It has been reported that the above poster has been used to scare Malay/Melanau & muslim voters-who largely are PBB’s `safe deposit’, of the prospect of being ruled by a minority ethnic person and by a Christian. Such propaganda is probably working over time in rural areas where Malays/Melanau are predominant. It is unfair as an election tactic: Taib himself has frequently claim to represent all ethnic groups in Sarawak despite coming from a minority Melanau ethnic group. No one dispute his claim-they only dispute his mis-rule. Not his ethnicity! However his campaigners are claiming that another Sarawakian is not entitled to rule over Malays/Melanaus just on account of his ethnicity and religion. Preferaly an open debate is held to clarify the issue-however the side holding the propaganda tools are not coming to the table. They would rather work behind everone’s back to push the dirty politicking by abusing ethnicity and religion. on account of this there is a need for the public to speak out that they have no problem with working with any capable and impartial leader-with no consideration to ethnicity and religion.
The way the pushers of religious and ethnic exclusivity can get away is through a number of these methods: by monopolising the media -so no other voices can be heard; Secondly it is by getting all others to not speak out-by discouraging them enough through persistently ignoring them. But there is no way a determined public can be shut up-they can find ways to speak out against the vested interests who want to keep power all to themselves.
Perhaps all sectors of the society should stand together to voice their disapproval loud enough such that the Malays/Melanaus who are approached with such racist and religionist propaganda will reject them outright! No one can claim to have monopoly of competence in running a country/state. The way Taib Mahmud put himself up beyond comparison by any other fellow Sarawakians and refused to prove his capacity and ideas in open debates means that the all others should speak out and not let this self-claimed `diamond’ will get away by disparaging his opponents as `grass’!
There is perhaps a need to remind readers that the long term effects of racist and religionist propaganda is that the people will be divided so deeply that it will take ages to heal the state-sponsored mistrust and social cleavage. The bloody tragedies in other countries should be reason enough for peace-loving Sarawakians to reject such `only my race can run this country/state’ propaganda! Sarawak have rather easy-going inter-ethnic relation-no one should be allowed to sacrifice it for their own sectarian political interests!