Syed Saddiq should thank 'Superman' Hew - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Malaysiakini : “If we bring in another three million people from China, what will
happen to us? They are strong, able, knowledgeable in business; they
come not as labourers, but as successful entrepreneurs." – Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad
| This late in the game, maybe you are thinking, why do non-Malay
politicians make themselves and their parties, easy targets? A former
Special Branch officer asked me the same thing recently. The context of
the conversation was the arrests of Indian politicians in the farcical
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) dragnet. Add to this, we now have the “communist” narrative brought about by the comic written by former DAP operative "Superman" Hew.
I have received many emails about the DAP shooting itself in the foot
and of how Hew Kuan Yau is screwing things up. Do I think this book
belongs in school libraries? A better question would be, do I think it
belongs in any library? In case you are wondering, I feel the same way
about the hundreds of pro-Narendra Modi “books” out there.
get one thing out of the way first. Yes, the “Belt and Road Initiative
for Win Winism” is propagandist pap that, unfortunately, has a foreword
by Lim Guan Eng that makes arguments that it is the personal opinion of
Hew rather lame. But so what if it is propagandist pap?
fact that Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad presented it to top
Chinese leaders is either evidence that he believes that after all his
anti-PRC comments before the elections, he wants to make nice with the
Chinese top brass, or he does think that only radical Malay youths are
against “the implementation of ethnic policies in Xinjiang.” Attempting
to downplay this particular “gift” now, is pointless considering that
anti-China sentiments always translate to anti-Chinese Malaysians
Politically, this is bad optics. However, the people
who think that the DAP is some sort of useful idiots for the Communist
Party of China are going to think this way with or without this comic
book. Probably these same people think that the LTTE is some sort of
existential threat to this country. The DAP should be mocked for
attaching themselves to this propaganda, not because it is evidence of
some sort of disloyalty to king and country, but because it is so badly
Has anyone gone to schools libraries and done research as
to what kinds of books are stocked? Do kids borrow books from the
library, or do they just rely on their laptops or phones? I wonder if
there are books by controversial Muslim preacher Zakir Naik in our
primary and secondary schools? Books by Zakir Naik are another example
of badly written propaganda.
Some people have said - surely the
DAP does not have to put its foot in its mouth all the time. Why did
Superman Hew have to write this comic? I could hazard a guess, but if I
have to pick on him, I would also have to point out the numerous other
propagandistic literature from other personalities and organisations
which benefit foreign agendas, but which, somehow, is acceptable to the
Before the election, Chinese Malaysian politicians were
hanging on the coattails of the old maverick while he kept on whacking
China because they were supposedly in cahoots with the Najib regime who
was selling off this country. He was extolling Muslims that their land
was in danger of being taken over by foreigners.
the majority of Malays voted for Umno and PAS, hence the only hegemon
that needs to be appeased is China. Chinese politicians kept silent
while all these “anti-Chinese“ narratives were advanced by the then
Post-election, steps need to be taken to normalise the
relationship with China, especially after the contentious renegotiating
of trade deals. Hence, this is a good way to show some good faith when
it comes to China after all the badmouthing and xenophobic campaign
propaganda. Furthermore, it is good counter-programming for a citizenry
who have been inundated with anti-China propaganda, that also translates
to anti-Chinese Malaysian propaganda.
Some folks may not
want to hear this, but the state sometimes ignores proxies who
propagandise ideas that the state may not be able to do for whatever
reasons. I am not saying that this is what happened here, but it is
something that we should be aware of. One could make the argument that
Superman Hew was doing the old maverick a favour, hence the boy minister
should show some gratitude.
While Hew may be a “useful idiot” for
the mandarins in China, his comic is good propaganda when it comes to
dealing with China because, obviously as the old maverick says, Malaysia
has to be careful about what it says to big, powerful China. This kind
of comic goes a long way in ameliorating the usual far-right rhetoric
that the state has to engage in when it comes to anything Chinese.
Bersatu Youth exco Mohd Ashraf Mustaqim Badrul Munir (above),
launching a broadside against the DAP, said: “Do they hold on to
Malaysians values with conviction and sincerity or are they aligned with
the Communist Party of China?", which is nonsensical because I have no
idea what Malaysian values he is talking about.
Here we have
politicians like the boy minister and this youth exco member talking
about racism and “Malaysian values” when they belong to a political
party that only accepts Malays. A political party that was created to
court the Malay votes because it was believed that the vast majority of
the community needed to be reassured that only a Malay-only political
party could protect the rights and needs of the Malay community.
are the arbiters of what is and isn’t racist? While various polls claim
that a majority of Chinese and Indians consider themselves “Malaysian”
first, most polls, especially recent ones, point to a worrying trend of a
majority of Malays thinking of themselves as “Muslims” first. So it is
deceitful talking about Malaysian values and as problematic as talking
about Bangsa Malaysia, for instance.
The old maverick says: “The
young people must understand the problems, strategies and policies of
our own country first, so when they come up (to face) with other
people's strategies, they know their place”, which I suppose means the
kind of racial and religious propaganda which sustains Bersatu, Umno and
PAS. Fair enough, at least it's home-grown.
Malay politicians and
religious personalities do not ever have to justify the dodgy political
or religious dogma they import from the Middle East or their support of
causes that are of importance to their base.
because nobody wants to spook the Malays, non-Malay politicians have to
distance themselves from anything that could be used against them
politically, even by their allies, but which is important to their
All this hand-wringing by non-Malays about how
this comic and the friendly fire in DAP is going to ruin things is just
playing into the narrative that the non-Malays are not loyal to this
This is how it is, folks. Malay politicians or religious
bureaucrats pick out something that they deem offensive to their
sensibilities, and non-Malay political structures convulse while
attempting to mitigate the damage, in the process cannibalising each
The realpolitik of the situation is not that non-Malay
power structures are making it easier for the monolithic Malay right to
attack them, but they have targets painted on their backs by virtue of
being minority powerbrokers. In New Malaysia, there is no win winism.
In the words of US President Donald Trump’s henchman Rick Mulvaney - Get over it.