In its editorial today titled “Jangan terperangkap ‘hajat besar’ DAP” (“Don’t be trapped by DAP’s ‘grand intent’”), the Malay daily said the Chinese-majority party had grand ambitions that stretched all the way to ruling Malaysia.
The paper was riding on Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s reported “expose” yesterday of a presumed systematic movement to capture Perak, Malacca amd Negri Sembilan in the coming 13th general election.
It noted some might find the allegation hard to believe because it sounds illogical as the DAP is not widely received by the majority and has been publicly rejected especially among the Malays.
But it insisted the reality remained as the DAP was planning a systematic move to “capture Malaysia as was carried out by its ‘big brother’, the PAP, in Singapore”.
“It’s not only the Malays in the three states but the entire country who must be careful with that DAP move.
“The DAP is looking for Malays as candidates only to ensure if it wins, a mentri besar or chief minister in a Malay-majority state hails from the party,” Utusan said in its opinion piece that seemed for all intents and purposes to rouse racial sentiments among its readers.
It claimed the Chinese-led opposition party has never been comfortable nor honest with the Malays and Muslims in Malaysia.
“In the name of democracy and equal rights, the DAP has frequently and openly questioned the special rights of the Malays,” it said, adding in order to achieve its goal to capture even more state governments and ultimately the federal government, the party was “willing to do anything including pretending to champion the Malays”.
It stressed that whoever from the Malay race was willing to stand on a DAP ticket in GE 13 will become a tool that will betray his own race only to fulfil the DAP’s political goal.
“Malays in the opposition parties including PAS and PKR should see and realise the DAP’s honesty here,” it said.
It said the DAP does not care about its partners in planning this systematic move, and that once again Malays have no excuse to allow themselves to be trapped into fulfilling the DAP’s “grand desire.”
“….Dear Guan EngI am a MALAY with a family of my own.I shall remember you as a CHINESE father who fought for the rights of a Malay grand-mother and her sexually abused grand-daughter.I know that when you decided to take on the case, you knew the price for your action would be heavy for you and your family, personally and politically.Today, you are still paying the price. You languish alone in prison.Ironically, as in Nelson Mandela’s case, the longer they lock you up, the greater will be your stature, the more powerful the focus on the issues you fought for.I also know that, all through this, you can look into the eyes of your wife, children and parents,and say, with deserved pride and honour, that “Guan Eng has not prostituted his dignity, decency and self-respect in the face of oppression and tyranny”…….”
– Narmi Saila
Petaling Jaya, Selangor
The following letter was published in the December 1998 issue of ALIRAN MONTHLY.
It was written by Narmi Saila from Petaling Jaya, Selangor addressed Lim Guan Eng when he was incarcerated in Sg Buloh prison by the Govt.
Dear Guan Eng,As you languish in prison, I have had plenty of time to reflect on you and your idealism.Rightly or wrongly, the Democratic Action Party has long tried to have a ‘MALAYSIAN’ character when the vast majority in the country still perceive it to be essentially a political party for the ethnic Chinese.I realise that recently people like you have tried hard to attract Malaysians, especially Malays, to make the DAP truly Malaysian, but not too successfully, in my view.Then came an explosive event- the Rahim Thamby Chik case– which made a lot of Malays sit up and change their perceptions of the DAP.That case rocked MALAY society to its very foundation.Your conduct and role in pursuit of truth in that scandal earned my deepest admiration. The series of events following that scandal, culminating in the judicial proceedings against you, have turned out to be a classic example of how a verdict in a ‘ court of law’ has become subordinate to the ‘ court of public opinion’.Ask any MALAY mother anywhere. Few would agree that the famous grandmother in that scandal should have been abandoned by UMNO, and the under-aged girl should have been so blatantly violated and her family silenced.By your words and deeds, you challenged the government, police, media, and the judiciary, and exposed yourself to certain incarceration and vindictive punishment by Dr. Mahathir and the political elite.I have always believed that God works in mysterious ways.Inexplicably, He chose you to put the DAP into sharp focus. He chose you to force Malaysians to look at themselves and reflect on the abuse of basic values in our society.To that extent, God in His wisdom made the DAP no longer just a Chinese political party, but, overnight, into a truly Malaysian one which fights for the deprived.I am a MALAY with a family of my own.I shall remember you as a CHINESE father who fought for the rights of a MALAY grand-mother and her sexually abused grand-daughter.I know that when you decided to take on the case, you knew the price for your action would be heavy for you and your family, personally and politically.Today, you are still paying the price.You languish alone in prison. Ironically, as in Nelson Mandela’s case, the longer they lock you up, the greater will be your stature, the more powerful the focus on the issues you fought for.I also know that, all through this, you can look into the eyes of your wife, children and parents,and say, with deserved pride and honour, that ”Guan Eng has not prostituted his dignity, decency and self-respect in the face of oppression and tyranny”.You have truly given new meaning to the maxim, ‘Politics With Honour’.More importantly, you have made me look in the mirror and ask, ‘Who Am I?What have I done to speak out against the evil forces which confronted two Malay kampong women? Why have I remained silent? Have I lost my decency and self-respect?’In all honesty, I cannot say I have the guts to look into the eyes of my family members and say I have done them proud. I have kept silent.I owe it to you, Guan Eng, for opening my eyes and stirring my conscience.Our inaction and apathy have allowed oppression, tyranny and injustice to continue. We have to search our hearts and souls to find ways to make up for our negligence and ineptitude.To you, Guan Eng, I offer prayers from my family.May the blessings of the Almighty continue to give you strength, courage and tenacity to do what is right and just for all Malaysians.Yours Sincerely,Narmi Saila
Petaling Jaya, Selangor(This letter was published in the December 1998 issue of ALIRAN MONTHLY.)