Nasional has finally recovered from the shock of the March
8, 2008 general election. Okay, it took one month, but at
least they finally recovered, whatever it may be.
as the full results of the general election came in, I remarked
that the earthquake has hit Malaysia (some call it a Tsunami
but it was actually more than that). My wife, wise as she
always is, commented that the earthquake is not what brings
the building down. The aftershocks will. So wait for the aftershocks,
said my wife.
few days, we have been seeing the aftershocks and I told my
wife that she was right. Now we are seeing the real damage
of March 8, 2008. Again, in her wisdom, my wife remarked that
we are yet to see the full blast of the aftershocks. This
is only the quivering. The crash is yet to come. Wait for
it, she said, Aiyah, susahlah married to such
a smart wife.
Ahmad Badawi has been making his rounds to meet Umno and Barisan
Nasional leaders on the ground. On April 10, he was in Penang
and Kedah. Before that he went to Sarawak and Sabah. On April
11, he was in Johor. And currently, even as you read this,
he is in Selangor. And the message he received from the ground
is all the same. He has to personally take responsibility
for the general election debacle and must resign his post.
up north told Abdullah in no uncertain terms that he must
go and the government has to be handed over to his Deputy,
Najib Tun Razak, with Muhyiddin Yassin as the new Deputy.
Heavens! In that case I would rather have Khairy Jamaluddin
as Prime Minister. At least he is young, brilliant, and has
a vision for this country. I mean, if it is going to be just
replacing one Umno slimeball for another, then it might as
well be an Umno slimeball who has brains (unless we can kick
out Umno altogether and put the lovely Dr Wan Azizah as the
new Prime Minister).
Umno Johor told Abdullah that he has to go. There are no two
ways about it. Again, my wise wife said the night before that
Johor will be the real test for Abdullah. Johor is Umno's
kubu (fortress). If Umno Johor stands behind Abdullah,
then he has a good chance of fighting his detractors. But
if Umno Johor too turns on Abdullah, then he is finished.
April 11, Umno Johor told Abdullah that they want him to officially
announce his resignation. They left it to him when he will
do that. They gave him an ultimatum but did not insist on
a timeline. However, it should not be too long into the future.
That's it. Umno Johor has abandoned Abdullah. And, without
Johor, Abdullah is dead meat. There is no way he can continue
clinging onto power. Umno Johor wants him to openly declare
his exit plan with a succession plan attached.
is the true running dog of Umno. Sabah and Sarawak won
54 Parliament seats but they were offered only seven
Cabinet posts, five mere Deputy Ministers on top of
that. MCA, however, won only 15 Parliament seats but
they were given 13 Cabinet positions. Another two and
all the MCA Parliamentarians would be in the government.
the meantime, Umno and MCA have embarked on a psy-war campaign.
Gerakan and MIC are running around like headless chickens
and have yet to decide what to do. There is a good chance
Gerakan, together with a couple more Barisan Nasional component
members, might consider leaving the ruling coalition and join
Pakatan Rakyat. But talk is still ongoing and no decision
has been made yet. Gerakan, just like PPP and MIC, were practically
demolished in the recent general election so they really have
nothing to offer the opposition. At least MCA has 15 Parliament
seats - and that is half the 30 that Pakatan Rakyat needs
to form the new federal government.
back to Umno's and MCA's psy-war campaign. Umno is going around
telling the Malays that "Malay states have fallen to
Chinese governments". This is meant to play on the sentiments
and raise the anger of the Malays. Umno even went so far as
to say that the March 2008 general election is a repeat of
the May 1969 general election - so maybe a similar aftermath
of the May 1969 is required this time around as well.
why is Umno talking about May 1969 being the same as March
2008 and that the same aftermath is needed. Okay, this statement
may be veiled or disguised. But is it not dangerous to put
ideas like 'same as May 1969', 'same aftermath required',
and so on, into the heads of the Malays? Is all this 'same
as May 1969' talk aimed at provoking the Malays to rise or
is it meant to put fear into the hearts of the Chinese?
I thought this was merely meant to get the Malays to rise
up in anger. But then the Malays of today are not even close
to the Malays of the 1960s. So I did not think the instigation
would work. Then it came to me. All this loose talk is not
targeted at just the Malays. It is aimed at the Chinese as
well. And this convinced me even more when MCA started talking
Umno says will no longer work. They can talk about May 1969
and whatnot. But as long as it is the Malays who are doing
the talking, Malays tak peduli [do not care] and will
remain calm. But if it is the Chinese who whack the Malays,
in particular whack Islam, then that is another thing altogether.
That can make the Malays angry.
Nasional realises that Umno can keep talking but the Malays
will just turn a deaf ear. So now they are getting MCA to
do the talking. And MCA is touching on an issue worse than
race. They are talking about Islam. Religion is worse than
race. Religion can even make people of the same race kill
each other like in India, the UK, etc. So it would be more
effective to whack Islam than to raise the issue of race.
And if it is non-Muslims who whack Islam, then be ready
for blood on the streets.
is the true running dog of Umno. Sabah and Sarawak won 54
Parliament seats but they were offered only seven Cabinet
posts, five mere Deputy Ministers on top of that. MCA, however,
won only 15 Parliament seats but they were given 13 Cabinet
positions. Another two and all the MCA Parliamentarians would
be in the government. So MCA has almost as much to lose as
Umno and they would be very prepared to assist Umno in this
race-religious divide game just to protect their positions
in the government and to remain the deputy taiko (boss)
of Barisan Nasional.
for one, do not want a May 1969 'solution'. Most Malays,
if not all, don't as well.
we can see Umno's sins. We can see how Umno plays the race
card. We can see how Umno plays the dangerous game of racial
politics. But what we don't see is MCA also playing the more
dangerous game of Islam whacking.
is one thing Muslims will not tolerate is insults to their
religion. All you need to do is draw some cartoons of the
Prophet and millions of Muslims all over the world will kill
and burn. Hundreds of lives will be lost and hundreds of millions
worth of property destroyed. Religion is certainly more volatile
better get a grip on things. If Umno wants to talk about March
2008 being the same as May 1969, let them. Even if they want
to suggest that the same 'remedies' as May 1969 are needed
for March 2008, also let them. Malays can handle this. Malays
can remain calm. Malays will not bite the bait. But stay off
Islam. Whacking Islam is utmost dangerous. The Malays are
capable of losing their minds and will go berserk, as Muslims
all over the world have proven whenever their religion is
call the Malays irrational. Label Muslims as unreasonable.
Never mind. I will agree with all that and will not dispute
or rebut it. However, if you know all that, then why jolok
sarang tembuan? There is no reason to whack Islam. PAS
has already dropped the Islamic State issue. They have declared
it is no longer on the agenda. They have stopped talking about
it for four years now since the fiasco of the 2004 general
PAS needs to keep talking about Islam to their own supporters
to rebut what Umno is saying about them: that PAS has 'betrayed'
Islam. So let them talk to their own supporters or else Umno
will be 'proven' right and PAS' relevance will be questioned.
But MCA should not raise this as if an Islamic State equates
to a Pariah State, which they very well know will rub the
Malays the wrong way.
should speak up. The Chinese should tell MCA to shut the ****
up. The Chinese should tell MCA that they trust PAS and are
confident that PAS will not betray this trust. The Chinese
should scream at MCA and tell that party that fights for Chinese
rights that with a mere 23 seats in Parliament there is no
way PAS can turn this country into an Islamic State when even
Umno can't with almost 80 seats.
Umno can't get the Malays onto the streets. Umno can't trigger
a May 1969 'solution' to the March 2008 election. So now MCA
is trying to do that. Let us pray that these MCA agent provocateurs
rot in hell for seven generations. And if anything adverse
does happen, let us hang the MCA people
from the highest tree and leave their bodies to rot in the
for one, do not want a May 1969 'solution'. Most Malays, if
not all, don't as well. And we Malays curse those MCA Chinese
who are prepared to see this country burn and lives sacrificed
just so that they can win back ground they lost on March 8,
The above article was posted on www.malaysia-today.net (Your
source of independent news). Raja Petra Kamarudin started
the Malaysia Today website and his blog to facilitate open
discussion on Malaysia's political and social scenes. A relative
of a former Malaysian King from Selangor and known for his
hard-hitting commentaries, which are often infused with humour,
Raja Petra is also the author of When
Time Stood Still and From
Prince To Prisoner.
Other articles by Raja Petra:
Magic, Sheer Magic
Ku Li or Anwar? The Race Is On
The Countdown Begins
Between Reality And Perception
The Aftermath Of The 'Bloodbath'
Why We Are Voting Tomorrow
Guarding An Empty Field