‘The non-Malay dilemma 64 years after independence’ was the headline of Malaysiakini‘s top story yesterday morning.
It featured an interview with businessman activist Chandran Nair by Malaysiakini contributing writer RK Anand.
Chandran was introduced to readers of the portal as somebody who has plans to establish something called the Malaysian Anti-Racism Institute (MARI).
The story has garnered more than 380 comments from Malaysiakini subscribers to date.
Chandran – pix below – told Malaysiakini that “events of the last two years have shown us that racism is what runs through the corridors of our entire political system”.
The “events of the last two years“ – cited but not specified by Chandran above – would largely cover the 17-and-a-1/2 months of Muhyiddin’s tenure as PM8 and before that, the period leading up to the Sheraton Move.
So Chandran and his Malaysiakini audience think the backroom manoeuvre to establish a Malay government in February 2020 was a “racist” move.
In his Malaysiakini interview, Chandran characterizes our present political circumstances as “the era of Malay supremacy” where the Nons are being subjected to “racist policies”.
According to Chandran, non Malays are existing in a system of “structural inequalities” where the beneficiaries of this racially unequal system are “institutionalising racism and normalising it”.
“Institutional racism is at the heart of the system,” he asserted.
Chandran added also: “We have reached a point that the system has now installed a prime minister who is regarded as a racist with a track record to prove it”.
Within the Malaysiakini fish bowl, PM9 Ismail Sabri is “regarded as a racist” (to quote Chandran), Muhyiddin the Malay firster too is understood to be racist and likewise the “system”.
So is Mahathir racist as well? Err, it depends whom he is pictured with.
BELOW: What dilemma? Mahathir is no racist
Speaking to Malaysiakini, Chandran claimed: “No other majority in any country has been as successful [as Malays in Malaysia] in institutionalising racism into all aspects of life.”
So the Nons fault the Malays and the latter’s leadership comprising Ismail Sabri, Muhyiddin, Najib and his late father Tun Razak for overseeing the march of institutionalised racism.
So why in the world then did the Nons decide to reinstall Mahathir as PM 2.0 and whom they voted most enthusiastically for?
Is Mahathir 1.0 spared from blame for the original sin of racism which Chandran and his fellow Malaysiakinians continuously whinge about?
Mahathir was chairman of Harapan and under his watch, the coalition absorbed many Umno frogs. Nonetheless Dapsters did not complain about any Putrajaya ‘racism’ in the Golden Age that lasted from May 2018 to February 2020.
BELOW: One of the quintessential moments when Mahathir stopped being racist
Chandran observed to Malaysiakini, moreover, that the non Malays have been so resilient as to “endure discrimination for almost half a century and continue to remain loyal citizens as well as key contributors to the country”.
A span of “half a century” ago – referred to by Chandran here – takes us back to 1971 which is around the time Tunku relinquished power as PM1.
So Chandran and his cheerleaders do not think that Tunku’s Malaysia was racist but that the racism started with PM2 Tun Razak. Okay, got’it.
So Malaysia was racist pre 2018 with the brief exception of Tunku’s time. And our country reverted once again to racism post 2020 when Muhyiddin seized the premiership.
BELOW: Nah, whoever said Mahathir is racist? Not them certainly
Of the past half a century from 1971 and the introduction of NEP, Mahathir has twice been the Number One man in charge. He clocked a total of 24 years (22 years + 22 months), meaning that for half of the entire duration that Malaysia is considered “racist”, Mahathir was serving as PM.
But as we know, Dapsters believe in Born Again-ism, so whatever ‘racist’ sins Mahathir was tainted with became miraculously cleansed the minute he stepped into the light — greeted by the clean and pure DAP seraphim and cherubim.
The minute he returned to the Dark Side (Sheraton), Mahathir became a bad racist again. Nonetheless if Mahathir should decide to support DAP in GE15, then rest assured he will immediately be seen as regood and unracist.
It was only during the bubble-wrapped, most special 22 months of Harapan governance that the Nons ceased complaining, albeit temporarily, about racism.
BELOW: DAP must be confused as to why Mahathir viewed Malaysian Chinese as akin to predatory Jews in his seminal book ‘The Malay Dilemna’
Chinese stats — Comparison between Mahathir 1.0 and Mahathir 2.0
The constant element in the equation is Mahathir as PM; the variable element is the Chinese (MCA in 1999, DAP in 2018) sidekick in his administration.
Mahathir led BN into the 1999 election. GE10 was his final term as the coalition chairman.
Mahathir later led Harapan into the 2018 election. In GE14, he was the opposition coalition’s new chairman supplanting Anwar who had led Pakatan Rakyat in GE12 and GE13.
In 1999, there were 193 seats in parliament. This GE10 Dewan had 48 BN Chinese MPs — see name list in full at the bottom of this page.
Which means Chinese MPs on the BN government bench comprised 24.9 percent of the GE10 Dewan.
In 2018, there were 222 seats in parliament. This GE14 Dewan had 46 Harapan Chinese MPs — name list in full HERE.
Which means Chinese MPs on the Harapan government bench comprised 20.7 percent of the GE14 Dewan.
To round up the aforementioned percentages, Chinese MP strength as ruling party reps was 25 percent (one quarter) during Mahathir 1.0 versus a strength of 21 percent (one fifth) during Mahathir 2.0.
Never mind that Chinese representation in government was actually stronger during Mathathir 1.0-BN than it was during Mathathir 2.0-Harapan (contrary to popular Dapster gospel).
The only thing that really matters is 2.0 is DAP is good (good doggy, lil’ chihuahua) whereas 1.0 is MCA is bad “running dog”.
BN had peak Chinese support of 48% in 1999
On another point, how much Chinese electoral support did BN require to earn its one quarter strength of Chinese government MPs in 1999 versus how much Chinese electoral support did Harapan get to merit its one fifth Chinese MPs in the 2018 government?
In the 1999 general election, it was estimated that in the heavily Chinese-majority seats, 48 percent of the electorate there voted BN — see table below, highlighted bar in red.
In the 2018 general election, it was estimated that 95 percent of the Chinese electorate voted Harapan.
Data in the table above is cribbed from analysis done by academic Francis Loh whose review of the 1999 / 2004 election results can be found in the Aliran Monthly issue 2004:3
MCA was the leading party representing the Chinese in the Mahathir 1.0 administration while DAP was the leading party representing the Chinese in the Mahathir 2.0 administration.
For context, the PM’s party Umno had 73 Malay MPs in the BN government of 1999 while the PM’s party Bersatu had a mere 13 Malay MPs in the Harapan government of 2018.
Their sizes relative to each other: Mahathir 1.0 had a big Umno backing in relation to MCA (a party of 28 MPs).
On the other hand, Mahathir 2.0 had only a small Bersatu backing in relation to the DAP (a party of 42 MPs). And this is the magic formula that made Malaysia unracist from May 2018 to February 2020.
Going into GE15, it seems that the purported racism of the Malay establishment will still be a neverending election issue for the non-Malay voters who believe that Malaysia has been a racist country since the 1970s, and resumed being a racist country again beginning March 2020.
BN Chinese Members of Parliament 1999
- Chan Kong Choy
- Chang See Ten
- Chew Mei Fun
- Chor Chee Heung
- Chua Jui Meng
- Donald Lim Siang Chai
- Fong Chan Onn
- Fu Ah Kiow
- Goh Siow Huat
- Hew See Tong
- Ho Cheong Sing
- Hon Choon Kim
- Hoo Seong Chang
- Kong Cho Ha
- Lim Bee Kau
- Lim Si Cheng
- Ling Liong Sik
- Liow Tiong Lai
- Loke Yuen Yow
- Ng Yen Yen
- Ong Ka Ting
- Ong Tee Keat
- Tan Chai Ho
- Tan Yee Kew
- Thong Fah Chong
- Ting Chew Peh
- Wong Kam Hoong
- Yap Pian Hon
- Chia Kwang Chye
- Kerk Choo Ting
- Lee Kah Choon
- Lim Keng Yaik
- Mah Siew Keong
- Ng Lip Yong
- Tan Kee Kwong
- Law Hieng Ding
- Peter Chin Fah Kui
- Robert Lau Hoi Chew
- Song See Guan
- Tiong Thai King
- Yong Khoon Seng
Sabah Progressive Party
- Liew Teck Chan
- Shim Paw Fatt
- Yong Teck Lee
Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (1) — Tiong King Sing
Parti Bersatu Sabah (1) — Yee Moh Chai
Parti Rakyat Sarawak (1) — Jimmy Donald Lim
Liberal Democratic Party (1) — Lau Ngan Siew