Here comes the ‘3rd Farce’ and with badges too

A sly backdoor move to get you to masuk Melayu?

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Advertising man Anas Zubedy wants young Malaysians to join his new “3rd Force”, a  hijacked version of the Third Force that Raja Petra Kamarudin set up in 2010 as the Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement. The MCLM split up last week when Haris Ibrahim resigned as president in a disagreement with RPK.

But a couple of weeks before, in mid-December, Anas Zubedy had  hijacked the idea of a Third Force and also put up a Facebook badge that uses the same “I Am the Third Force” slogan used by the MCLM. On Tuesday, in an article at Free Malaysia Today, he also used the term “Third Force” for his version of the campaign.

So now you have the RPK-initiated Third Force which lost its president and two prospective election candidates. (RPK remains as chairman)

And you have Anas Zubedy’s 3rd Force with Facebook badge.

Actually, if you want a badge, you can choose from four different “Third Force” badges, by different people, with different aims.

The original ‘I Am The Third Force’

This badge is linked to the Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement set up in October 2010 as the Third Force, to empower citizens and effect political change by selecting better MPs. MCLM president Haris Ibrahim resigned after a disagreement with RPK, and two prospective election candidates followed suit.

A Third Force against political demonstrations

This “Third Force” badge seems to have been formed by people who are totally against political demonstrations by any party.

The new 3rd Force, for Malay Firsters

A campaign proposed by Anas Zubedy, the man who says May 13 should be a celebration of national unity, and who says the DAP must become more Malay-like, and also apologise to the Malay people.

The military Third Force

This badge, just called Third Force, represents the Regular Reserve Force of the armed forces, although rather confusingly the Picbadge page also describes it as Veterans of the armed forces. (Regular reserves are officers and other ranks who have retired from regular service, not to be confused with the Territorial Army which is the volunteer reserve of civilian weekend warriors. The reserves may be called up for active duty when required.)

Which one to choose?

As always, when someone is trying to sell you something, remember Caveat Emptor — Let the buyer beware. And read the fine print.

Multiracialism or multi-Malay-ism?

The Anas Zubedy 3rd Force wants you to choose an MP who will agree to abolish Chinese and Tamil schools, accept Malay customs as the core culture, and get every MP (or does he mean everyone?) to speak Malay fluently and English “comfortably” or take lessons until they do. That’s two thirds of the way for a non-Malay person to become constitutionally-defined as Malay: habitually speak Malay, follow Malay customs, and are a Muslim. (The only other legal factor is to have a Malay parent.) So it looks like Anas Zubedy is trying to get the non-Malay MP to masuk Melayu, more or less.

If that’s the case, all voters might as well not bother with any so-called Third Force; just close their  eyes and vote for the Umno or Umno-backed candidate. Maybe that’s what these “3rd Force” people really want.

And if you accept the three key conditions, you might as well say goodbye to multiracialism. That, too, could just be another aim of the “3rd Force”.

Whichever way you look at it, this “3rd Force” is a Third Farce

By the way, the term constitutionally-defined Malay” was first used here in May 2010 in an article about May 13 and Mahathir Mohamad, who was going to celebrate it with Perkasa, the Malay First group.


14 thoughts on “Here comes the ‘3rd Farce’ and with badges too

  1. No, thanks, Anas Zubedy. We are not interested to change who we are. Who we are is what identified us? If we asked you to change and become a chinese and speaks only chinese and English, will you want to. What we want a third force is to fight for justice, fairness and corruption. That is what we are interested. It does not matter whether we speak malay, chinese or tamil. What is important is everybody must be treated equally? And to do away with “Ketuanan” mentality. This is how God make us, all people are made by God whether, White, Black, Brown, Yellow, etc.

  2. anas…stay with advertising …you have no clue what you are talking about..asking the DAP to apologise..what about UMNO………so please carry on with avertising..where you have a great future……!!!

  3. The problem is not the number attached to the force, be it first, second, third or umpteenth, it is the intent behind it. What is clear thus far is that both sides of our political fence have failed to offer us the credibility and trustworthiness that we desire. It is high time that we Malaysians develop a mind abstracted from the raw experience of being political pawns. We need to learn to become sovereign selves instead of informed slaves. That is what this is all about and that is what lowercaise (or was it uppercaise) has failed to see. However, we need not be too harsh in judging him or her because not all vehicles are equipped with the same engines, some hills are simply too steep for some vehicles.

  4. This is a classic case of someone jumping to conclusions and being so judgmental without even making a proper effort to find out the real intentions behind Anas’s 3rd force movement. Just to clarify, the 3rd Force has nothing to do with race; it is about motivating people – the younger generation, especially – to look beyond political parties and lend support to any politician who is truly doing what they are supposed to do, be it a Chinese, Muslim, Indian, etc, ie. to be the 3rd Force to promote the right leaders, irrespective of which political party they come from. The purpose of the 3rd Force is to create a force/pressure strong enough to show the politicians that we are watching them and we will only vote for those who are really capable, and not because they come from any party in particular. Peace.

  5. Uppercaise,

    With due respect, I think you have got a number of facts wrong about Anas Zubedy. If you have been following his story properly, you will have noted that :

    (a) he is not asking anyone to join “his” Third Force. All he is asking is for all the non-partisans Malaysians to play a greater role in politics since both BN and Pakatan are so obssessed with power.

    (b) he is urging people not to give any politician a free ride – meaning we must insist that politicians, from both sides, to deliver.

    (c) he is urging people to vote for the best candidate rather than vote for the party

    (d) he is promoting a one-school system which also include closing down sekolah agama and other mono-ethnic educational institutions

    (e) he says all politicians should be reasonbably proficient in English and Malay. What’s wrong with that? We are talking about leaders here.

    (f) his open letter to Lim Guan Eng was in response to DAP’s strategy to attract more Malays. FYI, Anas is a fan of LGE. He was providing ideas on how DAp could attract more Malays which DAP is desperately trying to do without much success. Anas’ mistake was he did not include the context within which he was writing the letter.

    BTW, he is not an advertising man. He is a training provider.

    Cheers. Have a good day.

    • I’d like to elaborate on Monyet King’s point (d). When i was in primary school, i studied in a government school. I had Chinese, Malay and Indian friends; we got along well together, played together, ate together, studied together, fought with each other, and learnt each other’s cultures from one another. I switched to a Chinese school when i entered secondary level. There, all my friends were Chinese; we did not mix with any other cultures except our own, and the occasional one or two non-Chinese. Sure it was fun, being around birds of the same feather, but at times i dearly missed hanging out with my non-Chinese friends.

      It was then that i realized that students who grow up studying in vernacular schools, upon being “released” into the multiracial society, are ill equipped to amalgamate into the society. Like everything in life, there are pros and cons from studying in vernacular schools. But by the time they leave school, at the age of 17 or older, they would already have in their minds certain beliefs about particular races – beliefs which they picked up from their parents, friends, internet, the media – some of which may not be true. And, they would already have gotten too comfortable being around the people (read: race) they grew up with, that the desire to really learn how to mix with others outside their circle would have diminished somewhat, if not totally. Why bother getting outside the comfort zone, right?

      So my point is, if you try and understand Anas’s views, if you put yourself in his shoes, you would see that he is promoting a one-school system because it is through the experience of growing up and spending time doing things together with different races and cultures that our children learn and absorb the values of cultural tolerance, cultural understanding, and empathy towards others from different races.

  6. Madeline & Monyet King,,

    Who’s jumping to conclusion?

    Ya-loh, vote for a politician by judging his/her characters, then why impose conditions. Some of the conditions r actually ketuanan in sheep-cloth!

    There is already a civil-mined 3rd force movement’ started by Haris Ibrahim, as pointed out. Why the duplication, both in ideas & tag? Which is the spurious one?


    Yr point is not inherently true for the school leavers of vernacular educational system. & that’s prevalent throughout the WHOLE M’sian educational system – whether national or vernacular. The school leavers behaviour is the failed school system that we have, period.

    One school system works, provided THAT system is not managed with race-based, religious-tinted mindset. On top of that the efficiency & workability of the school itself must be transparent & meritocratic. How many of the kebangsaan schools fall into such category?

    Anyway, u guys r just piain short-sighted & like to engage in circular arguments of race & religious nature, without truly & openly declared yr intention. U could be mus-informed within yr own comfort zone. Unlike Anas.



  7. Uppercaise,

    it seems you’ve gotten some facts confused. The MCLM set up by RPK and Haris Ibrahim is not the third force.

    Read here: Haris Ibrahim: We are not the third force –

    “Emphasising that the movement was not a political party, and had no plan to be one, Haris seemed rather embarrassed by the “third force” tag.

    “I suppose when this idea was bandied about, the phrase ‘third force’ was used. Unfortunately, rightly or wrongly, it has attracted some form of connotation. We consciously moved away from that label.”

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