DAP is not a Chinese party per se but it is nonetheless a party of the Chinese electorate.
Granted, DAP is multiracial. Among its elected reps are the Karpal Klan (Gobind, Jagdeep, Ram) and then there is Ramasamy, Kula, Kasthuri, etc.
Its members too are multiracial albeit dominated by Chinese while the party’s favoured leadership is dominated by Christians.
Chinese voters, on the other hand, are mono party. Only a meagre five percent of their votes are cast outside the DAP orbit — to be shared out thinly between MCA, Gerakan, SUPP, LDP, perhaps PSM and the rest of the four-alphabet mosquito parties.
DAP’s multi kulti posturing
Today after securing their Chinese fixed deposit, DAP can afford to preach ‘diversity’ and ‘pluralism’ at the expense of their previous platform of Chinese education issues.
Pluralism here is “the belief that the existence of different types of people within the same society is a good thing”.
DAP however does not encourage any diversity of thought among its committed flock. Look at the abuse, insults and profanities hurled at Ronnie Liu these past couple of days simply for voicing an opinion contrary to the current party line.
Clearly Bangsa Malaysia Dapsters do not believe that the existence of different types of ideas within the same party is a good thing.
Be more Malaysian, love Jawi
It goes without saying that DAP will obtain more seats by fishing votes from the country’s biggermultiracial (see above)and multi-religious pool than just restricting themselves to their traditional Chinese base.
After all, the Chinese have already been irreversibly zombiefied. So confident is the DAP of getting their vote that the party no longer feels it needs to rally behind Dong Jiao Zong.
This is why DAP can afford to curry favour with the Malays by telling them that it was really MCA which was the villain of piece protesting against khat – see below – whereas Kit Siang had declared that learning Jawi actually made him “more Malaysian”.
Unlike its defeated rival MCA which is tied to the Chinese cause (with ‘Chinese Association’ in the party name), the DAP has tastier fish to fry.
So MCA is stuck with its Bad Cop image of spooking the Malays by objecting to khat, Jawi and RUU355.
DAP need not concern itself with all these regressive, “racist” Chineseness. Let the Sekolah Cina pupils write Jawi so that they can be trained to be more Malaysian — like the DAP’s tudung-wearing poster girl, evangelist Hannah Yeoh.
Although the Christian demography is only half that of the Chinese segment, a vital difference is that DAP has maxed its level of Chinese support and therefore unable to make further progress beyond 95 percent.
There is still room for DAP’s growth in the Christian population, however.
Chinese here, whose forefathers originated from China, are not considered ‘bangsa induk’ in the Nusantara.
But Christians like Jill Ireland binti Bill Lawrence and other non-Muslim Sabah Sarawak natives have pribumi status.
DAP is indisputably the voice of the Chinese. Now to become the voice of the Christians!
As it is, the DAP already has the most number of Christian MPs and Aduns. But the evangelical party may not have the same astronomical support yet among Christians as they surely do among Chinese.
It is only pragmatic political sense that the DAP takes its Chinese base for granted while they pander to multikulti.
Christians have more to offer DAP
There is no way DAP can lose their grip on the peninsular urban centres even if they suffer a slightly reduced majority.
Nonetheless in Semenanjung, the Malays will never lose their influence either because they have Raja-Raja Melayu and a dozen Jabatan Agama Negeri.
Sarawak is a different kettle of fish. It is a Christian-plurality (meaning majority not exceeding 50 percent) state where Islam is not the official religion.
Sabah has also considerable Christian influence. Its former chief minister Joseph Pairin Kitingan is Christian but his party PBS is today a shadow of its former self.
PBS – the former ruling party of Sabah – has seven Aduns in the present state assembly while DAP now has six.
The evangelical party has come a long way in a very short time, and its sees a blue ocean of potential in Borneo.
Imagine Malaysia Baru in future comprised of three equal regions — Malaya, Sarawak and Sabah.
Malaya is Muslim majority, Sarawak is Christian plurality and Sabah is mixed and fluid post Project IC.
Bangsa Cina are unable to confer ‘core nation’ legitimacy to the DAP but Bangsa Sarawak – see “Sarawakian First” concept, above – and the Sabah Christians can confer bangsa induk representation on the DAP.
Hence the old chestnut about the DAP being parti Cina is outdated.
Nowadays DAP is truly disinterested in cultivating more pro-Chinese credentials. Its vested interests have expanded to higher ambitions elsewhere.
With solid backkng from indigenous Christians, New Malaysia is the DAP’s oyster.