People attend Malay-rights group Perkasa’s inaugural annual meeting, March 27, 2010. — file pic
KUALA LUMPUR, April 20 — Utusan Malaysia called on its owners Umno today to spearhead a 1Melayu, 1Bumi movement involving all Malay parties — claiming DAP was intent on toppling the country’s Malay leadership.
“What Umno needs to do now, in this pressing time, is to launch a wave of racial unity - 1Melayu, 1Bumi. Launch 1Melayu, 1Bumi immediately with other Malay parties,” assistant chief editor Datuk Zaini Hassan wrote in the Malay daily today.
In his Cuit column, he said that DAP’s slogans in the recently concluded Sarawak state election called for Chinese voters to change the Malay-led government, adding that they already controlled everything and was now aiming for political power.
“Only absolute political power has not been controlled by the Chinese, everything else has been taken. Now DAP bringing great slogans among them, Undi Untuk Ubah (Vote for Change), Enough is Enough and Selamatkan Malaysia (Save Malaysia).
“In truth, those slogans are aimed at no one else but specifically the Chinese. It is displayed proudly on the chests of DAP candidates and supporters in the Sarawak election so that the Malay leadership of Malaysia is changed,” he added.
In his column, he said that the Chinese community was a united force whose “brotherhood” was unmatched by any other race in the country.
He said that despite their different political stands, Chinese voters would unite when the time came to decide the fate of their community.
Zaini also said that the Chinese community helped each other economically and stood together unwaveringly to protect their culture, language and vernacular education.
“The Chinese language is a high priority and it is said that even Chinese who cannot read Chinese will still buy Chinese newspapers.
“In short, the Chinese are actually very fortunate to be in Malaysia. They have controlled everything. The top ten Chinese are Malaysian billionaires,” he wrote.
However, he provided no facts to substantiate the claim that the Chinese community was such a united force.
Zaini said that while DAP has united the Chinese politically, Malays have so far done nothing in response.
“They are a race that is quite comfortable, complacent and apathetic. In fact, their thoughts are quite disorganised,” he wrote.
Zaini said that if PAS refused to participate in the 1Melayu, 1Bumi movement, Umno could join hands with the dozens of Malay NGOs who were established because they were “thirsting to fight for the interests of the race that is increasingly being left behind.”
He added that Chinese component parties in Barisan Nasional (BN) would not be upset with such a move to unite Malays as Chinese were already united. - Malaysian Insider