... I believe two principal reasons convince the Chinese Malaysians today to cease the strategy of 'making noise in the East while behaving with decorum in the West'.
The first came about during AAB's term as PM, when ironically due to his quite relaxed attitude towards the online media, the Chinese public saw with their own eyes on TV and read on both hardcopy and online media the vile vicious vitriolic ultra racism exhibited during the UMNO Party General Assembly as several wannnabe leaders showed off their credentials as defenders of bangsa, agama dan raja,and bloody f**k negara. They frightened the Chinese.
Yes, most Chinese were shocked at the unbelievable words and antics of those wannabe ethnic heroes. It was no longer the UMNO they had been comfortable with, a politically dominant UMNO which no doubt favoured UMNO Malays excessively but which was also an UMNO that was reasonable, rational and reachable (accessible).
The second factor was/is the generational change among the Chinese, where the younger Chinese, born as 3rd, 4th or even 5th and 6th generation Malaysians have different values to their elders.
They believe in and would vocally assert their Malaysian rights, and sometimes in their western cultured democratic practices appear as biadap to conservative and elderly Malays who haven't been exposed to the more robust style of democracy seen in Western countries like UK, Australia and New Zealand.
Thus the dilemma, the real dilemma of the older Chinamen was whether to join the younger Chinese in being more vocal in their opposition to BN and its less than admirable behaviour and practices, or to lie low as before and continue their 'making noise in the East while behaving with decorum in the West'.
I suspect what might have tilted them over to the former (see above paragraph) has been their conviction that the UMNO (and thus MCA, Gerakan etc) today is not the UMNO they had been comfortable with in the past.
They fear that by remaining politically equivocal or worse, silent, they will suffer more from increasing racist marginalization than they would by being vocal and bringing themselves to UMNO's nasty attention.
And then of course the very epitome of all this new UMNO viciousness was tragically perceived by Chinese in the untimely unwarranted and (arrogantly) unexplained death of Teoh Beng Hock, a man who was killed on the eve of his wedding day. The tragedy and more importantly its aftermath encapsulate all the worries of the Chinamen.
I wonder whether naughty Dr Mahathir might have plagiarized my post title, wakakaka, and turned it into a different type of Chinese Dilemma where he stated:
"For more than half a century of independence, the Chinese have shared wealth and power with the Malays. The idea for a Singapore-like Malaysia seems tempting and Penang has shown the way."
"The dilemma for the Chinese is whether to make a grab for political power while dominating economic power or to adhere to the principle of sharing, which has made this country what it is today.
"This is the Chinese dilemma."
His take is sheer bullshit because how can 24% of the population grab political power?
And it's not just an ordinary 24% of the population, but a 24% without control of the armed services (military, police, secret service agencies) and civil services. Dr M has been scare-mongering, and shame on him.
Shame on him again for daring to even brazenly suggest there was a principle of sharing, well, definitely not under his latter terms when that so-called 'sharing' became one of 'handouts' (of crumbs).
Lim Kit Siang accused Dr M of pitting Malays against Chinese ahead of Umno polls, summarising his (Dr M's) reckless racist fulmination in the following words:
"Mahathir is again up to his mischief ... concocting the dangerous and false myth of the 'Chinese dilemma' of the Chinese making a grab to oust the political power of the Malays in Malaysia and trying to set the agenda for the coming Umno party elections."
At the risk of sounding naughty in this post I'm reminded of what RPK wrote in one of his recent post When this happened 35 years ago:
"... it has been reported as the Muslim (or Malay) headmaster asking the Hindu (or Indian) students to eat in the changing room. Hence it is no longer about the silly or inconsiderate act of the headmaster. It is now a racial and religious issue."
"The headmaster may have done something silly and should be punished for this silly act. But we have done even worse than what the headmaster did. We have turned this into a racial and religious issue. Hence our crime is worse than the headmaster’s by far."
"And now we have been forced to take sides."
Absolutely correct, but then when we have Dr Mahathir and his regular racist 'ketuanan Cina' bullshit, we are immediately reminded of one of his many insincere slogans, namely, 'kepimpinan melalui teladan'. So RPK, don't blame us, blame Dr M for his terrible example.
Anyway, let's get stuck back into the core of the issue, namely the most important political event in Malaysia, the UMNO election, one far far more important than any general or state elections.
I believe Najib and Muhyiddin are safe. It's the VP elections that have captured observers' rapt attention.
Shafie Apdal as the sole UMNO representative from East Malaysia should be safe. Hishamuddin is the most stupid and hopeless of the 3 current UMNO VPs and on merit should be chucked out, but alas, he is Najib's cousin and I suspect will somehow be kowtim-ishly retained.
That leaves the remaining VP Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on tenterhooks. But why when Ali Rustam has already been sabotaged kau kau by his UMNO mateys, though the bloke (Ali Rustam) blamed it on the bloody Chinese, wakakaka?
Ahmad Zahid is like a 'cacing kena abu' because young Muhkriz Mahathir will, I suspect, be making a bid for a VP post if he (or rather his dad) dreams of (him) becoming PM.
And there are only 3 VP positions.
As we are all aware, Ahmad Zahid as Home Minister has recently been jumping up and down the 'ultra' ladder like a kera kena belacan because he knows he is the unfortunate VP in the way of Muhkriz's ascendancy.
Muhkriz must go for it this year while daddy is still in his (dad's) king-maker prime. He is a nice boy but without daddy, he will be like a babe in the woods to feral creatures like Ahmad Zahid, Ali Rustam, and of course KJ. He must become VP before daddy loses his powers.
Thus the f**king Chinese must do their loyal duty and allow themselves to be bashed for darling Muhkriz. Daddy is doing it now, but Muhkriz will take over as the UMNO elections approach.
Now who says the f**king Chinese are useless when it's obvious they are of great use, wakakaka.