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Election 2022: Get rid of racial politics – destroy Umno at the polls!

We should reject chauvinists from whatever ethnicity they come from or whatever party they belong to


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You may desert Umno but the Umno DNA doesn’t desert you. It sticks with you wherever you go or whichever party you join. It becomes part of you forever!

When Bersatu deputy president Ahmad Faizal Azumu asked if the country would get a finance minister from the DAP again if Pakatan Harapan wins the upcoming general election, you must be wondering why Bersatu is adopting this line of questioning. This is blatant racial politics. It is only expected of an Umno member, not someone from Bersatu.

But who is Ahmad Faizal? His history betrays him. An Umno member, he was the former Ipoh Barat Umno youth chief (2016-17).

So, you shouldn’t be shocked. He carried his Umno DNA with him when he went over to Bersatu.

When the question is raised whether someone from DAP will be appointed as the finance minister, what is blatantly meant is whether an ethnic Chinese will be appointed. They couch their evil intentions by trying to be vague about their racial politics.

If, for example, an ethnic Chinese from PKR is appointed as finance minister, will they still question why a finance minister is appointed from PKR? Their objection is not the party but the ethnicity of the person appointed as finance minister.

Initially, when Lim Guan Eng was appointed finance minister, there was also objection because that portfolio did not go to an ethnic Malay. Why the obsession that this ministerial post should go to a Malay? Will there be an added advantage to the Malay community?

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Guan Eng’s predecessor was not only a Malay but was also Muslim, and on top of that he was also prime minister of Malaysia. How did it help the poor Malays? What benefits did they derive during his tenure as finance minister?

Najib pillaged and looted and stole from the wealth of the nation with no qualms. He did not share what he stole with the poor Malays. In fact, Najib’s action made the nation poorer, and we are burdened with the debt he created by borrowing.

Robbing your own home is a sin that cannot be forgiven. The moment you rob your home, you cease to be a member of the family. You become a common thief. That’s what Najib became. He was a Muslim, Malay and top leader of Umno but he stole billions of ringgit from the nation all for himself – he didn’t spare anything for the poor Malays whom he claimed to represent and protect.

In the name of the community, under the pretext of fighting for the welfare of the poor downtrodden Malays, Umno leaders stole and kept the loot for themselves. This is the DNA of many Umno leaders – stealing, cheating, never satisfied with the wealth they have accumulated, unending greed, unjust and unfair, discriminatory, etc.

Shouldn’t we be concerned about the qualification of the person and his or her integrity and ability to deliver the goods so that the nation and the people will prosper?

Demanding that the finance minister must be a Malay is but a blind and stupid quest. Why is it so important that the finance minister be a Malay? What is the rationale? What is the justification? This has neither been explained nor clarified nor even justified.

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We should reject chauvinists from whatever ethnicity they come from or whatever party they belong to. Racial politics has its roots in Umno. You must uproot this problem, and the only way to do it is to destroy Umno at the polls.

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