PERKASA: POWER BEHIND THE THRONE
MOVING SWIFTLY AND DECISIVELY
Single purpose lobbies and interest groups often tend to run out of momentum very quickly. They burn and burn out like comets. If they do continue their existence, it is because they are big or are well funded.
Perkasa is probably the single most influential organization for the Malays in Malaysia today apart from UMNO. They are the counter weight to aggressive attempts by especially the Chinese political domination of Malaysia, The Chinese already dominating economically.
It is Perkasa who galvanized Malay opinion, and Malay resistance to a strong pre meditated attempt at dislodging the Bumi Puteras from their position of pre-eminence in Malaysia. An aggressive assault by a Chinese led opposition to the NEP, the economic and political underwriter of Malay advancement failed, because the opposition underestimated Perkasa as a force.
Perkasa must now consolidate its gains from GE 13 if it is to remain relevant to the Malays. It has to push decisively to move forward and tidy up the mess left by Abdullah Badawi, a mess that crystalised into the great backlash that morphed into an anti Malay coalition we know as PKR, Bersih and thee DAP.
Malay resilience must continue to grow and show. Its capacity to take on seemingly insurmountable odds must be visible and recognizable. If it doesn’t, the attacks against them along purely race hate lines will continue unabated in Malaysia. Those attacks are as they have been well disguised as part of the “democratic process”. Resistance has to be more calculated, sophisticated and strategic rather than to be a tit for tat furthering divisions between the main communities of Malaysia along the lines of attack by the non Malay communities.
THE CHINESE BETRAYAL THAT FAILED TO IMPRESS
Of particular significance to everyone concerned with a harmonious co existence, the events in recent days, a demonstration of the ever present danger to the the Malays and their culture, is the last minute mass desertions by Chinese of the MCA in such large numbers. They have created a noticeable void in the ranks of the Barisan.
A new entity to replace Chinese within the Barisan need not be necessary. In fact if the elections GE13 proved anything it is that the Malays have come of age now and need none of these hangers on to advance themselves.
The myth of not being able to live an independent existence without the Chinese (or Indians) has once and for all been demolished. And it was demolished by the conduct of the Chinese themselves.
Time to put paid to the myth the Chinese or Indians, other times when convenient “Malaysians” or “Anak Bangsa Malaysia” identify as Malaysians alone and not along racial lines.
The Barisan can now function with their own resources. That realization would reinforce the isolation of the Chinese as a racial political group inextricably linked to their Chinese identity which they have always maintained.
It was not only the MCA ranks that suffered the effects of the defections and desertion but also the Gerakan Rakyat. The evidence cannot be wished away by Lim Kit Siang asking the press not to ‘race bait’ the Chinese.
HOW CLOSE IT REALLY WAS
The Chinese smelt blood in the final days of campaigning for GE 13 and migrated en mass to the DAP. It was their vain belief that the Singaporeanization of the Peninsula and the devolution of the states of Sarawak and Sabah was about to become a reality.
At the other end of the causeway were the sentient minds behind this final putsch. It is widely now known that Lim Kit Siang had specially trained guards from Singapore around him ready to ferry him across the causeway in the event of a PKR victory. These guards had been placed at his disposal at strategic points in Johore.
Time Magazine had provided a hint of the extent of the DAP’s an Bersih’s organizational structures housed in Singapore about 3 months ago. The logistical command and the counter measures in place in the event of a much anticipated victory for the PKR were put into action. This is because it was not part of the grander plan to have Anwar Ibrahim at the helm for long if the PR were indeed victorious.
Anwar refuses to believe he is a stop gap leader and has always attributed such revelations to “gossip and rumour” regardless of the overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
Anwar was and always has been a stop gap to be replaced when the planned restructuring of the anticipated DAP/ PKR government in Malaysia was in place on 5 May 2013. There was to be a quick purge of the ranks without the PKR core knowing about it in advance. But that did not happen. GE 13 turned out differently.
THE NEED TO MOVE SWIFTLY
Carpe Diem. Perkasa must seize the moment and the momentum. It cannot afford to be complacent now. It has earned its stripes at the most crucial time in Malay political history and seized victory from the jaws of defeat. It can’t afford to squander its hard earned political capital now.
This is a sweeter victory than that which the Malays enjoyed over the Chinese communists of over 2 decades ago. There was no bloodshed in this victory. It was simply a matter of wits and courage on the part of Perkasa over an overconfident foreign sponsored Pakatan DAP Axis.
Psychologically this victory represents a re birth of the Malays, their culture, their political and intellectual strengths thus far lying dormant and suppressed by an overwhelming myth of tales woven by self interest groups non Malay.
LOSERS BAYING FOR BLOOD
Already the Financial Times of London, the Australian Financial review and Bloomberg are aggressively demanding the Malaysian government make changes the opposition demanded but are now unable to pursue without a mandate. The demand in unison is that the NEP be dismantled. If it is it will spell the death of Malaysia as home to it Malays, its traditions and its cultural institutions. And the lobbying will not stop.
SOME HOUSEKEEPING TO TAKE CARE OF
Perkasa cannot afford to lose the momentum. It could have had more effective and a slicker media presentation to counter the opposition’s distortions and outright lies during the campaign. Perkasa cannot rely on ‘established’ American and British institutions and lobby groups for the purpose of selling its causes to the world and domestically. It needs those with a feel for local politics who can read the local masses and deliver to them effectively.
Any delay in getting its act together in this regard will see a further erosion to appoint of no return for the Malays next time round.
CONSOLIDATE THE MALAY ECONOMIC POSITION: REDISTRIBUTE TENGKU’S GIFTS TO CHINESE
With the opposition’s focus on an anti-corruption, the government is ideally poised to take up the opposition’s challenge at ending corruption. It can achieve this by taking the following initiatives:
a) Redistribute the wide array of commercial licenses given to individuals and private family concerns in the Chinese community from the time of the Tengku (the Tengku’s Cukongs). None of these licenses were the result of a competitive tender but instead the result of bribes paid to the Tengku, a man the Chinese refer to as Malaysia’s best and fairest leader. A man with two Chinese wives an English and a solitary Malay wife.
b) Begin with the large gaming and lottery businesses given away out without a public tender being called for. None of the beneficiaries of these licenses had the courtesy of returning to a Barisan what they took and benefitted from it. They instead backed the DAP funneling their political donations through third party conduits.
c) Banking licenses like those given to the Khoo Teck Phuat family and Teh Hong Piau without regard to proper procedures or competitive tender processes. ( In fairness they ought to be given the opportunity to re apply for their licenses competitively against an open tender). They too took from a generous Barisan but failed to return to them or the people instead funding the DAP Pakatan push again through third party conduits.
d) The lotteries licenses given to the likes of Vincent Tan should also be now the subject of a competitive public tender. Again for the same reasons.
e) Each of the media outlet in the private sector must also be subjected to renewals of their licenses with open competitive tenders being called for.
f) Each of the vital industries in health care, transportation and logistics, (shipping, busses, trucking, airlines and support industries, taxis, roads and highways, education and ports should also be the subject of a review where these are found to be in private hands without public tenders being called for)
g) A review of the sugar monopoly and certain oil palm licenses on what was Malay agricultural land funded indirectly by previous Barisan governments.
h) A review of the contracts given to Yeoh Tiong Lay by previous Barisan governments which may have breached the NEP and entered into on favourble terms to private individuals funded by government without competitive public tenders being called for
i) The NEP should be strengthened and distribution of land especially rural agricultural land licenses should be the subject of a strategic review with the objects of the NEP in mind.
The NEP is the critical binding force that binds the Malays and provides the impetus for competition amongst the other two major races. The government must not cave in to pressures to dismantle the NEP.
NEP -COMPARABLE ORGANIZATIONS AND POLICIES ELSEWHERE
The NEP is no different to the Chinese first policies of Singapore, an undemocratic race based government.
No one in their right mind will deny the need for such a call especially considering the opposition platform of anti corruption.
When one considers the evidence upon which the more prominent Chinese entrepreneurs had advanced their personal business interests and enriched their families at the expense of the general public, it points at corruption.
Corruption is a two way street and the only way to purge it now without too much displacement of those currently working in and engaged in these industries is for government to force them to re apply for their licenses and to apply the principles of the NEP more firmly with each of the applicants and licensees in each of these public industries.
Perkasa must continue to be a force in politics behind UMNO if necessary, much like the Japanese have the Nichiren Dai Shonin and the Sokoga Kai as the powers behind the throne. No other event or group in modern Malay history has defined Malay political power and independence so clearly and unequivocally as Perkasa has in GE 13.