PRU13: This is the time to ponder!
As I am typing down this post, the full result of this 13th General Election is being finalised. BN have won the simple majority but yet again failed to win a 2/3 majority in the parliament. At the state level, BN successfully recaptured Perak and Kedah from PR. MCA suffered huge loss to DAP, with DS Najib clearly mentioned the Chinese political tsunami as an important factor in this election. The unprecedented confidence that PR will be able to form government for the first time, which have been echoed until the Election Day was again, proven to be a false hope.
Moving forward, in my opinion there are a number of things that will require careful consideration, which I try to jot down here.
The Malaysian Chinese
It is clear that my fellow Malaysians of the Chinese background preferred DAP over MCA, which resulted in huge victory for DAP in the Chinese majority seats. There is a clear racial polarisation that contributed to this result. This may be a direct translation to the fact that most Chinese are not happy with the current treatment that they received in the country, particularly with the special privileges that were given to the Bumiputeras as a result of the affirmative action policy.
I would like to say that those special privileges attributed to Bumiputeras are not perfect solutions and cannot be a permanent one. However, questioning all those while the issue of economic gaps between the races are still very big and widening have not been resolved will not help in achieving national integration and racial harmony.
I would say that for racial-based politics and policies to be fully scrapped away, there is one potential solution, which can be achieved when all races no longer identify themselves as the individual race and be ready to be fully assimilated with the bigger majority.
Now the Malaysian Chinese have chosen DAP to be the savior and bring equality and justice, let see what will happen when the Chinese is no longer represented in the government.
The foundation of this beloved nation
This is also the time to really have a deep exploration into the very foundation of this nation. It was before built based on the social contracts. There are growing questions on the validity of such unwritten contract, where all races have made some concession in one form or another to enable the formation of this nation and successfully obtaining independence from the British rule. To some people, this social contract has created two-tier citizenship, and was compared to the apartheid regime. This social contract may no longer be valid in the current time where absolute equality in the name of human rights.
We really need to see how we should be shaping this nation, taking into account the complexities of the multiracial and multi religious populations, and the historical contexts of the nation building.
The issue of national integrity using the current formula seems to be unsuccessful with the different races does not really integrate and become a single coherent population. Pushing the racial issues aside will only prolong the status quo, where the root cause of the problem not being addressed, and dissent may only grow in such situation.
PAS as an Islamic Movement or Just another Political Party
It is clear that PAS is now the smallest party in the PR. PAS have come a long way since 1999 where PAS was the largest opposition and Ust Fadzil Noor is the opposition leader. In this election, it is clear that PAS have lost the trust of the Malay Muslim most probably due to its stand that seems to be just a following member of the opposition pack. PAS seems to be weak and even the decision of the Dewan Ulama, the highest institution is PAS can be easily challenged by the leaders of PKR and DAP.
PAS really need to ask themselves whether they are really an Islamic Movement, in which case, there some principles that need to be adhered to, or just any political party where all decisions may be taken just to be accepted and to attract popular votes. Being silent in the issue that concern the Muslim majority, and important issues such as Christian Missionaries, the issue of Aqeedah, the apostates and implementation of the Islamic Shariah system in the whole spectrum of life does not reflect well as an Islamic Movement.
All in all, let us extend our hand to the people around us and do no let our differences in terms of our political views and affiliation to keep us apart and not be united, as a Malaysian, and especially for Muslim, we are Muslim before anything else.