13th Malaysian General Election (2013) : How Will the Chinese Vote?

As the thirteenth general election draws near,  both  Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat are  already now  on top gear  and gathering momentum to  fortify their positions ahead of the election. It may be  interesting to note the number 13  associated  with this election –   for although number 13 is associated with bad omen in western thinking, it does not signify anything special or unusual among the Chinese and perhaps also with the  Bumiputera and  Indians. Worse  still it is unislamic to hold such belief among the majority Malays. So, it is hoped nothing bad will happen during this election.  Moreover,  it can  also be argued  mathematically that  two negatives (number 13)will  bring about a positive outcome.

So most of us  may like to believe  number 13 may  bring something  neutral or better still, something good for our country. But will it be good for Pakatan Rakyat or Barisan Nasional? Surely it can’t be good for both of them as one will win and the other will  lose.

Now let us examine the facts, without  considering political rhethorics or propaganda from both sides.  It was much easier for me to gather  objective  data from the previous by-elections. It was obvious the last 5 by-elections were won by Barisan Nasional. In fact I have forecast( in this blog) results of 12  past by-elections, and I only missed the mark once. I also forecast the results of the Sarawak State election in 2010, again I got it right, right up to the number of seats  Pakatan Rakyat won.

However, there were no by-elections in almost two years. Objective and accurate data are hard to come by. So I still have to rely on the by-elections and the Sarawak State election, but  with adjustments with data that I tried to interpret from opinion surveys by various survey agencies. I feel these indicators should be reliable, though perhaps not as accurate as the those discerned from by-election results.

The improved Malay and Indian sentiments in favour of Barisan Nasional is obvious. The later by-election results, opinion surveys by several polling agencies and turnout at governments events speak for themselves. Prime Minister  Najib and Barisan Nasional definitely look more popular  today compared with two years ago, which was already an improvement over  the last election year in 2008.

The current Indian voter  sentiment looks  favourable  with their warm response to Najib’s initiatives. They respond positively to Najib’s visits and his recent initiatives to address grievances of the Indian community, in stark contrast to situations in 2008 when  even Samy Vellu’s  presence was unwelcome. It was in 2007/2008 period that  the  Hindraf protests  and demonstrations reached the peak of its prominence and influence. Indian voter sentiment reached its bottom  in the history of the country when Barisan Nasional barely obtained  10% of the Indian votes. By contrast, based on the latest Merdeka Centre opinion poll, Najib has  67%  Indian voter support today.

In the Peninsula, the Malays are the most steady in their support for BN. It reached the bottom at 50%  in the 1999  General Election when Malays were very angry following the Anwar saga; in the 2008 General Election it was actually higher at 54%. These were the elections  period when Barisan Nasional and UMNO were in disarray. Today, the table has turned, in particular for PAS which is now facing an identity crisis, and PKR  which is turning  further and further away from the Malay and Islamic heartland. In this scenario, it is not difficult to read how the Malays will vote in the coming General Election.

The Chinese, on the other hand, have not shown any perceptible shift in their sentiment for Barisan Nasional. It could be  at the 40% level of the 2008 General Election, or worse still at 25% as in the recent Sarawak State Election. The opinion polls done by Merdeka Center and other polling agencies also confirm the above.

However, it does not necessarily mean a gone case for Barisan Nasional. Chinese voter sentiment is the most difficult to read as they do not normally show it openly. For of all the major races, they have the largest chunk of fence sitters who could change their support at the last minutes.

During the 2008  General Election, Barisan Nasional did not expect a strong rebuff by the Chinese voters. Even during the 1999 General Election when the Malays deserted Barisan Nasional, the Chinese in a way actually helped to save the BN government from losing its 2/3 majority in Parliament. Yes, they helped Mahathir. Today, if they were given the same choice, nobody would believe that they will still back Mahathir. Instead they would gladly dump him.

Whaetever issues trumpheted openly, the crux of the election  issue,  as always,  in the coming  general election  actually  arises from the racially polarising scenario of Malaysian society, as reflected in the recent by-election and the Sarawak State Election in 2011.    The Chinese are unhappy about  what they perceive as unfair business  and other opportunities against them. The Malays  and Bumiputera counter that  since  as a group  they are the poorest in the country, what is wrong  if the government continues to give preference to them?

Fortunately, for Barisan Nasional, Najib is  at the helm, and he has done everything to please the Chinese community. Giving handouts  and assistance  to  Chinese schools and Chinese associations  is the best he could do,  although there is still no visible impact. Even Mahathir has done his part to adress the University quota system.

As for the Indian community, Najib has focussed a lot of attentions to address the issues they brought up and  gave specific assistance requested.   In return, they appear to be grateful and  BN  apparently   is regaining  their trust.

As for the Chinese, in deed they are  a very difficult community to please. They are very business minded. They are unemotional but calculative, even treating  a General Election like a business, in fact, in certain constituencies, like a gambling fiesta.

Like in business, the Chinese don’t like to lose. You may ask;  if so,  why they voted for the opposition en bloc in the recent Sarawak State Election, although facing a certain defeat. The only possible answer is that DAP managed to persuade them that the Sarawak election results would help Pakatan Rakyat’s  momentum to form the next Federal Government with DAP assuming the power behind the wheel.

The Sarawak Malays read the situation well. That was why Barisan Nasional obtained more than 85% support from the Malay/Melanau  community, followed by a still sizeable support of 62% by the Dayak. UMNO could only dream of such support in Peninsular Malaysia.

With  the above political scenario in the country, the Chinese are now in a real dilemma as to how to vote in the coming General Election. If they stetch their luck too far and  vote for DAP or Pakatan Rakyat  en bloc, they will likely be unrepresented in the next government, thus isolating themselves into the lonely  corner of Malaysian politics.

[The above assertion is made based on a computer simulation analysis of every one of the 222 parliamentary  constitencies in the country. I have used this computerised model to predict the outcomes of the 12 past by-election results and the Sarawak State Election 2011 results with great success. Anyone can read all these past predictions carried in this blog].

In the above scenario, the government formed by BN will then  be another weak one for the next five years. But the bigger  risk is that   ultra Malays may  gain strength in UMNO in its attempt to get more support from Malays and Bumiputera.  Given the environment of distrust that has developed recently, these people would have little sympathies  on  the plight of the Chinese , which could lead to a prolonged economic difficulties and racial intolerance.

A stable government based  on  harmonious race relation is definitely a better option and   is a prerequisite for continued economic growth in our march to realise Vision 2020.

Overtures made by Najib to the Chinese Community may be read as an attempt to at least arrest the declining support among the Chinese community. There is no need for a majority support, a  fairly substantial one should be adequate. It is obvious that he cannot offer more without eroding UMNO’s base in the Malay heartland.

For the Chinese voters, they are likely to hold steadfastly to the Chinese Kiasu spirit. Whatever it means, they  are likely to vote wisely in the coming General Election.


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30 Responses to 13th Malaysian General Election (2013) : How Will the Chinese Vote?

  1. drmuzaffar says:

    BN will win handsomely . All eyes on the Chinese support as that will give us a glimpse on Malaysia ahead.

    The Chinese will be damaged the most if follows the voting trend of their Chinese counterpart during the Sarawak State election.


  2. NYK says:

    I am Chinese, i used to think the same as per the author said when it was early 2012. But the later development changes my thought. I think this time around the Malay votes will split 50-50 like 99, or may be even worse, Indian votes are unsure, but some of them can be bought. The sentiments in netizens and everyone i met seems to swing it to this worrying sign that BN will be gone. Najib kept delaying the pole kind of confirmed that…

  3. DAH IKHWAN says:

    Mr NYK,

    It is true that the sentiment in the internet is different from the masses as most of them are young and often critical of the government. However, this age group is not the deciding factor. Even they have changed slightly tilting towards BN. An improvement of 10% in favour of BN may not be perceptible among the netizen, but this also mean a 10% improvement among all Malay voters. As 54% of the Malays voted for BN in 2008 election, this indicates, BN will get at least 60% Malay votes in the coming general election.

    As for the Indians, record shows they consistently gave stronger support to BN than do the Malays, except for the 2008 general election because of strong anti BN sentiment. But 2008 election was the only unusual time in the Malaysian election history. There is no possibility that Pakatan Rakyat can sustain the 90% Indian support they obtained in 2008.

  4. drmuzaffar says:

    The Indian already sudah kena main dgn DAP. They are taking solace in Najib which seems to be resposnsive to their plight.

    I am agree with you that this time around the Indian will support BN read Najib the most , even with bigger votes that the Malays which will hover around 60-65 % except in Felda area which the Malays may vote BN up to 80%.

  5. DAH IKHWAN says:

    Thanks drmuzaffar. I agree with you, but for the Felda area where 80% expectation may be on the high side.

  6. abdulla says:

    If Pakatan wins, then the Malays, Chinese and Indians will be in the Government. The shoe will be on the other foot then, don’t you think? UMNO, MCA, MIC, etc will be on the outer and will never form government again as all the the big BN scandals will also be exposed.

  7. DAH IKHWAN says:

    Saudara Abdullah,
    Pandangan saudara memang betul. Tetapi anda harus ingat, disebelah Pakatan, parti dominannya ialah DAP sebuah parti Cina. Disebelah BN, parti dominan ialah UMNO. Jika Pakatan membentuk kerajaan, DAP sebagai parti dominanlah yang banyak menentukan dasar negara. Banyak perkara yang mereka hendak seperti pengiktirafan united exam certificate sekolah Cina, Sekolah Cina disamakan dengan sekolah kebangsaan, pengagihan tender terbuka kepada semua, tambahan untuk kerusi pilihanraya untuk kaum Cina, membuka imigresyen untuk pekerja dari negara Cina, dsb. Sanggupkah kita menggadaikan nasib bangsa kita.

    Perkara di atas inilah yang diperjuangkan oleh DAP selama lebih 50 tahun atas nama Malaysian Malaysia.

    Bangsa Melayu bangsa yang toleran dan adil, bangsa Cina berpandu kepada falsafah Kiasu, iaitu mesti menang. Dalam keadaan yang wujud sekarang, pemenang akan membolot semua (winner takes all). Fikir fikirlah.

  8. haha says:

    Chinese had lost everything in 54 years so they are not looking for representation in BN governments. All they want is revenge. As they say ‘a dead sheep doesn’t get scared of wolves’
    Indians will be a very hard guess. They had been so alienated so they are ‘off this world’. 20 percent won’t show up in elections guess why?..Criminals don’t vote.
    Intellectual, religious and young Malays will push PR up.
    Nowadays online Malays don’t read your blog.
    Perak and N9 under PR is likely. So the waves are reaching south shores. Johor may make BN very upset this time around.
    Chinese and Dayaks may vote opposition in E.Malaysia.
    Tremors in Sabah and Sarawak warning us about the tsunami on GE14.
    60 percent support for PM is lower than PakLah. Worst, Najib was not elected.
    And most depressing truth is the country is out of money. Printing ringgit like chinese hellbanknotes makes the rates lower and debts higher.That means Malaysians are getting poor internationally. Buying a McD set RM40 in USA means you better eat dry bread or go home!
    Do you know a baby born in Malaysia owes RM 20.000 cause of government debt?
    With BN everything is spinning out of control systematically. What an irony!
    Simply i don’t see any positive outcome for BN.
    So please tell me one right thing about BN. Nowadays everybody hates them. Only senior Malays support BN. Then at last everybody dies.
    Another 4-5 years will be a real stress test for Malaysia because BN might try to take down Malaysians with their sinking ship.
    I really don’t trust BN.
    Yours is a lost cause friend. May Allah forgive you for your ignorance or maybe arrogance. Who knows maybe you are from these benefiting upper-class folks. Or maybe just a blind who thinks he sees, not knowing he is in a dream. Wake up don’t be late for the new generations to come.
    See ya!

    P.S. I found your blog while searching some GE data. Really appreciate your work and attitude.

  9. DAH IKHWAN says:

    Mr haha(whoever you are),
    From the way you write, I guess that you are a hard core DAP supporter. While most of us acknowledge and even condemn wrong doings of BN government, we acknowledge many of their good deeds too. As for you, you are too extreme and dont see anything good in BN government. I believe most Chinese are not like you. Chinese dont talk of revenge. They are a pragmatic people. They only vote in their best interest.

    There is nothing wrong asking the Malays to think and vote likewise in our own best interest.

    Finally, you are too racist, to the extent implying that 20% of Indians are criminals.

  10. haha says:

    First of all i’m not a Malaysian and i don’t have a voting right. I’m not a member or a sympathizer of DAP. Further more i don’t practice racism of any living thing. My concern is…
    Only country that is governed by racialist bigotry is Malaysia, thanks to United Malays National Organization.
    Reminding that Indians have more criminals than others, doesn’t make me racist…… Righteously Islam doesn’t teach discrimination but wait… Malaysia is a secular state right? So let’s bully the others. Being a muslim, I can tell that Malaysia had the chance to spread Islam around the state but failed big time. Instead BN disgraced ‘the religion.’ At least you should have protected the needy and gain some credit.
    And so much for your Chinese pragmatism theory,I’m sure they wish a miracle come true. And they are the flag carriers for the change. What have you been thinking? They won’t avenge their losses when they have the power? We will see in another 50 years. Probably they will find another country to reside as they are capable of emigration. And leave you to your own demise.
    And about the Malays best interests, think twice before you wish something about them. It may haunt Malays forever. Supporting a bunch of wrong doers will have irreversible consequences for the nation.
    I’m writing these from my heart. I’m not naive, Islam means ‘peace’. And I will follow my heart until it turns dark. And hope Allah never let that happen.

    Being a foreigner, I bet i can see things more clearly!

  11. Right Guess says:

    Dah IKhwan.
    You Bumiputra?

  12. DAH IKHWAN says:

    Mr. Ha ha ha,
    It is difficult for me to believe that you are a foreigner, since this is a Malaysian affair and to be solved by Malaysians through the General Election process. For a foreigner to speak in such an extreme manner on Malaysian politics(even more extreme than an average Malaysians) leaves more questions than answers. This is a domestic matter. Why do you have to worry. Malaysians are the voters and vote for their own destiny.

    It is your job to vote in your own country and to ensure that your country is better than Malaysia.

    You said for certain that most Malaysians are against BN, including those living in Sabah and Sarawak..From your comments, I see that you have so much hatred for the BN government. You stated many things including economic matters, all in negative notes. Do you know what you have been saying?The printing of notes and the mounting debts?.. Why, a foreigner like you even bother to know about these things and repeat these accusations originating from the opposition without second thoughts? Are you part of their think thank?

    If you bother to read other articles in this blog, you will note many suggestions I have made , including doing away with some of the remnants of the Dasar Economi Baru, introducing policies to open up competitions in various sectors of the government which I believe will eventually build up Malay/Muslim competitiveness.

    Although you declare yourself a Muslim, you are not concerned about the plight of your fellow Muslims here. Muslim brotherhood doesnt seem to mean anything to you. What a shame!!!

    Why? . Have you been abused or oppressed by the Malaysian government? If so, I am sorry. I am just an ordinary citizen and do not know if such things happened.

  13. Mr.Haha says:

    Don’t ever think of playing the muslim brothership card to me. You have the yahudi mentality. Islam is not a club where you can kick the others because of their religion. Shame on you! This is the same thing jews are doing for a long time. Shame on you!
    I think it sucks to be you!

  14. DAH IKHWAN says:

    You seem to be so desperate…..a ‘foreigner’? and yet so worried that the opposition is losing in my country?… If you are really a foreigner, how Malaysians vote is none of your business.

  15. Mr.Haha says:

    I’m a human being and i’m living here. So what? You are going to expel me? I have my opinions and internet is a free platform to express myself. I don’t feel sorry if we don’t share the same interests. You can’t tell me my business. After todays news i understand that you umno people are all munafık. Go to hell! Good bye!

    • DAH IKHWAN says:

      I am not an umno member, but of course a Muslim. At this point, I support umno because it is the only hope to protect Malay and Islam in this country. You cannot depend on PAS as it is too weak to shoulder these responsibilities, and much less PKR which has moved too far away from Malay and Islamic heart.

      In spite of the above, UMNO under Najib has demonstrated that it takes care of the interest of other racial groups like Chinese and Indians. This is necessary to ensure stability and continued prosperity in our multiracial country.

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  17. Vicky Koh says:

    Dah Ikhwan, I understand and respect your desire to want to vote for a government that you think will protect the rights of your race and religion. But if you feel that way, then you can’t blame other races for feeling the same way. So you would vote BN because you know UMNO is dominant there. And you admitted you don’t think the opposition coalition is able to protect the malays.

    Can I just say that I feel your views are unfounded? You are and will always remain part of the majority race in this country and you don’t need to do research to know that so many benefits have already been accorded to you all. The bumiputera priviledges have been in place for the past 50 years. In fact, Islam is also the main religion in this country.

    Why then, do you still fear that DAP can take away your rights? By the way, DAP is not a chinese party but a multiracial party. So is PKR. I believe I speak for most chinese when I say that we just want fairness, not biasedness. We don’t want revenge. It is the selfish chinese that would still vote for BN at this point because they want to protect their cronies / allies. I’d like to add that a lot my chinese relatives voted for PAS the last election. Because we know there are bigger issues at hand.

    I know that most of your race feel that this land is originally yours as you were the first race here. But can I add that that was 3-4 generations ago, and most of your chinese / indian contacts were also born here and grew up here and just like you, they consider this their only homeland. If this is to be a truly multiracial country where we can truly live in harmony then we have to be truly fair. And to be truly fair, then help/aid should be given to those who really need it, regardless what race or religion they are. All this wanting to protect just your race and religion doesn’t help. That’s why the coalition of BN can never work.

    I agree that a lot of chinese are kiasu and will vote whoever benefits them. Can you really blame them seeing as you would also vote for the one you think can protect your race? But there are also a lot of younger chinese who really want to see the country progress. And because we want to fairness, we want to see the scales balanced. For too long, BN has been along to dominate. So maybe they are protecting your race, but at the same time they are plundering the country’s wealth and hindering the country’s progress. If you truly care for your country, then how can you let this happen.

    If you have done your research, you would know that we used to be ahead of Singapore and Korea and Thailand. Yet today, they are far ahead of us economically. The country has not been progressing as it should under BN, despite all the projects they have announced. Singapore, with no natural resource, with no tourist destinations like us….ask yourself, how did they get so far ahead? Was it because they spent all the time playing race politics? Was it because they awarded tenders to their cronies, rather then those who were more capable? Was it because they had corrupt leaders who spent more time making themselves rich rather then developing the country?

    The problem with most people here is that they only think of their own race, religion, interests….and yes, I don’t deny that there are many such Chinese. But I feel that it’s time we get rid of that mentality and start thinking of ourselves as malaysians first. I’m sorry if it offends you, but I have no respect for leaders who say they are malays first, they should be setting an example for this nation. Is it really that bad to award tenders competitively and openly to prevent biasedness and corruption? Bearing in mind that there is still a quota for the staff in all private companies to ensure your race is not left behind. Is it wrong to have a party that seeks to develop all races and not just a particular race? Pls don’t tell me that Najib will protect the other races. We both know he’s only appearing to do so to save his political career.

    The bottom-line is, I don’t really support either party. I just want to balance the scales and give the opposition some power so that both parties can keep check and balance. You said PAS is weak now. And they will remain so unless more people vote for them. Why not give them a chance?

  18. DAH IKHWAN says:

    Mr. Vicky Koh,
    Thank you for submitting your comment in a form of detailed intellectual discussion. I understand your comment and your aspirations to make Malaysia great, which reflect a deep nationalistic feeling.

    However your ideas do not reflect the reality in a multiracial nation. You have to note that race factor is something every group cannot ignore.Every race in a country normally compare and compete with each other. Accordingly the dominant race will use this advantage to safeguard its political and economic interest. Look at Israel, United States, UK, Australia and close to our shore, Singapore. The only difference is that in Western Countries, the dominant races are the more advanced and they do not need any constitutional and political safeguard. They do it in the form of subtle racial social and business preferences. Even then racist tendencies occur from time to time, whenever they feel threatened by immigrant population.

    Eastern countries are even worse. They dont even accept immigrants. Tell me if there is any China town in Japan or Korea.

    In Malaysia, the Malays have been and easgoing race for centuries. This turned them into a tolerant people, and for this reason, they will continue to depend on the government for a long time to come to safeguard their interest. That is why DAP Malaysian Malaysia is a threat to the very survival of the Malays at this stage of our race’s development.

    Your views of the virtue of dual party system as in the west is really good, only if the Malays do not feel threatened of being split by the Chinese. You look closely at the Pakatan side. PAS and PKR will never be the dominant parties.They have different make up and aspirations and that will limit Anwar’s ability to safeguard Malay interest. That will only leave PAS to look after us, but what can it do being a small party, and Nik Aziz is not even proud of being a Malay.

    We do not have to look far at how Chinese use their dominant position in Singapore. There is only nominal number of Malays in the Army and the civil service. There is virtually no significant Malay business there. And Singapore openly make it their policy to import workers from China and grant them citizenship to balance up high Malay natural growth rate. As a result the percentage of Malay population has gone down over the years.

    What is worse, there is not even one Malay constituency in Singapore. All Malay kampungs have been demolished and resettled and split up in apartments.

    Finally, I subscribe to a dual party system in Malaysia, but before that can happen and acceptable to the Malays, the Chinese and the Indians must stop supporting PKR. Let the party die of natural death and stop it from splitting Malay any further.

    • Vicky says:

      Dear Dah Ikhwan,

      I know my reply is a little late. But better late then never.

      I’m sorry to hear that you feel that way about DAP. And that you feel that PAS and PKR cannot protect the malays.

      I don’t want to argue, please understand and believe that. I know this are sensitive areas and close to the heart. But can you please refer to the referendum that the alternative coalition has made before thinking this way.
      I don’t exactly remember the exact figures offhand but if I recall correctly, if they win, PKR gets 40 seats and DaP and PAS gets 30 each. They are a coalition that at the moment, really intends to work togather for the betterment of Malaysia as a whole regardless of race and religion. I have been to a few of their ceramah and they all campaign togather and we get a mixture of Malay, Indian and Chinese speakers .

      Please don’t believe the lies of UMNO. Everyday they are campaigning in the Malay and english newspapers against DaP. And then they campaign against PaS in the chinese newspapers. Despite that, most chinese I know is going out to vote against BN.

      Please, please believe me that we never intend to wrest control. We know and acknowledge that you are the majority. We just want fairness. And proper economic development. And a working transport system. And a proper education system. And a clean, fair elections etc etc…

      If this are the same things you wish for too, then please go check out both camps before you decide. If Bn has really taken care of your interest, why are there so many poor after all this years. Because they have been enriching themselves blatantly. And their cronies. We have to end this….

      Please give them a chance. If you are not satisfied after 5 years, you can always vote BN back in. Giving BN another 5 years, after the last 55 years they have had, will lead to ruination of this country. Just look at the
      GDP reports showing how much we are in debt because of corruption.

      Please believe that I only say this because I love malaysia more then I love any single party. I dream of a multiracial malaysia where every single race can be at peace with each other, where there is religious harmony, where missing children can be found without delay, where there are no deaths in custody, where the judiciary and MACC can be independent, where we can walk the streets in safety, where the police can be counted on to defend you….this is the dream of every true malaysian. Please don’t deny us our dream..

      • DAH IKHWAN says:

        Dear Vicky,
        We live in an imperpect country. I am a moderate Malay and you are a moderate Chinese. I have many Chinese friends, they always talk of fairness, but more often than not this means dismantling of malay rights. At the same time I acknowledge many of your arguments are reasonable if Malaysia want to achieve Vision 2020. But you must
        understand Malay fears first and any strategic change in political alignment must address this fear factor. IT is not enough fo Chinese to say everything is alright only based on Chinese arguments. To me the biggest stumbling block is really PKR. Without PKR Malays shluld be more confident of protection by both BN or PR, if either come to power.

  19. Debbie says:

    Dear Mr Ikhwan,

    The only question I would have left for you after reading all the above comments is why is it so crucial to “protect” your Bumiputera rights to the extent of harming everyone else’s? Do we as Chinese, Indians and “Lain-lains” pay less taxes than you? Do we help spur the economy less than you who have been given all the privileges that you could have been given?

    I, for one, refuse to believe that the Malays are unable to make it in this country using their own intellect and hard work like any other Malaysian in this country.

    I have gone through years in school and I remember my history well. However, it will be good and humbling to remember that this country’s achievements thus far are not yours alone to claim. We have all played our parts to get Malaysia where it is.

    I would like to request that you review your thoughts and arguments to think of this in a different perspective, like Mr Vicky mentioned, this is not about you losing your rights, this is about the rest of us getting the rights we know we deserve after 56 years.

    However, words will be words and we can argue til the cows come home. While you pray for status quo, I will be waiting for a glimmer of hope, a chance for a change that might rock the nation. In my heart, I believe if PKR wins, it could be the turning point to bring a country so corrupted and crippled by debt to its former, true glory… not the fairytale Malaysia that it seeks to force people to believe that it is.

  20. Anak Malaysia says:

    I always see myself as Malaysian first, Muslim and then Malay. Growing up I never see the difference between all my friends and neighbours. My late father was just a lowly paid school gardener who believed that education is an important tool for a better future. I remembered how one whole afternoon he was cycling, with me sitting at the back seat, going from Assistant Head Teacher’s house then to Headmaster’s house with an application form for a Biasiswa. Asking them for letter of recommendation and their signatures on the form. At the end, I found out later, from our school, the Headmaster son (my classmate) got the Biasiswa and for me nothing( even though my exam result was much better than his), I was only 11 years old then, From that day onwards I believed I can only rely on myself if I wants to succeed in life. So you see, even though I’m a Malay but because I have no connection with people in power, I did not benefit for being a Bumiputra. I totally agreed with Vicky and Debbie, we are all Malaysian and should have the same right and receive the same privileges. After 56 years the Malay should be able to stand on their two feet but as you can see from my own experience only certain percentage of Malay really benefited, provided you have the right connection. Mr Ikhwan, please open your eyes and please give democracy a chance to correct the wrongs. Be it BN or PR, they are our servant and not the other way around. They should served us the rakyat and we the rakyat should have more voice and right to question them if we not satisfied with their service.

    • DAH IKHWAN says:

      Thank you Mr. Anak Malaysia for your views. However, I find your ideas are different and sound more like what DAP has been fighting for the Chinese. For this reason, unless proven otherwise, I am rather doubtful whether you are really a Malay and a Muslim.

  21. I honestly don’t understand why you need to protect your race so much. Don’t u Malays get the most benefits among all the others? I’m Malaysian Chinese. Born in Penang. Before everything, I want to clarify to you that I’m full Malaysian with a Malaysian passport and MyKad. All I want is Malaysia to be a less corrupted country. I want all of us Chinese, Malays, Indians to really group up and and really be a 1Malaysia! I have currently moved to Hong Kong and i cannot express to you enough on how I feel proud to be Malaysian. Because we are a multiracial country, I have grown up with Indians, Malays, Chinese and others. The people in my multiracial school was surprised how different my views of Indians and other ‘brown skinned’ people are (positive) and they were happy to know that Malaysia is such a beautiful country. I’ve never been more proud to be Malaysian. Us Chinese don’t seek revenge or anything violent or uncivilized. All we want is just fairness. If you really refer to yourself Malaysian, then why do you need to protect your own race so much? I thought the government wants 1Malaysia to happen. So what’s with all this nonsense on which race is more superior? Does anyone remember Mahathir? He proposed Wawasan 2020 where all of us would be one and call ourselves MALAYSIAN and not ‘Malay, ‘Chinese’, ‘Indian’. You keep saying DAP fights for Chinese rights, but they HAVE to fight for it because of BN. BN is slowly erasing Chinese history. Did you know the heroes like Hang Tuah and Hang Jebat, some of them were Chinese? I doubt it because the history has altered and educates us that they were all Malays and that Malays seem to claim the land themselves without the help of Chinese and Indians? Because of all that, a number of Malays refer to their race superior. That’s completely unfair. It’s like all three races working together as one for the benefits of us the future generations but Malays gets all the credits.

    All I’m saying is, just let Pakatan Rakyat show what they can do. If their bad, then you could always vote for your beloved BN again.

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