State polls: Dump racial politics! Let’s talk about the issues that matter

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I wrote the article below together with Aliran’s Dr Mustafa K Anuar. Here’s where you add your comments on the upcoming state elections.

No sooner had the last of the six state assemblies been dissolved than Dr Mahathir Mohamad popped up to claim that the effort to promote a multi-ethnic country goes against the Federal Constitution!

This is true to form for the political dinosaurs who are raging against the dying of their darkness.

Over the years, certain politicians have played the divisive game of alienating and demonising certain sections of our society for their political ends, especially when elections are in the air.

Invariably, they will suddenly accuse the ethnic minorities of being more prone to corruption, communism and what-have-you. They will accuse the minorities of aiming to take control of the country and to dominate the majority ethnic Malays. Invariably, a politician or two will dredge up the Ghost of the May 13 bloodshed in 1969 to spook their support base into voting for them. Read full article on Aliran website

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Jay Prakash
Jay Prakash
9 Jul 2023 2.01pm

Cannot understand why PDRM dare not take action against the former PM who spewed racial comments.

PCH
PCH
9 Jul 2023 9.42pm
Reply to  Jay Prakash

Arrested and put him in jail then his death there can make him a martyr which PMX tries to avoid[?]

Shriek
Shriek
10 Jul 2023 6.35am
Reply to  Jay Prakash

Still the 3Rs. Read animal farm or zoo. Some have more rights than others

Luca
Luca
12 Jul 2023 10.18pm
Reply to  Shriek

July 12 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has issued a final warning to all parties to not exploit issues touching on race, religion and the royal institution (3R) which can split the country.

‘Operation Lalang 2.0’ could be unleashed.

PCH
PCH
8 Jul 2023 7.59pm

Sustainable development ranks above fighting corruption, bravo!
For Penang, it can mean to develop human minds (conducive learning environment eg digital n non digital libraries) over high rise commercialised residential towers and less carbon emission private cars on road n more public transport usage.

Brocky
Brocky
9 Jul 2023 10.35am

Very likely more housing happening at Balik Pulau to alter demographic profile with new population to benefit PH (with migrants from Kedah disgruntled by Sanusi’s policy).

Maharashtra
Maharashtra
9 Jul 2023 1.48pm
Reply to  Brocky

Developers in Penang are wooing non-Malays in Kedah to buy properties in Penang to enjoy a more open and inclusive society when living in Penang.

Jay Prakash
Jay Prakash
9 Jul 2023 2.12pm

Unfortunately most Malays associate the term Inclusivity with LGBT. So ALIRAN and Anil need to be careful when expounding the term. Just an advice.

Brocky
Brocky
10 Jul 2023 10.38am

IPOH, July 10 — DAP’s Abdul Aziz Bari told PAS president Hadi Awang to stop playing ‘kamikaze politics’ just to win votes after alleging that the party was continuing the British colonial’s plan to destroy Malay and Bumiputera supremacy.

Abdul Aziz said that DAP have never challenged the provisions on the monarchy, Islam, special position of the Malays and the Malay language as official language.

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2023/07/10/aziz-bari-slams-hadi-awang-over-remarks-on-dap-planning-to-destroy-malay-and-bumiputera/78785

Miami
Miami
10 Jul 2023 4.16pm

The world is on stage, an illusion, a big theater…
The phantom of the opera there only is a selection.

Esme
Esme
10 Jul 2023 10.34pm
Reply to  Miami

… and the audience merrily lap it up, mesmerized by masked phantom’s rhetoric narration of race & religion. Only enjoy 1 day of democracy every 5 years to vote, the rest of the time being screwed by the YBs they voted in.

Joy
Joy
11 Jul 2023 2.06pm
Reply to  Esme

After opera maybe people’s revolt like Les Miserables? One day More?

A Rakyat 88
11 Jul 2023 10.32am

Most of our Rakyat have rejected both these parties. If that is so, what do you think will be their worth then? Both the ruling unity govt and PN opposition are racing neck to neck to win the coming state election. If you are the coach of a basketball team and you have a couple of minutes left, your have equal points on the score board, would you use your best player to score the winning points or will you use the weakest? From wanting to have seats in the state election to contest, to just a supporting role now.… Read more »

A Rakyat 88
9 Jul 2023 9.39am

Come on Ramkapal, this is a debate by media and he has singled you out. You are talking to a soon to be centurion (TMM). He has history behind him. He has lived through the British occupied era. He has lived through the Malayan independence. He is 97 years old now, born in July 10 1925. That is 97 years of history he posses and he is smart and a politician and an ex leader of our Nation.   Still it is not difficult to do a proper rebuttal. He is just playing with words. It should not be difficult to… Read more »

Maharashtra
Maharashtra
9 Jul 2023 1.47pm
Reply to  A Rakyat 88

Can you comment on MCA and MIC refusal to take part in PRN? Merajuk?

Last edited 11 months ago by Maharashtra
Oswald
Oswald
9 Jul 2023 2.45pm
Reply to  A Rakyat 88

No need to give coverage to senile old man talking rubbish and divide the nation with racial remarks and distorted history.

Brocky
Brocky
10 Jul 2023 10.15am
Reply to  Oswald

The Malaysia we inherited from Mahathir

A Rakyat 88
9 Jul 2023 9.39am

The unity government should be smart enough to know what to say. This is about history. There is a reason why the constitution was worded the way it has. A clue for the clueless – The Malayan Union, the independence and thereafter. Read the history behind it.

Or one can simply follow Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid bin Hamidi advise, which is, ” Just ignore him”

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2023/07/07/dr-m-reiterates-malaysia-belongs-to-malays

nkkhoo
nkkhoo
9 Jul 2023 2.20pm
Reply to  A Rakyat 88

What history you are talking about?
You based on British version or the SPM syllabus. A lot of difference.

If you refer to Thailand history, Kedah belongs to Siam.

PCH
PCH
9 Jul 2023 9.46pm
Reply to  nkkhoo

Srivijaya Kingdom preludes Tanah Melayu, making so-called KeTuan a non original but a newcomer as well.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Srivijaya

A Rakyat 88
9 Jul 2023 11.28pm
Reply to  nkkhoo

What has the history of Thailand got to do with our Malaysian constitutional history and the struggle for our independence from the British?

Esme
Esme
10 Jul 2023 10.40pm
Reply to  A Rakyat 88

Between 1511 and 1957 bring colonized by Portuguese, Dutch, British and Japanese without putting up a fight. Are these not the enemies of the nation? But somehow the bogeyman is the ‘Communists’ who has never conquer or rule the Tanah Melayu. What independence from the British if certain people have claimed that we are never colonized by the British.

Joy
Joy
11 Jul 2023 2.08pm
Reply to  Esme

Luckily the Spanish did not come here otherwise today most people will be Catholics like the Philippines

glissantia
glissantia
13 Jul 2023 2.10pm
Reply to  Joy

The Portugese were similar in their agenda: glory, god and gold.

Shriek
Shriek
10 Jul 2023 6.44am
Reply to  nkkhoo

Star is MCA. Still talking MCA? No clue as when they can have some state and federal seats to contest..You have any clue or clueless too?

Esme
Esme
10 Jul 2023 10.42pm
Reply to  Shriek

Star is RM3. MCA will evolve into a NGO, sharing the turf with Aliran. Wee Ka Doing will become a blogger to seek attention.

A Rakyat 88
10 Jul 2023 1.59pm
Reply to  A Rakyat 88

“Anwar dismisses Dr Mahathir’s racial remarks, questions latter’s relevance”
dd 10 Jul 2023 1:09PM

“I don’t think we should take him very seriously…. I am not going to comment on it. We have to stay the course,” Anwar said”

https://www.thevibes.com/articles/news/96052/anwar-dismisses-dr-mahathirs-racial-remarks-questions-latters-relevance 

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Rakyat says a wise decision.