Chinese stupid if they still vote Barisan, says Anwar

by Anisah Shukry
The Malaysian Insider
May 27, 2014

After receiving such a bashing from the Barisan Nasional (BN) government, the Chinese in Malaysia would be stupid if they still voted for the ruling coalition, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said last night.

The opposition leader told some 3,000 people in Anson Industrial Park, Teluk Intan, that BN had no respect for the Chinese, and this was made evident in the way they treated the community.

“They (BN) dismiss the Indians. They label Chinese as trespassers. Yet still there are Chinese who vote BN. These Chinese have no shame.

“When the prime minister comes, (he says) what else do the Chinese want? A minister said Chinese are trespassers. Yet, (the Chinese still say) love live BN! How stupid these Chinese are,” Anwar said.

DAP’s Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud will face BN-Gerakan’s Datuk Mah Siew Keong this Saturday for the Teluk Intan parliamentary seat, after it fell vacant following the death of Seah Leong Peng on May 31.

Earlier yesterday, Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said only the Chinese would be happy if BN lost in the by-election, as they are already wealthy and ungrateful for it.

“I would feel sad if DAP won again in Teluk Intan. The Malays would be sad. The Indians would be even sadder.

“But the Chinese would be fine, because they have all sorts of businesses. But if it weren’t for the Malays or Indians who buy goods from them, they wouldn’t have any business.

“It is the Malays and the Indians who help Chinese businessmen. And when they vote, they choose DAP. They are ungrateful,” Zahid‎ told about 100 Malays in Durian Sebatang, Teluk Intan, yesterday.

Anwar told the crowd last night that if the BN leaders do not respect them, they should reject BN and vote DAP this Saturday, May 31.

The opposition leader also praised Dyana for her youth and experience and for working with DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang, whom he described as a tireless leader.

“Dyana is still young, if she does something wrong, we can teach her. Kit Siang had the foresight; he trained her for a year in politics.

“Do you think it is easy working with Kit Siang? He does not know the meaning of being tired, he does not know how to sleep – even I don’t know what he takes. Ginseng tablets, or maybe Tongkat Ali,” said Anwar in jest.

He also slammed BN for resorting to “bikini politics” to fight Dyana, who has been the victim of hooliganism, sexism and an online smear campaign since her candidacy was announced.

“Talk about your (BN’s) education policies, what you want to do for the people of Teluk Intan, the prices of goods. Instead you ask: what lipstick are you wearing? What brand of bikini are you wearing?

“This is Umno-BN’s politics, even though in Islam, you are not supposed to cheat people, insult people, or lay bare their sins. This is xiao ren (disgusting) politics,” said Anwar.

He said he was also confused as to why Gerakan still held any appeal for voters in Teluk Intan, given its track record in Penang.

“Does Gerakan even still exist? I am confused, in Penang people don’t care for Gerakan anymore, so why are they still around in Teluk Intan?” he said.

Mah, who is Gerakan president, won the Teluk Intan seat twice in the 1999 and 2004 general elections, but lost to DAP’s M. Manogaran and Seah in 2008 and 2013 with 1,470 and 7,313-votes majority respectively.

Teluk Intan has 60,349 voters including 410 early voters and 12 absentee voters. Early voting is scheduled for today.

The constituency has 23,301 Malay voters (38.6%), 25,310 Chinese voters (41.9%) and 11,648 Indian voters (19%).

The DAP first won the federal seat, then known as Teluk Anson, in the 1969 election, when Chan Fu King beat MCA’s Dr Ng Kam Poh in a major upset. – May 25, 2014.

  1. #1 by bruno on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 - 9:42 am

    Mah can promised whatever he wants.In the end it all comes down to big bro Umno if there are any carrots left for him to distribute.

  2. #2 by bruno on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 - 9:44 am

    The recent gangsterism antics by Umno youth speaks louder than words.Desperation.Real desperation by Umno leaders.

  3. #3 by Bigjoe on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 - 9:45 am

    I fully agree on Anwar’s conclusion. The problem is the THE PRETENSE OF CHINESE RELATIONSHIP WITH UMNO IS BROKEN. Not given the last few election. The idea of compromise and moderation with UMNO was always a myth made necessary by the ultra-right weakness and the economics to be had by cooperation. The truth is if UMNO gets back 2/3 power, the Chinese might as well claim asylum and start migrating en-masse.

    The Chinese cannot back out from insisting on reform and marginalisation of the ultra-right in UMNO. Its not just for their rights under the founding of this country, its about the very future of this country. To back out, not only lead them nowhere, its abrogating the duties of citizenship they insist is their rights.

    The Chinese have no choice. There is no turning back to what we started with Badawi. It must end one way or other, there is no in between.

  4. #4 by bruno on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 - 9:45 am

    Dyana is going to win big this Saturday.Teluk Intan voters will vent their anger at Umno for acting like samsengs.

  5. #5 by bruno on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 - 9:54 am

    This Saturday’s Teluk Intan by elections will shaped the Malaysian political landscape for the next twenty years,if not more.A majority of more than 10k for Dyana means the possibility of leadership change in Putrajaya come GE14.

  6. #6 by Justice Ipsofacto on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 - 10:51 am

    Yeah I agree.
    Bodoh punya cina kalau masih pilih BN.

  7. #7 by Godfather on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 - 1:25 pm

    Thank God the majority of the Chinese are not stupid. There is a persistently stupid minority who think they should turn the other cheek when slapped by UMNO.

  8. #8 by boh-liao on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 - 1:24 am

    Unfortunately STILL a lot of non-Malays LOVE Perkosa-UmnoB/BN n don’t mind being raped n sodomised by Perkosa-UmnoB/BN

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