The Chinese in Malaysia are a sad people. But sad not meaning ‘sedih’.
Here it is like saying “Cina DAP, uh … Sad!” borrowing Donald Trump’s punctuated use of the word. As in ‘kesian, but not really’. More like ‘Tengok dema dok hanyut terkapai-kapai kerana terlajak perahu dah tak ‘leh undur dah’.
Malaysia’s Chinese community – or rather 95 percent of its voters – bought a one-way ticket to sail on the Ship of False Hope.
“Chinese Malaysians can no longer put all the eggs in the same basket, as they did in GE14,” Sin Chew Daily editor-in-chief Kuik Cheng Kang wrote yesterday in anticipation of a GE15 snap election.
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Sin Chew is the largest circulation Chinese-language newspaper outside of greater China and the most influential Chinese media in Malaysia, and Kuik Cheng Kang is the most important journalist in this media group. But Mr Kuik is not quick at all. He’s a slow poke whose admonition to Chinese voters is way behind the curve.
Kuik likens the Chinese votes last election to all our eggs being put into one basket. I prefer the analogy of Chinese (95 out of every 100) berpusu-pusu masuk bot DAP.
The DAP boat cramped full of Dapsters is now adrift after being hit by the Sheraton Storm. Will some of its passengers jump into the sea in hopes of being rescued by the Malay coastguard?
”Many Chinese Malaysians are excessively worried about chaotic situation in this country,” wrote the Sin Chew No.1 boss.
They are worried about the high degree of unpredictability in Putrajaya and how the swift changing political currents will impact on the future of the Chinese, said Kuik Cheng Kang.
Kuik is anxious that the Chinese will just hop on another Reformasi movement. In that eventuality, he fears “we [the Chinese polity] will end up like DAP today, becoming a scapegoat constantly blamed for the Malays’ miseries”.
May I say that the predicament feared by Kuik is entirely one of their own making despite Sin Chew and DAP complaints that the miserable Malays love to make the Chinese minority their ”scapegoat“ and bogeyman.
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Chinese confused from living in a bubble
The 95 percent Chinese are singularly unable to see anybody else’s point of view except the DAP’s. As Kuik Cheng Kang noted, “millions of Malaysian voters [had] rushed back from all across the country and beyond to vote“.
How about putting yourself in Malay shoes on that fateful night of 9 May 2018?
BN supporters were huddled in their citadel. Charging at the gate with battering rams was the torch-lit Dapster mob armed with pitchforks. The gate splinters, the door breaks and the citadel falls before the mighty DAP surge. At last, BN is toppled and Putrajaya captured by DAP.
Don’t tell me Kuik has forgotten the conquering language of the Chinese who were floating on cloud nine after GE14. Dear Mr Kuik, please recall the words of those DAP cult followers drunk on euphoria and more particularly the vicious contempt they spat at MCA and their delight at the thought of Umno leaders soon to be despatched to Sungai Buloh.
It was the action of a Chinese crowd that tasted sweet victory at the polls. So why do you fail to anticipate an equal and opposite reaction from the 2018 defeated Malays?
Only now after yet another regime change in February are Kuik Cheng Kang, Sin Chew and Cina DAP become afraid “hatred and confrontation”.
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“We must all be mentally prepared that Umno-PAS will emerge as the biggest winners,” lamented Kuik Cheng Kang speaking to his Chinese audience about GE15 just around the corner.
Malay-Muslim party Umno together with Muslim-Malay party PAS currently have 57 MPs combined. Multiracial PKR together with DAP (a multiracial party comprising only one Malay member of parliament) have 80 MPs combined. These PKR and DAP parliamentarians are 71 percent Chinese and Indian.
The Big Four as they stand today:
- DAP — 42 MPs
- Umno — 39 MPs
- PKR — 38 MPs
- PAS — 18 MPs
Kuik frames a snap election as the do-or-die battleground for Muafakat, Pribumi and Pakatan-plus equally. GE15 is also a tussle between the 100%-Malay Umno PAS versus the 71%-non Malay PKR DAP.
The once Hope-filled crowd is today terrified of Muafakat — the recent Umno-PAS pact described by Lim Guan Eng as tantamount to “a declaration of war against non Malays”. Guan Eng, who has a long history of being probed by police for sedition, also alleged that the tie-up between Muafakat and Muhyiddin posed “a clear and present danger” that would usher in a new “Dark Age” for Malaysia.
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Bitter fruit from the 95 percent Chinese labour
The present government which is 96 percent Bumiputera is an almost perfect mirror of the 95 percent Chinese electorate that voted for Harapan in GE14.
And Muhyiddin’s Malay administration is an unintended consequence from the Chinese deciding to go all in for DAP.
“We voted you [DAP] because we wanted you to seriously care about the feelings of the Chinese community and respond to our needs,” Kuik wrote last year.
In his 17 Oct 2019 his op-ed headlined ‘The Chinese dilemma’, Kuik Cheng Kang also talked about identity crisis following the 2018 general elections, and whether the community should continue to identify themselves as ‘Malaysian Chinese’ (the MCA paradigm) or begin to identify as ‘Malaysians’ without any ethnic prefix/suffix (the Lim Guan Eng-Saya bukan Cina paradigm).
Has Kuik come any closer to solving his Chinese dilemma after the space of eight months? Perhaps an Indian opinion can be of help.
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Yesterday Focus Malaysia editor-in-chief P. Gunasegaram reminded his readers what the Chinese had 95 percent voted for.
By making Guan Eng finance minister albeit one helming a portfolio with reduced power, wrote Gunasegaram in his op-ed, Mahathir earned “the DAP’s eternal gratitude”.
Guan Eng’s indebtedness caused his party to grovel at Mahathir’s feet as well as give the old man a free pass, said Guna.
The DAP sec-gen is ”now desperate for the third coming of Mahathir which would ensure his corruption charge would not be resurrected,” Guna added.
In the event of a snap poll for GE15, the DAP wants Mahathir to be PM for the third time.
Sin Chew editor-in-chief Kuik Cheng Kang had wondered if Cina DAP should to identify themselves as ‘Malaysian Chinese’ or only as ‘Malaysians’.
Your answer below, Mr Kuik. The DAP choice for prime minister #9 says Chinese are “orang asing”.
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