“Totalitarianism in power invariably replaces all first-rate talents, regardless of their sympathies, with those crackpots and fools whose lack of intelligence and creativity is still the best guarantee of their loyalty.”
― Hannah Arendt, ‘The Origins of Totalitarianism’
I am sick and tired of this horse manure. When Umno supreme council member Tajuddin Abdul Rahman “warns” the DAP of the allegations of blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin aka RPK about a “Chinese” takeover of the federal government, all I can say is, why hold elections at all? Why not ban all opposition parties starting with DAP?
What does this “warning” actually entail? What is Umno going to do if the allegations are true? And this is the insidious part. The allegations are that billionaire Robert Kuok wants to bring down “Malay” rule and wants to split the Malay community and he does this by funding the DAP, amongst other nefarious activities.
Hence anything to do with the opposition – exercising your democratic rights, freedom of speech and the usual high-level influence, which is part and parcel of the capitalist process – automatically becomes an act of treason against the Malay community. This is essentially what these “allegations” amount to.
So Kuok and his defenders have to either claim that he does not channel funds to DAP – thus negating his democratic right – to “disprove” allegations by the Umno hegemon, thereby conforming to the racist narratives of Umno, or admit they did it – which is their democratic right – thereby (again) conforming to the racist Umno narratives. It is tough being a non-Malay plutocrat in this country.
Is Umno saying that it is a crime to fund the DAP? Is Umno saying that it is crime to vote for the DAP? Is it a crime to acknowledge that systemic racial inequalities are detrimental to Malaysian social, political and economic life? Is it a crime to point out that the systemic imbalances that favour one racial group over the others has not proven to benefit the preferred racial group? In short, is it a crime to vote against Umno?…