Sounded promising for Malaysian politics.
He admitted that Bukit Gantang showed the anti-BN tsunami witnessed in last year’s general election has yet to subside – in fact it has worsened.
He mumbled: "We hope this trend will not continue, but as we are facing a serious scenario, a transformation process has to take place soonest possible."
Presumably he had meant for the transformation process to start within UMNO itself, because he said:
"Although, we look after the well-being of the Malays, we are also fair to the other races, but some say that we are not fair. Therefore, we must act now before it is too late. We also need to support the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and strive to regain the people's support for Umno and BN."
And one day after his avowed transformation process, he continued on that theme, stating that UMNO and the BN have this year and the next to regain the confidence and trust of the people.
Malaysian Insider reported in Two years to regain people’s trust - Muhyiddin:
He said the primary focus of action during the two-year period would be to ensure that the leadership at all levels understood the new direction of the party and took measures to revive the party’s image and improve the people’s perception of it.
Well and good, BUT …
WTF, this morning as reported by the Malaysian Insider in UMNO puzzled about Chinese votes, Muhyiddin Yassin has veered on to a new direction, one seen to be blaming the Chinese for UMNO’s loss in Bukit Gantang.
No doubt he has learnt of Chinese support for the PAS candidate in Bukit Gantang increasing from 65% to 75%.
Muhyiddin claimed he is confused, perplexed, and puzzled, because after BN had poured in millions of ringgit to improve Chinese language schools, those presumably-ungrateful Chinese continued to vote overwhelmingly for the Pakatan candidates in both by-elections in Bukit Gantang and Bukit Selambau.
Money politics, pre-election bribes, Chinese cheats – he seemed to be saying, but let’s leave these aside for a while.
He stated he couldn’t understand ‘… why Malaysian Chinese voters continue to treat the Barisan Nasional with disdain.’ And this is just 3 days after he had pledged for BN to begin a ‘transformation process' to regain the people's support for UMNO and BN.
What has made him gostarn (go-astern) from his original proposed track, from realization that UMNO in its present (corrupt, arrogant, ketuanan Melayu) form was not palatable to the electorates, to blaming the Chinese for its political unacceptability?
And he made it worse by unfairly accusing the Chinese of grandiose scheming, that they have begun to think of themselves as kingmakers in politics.
There's no escaping the fact that his public musing has been aimed at the heartland, to convince the faithful to re-marshal beneath the keris-ed banner, by his fear-hate propaganda, reflected in his statement to Mingguan Malaysia today:
“The Chinese even though are a minority group feel that they have the deciding power because the Malays are split into three groups … In such a situation, they can decide the outcome of an election and this can be seen from the general election and the by-elections.”
“They think they have the power to decide. It is not only the Chinese but the Indian community as well.’’
Maybe the 5% swing of Malay voters towards UMNO in Bukit Gantang that noted Malaysian pollster Ong Kian Ming mentioned in his new Malaysiakini article Bkt Gantang: Lessons for BN, Pakatan might have given him a glimmer of hope, believing that the bangsa, agama dan negara formula could be the magic mantra to UMNO's future election victories.
Well whatever, my dear Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, that sure as hell wasn’t the transformation process you proposed for UMNO to start working on. And if you continue along this finger-pointing-at-Chinese for UMNO’s problems, you’ll need more than 2 years to improve UMNO’s image – certainly not by 2013!
The truth was, has been, is and will continue to be …
… that Chinese, being less political-minded (per se) than Malays or Indians and far more concerned about ...
... (a) the economy - the '3 bowls of rice', jobs, business, land to cultivate, etc, ...
... (b) education - not necessarily Chinese medium but good quality stuff to ensure their children through education have a chance of climbing out of or above their current status - the Lotus doctrine, and ...
... (c) security - safety for their families from an unstable environment (eg. political upheavals, racist mobs, criminals) and a hope for fairness in above two, economic and educational participation …
… would usually vote against rather than for a party …
… and would have been quite happy to maintain the status quo (of the BN in rule) … unless BN has demonstrated it cannot/could not provide one of the above-mentioned principal concerns of Chinese Malaysians …
… which in the past few years, UMNO-BN have shown its decided lack of responsibility.
At each UMNO general assembly, the racist arrogance, taunts and boasts have been gnawing away at each Chinese guts (at even those of MCA and Gerakan members).
The unfairness of the selection process for Malaysian universities and many other public institutions is already legend. The corruption prevailing in the business environment is known to generally favour the chosen (inclusive of chosen Chinese and Indians).
All these add on to the disenchantment with an UMNO-led government.
UMNO’s emasculation of MCA hasn’t added on to the confidence and dignity of Chinese Malaysians.
Much as many Chinese detest MCA for its ineffectual role as the representative of the community, precisely for the reason UMNO had frequently humiliated and undermined MCA, the Chinese have been quietly seething, resenting UMNO’s disdainful dismissive disregard for the largest Chinese political party, because they suffered vicarious humiliation and shame.
I have to say the situation became far worse and pronounced under the weak premiership of AAB who couldn't control those bigots in his party as they tried to out-do each other in demonstrating their ethnic credentials.
This straw broke the back of the Chinese Dromedary camel, as it had the Indian Bactrian camel when Hindraf emerged in fiery H-power in their show of utter frustration.
It's not the nature of most Chinese Malaysians to do what Hindraf or PKR anwaristas had done or would do, taking to the streets, so they quietly employ the only thing they could use to show their unhappiness and dissatisfaction – the vote.
When they walked into a polling booth, they voted not so much for the candidate (though Nizar has been a special exception, a one-off), they voted AGAINST the despised UMNO candidate … and if the candidate was not UMNO, then a despised UMNO stooge.
There was never any sophisticated coordinated Chinese Machiavellian program to vote in the role of a wannabe kingmaker – that’s sheer finger-pointing racist bullsh*t and it's very mischievous and sinister of Muhyiddin to suggest that.
My dear Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, remember my advice, that the magic mantra for a return of Chinese voters to the BN banner is not bangsa, agama dan Negara but assured fairness and quality in …
… economy, education and security!