Bersih 5 should be a 'Malay-sian tsunami' by Commander (Rtd) S THAYAPARAN Royal Malaysian Navy
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Malaysiakini“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
- John F Kennedy, remarks on the first anniversary of the Alliance for Progress, March 13, 1962.
COMMENT Non-Malay friends of
mine, those disinterested in the state of the country but claim to vote
opposition, tell me that the important thing for non-Malays to do is to
work the system and most importantly, profit from it. Malaysia, they
say, is a great country to live in - stable, sheltered from natural
disasters - so what if the government is corrupt? It is like this
everywhere, they say.
Umno, meanwhile, does it best with its outsourced thugs to push a
hegemonic and racist agenda to maintain a ‘social contract’ that has
brought stability and wealth to a specific middle class, while
subjugating the majority of the Malay polity into subservience to Umno
through Islam. Nowhere is apathy embraced as a legitimate lifestyle choice and as a
means to deflect from issues beyond pecuniary self-interest.
Malays friends of mine - former diplomats, civil servants and
military officers - bemoan the fact that “Malay” leadership has devolved
into a quagmire of corruption and racism, our public institutions the
public face of “Malay superiority” and safety nets for a “Malay”
subclass, there to prop up a corrupt regime.
In my piece
urging the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak - with
apologies to the inspector-general of police (IGP) for my
perceived wanton law-breaking - I acknowledged that resignation is the
last thing this Umno potentate would consider. Why would he? Regional media reported that it was business as usual
for Najib, a day after the US Department of Justice (DOJ) made its
announcement to seize US$1 billion in assets bought with ‘stolen money’
from 1MDB -
“The message was clear: the premier is focused on matters at
home, especially the economy, as he seeks to preserve support among his
ruling party’s base of ethnic Malays, many of them in rural areas. One
of his pit stops on Thursday was a speech to employees of a government
agency that is tasked with helping thousands of smallholder farmers.”
The IGP also reminded Malaysians that any form of popular dissent would be sanctioned
because “We will not allow it because there is a way to ask the prime
minister to step down as stipulated in the law,” even though as Bersih
chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah points out no rally has been confirmed,