Malaysian Chinese these days seem to have woken up from their dormant political sleep and now are putting their electoral bet onto the Pakatan ship. They believe that Pakatan will be a viable alternative to Barisan Nasional (The National Front of many race based parties) that has been taking care of them for 50 years. The BN seems to be pushing very hard to get the Chinese votes but so far with not much of a success. Many of my Chinese friends are still not convinced with what has been done by the Barisan Nasional government which they say is merely slogans. In the previous election, almost 60 % of the Malaysian Chinese voters had voted for the opposition. Hence, these days in view of the coming general election , the Barisan government has been pandering the Chinese all out to regain their trusts. The pillars of these changes are the 1 Malaysia concept and the New Economic Model with less emphasis on the affirmative actions for the Bumiputeras. However, I believe that the steps taken by Najib will not work out to his expectations .
|The Chinese ; Block voting?|
Ah Jib Gor will not get the Chinese votes because they have already decided on voting the Pakatan, the alternative ship. Whatever reforms that are being implemented will not be trusted by the Malaysian Chinese. They already have decided who they would like to vote for. This is especially true of the Chinese in urban areas like in those in the states of Penang, Selangor and Perak. However, in the mainly Malay states most of the Chinese would stay with their BN cousins. For the other Chinese voters , it is very much like block voting. Their ultimate intent is to get rid of the present Constitution that states explicitly the privileges accorded to the Bumiputeras. These special articles in the Consitution are in consideration of the Malays accepting more than a million Chinese from China who resided in Tanah Melayu as Malaysian citizens.
Most of the Chinese will not vote for BN because they have been indoctrinated with elements of "Chineseness" via their Chinese schools and their Chinese newspapers. All these medium are fighting all out for so called Chinese survival in all things that they do in Malaysia. All reportings, analyses , educational perspectives would be looked upon from the Chinese perspective in the sense of how it affects the Chinese community. They will never look through using the frame of the 1 Malaysia concept. They will never see themselves from the Malaysian angle/prism. That's how bad the polarization is in Malaysia. This polarization is aggravated and propagated by the racist Chinese parties especially the DAP which is known for its anti Malay and anti Islam stance. This party is continually inciting and sowing Chinese hatred towards the Barisan Nasional government and the Malays.
Ah Jib Gor will not get the vote because the Chinese have no love for Malays and everything that is related to the Malays. To them a Malay run party is not worth voting for . They will only vote for a party that is run or at least controlled by them from behind the scene. It is their culture . They don't trust other people. Just look at their education agenda. They only send their children to Chinese schools that are run and totally controlled by the Chinese. They don't trust their children from being taught by the Malays. They only buy from Chinese companies. Some of my Malay friend shop owners once told me that in two decades of selling things they have only come into contact with a handful Chinese customers. The Chinese only keep their monies in Chinese banks and in Chinese dominated Singapore especially OCBC which is managed by the Chinese . They don't buy Gardenia breads because the floor is sold by a Malay entrepreneur. They only buy breads from Chinese bread companies. They don't buy Protons because its enginered by Malays and most of the vendors are Malays. In short, they will only buy from the Chinese. Just consider the economic implications to the Chinese businessman if the Malays decide that they only buy from the Malays. Now tell me who is more racist?
In short, my suggestion to Ah Jib Gor and his cronies is to consider pandering the Chinese because they will not give the votes that you want. What you have done is to actually make your political base angry at you for neglecting them. The Malays now are at a loss. They have lost their protectors. They now look upon at Perkasa to protect them but unfortunately is headed by a clown. If BN were to lose this coming election, it is not because the Chinese did not give the votes but the BN has lost the Malay votes.