Last week TS Muhyiddin spent one whole day in his constituency with tight schedules and gave speeches and messages to his constituents that there is serious and urgent need for the Malays to be united.
He told the UMNO crowd that he was saddened with some quarters branding him as ultra Malay. He said when anyone asks him he would admit that first; he is Malay, than a Malaysian.
“On the same equation”, Muhyiddin said “If we were to ask Kit Siang, he would say that he is a Chinese first, than only a Malaysian”
This is a very interesting gallery that Muhyiddin stands on; that is on Malay struggles and that appeases many Malays especially the Malays in his constituency. AND also it sounds like authentic and dependable Malay and an UMNO leader.
He claimed that there are certain quarters that are not at ease with him and in the quiet brand him as ultra Malay. To my opinion Muhyiddin himself wants him to be seen as a Malay ultra as it works well in attempts to rally the Malay support for him and the party.
It worked perfectly well with Dr Mahathir when he subscribed to the illustration of Ultra Malay to galvanize and rouse the Malay support and that made him just a small step to reach the top of the party.
The situation then was more or less like what is happening today when the Malays were in need of so called Malay nationalist to lean on as the nation was just over with the 13th May 69 racial fight.
Prior to the 13th May incident nobody knew about Mahathir and he managed to rise with the occasion when he took up as Ultra Malay and since then he was the man that UMNO and the Malays regarded him as the savior of the Malays even though by his own admission that his blood that flows in him is not all Malay blood. I think and I keep on thinking that he was trying to tell us that he was Malay by choice.
When Mahathir was appointed as the Deputy PM in January 1976 many quarters received him with apprehension especially from the Non Malays as the residue of the Ultra Malay image with him was still felt and seen in him.
It was not long after that he was readily appreciated by these quarters as they, in the end realized that it was during his time that the big Chinamen Businessmen and corporate giants prospered without exertion.
When Mahathir dismantled the NEP officially in 1990 the Non Malays renounced their perception Mahathir as Ultra and since then Mahathir became the lovable leader for the non Malays. In essence it was the Chinese who enjoyed the Direct Negotiation and the express projects which were mega in scale.
There were also a few exclusive Malays who were in Daim’s proteges like Halim Saad and his gang, and the untruthful heads of the GLC’s who made wealth for themselves instead of building the GLCs which in actuality owned by the Rakyat.
The middle class Malays were suffering at length. BUT the class F contractors at the districts country wide enjoyed the abundance of jobs distributed by the district offices.
Back to Muhyiddin, his game plan to exhibit him as a Malay nationalist may secure him a good support from the Malays. In fact every UMNO leaders should be a nationalist as the party is a Nationalist party from day one of its inception.
BUT Muhyiddin is going away from basic struggle of Najib who will say “I am a Malaysian first” and than nothing other than 1Malaysia. What I am trying to say is, Muhyiddin is not for 1Malaysia. He cleverly declares himself as a Malay first and only after that as Malaysian.
1Malaysia slogan is not a Malay Nationalist slogan. It is all Malaysian slogans.
Muhyiddin wants to survive as a Malay Nationalist leader while Najib is trying to portray himself as a leader of the Malaysian and the kind of liberal like leader. Everyone within the border of this nation is equal. He is in desperado to get the support of the Chinese.
In short we can safely say that there seems to be a world of differences between the beliefs and values of Najib and Muhyiddin. Between both of them, who can find the conciliatory point? The answer is none.
I think Muhyiddin is building his brand and image in this time of despair for Najib. Many observers are convinced that Najib can’t be long at the helm with all the problems surrounding him politically and personally.
Muhyiddin is subscribing as Malay small time Ultra to rise by rousing the Malay support like how Mahathir did. He will change once he gets the power, also like what Mahathir did.
BUT there are some from Johor who whispered softly to us, “We, Johorean still remember what he (Muhyiddin) did while he was the MB for the state”
Well, I don’t have the privy to know what he did while he was the MB in JB. I hope it is not another bad story again.