The End of Political Ideology in Malaysia?


June 15, 2017

The End of Political Ideology in Malaysia?

by Norshahril Saat For The Straits Times

Personality politics has led to the fluidity of political party membership. Members join and quit parties simply because they follow their masters or have disagreed with them. The danger is that disagreements are not based on issues or policy outlook. As a result, we have witnessed many political U-turns in contemporary Malaysian politics.– Norshahril Saat For The Straits Times

There was a time when political parties in Malaysia were clearly differentiated by ideology.

UMNO (United Malays National Organisation) struggled for Ketuanan Melayu (Malay supremacy) through affirmative action for Malays and bumiputeras (non-Malay natives), aimed at helping these communities be on equal footing – in economics, business and education – with the Chinese and Indians.

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Tunku Abdul Rahman–Exponent of Ethical Leadership where Values and Ideology Matter

Despite being an ethno- nationalist party, UMNO was willing to share power with the Chinese and Indians, represented by the MCA (Malaysian Chinese Association) and MIC (Malaysian Indian Congress) respectively. This multi-ethnic cooperation formed the backbone of the BN (Barisan Nasional) coalition, which has been in power since Malaysia’s independence in 1957…

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5 thoughts on “The End of Political Ideology in Malaysia?

  1. The ideology of Ketuanan Melayu is as strong as ever.

    And many Malays continue to believe the UMNO Baru claim that
    it is the protector of the Malays. Protect against what ?

  2. The self serving corrupt politicians and their political parties are only interested in power and wealth.

    With powerful vested interest groups behind them, they bent and exploited the system to their benefit at all costs. They are not interested in running a fair society in which every INDIVIDUAL is treated base on merit.

    By 2030 the Malay/Muslim population is expected to reach 80%, including granting of citizenship to a divisive foreign preacher, the Islamic state could be a reality.

  3. It was reported recently that a statue of dearly departed YB Karpal Singh is now venerated in a Teluk Intan Taoist Temple. Besides that, the usual Latuk Kung (local Malay ‘deity’) festivals are getting more and more elaborate and drawing in increasing crowds – mainly for the 4-Ekor and Magnum lottery draws. What does that all mean? The Malusian Chinapek are broke. Not only in RM, but also in ideas..

    Meanwhile, we have got all these Ponzi-MLM scams, with promised exorbitant returns for your ‘investment’. Air Zam-Zam, Kurma Mas etc also kena.. No action taken, even when there are 300+ ‘business’ entities on the Bank Negara’s watch-list. Castration complex ya?

    Whatever it is – whether ideological clout, personality cult or supernatural cloak, Malusian politics has devolved into name calling, cat fighting and noisome wayang kulit’ing. That’s the problem with the absolute dearth of leadership, ballessness, bullshit impunity, lack of vision and poverty of dignity.

    The voter turnout may be abysmal, ‘cuz all the betting shops will be full of spectators – even in Wakaf Tak Tanding. All the better for Jibros and their merry band of goons.

    Wonder whether this song has any value nowadays? Only as a soccer song?

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