Kit Siang may still be opposed to the Malay Special Privileges

TTF: Mahadzir is right (see news item below)

The DAP is hell bent on realising an ideological brand widely associated with the late Lee Kuan Yew, the former Prime Minister of Singapore. Back when the island republic was a part of Malaysia, Lee used Malaysian Malaysia as the PAP’s rallying cry when seeking the removal of Malay Special Privileges and the official status accorded by the Reid Commission to Bahasa Melayu, a major language of the Austronesian family.

And that’s no joke.

And neither is this – Kit Siang had, on numerous occasions, voiced his contempt against the use of Bahasa Melayu as the national language. In 1968, he referred to the move as being racist and chauvinistic, a reference that cost him the ire of both the Malays and the Aristocratic Institution. These statements and others like them added fuel to the flame of dissent that was threatening to precipitate bloodshed in Kuala Lumpur.

Then, it happened.

 On may the 13th of May 1969, the Reid Commission’s multiracial experiment exploded right in the faces of city dwellers as the Chinese led incendiary and boisterous processions downtown Kuala Lumpur. A large number of rural Malays from vicinal areas thronged the streets as news broke out that a Malay couple exiting a local cinema had been slaughtered.

And the rest, as they say, is history. 

Now, I’m not saying that Kit Siang was entirely responsible for what happened. Quite the opposite, May 13th had every bit of Dr Mahathir Mohamad written to it as did the Mona Lisa, Leonardo Da Vinci. What I am saying, though, is that the senior Lim is today sharing a bed with the very Mahathir who stood by with arms folded as a team of rural Malays signed a pact with death before rushing to the streets of Kuala Lumpur to slaughter the Chinese.

And Mahathir did what he did out of frustration that the Chinese supported the DAP’s Malaysian Malaysia concept. The former premier was known to have stood up in parliament back when Singapore was part of Malaysia to censure the late Kuan Yew for dilly dallying the approval of Bahasa Melayu as Singapore’s official language.

He added;

“They (Singaporean Chinese) have never known Malay rule and cannot bear the idea that the people they have so long kept under their heels should now be in a position to rule them.”

Kuan Yew was then at the height of his “Malaysian Malaysia” campaign and kept questioning the “Malay Special Privileges” provision within the Federal Constitution. Yet, this man (Mahatir) today leads a coalition that seems to support the very ideals of a concept he so vehemently opposed back in the sixties. And the ‘beauty’ of it all is this – Kit Siang has never once declared that the DAP no longer aspired to do away with the Malay Special Privileges and the official status accorded to Bahasa Melayu.

Now do you understand why Mahadzir spoke the truth?

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PADANG TERAP: Pakatan Harapan, (PH) led by DAP, will use numerous ways to achieve its aim of realising the Malaysian Malaysia Concept it championed all these while.

Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said that because of this, the DAP was willing to make a big sacrifice by using the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) logo in the 14th General Election (GE14) despite criticisms from some DAP members at the grassroots.

“In order to achieve its Malaysian Malaysia Concept, I see the DAP will use whatever way to enable the Malays to support the idea that DAP brings which is based on a level playing field.

“In fact, we have seen many Malay leaders have been deceived by the DAP which is hell-bent on achieving the idea,” he said at the opening of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Lubuk Merbau’s Seri Merbau Hall, here today.

He however believed the Malays and Bumiputeras had come to realise the party’s drama and would not support the party that would undermine the rights of the Malays and Islam.

In Kota Baru, PAS vice-president Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah said DAP had succeeded in using PKR to get Malay votes by using the PKR logo by PH in GE14.

He said although the use of the logo gave PKR an advantage as it was seen as if the other parties had to bow to PKR, on the other hand it would merely profited DAP.

“Actually, PKR is used as a tool by the DAP to win the Malay voters, which means DAP is riding on PKR,” he said when met by reporters at an event at Dewan Bunga Teratai, Kota Darul Naim complex here today.

Last Tuesday, DAP organising secretary Anthony Loke Siew Fook was reported as saying that the party had agreed to use the PKR logo in GE14 to win more Malay community votes.

Mohd Amar said that he called on the Malay community not to be deceived by the strategies used by the opposition who only aimed to pull the wool over their eyes.

In Maran, the decision of PH to use the PKR logo in GE14 was only intended to hoodwink the voters especially from rural areas.

State Women and Family Development, Communications and Multimedia Committee chairman Datuk Seri Shahaniza Shamsuddin said the action was also to attract Malay votes as, DAP, one of the PH components, was not well-received by the Malay community.

“DAP will be rejected by Malay voters in rural and Felda areas, so this time they see the opportunity to use the PKR logo as a way for them to win Malay votes, especially in the interior.

“I hope the voters in rural areas as well as Felda schemes will not be deceived by the tactics that the pact uses as it will ultimately benefit only one party,” he said.

Shahaniza, who is also Maran Umno Division deputy chief, said this to reporters after launching the 2018 Pahang level International Women’s Day celebration at Felda Jengka 3 Semai Bakti Hall here today.

She added that the opposition’s actions also showed that they could not imitate the way the Barisan Nasional (BN) could reach an understanding on the use of flags and logos despite having many component parties.

On Saturday, PH chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced they would use the PKR logo at GE14 on May 9.

Source: The Malay Mail Online

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