| R.A.B.U - The final conflict in the Malay community - By Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
| Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Malaysiakini : “We call upon all Malaysians, irrespective of race, religion,
political situation, creed or parties, young and old, to join us in
saving Malaysia from the government headed by Najib Razak. We must rid
ourselves of Najib as prime minister. If he’s allowed to go on, the
damage will be worse and worse.” - Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Pakatan Harapan leader
COMMENT | To my Malay comrades,
old and new, this article is for you. I am not fishing for votes for
Pakatan Harapan. Indeed, this will be the only time I will do this. Never has the Umno hegemon been so afraid of losing political power.
They are doing everything possible to mute the voices of those who will
not submit to their power. This is not a political conflict the
non-Malays can prosecute on their own. No election will ever be. As the
years go by, the window of opportunity will close until the light of
democracy can no longer seep through and we Malaysians will eventually
be consumed in the darkness that fascism brings. You know what I speak
DAP’s Liew Chin Tong proclamation that GE14 is our final battle
is slightly queer. Shouldn’t that be “war”? After all, a “battle”
implies a continuation of hostilities until a “war” which defines an outcome. So is this the final battle before the war? I realise when opposition MPs talk about “wars” in the political
sense, the Umno hegemon will be up in arms – maybe literally – and there
would be this nonsense about a Chinese MP warring with the placid Malay
community. Claiming that a political party will defend Putrajaya with
the last drop of their blood, brandishing the “keris’” around and
claiming enslavement of the Malay community if they lose this “war” with
DAP, is the province of Umno.
Since I too am bound by certain imposed norms, instead of “final
battle”, I will say “final conflict", which implies finality and which I
assume was what Chin Tong was going for. However, this is not “our”
final battle. This is the final conflict within the Malay community.
This GE will once and for all determine if the Malay community will
reject Umno and embrace a two-party system or continue supporting the
Umno hegemon when the other two communities have abandoned BN.
The stakes are much higher than merely living in a kleptocracy and
systemic inequality. If the opposition loses this fight and depending
how badly they lose, we would be bereft of any kind of sustained
opposition against the Umno hegemon. Malay opposition power structures
have to win at least one state and preferably as a dominant political
party, to ensure the survival of the opposition as a credible threat to
Umno. If the Malay community does not endorse through the ballot box
alternate Malay power structures in the Malaysian political system, what
could happen if the opposition loses is the DAP could be the last party
standing surrounded by either a weak coalition of Malay powerbrokers or
worse, a resurgent Umno.
Read it all here............
|posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 9:13 PM