In its divide-and-conquer approach to politics, UMNO has always intimated that the Malays and non-Malays are at loggerheads with each other.
Therefore, they need all those silly little worthless organisations with cute-sounding names like PERKASA, PEKIDA and what-not to create sensation and controversy to alienate the Malays from the non-Malays.
Sometimes, it works.
But more often than not, it actually doesn't. Malaysians aren't that stupid. At least, not anymore.
The nomination day in Hulu Selangor was an eye-opener to me.
Since ages past, DAP has always been portrayed as a sino-centric party. The Malays regard DAP with no small amount of suspicion. Heck, even *I* think DAP has Chinese interests first-and-foremost, sometimes.
But meeting this Malay woman from PAS holding a DAP flag showed me that there are Malays who actually support DAP!! Actually there were quite a few of them who were holding DAP stuff.
So take that, UMNO!!
This couple was very passionate about Teoh Beng Hock and the circumstances in which he died. They were not the only ones.
In spite of the mainstream media attempting to disgrace the late Teoh by emphasizing that he had a child out of wedlock, even the older, more conservative people were determined to stand by him.
I was impressed.
For all they say about this country being polarised, the Malays are standing up for the fundamental rights of the Chinese and Indians.
I've lost count of how many Malays were carrying Teoh Beng Hock posters.
So if PERKASA and UMNO are going to claim that they are the sole champions of the Malay race, they may be talkin' to the hand, for the brain ain't listenin'.
MIC's Kamalanathan seems to be pandering to the Malays - the news on the ground is that he won't be getting the Chinese and Indian votes.
Who will the Malays of the constituency of Hulu Selangor vote for?
I really don't know.
But if you think racial sentiments are the only way to attract their attention, you might want to think twice.