by Charles Hector
Propagating the myth that UMNO represents the Malays in Malaysia, the myth that MCA represents the Chinese, and that MIC represents the Indians is necessary for the continued survival of ethnic-politics, and ethnic based political parties.
But reality is that there are other parties that now represent the interest of Malaysians (including Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans, Ibans, Kenyah, Melanaus, Penan, Muruts, etc…).
In fact the the party that represents the majority of Malays may today be the Pakatan Rakyat parties (PKR, PAS, DAP…) – and no more UMNO.
In fact the the party that represents the majority of Chinese may today be the Pakatan Rakyat parties (PKR, PAS, DAP…) – and no more MCA.
In fact the the party that represents the majority of Indians may today be the Pakatan Rakyat parties (PKR, PAS, DAP…) – and no more MIC.
Membership numbers may not be the basis of assessing a party’e stregth. The important question is now many paying members (i.e. members who actively take their money and pay their own subscription) are there in a political party. The minimum act of conscious payment of subscription will be some indication that they still do support the said political party.
In Malaysia, many became members on record because some person wanted to be a branch chairman. Notice how difficult it is to join jcertain political parties and be the member of the branch in your area. Some leaders just do not want ‘new’ members, who may be potential threats.
Propagating the myth that there is a big Malay majority in Malaysia is another means of continuing to stay in power, and suppressing reforms in the political arena. Note that the number of Malays (according to CIA Factbook, in 2004) is 50.4%. The number of Muslims in 2000 according to the same source is 60%. A recent Malaysian government census in 2005 revealed that there are 57% Muslims. [Remembering that to be a Malay, one needs to be a Muslim]. See earlier post: – Why so bothered about UMNO? It may no longer be the party of the majority of Malays in Malaysia.
Hence, the truth about the composition of Malaysia means that UMNO is really not at all that big – and today may really be representing a very small percentage of Malaysians.
This illumination also justifies MCA’s call for the Deputy Chairperson of BN to come from another political party – MCA, maybe. Why should UMNO be allowed to hold on to the No. 1 and No. 2 position in BN, and also the position of the Secretary.