Thursday, May 5, 2011

Dr M: Singapore's PAP sidelined its Malay supporters completely

The article first appeared in The Temasek Review. However, upon checking, the related url  is "under construction". It is really uncanny to expect the website or the related url  to be "under construction" in the middle of Singapore's fierce ever battle on General Election 14 (GE14). One might suspect that propagating such witty remarks from LKY's one time  arch enemy might further erode the influence of the ruling party, PAP.

For the benefit of Malaysians, here is the excerpt from The Temasek Review courtesy of their facebook wall.

Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the long-time nemesis of PAP strongman Lee Kuan Yew, has taken a pot shot at the PAP again, this time accusing it of sidelining its Malay supporters.

In an interview with online news portal The Malaysian Insider on the results of the recent Sarawak election, Dr Mahathir accused the opposition Democratic Action Party (DAP) of emulating the PAP in 'sidelining' the Malays.

The DAP was formerly the Malaysian branch of the PAP before it was booted out of Malaysia in 1965. It won 12 seats in the recent Sarawak state election mostly in Chinese-majority urban seats.

“It is the same as in Singapore where the PAP government sidelined their Malay supporters completely. The Malays make up 15 per cent of the island’s population but their share of political power and wealth of this very prosperous nation is about one per cent," Dr Mahathir added.

(Source: The Malaysian Insider)

PAP strongman Lee Kuan Yew sparked a massive outcry last month when he called on Malays to be less 'religious' in his book 'Hard Truths to keep Singapore going', prompting his son the Prime Minister to issue a public statement saying he did not share his views. Despite the public furore, Lee later said he 'stand corrected' by his statement.

The elder Lee has been keeping an unusually low profile recently in the days leading to the coming general election with the PAP appearing to be split by internal unrest. At 88 years of age this year, Lee is already the world's oldest living MP and minister.

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