Questions for Mahathir’s new Bumiputera-only party

 |Aug 5, 2016
Mahathir and Muhyiddin going to launch a Bumiputera-only party soon.
Mahathir and Muhyiddin going to launch a Bumiputera-only party soon.

So it is now confirmed.

Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s new Bumiputera-only party is going to soon be launched.

So that lays one more issue to rest: which is Malaysia Today said many months ago that by or before September 2016 Mahathir would be forming his new party.

It is so nice, yet again, to be proven right after being proven right many, many times so far.

And the man who is going to head this new Bumiputera-only party will be Muhyiddin Yassin, one of the six Tan Sri in the conspiracy to oust Prime Minister Najib Razak, and the man in the middle of the Nika Gee divorce saga that is going to prove juicier than Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy trial

Muhyiddin is famous or infamous for many things.

When he was the Menteri Besar of Johor, Mahathir called him ‘my richest Minister’.

It was no secret that Muhyiddin made deals left, right and centre like there was no tomorrow when he was running Johor.

He is also infamous for saying that he is Malay first and everything else second.

But then while a Malay-Muslim is a Bumiputera, a Bumiputera may not necessarily be a Malay-Muslim.

He could be Portuguese or Christian and so on.

So is Muhyiddin still Malay first and everything else second or is he now Bumiputera first and everything else second?

And how does this new Bumiputera-only party define Bumiputera?

Can an Indonesian or Bangladeshi who has been given Malaysian citizenship and is also Muslim be considered Bumiputera according to this new party’s standards?

What about a Chinese-Muslim, whether Muslim by birth or saudara baru by conversion?

In other words can Hussein Yee or that other Chinese-Muslim preacher that most Malaysian Chinese hate so much also join this new Bumiputera-only party or will they not be considered Bumiputera?

I am sure Indian Muslims will have no problems, or Arabs, since Umno accepts Indian-Muslims and Arabs not only as Bumiputeras but as fellow Malays.

In fact, Umno has never had a 100% true Malay Prime Minister since the First Prime Minister in 1957. Every Prime Minister so far has been a chapalang — just like me.

But do not assume that we are very smart just because we are chapalang. Some of us are but that is not true for all chapalang.

I mean look at Zainuddin Maidin as an example of an Indian-Muslim chapalang who my 14-year old grandson and granddaughter are smarter by far.

Anyway, back in 2004 there was an attempt to form the Malaysian Civil Liberties Society (MCLS) to address many problems the country was and is still facing — in particular those concerning religious intolerance or extremism, racism and racial discrimination, lack of transparency and good governance, abuse of power and corruption, lack of electoral reforms and unfair elections, and so on.

I really do not need to expand on that long list of problems Malaysia is facing because most of you will know all of them by heart anyway.

That effort failed so in 2007 we decided to launch Bersih where we would march to His Majesty the Agong’s palace to hand over a petition asking for electoral reforms.

That was a civil society effort and not a political party effort although there were also politicians from the opposition as well as Barisan Nasional-Umno involved in Bersih (in fact, some who are now in Perkasa).

Nothing really happened and the government or Elections Commission (SPR) did not respond to what we demanded.

Then, a few months later, the 2008 general election was held and due to the ‘success’ that Pakatan Rakyat achieved the issue of electoral reforms was forgotten for the meanwhile.

Not long after the 2008 general election we saw that everything the opposition promised us was not happening.

Instead of wiping out the Umno culture in line with our battle cry, ABU (Anything But Umno), the opposition was now becoming the new Umno.

And this article (Umno has lost control of corporate Malaysia) explains it well.

It was almost like taking a leaf out of the book Animal Farm.

After driving out the evil humans the pigs take over and become as bad or worse than those humans they replaced.

So Pakatan Rakyat was now, metaphorically speaking, those pigs of Animal Farm.

And that was when we decided to launch the Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement (MCLM) in 2010.

If Pakatan Rakyat was not going to do what they promised after two-and-a-half years then we will need to do it ourselves.

And the rest, as they say, is history and a story already told many times before.

So we are back to where we were ten years ago in 2006 when we first mooted the idea of a civil liberties movement, Bersih, ABU and so on, and when we agreed to work with Mahathir in the oust-Pak Lah and ABU campaign by defeating Umno and Barisan Nasional in the 2008 general election.

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Source: Malaysia Today

Raja Petra Kamarudin or RPK, cousin to the Selangor Sultan, is one of Malaysia's earliest online 'citizen journalists'. He started his website in 1995 before the internet 'explosion' triggered by the Reformasi movement in September 1998. Malaysia Today was launched as a blog in August 2004 and is one of the few pioneer blogs still active and posting articles on a daily basis 24-7. RPK, 66 years old, has been writing since 1990.