Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia’s first prime minister popularly known as the “Father of Independence”, was perhaps the only clean and honest premier the country had ever produced. Tunku is still widely regarded, even by his critics, as the true leader in the multiracial and multi-religious country. Still, he was brought down by enemy using gutter politics.
Due to greed for power, his deputy – Abdul Razak Hussein – had carefully pre-planned and orchestrated the May 13, 1969 bloody racial riots together with former Selangor chief minister Harun Idris. The plot was to oust Tunku who was none too keen on Razak and his cohorts’ new Malay agenda. Some believed it was karma when Razak died of leukaemia on Jan 14, 1976, at the age of 53.
After the 1969 riots, Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition was formed in 1973 as a replacement of the Alliance Party. Opposition parties such as Gerakan, PPP, and PAS were invited to join the new coalition. With a combined period of rule from 1957 to 2018, the Alliance and its successor Barisan were considered as the longest ruling coalition party in the democratic world.
However, the “dirty and gutter politics” did not end after Razak backstabbed and betrayed Tunku after the 1969 riots. At its peak, the Barisan Nasional (National Front) coalition consisted of 14 component political parties. Yet, the so-called Malay unity did not last very long. In 1977, PAS was kicked out from BN following a revolt within the Kelantan state over the appointment of chief minister.
Interestingly, PAS was itself a splinter group of UMNO (the dominant party of BN). The religious group was founded in 1951 by some Muslim clerics, who shifted the party’s ideology away from Malay nationalism towards a more focus on Islamic teachings. But even within PAS, the party has always been divided into two factions – the extremist and progressive groups.
Ten years after PAS was booted from the federal government, UMNO, the supposedly representative or guardian of ethnic Malay, exploded into crisis again. Under the leadership of Mahathir Mohamad, a man whom Tunku Abdul Rahman labelled as one of extremists responsible for the 1969 racial riots, UMNO was split into Team-A and Team-B.
In 1987, Tengku Razaleigh’s “Team B” faction challenged Mahathir’s “Team A” faction for control of UMNO. Ultimately, Mahathir won the party election with a slim 41-vote majority. He quickly removed all Team B members from the cabinet. Mr. Razaleigh claimed many party delegates were improperly elected, hence sued to overturn the results – leading to UMNO being declared “illegal” in 1988.
As a result of internal power struggle, Razaleigh formed “Semangat 46” while Mahathir created “UMNO Baru”. Had Najib Razak, then UMNO Youth Chief and a protege of Razaleigh, did not betray his mentor by swinging his votes for Mahathir at the eleventh hour, Mahathir would have ruled for just 6 years instead of 22 years from 1981 to 2003.
Anwar Ibrahim, co-founder of the Muslim Youth Movement (ABIM), was once an Islamist extremist. He too couldn’t resist the temptation of power and wealthwhen then-PM Mahathir easily lured him to join UMNO in 1982. It was part of the strategy to “keep your friends close, and your enemies even closer.” Anwar’s meteoric rise was rudely disrupted in 1998.
Already the deputy prime minister and finance minister, Anwar challenged his boss Mahathir over how to handle the Malaysia’s economy, which was under pressure amid the 1997-98 Asian Financial Crisis. Anwar was also not in favour of the Petronas bailout of now-defunct Konsortium Perkapalan Bhd, which belongs to Mahathir’s eldest son, Mirzan Mahathir.
Mahathir then sacked his deputy over allegations that he was involved in corruption and “unnatural sex” – sodomy. So, dirty and gutter politics were all over the place – again – when UMNO-Malay politicians fought for power and wealth. Even until today, Mahathir has never apologised to his former deputy Anwar Ibrahim, who was sacked and jailed for corrupt practices and sodomy in 1998.
The sacking and jailing of Anwar would give birth to the PKR (Parti Keadilan Rakyat or People’s Justice Party) in 1998, further splitting Malays. Ten years later, amazingly, Anwar was again accused of sodomising his former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, at a Desa Damansara condominium unit in Bukit Damansara between 3.10 pm and 4.30 pm on June 26, 2008.
In the same year of 2008, Mahathir’s own handpicked successor – Abdullah Ahmad Badawi – was targeted because not only the prime minister was sleeping on the job most of the time, the country was on auto-pilot as it was discovered that Badawi’s son-in-law, Khairy Jamaluddin, known as the “fourth floor boys”, were the one who ran the government.
Najib Razak, the son of second PM Abdul Razak, was crowned as the 6th Prime Minister of Malaysia after he pressured Badawi to resign in 2009. But it was soon discovered that Najib was worse than Badawi. Not only Najib’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, was the de-facto prime minister, the husband-wife tag-team happily stole money from the national coffers to the tune of billions of dollars.
Incredibly, the families of Najib did not find anything wrong despite the world mocking the country as a kleptocracy government. Even after Najib and Rosmah were slapped with dozens of charges of criminal breach of trust (CBT), money laundering and abuse of power, they insist that there is “nothing to be ashamedof”, as can be seen in the “Malu Apa Bossku (Why The Shame, Boss)” campaign.
Now, after taking over the government, the PKR party is hit with gay sexscandal when Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali, the blue-eyed boy of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, is being accused of having “unnatural sex” with another man. Already divided into two factions of Anwar and Azmin, the latest homosexual video clip will potentially split the PKR party.
Regardless whether the mastermind is Mahathir, Anwar or UMNO (now the opposition), the gay sex scandal is a classic example of how the Malays would go the extra miles of using dirty or gutter politics to gain power, wealth and like it or not, extraordinary sex. And the split among the Malays, mostly possessed UMNO DNA, does not confine to PKR only.
Even within Mahathir’s own PPBM (Bersatu) party, there appears to be factions. Likewise, the once invincible UMNO party is split into multiple factions. Heck, even prime minister wannabe Ibrahim Ali has set up a new party, Putra, as an alternative for Malays. In reality, the ethnic Malay will forever split and can never be united for obvious reason.
Politics, no matter how dirty, is the main staple of Malays. They live, eat and sleep politics. Politics is to the Malays what business is to the Chinese. But unlike in the business world, where one can complement each other, the same cannot be said about Malay politics. PPBM, PKR, Amanah, UMNO, PAS and whatnot are fighting for the same market share, hence cannibalizing each other.
Because the Malays mostly suck in business, their express ticket to instant wealth and power is politics. But if you think using one’s private sex activities behind closed doors is dirty, wait until you hear how some fake Muslim holy men declare “lies” as “Shariah-compliant” so that they could continue hoodwinking their Muslim followers.
– Finance Twitter