The Malay Unity Government : A work in Progress?
Sometime early this year, Tun Mahathir called for a Unity Government. The mischievous deviants among us were quick to tell all who would listen to them that this was an attempt by Tun to vest within himself, the powers of a dictator able to make decisions and appoint cabinet ministers at his whims and fancies.
For sure there was some truth in what they say and their voices were loud enough to drown what Tun was advocating – and in the ensuing political skirmishes and backstabbing, Tun’s message for a Unity Government got lost in translation.
It was, so they tell us, a blatant attempt by Tun to do government as he thinks fit. In a matter of days Tun was shushed and Din and his political pariahs foisted the Back Door Government upon us all. Unity Government went South and in its place, a Back Door Government saw the light of day as Umno and Pas goose-stepped with Din and his political pariahs to Sheraton.
Many months after May 2020 there is still talk of a Unity Government for Tun is usually miles ahead of the political circus that, alas, he is also part of. Only this time the Unity Government has the insidious prefix M A L A Y! Yes it is still a unity government only with a “Malay” added on to it. A Malay Unity Government. Such clever bastards those political pariahs of Din are!
Today, the elephant in the political arena – a MALAY UNITY GOVERNMENT – is real. So what is a Malay Unity Government? It is a government by the Malays, of the Malays, and for the Malays.
Among the Malays, it is never spoken of without first making sure that you are among like-minded friends. Even among the converted, it is not a badge that one wears with pride and conviction. The Malays are conflicted. The Malays are divided.
They know that just as they should not covet their neighbor’s alluring wife, a Malay Unity Government in a multi-racial Malaysia is anathema to what our founding Fathers have wanted Malaya and then Malaysia, to be: Unity in Diversity. We live among those who are different from us.
A Malay Unity government runs the risk of inviting censure and odium from the non-Malays. Maybe even from other Malays? Are there enough Malays among Malaysian who want a Malay Unity Government?
The Malays are told by these political pariahs that A Malay Unity Government is needed if the Malays are to be the Tuan of their Tanah Air and Islam is to be the religion of state even if these “wants” are in conflict with the times that we now live in. In conflict with the concept of One Malaysia. In conflict with every sensibility of a civilised mature democracy.
Malay Domination of all things has been boiling just below the surface because Malay politicians are feeding enough fuel to keep the “Ketuanan Melayu” fire burning. Today, thanks to Din and his political pariah, it is no longer a distant possibility. A Malay Unity Government is now a work in progress. Its nucleus is PN with PAS, Bersatu and Umno in it and what is holding this Malay Unity Government together is the common interest of Malay politicians fighting to hold on to political power.
Today the Malay Unity Government mantra trumps any other arguments that any Malay could use to scuttle the 2021 Budget, to oust Din and his political pariahs out of Putrajaya, to censure Pas for their indulgence and enthusiastic embrace of that Bossku anthem : “Cash is King” and can even get Umno to “think again” about pulling out of PN and going it alone with anybody else.
Hell, they might even be able to tempt Anwar and Mahathir into the equation and really have a Malay Unity Government that will stay in Putrajaya kini dan selam lama nya.
And if this Malay Unity Government does get its act together – already halfway there lah…what of the others? I guess the “others” would go the same way as the men of the Walbiri tribe and a few other Australian Aboriginal tribes. When visiting each other, the men of these tribes would place their penises in their host’s hands.
To refuse a penis was a sign of hostility. These days a quick handshake is the preferred way of greeting each other – so perish that genital holding greeting. In other words, the significant “others ” in Malaysia will have to find another way of dealing with the times that are a-changing or, find another country if they want to be a part of the human race where the individual is respected and treated with grace and dignity. The others will not find grace and dignity here in Bolehland.