“Really, is Mahathir anti-Chinese?” asked Kit Siang on 5 May 2018, i.e. a week before GE14.
I think he is.
But my opinion is in the minority — representing only five percent of the Chinese collective thinking.
The majority of Chinese, on the other hand, were wholeheartedly buying into the DAP groupthink which claimed Mahathir sudah bertaubat.
And according to this Cina DAP hive mind, Mahathir was the best man to Save Malaysia.
They also believed that Mahathir had ubah from his bad old days and would, as a penance, strive to recreate New Malaysia in a pleasing shape.
So they made him PM a second time.
Mahathir’s clucking fan boys
‘Turkeys voting for Christmas’ is an English idiom.
In England, turkey is the centrepiece of the Christmas dinner. At other times of the year, however, turkey is not a meat that’s so commonly eaten.
If you were a turkey, it would be wise to stay away from the annual Christmas celebration.
To return to Kit Siang’s disingenuous question in 2018: “Is Mahathir anti Chinese?”
Yes he is. Yet 95 percent of the Chinese electorate voted for Harapan, the coalition chaired by Mahathir.
The newspaper clipping above is from 1979 when Mahathir threatened a “shoot-on-sight’ order against the ethnic Chinese fleeing Vietnam who were trying to land their boats on Malaysian shores.
Mahathir’s positive embrace of the Rohingya boat people is vastly different from his earlier reaction to the Chinese-Vietnamese boat people.
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The Jews of Asia
Mahathir is known around the world also as an anti Semite. He has made plain his sentiments about the Jews and Israel.
Mahathir’s views about the Chinese minority, which he expressed in The Malay Dilemma, has not changed an iota since 1970.
In a 26 May 2017 interview with the Financial Times, Mahathir said that despite the NEP, Chinese in Malaysia are doing well — which “shows that they are a very resilient people who can survive under any condition”.
Mahathir is adamant too that Chinese here are rich, and their presumed wealth is like a bee forever buzzing in his bonnet.
The wealth of the Jews had similarly bothered the Europeans.
Jamil Anderlini, the FT writer quoted above, reported that during his 2017 meeting with Mahathir, a “small crowd of people gathers in the mall to have their picture taken with him”.
Describing the Mahathir fans gathered at The Loaf bakery in KL where he interviewed Mahathir, Anderlini wrote: “Most appear to be ethnically Chinese”.
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