Umno-PAS attacks fuel anti-DAP sentiments among Malays, study finds

Published: 7 January 2016 6:59 AM

Malay anger towards DAP

Anger towards DAP among Malay Muslims, especially in rural areas, has increased due to Umno’s consistent campaign to demonise the Chinese-dominated party, even as it recruits more Malay members and leaders, says a think tank.

The animosity intensified after the break-up of the Pakatan Rakyat coalition in June, when DAP parted ways with former ally PAS, the country’s second largest party of Malay Muslims.

With Umno and PAS starting to work together, the anti-DAP campaign is becoming more effective as both Malay parties use religion to attack it, said the Darul Ehsan Institute (IDE).

IDE deputy chairman Datuk Dr Redzuan Othman said the level of suspicion and acrimony towards DAP among Malays was high even in Selangor, where the party is part of the state government.

He said the sentiment was shared by many Malays throughout the country.

“The anger and hatred are among rural Malays, especially among PAS members and supporters,” Redzuan told The Malaysian Insider.

“The level of anger is smallest in constituencies with elected DAP reps in Selangor.”

The anti-DAP sentiment was revealed in a survey by IDE between November 13 and 15 last year, involving 1,716 Malay respondents throughout Selangor.

It found that almost two-thirds of respondents (72%) agreed that DAP was a racial party and that it was only looking after the interests of the Chinese community.

Only 12% disagreed, while 16% said they were “unsure”.

More than half (64%) also agreed with the statement that “DAP was an anti-Malay and anti-Islam party”. Some 18% disagreed while 19% were unsure.

Mohammed Redzuan Othman“However, the anti-DAP sentiments are lower in areas with DAP elected representatives even if they are Chinese, such as Serdang which is served by Ong Kian Ming and Subang, which is represented by Hannah Yeoh,” said Redzuan (pic, right).

He said the lower anti-DAP feelings in these areas showed that perceptions towards the party can be changed through information campaigns.

Animosity towards DAP is now also being sparked through attacks by PAS.

PAS research head Dr Mohamad Zuhdi Marzuki had claimed that DAP would work together with Israel if it came to power.

Malaysia has no diplomatic ties with Israel and almost all Muslim movements dislike its Zionist government.

Zuhdi claimed DAP was offered US$300 million in return for an Israeli naval base in Port Dickson, if it captured Putrajaya in the 13th general election.

Zuhdi said the claim was also made by Mohamad Razali Abdul Rahman, a former aide to DAP secretary-general and Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng.

DAP’s allies such as Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) view Zuhdi’s statements as a calculated campaign to smear DAP and its partners in the new Pakatan Harapan coalition.

The real target of such attacks, said Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, Amanah’s strategy chief, is Amanah itself, formed by some of the more prominent PAS parliamentarians.

“In war, the friend of our enemy is our enemy and the enemy of our enemy is our friend,” said Dzulkefly. – January 7, 2016.

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  1. #1 by Bigjoe on Thursday, 7 January 2016 - 1:15 pm

    The problem is UMNO only need to fool a very small number of people most of the time..With PAS help, with gerrymeandering and vote-buying, they may be able to get away with just 20% – and they have over 60% here…

  2. #2 by KhazanahMelayu on Thursday, 7 January 2016 - 4:44 pm

    It is a fact that DAP failed to understand the psyche of Malay voters. Time and again, DAP were told not to disparage PAS leaders because the respect a Malay felt towards Muslim scholars ran deep in their heart although he many not support them politically. When a non-Muslim traded vibes and insults against Muslim scholars, the sentiment of hurt will flow deeply into their heart because of the camaraderie as fellow believers. I suggest DAP ceased criticizing PAS leadership if they wish to win the respect and hearts of the Malay voters.

  3. #3 by worldpress on Thursday, 7 January 2016 - 10:32 pm

  4. #4 by worldpress on Thursday, 7 January 2016 - 10:33 pm

    Earlier Administration before independence recorded many 3 races as ‘pendatang‘.
    Any question please query the British Administration!

    Migration Statistics
    HC Deb 29 November 1950 vol 481

    Mr. T. Reid
    asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the amount of Chinese, Malayan and Indian immigration into Malaya since the end of the war.

    Mr. Dugdale
    With my hon. Friend’s permission, I shall arrange for a table of migration statistics for the period January, 1947, to June, 1950, to be circulated in the OFFICIAL REPORT. Statistics for the post-war period before 1947 are not available.

    Following is the table:
    1950 (January—June)
    1950 (January—June)

    Excess of Emigrants over Immigrants, January, 1947, to June.
    1950 ——2,061—–56,10—-30,097

  5. #5 by worldpress on Thursday, 7 January 2016 - 10:34 pm

    UK PARLIMENT minutes at March 1951

    asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what are the conditions of citizenship in Malaya which will allow the seven out of eight non-Federal citizens in Malaya to register as Federal citizens.

    Nearly all Malays, who comprise about half the total population of the Federation of Malaya, are automatically Federal citizens. About one-quarter of the non-Malay population are also automatically Federal citizens; the conditions under which the remainder of the non-Malay population could acquire Federal citizenship are contained in the Federation Agreement of 1948 and I am sending my hon. Friend a copy of the relevant clauses.

  6. #6 by undertaker888 on Saturday, 9 January 2016 - 2:39 pm

    I thought PAS described Umno as syaitan before. So is it OK now to work with syaitan? I am very confused. Or is it voices in my head?

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