Neither Mahathir nor Kit Siang are villains - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Broken Promises By Lying Scumbag Politicians
Malaysiakini : COMMENT | Racism and religious
bigotry will continue to dominate our life while top leaders weaken the
nation with scandals, corruptions and mismanagement. – Liew Chin Tong
claiming that the “khat” fiasco is the worst crisis the DAP is facing
since GE 14, and blaming it on a “post-truth” milieu, what Chin Tong is
doing is relying on misdirection, instead of getting to the root of the
problem. Attempting to paint Sin Chew and Utusan as Malaysia’s version of Fox news is the kind of post-truth rhetoric that is getting the DAP into trouble.
do not get to play the “post-truth” card when you have the prime
minister of Malaysia claiming that the Harapan manifesto was just an
empty campaign promise because Harapan believed they could not win. You
do not get to play the post-truth card, when you have backpedaled on so
many issues, which before the election were touted as the kind of issues
that would save Malaysia.
Liew is misdirecting again when he
claims that the folks with “contrarian” views on the khat issue, are
branded as traitors to the ethnic cause. You cannot have a contrarian
view when the view is the establishment view. People who think that khat
is a great idea are not positioning themselves as contrarian. They are
supporting the Establishment. The people who do not think that khat is a
great idea, who apparently have very little say on the matter, are the
ones with the contrarian view.
conflating the DAP base with the rest of Malaysia – which means that a
majority of Malays think that khat is a great idea – and they fall into
line with the liberal intelligentsia who cannot help themselves, but
write about how wonderful khat or Jawi is.
MCA are the ones with the contrarian view (when it comes to the Chinese
community) when they were supplanted by the DAP, which just goes to
show you the DAP's inability to get a grip on pushing a narrative.
course, facts matter. But it is not the definitional arguments of what
is khat or what is Jawi is, but rather the fact that the Establishment
view dismisses the view that khat (in Malaysia) has anything to do with
religion, despite evidence to the contrary.
Does this mean that
people who learn khat will suddenly convert? Of course not. It merely
means that some politicians cannot bring themselves to concede that this
has a religious component to it, and would rather bamboozle people into
thinking that this is merely a secular educational directive.
about all of that. What is important is not that the base is divided
over khat, but rather that khat has become the flash point for all the
backtracking and backpedaling that Harapan has engaged in, and for which
the DAP has become the target because they were the loudest proponents
The problem with partisan politics is its Manichean
worldview that allows politicians to get away with almost anything.
Pointing to the competing narratives of who is painting who as the
villain, is one such example of this worldview.
It is not the
press which is painting Mahathir or Kit Siang as villains, but rather
the base and its Pavlovian response of wanting heroes and villains
because it is easier than acknowledging that they voted into this mess.
is certainly not a villain because he and Bersatu, we were told, were
needed for the Malay vote. Mahathir gets to play the race card because
the power brokers in Harapan wanted him to play the race card because it
was to their advantage.
What people should be asking, is why
these same politicians who claimed they could control Mahathir, are not
doing so now? Why are they just letting the old maverick do his thing?
Before the election that brought Harapan into power, various politicians
from Harapan assured everyone that they could “control” Mahathir. Now
when Mahathir does what he does, politicians wonder why some people
think Mahathir is the villain.
The far right have always believed
that Kit Siang is the villain, but the reason why he is getting into
trouble now is not because he supports khat, but because he chooses to
support it in a disingenuous manner. Saying Malaysians are distrustful
of each other does not work when the sensitivities and cultural
attitudes of the majority community have to be accepted, while the
minorities cannot make the same claim.
That is the real issue. Not
the far right, not the so-called deep state, not unknown political
conspirators, but rather the fact that Harapan – the DAP – is not
reacting proactively to issues which they claimed would save the
country, but rather recycling BN era policies and being shocked when
some people reject those policies.
What are the non-Malay
ministers or deputy ministers doing in their ministries? Looking over
past BN policies and attempting to replicate them? The new improved BTN.
The new improved khat lessons. The new improved Lynas deal. The new
improved China deals. The new improved BRIM and other BN era
Part of this was the ludicrous way
Harapan framed the discourse before the election, but what is important
is that certain reforms could have been carried out immediately, but
instead Harapan backtracked. This is a stupid strategy.
Harapan had carried out serious reforms instead of backtracking and
backpedaling. Do you think that this khat fiasco would have blown up?
People would have given the DAP, Harapan and Mahathir the benefit of the
doubt because Harapan would have had a track record of actually
carrying out serious reforms.
If Harapan had a track record of
carrying out reforms – something which they could have done very early
on – when this khat issue cropped up, nobody would say anything because
with ICERD, the Rome statute, and the repeals and amendments of various
acts and the start of needs based entitlements programmes, the Harapan
government would have banked in goodwill that would have sustained
them, instead of what is happening now, which is tiresome
The DAP continues to mischaracterize khat as
something borne out of the cauldron of post-truth media, or that people
who oppose it are factually incorrect or that opposition to khat makes
you racially and religiously insensitive to the sensitivities of the
coalition, all of which makes a certain segment of the base distrust the
DAP even more.
If Dong Zong raised this issue in a post-reform
milieu, people would have just rolled their eyes and got on with
whatever capitalist endevours they were engaged in. Instead people got
spooked when they were told not to spook the Malays, they got riled up
with the red meat of the 1MDB scandal, they cheered and than jeered
whenever the old maverick went up against the royalty or when he
unilaterally backtracked on something that was supposed to save
Malaysia. Mostly though, they begun to wonder what they signed up for.
know why some people get angry? It is because no attempt is made to
seriously reform the system, and the people who want change are made to
look like the ones causing problems.