The Bangsa Malaysia kool-aid redux - By Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Sunday, August 19, 2018
I agree with the Commander that Bangsa Malaysia is Horse Manure. Look at the 57 OIC countries, they are all Muslim majority countries. Do you see them treating their minorities equally? Only in your far fetched dreams. You know why they believe that they are the best of people and all the Infidels are beneath them, cannot be treated equally. Anyone saying otherwise is a bloody liar. Quran 3:110 - You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah. If only the People of the Scripture had believed, it would have been better for them. Among them are believers, but most of them are defiantly disobedient. So equality in this atmosphere is a far fetched dream. Bangasa Malaysia kool aid is indeed a gimmick!!
Malaysiakini : “Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.” ― Noam Chomsky, ‘Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda’
COMMENT | I noticed a radio
station that before the elections did not cover politics is now covering
politics with a newly discovered vigour. I really have no problem with
this. Indeed, journalists from what was the alternative media before the
elections have now become “mainstream” in the sense that where mention
of them was verboten before the elections, now they and their opinions
have become important in this “new Malaysia”. I noticed that in one of
these radio stations’ latest ad/gimmick is centred upon the “Bangsa
Malaysia” kool-aid, which I do have a problem with.
Ever since I started writing for Malaysiakini – seven or
eight years ago – the major theme of my articles has been a rejection of
state propaganda. However, rejecting state propaganda is like shooting
fish in a barrel. Far more dangerous was the propaganda of the then
opposition, carried out mainly by the DAP, which was the Bangsa Malaysia
I had assumed that after May 9 and the realities of power sharing at a
federal level between various Malay/Muslim power structures and the
DAP, this nonsense would be dropped. But the reality is that if
anything, it has become more virulent. DAP’s Liew Chin Tong’s latest piece is evidence of this.
The piece starts off with a justification of why the 100 days
promises were difficult to sustain, which as usual – for some local
politicians – meant alluding to the American experience. Cherry picking
from the American experience is a mistake that most local politicians
make. For the record, most criticism of the 100 days promises of Pakatan
Harapan is not that they could not fulfil those promises but rather
they were waffling on them.
Nearly every promise they kept had to be dragged out of Harapan and
this is a good thing. Politicians do what is politically expedient,
while the citizenry who voted for them have to keep them in check. But
this preamble of the hardships Harapan faced when committing to their
promise is merely a prelude to the rise of the Bangsa Malaysia canard
that Liew is shovelling at us.
Liew says, “For instance, I may be Chinese culturally but politically
I participate in public life as a Malaysian, not as a Chinese."Really? Forget that the personal is political, but what does
political life really mean? Political life in the Malaysian context is
defined by constitutional provisions that are manipulated by Malay power
structures to maintain racial and religious hegemony at the expense of
the minorities. To claim that one participates in political life as a
Malaysian is absurd when the majority ethnic group in this country
participate in politics as Malays.
Never mind the lunacy of such a claim when the DAP made it very clear
that the reason why they joined forces with Bersatu’s Dr Mahathir
Mohamad was because they needed the “Malay” vote to save Malaysia.
The point being that “political life” was defined along racial lines,
political strategies was endorsed along racial lines, and the outcome
of this election is because the majority Malay community was politically
fractured. There is a reason why Liew talks about the majority of
Malaysians that were happy with the results. The reality is that a
majority of Malays did not vote for this coalition.
In fact, the current prime minister warned of this very situation
when he cautioned that Umno would fall if the Malays were not unified
back in the day when he was called ‘Mahafiruan’ by his political
This is not a disconnect. I do not think that this is even some sort
of cognitive dissonance. The reality is that most political operatives
understand that this Bangsa Malaysia is horse manure. They know that
when it comes to Bangsa Malaysia, it does not withstand constitutional
scrutiny or even ideological scrutiny but more importantly, it means
cannibalising your community to further mainstream Malay agendas.
I talked about this here
– “When it comes to racial politics, minorities squabbling for the
political interests of majoritarian stakeholders is painful to watch.
Malays from either side of the political divide at least sometimes can
meet halfway on those politically-designed issues of race and religion.
Throw in culture and you have Malay power structures at war, but not
tearing each other’s eyes out like how the non-Malay component parties
do in the service of gaining political power for their Malay overlords.”
Unlike what Liew (photo) contends, the past 100 days did not
see the emergence of the Bangsa Malaysia identity but rather that the
reality of the power-sharing formula meant that the DAP finally
understood what it meant to be MCA. PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim’s rejoinder
of not spooking the Malays is a direct refutation of this Bangsa
Malaysia horse manure.
The religious and racial issues, whether it is the restructuring of
Biro Tatanegara (BTN), the waffling on the National Security Council
(NSC), the various racial and religious incidents or policies that the
DAP has been strangely quiet on, demonstrates that the Bangsa Malaysia
kool-aid means nothing when it comes to the realpolitik of race and
religion in this country. Actually, most of my articles leading up the
100-day mark are about these racial and religious tensions in the
post-May 9 milieu.
Liew says that there is a need to define what this new Malaysia
stands for. Liew says for him, it means that we all see ourselves as
first and foremost Malaysian citizens. What does this even mean?
Everyone in Malaysia have always seen themselves as Malaysian citizens –
that is, if we are lucky enough to have our citizenship acknowledged by
the state – but the problem has always been that the state does not
view us as equal citizens. Put simply, politics does not view us as
This is the danger of the Bangsa Malaysia kool-aid - it attempts to hide this stark reality.