3 January 2018
Press statement by MCA Publicity Spokesman cum Religious Harmony Bureau Chairman Dato’ Sri Ti Lian Ker
DAP's Love-Hate Relationship with Umno
DAP hates everything about Umno and will target any or all Umno leaders for political bashing or "public lynching" to satisfy their mob or band of haters.
Ironically when any of these Umno leaders leave Umno or is ejected from Umno and at the slightest warming up to them, DAP will welcome them with open arms and with a hero's welcome. Very often than not, these leaders will be adulated and treasured like an Ace of Spade or treated like their political saviours.
This is the hypocrisy that DAP has practised for decades unabashedly because it has mastered the art of politics of hate and has been getting away with it.
Their political mantra to the Chinese in particular has been "Umno is your source of misery" and "MCA sold out Chinese rights". This was based on the Constitutional special position accorded to the ethnic Malays and the position of Islam as the religion of the federation.
Instead of explaining to the community on the political compromises made and enlightening them on the historical background of these constitutional provisions, DAP had chosen to exploit sentiments and incite maximum hate towards MCA and Umno as the source and cause of these racial religious divide in the Federal Constitution.
The political mantra is so effective for them that DAP has continued to take this easy way out by continuing this practice of inciting racial hatred election before and after elections. Thus DAP needs not render the hard work of social political services or provide political solutions or ease racial tensions by walking the reality of the racial-religious tight rope in Malaysia.
In the past when DAP was a political taboo to the Malays and when no Malay politicians worth their salt would want to come near them, DAP had chosen Malay tokens and also labour leaders like Fazlan Yahya, Zainal Rampak, Ahmad Nor etc to window dress their claim and façade of being a multi-racial party of which it is not.
In actual fact, DAP has tried very hard and attempted to camouflage their 15 points "Setapak Declaration" that demanded racial equality under their "Malaysian Malaysia" war-cry. The Declaration was a direct challenge to the special position of the Malays and this did not augur well with the Malay voters.
Thus DAP has been desperate to exonerate the ghost of their Setapak Declaration for years knowing that without the Malay support, they will never be able to come into power which they are so desperately seeking and wanting.
Therefore it has had to resort to a series of hugging and embracing past and even present Umno leaders whom they have demonised such as Tengku Razaleigh, Dato’Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and their latest trophy addition Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad. All of these leaders were not spared of being politically lynched in DAP's public rallies when they were still with Umno. Upon their rejection or eviction from Umno, these leaders were suddenly received with a hero's welcome as if there had been a salvation of sought.
This act of hugging, kissing and embracing is in fact not confined to Umno past leaders. DAP has also practised their trick on Umno’s present leaders such as Dato’ Seri Nazri Aziz and Dato’ Seri Dr Zahid Hamidi whenever the opportunity arises.
DAP has not confined their political act of hugging, embracing and kissing Malay leaders from Umno only.
In the last decade or so, DAP has courageously extended its bravery to flirting with, embracing and hugging PAS past and present leaders such as President Dato’ Seri Hadi Awang, ex PAS Deputy President Mat Sabu , ex PAS Vice President Husam Musa.
Unlike MCA which has been repeatedly forced to confront Umno and PAS on Malay or Muslim centric issues, DAP has mastered and perfected the art and skill of political games by painting MCA black to the Chinese voters and appearing to be exceptionally accommodative when facing a Malay audience or crowd.
Dato’ Sri Ti Lian Ker
MCA Publicity Spokesman (Bahasa Malaysia/English)
MCA Religious Harmony Bureau Chairman