Ti Lian Ker wrote:
“For decades Mca had served tirelessly for the Chinese community and walked the moderate path. Chauvinist wanted Mca to be dominant. Communist called Mca “traitors” or Umno running dogs.
“Mca had obtained and negotiated on behalf of the Chinese leverages and compromises from the British and later Umno or Malay rulers. From stopping or assisting Chinese from being sent back to mainland to setting up new villages ; obtaining and helping to register citizenship for Chinese etc
“In the 70s and 80s etc Mca fought for against nationalist policies in education, commerce, culture etc that causes lots of hardship to Non-Bumiputra etc Mca ploughed on to serve the political welfare of Non-Bumiputra and the formation of TAR College etc are physical examples of the assistance and help rendered to the community.
“Suddenly DAP through their Red Bean Army said we don’t want racist party like Mca who cannot bring the Chinese to be on par [politically] with Malays. On the other hand they said what has Mca done for the Chinese? Apa DAP mau ????”
CNA: “Atmosphere of festering resentment and uncertainty”
Channel News Asia (CNA) asked a Chinese interviewee what he wants.
See minute 8:20 onwards (video link here):
“58-year-old businessman Tan Tai Tong has been yearning for the day when someone belonging to a minority group as he does will be given equal rights as a citizen in the country. Although he was born and raised in Malaysia, he feels he has suffered discrimination at the hands of his own government. Over the years he has grown tired of the race-based policies which he feels only favour the indigenous communities while other races like the Chinese and Indians are left out.”
Mr Tan however spoke entirely in Mandarin.