Apa lagi Melayu mau?

The recent “Melayu Bangkit” rally in Kampung Gajah shows the displaced Malay elitist in the post-Umno era peddling their toxic sermon of race and religion. They have not been able to find their footing in the new Pakatan Harapan (PH) era and they do what they do best: sow the seeds of discontent to divide the nation for personal gain.

To maintain their relevancy in a new political environment, they continue to play the race and religion card, and DAP is still their favourite bogeyman.

The duped Malay crowd needs to wake up to the fact that Lim Kit Siang is not the prime minister, and the prime minister in-waiting is a Malay.

These people are still drunk on their own “Kool Aid”, to use Khairy Jamaluddin’s expression, and have not sobered up to new realities. The crème de la crème of Malay elitists created by Umno cannot adapt to change because it was never in their vocabulary. To them, the feudal system must be maintained where the elitist Malays are fed riches and those in the lower pecking order pick up the crumbs from the floor.

The hoards of Malays gather at the rallies that have been sponged on all these years by the elitist crowd and are unable to think for themselves. The Malay leaders dish out the same Umno rhetoric: Malays rights are under threat, the sultans are under threat, Islam is under threat, the Malay language is under threat – in fact, virtually everything “Malay” is under threat.

This is in spite of the fact that Malay is the official language, Islam is still the official religion, the sultans are doing well, and virtually all the top ranked persons are Malays, from the armed forces, police and civil service, to the prime minister of the country, aside from one Chinese finance minister, one Indian attorney-general, and one Kadazan chief justice.

The claim that these three musketeers of Malaysian Chinese, Indian and Kadazan descent have displaced Malay rights is probably the biggest joke of the century. Perhaps the only threatening signs were when they found out that Tommy Thomas can actually speak Malay, and the new generation of MPs from all races as well as the new parliamentary speakers are also fluent in Malay and can debate the Umno MPs on their own turf. This must be unsettling for the Umno MPs, as unsettling as when they found out that Lee Kuan Yew could speak fluently in Malay.

Umno MP Tajuddin’s remark in the Dewan that Malaysia is “Malay land” has irked many East Malaysians. Ramai Mohammed, a Dusun from Sipitang said: “If that is the case, they can keep Malaya and we can go our separate ways.

“Malaysia does not belong only to the Malays – it belongs to all races and ethnic groups in the country we call Malaysia. The Malays should wake up. It is the Malay elitists from Umno who have squandered the nation’s wealth and preyed on their own race.”

I can’t believe that the Malays have not woken up to the fact that their Malay leaders have done them in. How do you explain the massive corruption that is being revealed on a daily basis? How do you explain the mind-boggling cash and luxury goods found in several apartments in Kuala Lumpur, the cash stolen at the Prime Minister’s Office, now claimed by Umno members as belonging to the party? How do you explain the former spy chief and seven other intelligence officers being investigated by MACC for the alleged misappropriation of RM49 million believed to be for the use of Barisan Nasional during the general election in May? Where did all this money come from, and which “Malays” benefited from these cash hoards? The rural Malays or the elitist Malays?

If the money was meant for the election, it should have been in the bank account of the party and disbursed before the election and not kept lying around. Who are they trying to hoodwink?

These Malay elitists know very well that they benefited the most in the Umno era and the only way they can survive is by playing up the religion and race card in the feudal society they created in Umno. They have no answers on how to combat a reborn Dr Mahathir Mohamad in a new era of change. They are still living in the analog age while the rest of us have moved on to the digital age where lies can be exposed with the click of a button.

In a news report, Tawfik Ismail, a former party member, described Umno as a stagnant pond of water breeding only bottom feeder fish, saying lack of direction caused their downfall in the 14th general election. He said Umno, by voting in the old guard as leaders during the recent party elections, showed that the same mentality was still being employed. “At the moment, Umno is directionless. They don’t have any ideology or new ideas that attract young people. They are feeding on themselves. They are a self-supporting group.”

I still recall the Utusan Melayu heading “Apa Lagi Cina Mau” after GE13. We Malaysians should be asking the same question now, “Apa lagi Melayu mau?” You have had everything since independence: handouts, Bumiputera policies, priority in education and full control of the country. But what did the Malay leaders do? They squandered every opportunity given to them and blamed other races for their failures. Only a handful of Malays became rich through political patronage whereas the rest have to work doubly hard to earn a decent living and make ends meet.

Malaysia belongs to all, not just the Malays. The Malays should move beyond their narrow thinking and stop wallowing in self-pity, because if all Malaysians prosper, the Malays will also prosper.

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of FMT.