The 13th Malaysian general election held in 2013 was dubbed as the “Chinese Tsunami” as it was reported that the the towns with predominant Chinese populations had voted for the Opposition. The then-Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak could not confine his frustration and blatantly “questioning the loyalty of the Malaysian Chinese” due to this avalanche of antagonistic support for Barisan Nasional.
I have predicted there would be Malay Tsunami prior to the 14th General Election. And I’ve written an “opinion letter” to the The Star and News Straits Times but of course they did not publish the letter; maybe because I was sounding quite amateurish and I don’t hold any Doctorate in my name to boast – and to add to the fact that I was writing not in favour of Barisan Nasional; also could be one the reasons. Sigh. Haha.
It was unexpected and nobody saw this coming. The 14th Malaysian general election witnessed drastic change in the pattern of the Malay voters. UMNO with its staunch Malay supporters has never been defeated due to its historical origin and the principle to uphold the Malay Supremacy.
But for the last 3 years, it was so apparent that UMNO under the reign of Datuk Seri Najib Razak was filled with discrepancies and abused by the people in the organization. Questionable amount of money siphoned into UMNO and the avid followers gained profits without contributing anything much to the society other than being the “thugs and servants” of the UMNO leaders. You could see those who were active in UMNO by “kissing the asses of the UMNO leaders” were boasting off their political influences and parading lavish lifestyles to the society. You didn’t have to be such a high flyer in the brain department – all you have to do was to be one of the UMNO leaders’ entourage members and “do what they want you to do”, you are meant to have a lavish lifestyle! And THAT really annoyed the plain Rakyat. We don’t hate UMNO but we hate the “langau” (termites/vermin) who have been abusing the power within, including their ass-kissing followers!
Said the very rude Nazri Aziz. Rakyat kept wondering why the then-Prime Minister Najib Razak never bothered to reprimand this kind of Minister.
The Rakyat was suffocated. We didn’t know where to turn to. As for the Malays who were being kept bombarded with the sentiment of Malay Supremacy and how by not voting for UMNO, the privilege would be raped; voting for Opposition would mean that one was “jeopardizing the fates of the Malays”. But then, Tun Mahathir came along. Of course he was the ex-Prime Minister, famously known for his “My Way” autocratic, no-nonsense Machiavellian Mahathirism – but The Rakyat was seeking for a reliable political figure to thwart Najib Razak and Mahathir filled the gap. As for the Malays, they already know who is Mahathir. As the champion of Malay rights since the beginning of his premiership in 1981, Mahathir always prioritized the Malays without neglecting the rights of the other Malaysians as well. Given this commendable track record – and by the fact that Najib Razak had only added salts to the wound by :-
- removing Mahathir’s political posters;
- using the mainstream media to paint Mahathir as “power-hungry, senile man”;
- sacking all of Mahathir’s aides who have been serving him for 35 years;
- not saying anything to reprimand the younger Ministers who have been issuing RUDE statements (such as Nazri Aziz, Jamal Jamban, etc);
– all these only contributed to Najib’s loss and the increasing support for Mahathir.
The headline dated 5th April 2018. Najib should have acknowledged the Malay Tsunami instead of belittling the power of Rakyat.
Now Rafizi Ramli claimed that Mahathir wasn’t the pulling factor for the votes favouring Pakatan Harapan against Barisan Nasional. Perhaps, the claim was right but specifically for the Malays, it was only because of Mahathir. Not because of Anwar Ibrahim’s Reformasi; not because of Rafizi Ramli’s multiple “scandals exposures” – but all because of Mahathir. If it was not for him, most of the Malays would still be voting for Barisan Nasional. And the truth bites. It is what it is. Therefore as an amateurish summary, I can vouch that the Malay tsunami happened due to two factors; the pulling factor was Mahathir, and the pushing factor was Najib. And Rafizi Ramli should be more careful with his words as the lethal words could backfire him, more than ever.