Tuesday, December 2, 2008

MCA's Legacy: Ketuanan Melayu!

The stench is so prominent you become almost overwhelmed by it; and it’s only going to get smellier! The rhetoric has started and you can bet your bottom ringgit it is only going to get more sectarian and extremist. This odour of ultra-Malay nationalism from certain opportunists Umnoputeras will only get more pungent, caustic, and pathetically transparent as we work our way to the grand gathering of those espousing Malay supremacy.

And if there was any doubt, especially for those of you in the MCA, MIC, Gerakan and the like,
Mukhriz Mahathir’s recent biting verbal brow-beating of the MCA and other Barisan patsies is likely to only be the start of a barrage of ultra-Malay nationalism to come from those vying to impress the UMNO loyalists.

Are you surprised? Surely, you cannot be! I’m sure by now you must be quite familiar with this pattern where the build-up to the grand UMNO gathering invariably becomes the season for flexing one’s ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ muscles. Yes, we know full well that this is the time when UMNO members start to position themselves to send clear signals not just to their base but also to those component parties about who is boss. So, no matter what the leadership of the MCA and the other non-Malay BN ‘partners’ may like to claim, it is perfectly clear to the rest of us that the component parties are nothing more than first-class aiders and abetters of the culture of Ketuanan Melayu.

Indeed, it really rings hollow when MCA deputy president Chua Soi Lek insists that ‘
we accept Malay leadership, not Malay supremacy.’ What utter nonsense!

The fact is, the MCA, MIC, Gerakan and others have been complicit in ensuring the imposition of the culture and practice of Malay supremacy, which the likes of Mukhriz have come to conveniently exploit – simply, I might add, due to the accident of birth. Not only can Chua stop pretending, he and his other enablers of this legacy now play right into the hands of the opportunistic politicians who want to play up their ultra-Malay nationalist credentials.

The non-Malay BN component parties have made a mockery of the constitutional rights of non-Malays and now they expect to redeem their credentials by insisting they do not accept ‘Malay supremacy’? This is what I call cognitive dissonance. So let us not keep pretending that those BN component parties are anything more than facilitators of the Umno-led racist policies. Forget about rejecting ‘Malay supremacy.’ If Mukhriz’s remarks are any indication, the MCA, MIC and such parties are about to be assaulted by a tidal wave of ultra-Malay nationalistic rhetoric that would only cement further – and again - the notion of Malay supremacy, which is UMNO’s singularly most imperative raison d'être. Imagine…these non-Malay opportunistic and complicit component parties are the very entities that buttress and prop UMNO into a position of supremacy, which then turns around to abuse and exploit the former.

I’m not sure about you, but it’s impossible for me to sympathise with these non-Malay BN parties when they’re brow-beaten by the kind of racist rhetoric of UMNO.

Indeed, to the MCA, MIC, Gerakan, and other such spineless parties and enablers of Malay supremacy, each time you’re slammed by Mukhriz and his ilk from UMNO, I say: serves you right!

You reap what you sow.

G. Krishnan