An Unhappy Chinese New Year?

By Martin Jalleh

A Chinese new year has dawned. The PM declares that Malaysian Chinese should be more daring to help build a more dynamic 1Malaysia. Such a dramatic invitation by Najib is made against the dark and depressing background of jarring discordant voices by Umnoputras which the drums and deafening firecrackers fail to drown out and exorcise.

We hear the disturbing insult of all the Ahmad Ismails labelling the Malaysian Chinese “immigrants” and “squatters” and adding that they have no right to equal treatment with the Umnoputras – who just happened to migrate here a little earlier than the rest of us.

We hear the deranged Nasir Safars spitting on us in 1Malaysia seminars with their vile claim that our mothers and grandmothers came here to sell their bodies, whilst never mentioning how the Umnoputras sell their principles, souls and even the country away.

We hear the devious speeches of Umno “intellectuals” in the Biro Tatanegara such as the ridiculous claim of a Chinese conspiracy with Singapore, when the Malays are disunited, to topple the Malay government, when very obviously the BTN courses are meant “to promote certain government leaders” (Nazri Aziz) and to protect, perpetuate and preserve their political power!

We hear the disgraceful racist rant of all the Abdul Rauf Yusohs in closed-door Umno functions abroad and at home calling non-Malays “‘bangsa asing” and accusing them of “trampling on the Malays in ‘Tanah Melayu’”, when the glaring reality is that of Umnoputras trampling on each other and on ordinary Malays to grab and gobble the largest piece possible of ‘Tanah Melayu’ that is left!

We hear the despicable and highly racist hysteria of Perkasa whose president Ibrahim Ali has hopped back as the saviour of the hapless Malay by waging war against the supposedly avaricious Chinese, whilst hiding the fact that the real enemy of the Malays are people like him and his cohorts who have been Umno’s self-serving sycophants who suck up to the powers that be to satisfy their insatiable greed.

We hear the dementiated views of Dr M claiming (without any substantiation, solid evidence or statistics) that the Chinese are the real masters of the country – when in reality it is he, his cronies and a few Chinese capitalists whom he had created who are the real “tuans”. He is also the real mastermind of Umno’s racist policies – the “Father of all racists” as Nazri Aziz has crowned him!

We hear the disgusting attempts to make the Chinese the scapegoat of Malay poverty when for the last 39 years of the NEP it was the Umnoputras who have squeezed and bled this country dry, siphoned and stashed their ill-gotten gains overseas and sent their children abroad to study in premier schools, whilst deceiving, denying and depriving the poor Malay of what was due to them.

We hear the deafening silence of the Umnoputras on the many bail-outs, buy-outs and the mind-boggling billions wasted and still more which went missing without being accounted for or anyone held responsible for, especially during the Mahathir years, and which goes on unabated till today, whilst the Chinese are accused of getting richer at the expense of the Malays!

We hear the derogatory remarks of Umnoputras against the Chinese newspapers while Umno-owned English and Malay papers, especially the Utusan Malaysia, are allowed to go on a spree of spinning falsehood, spouting lies, spewing seditious articles and spreading what Nazri Aziz calls “outdated racist propaganda” with impunity and immunity by the Umno Home Minister.

We hear the diabolical voices in Umno who politicise religion for the party’s survival by creating unfounded fears and insecurities amongst Muslims, deepening distrust of adherents of other religions and derailing sincere efforts at inter-religious dialogue whilst declaring those who detest their devious ways as anti-Islam and anti-Malay.

We hear the desperate attempts by Umnoputras to manufacture imaginary threats and bogeymen such as the Chinese wanting to conquer this country from the Malays, the Christians hell-bent on confusing and converting every Muslim and even the CIA having covert operations here! Alas, Umno can only survive with a siege mentality which Khairy Jamaluddin had urged it to abandon.

We hear the deceiving hypocrisy of Umnoputras who portray themselves as the protectors of the Malays to revive their comatosed political careers, and when in actuality Malay rights have always been outlined, stated and guaranteed clearly by the Federal Constitution (Professor Dr Abdul Aziz Bari), i.e., the Malays do not need further protection from Umno or the likes of Ibrahim Ali!

We hear the Umnoputras’ drummed-up danger of the Malays losing their rights – when they in fact control all the (Malay) institutions, dictate all laws and policies, own all the state-owned companies, GLCs (Petronas), banks and national assets and resources and are accorded priorities and privileges when it comes to properties, public contracts and scholarships! If indeed the Malays do lose their rights – it is to the Umno elite!

We hear the delirium of the Umno warlords who are drunk with power, warning non-Malays not to push the Malays too far (who is pushing?) or they would go amok, create a bloodbath and start another May 13 “or Feb. 13”, when it is obvious that such intimidating threats of thuggery and mob violence are meant to defend “the most corrupt institution in this country” (Lim Kit Siang), Umno!

We hear Najib’s voice spurring the country towards oneness, but will it be silenced by Umno’s cacophony of racism? Will the PM show spine, substance and nerves of steel and stop the mounting dissonance by the Umno warlords, government officials and extremist groups like Perkasa or will he be satisfied in being a sloganeer and somnolent PM and meet the same tragic fate as his predecessor?

We hear Najib’s invitation to the Malaysian Chinese to be more courageous, committed and to contribute to a more dynamic 1Malaysia. At the same time Umnoputras are allowed to gamble away the country by playing the racist card to the hilt! Is this part of Najib’s charade and chicanery of “concrete change” on Chinese New Year’s Day? If it is, he and Umno will not last very long.

  1. #1 by bennylohstocks on Friday, 19 February 2010 - 9:42 am

  2. #2 by bennylohstocks on Friday, 19 February 2010 - 9:45 am

  3. #3 by dagen on Friday, 19 February 2010 - 10:44 am

    Jib has been sidelined and sidestepped! Soon he will be alone. Silly Jib.

  4. #4 by Bigjoe on Friday, 19 February 2010 - 10:45 am

    Forget the racism and hypocrisy. Najib is not an idiot that he does not know his message is a stretch. The point to note is that the message is a stretch. He is running out of ideas and flailing. Even his speech writers are at lost what to come up with to say.

    Its time to hit him hard.

    Its time to reply. THE CHINESE HAVE BEEN BUILDING AND TAKING BIG RISK BECAUSE THEY HAVE HAD NO CHOICE! What he is asking for is for the Chinese to be STUPID and that is wishful thinking, politely speaking and IDIOTIC truthfully…

    We have a PM is trying to pass the buck when it stops in front of him..And there is a lot of bucking going around him..

  5. #5 by boh-liao on Friday, 19 February 2010 - 10:47 am

    Last week, a political secretary was caught pants down counting haram $$$$$
    MACC so protective – no name mentioned so far after so many days
    Special privilege given 2 Umnoputra? If PR kaki, msm already had jolly great time
    Utusan Malaysia, Perkasa n Ibrahim Ali, Y SO SILENT on this, an obvious case of Umno B Malay enriching himself at d expense of rakyat n enslaving poor nonUmno Malays n stealing $$$$ meant 2 uplift them fr poverty

  6. #6 by Godfather on Friday, 19 February 2010 - 11:24 am

    No big fishes caught by the MACC. You can’t say that the nets they use have too many big holes in them, because they manage to catch a few ikan bilis. The conclusion is that they “chase” the big fish away first before they cast their nets, and only a few stupid ikan bilis get caught.

    Sigh….what would be forthcoming in the year of the Tiger ? More of the same, I suspect. Policies aimed at enriching the already-rich. Policies with so many loopholes in them that they invite evasion – such as GST and new fuel policy. It’s far better to have a bunch of blind folks running this country – at least blind people don’t steal.

  7. #7 by dagen on Friday, 19 February 2010 - 11:38 am

    Wow. Looks like the hairy youth monkey is feeling hot around his neck and about his bottom.

    Umno is turmoil? Ho ho ho ho.

  8. #8 by Godfather on Friday, 19 February 2010 - 11:59 am

    the word “stupid” merits moderation ??

  9. #9 by Comrade on Friday, 19 February 2010 - 12:40 pm

    “If it is, he and Umno will not last very long.”

    Yes, he and Umno will not last very long
    With all their doings mentioned that are wrong
    Let all PR voters come out strong
    Let BN become the opposition where they belong

  10. #10 by Thor on Friday, 19 February 2010 - 2:16 pm

    Can’t guarantee that BN will fall in the next GE ‘cos BN rules are to play dirty.
    That’s why they kept on playing dirty right until now, knowing that most of us are not in favour with them.
    They’ve got all the nation’s money and resources to play with and they’ll keep every rogues and thugs who’re associated with them busy.
    In the coming years, before the election period, we’re going to see alot of trouble brewing up in PR controlled states.
    I could also forsee that Anwar will be thrown back to jail as Anwar is the thorn in BN’s flesh.
    To them, money is the power and who could resist it?
    A Malaysian is always a malaysian and we cannot compare ourselves with the Thais or the Fillipinos.

  11. #11 by waterfrontcoolie on Friday, 19 February 2010 - 2:25 pm

    Just consider the objective of the Plus Toll; up to the 80s, the “pendatangs” were deemed to be the ultimate users of the roads. Now that the protons and the kancils are the main uers, the poor Bumis have to bear these grand piratization acts. The basic tenets of Heaven can never be usurped by mere beings. What goes up will come down. What I don’t understand is after all the exposures of failed and over inflated projects, many Bumis still think he is here to save them from the Non-Bumis! One can only conclude that either the middle class Bumis are oblivious to the situation or after so many years of indictrination, they have really forgotten to think rationally!

  12. #12 by ktteokt on Friday, 19 February 2010 - 3:01 pm

    Bijan or sesame seed is a spice added to “Yee Sang” (raw fish) during Chinese New Year. Turn Najib upside down, mix it with Yee Sang ingredients and let’s toss it with all the gravy for a wonderful feast!

  13. #13 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Friday, 19 February 2010 - 3:44 pm

    Najib and BN can fool some of the Chinese some of the times (see how dressed down this version is of Abraham Lincoln’s famous words) but this time all Chinese knows he is not only a sitting duck, he is also lame and a sucker.

    Ta, ta Najib; sayonara and auf wiedersehen nest GE i.e. if Tun M and Muhyiddin doesn’t get to your throat first.

  14. #14 by mauriyaII on Friday, 19 February 2010 - 5:12 pm

    Najib and his UMNOputras have been fooling the Chinese – those Chinese in MCA and GERAKAN all the time. These Chinese have sold their souls, intergrity, and pride in being an industrious and dynamic innovators of commerce and industry for the leftovers of the UMNOputras.

    When they worship personal wealth, power and titles, where is the time or inclination to look after the electorate who voted for them.

    Just look at the stupid MCA Chinese and their warlords fighting to grab the limelight in hosting Najib at Pandamaran during the CNY celebrations on Feb. 20.

    Najib is only good at sloganeering and taking to the streets/religious functions/celebrations to showcase his empty ‘people first’ in an equally fictitious 1Malaysia.

    He is crowing about 1Malaysia along with the MCA, GERAKAN, and MIC lapdogs while he and his cohorts in the UMNO is unleashing all the racial and religious hounds to create chaos and destruction in the country.

    It is like pinching the child while at the same time rocking the cradle and singing a lullaby.

    Hypocracy at its most vile manifestation!

  15. #15 by lopez on Friday, 19 February 2010 - 9:49 pm

    who ever said they came here earlier that the other must be joking..i won’t be surprised that one day they even claimed they have the most smelly shit.

  16. #16 by DCLXVI on Friday, 19 February 2010 - 11:41 pm

    Maybe this Chinese New Year, there has been unhappiness in the current state of our nation’s politics.
    However, it is still thankfully a socially happy enough festive event, whereby the rakyat has taken the opportunity to renew ties with family, relatives and friends, ignoring irresponsible politicians and groups who try incite hatred through race and religion in order to retain or expand their influence.

  17. #17 by Black Arrow on Saturday, 20 February 2010 - 7:47 am

    Najib is busy with using 1Malaysia slogan to attract Chinese votes. Many naive Chinese will not be able to see through this ploy, though.

  18. #18 by yhsiew on Saturday, 20 February 2010 - 9:31 am

    This is what I gathered from the Internet. Najib wants 1Malaysia but his Deputy wants “Ketuanan Melayu”. At times, Najib is unable to make up his mind due to influence from his Deputy. Greg Lopez of Australia even labelled Najib as “The New Pak Lah” and his Deputy “The New Mahathir”. Some observers said there are signs that Najib’s Deputy wants to force Najib out of office so as to take over his place. Greg Lopez even dared predict that if Najib fails to appease UMNO cronies or fails to tackle the nation’s beleaguered economy, his premiership will be short-lived and Najib will become the first Prime Minister to quit even before the end of his first term!

  19. #19 by MGR1940 on Saturday, 20 February 2010 - 11:29 am


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