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Umno's fixation on the 30 percent

Kee Thuan Chye

Published
Modified 27 Oct 2010, 12:00 pm

COMMENT Every time an Umno general assembly rolls into town, the mainstream newspapers will be filled to overflowing with coverage of the event. Pages and pages will be devoted to the speeches and debates as well as photographs of the gathering.

NONE But if you were to dig up your old newspapers of at least the past two or three decades to refer to the reports on the Umno general assemblies, you'd find that the basic issues and the exhortations of the party leaders are virtually the same.

At each assembly, the things that are said appear to be variations on the same themes - the Malays need to work harder and improve themselves; they need to be on guard against external threats; their rights will never be taken away from them; Umno will forever protect the Malays; at the same time, the Malays must understand that they live in a multi-racial society so Umno will also see to the interests of the other races...

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