Malay emancipation, Tariq Ismail (above).
It isn’t the Chinese you need to convince about the goodness of Bersatu; it ain’t our problem, you see. It is Mahathir who needs convincing.
Mahathir Mohamad’s justification for creating the party Bersatu to mirror Umno rests primarily on this, below: (They were, of course, some noble reasons but put those aside because they are only incidental to capturing votes.)
If the new party is to compete with UMNO, it must give the people in the rural constituencies and the unsophisticated urban constituencies the kind of comfort associated with UMNO’s kind of racism.
In that answer, Mahathir is saying, in essence, racism has its uses in Malaysia; the means to a bigger cause.
Grant him the plausibility of his mission, here is one of a thousand questions: when will Bersatu, to press home a point in its racism, sub-contract some members to turn up in Petaling Street and demand to burn alive some Chinese?
That isn’t some hypothetical question. The answer has been, in point of fact, been provided by Mahathir already: when the Malay ‘well-being’ is considered threatened by Chinese. Here, from Mahathir:
For the rural people who largely are poor, race is not only important but they believe is essential for their well-being. UMNO’s popularity is because it is a racial party.
Which is somewhat a strange argument from a man of science: being poor or, rural poverty, is racism’s equivalent. Mahathir had made the same argument about the NEP.
Mahathir wants a quick, short-cut way to depose Najib and is willing to adopt Umno’s methods. For the rest of the country, there is no need to worry how far he’d go or the extent to which he would use the Chinese. That’s a given; he will at some point or other. (But then he hasn’t many years left.)
Mahathir is simply not willing to first change the Malays — Tariq Ismail’s Malay emancipation — who keep crooks in power. He has no time for that. He wants first to depose the thieves and, after that, let’s talk. Which, in turn, raises some underlying issues the man was willing to ignore:
- (a) Is it truly, truly, genuinely for Malays, that is, their ‘well-being’, Mahathir wants Najib out?
- (b) The Malays will be perpetually fooled unless Bersatu steps in?
What kind of a Malay population has Umno raised the last 60 years during which Mahathir was responsible for a third of the duration. Why can’t they reason? Will they be eternally stupid? Can’t they read and think?
More important than those answers are the exposures made by and revelations contained within Mahathir’s justifications. His views of Malays haven’t changed, not since the last 40, 50 years: They are just a dumb ass lot. You need to trick them into doing them a turn of good.
This, not coincidentally, is also how PKR’s Rafizi Ramli and Wong Chen also see the Malays. Remember Rafizi’s 30 percent and growing by the day Malays? Strange, contradictory answers one get from politicians these days.
Sigh…. Mahathir has just made deposing Najib a pure Melayu problem. Tariq! Step aside.
Perhaps if Tariq would give the poor, stupid Malays something to read other than Utusan, it might be a beginning to emancipation. Just ask those Chinese chefs below.