UNDERCURRENTS Behind Political Tsunami 2008
It has been TWO YEARS since the 2008 ‘political tsunami’ STUNNED our traditionally PEACEFUL, STABLE and PROSPEROUS country. Not many will dispute that, after two years, the STRONG UNDERCURRENTS are pushing the country closer and closer to the brink of unprecedented RACIAL SHOWDOWN.
To those who are used to ‘baling batu sembunyi tangan’, literally means ‘hiding the hand after throwing stone’, they would EXPECTEDLY blame all the prevailing RACIAL UNEASINESS on UMNO/BN and the Government. To them, the present AIR OF CRISIS was ‘created’ by UMNO, in order to rally the support of Malays, after suffering their most serious ‘drubbing’ by the Anwar-led Pakatan coalition of PKR, DAP and PAS in the Mac 2008 General Election.
The ‘baling batu sembunyi tangan’ leaders would like to see such line of thinking be SWALLOWED without much question by the rakyat, especially the non-Malays, who were MADE TO BELIEVE that they are victims of racial discrimination in this country. However, certain reflections into over 50 years after the country’s independence from the British in 1957, make us wonder whether the prevailing RACIAL UNEASINESS is a result of the ‘political tsunami’ of 2008, or WAS the tsunami a result of RACIAL UNEASINESS ‘created’ before the March 2008 General Election?’.
Our reflections do not have to go too far into the past to uncover the TRUTHS. It was only in 2004, a year after Tun Dr Mahathir stepped down as our Prime Minister, to give way to Tun Abdullah Badawi, that UMNO/BN won UNPRECEDENTED over 90% parlimentary seats in the 11th General Election, THRASHING the loose coalition of Pakatan, then called the Barisan Alternatif(BA). And, as late as 2007, in the bye-election in Ijok, Selangor, Khalid Ibrahim, the present MB of Selangor, of PKR, was defeated by an Indian BN candidate in the Malay majority constituency. The rakyat, by and large, were living in HAPPY MODE and sensitive issues on race and religion were seldom discussed openly. Meaning, up to 2007, the rakyat still had COMPLETE FAITH in the UMNO/BN Government.
How then, out of a sudden, within a few months of the 12th General Election in Mac 2008, a known CLEAN GOVERNMENT was suddenly be perceived as CORRUPTED, a multi-racial BN were suddenly perceived as a grouping of RACIST PARTIES under the DOMINANT UMNO, and a nation of GREAT OPPORTUNITIES and PROSPERITY was suddenly perceived as causing difficulties to the rakyat by the highways toll hikes, periodic increases in petrol prices and rising prices of basic necessities of the rakyat. Out of NO WHERE, over a hundred thousand demonstrators clad in yellow T-Shirts jammed up the Kuala Lumpur streets demanding ELECTION REFORMS, followed by the unprecedented sight of over 20,000 Indians making their presence felt in the KL City Centre, FIRED up by certain BASELESS REPORTS of ethnic cleansing against their community and demolition of their temples.
All seemed to point to well ORCHESTRATED chain of events and ‘incidences’ in the run up to the GRAND FINALE, the 12th General Election in March 2008. For political survival and BURNING AMBITIONS of a few, the rakyat was robbed of their PEACEFUL, STABLE and PROSPEROUS past, of over 50 years, perhaps to a point of no return.