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COMMENT | Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s interview with Malaysiakini
was a train wreck for Pakatan Harapan. At this point, I have no idea
which base the old maverick is attempting to appeal to. Are the Malays
supposed to be happy at the expense of Chinese dissatisfaction?
former prime minister’s description of how he castrated the finance
minister’s role to ensure that the “Malay” base would not be spooked, is
the kind of lesson in Malay uber alles politics that Harapan, or
whatever is left of it, should pay attention to the next time it
decides to hook up with a race-based party.
One the one hand, we
had a castrated finance minister who had to run everything through
Mahathir and on the other, we are supposed to believe that the old
maverick encouraged discourse, and I suppose, dissenting viewpoints in
cabinet meetings. In other words, all these discussions meant bupkis and
ultimately like the finance minister's portfolio, everyone was bending
the knee to the old maverick.
former prime minister said: "We still have to give them, but what we
gave to them was very small (compared to what the Malays got). But we
could not say it then because then the Chinese would be angry. "That's why we didn't talk about that. But now we have to because I have to explain this thing."
the “Chinese” community was getting scraps from the table and everyone
knew it, but nobody could talk about it. Now because the old maverick
has a new Malay-based party, he can let the cat out of the bag.
Malays are supposed to take comfort in the fact that the DAP was
basically eunuchs in the Mahathir-led administration. Who cares what the
Chinese think now because conventional wisdom dictates that eventually,
they will come around to the realisation that it will always be this
way in mainstream Malay politics.
All this is hilarious of course,
because in 2012 while debating Chua Soi Lek, DAP secretary-general Lim
claimed: “We should not bow to fate and have the right to equality. We
should not kneel and beg. We should be brave enough to stand and ask for
Now, consider what Lim said in 2012. Does the behaviour of
the DAP, in any way, shape or form, conform to the spirit or intent of
that statement? Of course, it does not. Why? Because the
DAP is learning fast that dealing with Malay power structures on a
federal level, and a bureaucracy that is, in essence, an extension of a
political party (Umno) is complex and requires stratagems and rhetoric
that are in total opposition to the egalitarian ideas that the DAP tells
its base is the foundation of a new Malaysia.
If we are
to believe the old maverick, and I see no reason not to, his description
of how he controlled everything is exactly the way how he ran BN when
he was in cahoots with the MCA. The way how Lim chose to give one-off
payments to Malay-majority states even though everyone knew in the
cabinet that the Chinese - and Indian - communities were getting scraps,
should tell us everything we need to know of the kind of racial
pandering that went on in the Harapan government.
This is how the Malay establishment wants it. Read, Aminuddin Yahaya’s piece in Malaysiakini - MCA boleh jatuhkan kerajaan Melayu-Islam?
What the author describes in his piece is what the Malay establishment
wants from its non-Malay partners. What they want is subservience.
is gleeful of the fact that the MCA only survived because Umno breathed
life into it and bemoans the fact that even though the MCA relies on
Malay-dominated polities, they continue insulting the Malay uber alles government with the interests of the community they represent.
He even makes the point that the MCA, in order to get back Chinese support, mimics the DAP – “Pada
PRU 14, MCA sebenarnya sudah mati tetapi diberi nafas kembali oleh
Umno. Ini kerana lebih 90 peratus daripada masyarakat Cina sudah
menyokong DAP melalui PH dan menolak MCA. MCA yang memang sudah sekian
lama terdesak mahu memenangi kembali hati pengundi Cina, mereka sanggup
berbuat apa sahaja termasuklah ‘berperangai’ seperti DAP.”
is the mainstream Malay political dilemma. You want your non-Malay
allies to get the support of their communities, but you get spooked when
they speak up on the issues that the community votes them in for.
Aminuddin's piece is informative because it is devoid of the Bangsa
Malaysia propaganda that Harapan peddled to its base before the
the Harapan regime, we have seen the rise of Zakir Naik, the
machinations of the Perlis mufti, the abandonment of secular and
egalitarian policies of the manifesto, the LTTE fiasco where Harapan
political operatives were arrested, the "Chinese" communist scare, and
various other pro-Islamic initiatives carried out by the ever
compassionate Mujahid Yusof Rawa on the Muslim polity. And yet, the DAP
was on the receiving end of its partners, especially from Bersatu.
this happened while the base was told that it takes time to reverse all
the “wrong” Umno had done over the decades. Of course, now we know that
“wrong” is a malleable concept in politics.
Mahathir says that
the DAP accepted a policy drafted by Malay intellectuals which were
slanted towards the Malays. Of course, this in itself is not such a bad
idea. The majority of Malays, after decades of political, social, and
religious manipulations, need help in ways that would make them
competitive in this ever-changing geopolitical landscape. The
problem here is that there is no evidence that the Harapan government,
which included the best and brightest of multiracial DAP, were doing
anything but playing the same game that non-Malay power brokers have
been doing during the long Umno watch.
question is if Harapan comes into power again, will it continue the
tradition of castrating important portfolios if it is led by a non-Malay
or will the non-Malay leading the portfolio internalise his or her