Umno info chief Ahmad Maslan said on Friday the door for Umno-Pas talks on a solidarity government is still wide open (here). After a lull, the issue was raised again.
Pas president Hadi Awang made the suggestion sometimes mid last year but was shot down by the rest of his colleagues in the party. Umno, on the other hand said such an idea can be considered on one condition - should Pas decides to break ranks with PKR and DAP.
I believe some Umno and Malay leaders are so blind and short-sighted. They tend to forget history. They easily jump into the 'solidarity' bandwagon for the sake of not to be accused of taking up the matter so lightly or for granted.
Pas used to be with us and then left. Since then, the Malays seemed to be decomposed over the split but nobody could detect the 'blessing in disguise' in that split.
Going by the political trend today - where DAP speaks louder in the Parliament while the Chinese are getting less attracted to the Barisan Nasional multi-racialism concept - the Malays should just let Pas on its own.
Pas also needs to detach itself from the Pakatan Rakyat pact if it is so concern about Malay unity. PKR too should consider that for the sake of Malay consolidation. But suggestions for the setting up of a '1Melayu, 1Bumi' as proposed by Perkasa and other Malay organisations are no longer practical.
Such an idea should have been the thrust of Malay revolution when they fought British plan to implement Malayan Union in 1946. At that particular time, the Malays were still the master of Tanah Melayu while immigrants from China and India were not even granted the citizenship yet.
But the Chinese and India descendants are our friends now. They form almost half of Malaysian community, enjoying almost all privileges (except subsidies under the affirmative program to help Bumiputras). They have contributed well in our country's development.
The 'Malay unity' label should augur well in bringing together all Malays, irrespective of ideologies. However, for Pas and Umno forming a solidarity government is a bit awkward. They should instead cooperate on issues to advance the Malays.
I dont want to touch on this topic too much. Some may get irritated and agitated but I just want to suggest one thing.
Pas should retain its status quo (minus DAP and PKR) as an Opposition party. Not that we in Umno cannot work together with them in a solidarity government but we need Pas to become a strong and constructive Malay opposition party to neutralise DAP 'racism'.
I think former PM Tun Dr Mahathir and other Umno (and Malay) veterans agree and recognise the wisdom of the then 'split strategy' between Umno and Pas. There is no more need for Pas to align its politics to that of PKR and DAP if its leaders really want to take up Malay issue in a clear context.
The Malays (I hope PKR too can consider this) must unite for the sake of their interest by not taking other people's constitutional rights. We are not living under the British protectorate anymore. We are managing our own country and government.
Being a good and constructive Opposition will help develop the nation further. A bad Opposition only criticizes and doesnt contribute to nation building.
This has nothing to do with racism but for the betterment of the Malays. A well-united and prospered Malays will mean a better Malaysia for all. I wonder whether a young politician like Ahmad Maslan can read it along the dotted lines...