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When pragmatism of the Chinese is to back DAP, defend the unity government “till the heavens collapse” By Datuk Dr Marzuki Mohamad

Publish date: Mon, 18 Sep 2023, 10:37 AM

Editor’s Note: This is an interesting observation on the Chinese thirst for power by Datuk Dr Marzuki Mohamad who was the former principal private secretary to eighth prime minister (PM) Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

To retain the author’s flow of thought as per what appeared on his Facebook page, FocusM has decided to retain the original form of Marzuki’s rant in which the political scientist by training credited long-serving political columnist of The Star, Joceline Tan, for enlightening him that corruption or no corruption, the Chinese will rally solidly behind DAP.

We apologise in advance if Marzuki’s message does get somehow lost in translation (from Malay).

I was very interested in Joceline Tan’s article entitled “Chinese Political Game of Steps” in The Star. This article describes the “pragmatic” attitude of Chinese voters.

In the 15th General Election (GE15), 95% of Chinese voters voted for DAP. However, with only 40 seats, DAP cannot form a government. Even if mixed with PKR and Amanah, there would only be 82 seats. Still an insufficient number to form a government.

After GE15, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin got the support of 115 MPs in the Dewan Rakyat to be appointed as Prime Minister (PM) and form the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government with the support of GPS, GRS and 10 Barisan Nasional (BN) MPs as well as several independent members of the Dewan Rakyat. Altogether 115 SDs (statutory declarations) were sent to the National Palace.

However, Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman/PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke Siew Fook and other PH leaders rushed to the Seri Pacific Hotel to intercept. They met the leaders of UMNO and BN. As a result, they agreed to form a joint government.

Finally, the 10 BN MPs were forced to withdraw their support for Tan Sri Muhyiddin.

So, the unity government was formed. With the formation of the unity government, DAP returned to power in the government after they were booted out of the government through the Sheraton Move conspiracy in February 2020.

Surely, DAP’ must have harboured immense anger at Tan Sri Muhyiddin and other PN leaders for kicking them out of the previous PH administration.

Now, they are back in power. Without hesitation, they use the good name of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong (YDPA) as if this is the YDPA’s government. In the past, the PN government was also a YDPA’s government because His Majesty the King appointed all the PMs. But DAP did not want to admit so.

Hasn’t DAP jolted the Chinese?

This is DAP’s pragmatism.

To illustrate how pragmatic DAP is, Joceline quoted the statement of Pahang State Legislative Assembly speaker Datuk Seri Sharkar Shamsudin:

“It’s the new reality. DAP leaders are PRAGMATIC, it is ABOUT BEING IN POWER or being the opposition,” said Sharkar who attended the recent DAP 2023 national congress.

DAP’s pragmatism is POWER. As long as you have POWER, everything is possible.

What happened to the principle of anti-corruption? Aren’t the Chinese who support DAP not amused by corruption?

Joceline Tan gave a complete answer on this question. She wrote:

Understood. Understood.

So, corruption becomes secondary after all. The important thing is that DAP holds POWER.

I thank Joceline Tan for unraveling Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s question in 2013 - “What else does the Chinese want?” asked Najib.

The Chinese want DAP to be in power.

Joceline has answered this question clearly and thoroughly.


How about the UMNO delegation being greeted with thunderous applause by DAP delegates at the latter’s annual congress?

For me, that’s just ‘petting’ UMNO. You have lost power!

The message is loud and clear.

Unfortunately, it is impossible for UMNO to hear that message because UMNO is actually dead.

All that exists are UMNO zombies. - Sept 18, 2023

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2 weeks ago


It is very childish to expect politics to be clean. This is not happening even in US or UK, the countries with the best political system, some may say. The most important thing is we select a right govt. Unity Govt or Pas led govt? Which govt can bring a better Malaysia. Let's move on. HK

2 weeks ago


Well, Dap has no choice really! Working with Umno is certainly not in the menu! But i think Marzuki got one thing wrong! Unity government is Agong's government! And Umno MPs cannot frog to another alliance anymore! One can only form government through alliance of parties, no more based on number game alone! Even if you have 112 lawmakers from various parties who signed SD and present to Agong, Agong has no choice but call all head of parties to come and force them to form alliance with numbers! That's what happen post GE15!
Please! Don't try to spin that PN could have form the government! They can't! They don't have the number and they can't buy lawmakers from other parties anymore! In fact PN didn't have the numbers at all! It was Mohiden and Hadi screaming and misleading rakyat prior to forming new unity government!
Let's this slide! It's pointless to create new story out of stale backstory! Wait until GE16!

2 weeks ago


Lest one forget, PN was given a chance to form government with PH! In fact Anwar totally go along with Agong! We could have seen PHPN unity government and Umno would be the opposition! But no! PN or rather Mohiden snubbed Agong decreed! In fact Mohiden pissed on Agong! Which is extremely rude, very unmalay of Mohiden! So don't go blameing Umno, Dap or what ever! PN had been given red carpet chance to form government with PH and fight corruption!

2 weeks ago

Integrity. Intelligent. Industrious. 3iii (iiinvestsmart)$€£¥

My advice is to stop this politicking and start delivering, even as an opposition member of Parliament.

Focus on the important issues: the Malaysian economy and Unity among various races.

This list of Southeast Asian countries by GDP provides a list of Southeast Asian countries according to their respective gross domestic products (GDP).

Nominal GDP World Bank 2022
# World rank Country GDP
(US$ millions)
1 16 Indonesia 1,319,100
2 29 Thailand 495,340
3 34 Singapore 466,788
4 36 Vietnam 408,802
5 37 Malaysia 406,305
6 39 Philippines 404,284
7 87 Myanmar 59,364
8 105 Cambodia 29,956
9 131 Brunei 16,681
10 132 Laos 15,724
11 178 Timor Leste 3,163

Will Malaysia run out of oil?
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's petroleum reserves for oil and gas resources are projected to last for only 15 years, according to the Reserves Life Index calculation.28 Mar 2023

2 weeks ago


i support Saddiq! a man of principles & integrity!

2 weeks ago


Saddiq Shddiq .... hahahaha.... when no position in the gov, just bark like a mad dog

2 weeks ago


What the hack? Save Malaysia always publishes destabilising articles on Unity government.

2 weeks ago


This is an opinion piece after all written by secretary of ex-PM with statistics not supported with any references so I would take it with a pinch of salt. The author tries to paint a single race as agreeable to corruption (isn't that racist by the way?). Corruption is an opportunistic scenario that can be mitigated with proper check & balance which we ought and can put in place with good government. What the author failed to remember is that back in GE14, PH and the political party he was in (read Bersatu) was working together and look how that went? The latter decided to backstab the government of the day. Conclusion: Corruption can be mitigated with proper check & balance but behaviour (backstabbing) is hard to change. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.

2 weeks ago

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