Saturday, August 30, 2008

Racial Politics and Racialism

By perusing the various blogs lately, racist remarks are insidiously disguised as fact. Comments that can incite hatred among our brother races are sprinkled all over these blogs without care or sensitivity.

I am one of those people who had the unfortunate experience of the darkest episode in our history ie the May 13 1969 race riots.

It had saddened me because of the bloodshed but more because of the breakdown in inter-communal solidarity.

Ironically one of the protagonists in the this saga, DAP (an off-shoot of Singapore PAP),while still a predominantly Chinese based party is presently blossoming.

Ironic because while accusing the UMNO of being a racist party the DAP is in itself predominantly Chinese based.

Meanwhile the multi-racial BN in general and UMNO in particular has its relevancy at its lowest ebb.

Can any of the dominant political parties in Malaysia shed its communal identity and and ideology and survive? I venture to say no. The exception seem to be the PKR. But I do not consider this party as dominant. It exists only because the DAP and PAS allows its participation in their political axis.

Therefore it is inevitable that anything coming out of any individual party will be perceived to be racist,rightly or wrongly.

However, can any of of the parties within the BN be branded racist? I can unequivocally say no. The landslide victory of the BN in the 2004 GE is proof positive.

The rakyat did not think so then. Why should it think so now?

It is only the opposition who are crying it out loud with their ill perceived popularity of the last GE. The DAP and PKR know that they have to make hay while the sun shines. PAS as always, an unwilling partner, forced to into this unholy alliance for political expediency, has to go with the flow.

We can go on and on about the present social and political scenario with all the racial innuendos, we all know WHY it has developed. The present Govt does not HOW to respond. How can the Govt respond because IT was the WHY. Or is it because IT does not want to.

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