The message from Tanjung Piai is really quite simple and straightforward.
The Malays are willing to vote for BN, MCA, PH or PPBM. To them, which party or coalition to vote for is secondary. Increasingly, they want a government that can work for them, not just good in hoodwinking.
Some pundits claimed that it was the Umno-PAS union that pulled the Malay votes for BN. I would prefer to think that it was the “push factors” to vote against PPBM and Pakatan Harapan that caused the swing.
Frankly, I think most are quite fed-up with the PH government by now. Many must have paused to ask themselves which aspect of their life has become better since May 9, 2018.
Maybe they couldn’t find any other than the continued intrigues and infighting within PH component parties.
The Chinese, too, can vote for different candidates and different coalitions at different times. To them, it does not matter if it is PPBM, PH, BN or MCA. It shows Chinese Malaysians are not racist. They just want to be treated fairly; it does not matter which race represents them in the government.
PPBM, Amanah and PKR need to be reminded that the Chinese are not leftovers; they are productive citizens.
No one wishes to be insulted, so let no one tell the Chinese to go back to China again. This is totally unacceptable.
The Chinese value their children’s education very much because they know they can’t depend on the government for jobs. So, forums and congresses threatening to shut down certain schools should stop.
They want multilingual education for their children, so stop telling them what language they can or cannot learn. If the government cannot protect the minority, it does not deserve support, period.
Finally, all Malaysians – Malays, Chinese, Indians and others – hate an incompetent government. So stop talking about flying cars, third national car, crooked bridge, Kulim Airport which is a stone’s throw from Penang, and endless plans for Penang.
TK Chua is an FMT reader.
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