Malaysia is a blessed country. We can achieve great thing only if we do it together. When I say “we” I mean all races.
In 1957 the British Empire gave us independence because all races, i.e. Malay, Chinese and Indian, demanded independence under the leadership of Tunku Abdul Rahman.
In 1963, Malaysia were formed because the Kadazan-Dusun, Iban, and other ethnic group indigenous in Sabah and Sarawak wanted to join Malaya and the Malay, Chinese and Indian in Malaya welcomed them to join us. All races wanted the same things.
However after the 1969 watershed event that orchestrated by politicians to topple Tunku Abdul Rahman through racial riot, Chinese grew suspicious of the government. For many years, majority of the Chinese supported oppositions during the elections.
We forgot one thing, in Malaysia, great things only happen when all races act together.
In 1990 election, after the breakup of UMNO into UMNO Baru and Semangat 46, Sabahan and Chinese wanted to change. But the Malay decided to stick to UMNO. So Dr M won big and nothing changed.
In 1998 election, the sacking of Anwar Ibrahim infuriated the Malays. The Malays wanted to change. But this round, Chinese didn’t want to change and gave huge support to Dr M to keep BN in power. The opposition leader, Lim Kit Siang, even lost his seat in Parliament.
In 2004 election, Dr M resigned. The appointment of new Prime Minister, Tun Abdullah Badawi, gave all races hope of eradication of institutionalized corruption brooded and encouraged during the serving (ruling?) years of Dr M. All races gave their mandates to new Prime Minister to clean up the system. The oppositions lost big. The ruling party achieved a historical victory of winning 90% of the Parliament seats, inspired by the resignation of Dr M. (Ah! you see, all races acted together)
In 2008 election, despite disappointment on continuity of corruptions, only half the Malay and half the Chinese wanted to change. Expecting a usual election result, we got a surprise. The opposition won big. The ruling party, BN, got their worst ever result in their history. Then we knew, the Indians wanted to change.
However, all three races forgot about our brothers in East Malaysia. The Sabahans and Sarawakians did not want to change yet. The East Malaysia votes saved BN skin to be kept in power.
Now in 2012, again, the Chinese seems clearly wanting a change. But it will not happen unless other races are convinced and act in accord. If the Malay, Indians, Sabahans and Sarawakians also want to change the government, ini kali lah. Otherwise, all of us have to wait until all races decided on the same thing.
The interesting part is this:
a. in order to be kept in power, it is wise for BN to split the races.
b. But in order for the opposition to win the election, the oppositions need to unite all the races.