In the things that I write the Malays have, much more often than I would have wanted, been at the end of my barbs. Suffice to say that there is no love lost between me and many of my own kind because while they have been of the opinion that our dirty laundry should be washed in the company of our own kind, I choose to do otherwise. Right or wrong is for others to say but as far as I am concern the reason for my doing so is because in my opinion the Malays cannot be in denial of the problems they face. If we can confront our fears then we are no longer in denial. When we are no longer in denial we start the process of change for the better.
But even as I pleaded with my own to lift themselves above the petty ‘me first’ mindset brought about by UMNO’s insistence of Ketuanan Melayu I am not blind to what is going on around me.
From what I see on the Net and what is being said by Chinese politicians within Pakatan Rakayat and Barisan Nasional I sense increasing venom against the other races – primarily the Malays, as the Chinese sees a change in their political circumstance. This has happened before and I sense it happening again.
The Chinese are reacting to a change in their political fortunes as the political realities of today begins to turn towards the Chinese as being a faction critical in deciding the fortunes of Pakatan Rakyat or Barisan Nasional.
Yes once again the Chinese are finding themselves to be in the driving seat - whether in Pakatan Rakyat or Barisan Nasional. And once again they dare to think beyond just being a partner in a coalition…beyond just being left alone to do business. They already have Penang why not think of possibilities at Federal level....who knows....maybe the Prime Ministership itself?
I detect no such venom from the much maligned Hindus/ Indians. Their primary interest is in the economic uplift of their own kind.
But the Chinese…what do they want? Today they have Penang and Penang, as far as I can see it, is a DAP (read Chinese here!) state. Yes Jais is being given more money than when there were under Barisan Nasional and DAP can roll up any number of initiatives that reaffirms their commitment to 1Malaysia.So can Barsian Nasional do the same in the states under their control – but we know the truth.
In the states control by BN, the Malays rule. In Penang the Chinese rules. We the people are wise to these realities and we have no problems with and we can live with it.
What we resent is the closed door that limits others races and any other deserving candidate to partake in the state government under DAP and those under Barisan Nasional.
We expect to see a dismantling of nepotism and cronyism and all these must not only be done but also seen to be done. I do not see this being done in Penang. I do not see this being done within the ranks of DAP. I do not see a movement away from the control of the Lims and their cronies over DAP.
All this only tells us that there will be more of the same thing if DAP continues to rule in Penang. More damaging it polarized our society even more. I expect better things from the Chinese and from DAP. I expect them to make a real effort to their oft avowed commitment to 1Malaysia – not only in words but also in their deeds. And when they do not they are no better than UMNO – a racist political organization that has no place in the Malaysia that we aspire to.
The words being uttered by the leaders within DAP are getting more bold. More condescending towards the Malays. More shrill and venomous by the day as DAP (and the Chinese) starts to flex their political muscles and slowly but surely push their weight around.
The Malays have many who will freely remind them of every missteps, every stumble, every fall they have – me amongst them..... But who will tell the Chinese?
I want to tell the Chinese this. History repeats itself. Do not forget the events that foreshadowed May 13th. I will not - that is why I remind the Malays that 1Malaysia cannot remain just a slogan or a glint in the eyes of Pakatan Rakyat leaders. It must become reality and it must starts with them – with PKR, with PAS and with DAP!
And do not ask me to look at PKR or PAS first. We know enough about these two political organization to understand what they are and they make no pretense to be anything else....now DAP prides itself to be otherwise....but cakap bukan serupa bikin ma?