Updated: Wed, 08 May 2013 07:51:44 GMT | By Agence France-Presse

Malaysia's Najib says opposition tricked Chinese voters

Malaysia's premier said in comments published Wednesday that Chinese voters who deserted him in Sunday's election had been deceived by "racial sentiments" stirred up by the opposition.


Prime Minister Najib Razak's remarks were the latest in a series of comments from government supporters directed at the nation's sizeable Chinese minority since the election.

Critics have condemned them as racially provocative.

Chinese voters turned their backs on the 56-year-old ruling coalition in unprecedented fashion, with Najib bitterly saying afterward that a "Chinese tsunami" of voters had opted for "extremism and racism".

"They have been taken for a good ride," Najib said of Chinese voters, according to Wednesday's government-controlled New Straits Times, adding they were taken in by the opposition's "racial sentiments".

The opposition's campaign platform had included calls for greater racial equality in the country.

Najib also hit back at criticism of a Tuesday headline in the pro-government newspaper Utusan Malaysia, which asked after the election, "What more do Chinese want?"

"You can blame Utusan, but what about the Chinese papers?" he said of the nation's Chinese-language media which are occasionally critical of the government.

Malaysia has avoided major conflict between its main races -- the Malay majority, the Chinese and the Indians -- for decades under the authoritarian Barisan Nasional (National Front) ruling coalition.

But tensions are rising as minorities increasingly chafe under Malay dominance.

In particular, impatience is growing with decades-old policies that prop up majority Malays to prevent Chinese dominance. Chinese control much of the economy despite making up just a quarter of the 28-million population.

Influential hardline former leader Mahathir Mohamad, a key architect of the Malay-dominated landscape, said Tuesday the election showed "many Chinese rejected the hand of Malay friendship".

The rhetoric has sparked anger in the active social media world, with users of all races rejecting the comments.

The vote was touted as the first in the country's history in which the opposition had a chance to unseat the ruling coalition, which has ruled since independence in 1957.

However, Barisan retained a firm majority in parliament despite winning less than half of the popular vote, a factor blamed on self-serving gerrymandering and redistricting by Barisan over the years.

Leaders of Najib's United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the main coalition party, are frequently accused by critics of casting the Chinese as bogeymen in a bid to maintain support from Muslim Malays.

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May 8, 2013 3:09AM
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Please look at the history of the Chinese people before mouthing out things that is not true. In it's 5000 years of history. China didn't start a war with any country though within China there are a lot of in fighting. Since the Chin Dynasty united China. We set out the world as traders and businessman although we have the capability to occupy and rule the countries. We have gun powder but we did not use it as weapons of mass destruction. We sacrifice ourselves instead of launching cowardly attacks as protest against unjust governance. Najis your son was in china for 2 years and he learned and understood nothing of the way the Chinese think and work. You try to sell him during the campaign just because he speaks mandarin. MCA has a clown of low integrity and you think the chinese are not wise enough to see it. Don't accuse us of bullying the malays or other races. As Chinese it is in our blood to work with all brothers of the world. We look for trades not war.
May 8, 2013 5:53AM
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The main problem came from Mahathir, he wanted Najib to be down so that he can get his own people to be PM and he will be the one behind controlling the PM. Malaysian are cheated by Mahathir instead!
May 8, 2013 5:24AM
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Chinese so Stupid and easily trick by DAP ??? this is a joke.  Look back history on MCA landslide

victory 10 election if not mistaken. MCA ask the Chinese to give them a chance. The

Chinese voter did and they won BIG. But after winning they soon forgotten their promises.

 

So politician are the ones who always use RACE to gain popularity and make the Rakyat

hate each other. Leadership by BAD Example.

May 8, 2013 3:43AM
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Well, politicians have their rights to talk. That's where educated voters judge from there. Whether to vote for BN or Pakatan

May 8, 2013 9:45AM
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Till today these people are still stirring up racial issue and yet shouting "1Malaysia" here and there which does not make sense at all. To say the Chinese being taken for a ride by the opposition is the biggest joke of the day! In fact, it is the other party in the coalition that has taken the Chinese for a ride till they are obliterated this time. To say the Chinese were duped by the opposition is a great insult to their intelligence and wisdom. Come on, ask yourself in the first place WHY this swing to the opposition took place this time????? Remember when you point your ****er to others, three are pointing back to you. A great leader is someone who is able to feel the beat of the rakyat and nation.
May 8, 2013 6:05AM
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Don't trick any rakyat either they are Chinese, Malays, Indian, etc are stupid! They have the clear eyes, clear brain to see and to think what is going wrong in the country and also the ruling regime! Instead blaming on chinese for turning their back on supporting the BN and UMNO  use your intelligience to analyze why all the races are rising up to against you and your party! If you and your predecessors (especially the stupid mamak) can't use the brain to think and analyse the outcome of the election result then I would give a better advice to you is to step down.....because you ain't a good leader who have brain but doesn't know how to use it!

 

BTW: Chinese have more than 5000 years of history and Chinese had went through many wars and civil wars in the past!......that's why Chinese ancestors in the past always discourage their descendent to stir up any confrantation or wars and try to live peacefully with patience! But in term pushing too far.....only then Chinese will react and will take up arms to start a confrontation! So as a piece of good advise to you (Mr. Najib, UMNO and all the stupid mamak) don't simply try to take chinese as scapegoat of causing your party failure performance.....! Instead use your intelligience to reform your party!

 

A proverb said: Don't push a tiger too much it will jump over the wall and attack you!

May 8, 2013 3:38AM
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As long as  Malaysian of Chinese origin is still identified as Chinese, this will go on till kingdom come.

Some drastic change must be done, obstacles in the path of full integration must not be allowed.

I can positivel****entify some of the obstacle but most of the Chinese in Malaysia will not accept it.

In fact, in recent years the situation is getting worst, I know of Malaysian of Chinese origin litterally disassociate themselve from the country. 

 

 

May 9, 2013 11:57PM
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Oi Bapa Gostan

 

First you say "Apa Cina Mau". Then now "Cina dipermainkan PR"

 

We should ask you S.O.B - APA LU MAU?

 

We voted for you in previous elections and you got greedier. Soon forgetting your promise. SO you expect us to keep voting you to be in power so you can get greedier?

 

Go $(rew yourself

May 8, 2013 11:58PM
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As a voting citizen, I call upon this government to do your utmost for our Malaysia. Najib, you only have the next 5 years to prove that you can indeed wipe out all the evils that is killing our country. If you cannot do it, it is with virtual certainty that all Malaysians, Malays, Chinese, Indians, Ibans, Kardazans, not illegal aliens, God forbid, will vote you ( providing you are still in office after the up and coming UMNO meetings ) and your government out of office. Be warned, PM Najib. God bless Malaysia. We certainly need His Blessings.
May 10, 2013 4:11AM
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Bitch, please. Who is the one stirring up racial sentiments now? I do hope you and your BN & UMNO cronies don't expect us to believe in any of your crap. If you really wanted to do good to the country you would have done so in the past 56 years. So don't even try to defend yourselves. Save it for your Bangla immigrants that you bring in.
May 10, 2013 7:59AM
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Dear friends

We may have a good,bad or foul temper but please keep it to ourselves. We can whack anyone till kingdom come but please avoid using foul languages and also avoid attacking any race/religion. If we can do that, then only can we see reform to this country. We need each other to stand strong. Thank you.
May 9, 2013 12:04PM
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F U Najib, F all UMNO. Still playing the racial bullcrap!!!
Most all we are sick of the corruptions & those incompetent government officials!!!

May 11, 2013 10:28AM
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Race politics is persempadanan kaum tidak memupuk perpaduan masyarakat dan kewujudan bangsa Malaysia utk jadi Negara Berjaya dan canggih maju dipentas dunia,tmemperbaiki dan meningkatkan taraf hidup rakyat dan menyumbang kepada idealisme berperikemanusiaan.
BY CLARA CHOOIASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR KUALA LUMPUR, May 10 ― National reconciliation appears a distant dream post-Election 2013 for a country scarred by the “nasty, divisive” electoral campaign led by Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) in the rural heartlands, The E****mist has said.
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