Will DAP dominate PR?

By Sakmongkol AK47
September 07, 2012 | The Malaysian Insider

SEPT 7 — A close Umno friend asked me this question: if PR takes over, wouldn’t it lead to DAP dominance over PR? Wouldn’t the Chinese be in control? Just take the example of Nizar when he became MB of Perak by courtesy of the DAP. He gave out land to the Chinese because the DAP must have pressured him to.

The DAP has become the favourite bogeyman that must be attacked from all possible angles. Lim Kit Siang was behind the May 13 incident, ignoring the records which showed that Kit Siang was in Sabah at that time. Lim Guan Eng, who was eight years old at that time, was also instrumental in creating the racial clashes. The DAP has never detached itself as a proxy to Singapore’s PAP. The list of wrongs is seemingly bottomless. And now, a spectre is haunting Malaysia. The DAP shall dominate a PR government.

I have long wanted to answer this anxiety. Apparently this is the propaganda being sold by Umno leaders all over the country. It’s simply called scare mongering. It indicates that Umno is scared. Barisan Nasional’s other component party members, which are essentially stooges of Umno, are now irrelevant. It has also shown that Umno now realises it can lose power.

Let us dispel the myths before we answer as to what Nizar has actually done.

First of all, the DAP will probably contest 52-53 parliamentary seats. Even if it wins all, the number is not sufficient to allow the DAP to form a government on its own. It will become a formidable force. And that is not because the members are Chinese. It becomes formidable because it has so many high-quality MPs.

Non-DAP MPs will still dominate the numbers. So, forming a government with the DAP dominating is out of the question. Why should any Malay fear DAP dominance? Only mediocre Umno leaders do. The good Malays in PKR and certainly the very able people in PAS can stand as equals to DAP legislators. But these Malays don’t quarrel with DAP people on trivial things like low-quality Umno MPs.

The area in which the DAP has dominated appears to be in the intensity of its resolve to fight for causes. Why should that be feared? It must be emulated. Can’t Umno offer the voters higher calibre people who can walk and chew gum at the same time? Instead, it takes the populist approach, choosing people whom it sees as winnable and armed probably with fake degrees they bought.

The other big issue I wish to address is this. The same friend asked: wouldn’t it be like what happened in Perak; Nizar became a front for the DAP and he only implemented policies that benefited the Chinese in Perak.

Nizar governed Perak for a period of 11 months. He was kicked out of office by way of a coup d’etat involving also the Perak royalty. We must now remember always, that people are always more sovereign than kings and Rulers. I hope this is taken in good spirit. Nobody wants to demolish the royal houses provided there is mutual respect. The adulation and reverence of the people to the royal houses must be reciprocated with the utmost respect for their sovereign wishes. The overriding wish was to have a legitimately elected government which cannot be broken up by extra judicial means. Collectively, the will of the people is as sovereign as the Malaysian monarchy.

During the 11 months Nizar served as MB, his government approved 314 housing lots for kampung tersusun and for 134 new villages. These lots were given out to applicants who have been waiting for over 30 years to get land titles. These people were denied or refused approval by the Umno/BN government. What is so difficult about giving out land titles? During by-elections, titles could be given in a week’s time.

Ninety-five per cent of the residents in the kampung tersusun have been denied titles for over 30 years. All they asked was a housing lot of about 3,200 square feet. So one can imagine how “big” a house that can be constructed on such a lot size. The whole house is smaller than the bedroom of some people I know.

How many of these were issued by Nizar? He gave out 102,000 lots involving 7,500 acres. Most of these recipients were Malays. Again? To Malays.

What about the new villages or kampung baru? We know from experience most dwellers in the kampung baru are Chinese. Indeed, 97 per cent of these are Chinese, many of whom have not received titles for as long as 80 years. What’s the land sizes are they looking for? The average size is 1,125 square feet (25x45ft). That is the size of a garage. A total of 47,000 lots were issued to applicants involving 1,250 acres.

Kampung tersusun (the dwellers are mostly Malays) got 7,500 acres while the Chinese new villagers got 1,250 acres. If I were to ask an MCA friend citing the above examples, can he/she tell me, in giving out land for housing, which race has benefited more from Nizar’s actions? The Malays got more land, and the Malay has a bigger lot measuring 3,200 square feet compared to the Chinese new villager who got 1,125 square feet.

Did Nizar victimise the Perak royal house as far as land is concerned? Well, judge for yourself. During the tenure of a former Umno MB, Ramli Ngah Talib, there was a verbal agreement to award the Perak Ruler land totalling 600 acres located in Tanjong Tualang. But the land was not transferred by the Umno government.

This was what Nizar did. His Exco confirmed the verbal promise made earlier by an Umno MB, to vest the land with the Perak Ruler. The transfer of the title was made in the name of a nominee of the Perak Ruler to one individual named Pak Tok Khair.

The nominee completed the transaction, paid the necessary premiums and the land was formally transferred.

What Umno failed to do for the Ruler, Nizar succeeded.

In another instance, a religious teacher who runs a religious school (pondok), Tok Guru Pak Teh, applied for land for cattle grazing in 2004. He applied for 45 acres. But each time his application was rejected by the Umno government. Again, what the Umno government failed, the PR government under Nizar, who was supposed to be dictated by the DAP, approved the 45 acres to Tok Guru Pak Teh. To add security, the area was gazetted as grazing land for the benefit of Pondok Tok Guru Pak Teh permanently. For that Nizar received a personal note of appreciation from the Tok Guru who has since died.

In addition, Nizar approved small lots ranging from half an acre to three acres to operators of state land. The approval was justified on the grounds that the operators had worked the land for a very long time.

That was all Nizar did. Umno goes to town accusing Nizar of selling out to the Chinese.

Now let us see what Umno, the party that fights for Agama, Bangsa dan Negara did during its tenure. Let’s go back to see what Umno did before PR took over Perak.

1. 22,000 acres belonging to PKNPk in Lekir Manjong planted with oil palm were pledged to KLK which is owned Tan Sri Lee Oi Lean. He is a Chinese.

2. 500 hectares of Malay reserve land in Padang Rengas (Nazri Aziz’s parliamentary seat) together with a cement-making factory jointly developed by PKNPk and Hanjoong of Korea was sold to YTL. Now, the present Perak Umno government is busy acquiring more Malay reserve land as it sees fit.

3. The Umno government has given 1,300 acres of land to Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik in Kampar to construct the biggest UTAR College.

4. The Umno government gave 15-30 acres to each farmer in the areas between Bikar and Bidor and Teluk Intan. Most of these farmers were Chinese farmers.

Now let’s see what Zambry did when he took over as MB. He sold off the Casuarina Hotel belonging to the state government within two months of assuming office. He sold it to the Perak Sultan’s son in law Tengku Farouk for only RM48 million. Nizar has steadfastly refused to sell even when commanded by the Sultan. That hotel belongs to the state and the value of the strategically located land in terms of market price was then around RM94 million.

Under Zambry, who has a Ph.D. in Islamic studies, quarry land, timber concessions, mangrove concessions are being distributed to Umno cronies wantonly. It’s like there is no tomorrow for these people.

Zambry has approved 1,100 acres to the Brazilian firm Vale for the purposes of setting up an iron ore plant. The award was given when Zamry was in office.

Now, who has actually betrayed the Malays? Umno or Nizar? Umno has sold out to the Chinese more than anyone else can. — sakmongkol.blogspot.com

* Sakmongkol AK47 is the nom de plume of Datuk Mohd Ariff Sabri Abdul Aziz. He was Pulau Manis assemblyman (2004-2008).

  1. #1 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Friday, 7 September 2012 - 12:17 pm

    Obama should not have been President if Americans practised racism.

    It’s not the colour bro., it’s the brains and the character.

    Would you rather have someone with character flaws like Mahathir or someone with a long baggage of questionable deeds like Najib be the Prime Minister or someone who moos loudest like Muhyiddin?

    Aiyoyo…I would take DAP any day of the CE calendar.

  2. #2 by dagen wanna "ABU" on Friday, 7 September 2012 - 1:01 pm

    If pakatan takes over common malays (and this by definition excludes umnoputras) would stand to benefit the most. Pakatan’s idealogy is people-centric (umno’s, is umnoputra-centric). There are more poor malays than other races. And of course people-centric policies would by default benefit malays more (esp the poor ones). So what happened in perak under nizar is a good illustration of pakatan’s policy in operation.

  3. #3 by bumiborn on Friday, 7 September 2012 - 1:37 pm

    It should be people-centric, not umnoputra-centric.

  4. #4 by sheriff singh on Friday, 7 September 2012 - 2:18 pm

    ‘Nizar has steadfastly refused to sell (Casuarina Hotel for half price) even when commanded by the Sultan. ‘

    Ah, perhaps this explains and makes our understanding of the Perak crisis much clearer.

    If Zambry sold cheap at rock bottom price, then he and his exco must be held to account and make liable for the shortfall. The people’s interests must come first. I am sure those in power appreciates this. It is all about good governance, accountability and about doing the right things.

  5. #5 by Cinapek on Friday, 7 September 2012 - 3:16 pm

    Hey Chua Jnr, shouldn’t you be investigating the sale of Casuarina Hotel too? Why Talam only?

    “…low-quality Umno MPs….” Ummm, I like this. Well even their de facto leader TDM has labelled them “half past six”. Low quality MPs survive by backstabbing the good quality people to make sure they do not survive to compete with them. And they ensure their survival by being “yes” men to their leaders.

  6. #6 by monsterball on Friday, 7 September 2012 - 6:16 pm

    There is no doubt…UMNO b is afraid of DAP being a strong force in politics and policy makings….when and if PR wins the 13th GE.
    The combinations of PAS and keDAILan are the real headaches for UMNO b on Muslim voters and Anwar is the main target to keep pulling Muslims voters away from UMNO B.
    You can clearly see how UMNO b is try so hard to trick voters.
    Using Lim Guan Eng as a target for DAP…check out the many accusations.
    Anwar?????….why it is jail for him or UMNO b and Najib are gone cases.
    Ignore Mahathir’s babbling and mumbling nonsensical stuffs.
    That old fox can never get votes for UMNO b…which his stupid ways…I am sure.
    DAP will not dominate PR…….but PR is getting more and more powerful through DAP influences.
    It’s a team work…and who win more seats is not the issue.
    You can be absolutely sure…DAP will not demand this or that but will INSIST the PM be a Muslim….for whatever it is…Muslims dominate the country…and we have 9 Muslims Rulers.
    Does Najib…Mahathir and all the BN idiots think DAP is so stupid to upset the country…fighting for power…..when all the…they keep fighting massive corruptions and double standards.
    That’s why DAP is so popular.
    They fight for all Malaysians.

  7. #7 by monsterball on Friday, 7 September 2012 - 6:26 pm

    There is no doubt…UMNO b is afraid of DAP for their strength in politics….when and if PR wins the 13th G.
    The strong combinations or PR parties are the real headaches for BN.
    You can be absolutely sure…DAP will not demand this or that…if they win…but will support a PM must be a Muslim….as Muslims is the majority race in Malaysia.
    It is a team work and who wi8n more seats will not be the issue.
    Does Najib…Mahathir and all BN politicians think DAP is so stupid…fighting for power …when all their lives..they are fighting against corruptions and double standards.

  8. #8 by PoliticoKat on Saturday, 8 September 2012 - 8:56 am

    I guess your UMNO friend needs to ask himself, who would he prefer, an honest non-malay person or a corrupted Malay person as a leader?

    Is race so important that as long as the person is of the right race, his or her character and ethics is unimportant?

    Malaysian politics has been Malay dominated, UMNO dominated for 55 years. Have things improved? Selfishly consider only the Malay community and no other, have things improved?

    Does he like where things are and where they are headed. If yes, continue with UMNO. If not, ask is UMNO really the answer? 55 years is a long time.

    PS. Look at Singapore. That dot now has an economy larger than Malaysia. Ask your UMNO supporter friend to think about that.

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