters like to portray themselves as the “fair-minded” and “right-thinking” people of Malaysia.
Given the political scenario and climate, the best thing now is for the MCA to withdraw from the government. It’s quite untenable.
It’s untenable because MCA refuses to fight the DAP.