MCA President Chua Soi Lek said the party and its members have accepted Malaysia as a multi-racial country and as such the idea of having a 'Small China' in the country is not wise and could bring devastating impact on its unity (here).
Agree. The Small China was in fact being pursued by the DAP, whose leaders were overwhelmed by Lee Kuan Yew's success in transforming Singapore from a Malay-dominated island into a Chinese state. And soon, DAP would like to turn Malaysia into another 'Greater China'. And by riding on its PKR and PAS collaboration, DAP may also harbor the idea of making Malaysia a republic should Pakatan Rakyat wins the next general election.
I personally believe Anwar is also having similar idea. His international connection, especially with the capitalist British and Americans is pointing towards such an objective. Pakatan's detest over the Malay monarchy of late adds weigh to such a pessimism.
DAP, especially is a PAP clone. They only center their campaigns on 'kampung baru' (new villages) and the urban areas. Like the PAP, Singapore under the British was easy to manage. Small and easily accessed, the British were much closer to the Chinese by placing them high above the Malays who only came third after the Indians.
After Malaya gained Independence, Lee Kuan Yew led the Singapore urban Chinese in PAP to launch a political offensive against Umno, Perikatan and the Tengku. They even avowed their intention to go their own way.
Of course the British engineered it well enough. Their racial segregation by making the Chinese play a leading role in the island gave Lee and his chauvinistic team an opportunity to transform the island into a 'small China'. And they succeeded with the British assistance.
Realising that they were marginalised, the Malays began to move to Johor and other Malay territories as they saw no opportunity in-store should they had chosen to stay on. The rubber plantations were making way to the urbanisation while the British and their Chinese partners were doing everything to frustrate the indigenous Malays.
However, when Tengku saw the PAP threat in the Peninsular, he had to agree to Lee's proposal of Singapore becoming an independence republic, and that saved everything (please read Tun Dr Mahathir's A Doctor In The House)
DAP also gives top priority to New Villages set up by government in the early 1960s as a defense buffer zone to the communist insurgency. With about 700 New Villages today (only less than 3 per cent of its inhabitants are Malays and other races), DAP finds a smooth going to champion its Small China idea.
Over the years, we had never seen or heard DAP going all out to lure the Malays, Indians or other races to join it. This so-called Democratic Action Party is not even so democratic at all as no elections was held for its central committee posts.
Just like Lee Kuan Yew and PAP in Singapore, the DAP only listens to Lim Kit Siang as its supreme leader. This resembles a communist politburo in Russia and China where the party's secretary-general holds absolute executive power.
Chua Soi Lek is a true Malaysian. He speaks fluent Bahasa as compared to Kit Siang, Karpal or other DAP leaders who also claim being Malaysians. Being born, brought up and studied in Malaysia, it is beyond comprehension that many DAP leaders are not able to converse well in Bahasa.
There are three possibilities to that - they didnt bother to take up the language as they still consider themselves part of China; they are so racist that they didnt mingle with the Malays; or they still believe that their Small China would eventually be attained.
That explains why there is almost no Malays in DAP. Its a Chinese-based party, a different Chinese. MCA is also a Chinese party but their leaders and members are Malaysians (some are even more nationalistic than the Malays) who assimilate a multi-racial politics. But the DAP is for orthodox Chinese who still could not accept the fact that they are citizens of Malaysia, and not China.
Barisan Nasional may have some weaknesses but Prime Minister Najib is working hard alongside its component party leaders to make Malaysia a country for everyone - a country they can be proud of.
Malaysia is not similar to the Philippines. When Anwar met Estrada in Manila last week, he said Malaysia needed to learn from the Filipinos. But he has forgotten than the Philippines is not a multiracial country.
And that is why Anwar can get along fine with Kit Siang and Nik Aziz. They want to throw the country into a furore!