As Mahathirism burns behind him, Mahathir attempts to save himself from himself.
Mahathirism in a nutshell:
…, 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. (The quotation appeared at a Chedet’s 2016 August page since removed.)
Next, the existential Malay as defined also by Mahathir Mohamad:
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.
But, because those words constitute Mahathirism, none of them is new — you’ll find the same ingredients of those thoughts in The Malay Dilemma, Mahathir’s pseudo sociological tract — although they constitute the prologue and the brick and mortar justification for Bersatu’s founding. (The Registrar of Societies says not to use the term Bersatu. But, then, they are just assholes reporting to the Thief.)
People probably think nothing of those lines; they seem all too self-evident. But reread them slowly then chew over their embedded ideas: Malay equals rural; Malay equals poor; (and especially these last two points) Malay equals Umno; and, Malay equals racism.
Those concepts, taken for granted for half a century and since Malaysia’s founding, are Mahathirism anchored in the existential meaning of the Malay (always rural, always poor and forever racist). They provide Malays their political raison d’etre (Umno and nothing but Umno). But, are they even true?
Forty, fifty years ago everybody, Lim Goh Tong and the Chinese included, was poor by today’s standards; and Malaya and early Malaysia was one of the richest Asian countries, second perhaps only to Japan. Statistically, therefore, the Malays would have been richer than even the Chinese because they are half the population and had all the plumb government jobs and own the land; most Chinese then had only their clothes on their backs.
In proclaiming these traits of the Malay, Mahathir, worse off than his tunneled, bigoted notions of Malays which has gone unchanged since The Malay Dilemma days, has actually proclaimed the failure of his economic and social objectives.
His failures prompt the question, if Mahathir had been wrong all along why is Bersatu even necessary? The party will simply mean, more of the same. Why should Umno be still around? It will only further ruin of what’s left of the Malays, a point of fact Mahathir attests to, both in words and deeds (Bersatu, Saving Malaysia), three generations after The Malay Dilemma.
Three consecutive Malay leaders — from Mahathir to Abdullah Badawi, and now Najib Razak — having failed cannot be a coincidence of bad luck. Mahathir and post-Mahathir had done nothing but prescribe the wrong treatment for a wrong diagnosis. That doctor doesn’t know what he has being doing and won’t admit it.
The only justification left for continuing this great farce is, Democracy — the Malays are the majority. Which, in Malaysia, and which Mahathir himself (along with nearly every Umno leader past and present) has conceded, is the majority of the “unsophisticated”, the “rural”, the “poor” and the “racial” minded (all Mahathir’s words). To Malays, if Hell is other people, the Chinese, then Democracy is the Malay, the stupid and the ignorant.
In the circumstance, Pakatan Harapan (PH) is but a new prescription for adhering to a wrong prognosis: instead of insulin, sugar transfusions for the cardiac patient. If Muhyiddin Yassin doesn’t want PH to move forward alone, yet, it isn’t because of PAS which, really, is nothing more than than an Umno in-foetus, rural, poor and ignorant, while Bersatu is nothing more than an Umno abortion, city, poor and equally ignorant.
It is because all three parties deliver the same treatment — Democracy — that good, even unpopular political leadership and wise guidance have not had a chance to rise up. Is it any wonder, therefore, a person like Zaid Ibrahim or PKR’s Rafizi Ramli, both supposedly more rational than most Malays, think of nothing but getting the Malay, rural, poor, unsophisticated, racial vote?
Such kind of opportunism simply means to let the rural, poor, unsophisticated, racial Melayu to dictate the future of Malaysia — and themselves of course. It’s identical to letting the rural, poor, unsophisticated, racial Melayu fix their cures for their own maladies.
Anwar Ibrahim, no matter the words he uses, justice and hope, is the embodiment of the Mahathirism he blames for causing Mahathirism. Khairuddin Abu Hassan (below) is smarter than all Malay leaders past and present stacked up, but that’s also the reason he is stuck where he is. The Malay politician, if he is to succeed individually, must first failed nationally. Najib is a classic case of this instance.
Think through, therefore, this truism in Mahathirism: To sustain its own purpose, Mahathirism is a serpent that has to devour its tail. In this circular, self-defeating piece of bogus philosophical junk, Umno and Malay interest are mutually exclusive so that in the party’s interests, the population it seeks to promote should not do well. The Malay do well is the end of Umno, and Bersatu would have no reason for being.
Enough with this farce. Time for the Malay to look elsewhere: The Chinese would like to put forward a revolutionary way, for the Melayu especially. Why? In is in the Chinese interests that the Malay do well.