They say (all this while) that the Malays hold the political power while the Chinese control the economy. What about the Indians and Sikh?
Days before the 13th general election in May 2013, analysts put it this way - that Umno would not be able to retain Putrajaya if MCA, MIC, Gerakan and other BN components couldn't win enough parliamentary seats.
Yup, Umno won (not convincingly) while MCA, MIC and Gerakan were 'battered'. Had not for Umno's 'safe deposit' in Sabah and a strong showing by its allies in Sarawak, Pakatan Rakyat would had installed Anwar Ibrahim as our new prime minister.
That's power sharing. However, the Malay party is said to have faltered without the Chinese parties although the poor showing in GE13 saw how the 'Chinese tsunami' almost made Barisan Nasional as the opposition at the Parliament.
The Malays who had introduced the concept of power sharing with the other races could end up being the weakest, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.Dr Mahathir said it, not me, not others. Some may agree, the rest may not.
In this regard, the former prime minister urged the community to learn from past mistakes and not be complacent to ensure they do not lose political power in the future.
He warned that the community could be left behind despite the country achieving the high income nation status.
"Although we comprise 60% of the population, making us the majority, we are still divided into three political parties.
"Since we are split into three groups, we cannot hold a strong majority government.
"In order to enjoy majority support, Malay political parties are forced to beg for support from the non-Malays, especially the Chinese.
"Just to win elections, be it Umno, PAS or PKR, they need to beg from DAP just to win votes," he said at the Nusantara National Youth leadership convention on Saturday.
"When we are beggars, we cannot be powerful. Beggars do not have political power," he said.
The only Malay parties now are Umno and PAS. There were speculations and anticipations for both to merge as it will strengthen their political base. However, such a dream has been dashed by pride and egoism.
But do we really need such a merger? I don't think so. Different ideology and 'a separate set of Islam' are making it difficult for the Malays in both parties to accept each other. So, better not, right?
And what Dr M said could be true. Umno will forever needs the support from the Chinese in MCA, Gerakan and those in Sabah and Sarawak. It doesn't has the Perikatan (post-Independence era) strength to rule!
And that makes us (Umno) in a shaky situation. Come next general election, we would still need to tell the Chinese: "Please, we need your votes and support".
But I will not use the word 'beggars'....would you?