This by-election on April 28th provides good fodder for armchair analysts. At one corner representing the ruling party is an Indian, handpicked by the President of the Malaysian Indian congress, the Indian based component party of the Barisan Nasional. The opponent is the treasurer of Keadilan, more famous in the corporate world than politics, tan sri khalid, the advocate for the abolishment of the NEP.
The constituency consists of more than 50% Malays, and the rest Indians and Chinese. The composition makes this an interesting election to watch which will answer a few pertinent issues
> will the non Malays support the abolishment of the NEP or they just could not care less as long as DAP and MCA are represented
> Is the message of the abuse of the NEP well understood by the Malays for them to realise the folly of the NEP or they could not care less as long as it is UMNO in power.
There are off course many other factors , but the outcome would provide interesting indicators, if Malaysians are ready to be Malaysians . I am referring to the concept of Malaysian Malaysia . Will the by-election reaffirmed the inference or is it now elevated to a theory, that a great majority of Malaysians are just chauvinists and racists. They are trying hard though to pass off as liberals.