INTERVIEW | Shortly after his shocking defeat in the 13th general election, former Malacca chief minister Mohd Ali Rustam had reportedly accused the Chinese Malaysian community of being "very racist" for allegedly voting along ethnic lines.
Ali also said at that time that they did not appreciate what he had done to uplift their community.
However, five years on, he appears to have taken on a more understanding view of what happened in GE13.
"Back then, they were trying to change (the government). They were saying, 'Ini kalilah’ (this is the time), but they have already tried (the opposition) and it seems like they did not manage to get anything out of it.
"So I implore them to come back to BN, and they have said that they will give BN another chance," Ali said during an interview with Malaysiakini in Malacca.
He had just come from a BN programme where his camaraderie with the grassroots was on full display.
After his speech – during which he stopped several times to speak directly to specific audience members – Ali went up to every table to greet the grassroots members.
He then followed the buffet line to take his own food, and had lunch with them.
Even when he arrived at the location of the interview, a nearby restaurant, he went up to greet customers at every table before sitting down to talk...