MCA says that Umno must change from racial scare tactics of yore to recoup Malay vote, for ignoring this will be at the main ruling party’s own peril.
“It is time for Umno to review and change their political game plans. If Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad can be Machiavellian enough to re-embrace Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in a game changer, why not Umno?
“Gone were the days whereby Umno can step or pick on the minorities to display their strength and as a clarion call for Malays or Muslims to unite or stay together against the others,” says Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker, who is MCA Religious Harmony Bureau Chairman and Central Committee Member.
He was commenting on the recent friendly meeting between Mahathir and Anwar in the courts, when the latter turned up to challenge the National Security Council Act.
Ti says that the fear factor or adopting scare tactics by saying “The Chinese are coming; the Malays are under siege; our Islamic faith is being threatened, etc etc” is no longer effective to gather, unite or force the Malays to stay together.
“The Malays no longer fall for this and have now stepped out of these racial or religious barricades to trap them.
“The Malays today are stronger and can no longer be cowed into succumbing or falling into or under the Umno political umbrella to protect them. Their insecurity complex can no longer be exploited to give in or surrender their fate or livelihood completely up to Umno’s call.
“Instead of caving in to these fear tactics, they are now gaining in confidence and self-esteem that allows them to think out of the old political or feudalistic mindset. Gone were the dependency syndrome or the “jiwa hamba” or “Tak kan Melayu hilang” political psyche of the past,” says Ti, in a press statement.
He pointed out that playing up sensitive issues will only make Umno fall flat on its face as it is a tactic that will not work.
“On the contrary the issues played up such as “Kalimah Allah”, verbal attacks on vernacular schools , questioning the freedom of worship or locations of temples, churches etc have failed to gather or unite the Malays today. Many Malays no longer fall for these political games of victimisation and some have openly disagreed with these racial religious games.
“Instead of producing the desire result of uniting the Malays, these issues were proven to be counter productive and had inadvertently unite the Christians , the Indians, the Chinese etc into taking an “anti UMNO” stand blaming on Umno for their failure to show tolerance, protect or defend the years of practices or freedom that have been enjoyed by the minorities.
“Therefore these “strategies of old” must be stopped or halted by Umno. It is no longer an effective political strategy to unite an already fragmented Malay ballot divided into Umno, Pas, PKR, Amanah, Bersatu etc but the reverse of alienating all or most of our traditional voters amongst Chinese, Indians, Christians etc may be proven to be true,” says Ti.
The Heat Malaysia Online