18 September 2015
Race ties in Malaysia reeling after red shirt rally
Race ties in Malaysia reeling after
#redshirt rally http://tdy.sg/1MtKxmg
Riot police protecting the entrance to Petaling Street (commonly known as Chinatown) from pro-government demonstrators during a rally to celebrate Malaysia Day in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters
KUALA LUMPUR — A day after a massive pro-government rally with strong racial overtones paralysed parts of downtown Kuala Lumpur, many Malaysians yesterday were left reflecting on the latent ethnic divisions that threaten the foundations of their national unity.
Chinese-Malay relations in the federation remain shaky as anti-Chinese sentiment grows, analysts have noted after Wednesday’s “red shirt” rally, which saw the Chinese being called “babi” (pigs) and told to “balik Cina” (go back to China).
The insults were hurled by Malay protesters against Chinese journalists at the government-sanctioned demonstration on Malaysia Day that saw placards with slogans such as “Malaysia belongs to the Malays”, “Defend Malay rights”, and “Get rid of SJKC”, referring to Chinese vernacular schools.
“While ethnic relations have always smouldered in Malaysia, they have worsened as perceptions have grown of Chinese ‘betrayal’ in GE13 (the general election in 2013), participation in Bersih 4.0 (anti-government rally), and other events,” said Professor William Case from the Department of Asian and International Studies at City University of Hong Kong.
Dr Oh Ei Sun, a senior fellow at S Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University, said it would appear superficially that the protest did not bode well for race relations in Malaysia.
“But we must keep this event in perspective, namely a small group of organisers trying to curry favour with the powers that be (albeit not successfully, as the powers that be also do not officially approve of their childish antics) by toying with racial sentiments,” Dr Oh said. “Most Malaysians see through the charade and are not of the same wavelength as these simpleton wannabes.”
A female ethnic Chinese journalist was heckled and called “Cina gila babi (Crazy Chinese pig)” by the crowd while trying to interview protesters on Petaling Street (commonly known as Chinatown) before being chased away. Police were also forced to extricate two male ethnic Chinese journalists who were similarly called “babi” from another rally gathering point.
Red shirts’ rally focus on Malay rights turns some off
News Analysis: Red shirts’ rally focus on Malay rights turns some off http://bit.ly/1KUtdqk
Protesters’ unruly behaviour gains Najib little favour with critics and non- participants
KUALA LUMPUR • Tens of thousands heeded the call to support Prime Minister Najib Razak against demands by electoral reforms group Bersih for him to step down, but Wednesday’s “red shirts” rally ended up focusing on affirming Malay rights rather than Datuk Seri Najib’s leadership.
Indeed, the rally was a clear indicator of how strong the Prime Minister’s grip on his ruling party Umno is. But it gained him little favour with critics and non- participants, what with some groups turning unruly and scuffling with riot police. It also failed to address the allegations against him.
A Hong Kong-based analyst, Professor William Case, told The Straits Times that “in the tug of war for control of Umno… this will likely strengthen his (Najib’s) hand”.
But Mr Oh Ei Sun, from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, said that such rallies, Bersih’s included, rarely swayed voters but instead “reinforce voters’ existing preferences”.
He also noted that control of Umno is often conditional as there are “purse strings attached”, with “political wannabes trying to curry favour”.
Tellingly, many who took to the stage at Padang Merbok – the final assembly point – pressed the prime minister to revive the controversial Internal Security Act that his government had repealed in 2012.
Merdeka Center’s executive director Ibrahim Suffian said those who were not for the rally would be further turned off by the violence and lack of discipline.
“Anybody trying to do a political act like a mass demo has to ensure it is broad-based, otherwise it is counter-productive. But among the many audiences for this rally, it is a response to, first and foremost, the party,” he told The Straits Times.
17 September 2015
Racial problems worsening, analysts say after anti-Chinese slurs at ‘red shirt’ rally
Racial problems worsening, analysts say after anti-Chinese slurs at M’sian ‘red shirt’ rally http://tdy.sg/1KrlRIJ
KUALA LUMPUR — Race relations in Malaysia remain shaky amid growing anti-Chinese sentiment, analysts have noted after yesterday’s (Sept 16) “red shirt” rally that saw the Chinese being called “babi” (pigs) and told to “balik Cina” (Go back to China).
The insults were hurled by Malay protesters against ethnic Chinese journalists at the government-sanctioned demonstration on Malaysia Day that saw placards with slogans like “Malaysia belongs to the Malays”, “Defend Malay rights”, and “Get rid of SJKC”, referring to Chinese vernacular schools.
“While ethnic relations have always smouldered in Malaysia, they have worsened as perceptions have grown of Chinese ‘betrayal’ in GE13, participation in Bersih 4.0, and other events,” Professor William Case from the Department of Asian and International Studies at City University of Hong Kong told Malay Mail Online.
The analyst said, however, that Malaysia can avoid a full-blown riot and killings like what had happened in Jakarta in 1998 as long as restraint prevailed, noting that UMNO deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin and Kelantan prince Razaleigh Hamzah both advised against yesterday’s pro-Malay demonstration.
Centre for Policy Initiatives chief Dr Lim Teck Ghee said the “red shirt” rally showed that the constant blame the races and the tone of racial discourse in the press and social media has had an impact.
“We can see this as a manifestation of ultra-nationalism with rationality and civil behaviour suspended while the emotions spill over or run wild, whipped up by politicians making political capital out of it,” Dr Lim told Malay Mail Online.
A female ethnic Chinese journalist was heckled and called “Cina gila babi (Crazy Chinese pig)” by the crowd at the “Red Shirt” rally while trying to interview protesters in Petaling Street before being chased away.
The police were also forced to extricate two male ethnic Chinese journalists who were similarly called “babi” from another rally gathering point when demonstrators became angry when asked to provide examples of Malays being insulted.
@NajibRazak ‘touched’ by support for ‘red shirts’ rally, says UMNO leader http://tdy.sg/1FfqDso
PAS leader says
#Malaysia red shirt protest not an act which represented Malays but Umno http://bit.ly/1ivbtWn
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Water cannon fired at ‘red shirts’ in pro-government rally
Police were forced to deploy a water cannon and form a human chain to try and “red shirt” rally members marching through Kuala Lumpur.
- POSTED: 16 Sep 2015 14:00
- UPDATED: 16 Sep 2015 21:32
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian authorities used water cannon to disperse ruling-party supporters marching through Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday (Sep 16), as they attempted to enter a shopping street popular with Chinese traders.
Former Malaysian PM Mahathir says still uncertain of red shirt rally’s purpose http://bit.ly/1ivbtWn
Petty traders & hawkers at Petaling Street were advised by their association to close for 3 days
Protesters have dispersed from clash scene in KL, police trucks have also exited area http://bit.ly/1ivbtWn
3 police personnel were hurt when some red shirt protestors tried to push through Petaling Street barrier earlier
#Malaysia‘s Najib calls for investigation of incident between police and protesters http://bit.ly/1ivbtWn
About 500 “red shirt” protesters still facing off with police at KL’s Petaling Street in
Protesters refuse to leave Petaling Street even after Malaysian police fire water cannons http://bit.ly/1LfISPE
Crowds have scattered with police surging in after firing water cannons at “red shirt” rally protesters in
‘Red Shirt’ protesters at Chinatown on Petaling Street in support of Malaysian government http://bit.ly/1LfISPE
Thousands of ‘Red shirt’ protesters march in Kuala Lumpur http://bit.ly/1LfISPE
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#Malaysia‘s ‘Red Shirt’ rally http://str.sg/ZB4R
Large crowds of ‘Red shirt’ protesters gather in Kuala Lumpur city centre ahead of rally http://bit.ly/1LfISPE
BREAKING: Police use water cannon to disperse “red shirts” marching through Kuala Lumpur http://bit.ly/1Kpujs0
‘Red shirt’ leader blames DAP and opposition for Petaling Street flare-up
‘Red shirt’ leader blames DAP and opposition for Petaling Street flare-up http://tdy.sg/1Kg4nO8
Red shirt’ protesters fear Chinese ‘black magic’ and stolen rights
#RedShirt protesters fear Chinese ‘black magic’ and stolen rights: Report http://tdy.sg/1KfS5Fw
KUALA LUMPUR — Many among the thousands who painted the city’s streets red today (Sept 16) said they were there to defend the country against purported Chinese domination, with some expressing anger against the minority group for allegedly insulting their Malay-Muslim leaders and stealing their rights.
Although organisers of the Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu rally previously said the event was not meant to be racially-tinged, some participants openly admitted their objectives were to fight for the rights they claimed were trampled on by the “big-headed” Chinese.
One attendee, Mr Muhamad Ridzuan Sulaiman, said the Malays now play too small a role in the economy, which he alleged is Chinese-controlled.
“For instance, if I wanted to open a shop next to a Chinese-owned shop, they would use black magic to curse my shop,” he told Malay Mail Online as rally participants began packing up to leave Padang Merbok this evening.
The 21-year-old said although he believed the rally was not expressly anti-Chinese, it was organised due to Malay frustration over certain actions by the country’s ethnic minorities.
“The other races are just waiting for the Malays to fall,” lamented the youth who expressed interest in joining Malay nationalist party UMNO.
The sentiment was echoed by another rally participant, 62-year-old Che Hassan from Pasir Puteh, Kelantan.
“We’re not exactly angry at the Chinese. But we’re so angry at the Democractic Action Party (DAP). They are insulting our Malay-Muslim leaders. They are messing around with the rights of the Malays, like what they did in Bersih 4. They insulted our leaders there, but here, we have done nothing. We didn’t stir up any issues like they did,” the man said.
“I don’t hate Chinese but I hate DAP Chinese,” says
#RedShirt rally goer http://tdy.sg/1KfOBmB