Chinese Chauvinist DAP had to give away token seats for Malay leaders in the Selangor DAP Committee because their members refused to elect them, despite their calls of being a truly ‘Malaysia for Malaysian’ party.
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Published: Sunday November 1, 2015 MYT 9:18:00 PM
Updated: Sunday November 1, 2015 MYT 11:53:08 PM
Analyst: DAP’s move to rely on Malay appointments a worrying trend
BY DINA MURAD
PETALING JAYA: DAP’s trend of having to appoint Malay leaders who fail to be elected into its state and national committees is worrying, said a political analyst.
“It is indeed worrying. Relying on appointments itself would not be good to show that DAP is a multi-ethnic party,” said Assoc Prof Dr Sivamurugan Pandian of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)’s School of Social Sciences.
Three Malays were appointed into the Selangor DAP committee after no Malays won the elections.
Dr Sivamurugan, however, dismisses the notion that delegates were voting merely on ethnicity.
“We don’t exactly know how they’re voting as it is due to a multifaceted criteria. I don’t think it’s based on only one deciding factor,” he said Sunday.
He recommended that the party analyse different approaches to ensure that the delegates vote in a more diverse leadership which includes Malays in both state and national elections.
He pointed out that the state election trend was similar to that at the national level, where appointments were seen as an alternative to ensure that Malays were represented in the party’s central committee.
Dr Abdul Aziz Bari
“Maybe the delegates are still not in favour of accepting Malays as a whole to be elected. It could also be because the Malay candidates are considered young and the delegates have yet to see their loyalty in the party.
“Loyalty may be why the voting trend happened as such. It could be that the delegates want to give time for the new DAP members to show their loyalty, especially among the Malays. Maybe in the next election, we will be able to see if they are accepted,” Dr Sivamurugan said.
Dr Sivamurugan also said that delegates would possibly look at the contribution of its members and that it would be an important factor when voting.
“Maybe they see this as a trial period to ensure that leaders commit to the party,” he said.
At 5pm on Sunday, results for the Selangor DAP state committee were released with Gobind Singh Deo receiving the highest number of votes at 736.
While Ronnie Liu, Tony Pua, Hannah Yeoh , Ong Kian Ming and Teng Chang Khim were voted into the committee, no Malays who ran for the election won.
As a result, lawyer Dr Abdul Aziz Bari, Young Syefura Othman and Edry Faizal Eddy Yusof were appointed into the committee.
Abdul Aziz had recently joined DAP from his former party, PKR. Among the three, only Edry stood for elections.
The Selangor DAP convention was held to elect the new state committee.
As the political analyst Dr Pandian puts it, it is very worrying to note that the grassroots and middle ground amongst DAP is not at all considering the Malays as part of their political struggle.
This is reflective of the great anti-Chinese distrust against the Malays, with the fans of hatred is being kept alive of late.
It is interesting to note that ‘subversive elements’ within DAP along with Gerakan and Socialist Party, fan the anti-Malay hatred sentiment before, during and after the 3rd GE on 10 May 1969, which resulted in the bloody racial riot of 13 May 1969.
Their second and third generation are those who filled the majority of the participants of BERSH 4.0 29-30 August 2015, since the Malay presence is just only token especially with PAS completely abstaining. In the three previous BERSIH rallies, PAS provided more than half the participants.
In all, the Non Malays particularly the Chinese around Kuala Lumpur and Selangor is very adamant that the ‘Vote of No Confidence’ to topple Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak would come and Parliamentarians would boot him out.
In reality, the Chinese would not vote a Malay even is she stands on the ticket of the Chinese Chauvinist party. Teluk Intan by-election was a good test case. The Chinese would rather to abstain and let the Chinese of BN to win instead of giving it to the Malay even if she represented DAP.
Former Senator representing DAP in Dewan Negara Tunku Aziz and Rahmad Ishak of the Penang DAP Malays are living testimonies of the racism. favouritism, nepotism and discriminatory practices against the Malays in DAP.
Hence, in essence and practice these three Malays being appointed as stooges into the Selangor DAP Committee is merely an act of political puppet show.