Not a time to lose March 8 spirit

By Kee Thuan Chye

There was a lot of optimism right after March 8, 2008. There was a sense that things would get better. But has there been much change two years since that day?

Instead of seeing multi-racialism being freely accepted and manifested in government policies, we find ourselves becoming more divided along racial lines. Right after March 8, Umno embarked on its campaign to warn the Malays that they were under threat and to rise up against this.

The government has assumed a schizophrenic personality – the prime minister talks about 1Malaysia while his deputy says things that are completely contradictory. The PM talks about multi-racial unity while his own party campaigns for Malay unity.

Many of us had hoped that, after the elections, both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat would set aside their political differences and get down to the business of working for the national interest, of saving this country.
Instead, they have been doing their darnedest to do the dirty on each other. BN is coming out tops in that effort because it has the media under its control. Both seem to be doing their worst to win the next general election.

We hoped for leaders who would be honest, clean and respectful of us the people, who would not think we were stupid or immature. Quite soon after Najib Abdul Razak took over as prime minister, he told a gathering of senior mainstream media editors: “I have no baggage.”

The editors nearly fell off their chairs. If the No. 1 leader of this country can say something like that, what can we expect of the rest?

No wonder then Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar could say that Sin Chew Daily journalist Tan Hoon Cheng had been detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) “for her own protection”. And current Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein (right) could come out to defend the cow-head protestors and actually say “they felt victimised”.

But the ‘best’ comment on that incident came from Dr Mohd Khir Toyo: “There was no religious significance in bringing the head. The cow is a stupid creature and (the protestors) wanted to point out that the (Selangor) state government was being stupid.”

How did such a person become menteri besar of Selangor?

Instead of being a formidable force providing a strong opposition in Parliament, Pakatan is now fighting to salvage its image. The number of elected representatives who have quit PKR is distressing, and Pakatan can’t blame the mainstream media for this. Neither can Pakatan blame anyone for its ability to produce ‘frogs’.

Anwar Ibrahim promised us defections from BN to Pakatan on Sept 16, 2008, but it never happened. Now it’s happening – but the defectors are from Pakatan. In any case, Anwar’s attempt to take over the federal government on Sept 16 was misguided and merely exposed his true ambition – to be prime minister, above all else.

We now see infighting among Pakatan’s elected representatives. We hear allegations of corruption in their ranks. We realise that many of them are in public service not to serve the public but to serve their own interests. All these negative developments threaten to erode our faith in Pakatan. Can they put their act together? Can they form a viable government?

After March 8, we hoped the government would undo the damage that had been inflicted on our country by the man who screwed up our institutions, created a culture of fear, fostered the negotiated contract, invested our money in white elephants – and still doesn’t know when to shut up. The Americans could only make ‘Avatar’; he managed to lead a country to the dogs. And yet the government has not dismantled the culture he created in order to restore our faith in the country’s institutions.

On the issue of race, Najib’s 1Malaysia project is mere window-dressing. It’s old wine in a new bottle. And I’m not apologising for the non-halal reference. I leave that sort of apologising to Star.
What 1Malaysia is there when Najib says one thing and his deputy, Muhyiddin Yassin, says the direct opposite? The very day Najib publicly unveiled the 1Malaysia logo, Muhyiddin said Umno would fight to the last drop of blood to protect Malay rights. He has also said the BTN courses are uniting Malaysians in line with the 1Malaysia concept. How? Pray tell.

What 1Malaysia is there when Najib says one thing and his aide Nasir Safar says the Indians came to this country as beggars and the Chinese as prostitutes? And that “We can anytime revoke the citizenship of the Indians in Malaysia”?

Media failures

More insidious is the rise of the right-wing movement that the government has done nothing to discourage. Only last week, the Home Ministry granted its most prominent group, Perkasa, a permit to publish a fortnightly newspaper. Meanwhile, Utusan Malaysia and Berita Harian continue to pour poison into the ears of the Malays by spinning that they are losing their land and privileges.

Surely, Najib could put a stop to such spin since the newspapers are owned by Umno? Why doesn’t he? Is it because he encourages media freedom? If so, why do we still have the Printing Presses and Publications Act, which requires media organisations to renew their licences every year at the pleasure of the home minister? Why is it still there to turn media owners and editors into eunuchs?

Star recently published an article which critiqued the caning of the three Muslim women for illicit sex, and public caning in general. When a few Muslim NGOs complained, the Home Ministry promptly issued the newspaper a show-cause letter. The ministry also insisted on an apology. So the paper dutifully apologised. No doubt all this is meant to intimidate Star so it won’t dare to run such articles again.

Should it be frightened? How do we push the parameters if we continue to be frightened? How do we encourage healthy public debate? I personally doubt the ministry would close down Star. The public repercussions would be negative for the government. More importantly, BN would cease to have an important organ for the dissemination of its propaganda. Star reaches out to a wide non-Malay, mainly middle-class readership. BN can’t afford not to reach out to these people.

Even after March 8, the mainstream media is failing us. Remember how relatively balanced they were in the months after March 8? Their owners realised that for the sake of public acceptance, they had to temper their pro-government bias and so they opened the window of objectivity by a few degrees. Besides, they had to hedge their bets in case Anwar did manage to take over the government.

But then when Sept 16 didn’t happen, there was no need to consider that any more. So the mainstream media stopped being balanced. Months later, Najib took over as PM. He tightened the screws. Thereafter, the mainstream media went back to bashing Pakatan.

Selective change

To be fair to Najib, he has shown that he’s serious about economic reform and he’s trying to make Malaysia more competitive and to lure foreign investors. He has also come up with the Government’s Transformation Programme that identifies six key areas in which the government intends to improve its service to the public.

The effects of all these, however, are not conspicuous yet. He did try to table three laws in Parliament to settle the touchy issue of religious conversion but this was forestalled at the last minute by the Conference of Rulers. But meanwhile, where are the institutional reforms?

When he became PM, he released numerous ISA detainees, among them the Hindraf leaders. But wasn’t that done with the next general election in mind – to win back the Indians? What about the more important issue – the ISA itself? What is being done about that? And what about the Universities and University Colleges Act, which denies student participation in not just political activities but also social activities that are not approved by the vice-chancellor?

Recently, the Universiti Malaya Speaker’s Corner was reactivated and a deputy minister who was somehow present at the event called it a clear example of the government’s open approach. Someone should test what can’t be said at that Speaker’s Corner.

What about the law enforcement institutions? We have yet to see the setting-up of the IPCMC which could help reduce crime and police corruption, and promote better observance of human rights by the police.
The ACA was reformed to become the MACC to battle corruption more effectively. Look at what it’s doing these days – mostly picking on opposition politicians to bring them to shame. Almost every opposition leader worth his salt is being investigated by the MACC. If you are not being investigated, you haven’t arrived.

We could also go into the attorney-general’s office and ask what has happened to the Lingam case, the PKFZ case, the RMAF case, the Hasbie Safar case, and whether the people who placed wild-boar’s heads in the two mosques have been arrested. What do you think we might discover?

Shaking off fear

So, what good has March 8 brought us after all?

Fundamentally, I think Malaysians are becoming more courageous. More and more are speaking up. Fewer and fewer are kowtowing to the people in high places. We are struggling to shake off the culture of fear – and I think we are succeeding. Look at the turnout at candlelight vigils and protest marches.

At the protests against the ISA detention of Tan Hoon Cheng, Raja Petra Kamarudin and Teresa Kok, people whom you’d never expected to see at such gatherings actually showed up. Three years ago, such people would not have dared come near such activities.

There is a new spirit of defiance now, and we have models of defiance to show us the way – among them Anwar Ibrahim since the reformasi days, Raja Petra, P Uthayakumar, Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin and his Perak band, and Malaysiakini. Instead of giving in to authoritative pressure, they stood tall. And that’s how it should be.

Malaysians are no longer so afraid of another May 13. Sure, there is always the possibility of racial riots flaring up but people are generally more sensible now. Besides, no responsible government would want racial riots to erupt and frighten away investors. The recent ‘Allah’ issue reinforces that. Despite the puny efforts of a few to create an incident by fire-bombing churches, attacking a surau and depositing wild-boar heads in mosques, the opportunity for riots fizzled out.

The political battlefields of Malaysia are no longer so clear-cut and marked by Malays versus non-Malays. From the time of reformasi in the late 1990s, the split within the Malay community has been evident.
In the 1999 general election (GE), it was the non-Malay voters who saved BN from possibly losing its two-thirds majority. Compared to the 1995 GE, Umno’s votes in 1999 dropped by 8 percent. Najib nearly got voted out of the Pekan constituency. He scraped through with a majority of only 241 votes.

In fact, as long ago as the mid-70s, it had already been predicted that a time would come when the major political strife would be between the Malays. The failure of the NEP to evenly redistribute wealth among the Malays has accelerated this. A class fight is settling in between the Malays who have not and the Malays who have a lot.

The real issue now is corruption. Many Malays have come to realise that the people who join Umno these days are largely doing so not because they believe in helping their own community but because they want to get rich.

Umno still tries to sell the idea of ketuanan Melayu but to the Malay have-nots, what is the meaning of that ketuanan? Even so, when push comes to shove, anything can happen. Much will depend on how effectively Umno plays the racial game. While it is unwise to look at the Malays as a monolith, it is equally unwise to ignore the tribal instincts of a community. Especially when it’s constantly being told that it’s under siege.

Looking forward on a more optimistic note, however, we have to acknowledge that March 8 has given us something precious for the next GE, and hopefully for longer into the future – choice. Now we have two coalitions to offer us their idea of a better deal. If we want to retain this duopoly that should work to our benefit, we have to nurture it. It sure beats having a monopoly.

The next GE will be crucial. It will determine whether we’ll get more of the same old, same old or whether we will get real change. Whether we will continue to be a nation divided along racial lines or be hopeful of being a truly Malaysian nation. If we are to keep the March 8 spirit alive and make irreversible the trend to take Malaysia out of the dark ages, we have to do our part. Those who have not yet registered as voters should do so as soon as possible.

It’s going to be a tough GE. Najib will want to prove himself worthy of being PM by winning it. He hasn’t won one yet. He’s PM now by default. He’s PM because of 2,600 Umno delegates. That’s the number that actually decided who would become prime minister. Only 2,600. We have seen in his handling of Perak how ruthless he can be when it comes to such things. So we need to be vigilant.

One of the tactics BN will resort to is gerrymandering. This might explain the recent PKR defections. BN will need a two-thirds majority to push through a Bill in Parliament calling for a redelineation of parliamentary constituencies. If it succeeds, redelineation will be really bad news for Pakatan. The opposition will have to strive even harder to win constituencies re-drawn to favour BN.

As it stands, Sabah and Sarawak seem secure for BN. To ensure that, Najib has been pumping more and more money into those states. In the peninsula, 70 percent of the current parliamentary seats are Malay-majority seats. That’s where PAS and PKR have to work really hard to deliver the votes. If they lose the battle for the Malay votes and Sabah and Sarawak remain loyal to BN, not only will Pakatan not make it to Putrajaya; BN might get back its two-thirds majority.

Whatever it is, when the next general election comes around, it might be appropriate to recall the words of Franklin Roosevelt: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

Choice is what we have now. That has been the gift of March 8. We should exercise that choice – for the betterment of our country. And exercise it without fear.

  1. #1 by Jamal Malik on Tuesday, 9 March 2010 - 7:57 am

    These people in Perkasa and UMNO are a bunch that preaches hatred. Sadly, Islam has been used by them as their tool. They will stop at nothing to stay in power.

    Their chants are only good for local consumption. On the world stage, Malaysian Muslims are now perceived to be intolerant of other religions and races.

  2. #2 by Bigjoe on Tuesday, 9 March 2010 - 8:16 am

    If polls are accurate, in terms of voters PR has actually gained since March 8. Not by a lot but in some places like Sabah, Perak and possibly Terengganu, its actually significant. It does not mean it has not lost ground in some places. But given the movements, chances are PR would still be ahead in terms of seats overall

    That is why its paramount that Najib get the 2/3 majority before the next GE to change the boundaries. Losing more seats, even it its just a couple, would be the end of him.

    Its actually why there is no fight between Najib and Muhiyiddin yet because he can afford to wait until after the next GE to make his move. Only by threatening to take over Putrajaya will a fight between Najib and Muhiyiddin break out. UMNO/BN feudal system is not designed to risk a significant chance of losing Putrajaya.

    Its why those who support PR have to understand that so long as UMNO/BN is not allowed to cheat, Putrajaya is almost certaintly going to be in PR’s hand either in GE 13 or GE 14. The danger actually is there may not be a GE 14 if the true-blue ultras take over UMNO. Its why its paramount to work to win Putrajaya EVEN before GE 13. We need to get Najib-Muhiyiddin to argue about putting Putrajaya.

    There is no chance that Sarawak and Sabah can be won by Opposition – they just don’t have the resources for it. But its possible to take a big chunk of Sarawak and Sabah seats and couple with the real chances to win Terengganu, Perak, Negeri Sembilan – that is enough.

    The road to Putrajaya is not fantasy, its real. So long as the other side don’t get to cheat..

  3. #3 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Tuesday, 9 March 2010 - 8:30 am

    In a nutshell, BN is a nut!

    Concisely, najib is a con-man.

    Musingly, Muhyiddin is muddled, mad and machiavellian.

    bELIEVE, me, BN is unbelievable, untrustworthy, unregenerate!

  4. #4 by chengho on Tuesday, 9 March 2010 - 8:42 am

    if Dap becoming multiracial party as they preach and people can see non chinese becoming the cm of penang then you have some slight chance

  5. #5 by yhsiew on Tuesday, 9 March 2010 - 8:47 am

    ///Only last week, the Home Ministry granted its most prominent group, Perkasa, a permit to publish a fortnightly newspaper. Meanwhile, Utusan Malaysia and Berita Harian continue to pour poison into the ears of the Malays by spinning that they are losing their land and privileges.///

    It is obvious that Najib’s 1Malaysia is mere rhetoric.

    LKS’s call for Najib to “tame” the government controlled media in order to give his 1Malaysia a chance to succeed is certainly no exaggeration.

  6. #6 by johnnypok on Tuesday, 9 March 2010 - 9:25 am

    The sentiments are getting stronger by the day, and will soon reach boiling point ahead of time.
    People want change. America has shown the way, and paved the way for change.
    Chinese do not want political power, but will support Anwar and Nik to become PM and DPM. The Chinese and Indians are more interested in making money.
    People power will topple BN/UMNO
    “Vote PR, Save Malaysia”

  7. #7 by Counterpoint on Tuesday, 9 March 2010 - 9:31 am

    Here’s an interesting poll result from NTV7 that it ran with the 7th Edition news yesterday that came with this line:

    Pakatan still strong despite exodus of lawmakers?

    And the result is (drumroll…..):

    91% YES
    9% NO

    I’d be really worried if I were Najib and all this is coming from one of his propagandistic news channels

    Najib, can we have the next GE soon, I just can’t wait to vote.

  8. #8 by sotong on Tuesday, 9 March 2010 - 9:44 am

    There are many Anti-1Malaysia…..the biggest concern is those in position of power and influence.

  9. #9 by Ridzuan Aziz on Tuesday, 9 March 2010 - 10:51 am

    Well, I have to give credit to PR in their attempts to salvage the image that has been screwed by BN.

    I guess, pointing blame on others is a sign that PR has no issues left to fight. Come on, Kit Siang, you can give us better than this. Tell us, what PR has achieved within these 2 years. Convince us that PR still has a chance.

    Firstly I guess, DAP has to work out something to let the rakyat know that they are fighting for the rights of all citizens. I still feel and most of my friends too, that DAP is a Chinese party. PKR and PAS are Malays parties. So how are we going to get out from this race issues when PR itself look divisive?

    When you walk the talk, then people will salute u.

  10. #10 by Winston on Tuesday, 9 March 2010 - 11:00 am

    “The number of elected representatives who have quit PKR is distressing, and Pakatan can’t blame the mainstream media for this. Neither can Pakatan blame anyone for its ability to produce ‘frogs’.” – Kee Thuan Chye

    No, Mr Kee, nobody is blaming the MSM for it, they only blame the UMNO/BN government.
    With the country’s resources at their disposal, creating frogs is no problem at all! Nothing magical about it!
    And you can be absolutely sure that they’ll do everything and anything to remain in power!
    As for the 1Malaysia slogan, it’s nothing but something to pull wool over the eyes of the people.
    What’s happening behind the scene may be the exact opposite of what is publicly announced! It’s something to fool the naive. But Malaysians are no longer THAT naive!
    We must also know that the UMNO/BN government, in it’s attempt to stay in power, will try to discredit the PR at every turn. But coming from a completely discredited Federal government, I’m sure you know how to treat whatever that comes from them.
    Malaysians are ripe for change and hunkering for it and each and everyone of them should go all out to garner support for the PR.

  11. #11 by Godfather on Tuesday, 9 March 2010 - 11:08 am

    Constituency redelineation is not necessarily bad for PR. The only real stronghold that BN has is Johor, so if they make a mistake and split as potential PR constituency into two, they could end up losing two seats instead of just one. It could hasten the demise of states like Negeri, Melaka and Trengganu.

    BN would be wary of redelineation of Sabah and Sarawak because the voters there could “turn” any time. In addition, the so-called BN component parties are not as UMNO subservient as MCA or Gerakan or MIC. Giving Sabah and Sarawak more parliamentary seats could also boomerang against these insecure people in UMNO.

  12. #12 by dagen on Tuesday, 9 March 2010 - 11:46 am

    Yes. It is time to start the election machinery rolling for GE13. I hv three issues for supporters of umno to ponder. [I am sure they do come here regularly and scott around for trouble.]

    Umnoputras (now taken over by perkumnoputras) gave malays the wrong impression that getting rid of non-malays from the country would have little adverse impact on the economy. In their minds, if the economy could be liken to a vehicle, then getting rid of “pendatangs” would be like replacing the missing vehicle driver. In short the vehicle would move on just the same. Wrong. Getting rid of non-malays means losing the vehicle engine not the driver!

    What if all non-malays were to leave the country (hypothetical, yes I know)? Common malays would still have to compete (but amongst themselves) if they want a better life and worse, they would have to face perkumnoputras. In other words, competition would not dissapear even if non-malays are not present. And in any face off with perkumnoputras, who would triumphed and who would be trashed? Perkumnoputras would win and common malays would be trashed all the same. So poor malays would remain poor. Kampung malays would have stay on in their kampungs. Meanwhile perkumnoputras would continue with their abusive and corrupt ways till the country is bankrupted of all her wealth and resources.

    So supporters of umno. Think again. Dont be hoodwinked by perkumnoputras! And what difference can pakatan make, you people might ask? Look at penang and selangor. With very, no extremely, little federal fundings, the two state governments could still move on with business as usual and could continue to develop. Now, how is that possible? Answer, by not adopting those proven-to-be-disastrous umno ways.

  13. #13 by Comrade on Tuesday, 9 March 2010 - 11:57 am

    BN/Umno uses every trick in the book
    In its all out strategy to look
    For potential “frogs” to be trapped in its hold
    And to bring all of them to its fold
    Will more & more PR MPs switch party
    To enable BN regain its two-thirds majority?
    The frogs quit PR for their self-gain
    They will not be wanted ever again
    Do not cry over spilt milk,PR. Why?
    Lesson learned, “once beaten twice shy”
    May God bless PR and give it victory
    Down with BN, may it become history

  14. #14 by k1980 on Tuesday, 9 March 2010 - 12:39 pm

    Make my day, Jib.

    When Canada introduced GST in 1991, the government was brought down at the following general elections in 1993. The political party who introduced GST in Canada eventually disbanded in 2004!

  15. #15 by frankyapp on Tuesday, 9 March 2010 - 2:55 pm

    Our politicians especially from the Umno/Bn and to some entend from the PR wanted to lead the country to becoming a developed country but the main problem is most of these politicians never grow up themselves and instead continue to behave like un-civilized leaders in a 3rd grade undeveloped country. How to have a two efficient party system when politicians never think first for country and people .The victor must be humble and sincerely serve the people in accordance to the party’s manifesto and the loser must be gracious and also humbly serve the people to check and help to balance what’s the party of the day doing in the interest of country and people. I think most of our present core of politicians have not even come near to this standand or stage of politic for county and people hence I think the people would be the biggest losers under BN for as long as it remains in power and unless of course these guys change their attitudes (which I think they would never) to serve the people and country and not for themselves. In the west for example in the UK and in the US,the two party system works pretty well because both sides have been behaving in a best civilized manner to deal with all problems being faced by the country and people. Can the present core of malaysian politicians behave like the westerners ?

  16. #16 by johnnypok on Tuesday, 9 March 2010 - 5:18 pm

    There is no hope and no future for this country, unless, the whole administration is contracted out to Singapore for an idefinite period of time.

  17. #17 by Jeffrey on Tuesday, 9 March 2010 - 5:47 pm

    It is good we have a noted Malaysian dramatist, poet and journalist like Kee Thuan Chye (“KTC”) to articulate eloquently the Cause of Multiracialism and a Better Malaysia rallied by the ‘March 8 Spirit’.

    KTC also said, “Anwar Ibrahim promised us defections from BN to Pakatan on Sept 16, 2008, but it never happened. Now it’s happening – but the defectors are from Pakatan. In any case, Anwar’s attempt to take over the federal government on Sept 16 was misguided and merely exposed his true ambition – to be prime minister, above all else”.

    Although I am no fan of Anwar, KTC cannot hold it against Anwar in respect of “his true ambition – to be prime minister”. What’s wrong with that? Which politician does not, if he could, want to be a Prime Minister? What is of importance is whether in the process of realising his ambition he takes the country to a higher notch of better governance or down to the pits! It is measurement based on relative/comparative benchmark. It is not even an absolute one. No one, who has his feet on the ground, expects Anwar/PR, if they win, to be able to obliterate the twin scourges of racism and corruption/money politics. Just making the situation better by a notch or two would have sufficed.

    Next how does one abstain, in Malaysian context, from all vestige of money politics when the other side is making full use of it in an electoral contest? Sept 16, 2008 did not happen perhaps because the “would be” East Malaysian frogs figured neither Anwar nor PR had sufficient funds, as compared to BN’s machinery to slug it out. (No frog would then jump to PR unless the other frogs jumped at the same time – which required lots of money – and no frog wanted to jump alone into the ocean without a a secure platform provided by Anwar for all frogs, so in the end no frog jumped!)

    Today there will still be frogs contemplating jumping in reverse direction out from PR if there’s sufficient monetary enticement. Otherwise it is based on the other calculation that with Anwar’s conviction, PR has not the funds to leverage a successful electoral contest. Many would want to ally with right side that will win power – whatever the ideology. It is unfortunate but realistic to conclude that to fight elections – and win (especially when in KTC’s words “the next GE will be crucial”) – although ‘March 8 Spirit’ may play a significant part, however the ‘spirit’ alone might not carry the day unless the Opposition has a minimum war chest of election campaign funds to contest the vastly superior war chest of BN’s.

    With MACC breathing down their throats, PR’s politicians can’t even make money from stationary (in saving towards the iminent election) without being called in for interrogation (raising spectre of what Teoh Beng Hock must have gone through).

    Yet Anwar alone is commanding the stature in domestic/international terms to raise election funds. One of the key advantage, if he were convicted of sodomy, and incarcerated, is the possible assumption that PR’s access to the tap of election campaign funds will be switched off – rightly or wrongly, this assumption! The second advantage is calculation that, in his absence as a glue, PR will dissolve in 2nd echelon leadership struggle to fill his place. Indeed the fact that he is now in court see some jumping out of the PR’s ship. These factors appear important enough to override even risks of making Anwar a martyr or alienating a part of Malay vote bank (as Tun Dr Mahathir experienced in the 1999 GE!) Maybe it is thought that the risks may be mitigated by sentiments whipped up by ethnocentric NGOs that have, of late, proliferated and made their position known.

  18. #18 by waterfrontcoolie on Tuesday, 9 March 2010 - 5:57 pm

    People like Ali the Frog have only 1 selling point: driving fears into those who lack the means to connect with the outside. I hope PR spend some time and resoutces to tackle this problem.
    Even those supposedly Chinese educated workers are conned, what more those living in the rural areas?

  19. #19 by Black Arrow on Wednesday, 10 March 2010 - 1:25 am

    Pakatan Rakyat is all the better to lose the frogs now rather than later. Now is the time to earmark potential candidates for GE13 and not wait till last minute as there will always be last-minute opportunists.

    Pakatan Rakyat can win GE13 but must start planning now.

  20. #20 by monsterball on Wednesday, 10 March 2010 - 4:05 am

    PR wants a Malaysian Malaysia.
    UMNO wants to divide and rule.
    PR wants to fight corruptions in earnest ways.
    UMNO wants to fight corruptions with side shows..not sincere at all.
    PR wants a democratic country.
    UMNO wants to be Lord of the Jungle.
    PR wants fair to all Malaysians…no favoritism…but help all races needs and wants…with fixed time frames.
    UMNO wants double standards and help selected Malays…according to their whims and fancies..likes and dislikes…as if they own Malaysia.
    PR and UMNO are just the opposites.
    How can they sit and talk? way.
    Vote UMNO out..end of story.

  21. #21 by monsterball on Wednesday, 10 March 2010 - 4:12 am

    If UMNO agrees to fight corruptions sincerely…most UMNO ..MCA and MIC ministers will be in jail now.
    Do you expect Najib to agree to sit and talk with PR…and plan his own jail life?
    So many UMNO politicians will go after his scalp!!
    No way..UMNO will agree to talk and plan things good for the country and people with PR elected parliamentarians.
    Can Lucifer followers sit with God’s children…to talk things out?

  22. #22 by chengho on Wednesday, 10 March 2010 - 6:01 am

    2 yrs ago PR promised to come out with list of shadow cabinet , till now you cannot agreed with anything , still a racist party.

  23. #23 by DCLXVI on Thursday, 11 March 2010 - 2:16 am

    chengho: “if Dap becoming multiracial party as they preach and people can see non chinese becoming the cm of penang then you have some slight chance”

    For decades before GE12, Umno-BN had already allowed for a Chinese Penang CM, but the people of Penang should still have the last say. They would certainly choose someone whom they believe can do the job well enough, and they certainly would not want some ‘donkey’ to be their CM.

    Ridzuan Aziz: “DAP has to work out something to let the rakyat know that they are fighting for the rights of all citizens. I still feel and most of my friends too, that DAP is a Chinese party. PKR and PAS are Malays parties. So how are we going to get out from this race issues when PR itself look divisive?”

    First, one has to look that DAP, PKR & PAS party names do not have words that indicate race. Then, one has to observe how Pakatan Rakyat governed states are being administered.
    Umno-BN is already thinking about BN direct membership but Umno still wants to dominate the coalition while the relevance of its old partners MCA & MIC is in doubt…

    chengho: “2 yrs ago PR promised to come out with list of shadow cabinet , till now you cannot agreed with anything , still a racist party.”

    Remember the saying that Rome wasn’t built in a day?

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