Malacca polls and the end of the Malay unity myth - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Monday, November 08, 2021
Malaysiakini : “No one will really understand politics until they understand that
politicians are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to
solve their own problems - of which getting elected and re-elected are
number one and number two. Whatever is number three is far behind.”- Thomas Sowell
| The Malacca state assembly election is the bottom of the barrel as
far as Malaysian politics is concerned. Two mainstream Malay parties are
going to attempt to outdo each other in “ketuanan politics” in
the hope that only one can be the standard-bearer for the kind of racial
and religious supremacy that forms the anchor of BN-type politics.
Forget about the unity of the ummah. The reality is that the
political landscape of Malaysia is not conducive to the kind of
Malay-Muslim hegemony envisioned by Malay political structures that want
to be the sole custodian of Malay rights and Islam.
Zahid Hamidi Lying Through His Arsehole
How can this Pendatang aspire to be PM who was born in Java?
Haven’t these numbskulls read anything by Syed Husin Ali about what happens if there are only Malays in Malaysia, which is the desiderata (desire) of Malay uber alles
ideology? A couple of years back, the grand old man of Malaysian
politics wrote about how an eventual class conflict would arise even if
the Malays were the last people standing in this country.
Syed Husin discussed
the type of conflict “yang akan dihadapi oleh masyarakat Melayu
sekiranya negara ini hanya didiami oleh satu bangsa sahaja (that will be
faced by Malay society when this country is inhabited by only one
race).” Syed Husin rightly pointed out that the type of conflict would
be a class conflict.
Two points are worth considering. Syed Husin
discussed the two competing interests that would come into conflict -
“Pertama, kata beliau, adalah kepentingan nilai seperti agama dan moral,
manakala kedua adalah kepentingan berkaitan politik seperti perkembagan
ekonomi dan pendidikan. Apabila kepentingan-kepentingan ini
bertentangan, maka wujudlah konflik."
(Firstly, is the importance
of religious and moral values. When mixed with politics in economic
development and education, the conflict will arise.)
And then he
dived into the nature of the eventual class conflict that would arise -
“Misalannya, kurang kekayaan dalam kalangan Melayu. Orang Melayu yang di
bawah akan menganggap mereka miskin kerana kekayaan dikumpul oleh
kelompok (orang Melayu kaya) yang sedikit. Justeru, timbullah konflik.”
example, Malay poverty. These Malays may think they are poor because
wealth is in the hands of a small elite [rich Malays]. This will give
rise to conflict.)
why Tajuddin Abdul Rahman in Parliament says stop blaming the
bumiputera, when he actually means stop blaming Umno and the rest
because it is their failed policies that are the results of the
political and social narratives of the Malays today.
This is what happens when you invest every institution, every aspect of economic, social and political life with ketuanism.
Eventually, the people you claim you are helping are going to realise
that if the (Malays) are so powerful then why is it that Malays are
facing the kind of economic, social and political problems that the
non-Malays do not?
Eating their words
these political operatives realise that it’s because of the policies
that they have been pushing and the internal fighting which are an
existential threat to their political survival. All of which was made
worse by a pandemic that, in the beginning, they did not handle well
and, in fact, made worse by deciding to topple a legitimately elected
government or falsely claiming that an emergency was needed.
With possible three-cornered fights among the Malay uber alles
crowd - if some folks do not fold that is - the possibility that there
is going to be another round of frog jumping and weak state governments
could be the new normal in Malaysian politics.
Do you know what is
hilarious? Remember when a PAS political operative was crowing about
how it was imperative to gerrymander so that more Malay representation
could be foisted on Malaysian democracy?
Well, the short-sighted
religionist that he is, he never considered that those precious Malay
seats could one day be the battleground for Malay uber alles parties.
And poor PAS, remember when Abdul Hadi Awang claimed that the reason why Umno and PAS were tying the knot was to ensure Muslims return to power?
must work towards being united and staying strong, come what may. There
are high tides and low tides (zaman pasang dan zaman surut). Our zaman pasang will come but it will not be easy.”
real issue of the Umno-PAS union is not a war against non-Malays but
rather a war in the Malay community. The difference between Pakatan
Harapan and the Umno-PAS union is that the latter have reconciled with
the reality that the political landscape has changed while the former is
still invested in the idea that one party should represent the Malay
Now we have a PAS ulama claiming that he hopes Umno loses
to bring them back to the straight and narrow. How queer, this is what
happens when you have a rancorous divorce.
Honestly, if Umno,
Bersatu and PAS really thought that the non-Malays were an existential
threat to the Malay community, then they would find a way to be unified.
Malacca polls an indicator
Two Malay uber alles parties
are having a tenuous hold on the federal government but are duking it
out in a state election because both understand that Malacca is a
bellwether for the next general election.
The fact that an Umno
flunky claims that all is good in the Malaysian family because ministers
are not allowed to campaign in their professional capacity demonstrates
the kind of hold Umno has - because of its various clusters - on the
The Malay narrative of political unity in the
face of non-Malay economic and political superiority has shown to be the
mendacious racist delusion that it is.
The sight of the Malay
political establishment in ruins because of decades of corruption and
enabling has resulted in a political terrain where the machinery of the
federal government is paralysed because various proxies are attempting
to use it to further disparate party interests.
You can be sure of
one thing though.
The winner and loser of the high stakes in the
Malacca election will find a way to blame the DAP. Some things do not