Archive for April 2010

Behind MCA Failure In Hulu Selangor

April 28, 2010

Based on various sources available to date, over 70% of Chinese voters in Hulu Selangor GAMBLED their votes for PKR, compared to about 65% in the 2008 General Election. At a time when overwhelming majority of Malays are giving their support to UMNO/BN, and  MASSIVE swing back to the BN among the Indians, the Chinese are obviously moving in the opposite direction, DISTANCING themselves further and further away from the MAINSTREAM Malaysians.

Since MCA is the only Chinese-based party in the ruling BN coalition, the level of Chinese support for the BN reflects either their success or failure in providing leadership and direction to the Chinese community. The bye-election in Hulu Selangor obviously EXPOSED MCA’s loosening grip on the community they are supposed to represent.

The early founders of MCA were very clear on the mission and vision of MCA, formed as an alternative to the MILITANT Chinese-centred Communist Party of Malaya(PKM). They were equally clear on position of MCA within the Alliance Party, and the position of Chinese in relation to the INDIGENOUS Malays. Infact , they were the ones who , together with UMNO and MIC leaders, engineered the so-called SOCIAL CONTRACT among major races.

As time lapsed, and leadership of MCA passed down to later generations, the voices of dissent among rank and file became more pronounced.  Younger leaders, in trying to stamp their mark in leadership of the party, began to out-do leaders of other Chinese-centred parties like DAP and Gerakan. MCA leaders began to adopt stands very similar to that of the chauvanist and extremist DAP.

However, such DAP-like stands did not help MCA. It only helps MCA to be IRRELEVANT among the Chinese community. MCA are caught between their attempts to champion the CHINESE CAUSE, while at the same time PRETENDING to be loyal to BN long-held policies, guided by the terms of SOCIAL CONTRACT which had become part and parcel of the Federal Constitution. MCA’s apparent NEITHER HERE NOR THERE postures have made the party less attractive to their own community.

At the moment, MCA is not the rallying point of the Chinese community. In Chinese-majority constituencies, like Bukit Bintang, Kepong and Seputeh, MCA have always been second-fiddle  to DAP. The harder MCA trying to be DAP-like, the more IRRELEVANT they become. If MCA is really keen to follow the DAP line of political struggle, it  is only logical for MCA to be dissolved and their members migrate en-mass into DAP.

The question is, HOW TO MAKE MCA RELEVANT in the Malaysian political stage. To answer this, present MCA leaders have to look back, deep into their past, to re-discover their point of relevance to the Chinese community. They have to look back and re-discover WHY MCA was formed at the first place.

Malaysians have ENJOYED over 50 years of PEACE, STABILITY and PROSPERITY, as a result of forward-looking understandings and compromises among  UMNO, MCA and MIC who formed the Alliance Party, which were later enlarged to become Barisan Nasional, or the BN. MCA have to go back to the BASICS, educating their community the MERITS of upholding the terms of SOCIAL CONTRACT, which had been the SECRET behind the tremendous development, progress and prosperity of the country.

MCA have to provide leadership among their community, and educate them to SHARE their skills and wealth with other races, and not to be overwhelmed by SELFISHNESS and GREED. Besides that, they have to educate their community the FOUNDATIONS of our nation, and certain provisions in the Federal Constitution, to ensure lasting PEACE, STABILITY and PROSPERITY.

MCA has to uphold visions and missions of their founding leaders. MCA SHOULD NOT BE ANOTHER DAP to the Chinese. Only then, MCA will be relevant to their community and Malaysians as a whole. Only then, their community will flock around them, like what they used to do during infancy years of our nation.

Will Chinese Voters Gamble On Malay Disunity Again?

April 27, 2010

HEARTIEST CONGRATULATION to Kamalanathan for winning the Hulu Selangor parlimentary seat for the BN. So much have been said and commented about the BN EPIC VICTORY, and I will have my own analysis and assessment of the BN victory very soon.

However, let me first put forward what I’d written just HOURS before the polling in Hulu Selangor began, but for certain ‘technical reasons’ were withheld.

Title: WILL CHINESE VOTERS GAMBLE ON MALAY DISUNITY AGAIN?

WITHIN a few hours, about 80% of Hulu Selangor voters will start streaming to their polling stations to cast their votes to choose their new MP, the MP for Hulu Selangor. Their choice is either Kamalanathan of the BN or Zaid Ibrahim of the PKR.

PKR is a component party of the opposition Pakatan coalition, besides DAP and PAS. Ever since the three parties with diverse, even contrasting, policies got together after making significant inroads in the 2008 General Election, they have not formed a single party like the BN, hence PKR contesting under PKR flag.

The Malays make up 53% of voters in the Hulu Selangor Constitutency, followed by the Chinese(26%) and the rest Indians. Based on the statistics, had the Malays been united, they alone would give victory to any candidate. If Malays alone are capable of determining the winner in Hulu Selangor despite its 53% majority, Malays would have even more convincing say in other parlimentary constituencies with even larger Malay majorities.

The Malays used to demonstrate their UNITY AT ITS BEST in 1946, in their rejection of the British-imposed MALAYAN UNION. The Malayan Union would have usurped the powers of the Malay sultans, and would have put the INDIGENOUS Malays on ‘equal’ footings as the Chinese and Indian IMMIGRANTS brought in by the British to work in tin mines and rubber estates. Infact, it would not have been equal footing at all, considering the Malays were mainly rural, and the Chinese were mainly urban with generations of business experience.

MALAY UNITY, under the United Malays National Organisation(UMNO) and the Raja-Raja Melayu,  forced the British to rescind the Malayan Union, to be replaced by the Persekutuan Tanah Melayu,  in English Malaya,  in 1948. Persekutuan Tanah Melayu was agreed upon by the British, UMNO and Raja-Raja Melayu, as a TRANSITION GOVERNMENT of a nation on the road to full independence.

Then, most of Chinese and Indians were still IMMIGRANTS. Despite that, the Chinese-centred Parti Komunis Malaya(PKM) , then a branch of the Communist Party of the People’s Republic of China, under Chin Peng, demonstrated their EVIL DESIRES on Tanah Melayu by taking to the jungles to start ARMED INSURRECTION against the British and the TRANSITION GOVERNMENT engineered by UMNO and Raja-Raja Melayu.

Chin Peng-led PKM failed miserably due to the UNITY of Malays in combating the PKM.

However, the unity of Malays were first COMPROMISED by the 1987 in-fighting in UMNO, which gave birth to the Parti Melayu Semangat 46 led by Ku Li. After going through two general elections, the party was dissolved, and the members  were accepted back into UMNO. This was followed by a more DAMAGING SPLIT among the Malays, following the sacking of Anwar Ibrahim from his post as Deputy Prime Minister, and Deputy President of UMNO, which gave birth to PKR.

Both happenings had allowed the Chinese-centred DAP to ‘lend their support’ to both the Parti Melayu Semangat 46, and the PKR, by offering them partnership in coalition. To DAP, the most convenient and viable way to fight UMNO is to make use of Malay-centred political parties OPPOSED to UMNO, like the PKR and PAS.

In the 12th General Election in 2008, overwhelming majority of Chinese TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY make big political grounds for themselves, at the expense of the spirit of the Social Contract. They seized the RARE CHANCE to take away policies favourable to Malays, by ‘putting their money’ on Anwar Ibrahim, the PENGKHIANAT BANGSA.

Despite the PKR-DAP-PAS ‘Pakatan’ coalition’s substantial gains in the 2008 General Election, they found out that managing success was much more difficult than achieving it. Anwar’s attempt to take over the Federal Government by inducing sufficient CROSS-OVERS backfired with the fall of Perak Pakatan State Government back to BN fold.

 Since then, there were series of CROSS-OVERS from PKR lawmakers to the BN. And in the latest bye-elections in Bagan Pinang, the BN retained the seat with LANDSLIDE VICTORY, with massive support from not only the Malays, but from the Chinese and Indians too.

With those backdrop, will the Chinese voters gamble on the disunity of Malays yet again in Hulu Selangor?

Constitutional Provision of ‘Special Position of Malays’, a CRUTCH or a TAMING SARI?

April 18, 2010

Yesterday was the NOMINATION DAY for the Hulu Selangor Parlimentary Bye-election. Tens of thousands of supporters of BN and Pakatan candidates turned out, painting the normally quiet town of Kuala Kubu Baru into various shades of BLUES, and turning it  into HELL OF FESTIVITIES. In a week time, the voters would use their VOTING POWER to choose their new Member of Parliment.

The voters’ choice is not so much about Kamalanathan, Zaid Ibrahim, or the other two independent novices. It’s more about the POLICIES upheld by the parties they represent. On this count alone, the two independent novices stand NO CHANCE whatsoever. The bye-election boils down to the ONE-OF-TWO CHOICES, the BN or the Pakatan, which is represented by the PKR.

The BN represents the embodiment of the spirit of the SOCIAL CONTRACT among major races, agreed upon prior to the independence of Persekutuan Tanah Melayu, in English, the Federation of Malaya, in 1957, which became Malaysia in 1963 upon the addition of Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak. Singapore was EXPELLED in 1965 when their PAP’s ‘Malaysian Malaysia’ stand was AT ODD with the rest of the Federation.

The Pakatan, represented by PKR, stands for the same concept  ‘Malaysian Malaysia’ which was rejected by Perikatan under Tunku in 1965. ‘Malaysian Malaysia’ concept was inherited by the DAP from their Singapore-based predecessor, the PAP of Singapore. Although the ‘Malaysian Malaysia’ concept was the trade-mark of DAP, both the Malays-centred PAS and PKR were seen to have been TAMED by DAP to swallow it without complains.

In 2008 General Election, there was a SIGNIFICANT swing among non-Malay voters, particularly the Chinese, towards ABANDONING the Social Contract, hence significant gains to the Pakatan coalition.  However, the 2008 results have strengthened the resolve of Malays in protecting their rights as ENSHRINED in the Federal Constitution, in particular the provision of SPECIAL POSITION OF MALAYS. Its not surprising that Malays have been voicing out their concerns through NGOs like Perkasa, which, based on latest surveys, are supported by at least 70% of Malays.

To the non-Malays, the SPECIAL PROVISION FOR MALAYS are ‘crutches’ to help the Malays, especially in business, during the formative stages of the country. To them, the Malays are now STRONG ENOUGH and do not need the ‘crutches’ any more. However, how accurate they are in their assessment, when over 80% of TOP 100 RICHEST PERSONS in Malaysia are NON-MALAYS, and over 85% of the country’s wealth are in the hands of NON-MALAYS too.

However, to the MAJORITY OF MALAYS, SPECIAL POSITION OF MALAYS are not about ‘crutches’. To them, the provision of SPECIAL POSITION OF MALAYS was inserted in our Federal Constitution, IN EXCHANGE for granting of CITIZENSHIP to the THEN Chinese and Indian immigrants. To them, SPECIAL POSITION OF MALAYS will remain forever, as recognition of Malays as the original people and rulers of Tanah Melayu, which later became Persekutuan Tanah Melayu, and then MALAYsia.

To the Malays, the SPECIAL POSITION OF MALAYS is more compatible to the mystic keris TAMING SARI, the keris entrusted by the Sultan of Malacca to Hang Tuah, Laksamana Melaka, to protect and defend the Kesultanan Melayu Melaka, the symbol of Malay Authority, or KETUANAN MELAYU, rather than the ‘crutches’ as used by the injured or handicapped people.

MALAYs Before MALAYsia

April 9, 2010

Lim Kit Siang, the advicer to DAP, tried to create A STORM OUT OF A TEA CUP recently by inducing Muhyiddin to commit a stand that ‘He is Malay first…. then Malaysian’ . DAP and Pakatan leaders and bloggers are USING Muhyiddin’s answer to claim that his thinking is not in line with the ‘1Malaysia’ concept introduced from DAY ONE of Najib’s premiership. After days, the echoes of the debate is still loud and strong.

The question by Lim Kit Siang, and the answer it induced, attracted certain degree of interest, especially among those who have been seeking to ‘uncover’ the slightest hair-line difference between Najib and his deputy Muhyiddin. After failing to find any after over a year, they finally ‘got’ something, out of nothing though…

All Malaysians, DAP supporters included, are fully aware that after over 50 years of independence, the multi-racial Malaysia HAS NOT blended into a single new MALAYSIAN RACE, its  multi-religious population HAS NOT blended into a single MALAYSIAN RELIGION, and its multi-cultural society  HAS NOT blended into a single MALAYSIAN CULTURE.

Despite that, Malaysians have been living together in PEACE and HARMONY, and until quite RECENT PAST, had seldom raised questions with regards to what had been agreed among the forefathers of major races in the run up to FULL INDEPENDENCE of Persekutuan Tanah Melayu, or the Federation of Malaya, in 1957. They have been working  together  for themselves, and indirectly for the country, and together they built Malaysia into one of ECONOMIC TIGERS OF ASIA, catapulting it into one of TOP 20 TRADING NATIONS on earth, and by mid-1990s,  became HOME to the tallest TWIN-TOWERS in the world.

All were possible due to the prolonged PEACE, STABILITY and PROSPERITY.  Malaysia has been a showcase of  UNITY DESPITE DIVERSITY. However, Malaysian approach in achieving UNITY DESPITE DIVERSITY is much more liberal compared to other Southeast-asia neighbours. In Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand, their citizens from among DESCENDENTS OF IMMIGRANT CHINESE were ‘forced’ to assimilate into the CULTURE of the indigenous people. They have to change their names to indigenous-sounding names, they have to speak in the NATIVE LANGUAGE, and they have to send their children to NATIONAL SCHOOLS where the medium or teaching is in INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES. As such, in those countries taking the route of ASSIMILATION, all the decendents of both the IMMIGRANTS and the INDIGENOUS were identified as Indonesians, Philipinos and Thais respectively. The Chinese in Indonesia, the Philipines and Thailands do not have to be identified as Indonesian Chinese, Philippines Chinese or Thailand Chinese anymore, as they have been ASSIMILATED into their respective INDIGENOUS CULTURES.

The Chinese in Malaysia are MUCH LUCKIER. They are given ABSOLUTE FREEDOM to speak their various CHINESE DIALECTS, live their life according to their culture and religion,  have the option to send their children to Chinese-typed schools, the Chinese New Year has been made PUBLIC HOLIDAYS for all Malaysians. Malaysian Federal Constitution even protects the use of vernacular languages , including VARIOUS CHINESE DIALECTS and allowed them even to run their own schools in their vernacular languages.

Since Malaysia managed to have UNITY DESPITE DIVERSITY, is there a necessity to compel everybody to speak the same NATIONAL LANGUAGE in their everyday life, in Malaysia its Bahasa Melayu? And is there a necessity to force every soul to adhere to one NATIONAL RELIGION, in Malaysia its ISLAM. And is there a necessity to make everyone to forget their vernacular cultures, and adopt one single NATIONAL CULTURE, in Malaysia its the Malay culture?

That seems to be what most, if not all, Malaysians want. The Malays prefer to speak Bahasa Melayu in their daily life, practice Malay culture, and adhere to the religion of Islam. The Chinese prefer to speak their Chinese dialects, follow the culture of their forefathers and adhere to various religions and beliefs. The same goes to Indians and other ethnics of Sabah and Sarawak.

BUT, if Malaysians were to agree to SPEAK THE SAME LANGUAGE, LIVE THE SAME CULTURE and ADHERE THE SAME RELIGION, fit to be called MALAYSIAN LANGUAGE, MALAYSIAN CULTURE and MALAYSIAN RELIGION, inevitably they have to be based on Bahasa Melayu, Malay culture and religion of Islam. After all, its only the Bahasa Melayu, Malays and Islam, which have featured PROMINENTLY in our Federal Constitution. 

Until all races and ethnics can readily accept the Malay-related language, culture and religion, Malaysians will remain polarised by their respective languages, cultures and religions. Until then, all will identify themselves more as Malays, Chinese, Indians and other ethnicities, before they identify themselves as MALAYSIANS.

Since Malay-related language, culture and religion has been the most prominently FEATURED in our Federal Constitution, and the most WIDELY practiced in Malaysians everyday life, they will inevitably the MOST APPROPRIATE basis for single NATIONAL language, culture and religion. Without Malay-related language, culture and religion, there will be NO SINGLE national language, culture and religion.

In this sence, Malays comes first, then Malaysia.

Najib’s First Year PHENOMENAL Success

April 4, 2010

Yesterday marked the  full ONE YEAR of Najib’s tenure as the 6th Prime Minister of Malaysia. Not many would deny that the past ONE YEAR under Najib felt like A FEW YEARS, due to so many NEW IDEAS being introduced, discussed, debated and implemented. On DAY ONE of his premiership, Najib AWAKENED the nation with the ‘1Malaysia’ concept, and a day before his tenure reached the full one year, he BOLSTERED the nation with his bold New Economic Model(NEM).

Within ONE YEAR of his tenure as the Prime Minister of our multi-racial and multi-religious Malaysia, Najib appeared to have been able to convince  OVERWHELMING MAJORITY of Malaysians that he has charted the  RIGHT ROAD-MAP towards re-inventing GENUINE UNITY, and transforming TOLERANCE to MUTUAL ACCEPTANCE among all Malaysians, despite the diversity of races, cultures, languages, religions and ideoligies.

Until a few years back, UNITY was taken for granted in Malaysia. And, UNITY has led the nation to phenomenal PROGRESS and PROSPERITY. Malaysia has become one of TOP 20 nations in the world, and HOME to the tallest twin-towers on earth. However, not many among the younger generation of Malaysians realized that UNITY was a product of forward-looking POLICIES provided for in the Federal Constitution, the CORNERSTONES of the foundations of our nation.

However, since a few years back, the FOUNDATIONS of our nation were subjected to SERIOUS KNOCKINGS, by certain desperate politicians only interested in their own survival. Hence the urgent need to RE-INVENT the UNITY, which was part and parcel of our everyday life before. And, Najib is attempting to go beyond UNITY based on MUTUAL TOLERANCE, but UNITY based on MUTUAL ACCEPTANCE.

Latest polls, including by MERDEKA CENTRE, do reflect the fact that Najib has managed to win the heart and minds of the rakyat. According to MERDEKA CENTRE poll, approval rating for Najib has increased from 44% when he first took over from Pak Lah, to over 70% a year later.

WARISAN TANAH MELAYU KITA would like to take this opportunity to CONGRATULATE Najib for his SINCERITY and COMMITMENT in fulfilling the mandate and trust given by the rakyat.


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