Monday, May 17, 2010

Here we go again with that Ibrahim Ali fellow

Malay rights group Perkasa has again questioned Chinese support for Barisan Nasional (BN), noting that the lack of support in Sibu was similar to the Hulu Selangor vote last month.

Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali claimed Chinese voters in Sibu did not appreciate the promises and financial aid pledges made by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak during the eight-day campaign.

“The Chinese community openly supported DAP’s policies. The Chinese voters did not appreciate what the prime minister gave to them,” he said, adding Najib had supported the community’s vernacular school system.

The independent Pasir Mas MP has been at the forefront of Malay rights issues and has made Perkasa the country’s largest Malay non-governmental organisation.

“Chinese voters want the Chinese way although Bumiputeras have to accept the compromise made by BN to fulfil their needs,” Ibrahim added when commenting on BN’s defeat.

The Sibu federal seat is pre-dominantly Chinese and most of whom voted for DAP, which was contesting its first by-election since Election 2008.

The Chinese had also voted against the BN in Hulu Selangor three weeks ago although the ruling federal coalition still won the Parliamentary seat.

In view of the trend, Perkasa wanted BN to review financial aid and development projects for the Chinese community but BN and Umno leaders have dismissed such a move.

Ibrahim, however, said the Sibu result was a lesson that will motivate the Malays and bumiputras to unite as they were the dominant majority.

"For me, as a Malay and a Muslim, this is a lesson .... we will move forward, we will see", said the outspoken MP who had campaigned for the BN in Hulu Selangor.

DAPs Wong Ho Leng won the Sibu seat last night - his fourth try - with a narrow 398 majority.

He garnered 18,845 votes to defeat BN's Robert Lau Hui Yew, who took 18,447 votes, while independent Narawi Haron obtained 232 votes. There were 395 spoilt votes.

[Source: The MalaysianInsider]

You can see how the shallow mind works. In a country that practices democracy, there will be losers and winners in any election, and certainly one cannot expect a certain party to be winning all the time. So here we have a sore loser who has that twisted logic that if you vote for the Opposition, it means you are anti-Malay, period. Since the results was almost evenly keeled, did he take into account of the Chinese who voted for Robert Lau? As for the financial pledges made by the Najib, let's set the record straight. No one, no one ask for them. It was given voluntarily by Najib to 'buy' Chinese votes, which one can construe it as a form of a bribery. You know, like, you scratch my back, I'll scratch your back. The Chinese would have voted for the BN had they done something about their problems during the many years SUPP represented the constituency. But they did not. So why blame the Chinese when the BN themselves did not live up to the past election pledges? Instead of coming out with solutions to win back the Chinese votes, Ibrahim Ali wants to take it out on the Chinese by cutting off funds to them. I guess the Chinese would say, "By all means, keep your money. Our dignity is not for sale!"

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