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DAP's dilemma

  • In a way DAP's dilemma is also a dilemma of the Malaysian Chinese community, which will unfailingly take the brunt in the event of any unfavorable development.

Executive Reporter
Sin Chew Daily

DAP is finding itself in hot soup, being a target of the government in recent weeks. Who knows there is a meticulously designed plot behind that which has a lot to do with the power transition?

Chinese Malaysians generally believed that everything would be fine for the Malaysian politics soon after the 14th general election, and could look forward to more good days ahead.

However, to the Malays, the Malaysian politics is still very much at a phase of integration and unexpected political changes could erupt any time, as evidenced by a rumored new Malays-only government.

As a matter of fact, Malay leaders from both Umno and PPBM have since last year secretly drawn up their grand Malay political plan which will culminate in the establishment of a Malay government.

The main objective of this Malay government is to stop Anwar Ibrahim from becoming the country's eighth prime minister and for Tun Mahathir to complete his full term.

We have seen how DAP has come under “planned attacks” over the past two weeks. This could as well be the very first step in the enemies' plan.

DAP's two ethnic Indian state assemblymen have been detained under Sosma for alleged involvement in LTTE activities.

According to the police, they were tipped as early as in 2016 that these two elected reps were suspected of supporting terrorist activities.

However, DAP leaders questioned that if there were solid evidences, why had they not been arrested earlier?

Following that, former DAP member Hew Kuan Yau's "Belt & Road Initiative for Win-Winism" comic book has raised much controversy in the Malay society and the book has since been banned by the home ministry.

These two incidents are enough to give DAP a big headache. Umno and PAS reps have even proposed in the Parliament to dissolve or ban DAP.

And then Ronnie Liu's criticism of PPBM has ignited the wrath of PPBM leaders, including the 27-year-old Syed Saddiq who has unreservedly slammed DAP in the strongest terms.

Many tend to believe that DAP grassroots will generally support Liu for defending the party as well as the freedom of expression. There are people who even feel that he should have told PPBM leaders that their party would not be able to form a government if not for DAP.

Unfortunately, most DAP leaders do not think the same way. They think that what Liu has said has hurt the Pakatan Harapan coalition and is unforgivable. DAP's bottomline is that while you can criticize Mahathir, in no way should you involve the ruling coalition.

From what we understand, although DAP leaders oppose to the ban of Hew's comic, they have refrained from criticizing the home minister in a bid to evade possible conflicts. It has been said that DAPSY has planned to issue a statement to protest the ban, but has somehow been stopped from doing so.

Despite being a newly formed party, factional conflicts are very much evident within PPBM. Muhyiddin Yassin is seen as someone close to PH and in favor of a cooperation with PKR, DAP and Amanah.

Entrepreneurship development minister Mohd Redzuan, meanwhile, is seen as more inclined to working with Umno and PAS, and it is rumored that he will challenge Muhyiddin's presidency in next year's party election.

DAP invariably finds itself in a deep dilemma, being bound by the latest political developments in the country. It is not because the party is reluctant to act, but because it simply can't.

And there are good reasons for such dilemma!

On the one hand, the party has tried to avoid offending its political partners for the sake of its own interest; on the other hand it has to suppress its reactions lest if fall into the enemies' trap.

After the election, the Malay society continues to feel uneasy towards the new government, in particular the rural folks. They feel that their interest is being intimidated and eroded because DAP has been perceived as an 'anti-Malay” and “anti-Islam” party ever since BN's time.

DAP has 42 seats and is the second largest party in the Parliament. By right the party should enjoy a noble and stable position. Unfortunately, to the Malays it is more of a thorn in the flesh.

At a time Malay politicians are tirelessly promoting their racial and religious agenda, DAP is seen as a threat to Malay politics and Malay unity.

Politics is a number game. The rumored new Malay government without DAP and Amanah to a large extent stems from the fact that these two parties are more inclined to back Anwar Ibrahim as prime minister and reject Tun Mahathir's plan to complete his full term.

There is this rumor that “someone” hopes that DAP will either back off on its own or be forced out so that the “new Malay government” can proceed smoothly.

In the face of unprecedented challenges from both within and without the coalition, what should the party do to deliver itself out of the doom of the country's political reality? Should it quit PH and seek new partners to form a new alliance, or courageously fight for its own interest as it used to do in the past? This will very much put the party leaders' wisdom to test.

In a way DAP's dilemma is also a dilemma of the Malaysian Chinese community, which will unfailingly take the brunt in the event of any unfavorable development.

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