If the psy-war against UMNO-PAS political co-operation long term be detrimental to the Malaysia as the arguments that union would continue in the promotion racism and religious bigotry, then the blame should be against the Chinese Chauvinist DAP in the first place which is the consistent and continuous protagonist-provocateur on the matter for the past 50 years.
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Umno-PAS’s anti-DAP card not good for nation-building, analysts say
BY ZULKIFLI SULONG, FEATURES AND ANALYSIS EDITOR
Published: 10 January 2016 9:00 AM | Updated: 10 January 2016 12:57 PM
An Umno-PAS alliance that uses race and religion to attack DAP would keep Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in power for at least one more term, but this would be at the cost of the country’s stability, analysts say.
They said such an alliance would give rise to a strong Malay government and a Chinese-dominated opposition.
This would destabilise a multiracial country such as Malaysia, and make nation-building extremely difficult, said vice-chancellor of University of Selangor (Unisel), Datuk Dr Redzuan Othman.
“This approach, whether used for the coming election or in the short term, will bring victory to Umno and PAS. But in the long run, it will not benefit the country,” said the former director of Universiti Malaya’s Centre of Democracy and Election (Umcedel).
He said some people were still toying with racial sentiments and telling Chinese Malaysians to “return” to China.
“This shouldn’t be happening anymore. Those notions are relics from the past, fit only to be uttered before independence.
“Strangely, after 50 years of independence, people are still playing with that issue,” said Redzuan.
Hisomudin Bakar (pic, right), who heads independent think-tank Ilham Centre, said PAS’s willingness to work with Umno was a huge feather in the cap for the Malay party.
“It’s proven that after the issue of cooperation came up, PAS, the former main enemy of Umno is no longer attacking Umno and Najib. PAS also chose not to vote against Najib’s Budget 2016.
“This signals a huge achievement for Najib and Umno, given that they have been under attack from within the party and from other opposition parties,” said Hisomudin.
Hisomudin said Umno’s efforts to forge a relationship with PAS were driven by its need to overcome its internal problems, which came to a height when Najib dropped his party deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and vice-president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal from the Cabinet.
“That move shook Umno, especially in Johor and Sabah. I expect at least 10 Umno seats in both the states will be affected.
“By bringing in PAS, with its 21 seats, Umno is able to compensate for those losses. This is why I believe this strategy is to save Najib and defend Umno for at least one more term.
“The question now is, what does PAS want from this cooperation? We already know what Umno wants,” he said.
The analyses by Hisomidun and Redzuan follow the findings by Institut Darul Ehsan (IDE) that more Malays in Selangor were angry towards DAP, based on a survey conducted in November.
The survey attributed anti-DAP sentiments to Umno-PAS rhetoric demonising the largely Chinese-based opposition party.
Long under attack from government agencies and Umno propaganda, DAP has a new nemesis in the form of PAS, which said it was cooperating with Umno based on Islamic and national interests.
PAS and DAP have been at loggerheads ever since the Islamist party decided to cut ties with its Pakatan Rakyat partner in June last year.
PAS also chose not to join the new opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan comprising DAP, PKR and splinter party Parti Amanah Negara.
PAS research chief Dr Zuhdi Marzuki recently claimed that Israel offered RM1.2 billion to DAP should it win the 2013 general election.
He also said one of the conditions attached to the money was allowing Israel to set up a military base in Malaysia, should DAP take over Putrajaya, a claim DAP has strongly denied
Yesterday, at the Pakatan Harapan leadership convention, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said he plans to sue those who have accused him and his party of having relations with Israel. – January 10, 2016.
That notion is probably relevant in the current political flavour where many issues against the fundamental values and practice of the Malay-Muslim majority is under constant attack by pockets and special interest groups of the minority.
However, these issues are being echoed, magnified and manipulated with the explicit malice intent to create anguish and hatred by non other than the activists of DAP.
The fact is that, UMNO-PAS co-operation was a political manoeuvre and understanding achieved by Second Prime Minister Tun Hj Abdul Razak Hussein in 1973, when Barisan Nasional was formed to replace the Alliance Party.
Then mainstay of Alliance Party, UMNO-MCA-MIC expanded to accept parties in Sabah and Sarawak as component members and former Opposition PAS and Gerakan were drawn in, for the fundamental of nation building with the New Economic Policy model to address issues of the bloody racial conflict of 3GE between 10-13 May 1969.
Chinese Chauvinist DAP stayed out of the whole process and continued to be the venomous thorn of anti-Muhibbah is the tones and flavour envisaged then by Tun Razak, Tun Dr. Ismail, Tun Ghazali Shafie, Tun Tan Siew Sin, Tun VT Sambanthan and other architects of then the new Federation of Malaysia.
The fact is that neither UMNO nor PAS Presidents then nor now used race and religion to mount the first salvo against the Chinese Chauvinist DAP. It had been the other way around.
History has proven that it is the nature of the Malays to accept immigrants into their society and allow them to be on with their own business and way of life, free from any interference.
That very notion drew Chinese and Indians traders to settle down with the Malays when Melaka was the thriving economic empire in the region, over half a millennium ago.
Even when the British colonialists brought large number of labourers from China and India to serve their economic and administrative interests beginning 150 years ago, on top of the colonial way of life, the Malays never tried anything ugly against the immigrants of the land of the Malays.
These sundry of provocations especially on issues that would be very sensitive against the Malay-Muslim majority in various angles, spectrum, philosophy and connotations have been getting more frequent, intense and blunt.
History have proven the Malay-Muslim majority even in power have never denied the Non Muslims. Yet, the nation-state then thrived, where the Non-Muslims are free to go about their business in all directions.
The Malay-Muslim majority would ‘encircle their wagon’ when the Chinese Chauvinist DAP or any of their agents through various ‘likeminded intellectual entities’ use racial and religious issues to provoke Malay-Muslim majority with a sinister intent and agenda.
The ‘encircling of the wagon’ is the point when the Malays stand up and state themselves aloud for the values, spirit and convention of the harmonious Malaysia as they have been living it through the over 600years of Malay-Muslim tradition and heritage, much more when it is enshrined in the Federal Constitution.
Hence, Newton’s third law do apply. Quid pro quo.