What happened was that the Malays – instrumentally Bersatu – saw DAP as a rampaging babi hutan and quickly turned tail.
“Even though DAP received 42 seats, it kept making mistakes until the emotions of the Malay voters became unsettled,” MCA president Wee Ka Siong said today in his presidential address at the party’s virtual AGM.
“The various mistakes made by the Pakatan Harapan government led to tensions in interracial relations,” Wee added.
He is being too polite. Allow me to rephrase his message in more salty language.
What happened was that the Malays – instrumentally Bersatu – saw DAP as a rampaging babi hutan and quickly turned tail. Or as in Ruhanie Ahmad’s also more polite telling — by the first quarter of 2019, the Malay party had already hatched its exit plan from Harapan.
1Q 2019 would be Jan-March of that year. The Harapan government was formed in May 2018. This means it took less than twelve months for DAP being in power to spook the Malays in Bersatu.
The DAP-Bersatu relationship was very short lived. By contrast, the MCA’s relationship with Umno has lasted 70 years.
Unlike the DAP babi hutan, MCA was able to operate bagai menghela rambut dalam tepung; rambut jangan putus, tepung jangan berserak
BELOW: Lim Guan Eng running like a wild boar in the China shop
DAP are ‘troublemakers’
Wee Ka Siong also told his party assembly that the general election is “just around the corner”.
But in the meanttime, you can read the insults and curses heaped on today’s MCA event, by Malaysiakini subscribers in its Reader Comments section, for a foretaste of election fever nastiness.
In a separate speech to celebrate his party’s 72nd anniversary, Wee said “MCA has never been a troublemaker”.
He said: “We are problem solvers, not troublemakers; we create a stable political environment for the people, rather than becoming the source of political turmoil.”
In other words, DAP spooked the Malays.
Wee lamented too about “the hypocrisy and cunning tactics used by the opposition”.
If I may be allowed to put it more directly, DAP are hypocrites and sneaky bastards lah.
“In order to win votes, some parties have no qualms in destroying interracial harmony and peace by creating misunderstandings and raising tensions, stirring up hatred by pitting one race against another. Once such people have gained the support, they will turn around to please those they have previously demonized.”
What MCA is saying here is hardly far fetched. After all didn’t the DAP, after demonizing Mahathir for half a century, similarly turn around to lick the old man’s toes?
It also sounds like Wee is echoing his party deputy president Mah Hang Soon.
Mah yesterday floated the possibility that a desperate DAP is going to clutch at straws (i.e. clutch at Umno) in order to make a return to Putrajaya.
Wee is implying (he didn’t mention names) that the DAP, after demonizing Umno ad infinitum, is now turning around to pander to the previously despised Malay party.
DAP is the Lims, the Lims are DAP
MCA’s complaint of DAP hypocrisy stems from the behaviour of the Lims.
Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng shaped the party in their own image.
Between the Father & Son both, their combined direct rule of the party as its secretaries-general totals close to 47 years.
Furthermore, when Kerk Kim Hock was the DAP sec-gen for roughly four years four months (1999-2004), Kit Siang was himself party chairman thoughout this entire period!
DAP is 55 years old. For 93 percent of the party lifespan, DAP was under the control of LKS as sec-gen (30+ years), LKS as chairman (4+ years) and LGE as sec-gen (16.5 years).
Just wait and see if LGE does not become DAP chairman once Anthony Loke climbs up as new party sec-gen.
Tracing to the lack of calibre in the Lims, we can see how the behaviour of Dapsters is simply keeping in lockstep with their party leadership.
BELOW: With a straight face, DAP accuses its opponents of hate politics, lies and slander
Post Sheraton, where the MPs went
Like Wee Ka Siong highlighted, the DAP has 42 seats in parliament. This makes it the Dewan’s biggest party.
The list of MPs below details where (which party) the Malay elected reps settled in after the Sheraton shakeup caused by the spooking.
Number of Malay MPs in the top parties:
- Umno — 37
- Bersatu — 26
- PKR — 20
- PAS — 18
- DAP — 1
Umno’s Ramli Mohd Nor (YB Cameron Highlands) is orang asli. Umno’s mamak MPs shall be counted as Malay for this listing.
Bersatu’s non-Malay MPs are Ronald Kiandee, Edmund Santhara Kumar, Ali anak Biju, Willie anak Mongin and lastly, Jonathan Yasin* (I’m guessing but I could be wrong).
PKR’s headcount is reduced to 36 MPs after the party most recently sacked Steven Choong Shiau Yoon (YB Tebrau) and Larry Sng Wei Shien (YB Julau).
PKR Malay MPs
- Wan Azizah
- Nurul Izzah
- Saifuddin Nasution
- Shamsul Iskandar Akin
- Johari Abdul
- Nik Nazmi
- Abdullah Sani
- Fahmi Fadzil
- Fuziah Salleh
- Azman Ismail
- Syed Ibrahim
- Azrina Surip
- Akmal Nasrullah
- Noor Amin Ahmad
- Rusnah Aluai
- Natrah Ismail
- Hassan Abdul Karim
- Awang Husaini
- Muhammad Bakhtiar
PKR non-Malay MPs
- Sivarasa Rasiah
- William Leong
- Lee Boon Chye
- Sim Tze Tzin
- Michael Teo
- Tan Yee Kew
- Wong Chen
- Maria Chin Abdullah
- Christina Liew
- Kesavan Subramaniam
- Chang Lih Kang
- Xavier Jayakumar
- June Leow
- Chan Ming Kai
- Karupaiya Mutusami
- Prabakaran Parameswaran
Top five parties with most MPs in Dewan Rakyat:
- DAP — 42
- Umno — 38
- PKR — 36
- Bersatu — 31
- PAS — 18
Umno, Bersatu and PAS are Malay parties although all three are very nominally multiracial.
Following the departure of Azmin & Gang, the PKR lineup is left almost evenly balanced between Malays and non Malays.
Post GE15, we’re either going to have a Malay government or a multiracial government.
Option A: Malay parties + Borneo parties
Option B: Multiracial parties DAP & PKR + Borneo parties (Note: Amanah is irrelevant)
My bet is on (A) carrying the day. And no, the DAP-Umno team up won’t be happening.