PETALING JAYA: Malaysians must banish the idea of racial dominance from their minds and all races must share the country in a fair manner, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.
Writing in his blog chedet on Monday, Dr Mahathir said because of liberalisation and a weakened Barisan Nasional government, tensions between the races have increased.
"The situation in Malaysia is tense as never before. The people show no respect for the Government.
"Malaysians, by and large, are not violent people. But for how long can Malaysia remain stable in the face of persistent violation of the good understanding and sharing of power between the races," he wrote.
He said that after winning its biggest majority ever in the 2004 general election, Barisan decided to accede to "popular" demands and adopted a more liberal attitude towards both politics and the economic sector.
"In other words, the idea of fair sharing of political power and economic wealth between the different races should be terminated," he said.
He said that after Barisan's popularity diminished in 2008, pro-sharing Malays were dismayed but despite changing their leader, they found that the trend towards liberalisation remained.
"The belief of the new leadership was that Chinese support would come back if the sharing policies of the NEP (New Economic Policy) were not implemented," he said.
He said the DAP, however, dangled before the Chinese the possibility of having both political and economic dominance as the Malays had split into three parties and each one of them needed Chinese support in order to win.
"The Chinese had the deciding vote and were in a position to give victory only to those who believed in throwing out the sharing concept," he said.
He added that many non-Malay supporters of Barisan component parties were convinced that by withdrawing their support, Barisan would lose and so would the idea of sharing political and economic power between the races.