By Raggie Jessy
TTF: Back in August last year, the Malays demonstrated just how much they yearned for a return of Barisan Nasional rule in opposition-run areas by turning out en masse to support Datuk Seri Najib Razak. The “Kenduri Bersama Rakyat” that the Prime Minister organised in Permatang Pauh made it into the Malaysia Book of Records by attracting a 21,800-strong crowd comprising largely of Malays.
The record breaking scene at the PKR stronghold was a stark contrast to the dull atmosphere at the PPBM-organised “anti-kleptocracy” rally in Padang Timur. Lim Kit Siang’s decision to share a stage with Dr Mahathir Mohamad while accusing Najib of corruption was such a turnoff, the event barely brought together 4,000 persons, signalling that Malaysians totally rejected DAP’s decision to team up with PPBM.
Yes, the Malays can no longer make sense of stuff that is going on in Pakatan Harapan. They get pissed every time they see Nurul Izzah Anwar praising Mahathir or Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail standing next to the Machiavellian. It puzzles them how the mother and daughter tag team has the cheek to shout Reformasi despite it being the very slogan once used to demand Mahathir’s resignation from government.
Then, there is the fact that everyone in Pakatan seems comfortable with Lim Kit Siang’s anti-Islamic rants. The Malays were furious when Amanah’s Mohamad Sabu refused to come to Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s defence despite the senior Lim’s stinging remarks against the Syariah Amendment Bill. It occurred to them that Amanah was nothing but a proxy party funded by DAP to turn Muslims against PAS.
There is just that much Islamophobic nonsense being played up by DAP, the Malays no longer feel safe being associated with any of its leaders. Ask any right-thinking Malay, and he or she would tell you that Pakatan is toxic to the religion of Islam. Ask why, and the first name they’d pluck from the air is that of Lim Kit Siang, who almost every Malay would swear is the personification of evil in the flesh and blood. – The Third Force
* The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Malaysia Outlook.
News item from Malay Mail Online:
KUALA LUMPUR: Malay voters trust the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) party and the Islamist party PAS over opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan (PH), according to a survey by independent pollster Merdeka Center.
Ibrahim Suffian, pollster Merdeka Center’s programmes director, said Malay and non-Malay voters were asked who they trusted more to manage the country’s economy; reduce the problem of corruption; protect the political interests of Malay Muslims and Bumiputera; and treat all races fairly.
“Malay respondents trust PAS and Umno more compared to Pakatan Harapan, that is the main takeaway point.
“Because I think there’s a lot of rhetoric going on in politics today about how Pakatan Harapan is going to tap into an emerging Malay tsunami,” he said in a forum yesterday titled “GE14: The polls, the money, the stakes”.
“Non-Malay voters tend to place higher trust on Opposition than it is for the ruling party or the Islamic party,” he said of the survey results for the four areas.
The same survey, which was conducted a year ago also showed that Malay voters were more concerned about Malay rights covering issues of Islam’s position, the role of Malays in deciding the country’s economic and political direction and how well the country’s economic wealth is distributed back to them.
“It shows Malay voters are twice more likely to place more emphasis on communal ethnic interests when making choices compared to Malaysians of other communities; whereas other communities place more emphasis on economic performance and service delivery,” he said of the survey that will be repeated after Chinese New Year celebrations this year.
Ibrahim went on to say that the upcoming elections will be affected by the way electoral boundaries are drawn, noting that there is existing “severe malapportionment” and the embedding of ethnic voting patterns in the voter composition in voting districts.
He also said that it hinges on the Malay voters’ confidence levels in the respective political parties, saying: “If the Opposition is not able to gain sufficient levels of Malay support, then they won’t go through. And this election may end up with a very favourable result for Barisan Nasional.”
He believed that most voters have already made up their minds on who to support for the 14th general elections (GE14) that must be held by this August, estimating that fence-sitters are at only about five to eight per cent of the electorate.
“We think the pool of undecided voters is very much smaller than either the two Opposition (PH and Gagasan Sejahtera) or Barisan Nasional coalition needs to gain to cross the line,” he said, noting that this was due to the expected three-corner fights.
The Barisan Nasional coalition’s mainstay party Umno is Malay-based, while the Gagasan Sejahtera coalition includes PAS which draws its support from Malay Muslims. The PH coalition includes the newly-formed Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) which also focuses on Bumiputera, although non-Bumiputera are allowed to join as associate members.
The forum hosted yesterday by the Australian National University (ANU) Malaysia Institute and Gerakbudaya also had three others as its speakers, namely Universiti Malaya’s Professor Edmund Terence Gomez, Malaysia Muda activist Fadiah Nadwa Fikri, and ANU historian Dr Amrita Malhi.