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  • Despite the fact the country has been independent for 58 years, the scourge of racism remains very much alive today. Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily

By KUIK CHENG KANG
Translated by DOMINIC LOH
Sin Chew Daily

The Malaysian politics bears some resemblance to the smoggy weather here in recent days. We are choked by the thick air and see nothing ahead of us. The country is lost in direction. So are our leaders and the rakyat.

Former international trade and industry minister Rafidah Aziz called the open questioning by foreign anti-graft leaders at IACC as "national shame and embarrassment." Up this this day our PM has yet to disclose the identity of the RM2.6 billion donor, why it has flown into his private accounts and where has it gone from there.

While PM Najib can shun the tireless pursuit by former PM Tun Mahathir, he won't be able to do that forever because the entire nation, even his Umno comrades, are keen to know the answers to those questions.

How divided will Umno become depends very much on what steps the PM is going to take against the party's No 2 Muhyiddin Yassin and former PM Tun Mahathir, among others.

Wednesday's Umno supreme council meeting will play a pivotal role here. Will Muhyiddin et al be axed pending probe on disciplinary reasons as widely rumored? Interestingly, Muhyiddin himself is the party's disciplinary committee chairman.

Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin has put it forthright he is 100% sure there will be no sackings during Wednesday's meeting.

If Najib can't do anything to Muhyiddin this time, less so can he do anything to Mahathir, if the enormous impact on Umno is all he wants to avoid.

Up till this very minute Najib still insists that he is a democratically elected prime minister, and that he will not step down because of all the allegations against him.

To table a no-confidence motion against the PM will very unlikely get past the Speaker in the first place. The only thing that is possible is for the MPs not to pass the 2016 Budget which Najib will table on October 23 in a move to embarrass him and as a sign of no-confidence. A simple majority is all it takes for this to go through.

The just concluded Bersih 4.0 rally had five demands, including free and fair elections, a transparent government, the right to demonstrate, strengthening the parliamentary democracy system, and saving the national economy.

To the yellow-shirt participants, these demands are not evil at all. They are meant to make this country a better place for all.

Unfortunately, different people interpret it differently. Some of the Malays begin to demonize the peaceful assembly, slamming it as a show of force by the Chinese.

The Malay society is still predominantly rural. They believe Umno is their only protection.

If DAP were serious about taking over Putrajaya, it will need the support of this group of Malays. The problem is, the more effort DAP puts in, the more concerned the Malays will get.

I have always believed that power of reform should come from the Malay society itself, and only with the Malays rising against the existing regime will the country see hope in future.

If we take the lead in effectuating the reform, we will only scare away the Malays while inflicting harms to ourselves. This, is the dilemma of Chinese Malaysians.

To counter the Bersih 4.0 rally, there have been exploiters taking to the social media to get the Malays to join the Sept 16 Rakyat Bersatu rally.

Although the country has been independent for 58 years now, the scourge of racism remains very much alive. What has gone wrong with the country? For how long more do we have to come under the curse of racism?

I really hope we will see a new Third Force making up of all three major ethnic groups in this country that will flush out all the existing political parties and inject a new lease of life and hope into Malaysian politics.

This is all I want for Malaysia Day.

 

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