There is strength in numbers… with all things equal, of course. Those active in politics realize this and they work hard to build up their bases. Some however pretend that they have similar support, claiming to represent a body while no member of the body could recall appointing any representative to speak for the members as one. Though this might seem odd to those with the right of mind, self-proclaimed but unelected representatives are as common as rats in the monsoon drain.
It is not hard to find an example or two.
One that comes to mind is the component parties of the Barisan Nasional. It is customary for those in UMNO to claim to speak for all Malays, claiming to represent all Malays. The same is true to MCA and MIC. This however is untrue because not all Malays agree to be represented by UMNO, or any other community for that matter. When presented with proof that these race-based parties do not represent every Malay, Chinese, Indian, etc as they claim to be, their way out is to accuse those that refused to be represented by them as traitors.
What these unelected representatives really mean by traitors really not traitors to the community but rather, traitors to the unelected leaders, which none has pledged loyalty to in the first place.
Another similar example relates to the religious conservative Muslims who claimed to speak for the whole Muslim community, as if the Muslim community is a monolith society with a single mind. When those that disagree raised their voice against these unelected representatives, the self-proclaimed leaders began calling those that have different minds as heretics. But the religious conservatives are strange animals. While they may play with exclusive politics game, when one genuine wishes to opt out of the community, these religious conservatives actively hinder one’s liberty to do so. A true catch-22 — they will shove you out of the door but they do not let you go out of the door. The minds of the religious conservatives are truly mindless.
In both cases, the trend is observable, as clear as daylight. The unelected representatives masquerade as the authorities of a community despite knowing full well that they have no organic mandate to speak for everybody in the community. When dissenting voice fills the air to remind the pretenders of that fact, these unelected representatives would accuse the reminders as traitors to the community. The accusation continues on and on until only those that agree with the unelected leaders, as well as those that are too afraid of being labeled as traitors, are the only ones left in the community.
Suddenly, only those that stay loyal to the unelected representative are the true members of the community. The others which were part of the original and more inclusive community are now the outsiders.
The unelected representatives have no mandate to represent us; they have no mandate to represent a community which has never appointed them as the speakers. These unelected representatives are merely pretenders, impostors, liars. Or at the very least, these unelected representatives assume that they have the support of the community; they simply assume too much.