I asked myself this question yesterday: what will UMNO do in view of the results of Hulu Selangor?
It may try to win more Chinese votes by having more PR exercises to give grant to Chinese schools or temples. On the other hand, it will definitely want to bank on more Malay voters to come back to them by having some of the top leaders taking hardline racist stance, by continuing clinging onto the crutch based policies.
To the Indian voters, more rhetoric will be sounded and PR exercises like visiting the Indian temples and Indian areas and so on will continue, and at the same time, trying to split the Indian political representations by splitting Hindraf and encouraging more Indian parties to be formed.
I think UMNO leaders will from now on concentrate even more on trying to win back Malay votes, and satellite organisation like Perkasa will be more vocal and this does not augur well for the country.
Instead of getting the races together and implement affirmative policies based on class, , Malaysia will be continuing to tread a very dangerous route of race and religion, more so than the old days.
I hope the rightists within that party would think rationally and realise that if they choose to go even more racist, the consequences will be bad for the country. In a multiracial country, they must realise that they cannot afford to marginalise any groups. But of course these rightists may not see things this way since they adopt their rightist hardline stand based not so much on their belief but rather on their self interest
It is sad that after 51 years, instead of doing away with race politics, we are sinking deeper and deeper, and there is no end to the tunnel yet. Whatever light that was there at the end of the tunnel may just turn out to be an illusion.
Another consequence will be gerrymandering. The ruling party will try to get more people to leave PR and once they have more than 2/3 in Parliament, a new delineation based on voting pattern favourable to them will be passed.
It is therefore interesting to see how Malaysians in Sibu will vote in the coming by election.