The Mahathir-Najib Axis

As I See It

Mahathir’s racist rhetoric should not be viewed as merely the blustery ravings of a senile ex-Prime Minister. It is much more than an individual’s inane balderdash. I am suggesting that Mahathir is in cahoots with Najib. I am also suggesting that both Mahathir and Najib are playing this astute political game that aims to perpetuate the status quo.

The purpose is to ensure that UMNO continues to exercise complete hegemony over the government and country. Mahathir advocates “Ketuanan Melayu” to hold onto the Malay votes and Najib’s “1Malaysia” to placate the naïve and simple-minded Chinese, Indians and other non-Malays, who continue to live in denial.

I thought I was alone with this line of thinking – until I came across this February 04, 2011 article in The Malaysian Insider. The following passages capture the essence of the divisive politics as promoted by the Mahathir-Najib axis:

“Mahathir’s rhetoric that this country belongs to the Malays i.e. others are less than equal as Malays are more equal than others, ensures Umno will endear and entrench further the “gullible” Malay support.