Is Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah an agent of the DAP? - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Thursday, March 11, 2021
For all the armchair critics of the Commander
Malaysiakini : "For me, anyone who intentionally wants us to split and wants us to be weak, they are DAP and Harapan agents - Wan Saiful Wan Jan
| They say power corrupts and nowhere is this more axiomatic than in
Wan Saiful Wan Jan, who used to peddle this image of being in the
vanguard of Malay thought. In 2017 he wrote two big think pieces -
‘Affirmative action is morally wrong’ and ‘Bring back morality into
economics’ which slipped under the radar but were interesting reads
steeped in the kind of genuine American conservatism (as opposed to
Trumpism) that used to be spread around by local lads influenced by
outreach programmes from K Street.
You can read my take on those pieces here
– “What I really like about Wan Saiful’s piece beyond his candour is
that he stakes no middle ground. He argues against affirmative action as
something morally wrong and does not attempt to soften the stance by
pandering to the politically-correct narrative of a 'needs-based'
A friend had warned me privately and publicly
about being too enamoured by Wan Saiful's rhetoric and his conduct since
joining a race-based political party has proven that his deeds, not
words, defined his political stance.
since embracing the racial politics of Bersatu, which is a replica of
Umno, and joining the treacherous bunch in the Sheraton Move, Wan Saiful
has been peddling his racial polemics and various other failed
political stratagems as a means to secure power for his coterie of
Wan Saiful's latest remarks
about how people trying to legitimately topple a backdoor government
are agents of the DAP and Pakatan Harapan are the kind of Malay uber
alles propaganda that got Umno into trouble in the first place.
of all, it is not about the DAP and Wan Saiful knows this. The only
political operatives who could topple the Periktan Nasional regime are
sections of the Malay political establishment.
The only people who
could split the Malay vote - and they have demonstrated they can - are
members of Malay political parties. Anwar Ibrahim did not split the
Malay vote, try as he might. What he managed to do was destabilise the
Umno hegemon by forming alliances with disparate power groups.
the only reason why the DAP is dragged into this Malay political power
play is that it is hoped that Malay personalities attempting to dislodge
the PN regime would be guilty by association with the supposedly
“Chinese” chauvinistic party.
is why Wan Saiful does not have the cajones to name names – who knows
how the dust will settle and Bersatu, if it still exists, may need to
grovel before the new Malay powerbrokers in town – but is merely content
to throw racial incendiary remarks against his political opponents.
I have argued before and in the words of strategists like Liew Chin
Tong, the DAP “never failed Muhyiddin” which means it never failed
Bersatu but this was never enough.
When Wan Saiful was on the
other side, he had no problem splitting the Malay vote when he was
riding with the Old Maverick. He had no problem pontificating on how
Umno had betrayed the Malay cause and was wallowing in cronyism and
He had no problem associating with the DAP and using
the DAP to get non-Malay votes. He had no problem mocking those who
claimed that Harapan – which Bersatu was a part of – was destroying the ummah.
had no problem being an agent of the "DAP" - which was what Umno
peddled before they lost the election - and jeopardising the political
stability of the country, which again, was the propaganda peddled by
Regime in shambles
To imply that
someone like Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, who is an arch Malay establishment
figure, is an “agent” of the DAP, points to how Bersatu and PN have
strayed so far off the reservation and is demonstrative of how much in
shambles this regime is.
The fact that Malay power brokers, for
whatever reasons, are so desperate to cling on to the gravy train should
tell us of the shape of things to come.
Demonising the DAP is an
old trick but is the only kind Bersatu plays because it is too lazy to
think of new ones. Muhkriz Mahathir has already exposed the con of using the DAP as a punching bag for all the problems that Malay parties cannot handle.
said, "Looking at Umno, when there were big issues which we could not
address, we would talk about DAP, Chinese chauvinism and how Lim Kit
Siang becoming prime minister would destroy Malaysia, that the Malays
would disappear, and the mosques can no longer air the azan.”
it makes anyone feel better, Muhkriz said that he did feel guilty and
so maybe one day, Wan Saiful will feel guilty too. But then again, Wan
Saiful was one of the brights lights defending the Jasa budget of RM85.5
million, which was essentially a fund to demonise the DAP.
course, spending RM85 million to spread the word, when you have the
entire mainstream media at your disposal, is pretty redundant.
rakyat was wondering how anti-DAP propaganda is going to benefit their
lives and make life a little easier for those living on the margins in
this pandemic. More importantly, could that RM85 million be used for
something more tangible? Apparently, the budget was slashed in half, but
you get an idea of how propaganda and cronyism go hand in hand.
Umno, PAS and any other Malay establishment figure knows that
demonising the DAP is propaganda. They know that every time something
goes wrong with their policies or to cover their behinds when it comes
to the infighting in their political parties, blaming the DAP is an
effective strategy that will distract from their failings.
can take cold comfort in the fact that whatever political wounds it
self-inflicts will always be overshadowed by the virulent attacks
against it by the Malay establishment. This is damaging to the country,
but makes it easier to rally the political base.
Ultimately, and I
believe the Malay uber alles crowd knows this, any union with Harapan
will be shortlived, with the Malay establishment dreaming treacherous
dreams even before the ink dries on any campaign pact.