Sunday, March 21, 2010

LIM GUAN ENG – THE LAST NON-MELAYU CHIEF MINISTER OF PULAU PINANG? – PART I.

…THE INCREASED POPULATION SIZE OF THE MELAYU IN THE STATE WILL FORCE A MELAYU TO BE ITS CHIEF MINISTER.
By Mansor Puteh



LIM GUAN ENG CREATED HISTORY BY BEING THE FIRST NON-BARISAN MEMBER TO BE THE CHIEF MINISTER OF PULAU PINANG.

BUT WHAT HE AND HIS SUPPORTERS DID NOT REALIZE IS THAT HE HAD ALSO CREATED HISTORY OF A DIFFERENT SORT FOR BEING THE LAST NON-MELAYU CHIEF MINISTER OF THE STATE.

AS OF THIS YEAR, 2010, THE POPULATION OF THE MELAYU IN PULAU PINANG HAS SUPERCEDED THAT OF THE CHINESE WITH 670,000 PERSONS THAT OUTNUMBER THAT OF THE CHINESE WITH 658,600.

Unfortunately, the distractions the relevant people are having have failed to make them feel alarmed over this fact and what it means to their own political presence in this state.

And it won’t be long before every state in the federation, district, street and ‘pasar malam’ and shopping centers have more Melayu presence so much so that it will also make the vernacular Mandarin and Tamil schools totally irrelevant and alien even by the Chinese and Tamils themselves, as they have already started to be so now, by the insistence of their community leaders demanding to be given financial assistance, hence losing their independence.

Even now it seems strange for someone from Melaka to be appointed by the DAP to be their chief minister of the state.

Isn’t this morally wrong? At the least they could have done was to get someone from the state to hold the post.

Only in Malaysia this can be done. And only in Malaysia where non-locals are allowed to run in general elections to represent constituencies they did not know of or do not live at.

So why can’t Guan Eng continue to live in Melaka?

After the next general election the appointment of a non-Melayu as the chief minister of Pulau Pinang will become an anathema as it is for someone from Melaka to hold the post.

It is in light of the reduced political influence of the MCA and Gerakan as well as the DAP there.

The DAP’s Lim Guan Eng will have the dubious distinction of being the last non-Melayu to hold the post of chief minister of Pulau Pinang which had in the past been held by other Chinese in the MCA and Gerakan.

Population statistics in Malaysia decide who gets to scream and who is forced to keep quiet in politics and who can demand and insist and who can only watch and see what they are able to get.

The last general elections have shown the minority has become too noisy and too loud and too unrealistic in their demands. The majority has been keeping their eyes and ears wide open.

So what is happening in the island is the MCA’s, Gerakan’s and DAP’s last hurrah…

This is despite the fact that Umno had more members in the state assembly than the MCA and Gerakan ones when Barisan had the majority in the assembly then, but the MCA insisted a Chinese be given the post, or else they could wreck havoc to Barisan in the state.

So it meant that the MCA and Gerakan did not practice meritocracy but racial politics.

This they did when the Melayu voters in the state turned their backs against them in the last general elections and voted Pakatan although many may not have liked the DAP.

It’s case of ‘burning the mosquito net to spite the mosquitoes’.

And now the Melayu in the state are without a mosquito net but with many mosquitoes biting them all over…

So one can even charge the MCA and Gerakan for having given the opposition a upper-hand by not being realistic and demanding their members be chief minister of the state despite the Melayu who are now in the majority there.

They had miscalculated their action, and their folly had also led Pakatan to wrest the state from Barisan which saw them choosing Guan Eng as the new chief minister.

So he just became chief minister just because the Melayu voters wanted to spite MCA, Gerakan and Barisan for still retaining many of their veteran politicians to run in the elections.

MCA and Gerakan must accept the fact that their members can never become the next chief minister of Pulau Pinang. The post must be given to an Umno leader, or else the Melayu voters will give the state to Pakatan again.

The logic for their insistence is that they thought Pulau Pinang is a Chinese-majority state. It is not anymore as of this year, 2010.

Guan Eng’s act to move out of the official residence of the chief minister of the state on orders of his feng-shui experts, to a rented private residence is not helping him at all.

Even feng-shui masters cannot be sure that they are able to win court cases in Hong Kong.

Some of them had had failed marriages despite all the feng-shui elements and influences that they had used to ensure their continued marital bliss. Some were even robbed.

And as for Guan Eng and the DAP, the political controversies they had experienced in Pulau Pinang probably showed they didn’t have to move out of the official residence after all, since it also means that they are deemed to move out of the state, too.

I’m not playing with words; I’m just engaging in some simple feng-shui logic which is like I’m saying ‘If you move your house, you also want to move out of the state’, which is now what’s happening to Guan Eng, DAP and Pakatan.

And to add to that, it is also like he’s saying that he doesn’t like the official residence, meaning the state, but wants to live in another house – his imaginary state, and paying rent. So how out of place can he and his party be in the state?

It’s all boils down to numbers. Politics is a game of numbers. If you have the numbers, you have the say. Those who do not have them will find their voice to be weak.

But they try to compensate by shouting and squealing and making last attempts at demanding the outrageous while they still can while the Melayu have not started to count their lot to know they do have the numbers to be able to be insistent on having their way.

So when the numbers change, politics also changes. This is the law, the written as well as unwritten. There are no two ways about it especially since the minority groups in Malaysia have been using their numbers to exert their existence and demanded to be counted.

Now they and everybody also has to do some counting – or, recounting to be realistic to the changed situations in the country.

They have been doing this until their voice cracked and they start to talk nonsense.

So no wonder some of them have to use the bullhorn and gather in public so they could be counted.

Still, their voice and numbers are small and weak. Worse, they are fractured and a little startled by the new environment they are in and the growth and expansion of the Melayu Left and Right who have now started to claim their rights and who did not want their race to be left in the national economic, social and cultural as well as political development of the country.

They are confusing the others who think they are with them, when they are not. They are definitely not about to jump the Melayu ship to climb onto another junk, so to speak, which is heading nowhere.

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