In my last post titled : SARAH & the Malaysian Elections I about how massive change can throw people in denial – which shows up as Shock, Anger and Resentment. The person himself will say “no I am not in denial” or “we must accept the reality and move on” or words to that meaning but subconsciously the person is in denial. (This is the espoused state vs operand state – espouse – what I say, operand – what I do)
We can easily differentiate the espoused from operand by looking closer at the contextual detail of speech. In this case I will share with you what Nazri Aziz said in today’s STAR. I will annotate the article to show the tests that we can use to see what he is saying is being said in denial or as a statement of fact:
Nazri: We may see end of NEP
KUALA LUMPUR: The election results signal the beginning of the possible demise of the New Economic Policy (NEP) and special rights for the Malays, said Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz. (This is the assertion he makes, now we have to look for the evidence.)
The Umno supreme council member (Nazri)said it appeared that the Malays, especially in the town areas, had become more confident now and felt they could compete with the other races on a level playing field. (This the the assumption that drives the assertion)
“We (Umno) have to really sit down and think. It looks like the educated Malays do not care about Malay rights anymore,” he said when contacted. (This is the basis of his assumption. Do the Malay’s not care about Malay rights anymore?)
“The Malay doctors, lawyers, engineers feel they have made it on their own merit. (Now we start to see the conclusion he as arrived at – see ladder of inference)
“It looks like the NEP is not something that can be used to persuade the Malays to support the Barisan Nasional. (This statement gives powerful insights to how Nazri has arrived at his conclusions – that the NEP is a tool to persuade MALAYS to support BN)
(Nazri asserts)“The Malays are saying ‘you can’t scare us by talking about us losing our rights, because we are here on our own merit’.” Nazri said it looked like some Malays felt that the NEP was unfair, and questioned why special rights should be given to the Malays. He described the new confidence among the Malays as good for the Malay psyche.
(He further elaborates his statement)
In the just concluded election, the Barisan only managed a simple majority in Parliament, and lost five states (Kedah, Selangor, Kelantan, Penang and Perak) to the Opposition. (The event that has shaken Nazri to make the above statements)
The Opposition had largely said they would dismantle the NEP and put in a place a new affirmative action policy based on need rather than race. (Nazri says, this was the opposition platform and the Malays , by not voting for Barisan, therefore support this platform)
Nazri, who retained his Padang Rengas parliamentary seat by a majority of 1,749 votes, said he barely survived the political tsunami. (Nazri only got 53% of the votes)
He said the youngsters – Chinese, Indians and Malays – who returned from Kuala Lumpur to vote in Perak had tried to persuade their parents, who are Barisan supporters, to either not go out to vote or vote for the Opposition. (An assumption he holds)
“I only survived because of my personal touch with the voters,” he said. (Laugh, laugh, looking at the numbers, it was Siti Salmah Mat Jusak N19 Cenderoh who saved him, and Nazri says it later in this article, its the wakil rakyaats who must work hard…)
He believed the political landscape in the country had changed irreversibly and that all parties would now have to work harder. “Every wakil rakyat will have to work to win the hearts of the people. This is good for Malaysia because, at the end of the day, it is the rakyat who benefits,” he said. (So after making all those allegations and assumptions about the Malays, he actually knows the reason why UMNO/BN was white washed…. UMNO/BN had gotten fat and lazy and just didn’t work hard enough and the people felt that enough was enough.)
As you can see, Nazri is angry and just lashing out at the Malays when in reality he knows that BN/UMNO lost it support because the Ministers had lost touch with reality and had become so arrogant. Remember it was Nazri Aziz who said – we (the politicians) are called Political Masters and you (the civil service) are called Government Servants , insinuating that the civil service as servants to the political masters.
Nazri’s is in denial and the longer he remains in denial, the faster he will sink.