Najib Tun Razak, Chua Soi Lek, Ali Rustam, M Saravanan and Dr Mahathir should stop racializing the 13th General Election results and focus instead on Revamping the Electoral System, starting with asking for the members of the Election Commission to resign

BN leaders should be ashamed of themselves for continuing to racialize the GE13 election results. This is thoroughly unbecoming of their status as national leaders and statesmen. Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak continues to irresponsibly racialize the GE13 results when he refused to condemn the reprehensible and thoroughly disgusting headline of Utusan Malaysia yesterday on the 7th of May which read “Apa Lagi Cina Mahu?” (What more do the Chinese want?). Instead, his response which alluded that the Chinese papers were writing the same thing makes a mockery of his election night statement that he wanted to embark on a program of national reconciliation.

Dr Chua Soi Lek too has refused to apologize for making the remark that the country is now on a ‘two-race’ system. This is pure stupidity since 50 out of the 89 Pakatan MPs (or 56%) are non-Chinese (39 Malay, 10 Indian, 1 Kadazan).

Ali Rustam should also offer his profuse apologies to not just the Chinese voters in the constituency of Bukit Katil but also the Malay voters, who make up 53% of the voters in this constituency, and also the Indian voters, who make up 6% of the voters in this constituency for exercising their democratic right to choose their candidate of preference, which happens to be his opponent, Shamsul Iskandar, from PKR.

M Saravanan should also apologize for agreeing with Utusan Malaysia and with Ali Rustam by saying that the Chinese were ungrateful since I am sure that many of the 12743 voters who voted for his opponent (or 38% of the total vote) included Malay and Indian voters.

Do both of these leaders also mean to say that all those who voted against the BN, including almost half of the voters in the 95% majority state of Terengganu, are also ‘ungrateful’ voters?

The worst culprit of this race baiting is none other than Dr. Mahathir himself who continues to outdo his younger self in polarizing and dividing the country when he accused the Malaysian Chinese community of ‘rejecting the hand of friendship’ extended by the Malays. This is an absolute lie and irresponsible accusation especially since Malay, Chinese, Indian, Kadazan and Iban supporters of Pakatan Rakyat worked hand in hand in many of the mixed constituencies, without access to the ample funds available to the BN, all of them campaigning based on the Politics of Hope propagated by Pakatan Rakyat instead of the Politics of Fear propagated by Barisan Nasional.

Indeed, the fact that DAP was willing to use the logo of PAS to contest in the 13th GE received widespread support among both the membership and supporters of both parties showing that Pakatan is genuine about its intentions to bridge racial and religious divides compared to the BN.

Dr. M even goes to the extent of reimagining the ethnic composition of the state of Selangor by calling it a Chinese majority state when the statistics clearly show that the Malay voters form the largest group of voters (50%) in the state compared to the Chinese (34%), Indians (15%) and others (2%). Is Dr. Mahathir accusing anyone and everyone who voted against the BN in the 13th General Election of being Chinese?

I call upon all of the BN leaders named above to follow the lead of Saifuddin Abdullah, who lose in the Malay majority seat of Temerloh, but did not agree with the Utusan headlines and did not blame anyone for his defeat. They should follow his example of condemning the Utusan headline.

Finally, these leaders should instead look into the many problems which occurred during the 13th general election which have made Malaysia the center of negative attention in the global media. Serious allegations and reports have been made including the not so indelible indelible ink, the accusations of foreigners being bussed to certain polling stations, the accusations of many voters who were not registered but found themselves on the electoral roll and many others. The BN leaders should focus on issues pertaining to electoral reform, as proposed by Bersih 2.0 and supported Malaysians across the board regardless of race, religion, language and background.

(Media Conference Statement at DAP Hqrs on Wednesday 8.5.13 at 3 pm)

  1. #1 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Thursday, 9 May 2013 - 9:36 am

    Najib has been consistent.

    Najib is consistent as a racist.

    Najib is a consistent idiot.

  2. #2 by cseng on Thursday, 9 May 2013 - 11:06 am

    A failed person would dodge a challenge, in fear of losing, he walks away.

    A morally corrupt person would dodge a challenge, and ask other to fight for him.

    A useless person would dodge a challenge, ask other to fight, to win, he would be proud and dignify by it.

    Only an animal would dodge a challenge, ask other to fight, after he lost, he shout ‘Chinese tsunami!’.

    It hurts when you were labeled as such… but how about our felling when you agreed to Najib this is ‘Chinese tsunami’?

  3. #3 by sheriff singh on Thursday, 9 May 2013 - 11:08 am

    I am surprised Mahathir hasn’t blamed George Soros or the Jews yet. Maybe it will come soon. He must still be thinking of the angle or collecting data.

  4. #4 by Jim55 on Thursday, 9 May 2013 - 11:41 am


    UMNO-BN used to blame anything and everything on Anwar but for GE13 outcome, UMNO-BN blame it on Chinese for failing to secure two-thirds majority.

    What a change!

  5. #5 by Jim55 on Thursday, 9 May 2013 - 11:41 am


    UMNO-BN used to blame anything and everything on Anwar but for GE13 outcome, UMNO-BN blame it on Chinese for failing to secure two-thirds majority.

    What a change!

  6. #6 by pulau_sibu on Thursday, 9 May 2013 - 2:06 pm

    did people like mahathir and chua know that they made umno more vulnerable to be thrown out by the people? the more mahathir spoke, the more harm he did to umno and BN

  7. #7 by pulau_sibu on Thursday, 9 May 2013 - 2:39 pm

    since mca, gerakan, supp semua tutup pintu, they can be absorbed by umno to be their members. since these parties are no longer recognised as chinese parties in BN… they who wanted to threaten chinese

  8. #8 by Bigjoe on Thursday, 9 May 2013 - 2:51 pm

    Those who says we should watch Najib’s cabinet appt to see where he actually stand on reform is TOTALLY WRONG.. From the appt of MBs and Najib’s initial word is already abundantly clear. Having a few apt of those that will speak up for everyone else other than the right of he party MAKES no difference.

    The fact is Najib can’t make many appt of those that are non-right wing because if we on he outside can see it, then so can Mahathir and his supporters. He simply can’t pull it off..In fact the recent list of candidates in Selangor and elsewhere already pretty good indication of how Najib makes his decisions – he conforms and simply make a farce of looking different.. In fact, its quite clear that Najib, despite his more modern manners, is simply, deep down IS A BELIEVER in Malay Hegemony, he cannot be anything else given his proven track record of unrealistic grandeur and over-claiming of merit and achievements.

    They are going to go behind close doors and Najib is going to make a case that ranting and blaming the Chinese won’t solve anything. Instead, he will make a case that only dominance through more projects and less rhetorics is the answer thereby pacifying the right-wingers but never confronting the issue..

  9. #9 by tuahpekkong on Thursday, 9 May 2013 - 10:58 pm

    Just last week, the PM was still busy courting the Chinese. I am really surprised to see an about-turn in his attitude after the Chinese failed to support BN despite repeated overtures. Instead of blaming the Chinese, why not engage in some soul-searching to find out why the Chinese had rejected BN. If the Chinese are to be blamed for not supporting BN, then what about the Kelantanese who had consistently rejected BN for the past 23 years? To equate Chinese papers with the reprehensible conduct of Utusan Malaysia is grossly unfair.
    Of course CSL is stupid. An intelligent person won’t be caught by a camera while somebody performed an indecent act on him. A person with brain also won’t make silly comments, like the comments he made regarding the molestation of two Southern University College students. I think the former Melaka CM aspired to become a full minister. His hope is now dashed and with it maybe his political career. His outburst and insult at the Chinese is highly deplorable. With the MCA and Gerakan not taking up any Cabinet post, vacancies are many. M Saravanan was probably eyeing for a cabinet post too. That might be the reason why he tried to curry favour with UMNO. I am not surprised at what Dr M had said as he is the biggest racist in the country right now. Anything can be turned into a racial issue by him.

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