Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Why Chinese Voted Pakatan Rakyat/ Why Chinese reject UMNO

The 13th General Election has just ended. The result is clear . BN has won and Pakatan should accept the  result. They of course refuse to concede the defeat. I think this is Anwar Ibrahim's strategy to stay relevant as the icon and the so called savior  for the opposition especially the Chinese ardent supporters. Anwar is a shrewd political animal who would do anything to achieve his goal to be the Prime Minister of Malaysia.One of the the ramifications of the recent general election is what  Najib Razak Prime Minister of Malaysia called the 'Chinese Tsunami'. The Chinese en bloc have voted for the opposition in absolute terms. In most places in the states of Selangor and Penang the political parties in  BN got less than 5 % of the Chinese votes. This includes Chinese based parties like MCA and GERAKAN. Why did the Malaysian Chinese give their overwhelming votes to Pakatan Rakyat? This is my take on the Chinese  block  voting patterns.

An oppostion member's attitude
I feel that the Chinese believed that  they could "Ubah" or change the present government that has been  under UMNO via Barisan Nasional for more than 5 decades. They thought they got total support from the majority.They believed with the support of PAS (Islamic based party) who constitute millions of Malay supporters and the PKR (Justice party) where there are also large majority of Malays, they could wrestle Putrajaya. They thought everyone was in the bandwagon to go along with the 'UBAH' concept. They talked to practically everyone that they knew in the states of Selangor and Penang and that they only came across supporters of Pakatan. It was really difficult to find vociferous Barisan supporters in this election. Most of them were timid and inconspicuous.  The Barisan supporters were outnumbered and outclassed in those states . Because of this,their (the Chinese)  confidence level was at all time high of winning the election. But the silent majority (read the Malays) have proved them wrong. The Malays and other Bumiputeras did not buy the UBAH concept. They- the Chinese- can 'ubah' or change but not through the so called Malaysian Spring. It can only be done gradually with the consent of the Malays. "Ini kalilah" which is the opposition tagline did not materialize.

Ini kalilah-The Oppostion tagline

The Chinese were also swayed by the news and the strong support they got  from  the alternative media such as the Facebook, Twitter , Blogs and Instangram. This new media were swarmed by Pakatan supporters to the extent that a person who supported Barisan Nasional would be lynched virtually by the members of the DAP or the Red Bean Army and supporters of Pakatan in the cyber world. One good example was the case of Michelle Yeoh who was totally decimated by the supporters of DAP. She was targeted mercilessly because she supported Barisan Nasional.The Barisan Nasional so called cyber troopers if they were any  were totally defeated in the cyber warfare. They were outnumbered and outgunned and looked pretty disorganized.  They just could not answer back the barrage of accusations made by the DAP cyber troopers and opposition politicians.Any BN members who were against the opposition 'Ubah' concept were shot down in cold blood in the cyberwarfare. However, the Chinese  forgot that the traditional media also play an important role as the veterans or the rural Malays staying in the rural areas like Sabah and Sarawak  do not have Internet access that is  as good as those in the urban areas.They di not buy th econcept and they did not believe in the 'Ubah' notion-at least not in the near future. The outcome of the election was clear. Barisan Nasional won.

The Chinese were also taken a ride by Anwar Ibrahim. Anwar Ibrahim is a amazing charmer. Among the Chinese he would please the Chinese with promises and pledges that were sweet to them especially the ones related to the special rights accorded to the Malays in the Federal Constitution. He promised them equal rights in his attractive manifestos.With the Indians he would charm them with more sweet promises and more pledges that he would help the Indian community. In sarong and Baju Melayu and in typical Malay slang and accent Anwar Ibrahim reaffirms the Malay rights and the promise of better future for the Malay community. He is like a chameleon in the political world.The Chinese especially bought Anwar's promises. They were also tired of the perceived  piece meal support given by the Barisan Nasional. They forgot that the Chinese control the economy. They forgot that they have their Chinese vernacular schools and given billions of dollars to maintain Chinese education. They forgot that they have government funded Chinese universities and colleges. They forgot that Chinese students got 40% of the JPA scholarships. They virtually control the private education in the country. They forgot that thousands of the Chinese students got scholarships to study overseas.The Chinese also control most of the businesses in Malaysia. Most of the big bungalows and expensive homes in Malaysia  are actually owned by Malaysian Chinese. Their control of the business world is so comprehensive that I could not even  mention one piece of product that has a total Malay control. Do you believe it that even the items for "Persandingan"- a Malay wedding ceremony are sold by the Chinese. The Malays actually have nothing.

Young Malaysian Chinese
The Chinese also bought the idea by the DAP that the Malays got everything and the Chinese got nothing.  DAP managed to create so much of hatred towards the Malays and UMNO. The Chinese were brainwashed that the Chinese pay all the income taxes and the Malays pay nothing.They were also made to believe that the Malaysian Chinese were sidetracked and did not receive any help from the government  The young Chinese especially were indoctrinated by their parents and by their Chinese education that the Malays were stupid and the smart Chinese were refused help by the Barisan Nasional government  In this election , Najib stoop so low as to impress upon the Chinese that the government supported the Chinese but they just whacked him in the election.  Pity Najib or Ah jib Gor as he is known by his Chinese name was knocked out.The DAP  has made them believe that they got nothing and the Malays have everything. See how reality is perception based.

The government must make known to the Chinese voters that the' UBAH' concept does not work without the support of the Malays. Affirmative actions must not only continue but must be accelerated. Malays and Bumiputeras must be helped. The Chinese poor must also be helped. But the government support must be waned gradually. The Bumiputeras must be told that the help will not be run in perpetuity. There must be a time frame. Once reliable data shows that the Malays are strong economically then the 'UBAH' concept could be introduced. But "bukan kali ini". May be in 30 years time.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As a non-Chinese. I just want to say that you are living in a fantasy of your own making.