The rise of right wing politics

This post was published as a letter to editor in Malaysiakini. As such, I am posting an revised copy based on my letter

The ascendancy of right wing politics

Dr Hsu Dar Ren

Mar 11, 10 5:02pm

One headline yesterday screamed: ‘Chinese will take over in the next election, warns Perkasa’. I do not know how these right-wingers passed their mathematics. Chinese Malaysians plus the Indian Malaysians constitute less than 40 percent of voters and majority of them are in seats that are in urban areas where the weightage is much smaller compared to the rural ones.

In some of the urban seats, for example, those in Kuala Lumpur, it is not uncommon to have more than 60,000 voters in one constituency. On the other hand, seats like Putrajaya have much less voters.

Recent events have showed that right-wing politics is on the rise and the ascendancy of these right-wingers do not bode well for the country. The country is on the road to extreme racist politics if these right-wingers have their way. The road that these right-wingers advocate is a direct opposite of the ‘1Malaysia’ concept which was introduced by none other than the prime minister himself.

I suspect the recent announcement that BN will amend its constitution and open its doors for direct membership is a ploy to admit these right-wing organisations, and with this, those component parties advocating the middle ground will have much less influence.

Another effect of this direct membership seems to be that if any component party head does not toe the line of the dominant party, then the latter can choose a more compliant one from this component party to challenge this not-so-compliant party head.

If the compliant one wins, the party will then toe the line of the dominant party. On the other hand, if the compliant one loses, he can bring his members out of that component party and join as direct members, thereby weakening the influence of the not-so-compliant leader of the component party. This will ensure that the component parties will always toe the line and whatever sharing of views and power would be a thing of the past.

In this way, direct membership can become a tool for ‘divide and rule’, a tactic which the British were fond of using and we are, in fact, still feeling the effects of ‘divide and rule’ used by the colonial British government.

So can the leaders of these smaller BN component parties do anything to object to this direct membership thing? I do not think so. If they cannot even fight to keep the BN chairpersonship in some of their own areas, how are they going to fight for issues in the interest of the rakyat?

If they cannot even do that, it is really time for them to take a look at themselves and stop believing that they can influence the ‘big brother to take the middle ground. Perhaps it is time for these parties to call a referendum for their grassroots to discuss their future (of lack of a future ) inside the coalition.

They should not harbour any hope that with their little strength, they can stop the ascendancy of right-wing politics within the coalition.

40 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. klm
    Mar 09, 2010 @ 15:05:30

    Gerakan must seriously consider getting out of BN. The writing is on the wall. Do it before the last shred of honour and respect is gone.

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  2. Chabalang
    Mar 09, 2010 @ 15:06:10

    All these so-called “right wing”(too nice a term to call them) – they are EXTREMISTS. To me, they are just fighting for their pockets or $$$. Most of them are rent-seekers or funded by “rent-seekers” bent on protecting their turf or self-interests rather than for the overall good of the country.

    If they get their way, MORE people and funds will leave the country and M’sia will go downhill at a faster pace than the past ten years (next generation M’sians will have to work overseas as maids in the future).

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  3. Dr Hsu
    Mar 09, 2010 @ 15:24:53

    klm,
    The latest email letter that i sent out to Gerakan members last week ( I am fighting the war thru emails now, not so much thru this blog), , about 200 of them , were very well received. Many replied that they agreed that the party should leave BN. SOme are even life members who now agreed with m views. I have asked these members to speak up. The more Gerakan is being suppressed, for example, seats taken away, the better prospect it is for the members to exert pressure on the head. The only problem is some of the members think that there is no one that has the leadership to lead the party…

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  4. CYC
    Mar 09, 2010 @ 15:25:03

    Kepong, Batu, Segambut and Puchong will either grabbed by UMNO and MCA or just be wiped out by PR in GE13. So end of story for Gerakan in Klang Vallley even without the right wing politics like Perkasa. Its really a waste of time to talk about this Gelakan which is neither a comedian nor a adorable crying baby.

    Ibrahim Ali is just a master of survival, he don’t care what ideology to profess as long as it serves his purpose for the material time to ensure he still occupy a seat. He may lose heavily in Pasir Mas next GE but that is another matter to worry about later. He lives now and concern only with current needs. Perhaps OTK should learn something from him.

    All those besides Ibrahim Ali are either opportunists or third liners who hope to be spotted by Najib for either a seat to contest or some “kangtow” to enrich themselves. Some may not even their brand of politics is categorized as right wing, left wing or middle wing. Its just a phenomena.

    We should be more worry of how to ensure fellow voters not to be cheated by pink lips who ditch out sugar coated policies just to fish votes but no real intention to implement fairly as promised. The Chinese were cheated time and again by ppl like LLS the rotten fish head who work solely to make his son billionaire simply because his son write good business proposal, TKS the saviour who con villagers hard savings by creating money making Koperasi, and OKC the religious man who cheated the Perak Cold Stream River farmers by offering a 30 years lease agreement of farm land by cunningly inserted a clause “subject to approval by state authority” during GE12. All these ppl are not so right wing but take away even your underwear.

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  5. Dr Hsu
    Mar 09, 2010 @ 15:39:01

    CYC,
    The rhetoric of these right wingers have certain influence on some of the less educated Malays. Look at Perak, even Nijar admitted that PR is starting to lose some of the Malay votes. There is a definite trend of some Malay votes returning to UMNO, I am sure monk, as a political analyst and think tank before can attest to that. So we do need to fight these right wingers in order for the concept of 2 party system to occur.

    In the fight of the three stooges, If Brutus loses, he would bring his members to join as direct members; same with DVD Chai. I doubt Top Ong would od that, he is too proud a peron to do that. SO, if Brutus or DVD lose, a big portion of memebrs would go away from that party, weakening the party, but these memebrs will still be BN members by direct membership.

    So whatever little we can, we need to influence our Malay brothers not to worry about losing power. They are the majority race, they will always be in control,. It is really up to them to see the country go the middle ground way and be competitive with the rest of the world, or be more racist and dependent on crutches and be no more competitive globally.

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  6. klm
    Mar 09, 2010 @ 15:41:36

    Dr. Hsu. Some of the members are right. There is no leader in Gerakan. Maybe you are, but you do not want that role. There s actually no right thinking person there. It is so sad. It is so pathetic.

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  7. Dr Hsu
    Mar 09, 2010 @ 15:59:16

    klm,
    The vacuum is the direct result of what i mentioned in “this is how politics was played’.. The eunuch politics ensured that all those who went up in hierrachy was friendly to the Top One.

    That was why I attacked eunuch politics. One old member told me after that speech of mine attacking eunuch politics in a national delegates’ conference, that no one had spoken that way in the 20 over yeas of that Head’s dominance. But the last time I bumped into him in some time last year, he told me and those around at that time that I talked sense.

    I have no political skills, and I know myself too well that I will not be a good politician since I talked straight and frankly , and do not mince my words. No one , even in Britain and US, can survive in politics by straight talking and frank talking…That is the sad thing about politics. It should be noble, but everyone in the whole wide world will tell u that politics is dirty… even in US or Britain..

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  8. Jong
    Mar 09, 2010 @ 16:00:25

    Dr Hsu,

    Is “Perkasa” considered ‘right-wing’? …seems to me there is nothing ‘right’ about it, no? LOL!!!

    Perkasa – another desperate UMNO-backed venomous project,is it not? – no diff from the burning of churches, temples, mosques and cowhead/pighead mischief out to create hatred, ill-will and animosity to divide and rule, a threat to national security!

    See how they have been allow to proudly spew their racist filths in public unafraid, even reported in the mainstream media media/tv yet our Malaysian Police is dragging its feet practising the double-standards? Or is the Police under instruction from their political masters not to react?

    Malaysian Police were never slow when it comes to citizen’s peaceful candlelight vigils and celebration-do in an open fields and they claim those peaceful do were “disturbing the peace”?!!!

    … who’s peace, a threat to UMNO’s peace? Any worse than Perkasa’s poisoning the minds of ordinary Malaysians, creating anger, hatred, ill-will and animosity?

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  9. Dr Hsu
    Mar 09, 2010 @ 16:03:41

    Jong
    racism is considered right wing , whereas socialism and communism left . Hitler’s nazism was a form of racism, preaching the supremcy of the Aryan race..and hence Nazism is considered extreme right wing, whereas communism is considered extreme left.

    my thinking is more of a social democrat, in the middle left.

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  10. CYC
    Mar 09, 2010 @ 17:05:55

    Dr,

    When Gerakan is out of BN, it is immaterial whether it remains political party. Hence, leadership does not hinge on political skill anymore. It will function more as social awakening group to push for 2 party system. visionary and creative leader shall lead then, no more political big mouth are welcome then.

    Political alertness will ensure ppl like u to survive in political arena provided u don’t harbor ambition that become a threat to top rung leaders. Some not so political doctors who survive : Dr Tan Seng Giaw, Dr Boo Cheng Hau, Dr Chen Man Hin, Tun Dr Ismail.

    Yes, we need to influence those inward thinking ppl to trust Malay dominance would remain. but influence need to be engaged with direct confrontation method. just like how PAS successfully neutralise the impact of Allah issue by react promptly and soundly labeling as a non issue and they are ok with usage of word Allah by other religion. The counter measure such as influencing more ppl to accept that stand or reject UMNO’s stand can come later.

    The impact of possible direct membership of Brutus or DVD Chua and their followers is non issue as these group can neither attract votes or influence the Chinese once they are out of govt position. Najib may as well use Chamber of commerce or DJZ instead of Brutus or DVD Chua.
    Don’t forget MCA survive on patronage politics. Once u got no money and other statutory resources, u are gone.

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  11. wassup
    Mar 09, 2010 @ 17:31:46

    no problem, register our chinese base gangsters and called them 04 Party, Peh Party or Sio Sam Ong Party. This people can be the furthers right you can find. No…?

    Play their game… game on!

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  12. Ken
    Mar 09, 2010 @ 20:43:21

    Lim Keng Yaik opined that Gerakan has lost Penang forever. With the way Penang Gerakan leaders are behaving I’m inclined to agree.

    One of them reported LGE to MACC for his proposal to give RM100 to senior citizens to cope with the rising cost of living. Is this the quality of Gerakan opposition in Penang? The public knows what is a constructive opposition and what is a mischief causing opposition.

    If Gerakan cannot win back Penang it is of no value to Umno and will be bullied and sidelined by Umno. It’s better for Gerakan to leave BN now to save the last dregs of its dignity before it becomes another PPP.

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  13. A true Malaysian
    Mar 09, 2010 @ 22:01:37

    Perkasa is one last try by the racist Malay to gain back Malay supports drained to Pakatan Rakyat after all other attempts like pig farm in Selangor, intimidation of PR politicians by MACC, cow head incident, Allah issue, pig head incident, Penang Malay, etc failed miserably.

    To a certain extent, those attempts before Perkasa has effect on getting back the Malay supports to Umno as what indicated by Perak MB Nizar (I still recognise him as MB, not the Zombie), but I doubt that is significant.

    Who is or are behind Perkasa, it is so apparent that even a blind can see. Apparently, they are not so good in mathematics that they messed up their calculations as mentioned by you, Dr. Hsu.

    I foresee their attempt in Perkasa will fail as well, and PR, through LGE is smart to throw Najib with local elections proposal that caught Najib off guard. Furthermore, many in Umno and those in BN are underestimating how Malay think. Many of you still think Malays are with the old feudal thinking, but not me.

    The strategy of PR is right, i.e. to fight racist politics, you need to fight with multiracial politics. That is why I said, even if Umno succeeded in redrawing the demarcation of constituencies through gerrymandering, I doubt it can result in them winning the coming GE. Multiracial politics of PR will overwhelm the racist Umno / BN.

    Dr. Hsu, I am surprised to read that British colonial was using ‘divide and rule’ tactics. I am not agreeable to your view here. Well, just look back into history why British needed to bring in Indian and Chinese to Malaya despite there were so many ‘locals’ will tell us the answer why the ‘divide and rule’. Don’t forget history are manipulated to suit their taste.

    Another point, MCA and Gerakan are irrelevant now. I admire your persistent in Gerakan, but ……..

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  14. disgusted
    Mar 09, 2010 @ 22:30:09

    Pisskasa, right wing? I doubt so. This group just make noise as a “shit-stirrer” proxy group for certain AMNO quarters on racism protection, fear losing everything they had benefited for decades.

    Bull-faced toads in a confined water well protecting little food they have and small insects flying around. They are living in a small mental world oblivious to macro happenings. Small minds, small brain but enormous greed and appetite.

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  15. Rhan
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 10:37:18

    Hsu, you are wrong.

    Perkasa is right on political power but left on economy free handout.

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  16. CL
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 12:02:11

    Dear doc,

    Admire your persistency on giving Gerakan a new lease of hope.

    Last 6 months of casual conversation with freinds about local politics, MCA & Gerakan:

    Age 50 & above: There are not that good but still relevant lah…

    Age 35 to 49: This 2 have been disappointing for us..

    Age 25 to 34: No way i m goin to support them…

    Age below 24: What is that? Are they a new on9 game??

    Good luck doc…but i support your effort…

    P/S: For me – Are there from RTM2’s local drama actor & actress…o.o??

    Thank you.

    CL

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  17. klm
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 12:28:17

    In a statement today, Gerakan vice-president Datuk Mah Siew Keong said racial statements ran against the prime minister’s 1Malaysia spirit and would not bode well for the country.

    Who is this Dr Mah guy? One of Gerakan’s eunuch politician? Why is KTK silent on this.

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  18. klm
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 12:38:45

    Rhan has a point on Perkaksa being left on economy. This Ibrahim Ali of Perkasa must beat all morons when he said market economy is a threat to the Malays. He want protection. He do not want competition. Is he a communist?

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  19. Jong
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 13:28:42

    How ‘right’ can Perkasa be when it’s runned by a
    bunch of mentally-challenged racists!

    Yah, give the monkey a brain and he thinks the world is at their feet. You don’t need rocket science to know who are those trouble-makers behind it.

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  20. Dr Hsu
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 14:58:55

    klm,
    We have 3 elected VPs from October 2008 party election. The three VPs: Mah Siew Keong, Dr Vijay, Huan.

    Huan has left , Dr Vijay has died. So the only elected VP is Mah, former Teluk Intan MP and from the famed Mah family from Teluk Intan.

    We have numerous appointed VPs: Chia Kwang Chai, Teng Hock Nam, Kohilan, Raymond Tan and so on. SO many appointed and invited CCs that I cannot remember who is elected and who is invited and who is appointed.

    Mah, like former Lee Kah Choon, may be the star to watch.

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  21. Dr Hsu
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 15:09:17

    This is from Monk via email:

    First I was dying to finish my High School and start college
    And then I was dying to finish college and start work
    Then I was dying to marry and have children
    And then I was dying for my children to grow old enough so I could go back to work
    Then I was dying to retire
    And now I am dying
    Suddenly I remember
    I forgot to live!

    ……………………………………
    ANother from monk:
    To make money, we lose our health
    and then to restore our health we lose our money
    We live as if we are not going to die
    and we die as if we never live!

    …………..
    Words of wisdom indeed

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  22. cilipadi
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 15:21:00

    That’s what monk is for,
    That’s what friends are for,
    That’s what cilipadi is for,
    That’s what Dr. Hsu’s Forum is for,
    That’s what wisdom is for.

    monk makan cili, wisdom rasa pedas

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  23. disgusted
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 17:39:16

    Ha, ha Dr, I wasn’t the writer. I received it from somebody else. I cannot claim credit from something I did’nt originally come from me but…..as you can see, those words are words of wisdom (from who?????). I don’t know.

    But these words are better learned than those from superman, our PKFZ hero who got majority of Malaysians believing him and will end up as suckers.

    Well, majority Malaysians love heroes, in movies, story books and in real life I suppose.

    But heroes are like silencers, like a quiet breeze that sweep across mindsets, their actions quietly pervades and take effects, like drops of water, drop by drop over endless time, eroding hard and stubborn minds.

    Not like some “hypocrite hero” shouting to the whole wide world, that without him, nothing will surface, the truth will not prevail. And that his life is threatened and letting ever policemen in the whole country that his is not save externally and internally.

    A real hero faces threats and death silently and courageously….silently without anyone knowing. Only heaven, himself and mother earth. That’s the real hero, Malaysians are suckers.

    Suckers eat cilipadi, hypocrites feel the heat

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  24. Ken
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 21:13:12

    Dr Hsu,

    What is this sudden bravery of Gerakan leaders to speak out on Umno? We have the Kedah Gerakan youth chief disagreeing with Najib on local elections, Teng telling Umno not to accept Zul Nordin and VP Mah calling on Perkasa (an Umno branch) not to play the race card. Is this the start of a more assertive Gerakan? Can we dare hope that this may be the start of a movement to take Gerakan out of BN?

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  25. Dr Hsu
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 23:37:40

    ken
    there are much more grassroots agitating to go out now.

    The small thorn slowly and surely is able to attract some thorns to its side. The Kedah Youth chief is a daring person, very young, a lawyer by profession, and reads my blog regularly (that is what he told me). I hope I have influenced a bit of his mindsets .

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  26. klm
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 10:47:32

    Dr. Hsu. We should have more Gerakan bashing sessions. These sessions are to show the upcoming Gerakan leaders how low we view the party and it current leadership.

    For example, reported in MI

    Present at the (ACCIM) dinner were MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, who is also Transport Minister, MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek, MCA vice president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and former Gerakan president Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik.

    I was wondering where was KTK. Having LKY there was wrong protocol. Or was it that right protocol and LKY ranked higher than KTK.

    I wonder.

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  27. CYC
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 11:46:55

    Dear Gerakan Central Delegates,

    Allow me to request your indulgence to consider this : move a motion for EGM to pull out from BN with immediate effect. That is provided u still conscious of why are u in politics for and have not loss your sense of shame. Uphold your dignity as a man. Otherwise don’t ever claim u belong to a political party of intellects.

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  28. james
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 12:27:49

    the Kedah Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang is sure a future for Gerakan.
    More people are saluting gerakan in malaysiakini website because of him.

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  29. james
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 12:30:04

    see http://malaysiakini.com/letters/126217.
    There is so many other letters in Malaysiakini about him. Good publicity for Gerakan.

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  30. james
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 12:30:37

    Dr Hsu,
    but do you think Gerakan will kick tan keng liang out for being to vocal against government?

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  31. Dr Hsu
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 12:41:29

    james,
    No. There are still a lot of good and conscientious people in Gerakan,.

    I will definitely back Tan if any action is being threatened… But I dont think so. For exampple, if I am in any other party, but writing in a public forum(my blog) so much bad things about the government and the BIg Brother,and be so critical of Gerakan, I would have been sacked in any other party, even perhaps DAP.

    In fact, I have written posts asking for local council elections. SOme where in this blog. just use the search engine. I have also after 308 proposed to the State Committee,( at that time under Dr Tan Kee Kwong), that we push for a local council celection in KL, and he in fact agreed and an action plan called ” give us back the second vote in KL” was planned. Unfortunately Dr Tan left to join PKR , and the state was taken over by the Central, which has other priorities.

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  32. james
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 12:43:29

    gerakan cannot aford to loose Dr Hsu.

    btw how old is tan keng liang actually?
    you said he is very young.

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  33. james
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 12:44:21

    i only read news about him as Kedah Gerakan youth but nothing more information about him.
    except he is also a lawyer.

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  34. Dr Hsu
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 12:50:21

    klm,
    we had our KL state meeting last night and that was why the chairman could not attend the function u refer to.

    The meeting was very critical, and I had been most vocal and critical, and there were alot of red faces… BUt unfortunately, I was bound by oath and cannot divulge what went inside, but look at what i post past few days (including this very post), u may get a picture.

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  35. james
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 13:00:12

    what a waste for gerakan to loose oppurtunity last time to push for local election in KL.
    What are plans central in gerakan got?
    Beg and kow tow to UMNO? who is leading KL in gerakan now?

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  36. Dr Hsu
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 13:29:24

    James,
    Tan is only around 30, if I am not mistaken.

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  37. disgusted
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 15:10:28

    Dr,

    I think there are more capable and people with integrity, probably in Gerakan now in comparison to those in MCA now.

    Am I right?

    If you ask me to name half a dozen, I would have to crack my head. really.

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  38. james
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 15:19:23

    a long way for him to go in gerakan, if the party still exist.

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  39. klm
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 22:03:27

    Gerakan just got slapped again by UMNO. That Teng fella said something about UMNO not to take that PKR Zulkifli Nordin. UMNO just told him to shut up.

    I have a feeling this Teng will just shut up. So much for bravery. Sigh! Gerakan. Quo vadis?

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