Our PMs had the following slogans for their respective administrations:
- Malaysia Boleh
- Pandang Timur
- Wawasan 2020
- Islam Hadhari
- Cemerlang, Gemilang, Terbilang
- Shared Prosperity 2030
- Kita Jaga Kita
- Keluarga Malaysia
Have I missed out anything?
Keluarga Malaysia, Kita Jaga Kita and 1Malaysia may sound corny but they nonetheless preached the spirit of togetherness kicked off by Badawi’s declaration “I’m prime minister for all” when he first took office.
Mahathir, on the other hand, doesn’t even bother to pay lip service to the ideal that all the races have a place here.
In that sense, the four PMs are unlike Mahathir who said, “Tujuh juta orang asing masih berada di sini sekarang ini”.
Note that Chinese Malaysians presently number seven million.
Seven million of us here are still “orang asing” because the country granted Merdeka citizenship to undeserving people of “foreign origin”, according to Mahathir’s oft-repeated reminder.
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As far as I’m aware the four other PMs have not mentioned anything resembling Mahathir’s ”orang asing” narrative.
Again, I have to ask my readers if I’ve overlooked anything as I only have one pair of ears, after all, and cannot humanly keep track of the PMs’ varied sayings.
Therefore if Badawi, Najib, Muhyiddin or Ismail Sabri have ever called the Chinese “orang asing” that I’m unaware of, please update me in the comments below.
As far as I know, it is Mahathir who has been obsessing about the foreignness of Malaysian Chinese these last 50 years and more (since his Malay Dilemma manifesto).
It’s thus unsurprising that a mere week after GE14, Mahathir – assuming office as second-time PM – instructed that Najib’s ‘1Malaysia’ slogan be chucked in the bin. See Malaysiakini article on 16 May 2018 — ‘Mahathir arah tiada lagi ucapan salam 1Malaysia’.
Najib in turn explained that his 1Malaysia aspiration was among the reasons why Mahathir started to hate him. See Straits Times article below.
I believe Najib.