The above question has been asked and demands an answer. I, as a Malay, will answer as I believe that Tun Mahathir, at this late stage of our struggle to rid “ALL MALAYSIAN NOT JUST THE MALAYS” of this odious, corrupt and lying najib, has more pressing matters to attend to.
I am a Malay and I am not a racists. I know many other Malays – my acquaintances, my friends, those who read what I write and my peers….all Malays…all of them not racists. To paint all Malays as racists pains too many other Malays who are otherwise. I will admit that when I first came across that condemnation “the racist thump of the Malays” I was more angered than sad, more insulted than surprised that there are among my friends those who thinks in that manner and certainly was about to lash out in anger that anyone would be so unthinking as to use that phrase “the racist thump of the Malays”….but reason got the better of me.
Let me begin by stating a known fact.
Whom the Malays decide will govern them will also govern Malaysia. Demographically the Malays rule. Does it not stand to reason that any politicians worth their salt will want to secure the Malay votes first! How then do you secure that massive Malay vote bank in the rural areas? Go ask umno and they will tell you how. Go ask PAS and they too will tell you how. All that Mahathir is doing is to do what umno and PAS have been doing to secure the Malay rural votes ….but with one caveat!
MAHATHIR KNOWS THAT MALAYSIA IS FOR ALL MALAYSIANS AND HE HAS MADE HIS PEACE WITH LIM KIT SIANG, ANWAR IBRAHIM AND ANYBODY ELSE NEEDED TO MAKE MALAYSIA INTO THE IMAGE THAT WE (YOU AND I IRRESPECTIVE OF RACE, RELIGION AND ANY OTHER DIVIDES) …THAT WE ALL WANT IT TO BE.
UMNO AND PAS DOES NOT HAVE THAT CAVEAT!
Tun Mahathir has to work with the reality of what the rural Malay wants and will vote for and what other Malaysians wants and will vote for. Mahathir understands that all the best intentions will be for nought if the opposition does not take government at the next general election. And so he does what he must to win that massive rural vote bank that now seems to be firmly in umno’s grasp.
So do not ask if “In throwing our efforts to assist Tun Mahathir to eject Najib can we, the non-Malay minorities, be assured of fair and equitable treatment or are we condemned to live under the rascist thump of the Malays”. The interests of the non-Malays, as is the interest of the Malays, are all of concern to Mahathir and to those that he leads. For now those questions need not be asked because if you are privy to what has been done to our nation by these years under Najib, you will understand that the interest of the non-Malay minorities, while important and critical to our national unity and well being, will come to nought if najib and the umno he has forged, is allowed to take government again after this coming election. If that happens you can forget not only about the well being of the non-Malay minorities….. even the well being of us Malays will be at risks.
So leave Mahathir, Anwar and Kit Siang to their devices. They already have enough on their plate without having to worry about the non-Malay minorities lot. Why don’t the non-Malay minorities take their place behind Mahathir and do what we are all doing now : put our nose to the grindstone and do our duty to ensure that the leaders we want will take government come the next general election.
Anything else smacks or opportunism and taking advantage of an opposition that is even now under duress and swimming against the tide in their attempts to win government. Let us selflessly think of the greater good of all of us – including the non-Malay minorities….for surely once rid of this corrupt and odious umno led bn government, everyone’s lot will be taken care of by a government that is of the people, by the people and for the people?