The non Malays have incomparable freedom to live a liberal lifestyle, according to the latest salvo from Mahathir.
This time, Mahathir recalls the unprecedented liberalism shown to non Malays and non Muslims in the country — see below.
Mahathir said today that “the Malay-dominated Governments had accorded the non Malays certain rights which other multi racial countries do not allow”.
He further said “the other races were allowed to retain their identification with their countries of origin, their languages and cultures, their schools, their NGO’s and civil organisations, their Chambers of Commerce, associations, assembly halls, sporting teams and clubs etc”.
Mahathir pledged that his Pejuang party “will adhere to all the liberal policies and privileges that Malaysia accords the non-Malays”.
He added Pejuang “will practice good governance with the objective of making Malaysia a developed country by 2030 or earlier”.
The above line about “good governance” and “making Malaysia a developed country“ (echoing the Lims’ favourite phrases) sounds like Mahathir is earnestly channeling the DAP.
Indeed it is not as if Mahathir and the Father-Son have not done their glorious mind-meld before.
It was the Lims and DAP’s evangelistas in particular who successfully persuaded the Chinese electorate earlier to embrace Mahathir as their born again saviour.
DAP sheeple: Hadi bad, Atok good … baaa, baaaa
DAP alternately told the Nons that PAS is bad (pre 1978), PAS is good (Barisan Alternatif), PAS is bad (post 1999, wants Islamic state), PAS is good (Pakatan Rakyat), PAS is bad (post 2015, wants to implement hudud RUU355) and now PAS is badder because the Islamist party is placing a ban on drinking and gambling in Kedah.
Kedah – following in the footsteps of Kelantan and and Terengganu – is putting in the new Islamic measures and its menteri besar Muhammad Sanusi snapped that “those who want to buy [betting tickets] can go to Penang”.
The Islamist MB was explaining Kedah’s new morality laws, and quoted by reporters in Alor Setar after tabling his state budget 2022 in the DUN yesterday.
Lim Guan Eng retorted that Kedah is “bullying” the minority ethnics, and “to ban such activities will be seen as PAS’s attempt to forcibly impose its extremist values on non-Muslims contrary to diversity and a plural society”.
The sniping exchanges between PAS-ruled Kedah and DAP-ruled Penang occurred yesterday.
Today Mahathir steps into the fray pledging that his party will uphold “all the liberal policies and privileges” that the non Malays are so used to enjoying.
Therefore it is not far fetched to speculate that the DAP will once again try convincing its voter base that beloved Tun is “a changed man”, that he has ubah from bad to good (again), and hence it’s now time for the Nons to embrace Mahathir once more.