By : JOE FERNANDEZ
WHY are the Chinese being labelled racists for rejecting MCA, a one race party, and for rejecting the Chinese-based, led and dominated Gerakan and Supp?
Did Obama call for a National Unity Consultative Council after the elections? Did he blame the old whites as racists who were against his presidency?
Did the Republican Party blame the blacks and other non-whites as racists who were against a white being president "in his own country"?
It's not the done thing to blame the Chinese for the great divide in Malaysia.
The honeymoon is over.
The multiracial urban areas, barring some squatter areas wooed by Hindraf Makkal Sakthi, and the ethnic rural electorate are no longer on the same page.
The rich states and poor states are no longer on the same page.
The Islamists and other Muslims are no longer on the same page.
The Christians and the rural Muslims are no longer on the same page.
The non-Muslims and the rural Muslims are no longer on the same page.
The Orang Asal and the rural Muslims are no longer on the same page.
The local Muslims and the illegal immigrants are no longer on the same page.
Urban Malaya and Borneo, except for the limited urban areas, are no longer on the same page.
Malaysians are against the illegal immigrants and other foreigners flooding their country.
The majority of Malaysians want Umno and BN out of Putrajaya.
They have rejected race-based parties and racism and racists.
The Malays will no longer root for one party, Umno, because they are "confused" to the extent they don't even bother to register as voters and when they do they don't turn up, and if they do turn up in the urban areas, they don't vote for Umno.
Umno should see the writing on the wall, the death of one-race based parties in the BN and the death of the concept, and open up to all ethnic groups to re-invent itself and survive at least in the Opposition.
It should stop harping on the Malays unless it continues to harbour a death wish.
It should stop blaming the Chinese for the seeds of destruction it harbours.
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak apparently believes that man lives by bread alone.
He has pledged to step up his US$ 444 billion Transformation Programme.
The people will reject it if Transformation is an euphemism for the ruling elite to run up the National Debt Burden even further to facilitate them putting their hands in the National Cookie Jar to feather their own nests under the guise of bringing so-called development -- still water, electricity and schools in rural Borneo after 50 years of Malaysia -- to the people.
In hindsight, it's not surprising that Najib signed the MOU with Hindraf.
His entire approach in the run-up to the 13th General Election has been to try and bribe his way back into power with the people's money, and driven by his "Let's Make a Deal" thinking, "Lu Tolong Gua, Gua Tolong Lu" (You Help Me, I Help You).
What a cheap bugger!
Hindraf, for example, is not about being intimidated and bribed into submission. It's about human rights and equal rights.
The 13th GE has proven that former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's remarks are worse than useless and merely provide cheap entertainment for the racist and mainstream media.
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it ... George Bernard Shaw, Irish dramatist and writer (1856 - 1950)