They did so even if they personally don't really believe in it.
Many, especially among the Malays were secretly unhappy that Najib and his team were trying very hard to win over the Chinese.
Nonetheless, they went along with it in the hope that the Chinese who were being aggressively wooed by DAP will not abandon BN.
Despite their effort, the Chinese went all out against BN.
It was a Chinese tsunami and because of it, GE13 turned out to be arguably the worst BN's performance in a general election.
The immediate reactions were anger and frustration towards the Chinese.
I was also caught up in it.
Apa lagi Cina mahu?
That was the famous question, popularised by the headline of an article by Utusan editor Zul Bakar in the aftermath of the Chinese tsunami.
At that time, I also agreed with the notion that the Chinese will never support BN again.
Many forgot that back then when everyone was supporting Najib's 1Malaysia, it was to prevent a more racially polarised Malaysia.
After GE13, the right wing gains ground in Umno and their supporters wanted BN to abandon any further effort to win support of the Chinese and instead focused on just the majority Malays and bumiputera.
Under the doctrine, BN should consists Umno, the bumiputera parties of Sabah and Sarawak, as well as the Indian-based parties. The Chinese-based component parties such as MCA and Gerakan are garbage and should be cast out.
According to proponents of this doctrine, it all boils down to getting the majority non-Chinese siding with BN to crush the recalcitrant Chinese on the other side.
They want BN to abandon its original ideal of being a moderate multi-racial coalition for all Malaysians.
They even encourage Umno to team-up with Pas and turned itself into a conservative Malay-Islamist party.
You can read more on how this doctrine works in a blog which operator became famous for peddling hate, first towards Muslims, Malays and Umno but nowadays towards Christians, Chinese, DAP, MCA, Gerakan and other Chinese-based entities.
Cari sendiri lah ya, just follow the smell of hatred and I'm sure you all can find the blog.
Sometimes I suspect that such people as the blogger, who is a (former ???) DAP operative purposely try to incite Umno to be a despicable racist party so that it will lose all credibility and relevancy as a party which represents good rationale Malays.
I try not to be buruk sangka, but that suspicion does comes to mind from time to time.
I believe that even the Malays will reject it if Umno turned itself from a party which struggles for the betterment of Malays in particular and Malaysians in general into a hateful racist entity.
Anyway, do you think the Malays in general want to throw the Chinese into the sea?
I don't think so.
They may talk tough sometimes, but in actual fact they prefer to be friendly with people of other races.
Malays are too docile as a people to hate the Chinese the way people such as that hate-spewing blogger want them to be.
It's in their nature to be nice like that.
As for the Chinese, I think they are getting a bit tired of DAP now.
Maybe not by much, but if BN behaves, it may get some crucial support from them such as in the recent Sarawak election.
I actually first noticed the small yet significant change of mood among them during the two by-elections contested by BN's Chinese-based parties after GE13 - Kajang by MCA and Telok Intan by Gerakan.
The hardworking MCA's DS Chew Mei Fun managed to significantly reduce PKR's majority in Kajang despite facing PKR president DS Dr Wan Azizah Ismail, while Gerakan president DS Mah Siew Keong managed to overturn a DAP's over 7,000 majority in Teluk Intan.
I was on the ground at both by-elections from start to finish.
I saw things such as a group of MCA supporters trying very hard to outshout their PKR and DAP rivals at the entrance of a polling centre in Kajang.
I also saw the outnumbered and outgunned Gerakan members in Teluk Intan giving their all to deliver a BN victory no one really believed they could win.
I saw a cute young Chinese couple along with others wearing the blue of BN distributing the party's pamphlets in the middle of Teluk Intan town.
I remember my traveling companion at that time, a young Chinese guy, happily walking around the town carrying a BN umbrella underneath the scorching sun on polling day.
What I saw and experienced during those by-elections convinced me that I shouldn't be angry with the Chinese anymore because of what happened during GE13.
They made me not want to give up on the Chinese and the ideal that we Malaysians of all races should work together rather than split ourselves apart along racial lines as propagated by some hate mongering people.
Maybe I'll write more on that later.
For now, I just want to enjoy my weekend.
Here's a song for you all,
Do enjoy your weekend too.