Tommy Thomas is right but it’s still bad advice By Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Thursday, September 22, 2022
Malaysiakini : The DAP, for instance, always accused the MCA of being running dogs,
but when in power, they kowtowed to the Malay power structures and
lectured the base about the reality of governing.
oppositional figures chastised anyone from the fold who was critical of
the status quo and allowed Mahathir and Harapan to steer the ship and
not cause a ruckus.
Che Rose of the National Professor's Council (MPN) said: "Painting the
government of the day as a government dominated by a certain race is
very inaccurate because the government is backed by various races,
represented by MCA, MIC and parties representing other communities of
Sabah and Sarawak.”
The statement is complete horse manure because
even the late Samy Vellu said that all roads, when it came to policy,
lead back to Umno.
When Harapan was in power, Mahathir shamelessly
claimed that then-finance minister Lim Guan Eng had no real power and
every decision he (Guan Eng) made had to get his approval.
He added that more was given to the Malays but nobody could talk about it because this would anger the non-Malay base.
this idea of having non-Malay representation means consensus is bunkum.
Non-Malay representation - and I know this is hard to grasp more often
than not - is merely a fig leaf.
And that is why counting non-Malay numbers in any "Malay" government means bupkis.
If you think about this issue in a rational way, Malaysia has always
been governed by a “Malay government”. When Harapan took over, albeit
briefly, this did not change.
Indeed, so sycophantic were the
non-Malay political operatives to Malay personalities (which strangely
did not include PKR president Anwar Ibrahim), they made the MCA and MIC
look like race gladiators.
And when the base, not non-Malay
political operatives, mind you, demanded a little bit of egalitarianism,
Anwar retreated to his “don’t spook the Malays” narrative, Rafizi Ramli
fretted over hyper liberals and the DAP devoured its own, who were
clamouring for a newer Malaysia.
Meanwhile, all these Malay uber
alles political operatives who are screaming because Thomas dares to
bell the cat, are extremely comfortable talking about how Malay unity
trumps everything in this country.
They are demonising the DAP for
being associated with Thomas. Malay political operatives can talk about
race ad nauseam, but non-Malays who talk about race are demonised as
being racist, ignorant and bigoted.
when Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim, who is actually one of the better
political operatives around, wonders why someone like Zaid Ibrahim is
linking Thomas’s statement to the DAP, well it is obvious, right?
made this statement with luminaries from the opposition, including
Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang. Thomas is closely aligned with Harapan,
and so, you can bet that the Malay uber alles crowd is going to latch on
to this. Why give your opponent ammunition?
Who is the Malay
electorate? The swing vote that Harapan got because of Mahathir? The
electorate who are voting for Bersatu and PAS? The same electorate which
PKR is desperately attempting to court and always has to be mindful of,
less the party appears to be stooges for DAP?
Do you think any of them are going to see a failure of a “Malay” government as a big motivator to switch to Harapan?
the Malay electorate the ones who believe that Islamic preacher Dr
Zakir Naik was right when he said that it is better to vote for corrupt
Muslim leaders than honest non-Muslim leaders?
Or are they the
young Malays who seem to favour Bersatu over Umno? Is the Malay
electorate the people who believe that the non-Malays have already too
much in this country and they need a government which looks after their
interests? Will they switch to Harapan?
So, how exactly is the
DAP, for instance, going to make this an issue? Will its
secretary-general Anthony Loke have to talk about the failures of a
Malay government when he shares the stage with Anwar?
he going to indulge in the kind of stereotyping that anonymous cretins
share on social media about this “Malay” government because that is the
first thing Malay uber alles types are going to draw attention to?
who is the target audience here? Is Muda going to have to go on about
the failures of a “Malay” government when their leader had demonised the
DAP before, but now, the party wants him in the “big tent”?
importantly, since race and religion are not mutually exclusive in this
country, is Amanah going to have to talk about how this “Malay”
government has failed not only in terms of the economy but also say
something about how this government has failed them in the religious
spheres as well?
And we are aware of Harapan's track record when it comes to religion during their reign.
Malay uber alles cartels want you to fight on their terrain. They do
this because it not only advances their cause but also makes people
think of the good old days when there was political, economic and social
stability and not the reality that things were going down the crapper.
is about offering an alternative and someone like Rafizi - and he is
not alone - understands why it is important for the Malay polity to have
an alternative but also the reality that without a clear alternative, highlighting failed strategies is useless.
we are talking about here is winning the hearts and minds of people who
are feeling the failed leadership of the political class and this
If you are going to remind the Malay electorate
that the government has failed, all you are doing is reminding them that
they need Malay leadership which will ensure their success.
other words, could Harapan be that "Malay" government for the people who
think that this particular "Malay" government has failed them? This is
not a winning strategy for them or Malaysia.