Hornbill Unleashed

May 8, 2013

‘Bangsa Malaysia’ vote makes a bitter BN

Filed under: PRU 13 Election — Hornbill Unleashed @ 7:38 AM
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JAHABAR SADIQ

The move to vilify the Chinese for BN’s Election 2013 setback was seen as a bid to mask the coalition’s mistakes during the polls.

The popular vote in Election 2013 tells the story of a “Bangsa Malaysia” generation voting for the first time and across racial lines, but for Barisan Nasional (BN), blaming Chinese voters is far more convenient to ensure unity and mask strategies that failed.

Some three million of the 13.3 million voters cast their ballots for the first time in last weekend’s polls and many likely did so for BN’s foes Pakatan Rakyat (PR), who vowed to end cronyism, excess expenditure and endemic corruption.

These first-time voters, mainly below 30, grew up in Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s rule, where the country’s longest-serving prime minister launched his Vision 2020 in 1991 and spoke of a “Bangsa Malaysia” (Malaysian Race) who competed on meritocracy in a developed nation.

They left BN losing seven more federal seats than in Election 2008, for a total of 133 out of 222. The tale in the 12 state assemblies was even worse ― BN managed just 275 seats against PR’s 230 out of the 505 seats contested.

“They neglected ‘Bangsa Malaysia’. And now you see how the younger generation are voting,” veteran newsman and editor Datuk A. Kadir Jasin told The Malaysian Insider, referring to BN.

He had blogged about the May 5 general election results, saying BN’s weaker showing pointed to a strong wave of rejection from all Malaysians and not just from the minority Chinese.

“Is it not possible that this is not a Chinese tsunami or racial chauvinism but a Malaysian tsunami that is centred on the aspiration and new reality, especially among young voters?” the man who had been group editor-in-chief of the public-listed News Straits Times Press during the Mahathir administration wrote in his blog.

Other pundits and politicians have also debunked the “Chinese tsunami” theory, saying the greater popular vote that went to PR was multi-racial in nature and due to a swing in the urban and middle-class electorate that saw Malaysia’s urban-rural rift widen.

They also said BN and Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia’s banner headline “What else do the Chinese want?” yesterday was a clear sign of finding an external bogeyman to deflect attention from party leaders and strategies that failed in Election 2013.

BN chairman and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak suggested the “Chinese tsunami” for the coalition’s defeat early Monday morning, which MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek took up and later reinforced by MIC leader Datuk M. Saravanan yesterday.  Dr Mahathir also blamed the loss on “ungrateful Chinese” and “greedy Malays”, apart from questioning BN strategists whose ideas failed.

But critics point out that Dr Mahathir actively campaigned for BN, especially the two Malay rights group Perkasa candidates ― Datuk Ibrahim Ali in Pasir Mas and Datuk Zulkifli Noordin in Shah Alam, who have riled up non-Malays for racist remarks over the years.

Both contested in Malay-majority federal seats but lost, further evidence that BN was wrong about the Chinese being the main cause of their electoral losses.

Dr Mahathir, however, was right about the BN strategists, some of whom pitched for personal attacks against opposition leaders, fear mongering and running down PR’s manifesto through various media channels and dominating advertising space.

“Blaming the DAP for confusing voters into believing that they can change the government just shows how brilliant DAP strategists are compared with BN’s,” said a public relations expert, who declined to be named.

“These BN strategists just want to hide the fact that they misread the ‘Bangsa Malaysia’ youths, so just pin the blame on the Chinese whose vote was discounted in the first place,” he added.

A BN war room source also pointed out the coalition’s internal surveys had shown it would perform worse than in Election 2008, when they won 140 seats. “We were always going to get below 140, so 133 is no surprise,” he said.

“It is easier to blame voters and other parties for the losses but the fact is our election machinery failed us in some places while PR’s was better,” he added.

“PR’s machinery was impressive and they talked about issues and race relations. That helped them a lot,” the BN war room official said.

But for now, he said it was easier for a bitter BN to blame DAP and the Chinese, whose strong support in the 1999 elections shored up Dr Mahathir’s position after Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was sacked for sodomy and corruption charges that sparked months-long protests.

The Chinese form 28 per cent of Malaysia’s 29 million population of which less than half have registered to vote. Despite the low number of voters, the Election Commission (EC) said voter turnout on Sunday was a record 84.84 per cent.

Of that number, BN polled 5,237,699 votes for the 222 federal seats to Pakatan Rakyat parties’ combined 5,623,984 ballots.

The three-party pact of PKR, PAS and the DAP also surpassed BN in the state seats, pulling in 4,879,699 votes to the 13-member coalition’s 4,513,997 ballots.

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22 Comments »

  1. By 2018 there shall be more than 7 million of generation Y voters who want good governance and had recently rejected cronyism, bigotry, racism and corruption.

    Comment by Bidayuh Headmaster — May 9, 2013 @ 8:08 PM | Reply

    • Genuine Malaysians have every reason to be very angry with a regime that employed foreign voters to steal our election and then used money to buy over elected MPs from Pakatan. Malaysians must put a stop to such nonsense and betrayal.

      Comment by Affendi Nawawi — May 9, 2013 @ 9:36 PM | Reply

  2. But it’s anti-islam for muslims to not vote for BN. Didn’t someone say this? Hence Malays voting UMNO is a must and hasn’t this been the trend since 1957? But now that the Chinese see the need and importance to vote DAP they are thoroughly chastised for being racial. What a load of hog-wash!! GE14 may well be the watershed when many more Malays will cast anti-UMNO votes and by GE15 …… the opposition will take over.

    Comment by proud chinese — May 8, 2013 @ 10:37 PM | Reply

  3. From the very begining of GE13, we expect it to be a most dirty, full of cheating, full of phantom, full of unlawful plays by EC and BN related cronies. It proved itself to be with 100% correct. I just curious how those EC top guns sleep well, probably always feeling guilty and with a lot nightmares that they have to carry till judgment days

    Comment by New Malaysia Johor New Hope — May 8, 2013 @ 6:57 PM | Reply

  4. Where are these foreign workers now ? Will they be transported back to Sabah? Apparently their names had been registered several months before the last parliamentary dissolution. The establishment of ESSCOM has to do with Umno’s election strategies in Sabah.

    Comment by Gomen Bin Penipu — May 8, 2013 @ 5:49 PM | Reply

    • ESSCOM is not an after thought or a spontaneous response to the intrusion of Sulu militants. For 20 days until now there were no counter attacks by Sulu militants in Sabah. The whole episode has been engineered by UMNO. The 60,000 voters who were transported to Peninsular from Sabah were planned well and their names registered before the EC gazetted the electoral roll. Many right thinking UMNO politicians and members were very unhappy about such dirty election scheme.

      Unfortunately BN’s components who chose to be silent were punished badly.The brain washing or indoctrination by universities had also failed to stop the students who were voting for the first time from putting on their thinking caps. With more than 3 million first time voters voting against corruption, racism and injustice Malaysia still have great hope when another few million youths are eligible to vote in GE14.

      Comment by Sabri Yaman — May 8, 2013 @ 7:40 PM | Reply

      • UMNO led BN will need at least one million Bangla and other foreigners to come to their rescue when another 3 to 4 millions Malaysian youths are eligible to vote in GE14. I am confident the Court will find it fit to annul the GE13 election results for at least 25 parliamentary seats across the country and call for by elections..

        Comment by Irene Kana — May 9, 2013 @ 7:37 AM | Reply

  5. Patrick Teoh echos the thinking of many Chinese in Malaysia in his latest blog entry, see below:

    Mahathir calls the Chinese ungrateful. He’s obviously forgotten that it was the Chinese votes that kept him in power when the Malay votes deserted him all those years ago. Mahathir accuses the Chinese of being ‘ungrateful’. He’s obviously forgotten that it was the Chinese votes that kept him in power when the Malay votes deserted him all those years ago. Mudah lupa is correct.

    I am Chinese and I am grateful. I am grateful for:-

    1. Being a citizen of this beautiful country.
    2. Having a unique bond with all my Malay, Indian, Kadazandusun and other fellow Malaysians. All of whom I am proud to call my Malaysian brethren.

    I am NOT grateful for:-

    1. Politicians who constantly try to tell me that I am not part of this nation.
    2. A government who throws its citizens crumbs while squandering and pocketing the nation’s wealth.
    3. A government who buys submarines that don’t submerge.
    4. A government who spends less on education and health and the people’s well-being than on defense.
    5. A government who blames me for election results.

    1991. Can Malaysians remember back that far? That was when Mahathir launched his Vision 2020. That was when Mahathir spoke of a “Bangsa Malaysia” (Malaysian Race) who competed on meritocracy in a developed nation.

    This is the same man who accused other Malaysians of “mudah lupa” (forget easily).

    Comment by Joon Siang — May 8, 2013 @ 3:58 PM | Reply

    • I doubt Michelle Yeoh could have said such thing as a real person, but she could say better than this as an actress on BN script.

      Comment by GW — May 8, 2013 @ 6:20 PM | Reply

      • Michelle Yeoh should watch the video of Bangla arriving in droves at KLIA and LCCT and video showing them being escorted to a secured location and distributed to many areas to vote. In Mahathir the country had Project M or IC and in Najib we have project Bangla.

        Comment by Irene Kana — May 9, 2013 @ 7:43 AM | Reply

  6. the Chinese voted for a promise of a better Malaysia that is truly united beyond the narrow confines of race & religion-based politics, a Msia that values dearly its citizens & treats all fairly with equal rights before the law. Chinese are resigned to the fact that Malays will always enjoy their special position but this does not mean Chinese are willing to accept blatant discrimination anymore. The Chinese are also grateful to Malay leaders who are willing to look beyond race & fight for the rights of all Msians. But the fact remains, there are supremacist Muslims (therefore Malays) within PAS who are racist bigots & will readily curse Chinese to ‘balik tongsan.’ Sadly, these racist bigots are supporting not so much PAS ideals but the idea of Muslim supremacy that dominates & discriminates against all non-Muslims. So, while Chinese will vote PAS, will PAS leaders truly reject racism & bigotry in the form of Muslim supremacy or are PAS leaders just biding their time?

    Comment by Hashim — May 8, 2013 @ 3:07 PM | Reply

  7. REFRESHER

    Comment by NEWSITEMS — May 8, 2013 @ 2:01 PM | Reply

  8. The rigourous campaigning to label the BN govt as corrupt, inefficient, cruel and unjust by the opposition especially DAP and PKR overwhelmed the elections. The voters were hoodwinked to think all these accusations and lies were true despite the fact that there were no proof to support such claims. On the other hand BN showed proof of its track record in bringing prosperity and harmony through its policies. Its unfortunate the GE 13 didnot do justice to BN.

    Comment by Jamal — May 8, 2013 @ 1:56 PM | Reply

    • Do we need proof that Taib Mahmud with his salary of RM50,000 including allowance per month and with a 10% increase every year for the last 33 years could save RM45 billion? Do we need any proof that Mahathir’s and his family’s assets and business are worth in excess of RM80 billion? Do we need any proof that China ccould construct the electric rail system over 1,380 km at the cost of USD13 million per km while Malaysia needed to pay UMNO’s crony a whopping RM133 million per km to construct only 155 km of electric rail?

      Comment by Mat Som — May 8, 2013 @ 5:35 PM | Reply

    • You must be blind, on purpose or otherwise, for the best reason known to yourself. Ask the 51% of the malaysian voters n look around in your surroundings n ask around everyone knows about the corrupt n abusive practices of the bn government. You’re a poor soul.
      The malaysians were robbed of the chance to establish a clean n fair government by the election frauds carried out by the unethical bn.
      Mslaysians

      Comment by street walker — May 8, 2013 @ 7:15 PM | Reply

    • Congratulation you pehmoh lanpar khek, go fast fast to claim your crumbs before he changes his minsd & deducting what had been promised to you cheapskate.

      Comment by tiuniamah — May 9, 2013 @ 10:06 AM | Reply

  9. Many young voters did not go home to the rural constituencies to vote it seemed. Phantom votes in rural constituencies are quite rampant as almost all the returning officers and the district police in every election are BN’s men.

    Comment by Mat Som — May 8, 2013 @ 1:39 PM | Reply

    • Check the high turn-up in Kedah voting, some as high as 90+%, could there be phantom voters in the rural area to bring Kedah back to BN?

      The ‘phntom-busters’ in the urban area has possibly deter the ‘bangla’ to voting centres?

      Comment by Hashim — May 8, 2013 @ 2:36 PM | Reply

      • In the words of the stupid and idiotic EC chairman, so long as foreigners have Mycard they can be registered as voters and can legally vote. First he said the dubious voters from East Malaysia were Malaysians working there and returning home to vote but why were they being escorted by security forces and housed in immigration and military depot? All other Malaysians who came back at their own expenses from many different parts of the world were not provided with accommodation at immigration and military depot but why these dubious voters?

        Comment by Sabri Yaman — May 8, 2013 @ 5:42 PM | Reply

        • Apparently EC is ANJINGs of the Corrupt umno lah.

          Comment by tiuniamah — May 9, 2013 @ 10:09 AM | Reply

          • The EC chairman and his deputy are Stupig !

            Comment by Awaken Dayak — May 12, 2013 @ 10:31 PM

  10. Watch and listen to this Bangla-sia theme song:

    Comment by taminsari — May 8, 2013 @ 10:13 AM | Reply


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