Everyone is free to criticize any party. DAP is no exception. DAP will readily acknowledge that it is a party far from perfect. UMNO cyber troopers can throw all the invectives but if the criticisms do not extend beyond one- liners, that will only reveal their shallowness. That which is written trivially, shall not be taken seriously.
The barrage of xenophobic responses hurled recently at the DAP’s election of CEC is a case in point. The morbidity of the criticisms can only indicate extreme paranoia at insisting that Malays must be elected into the CEC. As a Malay, you have a birthright to earn a place on the CEC? As a Malay DAP member, I don’t subscribe to the view that one must be elected because one has a certain status. Rights are earned not given.
That is precisely the idea behind the recent comments by a leader of a Malay business organization who said that DAP is a threat to Malay business. How is that so? A system that actually helps the powerless and the voiceless Malay businessmen is said to be a threat to Malay business? Which kind of Malay business? The kind that Izzat Emir is accustomed to? The system that allows shortcuts and establish a reward system that enriches people who don’t have to work? A system that favors people like Izzat Emir who has cables and political connections? That is precisely the system spawned by UMNO which have inbuilt mechanisms that favor the rich, powerful and the connected.
If the delegates found candidates not yet deserving, so be it. Maybe they need more time to adjust to the thinking that DAP is not just an opposition party but it can be a partner in the federal government. Sophisticated thinking requires a little more time. Getting DAP becoming a multiracial party where Malays can deservedly participate is a work in progress. It cannot derail the belief that DAP is the best platform to talk about good governance, getting rid of the rotten system that has turned Malays into small children.
Compared to the failure of Malays getting into the CEC, these are more important issues. To respond to the irrational screams of UMNO cyber troopers is unnecessary. We will continue convincing Malays to embrace the struggles of the DAP because they serve the interest of all. DAP has establish itself as a strategic component in PR that is capable of annihilating MCA.
We can talk about the issues troubling our country- the economy, corruption, abuse of power, betrayal of Malays, ruinous economic policies. That will all pale in comparison to the overriding concern of Malays- will they be all right?
They want to know what if UMNO lose? Will they be protected? Will their religion be safe? Will the monarchy remain? Will they still get help where help is needed?
The question is better answered if it were asked this way: what will the Malays gained if we kick out UMNO? We get liberty and self-respect. We celebrate our freedom from mental bondage- the most vicious being told for the last 55 years, without UMNO Malays are doomed. That has allowed a band of thieves to plunder this country and made themselves rich on the backs of millions frightened into believing that UMNO equals God in dispensing glad tidings.
Why it is that Malays must associate themselves with UMNO for their survival? UMNO isn’t the voice for Malays anymore. It has lost legitimacy. It only got 2 million votes from the 5.7 million Malay votes in 2008? So don’t go around shamelessly claiming you still speak for the Malays.
In an attempt to sooth wounded price, UMNO people rationalized that the votes in 2008 were protest votes. Sure they come back one.
How big were the protest votes? 10%? If 10pct then, from the 3.7 million voters, UMNO can recover 370,000 voters with their open bribery, giving out of BR1M, on off payments to ex-servicemen, 1.5 month bonus to the 1.4 million civil servants and so forth.
Why do we say 370,000? Look at the Bersih [protestors. How big was the crowd? 400,000? Those were protestors. Their number is representative of protestors. Then it can be inferred that the probable size of protest voters in 2008, was around 350,000. If that is the amount, then there are still 3.33 million voters still with Pakatan.
These 3.33 million voters are of a different nature. The voters who chose Pakatan out of conviction and beliefs are not easily re-bought by UMNO. UMNO can kiss goodbye to these people. That still leaves the majority of Malays with PR.
Because they know, associating with UMNO for their survival is absolute rubbish unless you are a paraplegic. Then you have to depend on UMNO for your daily routines.
They first thing they will lose is a corrupt government where almost all the ministers are millionaires. The UMNO government has sold out on the Malays. When we got independence in 1957, the British left us with 3 million hectares of Malay reserve land. Over the years, the UMNO government has parceled out Malay reserve lands to their Chinese friends and towkays. Yes, UMNO is selling out land to the Chinese. In the 1990s only about 1.7 million hectares of Malay reserve land were left.
UMNO is selling out almost 40,000 acres of land in Bentong to Vincent Tan and his group, is selling out assets to YTL. UMNO has sold not only Malay reserve land but also other assets to its cronies and towkays. YTL got prized land tracts in Sentul belonging to KTM in exchange for building roads and elevated roads? The government cannot do these? Land in Tioman, in Langkawai and in Selangor was sold off by UMNO government. The Malay government has betrayed the majority Malays.
We lose nothing if UMNO loses. We are getting rid of a bad sore that has latched on to our body for too long.