Source: Malaysian Digest
The closer we are to the 14th General Election (GE14), the blurrier the vision of the Pakatan Harapan seems to be.
Yesterday, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng accused Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) leaders of not “practising what they preach by not contesting in seats with more than 50 per cent Chinese voters”.
The Penang Chief Minister also stressed that the second largest party in the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition cannot claim to represent the Chinese community for refusing to contest in Chinese-majority seats.
He then pointed out that for the first time, MCA leaders would be depending on Umno votes (the Malays) to get elected as MPs, and benefitting from Malay voters in several constituencies to become ministers – and believe they should be ashamed of this fact.
This remark, was what veteran journalist Datuk Ahirudin Attan, or fondly known as Rocky Bru, deemed “tunnel vision”.
“The way I see it and the way most people will see it, the beleaguered Penang Chief Minister mocks himself. He insults the Malay voters,” wrote Ahirudin on his latest blog posting today titled ‘So Guan Eng and the DAP don’t need the Malay votes’.
“Guan Eng is a complete moron to say that MCA can’t represent Chinese voters if it’s banking on Malay support. What’s wrong with Malay voters? The DAP does not need Malay support, is it?,” Ahirudin adds.
Lim also used three constituencies with the biggest ethnic bloc of voters being Malay voters as examples; Bentong (46.1 per cent Malay voters), Ayer Hitam (57.6) and Tanjung Malim (55.4), pointing out that Malay voters represent the largest ethnic group in six of the seven parliamentary constituencies won by MCA in the 13th General Election.
While Lim proudly highlights these figures thinking he gave MCA leaders yet another blow, Ahirudin argues that regardless of race, the votes from the Malays serve as a testimony and validation of the multi-racial politics which the Opposition has been vouching for.
“But wasn’t that what you and your party claimed to have been fighting for?
“And now you are whining… just because the MCA seems to have achieved it!”
Ironically coming from someone whose party boasts of the ‘Malaysian Malaysia’ concept, Ahirudin wondered if DAP really does not need the support of the Malays – or was Lim simply seeing things in his own limited point of view and not practising what he preaches?
Nevertheless, he ends his posting by telling Lim, “Maybe you can’t undo your mistakes with regards to your underground tunnel but you can still go and fix that tunnel vision of yours.”