The bogus 8th PM and anti-Chinese propaganda - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Wednesday, March 04, 2020
Malaysiakini : Workin' in the dark against your fellow man, But as sure as God made black and white, What's done in the dark will be brought to the light – Johnny Cash (God’s gonna’ cut you down)
| First off, what happened to PKR’s Tian Chua is an absolute disgrace. I
despise political thuggery and this is exactly what this incident was. There
is no justification whatsoever for Tian Chua’s assault and this is just
another example of how PKR members oftentimes make a bad situation
worse. The current prime minister is a bogus prime minister –
until and unless he survives a no-confidence vote – and his cabinet will
be a cabinet of rakes and knaves whose only interest will be to lay the
groundwork for further dismantling of democratic processes in this
Perikatan Nasional is a coward’s government. This was
not some sort of populist uprising that supplanted the traditional order
through the ballot box. This was not even a broad-based coalition of
power usurpation but rather the fallout from decades-long political
rivalry and treachery. In other words, the voting demographic of
the rakyat played no part in this. If there were an election and Pakatan
Harapan lost, then sure, we have to give the new government a chance.
That’s democracy, folks. But a government whose basis is treachery and
deceit has no moral legitimacy.
What the agents of the fascist state are hoping for is that apathy and resignation set in and their mendacity would be rewarded. Umno folks have been calling me and saying wait till he announces his cabinet before “pouncing lah,
Thaya”, but how can someone like me evaluate anything of this backdoor
government when these kleptomaniacs – they can’t help themselves of
their urge to steal power - do not have a manifesto or framework to
evaluate against? They get high scores for skullduggery, though.
I see all these politicians thanking God that their knavery was
rewarded, I can only imagine the kind of religious justifications they
will offer when promulgating dodgy policy. Ironically, the eighth
PM is in the same position as his predecessor Dr Mahathir Mohamad. The
latter chafed at sharing power and reaching consensus with his allies.
The new PM has the same problem.
He has to compromise with his
former allies which would not be so much of a problem but he also has to
determine how much leeway PAS gets. If PAS in Kelantan and
Terengganu, for instance, had demonstrated that they could run states
effectively without the aid of the federal government — which for so
long they were estranged from — then this would be something.
Umno and by extension the eighth PM can rely on a history of balancing
racial and religious imperatives with the other races in Malaysia, Umno
is going to demand a steep price for bolstering Bersatu. That is if
Bersatu is going to be in existence. How exactly the 8th PM is
going to pass legislation in Parliament with the way it is now is worth
noting. While there could be efforts to buy MPs, this has to be put in
the context of a slowed-down economy and the still unknowable impact of
The eighth PM may think that he has the knowledge
and expertise to handle the vagaries of the economy, ethnic relations
and religious flashpoints. However, having positioned himself as an
ultra-nationalist, he is going to find it difficult to retreat from
stupid positions because he will be egged on by his allies who need to
justify this move to their respective bases. As usual, the
anti-Chinese propaganda is being used as the justification for the
"Sheraton Move". While PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim is being used to justify
the Malay establishment's need to destroy him, the anti-Chinese
narrative is shaping up as the nativists' agenda to justify policy and
as an agenda for any upcoming election.
"Today I am acting for the interest of the Malays... I have worked hard, said I want to serve but I became a barua (lackey), I was really a barua,” – said Norhizam Hassan Baktee (below),
advancing the nefarious Chinese propaganda – read DAP – were attempting
to supplant Malay hegemony and those like him (in the DAP) were merely
In this way, PN can paint any Malay associated with the DAP as traitors to their own kind. The
fact is that Bersatu has always had to view the DAP with a certain
amount of contempt because, for years, successive Mahathir-led
governments painted the DAP as the bogeyman of Malay politics. How
many times have I pointed out that the far-right and most voters of
race-based politics have no problems with the dissonance in the
narratives they are peddling and consume.
This means that the DAP can be the running dogs of Bersatu and, at the same time, the power behind the throne. Even
Mahathir encouraged this narrative with his snarky responses and those
of his henchmen, like the political operative who said that he was all
alone against the "puak-puak DAP". "Bangsa DAP” and “puak-puak
DAP” are standard far-right talking points and something that
politicians, supporters and the various cottage industries of aggrieved
Bersatu proxies have used before. It is an effective counter-narrative
to the Bangsa Malaysia propaganda that Bersatu obviously does not
promote or believe in private.
Please keep in mind that anti-DAP
propaganda is anti-Chinese propaganda. I have been critical of party
secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, and my writings are a matter of public
record, but this mendacious “arrogant” narrative is exactly the kind of
propaganda that the DAP will always face. Nobody talks about the
arrogance of Malay leaders and their polemics against their own
community. When a Malay leader is arrogant or abrasive, he’s a
“maverick” or some sort of folksy hero.
A Chinese political
operative, meanwhile, is signalled out for supposed bad behaviour and
his political ineptness then becomes a racial criticism against his
whole party and, by extension, the Chinese community. Which is why GPS
says they will not work with the DAP, instead of saying working with
Guan Eng would be difficult. They would rather use the DAP as a proxy. The MCA is going to have to play the "Hadi game", which
essentially means saving Malaysia from the “Chinese”, which the DAP is a
proxy for. Can the MCA live with that? I suppose so.
entire narrative of the far-right and agents of the fascist state is
that there are "good" Chinese who work for them and "bad" Chinese who
work against them. So, what exactly does saving Malaysia mean to
folks like former PKR member Azmin Ali, PAS leader Abdul Hadi Awang and
the eighth PM? Or maybe saving Malaysia means saving yourself from the
wrath of Umno as reported in the media -"They were scared of prosecution
or rather vengeance”.
Since this has been reported in the press,
yes, a few political operatives in PN have confided in me the very same
thing – gleefully – that Bersatu is scared of what would happen to them
if Umno regains power. This is understandable. Unlike PKR, DAP
and Amanah, whose political operatives had faced the wrath of the state,
most of the Bersatu folk were comfortable in the parties kleptomania
before the old maverick decided that he would rather burn the house down
than be ignored by Najib.
How long will the bread and circuses
last before the Umno/PAS base realises that this backdoor government is a
one-trick pony? Who knows? This depends on how sincere Pakatan Harapan
is in wanting to regain power and organise itself as an effective
I get that some folks want to give up, but I am just getting started.