Umno refuses to accept that not all Malays support Umno; they don’t now and they didn’t in the 1950s.
COMMENTHere we go again, Umno rewriting Malayan history.
The first was in late August, when the whole of the Umno machinery turned on PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu and accused him of being a communist sympathiser.
...............Umno refuses to accept that not all Malays support Umno; they don’t now and they didn’t in the 1950s.
Back in August, the condemnation of Mat Sabu made headline news and he became Utusan’s new whipping boy.
Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Zainal Kling of the National Professors’ Council continued the lie that the British never colonised this country. The news took the Malaysian public by surprise and so Umno organised roadshows with professors, former policemen and ex-Inspector-General of Police Haniff Omar, trying to convince the public that Malaya was never a British colony.
Umno’s second attempt at rewriting history was yesterday, at the Umno general assembly and party conference.
Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin declared that his party could have formed the government at Independence, without the help of other races.
According to him, Umno’s willingness to co-operate with the MCA and MIC in the 50s helped deflect accusations of racism and helped bring about independence.
Umno, he said, had won the majority vote in the first general election post-Merdeka and therefore, “we are not racist… we were willing to share power with others despite our ability to form a government on our own before independence”.
It is puzzling that, when Muhyiddin made his claim, the leaders of the MCA and MIC did not protest. Muhyiddin’s insult was as good as saying to their faces, “You are a pendatang and you should be grateful to us Malays for ‘sharing’ power with you and that we didn’t turf you out.”
Perhaps Muhyiddin places little value on the inter-ethnic cooperation in which the Alliance (Umno, MCA and MIC) had displayed since 1954. Muhyiddin ignores the fact that the Reid Commission of 1956 accepted proposals from the Alliance upon which to base our Constitution. Muhyiddin belittles the contribution of the non-Malays.
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