Sometimes an understatement may lead to eruptive consequences. And when this happens, those who made it could easily say that 'it was unintentional' or 'I didn't mean it' or 'the media misquoted me'. In other words, there is no need for an apology.
Some politicians are prone to making comments deemed to stir the good inter-relations among parties, notably Barisan Nasional. Leaders and MPs of various parties in the political pact had in the past involved in unpleasant exchange of words while quite recently, they tried to outdo each other.
What benefit would it bring to the future of BN and the nation if such domestic issues found prominent headlines in local and foreign media? Surely, the Opposition will enjoy all the political advantages that open up.
Minister in PM's Dept Nazri Aziz took center stage again by making an understatement that the Malaysian Chinese need not worry should they lose in the general election as there are always seats allocated for their representatives in the Cabinet.
In simple words, the Prime Minister will continue with the tradition of electing Senators among them before they are made Ministers 'according to the agreeable quotas'.
Yes, we have more ministers and deputies from among members of the Senate under Najib's administration, and I personally agree that it should be reduced by the next government. We have so many elected reps from among the ruling party and it is not fair to deny them the rights to serve the rakyat.
I do not know what was Nazri's motive in making such a comment but the Chinese, especially in MCA and Gerakan didn't find it amusing. A direct interpretation would mean that MCA and Gerakan are irrelevant - and their existence is not important.
It could also mean that the ruling party can make it without MCA and Gerakan, and should BN wins the next national poll, a few of their leaders would be appointed Senators and take up positions in the Cabinet. In this manner, the Chinese members in MCA and Gerakan can be rest assured that winning or losing any State or Parliamentary seats is too secondary - they will still be represented!
It was a dangerous and provocative understatement.
There is no subsidy in politics, sir! BN has long accepted the importance of strength and unity among its components. BN recognises the need for all components to strive and cooperate in the spirit of Malaysians, irrespective of race and religion.
The Malays too have recognised the Chinese, Indians and other races as having their own role in national integration. A commonly-strong politic will ensure them with continuous prosperity and stability.
But of course, there are subsidies under the New Economic Policy. The Malays and Bumiputeras were told to work hard in order to elevate their economic standings and ratings. They were not allowed to take away what the Chinese and Indians had economically achieved. This is a noble way to advance.
In politics, Umno holds supremacy because it is the largest party with the biggest number of membership in the country. Umno has been leading the Cabinet since Independence but this has been well-accepted by the Chinese and Indians.
However, the Chinese in MCA and Gerakan, and the Indians in MIC must also seek a noble landmark of politics. They must strive to win as many seats allocated to them in the general election. They should not depend on the Umno Cabinet to appoint their representatives to the Senate as a pre-requisite before being made ministers or deputy ministers.
Just like how the Malays are encouraged to work hard to improve their living, the non-Malays too should prove their worth in politics. There is no two way about it, and BN needs all that to retain its control in the next national poll.
Nazri failed to realise the fact that BN will collapse without the Chinese support. In no circumstances BN will be able to maintain its position without the strong support of the Chinese in MCA. Unless if Nazri wants to see DAP or PAS reign supreme!