update - The rumble between Umno and its Chinese allies in the Barisan Nasional has escalated, with the Umno-linked newspaper Utusan Malaysia dedicating pages of articles focused on flaying the MCA following its bold calls for economic liberalisation. Read Free Malaysia Today...
DPM Muhyiddin Yassin yesterday told Chua Soi Lek not to make any statements that are prejudicial to other races, and advised the MCA president to be 'open minded and more concern about the sensitivities of other races' (here).
I am not so sure what prompted the Umno deputy-president to snub Chua as I dont see anything WRONG with what the latter has said at a Chinese Economic Congress on Saturday, that MCA would not be afraid of sharing similar views with the DAP in terms of the interests of the Chinese community or choose to run away from making a stand.
Why do I think so when deep inside I am also against what Chua has said?
Its all about the Malays and the Malays, the Chinese and the Chinese, and soon Indians and the Indians. Right?
When Perkasa proposed for a 'Malay unity party' comprising of a dissolved Umno and Pas, many Umno leaders came forward to second it. In fact, statements by some Umno Supreme Council members opened the floodgate to racial sentiments - that such an idea was not impossible.
What is Pas to Umno and Barisan Nasional? And what is wrong if MCA is to adopt the same approach mooted by Ibrahim Ali and then being seconded by people like Ahmad Shabery Chik and others?
The Malays are Malaysians. The Chinese are Malaysians... and so are the Indians and other races. So, what is wrong if they work for the common interest of their own race, just like what Umno and Pas are working on?
I rather not call this double standard as there is no 'standard' at all to tell others to shut up when we ourselves keep on talking nonsense.
And on Sunday, the president of United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko), Bernard Dompok said raising matters that need the attention of the country's leadership is the responsibility of every citizen and should not be seen as going against the government (read here).
"BN should resolve basic issues to strengthen the BN itself...But we don't give ultimatum, we are here. We have always been loyal to BN for more than a decade, and we feel we must do our part as responsible citizens of this country and explain to the leadership of this country how we feel about the issues, how it should be settled, this is what we have been doing all this time."
So, what is 1Malaysia? IMelayu party? 1China party? 1India party?
Think about it, bro!