Zul Noordin fans ‘Chinese tsunami’ row, says DAP behind May 13
The son of former deputy prime minister Tun Abdul Ghafar Baba said he was told by former home minister, the late Tun Ghazali Shafie, that the May 13 riots were likely the result of an internal Umno coup against founding prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman.
According to police records, 196 people were killed in the riots which were largely clashes between Malay and Chinese groups, following the results of the general election held a few days earlier.
In the 1969 elections, the Alliance coalition of Umno, the MCA and MIC lost the popular vote but won the elections.
In Election 2013, BN, the successor to the Alliance also won the polls but lost the popular vote.
Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak suggested a “Chinese tsunami” had caused his BN to record its worst-ever electoral results.
Utusan Malaysia, the newspaper owned by Umno, has also suggested Chinese voters were provoking race tensions by voting against BN, with one headline last week asking the question “Apa lagi Cina mahu? (What else do the Chinese want?)”
The newspaper — seen as being aligned with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad — and other party leaders have consistently argued that votes against the Umno-led BN were akin to voting against the Malays.
This is despite the fact that PR parties PAS and PKR are largely Malay-Muslim in their membership. The DAP also fielded Malay candidates in the elections.
Yesterday, Najib defended his party from accusations of racism, and instead accused the DAP of being racists.
Despite the claims from Umno, analyses of the Election 2013 results point to a urban-rural divide rather than a Malay-Chinese division in the way Malaysians voted last week.
While a majority of Chinese backed PR parties, a significant number of Malay voters also voted for the opposition parties, particularly in urban centres.
Zulkifli, a self-styled champion of Malay-Muslim rights, also suggested in his tweets last night that Malaysians join him in a campaign called “ABCD Asalkan Bukan Cauvinis DAP (Anything But Chauvinists of DAP).”
“Remember May 13. Remember DAP. Remember May 13. Remember Malai-Seh,” he tweeted.
Since the DAP became the target of Umno attacks, it has been backed by its PR partners PKR and PAS which are largely Malay parties.
Yesterday, former Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mohd Noor Abdullah also joined the race debate when he warned the Chinese community to prepare for a backlash from the Malays for their alleged “betrayal” against the ruling BN in Election 2013.
At a forum, the former high-ranking judge reportedly accused the Chinese of plotting to “seize political power” from the Malays, despite already having benefited economically from the “Malay’s hand of friendship”.
Former judge calls on Malays to be strong and aggressive
May 12, 2013
KUALA LUMPUR, May 12 — The Malays need to be more aggressive to strengthen political and economic power to avoid being regarded as a weak race in their own country.
Former appeals court judge Datuk Mohd Noor Abdullah said Malay rights enshrined in the federal constitution have to be defended and the Malay leadership does not have to be apologetic to the other races.
“Result of the 13th general election (GE13) and the ‘Chinese tsunami’ show that the Chinese have forgotten about the bond established 55 years ago.”
Mohd Noor said although the Malays have high tolerance, they hate betrayal and show of disrespect.
“Expect a backlash from the Malays,” he told “GE13 Post Mortem: Muslim Leadership and Survival” organised by Federation of Peninsula Malay Students (GPMS)and UiTM Alumni Association here today
Efforts should be made to retain Malay political power and to increase Malay reserve land in urban areas and increase economic share to 67 per cent in 10 years.
Although the Malays have a special position in this country, they only own about 20 per cent of the economy.
Mohd Noor warned the Malays to reject corruption because it can destroy their dignity and weaken the nation.
“It must be strictly enforced so that the Malays fear corruption. This is because some people say the Malays can be bought with a cigarette,” he added.
Former PAS deputy president Dr Nasharuddin Mat Isa said that efforts towards Umno-PAS unity should be continued for the sake of race and religion.
“The future of our nation and religion is under threat. Some people may criticise me for saying this. Is it wrong in our religion to talk about race?
“The events of May 13, 1969, and those affecting Muslims are of concern to the people. When you see the current trend, it is not impossible for similar events to recur if efforts for unity are not done.”
Muslim Intellectual Group member Wan Ahmad Fayhsal Wan Ahmad Kamal said young Malays are not keen to fight for their race for fear of being called racists.
“The young failed to understand the Malay struggle because some clerics labelled it as ‘assabiyah’ or fanaticism. He also shared Nasharuddin’s sentiment that there is no reason for Umno and PAS not to be united for the sake of religion and nation. President of Malay Professional Thinkers Association Datuk Dr Kamarudin Kachar said the resolution will be submitted to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak tomorrow as a guide to retain Muslim political power. — Bernama
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