been attending quite a few Umno (United Malays National Organisation)
brainstorm sessions, organised for the specific purpose of
conducting a postmortem on the March 8, 2008 Malaysian general
elections. Of course, not all were open forums like the Hotel
Singgahsana and Holiday Villa ones. Many were closed-door
sessions. Nevertheless, there is no such thing as 'closed-door'
to Malaysia Today. We not only have our tentacles in the meeting
rooms and boardrooms but in the bedrooms as well.
one closed-door session chaired by Muhammad son of Muhammad,
the 'expired' politician who managed to convince an Australian
court that he speekee no Ingleesh, and handpicked by Prime
Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to head the 'Grab Back Selangor
from the Opposition' campaign, came to the conclusion that
Malaysia Today was a contributing factor in Barisan Nasional's
should they do about it? The Vice-Youth Chief of Umno PJ Utara
came out with the perfect solution. "Arrest Raja Petra!"
do these 'highly-educated' Umno people want me arrested? Because
the voters exercised their democratic right in a general election.
It seems it is a crime for the voters to vote for any other
than Umno and Barisan Nasional. Why then hold the elections?
Why not Umno and Barisan Nasional just abolish the elections
and the government rule perpetually? Then no crime can be
committed because no one would then be able to vote and therefore
they will not be able to vote against Umno and Barisan Nasional.
not occurred to these Melayu Baru that not only is voting
your right but voting for whomsoever you like is also your
right? There has been no crime committed here. So why must
I be arrested when what the voters did was merely to exercise
their democratic right as enshrined in the Federal Constitution
of Malaysia? Read the Constitution properly. It says that
elections will be held after three years and before five years
from the last election and all eligible citizens may register
as voters and exercise their right to vote. It does not say
anywhere in the Constitution that the voters must vote for
Umno or Barisan Nasional.
said, education is wasted on these Melayu Baru from Umno and
the Chinese and Indians should thank Umno for the biased New
Economic Policy and the manipulation of racial quotas in local
universities. I, for one, do not wish for my children or grandchildren
to receive a local university education if the end product
would be graduates with the narrow and outdated mentality
of the likes of these Umno Melayu Baru.
back to the Umno brainstorm sessions I attended. The latest
one was on April 26 at the Holiday Villa in Subang and the
guest of honour was Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah. First of all,
Muhammad son of Muhammad instructed the Umno branch and division
heads and committee members to boycott the event, so the hall
was not full in spite of it being quite a small hall (they
actually announced this in the gathering). Most of the key
people were absent save for those such as Tamrin Ghaffar,
Mazlan Harun, Fahmi Ibrahim, Kadar Shah, etc. - who most of
you have probably never heard of. I would not go so far as
to classify them as 'expired goods' but they would certainly
not be in the same league as the powerbrokers, kingpins and
Lumpur... can still be controlled through Dewan Bandaraya,
the Datuk Bandar, the Minister of Federal Territory,
etc. This means, even if all the seats in Kuala Lumpur
fall to the opposition, the government will still be
able to retain control - like what is happening now
even though 10 out of 11 seats are under opposition
theme of the entire session was that the Malays have lost
political power. In 2004 there were 119 Malay Members of Parliament
if the number of seats that Umno and PAS won are combined.
This time around the number of Malay Parliamentarians was
reduced to 101. They very cleverly left out the 20 Malay Members
of Parliament from PKR which would bring the 2008 total to
121, which is higher than in 2004.
Umno considers PAS a Malay party. Therefore the 23 PAS Parliamentarians
are included in the head count - while PKR is considered a
Chinese-Indian party so the 20 Malay Parliamentarians from
PKR are considered 'non-Malays'. Anyway, the bottom-line is:
there was an increase in Malay Members of Parliament this
time around, so this 'Malays have lost their political power'
argument is an outright lie. The figures speak for themselves.
We have more Malay Parliamentarians now than in 2004. Period.
it really matter what race these Members of Parliament are?
What is important is that they do their job, serve the people,
and run this country well. I would rather have a sincere,
dedicated, honest, hardworking, and God-fearing Chinese, Indian,
Christian, Hindu, Buddhist Wakil Rakyat than a slimeball,
scumbag, crooked, hypocritical, manipulative, Malay-Muslim
whose sole purpose in life is to cheat, rob, rape, plunder
and murder people who get in their way and interfere with
And is this not what we have witnessed over 50 years, in particular
the last 40 years or so since they ousted the perfect Malay
gentleman called Tunku Abdul Rahman?
on the subject of the Tunku, allow me to talk about what was
revealed at the session in Holiday Villa. Other than Tengku
Razaleigh, who read out his speech from a prepared text, the
other two speakers were Mazlan Harun and Fahmi Ibrahim. Mazlan
is the son of the infamous Datuk Harun Idris, the engineer
and architect of the equally infamous 'May 13' race riots
in 1969. Fahmi Ibrahim was Datuk Harun's political secretary.
had a very strange way of introducing Tengku Razaleigh. The
MC, who spoke too much and spoke more than what he should,
introduced Tengku Razaleigh as a very short man and short
men, said the MC, are known to be very smart. Now, what has
a man's height got to do with how smart he is? Next, the MC
said that Tengku Razaleigh may be considered too old at 71,
but that does not mean he still does not have a few good years
left in him.
now, [Umno is] conducting postmortems all over the country
to figure out what went wrong. But what they are saying
gives an impression that they do not yet have their
fingers on the pulse... And they keep reflecting on
May 1969 when, according to them, the same thing happened.
But they had solved the problem in 1969. How come, now,
the problem has cropped up again, after almost 40 years
or one generation?
Ibrahim then spoke about how the Malays once lost political
power in 1969 and Tun Razak, who had ousted the Tunku and
had taken over as Prime Minister, summoned Datuk Harun and
told him to come out with a plan on how the Malays can grab
back political power and prevent this fiasco ever happening
decided that the only way to grab back Selangor and ensure
that Selangor remains in Malay hands would be to isolate the
non-Malays. And this would be done by kicking out Kuala Lumpur
from Selangor and then by creating a new 'Malay city' called
Shah Alam. They sat down to redraw the Kuala Lumpur boundary
and two weeks later they submitted the new Kuala Lumpur master
plan to Tun Razak.
government then annexed Kuala Lumpur and, in the same process,
the non-Malays were 'kicked out' of Selangor. Shah Alam was
then developed and flooded with Malays to dilute whatever
non-Malays left in Selangor. In fact, constituencies like
Bangsar-Brickfields in Kuala Lumpur, which had a majority
Chinese-Indian population and which the opposition always
won, were also diluted when Malay areas like Pantai, Sungai
Pancala (near Kepong), Segambut Dalam (near Jalan Ipoh) and
Kampong Pasir (in Old Kelang Road), were merged with Bangsar-Brickfields
to become Lembah Pantai.
lamented Fahmi Ibrahim, the Malays are also voting opposition,
so these 'Malay-majority' areas have fallen to the opposition.
This plan works well when the non-Malays vote opposition while
the Malays vote government. But when the Malays also vote
opposition then the result would be like what we saw on March
'masterminds' appear lost. They faced this same problem in
1969 and they solved it then by redrawing the constituencies
so that there would be no non-Malay majority areas. And where
they can't do much, like in Kuala Lumpur, they then remove
Kuala Lumpur from Selangor. Selangor would then remain in
Malay hands while Kuala Lumpur, which will fall into the hands
of the non-Malays, can still be controlled through Dewan Bandaraya,
the Datuk Bandar, the Minister of Federal Territory, etc.
This means, even if all the seats in Kuala Lumpur fall to
the opposition, the government will still be able to retain
control - like what is happening now even though 10 out of
11 seats are under opposition control.
tries to sabotage the five opposition-led state governments
by squeezing their finances so that the states can be
brought to the brink of bankruptcy... And the more Umno
"steals" the five states' money, the deeper the hole
becomes with which we can bury Umno for eternity.
revelation of Fahmi Ibrahim was that the late Agong, who was
then the Sultan of Selangor, cried as he signed over Kuala
Lumpur to the federal government. This is actually true and
most Malaysians saw this live on TV. The Sultan was terribly
unhappy at having to hand over a big chunk of very valuable
Selangor territory to the federal government. But there was
really nothing much His Majesty could do.
The federal government of Tun Razak and the Selangor State
Government of Datuk Harun wanted to get rid of Kuala Lumpur
so that Selangor could be 'saved'. Almost 40 years on and
they have discovered, much to their horror, that this plan
worked for only one generation. One generation later and this
senjata sudah makan tuan (translation: "the weapon
has turned on its owner").
they are conducting postmortems all over the country to figure
out what went wrong. But what they are saying gives an impression
that they do not yet have their fingers on the pulse. They
are going around in circles like headless chickens trying
to figure out what to do. And they keep reflecting on May
1969 when, according to them, the same thing happened. But
they had solved the problem in 1969. How come, now, the problem
has cropped up again, after almost 40 years or one generation?
that is how Umno does its postmortems and how it is taking
corrective measures to restore the 'lost Malay political power'.
And Hishammuddin Hussein 'apologises' that the Chinese misunderstood
his keris drama when he was only demonstrating 'Malay culture'
and which the Chinese should get used to because it may happen
again in December this year.
And Umno talks about how to grab back the 'Malay states lost
to Chinese hands' like how it happened once before in 1969.
And Umno tries to sabotage the five opposition-led state governments
by squeezing their finances so that the states can be brought
to the brink of bankruptcy.
the more Umno talks, the more damage they create. And the
more Umno "steals" the five states' money, the deeper the hole
becomes with which we can bury Umno for eternity. Keep talking,
Umno. Keep sabotaging the five states. But don't forget to
also look out the window at the very severe economic Tsunami,
the extremely high inflation, and the serious food shortage
that is coming fast to our shores.
By the time Umno wakes up it will be like the morning after
Boxing Day when the Tsunami hit this region. There will be
nothing left to save amongst those thousands of bodies floating
in the flooded fields and rivers. By then it will not matter
who is running this country because there may not be any country
left to run. And when that happens, the new four-letter word
on every Malaysian's lips will be U-M-N-O.
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:
Running Dog Running Scared
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