What? Haven’t had enough of race-based politics?

Posted on August 5, 2016

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many-colours-one-dream923089_576322912401152_1069880995_n“Veteran journalist A Kadir Jasin today confirmed that the new political party to be registered by former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin would be a Malay/bumiputera-based party. “The party aims to continue as well as renew the fight of the Malays and bumiputera in the era of globalisation, reformation, transparency and openness,” he said in a blog post today. https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/351201

“National Human Rights Society chairperson Ambiga Sreenivasan today welcomed the setting up of a new political party that would be led by former Umno deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin. “The more, the merrier. I would have thought it strengthens it. I think it will strengthen it,” Ambiga said when asked whether the new party would further strengthen or split the opposition’s voice against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and scandals linked to state sovereign fund 1MDB” https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/351127

Human rights group Suaram adviser Kua Kia Soong has admonished opposition and civil society leaders who support Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s new political party. “I am truly surprised that leaders of Pakatan Harapan as well as some civil society leaders have welcomed this new party with open arms when it is neither civil nor hopeful. “Can any civil society leader or political leader espousing progressive reforms for our country accept a political party that is open only to bumiputeras?” he asked. – https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/351214

Dr. Kua should take a practical approach. There is no one else beside DR. M who can do it. Msia is in dire strait, we cant have the perfect solution , we can only hope to solve the problem one step at a time. – Obiwan, commenting on the Malaysiakini report on Ku’s views.

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I completely agree with Dr Kua.

What has kept UMNO/BN in power all these years?

Have you read “The Malay Dilemma”, by Dr M himself?

If you haven’t, please do so.

It’ll give you an idea of how this country found itself on that slippery slope into the cesspool we now are in when Mahathir took over as PM.

It will reveal how this man, in the late 60’s / early 70’s,  conveniently distorted a prevailing ‘have versus have-nots’ class issue into a racial one, portrayed as being that of the ‘marginalised Malays versus the non-Malay community’ and, through his years of rule as PM, perpetuated this thinking, with the acquiescence of the other BN component party leaders, of course.

A contestation of classes, between the haves and have-nots, has, almost from the earliest days of, first Malaya, and later Malaysia, been distorted by UMNO leaders and fanned as first, ethnic and interracial jostling for a share of the economic pie, and more recently, projected as Islam, the religion of the Federation, under siege from demands by non-Muslims.

UMNO, aided by a subservient and lying mainstream media, has sought to remain relevant and lay siege on the mindset of the average Malay, by presenting itself to unsuspecting Malay/Muslims as the champion and defender of, firstly, the interests and special rights of the Malays, and then as the defender of Islam.

In truth, in the name of ‘membela hak dan nasib orang Melayu’, UMNO’s leaders have robbed the people of this nation, Malays included, until near blind, most certainly from the time Dr Mahathir took office in 1981.

Membership open to Bumiputras?

This word does not even appear in the Federal Constitution!

Another contrivance by UMNO leaders to have another platform to divide the people.

Malays versus non-Malays.

Bumiputra versus non-Bumiputra.

Muslim versus non-Muslim.

Obiwan’s comments were amongst the kindest from the many I read.

No one else beside Dr M who can do it?

Do what?

Save Malaysia?

From what?

Najib?

So Dr M succeeds in taking Najib out.  Then what?

More divide and rule?

This is the Malaysia you want?

Dr M is our only shot?

What role did Dr M play in taking Selangor, Perak, Penang and Kedah from UMNO/BN in the 12th GE?

Zilch!!!

Why did UMNO/BN fall in those states in 2008?

A united people inflicted upon UMNO/BN a tsunami of such proportions that we were able to overcome the cheating and win at the polls.

Yes, like all of you, I want to be rid of Najib, too.

It must not stop there, though.

UMNO/BN must go.

Race and religious-based politics must go.

The process of giving to the people of Sabah and Sarawak that which was promised them in 1963 must begin without delay.

The institutions of state must all be returned to us.

All, without exception.

All draconian laws must go.

None remaining.

Restitution of all that was pillaged by dishonest, thieving politicians from the rakyat. to the extent it is possible, must begin.

All, without exception.

Even Mahathir.

And what little wealth that remains must be dedicated to uplift the lives of every marginalised Malaysian, regardless of race. Needs based, not race-based.

Is this not what all of you want, too?

Mahathir is not going to work for this.

Not Muhyiddin.

Not Mukhriz.

Certainly not this newest “Malay-Bumi only” party.

Who then?

A united us.

I have been told that this position that I take reveals how naïve I am in failing to see how difficult a task I am laying out for myself and everyone other person who shares similar aspirations as I and is prepared to walk the same path.

“Less idealism and more pragmatism, Haris”, I am often told.

I am not naïve. I am fully aware of the herculean task that lies ahead.

If being more pragmatic in this struggle to take our nation back means aligning with Mahathir and breathing new life into race and religious-based politics, then no thank you, I will hold on to my ideals.

One nation, one people, all equal.