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Muhyiddin is right on the impending Malay tsunami

Rais Hussin  |  Published:  |  Modified:

COMMENT | No one likes to exaggerate about the Malay "tsunami", or gelombang. If one says too much, and the wave never comes, such shrill declarations will destroy the credibility of the person.

It is like a scientist who claims that Tokyo is about to have a major earthquake. But after the Kanto Earthquake in 1923, none has come.

But the earthquake will, and does fact come. And usually it comes in small tremors and huge earthquakes elsewhere.

In 1995, Kobe was hit with a major one. In March 2011, the earthquake that occurred north of Japan, in the middle of the ocean, unleashed a tsunami that wiped out Sendai and Iwate.

When Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin argued that the 'Malay tsunami' will come, he has a point in five ways. One, he is referring to a nationwide "tsunami" from north to south.

It doesn't matter that BN won big at the Sarawak state election in May 2015 by 72 seats. BN's win in Sarawak is due to the strength of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB). When the late Adenan Satem projected himself as a solid and sturdy figure - and that he was - the results naturally reflected a voting pattern that prefers honesty....

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