KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 26 — Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia today drew parallels between Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) slogan of “Selamatkan Malaysia (save Malaysia)” and the Indonesian Konfrontasi slogan, “Ganyang Malaysia (crush Malaysia).”
“Ganyang Malaysia” was a slogan invoked during the Indonesia-Malaysia confrontation in the 1960s over the sovereignty of Malaysia and the dispute over territory in the island of Borneo.
Assistant editor-in-chief Datuk Zaini Hassan wrote in his column that on September 2, 1964, Indonesia had invaded the area around the town of Labis, located within the Tenang state constituency, as part of a mission to crush Malaysia.
“PAS, which is now being controlled by DAP and PKR, is now hawking” the slogan of “Jom Ubah, Selamatkan Malaysia (let’s change, save Malaysia)” all over Tenang, which will go to the polls on January 30.
“Let’s wait and see if ‘Selamatkan Malaysia’ is successfully stopped by the people of Labis, the same way ‘Ganyang Malaysia’ failed 47 years ago,” Zaini wrote.
His column in the Umno-owned newspaper said that “Malaysia, once hated by Sukarno, is now a land of peace, prosperity and fortune,” referring to the Indonesian president, Kusno Sosrodihardjo, during the confrontation period.
He wrote that today, “millions of Indonesians are now proud to be in Malaysia. It is a land of fortune that provides for their descendants and relatives who live over there and in other countries, as well.”
He said that he had witnessed a DAP ceramah on Monday where PAS candidate Normala Sudirman had “shouted the slogan, ‘Jom Ubah, Selamatkan Malaysia (let’s change, save Malaysia)!!!’”
“Watching the ceramah, I was shocked. Save Malaysia? Why does Malaysia, which is peaceful and prosperous, need to be saved? Is this the voice of PAS or the conscience of DAP? DAP definitely wants Malaysia handed over to them, right?” he wrote.
In the PR convention in December, the opposition pact had unveiled its new slogan, “Ubah Sekarang, Selamatkan Malaysia (change now, save Malaysia)” while “Jom Ubah” is a DAP slogan from the 2008 general election campaign.
“Cikgu Mala, who I think has no idea what she was saying, continued to cry out Selamatkan Malaysia several times,” he added.