What’s there to indicate the rapidly increasing discontent on the Malay ground?
For one, opposition leader Ismail Sabri Yaakob only yesterday urged police to investigate the DAP, and for ROS to ban the racist party if any wrongdoing were to be determined (see video below).
Standing right beside Ismail and Umno vice president Mahdzir Khalid at the press conference (above) was PAS sec-gen Takiyuddin Hassan. Their joint call for the authorities to take action on the DAP is tantamount to a declaration of ‘war’ from the backbone of Malaysian parliamentary opposition.
Next, what is the stance adopted by the remaining quarter of the Malay electorate which did not vote for either Umno or PAS in 2018?
Well, police are under the Home Ministry and this interior ministry is a Pribumi-held portfolio.
Recently, police detained two DAP Aduns on the allegation of Tamil Tiger links. With the exception of our usual suspect – Kit Siang’s vocal pol-sec Syahredzan Johan – we do not hear of other Malays stepping up to denounce their arrest.
Police are investigating also DAP superman Hew Kuan Yau under the Sedition Act. The Malay consensus, even among those Malays holding mid-level leadership positions in the DAP, is opposed to the spread of pro-China ideology being propagated by Hew.
The controversial comic script now under police scrutiny was authored by Hew but more importantly, its forward was written by Lim Guan Eng (see below photo inset). With the DAP sec-gen’s tangential involvement thus connected, his party is really skirting close to the edge.
Muhyiddin Yassin, the Home Minister who has oversight of the police force, is at the same time the Pribumi president. While Umno and PAS are overt enemies of the DAP, some hardcore political junkies see Pribumi as their enemy within.
Dapsters should start worrying because all these developments piling one atop another are actions which speaker louder than words (Harapan unity propaganda).
Action, meet Reaction
Since you’re prepared to scorch the earth just to grab power, then you dear Dapsters must surely realize that you cannot evade the consequences of your lighting the fire.
Last year, 95 percent Chinese voted to change the government and get rid of BN. In reverse, many of the 75 percent Malay GE14 voters who had been, and still remain vehemently against DAP, today want a regime change to rid us of Harapan.
ABOVE: Flashback … police earlier investigated Guan Eng’s “declaration of war” statement
Guan Eng aside, if other DAP leaders were to adopt Harapan Youth chairman Syed Saddiq’s equally belligerent approach to the ruling coalition’s own party or “internal” components, then there will be a virtual civil war”, warned Penang deputy chief minister II Ramasamy Palanisamy yesterday. (Note: Guan Eng’s war declaration is “externally”-directed and targeted at outside opponents Umno and PAS … on the surface of it, that is.)
Voting parties in and out of power is fair game. That’s how politics is played. It’s quite another thing, however, when open season is declared on one’s ostensible ally. Please recall how often Syed Saddiq has threatened as well as frontally attacked the DAP — refer article below.
DAP had whipped up public frenzy to a fever pitch in order to topple the BN. You cracked the whip and now comes the backlash. The landscape created by hate politics is far worse than merely a climate of antagonistic politics. It has become a situation of two warring tribes each possessing extreme animus towards its rival.
In the UK, it is no longer confined to Tories vs Labour but Brexiteers vs Remainers where supporters of Brexit and those anti Brexit cut across party lines.
In the USA, it’s no longer the traditional Democrats vs Republicans but the Never Trumpers vs the Deplorables. President Trump yesterday blasted enemies even within his own party as “human scum” (see below). An analogous situation is one where DAP and Pribumi people both belong to the same ruling coalition but nonetheless consider each other frenemy.
Tribal politics hotting up
Pro-Trump Republican congressmen were so incensed at the kangaroo court being conducted by House Democrats inquiring into an impeachment of the president that they stormed the hearing in Capitol Hill yesterday. The Democratic reps were rightly lambasted as an “angry pack of rabid hyenas” (see ‘The Hill’ tweet above).
Angry Americans are on the path to civil war, said the result of a battleground poll released yesterday (linked below).
Commissioned by Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service, the survey concluded that the average US voter believes his country is “two-thirds of the way to the edge of a civil war”.
On a 0-100 scale with the measure of a hundred being “edge of a civil war”, the mean response was 67 (the two-third mark is 66.6), the poll had found.
Running high on sentiments especially among American rural voters, equal numbers of the survey respondents want their leaders to “stand up to the other side”.
And although there has not been a similar poll of Malaysian voters, we daresay the general trend will not be all that much different here.