Should one cry or laugh at Mahathir’s latest and most preposterous racist fulminations about Chinese wanting to oust political power of Malays and dominate Malaysian politics?


Should one cry or laugh at Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s latest racist fulminations, making the preposterous claim that the 13th General Election is proof that the Chinese in Malaysia are out to oust the political power of the Malays and to dominate Malaysian politics?

Cry because a former Prime Minister could be so racist, reckless and irresponsible as to continue to try to set the Malays against the Chinese, outdoing his preposterous claim during the 13th General Elections that I was contesting in Gelang Patah to create a “racial confrontation” and that I was inciting the Chinese to hate the Malays.

There was not an ounce of truth in Mahathir’s allegations, but what is significant is that Mahathir’s allegations failed to make any impression on the voters, particularly the Malay voters, as I could not have won Gelang Patah with a majority of over 14,000 votes without the support of the Malay voters.

Was Mahathir’s failure to make an impact on the 13GE with his racist fulminations the reason why he has upped the ante to make even more racist and most preposterous fulminations that the Chinese in Malaysia are out to oust the political power of the Malays so as to dominate Malaysian politics?

Laugh that a former Prime Minister could go to such desperate lengths because his racist message is facing a diminishing market among the Malays that he had to concoct such wild lies that the Chinese in Malaysia are out to oust the political power of the Malays so as to dominate Malaysian politics!

Does Mahathir really believe his own allegations? Does Mahathir expect any sane and rational Malaysian, regardless of race, to believe in his latest racist fulminations that the Chinese are out to oust the political power of the Malays and to dominate Malaysian politics – which are complete figments of his imagination like his earlier wild allegations that I contested in Gelang Patah to create a racial confrontation and to incite Chinese to hate the Malays?

The most dismaying development in Malaysian politics is the reckless racist fulminations of Mahathir, but there is no need for Malaysians to despair.

It is said that “every cloud has a silver lining” and the silver lining is that Mahathir is facing a diminishing market for his racist fulminations which will foil his attempt to pit the Malays against the Chinese.

Although Mahathir has repudiated his Vision 2020 and a Bangsa Malaysia, and Datuk Seri Najib Razak has yet to prove that he is serious and sincere about 1Malaysia, the 13GE has shown that more and more Malaysians, regardless of race, religion or region, are united by a common Malaysian Dream to want a Malaysia which transcends the politics of race, corruption, cronyism, abuses of power and all forms of injustices to take the country towards a new tomorrow where all Malaysians can hold their heads high as proud citizens of a Malaysian nation where there is freedom, justice, good governance, prosperity for all Malaysians where the politics of race is a nightmare of the past.

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  1. #1 by buylower2003 on Friday, 7 June 2013 - 6:15 pm

    Ah, MAMAKthir should just shut his mamak mouth & go back to India to be with his kind, instead of interfering with the harmony of Malays & Chinese. But I guess even there he will stir up things between the Pakis & the Indians, lol

  2. #2 by worldpress on Friday, 7 June 2013 - 6:39 pm

    This Mama trying to distract people, maybe process import people increase mama number from neighbours country near island at north

    It happen in the East, it could happen again in West.

  3. #3 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Friday, 7 June 2013 - 7:35 pm

    Be careful.

    There is method in Mahathir’s madness.

    He is not targeting at urbanites.
    Again, he is targeting at precisely his Perkasa Audience.

    At least, Rasputin was plain mad.
    Mahathir’s madness is Machiavellian.

  4. #4 by Bigjoe on Friday, 7 June 2013 - 7:42 pm

    The real horror is that as Mahathir is spewing racism and blaming, he is getting Najib to use OUR money to fund his very mediocre son’s rise in UMNO through funneling funds to his homestate. The man has a complete disdain the rest of us in the other 12 states, mostly Malays, won’t noticed?

    I will say it again Mahathir is no mere racist, he is a CLASSIC SOCIOPATH – blaming others for what he is guilty off, denying obvious truth, with the flimsies of excuses and lies, preying on his very own follower’s fortune, even reckless with the fate of his sycophantic followers..

  5. #5 by Loh on Friday, 7 June 2013 - 7:58 pm

    Mahathir’s words

    RACIAL POLARIZATION

    Jun6th 2013 Written by chedet

    ///1. After Parliament was dissolved on the 13th April 2013, I was interviewed by a BBC journalist. He appeared quite convinced that race-based parties such as those in the National Front would be rejected by a more liberal electorate which believes in democracy, freedom and non-racial politics. Also the idealistic young would reject the BN.

    2. I had to disagree with him as I believed that racial polarization in Malaysia had become more pronounced now than ever before. I may not always be right but after 60 years involvement in Malaysian politics I felt strongly that the race factor will continue to dominate the politics of the country. The quality of the candidates or parties, the ideologies and the desire for change will always be secondary to race.///–Mamakthir

    It is true that racial polarization is Malaysia is getting worse by the day because Government policies are decided by the race-based party UMNO. It is because UMNO chooses to continue with racial discrimination policies to which MCA and MIC said to represent Chinese and Indians respectively are not able to oppose that has resulted in the worsening of racial relations in the country. Instead of campaigning on how the parties and the government they form would advance the interest of the nation, UMNO members particularly Mamakthir talked about why political powers should be held by Malays to continue with its racial discriminating policies. It is no wonder that racism in the country will not end as long as the race-based political parties still hold on to power.

    ///3. The election results showed that I was right. The DAP playing on racial sentiments drew the Chinese away from BN by depicting the MCA as lackeys of UMNO. The DAP won 38 seats, reducing the MCA’s seats from 15 to 7. The Gerakan won one seat out of two. All the DAP Chinese contested in Chinese majority constituencies. A few of the MCA, Gerakan and MIC candidates contested in Malay majority constituencies.///–Mamakthir

    It is a fact that MIC and MCA have not been able to tell UMNO enough of the racist discriminatory policies being practised, and that UMNO has not honoured its promise to end NEP after 20 years that have caused them to lose in GE 13. Chinese voters do not want MCA to be in the Cabinet and they made it easy for MCA to have its candidates defeated to honour its 2011 AGM decision that MCA will leave the Cabinet if they performed worse than in GE12. Chinese, other than the few businessmen who want their conduits to serves their personal interests, would be happier if MCA leaves BN entirely, not just the Cabinet, so that the few persons appointed for window-dressing in the Cabinet cannot be said to represent Chinese community. From then on UMNO will have to explain to the world how its policies are not racially discriminatory; the claim that those racial discriminatory policies have approval by Chinese representatives is no longer tenable.

    ///4. Although the DAP claims to be multiracial, it is in fact a Chinese party with mainly Chinese members and leadership. When it held elections to its Central Committee recently other than Karpal Singh all the members elected were Chinese.///–Mamakthir

    DAP opens its membership to Malaysians irrespective of race; that is multiracial in design. UMNO opens its membership only to Malays, and of course constitutional Malays have control over UMNO over the past four decades.

    ///5. Hatred of the Malays was whipped up through the slogan “Malaysian Malaysia”, implying that Malaysia is for the Malays only while other races were discriminated against and alleged to be second class citizens. Advocating meritocracy, the extremists Chinese in the DAP charged the BN Government of discriminating in favour of the Malays even though they were inferior and less qualified for places in the universities, awards of scholarships, contracts, licences and positions in the Government. The Malay leaders were not as able as the non-Malay leaders who possess greater merit.///–Mamakthir

    Whatever Najib meant by 1Malaysia, it must mean that all Malaysians have a place under the Malaysian sun. It is therefore correct to say that Malaysia belongs to Malaysians, and thus Malaysian Malaysia is the only apt description of what 1Malaysia means. If Mamakthir chooses to say that Malaysian Malaysia implies that other races were discriminated, this confirms Sigmund Fred’s theory that strong feelings of guilt may produce aggressive behaviour.

    Chinese oppose discriminatory policies, and if these Chinese all called extremists, then we do not know how to call people of any race who choose to use it number to form a so-called government to deny people different from them equal rights.

    Meritocracy is a process to ensure that when a choice has to be made, it is not based on race or relationships. Even when a choice has to be made within a community, meritocracy should prevail.

    ///6. Whenever Government policies such as the NEP were defended, the defenders whether in the Government or NGO’s are labelled racist. The Malay parties in the election pact in Pakatan were tolerated because they were useful for election purposes.///–Mamakthir

    NEP has twin objectives, namely, the disassociation between race and economic activity and the eradication of poverty irrespective of race. But BN particularly after Mamakthir’s ascend to power has utilized NEP to do as UMNO pleases without regard to the constitution such as the provision of Article 153. Thus instead of reserving suitable quota for Malays, the government reserves seats of learning in some institutions exclusively for Malays. The BN government has increased the intake of Malays in the government service from 70 % in the 1970s to over 90% now. That shows that the government itself did not abide by the objectives of NEP. The implementation of NEP by BN has been against its stated objectives, and it has been misused by the powers-that-be who find NEP convenient to claim that the beneficiaries are Malays, and the criterion of whom they choose cannot be questioned.

    ///7. If more proof is needed of the role of Chinese racism in the 13th GE, the demonstrations accusing the BN of fraud and cheating in the elections, despite being organised by Anwar and the PKR, are largely attended by Chinese, especially the young. Within the Country and abroad, Chinese youths wearing black shirts and masks made up most of the demonstrators. Usually Malays make up the majority of the demonstrators. The lack of respect for the national flag was shown by Chinese young people in Taiwan holding it upside down. Although DAP and PKR participated in these demos, PAS members were noticeably absent. In fact PAS leaders dissociated themselves from the agitation to overthrow the Government through street demos ala Arab Spring. The protests seem to be mainly a Chinese affair.///–Mamakthir

    Chinese choose in the GE 13 to deny UMNO the benefit of having MCA candidates serving them as window dressers. If that is racism, Mamakthir should have this meaning included in the Oxford dictionary. The Chinese young are more politically aware than their forefathers, and when they see proof of cheating, such as from the behaviour of the Election Commission in ignoring reports of probable imperfection in the electoral rolls, they let it be known of their dissatisfaction. Malays young too participated, and only racist Mamakthir chooses to harp on the fact that Chinese are racists in demonstrating against perceived wrong doing of Election Commission which happens to be headed by Malay.

    Nobody has a count of demonstrators by race, 50,000 of them who came from everywhere for a few hours. But the speakers at the rallies can be counted and they were people of all races. How can that be said to be mainly a Chinese affair unless Mamakthir has the sole intention to make his racist intention clear?

    ///8. The indisputable fact is that the DAP has succeeded in destroying the collaboration or sharing between the different races as exemplified by the BN coalition. The Pakatan is not a true coalition. It is simply an election pact between the parties opposed to the BN. This pact clearly benefited the chauvinist Chinese in DAP most, while PAS the most Malay of the Pakatan parties benefited the least, winning only 21 seats against DAP’s 38 and PKR’s 30. Actually although PAS contested in more constituencies than DAP, it lost two seats more than in 2008.///–Mamakthir

    If Malaysia practices parliamentary democracy, then the people are free to choose whom they want to represent them. DAP has just exercised its democratic right to stand in the election. If the people choose to ditch BN’s puppets MCA, then it is good democracy. DAP has not destroyed BN like UMNO tried to deregister DAP. The people choose their representative, and the racial composition of elected representatives is just statistics. It is only racist who would choose to prophesize how the racial composition of the elected representative influences government policies.

    ///9. If today the schism between the races is deeper it is because the DAP reject the Malay/Chinese/Indian “kongsi”. The DAP wants the Chinese who already dominate the economy, to dominate Malaysia’s politics as well. It is clearly racist and reject inter-racial sharing of power and wealth as advocated by the BN. Racial polarization has become more pronounced as a result. It will become more so in the future.///–Mamakthir

    When the elected representatives serve the people and the interest of the nation, there is no place for the sharing of power by persons based on race. It is the practice of the so-called sharing of power between races that has promoted rampant corruption in the country. Racial polarization is created by the so-called political leaders who want the divide and rule based on race to perpetuate. Now the young of all races realize that political leaders utilized their position for personal gains so that people of their racial group could be proud of them. They now want to be proud of themselves and thus they want corruption to stop. Chinese voted MCA out. Malays voted UMNO out too. Soon they may not care about the race of whom they vote, so long as they are not from the parties known to be corrupt.

  6. #6 by cinaindiamelayubersatu on Friday, 7 June 2013 - 8:18 pm

    di dunia dia lepas
    di akhirat banyak yang dia kena jawab…taubat pun tak lepas…

  7. #7 by ella hamzah on Friday, 7 June 2013 - 8:46 pm

    Why is Mahathir still in the limelight? Why should Malaysians take heed of what he say? Just because he is an advisor to the ‘irrelevant’ UMNO? Only the ignorant ‘kampong’ people can be fooled by him. Not the urbanites n the new generation. All he cared for is $$$. His racist comments are just a cover up and I just feel he is not sincere enough.

  8. #8 by Bunch of Suckers on Friday, 7 June 2013 - 8:54 pm

    BACK OFF this old and snaky Bakkuthair to under world and sell Bakkuteh!!!!

  9. #9 by tuahpekkong on Friday, 7 June 2013 - 11:13 pm

    With the Malays forming over 50% of the country’s population and in almost total control of the police, armed forces, the bureaucracy and major banks and the Chinese forming less than 25% of the population and the percentage decreasing in every population census, you have to be a nut to believe in Dr M’s racist fulminations. It is extremely outrageous that as an ex-PM, he should have been a symbol of national unity; instead, he wastes his time sowing the seeds of racial disharmony.

  10. #10 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Saturday, 8 June 2013 - 12:29 am

    Mahathir is not a racist.

    yeah, right?

    altantuya is alive.

    yeah, right?

  11. #11 by Noble House on Saturday, 8 June 2013 - 2:42 am

    Why is there this national obsession still to give prominence to this senile old man and provide him with the space to wage his own personal vendetta for which he thrives on?

    He have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified dramatic statements, but make little mention of any doubts we may have. Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest.

    Independent self-reliant people would be a counterproductive anachronism in the collective society of the future where people will be defined instead by their associations.

  12. #12 by Queequeg on Saturday, 8 June 2013 - 6:09 am

    The older he gets, the more venom and vitriol he spews. Mahathir is a dinosaur who cannot comprehend the change currently happening in Malaysia. His perception that the Malays are under siege is grossly outdated. It’s sad that it has come to this. A former PM with an opportunity to be a statesman but blew it on petty issues and caustic racism. What exactly is he trying to prove by being a racist? He was the one who started it all!

  13. #13 by yhsiew on Saturday, 8 June 2013 - 7:27 am

    Mahathir’s racist card runs out of magic !!!

  14. #14 by Di Shi Jiu on Saturday, 8 June 2013 - 9:21 am

    Mr Lim,

    What Mahatir does not say is that the only Malays who will lose power are those who are currently in power.

    In my time watching Malaysian politics, I have noticed that in a public and/or political forum, one seldom hears of another politician criticising the Malays and yet, time and time again, I hear politicians from Najib Razak downwards criticising the Chinese and occasionally, the Indians.

    I guess, in Mahatir’s case, although he is supposedly retired, old habits die hard and he just cannot resist the temptation to have another dig at a convenient scapegoat.

  15. #15 by Cinapek on Saturday, 8 June 2013 - 10:02 am

    “….Was Mahathir’s failure to make an impact on the 13GE with his racist fulminations the reason why he has upped the ante to make even more racist and most preposterous fulminations that the Chinese in Malaysia are out to oust the political power of the Malays so as to dominate Malaysian politics?…”

    Absolutely. It seems to be his character flaw that when he cannot get his own way, he will lash out without stop. Take the crooked bridge for example. After Pak Lah terminated the project, TDM went on a rampage and a personal vendetta to bring Pak Lah down. And he gets even more vicious if his objective is not only thwarted but proven wrong as in the Gelang Patah GE13 results.

  16. #16 by sotong on Saturday, 8 June 2013 - 10:41 am

    This guy, many in position of power and influence like him, has been very successful to exploit the unfounded fear and insecurity of Malays to gain support at all cost.

    He thinks most Malays are racist, grossly insecure and totally dependent on government for their achievement and survival.

    He doesn’t care what decent ordinary people think and feel and the unnecessary hurt and divisions he caused……a mentally sick and gross misguided person.

  17. #17 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Saturday, 8 June 2013 - 12:41 pm

    Mahathir’s maverick madness meanders mindlessly midst murky (m)umno’s mess.

  18. #18 by Loh on Saturday, 8 June 2013 - 4:57 pm

    by Loh on Friday, 7 June 2013 – 7:58 pm
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    When is it over?

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