Sunday, 6 May 2018

Sahabat Rakyat views on how to vote in 509 election: Let’s dump rubbish together on “509”! - Oppose UMNO hegemonic rule! Prevent Mahathir from returning to power! (Updated on 6 May 21:33pm)

Sahabat Rakyat views on how to vote in 509 election
Let's dump rubbish together on "509"!
- Oppose UMNO hegemonic rule!
Prevent Mahathir from returning to power!


【Text below is translated from original version in the Chinese language published on 6 May 2018 morning. In the case of any discrepancy between the English rendition and the original Chinese version, the Chinese version shall prevail.】


Based on the content and spirit of “Sahabat Rakyat views on the 14th General Election” released on 24 September 2017 as well as the local and international political situation in the past 6 months, Sahabat Rakyat would like to put forward the following suggestions regarding May 9 polls for the reference of the national voters:

 (1) On May 9 polling day, all people together not to vote for candidates from UMNO as well as UMNO-dominated MCA, MIC and other component parties of BN, and also not to vote for Mahathir and candidates of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) (contesting under the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) banner) [which also means: reject Mahathir to become “twice-cooked Prime Minister” (direct translation from the Chinese phrase “huiguoshouxiang”(回锅首相), which means return to power as the Prime Minister)]. This is because --
  • (i) UMNO hegemonic rule (namely Parti Perikatan government and Barisan Nasional government) has been the bane of racial oppression and discrimination suffered by the people of all ethnic groups in Malaya/Malaysia since independence in 1957;
  • (ii) Mahathir was the Prime Minister for 22 years (1981-2003) at the most critical stage of UMNO hegemonic rule, he is the worst culprit of the afflictions of Malaysians.
(2) On May 9 polling day, all people vote for candidates of the original 3 founding parties (namely Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Democratic Action Party (DAP) and Parti Amanah Negara (PAN)) of Pakatan Harapan contesting under the PKR banner; or for those in the constituencies contested by more than one democratic parties (herein mainly refers to Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) which has a 20-year struggle record), choose to vote for candidates who have the courage to hold a clear-cut and firm position in opposing UMNO hegemonic rule and Malay supremacy (Ketuanan Melayu). This is because --
  • (i) Although leaders of the original 3 parties of Pakatan Harapan (especially DAP) could not wait to capture Putrajaya after breaking BN’s two third majority in Parliament in the last election (GE13), majority of their grassroots members and supporters are oppressed groups suffered from UMNO hegemonic rule, these groups mostly have different levels of aspiration and demand for social reform and improvement of lives;
  • (ii) Only the broad masses are the reliable force of social reform. Political leaders of our country in reality are “political leaders” and “professional demagogues” created by the our country’s party politics and parliamentary electoral system, they are not someone who can really be relied on to reform the country and society or to improve the lives of the people;
  • (iii) We must struggle together with the broad masses in accordance to their interests, aspirations and demands. We must also be together with them, sum up experience and draw both positive and negative lessons from the practice. As such only we can secure one victory after another.
It must be specifically stated that: Mahathir has been the representative of Malay bureaucrat-capitalist class in Malaysia since he took power. After stepping down, as he was unwilling to be pushed out by the UMNO clique in power, he is now trying his utmost to contest in the 14th General Election hoping to become “twice-cooked Prime Minister”. This is not to “repent his sins, and to save Malaysia”, but to protect the interests and consolidate the position of himself, his family and the cliques of his cronies. To the people of all ethnic groups, Mahathir is an overbearing and ambitious Malay politician who has carried out racist rule with enormous deceptiveness and harm and thus has the highest danger. If you vote for Mahathir, it is like being tricked to board on a pirate ship and leave yourself at the mercy of Mahathir, which you will ultimately suffer from it!

The modern history of the world proves that the representatives of various cliques of all ruling class, in order to fight each other for power within the ruling clique, especially after losing their original influence, often deceive the masses for their support, by fair means or foul, to protect their own position and interests. Under the existing parliamentary system, in order to gain power and accumulate wealth, like the political leaders of the ruling clique, all opportunistic politicians will deliberately defraud the people for their selfish purpose of securing power and amassing wealth. Nevertheless, regardless political leaders of ruling class or opportunistic demagogues, they will act in accordance with the interests, aspirations, and demands of their class, clique, family, and themselves. In the end, they will absolutely embark on a position that is opposite to the people.

From 1950s to 1960s, the anti-colonial movement in Singapore accepted the infiltration and control of Lee Kuan Yew, the overbearing and ambitious political leader. The movement’s leaders and cadres even helped Lee Kuan Yew to set up the People's Action Party (PAP) and supported Lee Kuan Yew and the PAP to come to power. However, after Lee Kuan Yew took power, he ruthlessly destroyed the real people leaders and finally eliminated the organisational force of the mass movement. At this crucial moment, political parties, organisations and individuals who advocate democratic reform movement in our country should draw lessons from this part of the history of Singapore.


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《人民之友》发表对国内政局看法
马来文版已于9月23日刊出


人民之友成立于2001年9月9日,2018年9月9日是人民之友成立17周年纪念的日子。我们在这一天发表了一篇题为< 联合起来,坚持真正的民主改革! 丢掉幻想,阻止马哈迪主义复辟!>的文章作为纪念。

我们一如既往选择在这一个对我们来说,具有里程碑意义的日子,对我国当前阶段(大选后新政府上台)的政治局势发表一些意见,与为推动我国和世界民主人权运动而奋斗的同道们,互相交流。

为了面向国内不谙华文的广大非华裔群体,也为了让我们对当前阶段的政治局势的意见能够更广泛地传播开去,工委会决定尽快把这篇纪念文章先后翻译成马来文和英文。马来文版已于9月23日刊出。英文版也安排在较后日期刊出。


此外,现居新加坡的庄明湖已将他在《人民之友》发表的《20世纪60年代新加坡左派工运问题探索》(正篇)一文的英文译稿传送到编辑部,因原文中所述人物的姓名或者是党团工会组织的全称或简称,在译文中尚未解决或有待查证,需要一些时日来完成——人民之友工委都是自愿挤出时间来进行工作的,因而无法很快完成。无论如何,我们争取在9月底刊出,为我们的17周年纪念增添光彩!

值得在此一提的是,庄文所述的20世纪60年代新加坡工运遭遇问题(除了遭受来自外部的镇压,还要遭遇来自内部的破坏)的见解,或许能为一些读者(特别是不谙华文和不懂新马历史的读者)思考马来西亚民主改革运动在当前阶段面临马哈迪主义复辟的问题,提供一个历史殷鉴,或者是一个新的启示。

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