The DAP’s Malay dilemma - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Monday, July 13, 2020
Malaysiakini : What do we do now? - Bill McKay (The Candidate)
| Are people who say that the DAP needs to look after its “Chinese”
base either half-witted or have malignant intentions as DAP senator and
strategist Liew Chin Tong claims?
instance, if I say, that since we have a Malay uber alles government, a
frenemy like the old maverick whose birthday pronouncement included the
desire to continue playing the Chinese/Malay economic canard, Anwar
Ibrahim the Pakatan Harapan leader who says “don’t spook the Malays” and
a brief period of Harapan rule, where the DAP bent over backwards not
to rile up the majority, am I half-witted or have malignant intentions
when I say that, in this environment, the DAP should be concerned about
looking after the interests of its Chinese base?
What I would like Liew (above)
to answer, is what exactly does the “Chinese” base wants? I am curious
because I know what the Umno and PAS base want because political
operatives from both parties make it abundantly clear. The fact that
Bersatu and PKR, both of which attempt to court the Malay base, indulge
in the same kind of racial politics as Umno and PAS, means that both
understand what is important to the “Malay” base.
So, what is
important to the Chinese base? If Liew could articulate what is
important to the base, then maybe we could see if there is a difference
between what a Malay base wants and what an Indian base wants – but more
importantly, is there anything in what the Chinese base wants that
contradicts whatever “multiracial” principles that the DAP claims is the
basis of its party's ethos?
Keep in mind what the pro-Anwar
pressure group claimed: “As things are today, there is a lot of
misunderstandings (happening) from the Malay community towards
non-Malays, especially when it comes to DAP.”
What in Liew’s
opinion are those misunderstandings? That is, if the DAP thinks that
there are “misunderstandings” at all. What exactly is it about the DAP
that causes the sensitivities of the majority to be offended when the
DAP has done everything when in power to be subservient to Malay
its brief stint in power, what rational people remember of the DAP are
the numerous times it let down the base to support the political
machinations of Malay power structures – weak Malay power structures, I
might add – to the detriment of the base. In fact, non-Malays were
lectured by the DAP on the virtue of pragmatism and every time the DAP
folded, the “base” was told to suck it up.
And really, besides a few “Indian” political operatives and of course the mercurial Ronnie Liu (above),
nobody was really speaking truth to the naked emperor. And the base
which I suppose means the Chinese majority which voted Harapan/DAP, were
left out in the cold.
We were witness to arrogant displays of
power, especially to the MCA bending over backwards when the old
maverick was baiting the DAP and attempting to curry favour with toxic
individuals like the mufti of Perlis.
When someone like me
questioned why the DAP was reaching out to the mufti of Perlis, I got a
lecture from the DAP about how we need to reach out in this New
Malaysia. Meanwhile, Liew says that the DAP needs to do everything to help
young Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman to retain his seat, even though
this was the young upstart who declared open season on the DAP, when
party stalwarts dared criticise then prime minister and Bersatu Big
Cheese, Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
says that the DAP needs to expand the base. Fair enough, but what
exactly has the DAP done to expand the base? After decades of being in
the opposition and then gaining power in certain states, how did the DAP
expand its base? The “Bangsa Malaysia” kool-aid was meant for the
non-Malays because the majority Malay community never took a gulp.
gathering in mosques and propping up religious operatives like Mujahid
Yusof Rawa, the DAP has exhausted resources and political capital by
attempting to court the Malay vote in the most craven of ways.
political parties have this delusion that they are independent
operators. They are not. They are in reality proxies for Malay power
structures, with varying degrees of public and private influence within
Malay hegemons. To believe otherwise, would be delusional.
it is easy to paint the MCA as running dogs of Umno, the same could be
said of the DAP, who have had to bend over backwards to accommodate the
return of Mahathir into the opposition ranks.
of the state through their racial and religious bureaus paint the
community as avaricious, opportunists waiting to usurp Malay power and
distort Malay culture. Religious preachers talk of how “rude” the
Chinese community is and point to internecine conflicts which either
reinforce the stereotype that the community cannibalises itself for
Malay power or points to the uncouth and insolent behaviour of the
community when it comes to politics.
What destroyed the MCA is not
the propaganda of the DAP but the acceptance by a large voting
demographic of the Chinese community that no representation in the
government is better than MCA representation. How did the MCA fail them?
When a partisan says that the DAP is morphing into the MCA, what does
Liew think this means?
The DAP has demonstrated that in its
desperation to court the Malay vote and to appear acceptable to the
majority non-urban Malay community, it would grasp at anything or anyone
to burnish its Malay bona fides. This is where the trouble starts.
DAP strategist said: "The DAP must do everything it can to guard
against those who try to stir up racial division." I wonder if he has
said this to the old maverick?