Ketuanan Melayu is Not Malay Supremacy

If you do a quick Google search on the term ‘Ketuanan Melayu’, you would be conveniently directed towards the Wikipedia page on the subject, where you would be delightfully enlightened to the fact that the literal English translation to the term is ‘Malay supremacy’. Even Google Translate would tell you that the Malay translation for the word ‘supremacy’ is ‘ketuanan’.

Actually, it isn’t.

The Oxford dictionary defines supremacy as ‘the state or condition of being superior to all others in authority, power and status’. It can be traced back to the root word ‘supreme’, meaning ‘highest in rank’.

It is a word that speaks of unquestionable authority, overarching power, and elevated status that reminds one of the ages of Imperialism when certain nations impose their idea of system, growth and progress to other poor uncivilized barbarians across the globe. It is a word that, in our age of freedom of choice and innate rights, instill negative perceptions of slavery, domination over the lower classes and leaves behind a bitter taste of repulsion.

However, the Malay word for ‘ketuanan’ is derived from the root word ‘tuan’ or owner. The official Malay dictionary, DBP’s Kamus Dewan, defines the word ‘ketuanan’ as ‘hak menguasai dan memerintah sebuah (negeri, daerah, dll)’ or ‘the right to dominate and rule a (state, district, etc)’.

It is a word that reminds many people of the time when our lives and culture were tainted by the supreme nations who found it wise to teach us that we’re not good enough, not smart enough, and not civilised enough to rule our own lands without their advice or direct interference. It is a word that suggests ownership, sovereignty and independence from foreign indoctrination. It is a word that, in our age of post-colonisation rule, reminds us of our loss of autonomy and what, if we are not careful, we will once again lose.

Connotation

In making sense of the words we use, two factors would come into play. The first is the definition of the word, or the actual meaning of the word as written in the dictionary. The second is the connotation, which is the unsaid ideas and thoughts we relate to the word, often without a conscious thought.

For instance, when reading the tale of Snow White where she was described to have skin as white as snow, the intensity of her white skin suggests purity which alludes to her pure and innocent nature. It is an implied meaning that does not have to be spoken outright but still has an effect onto how you read the words and perceive the story.

Similarly, when talking about racial supremacy, the thoughts that usually come to mind are those related to xenophobia like those adopted by the White supremacists such as the Klu Klux Klan who committed crimes such as the mob lynching of innocent people, or that hailed by the Nazis in their Holocaust that targeted particular members of the society solely due to their genetic makeup.

Even in the world of today, white supremacy is still a problem in the United States which is a status quo brought by the age of colonization when they brought in African slaves into the country, establishing their ranks as the lower class. After decades of problematic policies like redlining, where both government and private agencies systematically denied various services to the racial minorities through direct intervention or selective raising of prices, it has lead to the blacks receiving huge disadvantages, especially in wealth and education.

This correlation between racial minorities and lack of wealth and poorer education quality is comparatively non existent, here in Malaysia. In fact, the policies enacted by the British empire systematically sidelined the majority Malays, for example, by restricting their usage of land to infertile areas or those unsuitable for agriculture. At the same time, the Chinese and Indian dominated areas were encouraged for commercial and economical growth, establishing a disproportionate number of Chinese dominated areas to becoming commercial centres during this time.

Both of these actions were taken by the British in a selfish attempt to gain a stronger foothold in their colony by oppressing the existing Malay rulers and undermining the power and authority of the preexisting Bumiputra people. By destabilising the established social hierarchy, they have a better chance at gaining control either as a direct ruler or indirectly as a protector of a party that is willing to bend the knee. And much like the redlining in the United States, this systematic encouragement to certain parties while declining services to others, had left high racial inequality. At the time of the formation of the Federated Malay States, the Bumiputras, the ethnicity of the majority, were also the poorest in Malaysia, which bred discontent and animosity between largely the Malays and the Chinese, and were one of the factors that caused the May 13 riots in 1969.

Ketuanan Melayu

While the concept itself predates the formation of the Federated Malay States, in the decades following it, the idea of ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ has been hailed as the reclaiming of ownership of a right which had been denied by selfish Imperial colonization, what is often championed as ‘Hak Bumiputra’ or the rights of the Bumiputras, the sons of the land. To many of the Malays who fight for it, it is intertwined with the notions of the freedom to act, to live and to rule of their own accord, to proudly uphold their culture and receive the opportunities they would have received had their history not been tarnished by colonization.

The struggle and the fight for Hak Bumiputra or Ketuanan Melayu has nothing to do with the minimizing of other races or denying their own rights as one would have deducted from the inaccurate and misleading term of ‘Malay Supremacy’. It is all about reestablishing what they have lost and what was stolen from them similar as to how the rights of the blacks were snatched from them when they were shipped away into the slave trade. They wish to really feel it when they say ‘Tanah Melayu’ or ‘Malay Homeland’ and to really know that nobody else would rob them of their customs, their cultures and their heritage when they call out ‘Daulat Tuanku’.

While I myself am unabashedly a staunch supporter of the ‘Hak Bumiputra’ and ‘Ketuanan Melayu’, I understand that it is the many people and their various opposing opinions is what makes the reality of the world that we live in. It is why debates and discussions and prevalent throughout all levels of society, from the social media, to the kedai mamaks to the Parliament. However, inaccuracy and false negative perceptions would do little to help move the discussions forward and I believe it is imperative that we clear up this misunderstanding once and for all.

The Best Candidate For Our Next Prime Minister

The Best Candidate For Our Next Prime Minister

The 23rd of February, 2020 was one of the longest Sunday Malaysia had seen. Two days had gone by since the Pakatan Harapan Presidential Council had taken place and rumours of discord from behind the closed doors spread like wildfire. While the official statement declared that the members of the council had agreed to place their trust into Mahathir’s hands regarding the date of his resignation, speculations of dissatisfactions and demands unmet during the meeting were running rampant.

Sunday came, and with it rolled in a thousand and one explosions as the news dropped us bombshells after bombshells. Ministers are said to be cleaning up their desks, political parties are hosting impromptu meetings across the nation and before the dust could settle from the late, late night excitements, a short press statement dropped onto our laps on the very next day, announcing the prime minister’s resignation, effectively dissolving the Cabinet in one swoop. And as the crème de la crème, PPBM announced that they have decided to leave the Pakatan Harapan coalition, shattering the fledgling government as they lose their majority in the Parliament.

We were told that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong had appointed Mahathir as the interim prime minister while awaiting the appointment of the next one and naturally, the question that is now in everyone’s mind is: “Who will be the next prime minister?”.

From the snippets of news that I’ve gathered on the many ongoing interparty meetings, it seems highly likely that our new leader would hail from the new coalition, Perikatan Nasional (I am still not over the fact of how beautifully this name echoes another moment in our history when people from different groups set aside their differences for the future of our nation). And the three names which are gaining traction among the people are Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, Tan Sri Muhyidin Yassin and Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

In the days leading towards the 14th General Election, there were many voices proclaiming that they seek a veteran leader who have collected wisdom throughout the years with a wealth of experience under their belt. People are searching for someone who could help improve and expand Malaysia’s then booming economy to its best potential. Freelancers and the new wave of online entrepreneurs, who themselves are stepping into uncharted territory, and executives alike are looking for a capable financing expert who could lead the country into the much awaited year of 2020.

At the same time, the people are also setting their hearts on a leader who would place the people as their main priority. Among the speculations and accusations of corruption and a sense of worldwide social awakening, voters were careful in their search for someone who would not abandon nor exploit the everyday man but instead give them the opportunity, guidance and assistance so they too could serve the country in their respective fields. They want a prime minister who would make every Malaysian proud to say “This man is our leader and he cares for us”.

Judging from these concerns, my eyes are set on UMNO’s Gua Musang MP, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, affectionately known as Ku Li.

As the Father of Malaysia’s Economy, he was the mastermind behind the establishment and implementation of a number of key foundations and policies in our economy, many of which we are still relying heavily on to this day. Even before he served the country as a full minister, Ku Li had lead a number of economical initiatives including the building of Bank Bumiputra Malaysia Berhad, PERNAS and PETRONAS.

After receiving the post as the Minister of Finance and later Minister of Trade and Industry, he continued his focus on expanding the economy and improving the financial status of the people through the formation of PNB, which had brought many small local entrepreneurs and professionals to participate directly in the country’s economical growth, and many others. His efforts in the Malaysian and ASEAN Chamber of Commerce did not simply earn him the respect and affection of the people, but he also garnered international acknowledgement and recognition which earned him the title “Father of Malaysian Economic Development”.

Behind the limelight of national and international acclamation, Ku Li is a simple statesman who is well loved by the people of his constituency, where he had served for more than three decades. His popularity among the people had kept him as the longest serving member of our parliament. Despite his royal background, being the great-uncle of the current Sultan of Kelantan, he is known to be seen with the people who calls him “Ku Kita”, or The People’s Prince, titles well-earned.

It is true that the cloud of dust is still hanging in the air after the fall of the still green Pakatan Harapan government and there is no sure way of telling what would happen next. Nevertheless, it is my opinion that based on the character prerequisite given by the people, Ku Li is the man best fit for the role of our next prime minister based on his capability and experiences. It is also my hope to see someone as sure footed, strong of mind and with as good a presence of self as Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah leading our country back into the Tiger Economy.

Can We Trust A Liar To Not Lie?

(fast forward to 4:00)

Her mother is not the candidate. I don’t know why are we on a wild goose chase.

-Lim Kit Siang

The question is not whether her mother was or was not involved with Perkasa but how credible Dyana is as a politician contesting for the Teluk Intan seat.

Dyana lied when she said “My mother was not even in the 1st AGM of Perkasa”

(fast forward to 0:31)

(credits to Uncle Jinggo for the image)

It is apparent in this picture shown here that not just her mother helped at the registration table of the 1st AGM of Perkasa but she was actually there with her mother.

Why didn’t she simply admit that her mother was at the 1st AGM of Perkasa as a committee member and added “My mother is not the candidate” in the first interview?

If she’s constantly lying without a second thought now, can you trust her to not lie again?

Let’s get back to the second video and fast forward to 0:39

She did not join Perkasa

Now listen to another of her interviews and fast forward to 0:50

 

She was involved in Perkasa, I know, yes.

And when she was pressed, she said:

It was just an issue of misunderstanding, because I wasn’t sure the form, she fill in the form or not, or whether membership starts after first AGM or not, you know. And she, she was not, she was no longer involved after, even before the first AGM. So again, the question about membership or not, I’m still very, ver- very vague. I really don- not sure.

Again, I ask, if she wasn’t sure, then why did she lie and said flat out that her mother was not a member of Perkasa? Why can’t she say that she was not sure? Is it because she is afraid that people would look at her as a politician who, by the way is intending to step out as a leader, does not even care enough to know about her mother’s activities and involvements? Then she has a very good reason to be afraid. Would she care enough about the people and their problems?

Or an even scarier possibility is that it is simply because she decided that the AGM took place 6 years ago so surely no one would have evidences of her mother (and herself) participating in the AGM. Then we know that she’s a flat out liar.

By the way, did you notice that she was very, ver- very nervous in the interview?

Bak kata pepatah Melayu: Berani kerana benar, takut kerana salah…

Lim Kit Siang: Her (Dyana Sofya’s) Mother Is Not The Candidate

(fast forward to 4:00)

Her mother is not the candidate. I don’t know why are we on a wild goose chase.

-Lim Kit Siang

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Why are we on a wild goose chase? Maybe I could enlighten you, Kit Siang…

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Najib’s wife is not the candidate, Kit Siang… why are you on a wild goose chase?

Now let’s stop chasing the goose, shall we? Let’s chase a politician instead. Someone you may know 😀

(credits to Helen Ang)

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(credits to Helen Ang)

(credits to Helen Ang)

Refer to: http://helenang.wordpress.com/2014/05/25/amboi-hannah-yeoh-tayang-prada/

Anwar Ibrahim, Please Do Your Homework

In a recent interview by the Malaysian Insider, the de-facto leader of PKR, Anwar Ibrahim had ‘expressed his concerns’ over the Selangor Non-Islamic Religions Enactment 1988. Quoting from the Malaysian Insider:

Q: So what should Pakatan Rakyat do with enactments such as Selangor Non-Islamic Religions (Control of Propagation Among Muslims) Enactment 1988, which seems to be the core problem in this issue?

A: The enactment has an attachment and the problem is with that. The enactment is for the protection of Muslims from efforts to proselytise but the attachment in terms of the words is generally excessive. I was in Penang speaking to religious scholars when I told them how do you explain a resident on Jalan Masjid who uses Jalan Masjid on his or her address?

So they immediately know the problem. I think this must be addressed. Unlike immediately responding to demands of non-Muslims groups, you must also know about the incessant propaganda among Muslims that has led to some of them to believe that they are under siege.

I can’t believe that of all people, the person who claims that he is the best person to become the Prime Minister of Malaysia and who is now trying to become the Menteri Besar of Selangor, would make such a silly statement regarding an enactment made in none other than Selangor itself.

Oh, come on!

The Section 9 of the Non-Islamic Religions Enactment 1988 says that the words (including Allah) cannot be used to express or describe anything of or pertaining to any non-Islamic religion. Quoting from the e-Syariah website:

 A person commits an offence if he

(a) in any published writing; or
(b) in any public speech or statement; or
(c) in any speech or statement addressed to any gathering of persons; or
(d) in any speech or statement which is published or broadcast and which at the time of its making he knew or ought reasonably to have known would be published of broadcast,

uses any of the words listed in Part I of the Schedule, or any of its derivatives or variations, to express or describe any fact, belief, idea, concept, act, activity, matter, or thing of or pertaining to any non-Islamic religion.

When a resident on Jalan Masjid uses the word masjid on his address, he uses it to describe a location. He doesn’t use it to express something pertaining to a non-Islamic religion. Just like in the ‘state songs argument’, where the person would say that it would then be impossible for a non-Muslim to sing the state songs with ‘Allah’ in the lyrics, this argument is baseless. This is due to the fact that Allah mentioned in the lyrics is referring to the Islamic God. It is not subjected to the singing individual’s religion since Islam is the religion of the federation, as had been stated in the Article 3(1) of the Federal Constitution.

Not surprisingly, Anwar repeated the argument in the same interview.

Q: Like in the Selangor case, the Selangor state anthem has the word ‘Allah’… so does that mean that non-Muslims should not sing the anthem?

A: That is what has been raised. The point taken or the position of the Selangor religious department that is the law as it stands. But then the appendix to the law and manner of action is missing. So you have to see whether you should prosecute a person who puts down his address as Jalan Masjid. So far that has not happened. But that is the flaw in the legislation.

As I have copied from the e-syariah website, the Section 9 of the enactment clearly states that a person commits offense by using the words to express or describe anything of or pertaining to any non-Islamic religion. Anwar says that “the flaw is in the legislation”—it is not; the flaw is in those who innocently or not-so-innocently misinterpret the enactment.

Do your homework, get back to the facts, brother.

And this is exactly why we must never simply rely on the word of mouth (or media).

Betul ke Pas penyelamat dunia dan akhirat?

The Malaysian Insider published an amusing but interesting article in it’s ‘rencana’ section titled, ‘Betul ke Umno penyelamat dunia dan akhirat?’

The reason why I find the article interesting is because of the irony of it. If you switch a few notable terms in the article (like say, from Umno to Pas) you would realise that the pot is calling the kettle black. To prove my point, I would post here the ‘edited’ version of the article in bold with the switched words underlined and in green. You can view the original article here.

(The article is in Malay but since most of my readers are Malaysians and this is a local issue, I would not bother to translate the article. My apologies to all non-Malaysian readers.)

Tuduhan bahawa kerajaan mempolitikkan isu Syiah yang dihebohkan sekarang ini tidak ada asasnya. Itu hanya permainan politik pimpinan Pas yang kini semakin terhakis daripada pandangan rakyat.

Note: The original article states that the issue between Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah (Sunni) and Syiah “has nothing to do with the faith (akidah) or the Islamic struggle” and the argument is wrong because the differences between the Sunni and the Syiah is on the basis of faith itself. Both Syiah and Sunni do not acknowledge the other in their beliefs.

Pemimpin yang menggunakan nama parti Islam sejak pilihan raya yang lalu sehingga sekarang ini tidak pun mengamalkan cara pemerintahan menurut kehendak Islam itu.

Orang Islam dalam Pas itu telah dan masih melanggar pantang larang sebagai seorang Muslim itu. Ketandusan idea politik mereka menyebabkan ada pihak yang mahu di kalangan kita orang Islam ini bergaduh, kerana sejak beberapa ketika dahulu Pas itu ‘survive’ di atas perpecahan orang Melayu yang beragama Islam itu.

(According to the teaching of Islam, Pas and Umno whose members are Muslims, must sit down and discuss (bermuzakarah) on matters related to Islam. When UMNO agrees to the idea; Pas’s leaders are divided into two teams and a number of leaders who vocally support the muzakarah idea were either kicked out of the party and being labelled as traitor.)

Note: In this article, Aspan Alias wrote that the Malays are generally Muslims. This is incorrect because Article 160 of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia clearly defines a Malay as a person who professes the religion of Islam, habitually speaks the Malay language and conforms to Malay custom. Thus according to the Federal Constitution of Malaysia, a Malay has to be a Muslim in order to declare themselves as a Malay.

Malahan Pas yang didaftarkan pada tahun 1951 dahulu diasaskan oleh perpecahan orang Melayu dan kini ahli Pas semakin berpecah. Pas tidak mungkin ‘survive’ dalam situasi tenang dan aman, kerana jika keadaan politik itu aman, maka Pas takut rakyat memberikan fokus untuk menilai prestasi mereka terhadap rakyat.

(Until the end of the video, Ustaz Azahar, a popular Pas figure, did not dare to give the true answer to the question of how true is the fact that PKR (an ally of Pas) practice Liberalisme of Religion for not only PKR but a number of Pas’s key leaders are also liberal Muslims.)

Pas sentiasa merasakan mereka sedang berjalan dalam keadaan gelap gelita dan sunyi dan terpaksa membuat bising dengan menyanyi atau membakar mercun untuk memecah kesunyian yang amat mereka takuti. Semasa kampung saya belum mendapat kemudahan eletrik, keadaan pada malam hari amat gelap.

Sesiapa yang berjalan di dalam gelap itu merasakan di depan dan belakang mereka ada hantu atau harimau dan berbagai-bagai lagi yang mereka takuti. Selalu saya mendengar di jalan-jalan kecil yang sunyi dan gelap gelita itu anak-anak muda menyanyi dengan sekuat hati bagi memecahkan kesunyian dan menghilangkan sedikit rasa takut dan gementar itu.

Bermacam-macam lagi saya dengar. Ada yang menyanyikan lagu P Ramlee, malah ada juga menyanyikan lagu Mat Sentul. Ada yang membakar mercun dan berbagai-bagai cara untuk menghilangkan rasa takut itu sementara sampai ke rumah atau tempat lain.Pendeknya mereka akan berbuat bising untuk menghilangkan rasa takut itu.

Tetapi sekarang keadaan itu tidak berlaku lagi kerana elektrik sudah sampai di setiap rumah dan di jalan raya pula sudah ada lampu yang dipasang oleh Lembaga Letrik Negara atau sekarang ini TNB. Anak-anak muda sekarang tidak tahu kerana mereka tidak mengalami keadaan itu. Lahir mereka ke dunia ini sudah ada lampu eletrik dan air.  ‘Air dalam bosi, potik ditopi di tongah menyalo’.

Tetapi masih ada lagi manusia yang masih mempunyai rasa takut dan tidak meyakinkan itu, tetapi bukan dirasai oleh orang kampung saya. Perasaan itu masih ada di dalam jiwa pemimpin Pas dan ramai ahli-ahlinya. Perasaan takut seolah-olah ada hantu di depan dan di belakang dan dalam kesunyian mereka itu membuatkan mereka mencari apa sahaja jalan untuk memecah kesunyian untuk menghilangkan rasa takut dan gementar itu.

Mereka sekarang tidak menyanyikan lagi lagu P Ramlee atau Mat Sentul, mereka menyanyikan lagu ala rap yang bertajuk, Undi Pas Masuk Syurga’

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Mereka mahu menghilangkan rasa takut mereka dengan berbuat bising. Selalunya orang yang penakut ini akan bercakap besar dan garang seperti yang kita dengar di kalangan mereka yang entah macam mana duduk di atas dan memimpin kita itu. Pemimpin seperti ini terpaksa melakukan banyak perkara pelik bagi menutup kelemahan mereka yang mudah dilihat oleh orang ramai.

Kenapa Pas memilih untuk menjadikan isu agama sebagai cara mendinding diri mereka daripada kejatuhan itu diketahui ramai? Pas tahu cabaran kepadanya ialah Umno. Parti itu merupakan parti yang digeruni oleh Pas walaupun dalam ucapan pemimpin mereka, mereka cuba untuk melindungi rasa takut mereka dengan kata-kata ego dan pengecut mereka. Mereka tidak berani untuk menunjukkan jiwa besar dengan mengakui kelemahan mereka.

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Pas sarat dengan pemimpin palsu yang hanya menunjuk-nunjuk kehebatan mereka sedangkan rakyat semakin hari semakin memahami hakikat ini. Mereka menyembunyikan kekayaan mereka supaya rakyat tidak tahu adalah hasil manipulasi kepercayaan dan wang rakyat juga dalam sistem pentadbiran yang begitu sarat dengan penipuan dan salah guna kuasa itu.

Bagi saya, isu tuduhan Pas ini tidak elok kita abaikan sahaja kerana ia dipergunakan oleh Pas yang mengaku Islam tetapi larangan Islam itu dilakukan secara terbuka. Bagi mereka, Pas sahaja yang dibenarkan melanggar segala kehendak agama itu.

Pas seolah-olah maksum dan tidak ada siapa yang mesti meragui mereka. Dan yang lebih dahsyat lagi merekalah pejuang dan pelindung agama kita.

Mereka lebih hebat daripada aulia dan anbia yang ditugaskan menjaga dunia dan alam ini selepas kewafatan Nabi Muhammad lebih seribu tahun dahulu.

Bagi mereka Pas adalah segala-galanya. Tidak makbul doa seseorang itu dan tidak sampai hajat sesiapa pun tanpa dikehendaki oleh PasPas sahaja yang menentukan nasib semua orang dunia dan akhirat.

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Saya baru sahaja tahu yang dunia dan alam ini diwariskan kepada Pas untuk menjaganya. Kalau tidak ada Haji HadiNik Aziz dan Mat Sabu serta Khalid Samad, tentu kacau-bilau dunia ini.

Kalau boleh, masukkan Anwar Ibrahim sekali sebaris dengan mereka, mungkin pasti kita semua selamat di dunia dan akhirat. Mati kita mungkin mati dalam iman, bak kata P Ramlee dalam filem Ali Baba Bujang Lapuk. Di akhir kalam nak mati pun kita akan bangun seketika, dan senyum.

Mengikut jalan cerita dalam filem itu mereka yang sudah merompak pun mati mereka dalam iman. Itulah cerita yang dilakonkan kembali oleh pemimpin-pemimpin Pas sekarang ini. Selamat menonton!

(By the way, I have never heard an Umno leader claiming “Umno penyelamat dunia dan akhirat”, have you?)

abby abadiReminder: I did not write this article; I simply ‘switched’ the words 😀

Is De-registering Of Racial and Religious Based Organisation Wise?

The Malaysian Insider reported that Karpal Singh calls for the de-registration of all political or professional bodies which operate along racial and religious lines, saying the move would work in the interest of unity. “The government cannot allow associations to operate along racial and religious lines. It is a very serious matter,” said Karpal.

However, I greatly disagree in this matter. First and foremost, Karpal Singh needs to go back to his roots and remember the history of the acceptance of the Chinese and Indians in Malaysia. During the days when the African-Americans were segregated from the whites, the Malaysian government have already recognised the Chinese and Indians as their citizens. As a part of the social contract, the Chinese and Indians accepted the special position of Malays as the indigenous people of Malaya. In those days, countries were not being constantly pressured by outside bodies like the United Nations or the mass media. The compassion of our kings and leaders shine through the fact that even without influences from those human rights activists, they gave the Chinese and Indians such an honour that they would hardly get elsewhere at the time.

Secondly, Islam is granted a special place in the Federal Constitution such as written in Article 3 (1): “Islam is the religion of the Federation; but other religions may be practised in peace and harmony in any part of the Federation.” This article clearly states that Malaysia is not a secular nation as the idea of secularism separates state from religion. In Karpal’s statement, he says that, “Perhaps the time has come for all racial and religious political parties and professional organisations which operated along racial and religious lines, to be de-registered.” To ban an organisation which operates along the religion of Islam simply because it is a ‘religious line’ is a clear offense against the Federal Constitution of Malaysia which is the supreme law of this country.

Thirdly, the presence of racial based political parties is not just to protect the special positions of the Malays but also to represent the Chinese and Indians of Malaysia. Although it is true that the government tries to be fair to all citizens of Malaysia, it is impossible for a person to fully understand the needs of another who conform to different cultures. By having different racial based parties under one coalition, it ensures that each of the representatives of the race has a say in the government. This system is also used in the United Nations where the representatives are not just a random blend of different people but to ensure fairness, each of the countries have their own delegates to represent the people of their nation.

And by the way, if this is Karpal’s stance, does it means that Karpal or the DAP wish for the Chinese and Indian schools to be disintegrated and for the children to study under the national curriculum like how it is done in Singapore? If so, had Pakatan Rakyat won the 13th General Elections, would DAP betray their Chinese and Indian supporters by abolishing the Chinese and Indian schools?

PAS: Perception and Manipulation

Perception and manipulation are the skills which leaders of Pakatan Rakyat have long mastered – including to the tok gurus of PAS.

To a newbie in the political platform, PAS may appear to be an innocent Islamic party with adaptable policies to the suit the tastes of their supporters; a rather radical Islamic party to those who want them to be radical and a liberal party to the others.

Those people feel that PAS brings new hope to the corrupted and secular Malaysia. PAS leaders promise a shift into a better Malaysia where Islam shall be implemented into laws and such. Among efforts done to prove their worth, they produce ‘instant ustazahs’ like Abby Abadi, once an actress who was said to suddenly ‘abandoned her fortune’ for a more ‘Islamic way of life’. Her ‘rebranding’ comes hand in hand with a new image; all done to convince people that ‘they can make a change’.

This way, PAS is able to attract those who are naive enough to believe in perception or those who ‘go with the flow’ of the society. They may see PAS as an ideal Islamic Reformist promising them a better nation. The majority of people in this group are the young generations, a lot of them are educated and with their thirst for excitement of some sort, feel that they are smarter than others especially those who do not share their ideologies. The idea of a mass wave of change is enticing to the rebellious blood of the youngsters.

Now that they gain supporters, how do PAS make sure that these people would stay in their grasp?

PAS claims Malaysia to be a secular state and needs to be reformed into an Islamic nation to the some groups but on the other hand only promise a ‘negara berkebajikan’ to the others who oppose the idea of an Islamic state.  They claim that Malaysia is corrupted country. PAS also imply that Malaysia is too westernised to some groups and to the rest they say that the government is sort of too radical in protecting the Malay rights and Islam which is the religion of Malaysia.

The idea spread by the PAS leaders (and the rest in Pakatan Rakyat) is that the leaders of UMNO and Barisan Nasional are too corrupted and selfish. They are so money and power orientated that they would do anything to keep in their power and ruin the country by over spending and implementing bad policies.

And that is why PAS’s supporters felt that they need PAS to govern the nation. PAS tells their supporters never to believe in the obvious but to turn to them in advice. PAS sells the party’s own newspapers that was said to be ‘nothing but the truth’ to counter the ‘lies spread by the government’ in other newspapers. PAS’s supporters feel that the government underestimated them, but they know better. It produces that disgusted feeling of, ‘How dare they think such of me!” which is very influential to youngsters who tend to act first and think later. This planted hatred in the hearts of their supporters and in turn whisper false hopes into their angry souls. Hope for the better; hope for a change, “All you have to do is to join us in our mission and you shall be granted a place in heaven. It shall be a Jihad.”

And unbeknownst to them, they all had been manipulated by the PAS leaders, turning them from innocent supporters to obsessed questers who do not really understand what they are fighting for.

It sounds silly, doesn’t it? Crazy even. “Too crazy to be true – you must be kidding me.”

And that my friends, is the seal that shuts the eyes of their obsessed supporters from any shred of revelation of the truth coming from the outside their circle.

Is The Star The Window To MCA’s Heart?

If it is indeed, the baffling reportings of The Star is getting a bizarre turn!

Recently,Dr. MiM and Helen Ang wrote on their blogs that the MCA’s newspaper, The Star, wrote a news coverage on our DYMM Agong on a small column of page 12, beneath a story of Lim Guan Eng. Is the newspaper prioritising the Penang Chief Minister over the supreme ruler of Malaysia?

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Does it signifies how unimportant and insignificant the Agong is to The Star?

Cases like these are not uncommon throughout The Star’s reportings in the recent years. The Star had often showed their apparent hatred towards the ruling political coalition and the monarchical institution despite the fact that they are owned by MCA, the second largest group in the Barisan Nasional. They had even once admitted that they were giving DAP the ‘VIP treatment’ which includes discounts on advertisements as well as shorter submission minimum time limit.

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And just a few days ago, The Star welcomed a new columnist, Fahmi Fadzil, to their crew… and he just happens to be Nurul Izzah’s political secretary (and by the way, The Star claims that Nurul Izzah is the 5th most influential women in the country). Please see: http://helenang.wordpress.com/2013/07/04/setpol-nurul-izzah-dilantik-menjadi-kolumnis-star/ Apart from being the Lembah Pantai MP, she is also the vice president of PKR and the daughter of PKR’s de facto leader, Anwar Ibrahim.

To be honest, I truly believe that Helen Ang is a more eligible writer to fit the role and I’m sure many would agree with me (except maybe MalaysiaKini) .

What is it about him that The Star finds appealing? Is it really because of his pure writing talents or is there more it behind it all? Can we still (if we ever had) trust The Star to be publish a fair coverage to the public? And how is MCA reacting to all these?

(please see also: Is MCA becoming the Malaysian Christian Association?)

Singapore warns Malaysian politicians not to interfere in its domestic affairs

PETALING JAYA: Singapore has warned Malaysian politicians to stay out of its affairs, in the light of the arrests of 21 Malaysians for demonstrating in the island republic.

A joint statement by the Ministries of Home (MHA) and Foreign Affairs (MFA) said demands by Malaysian Members of Parliament for Singapore to let off those arrested was seen as foreign interference.

“Actions to involve foreign parties are attempts to seek special treatment and to further politicise what is essentially a domestic law and order issue in Singapore,” it said in a statement on its website.

Singapore added that it had always taken a strong stand against foreign issues or politics brought into the island nation.

It added that it did not interfere in domestic affairs of other countries, and expected similar treatment in return.

Previously, Malaysians gathered at Singapore’s Merlion Park on May 8 and 11 to protest against the May 5 general election results.

They were a rendition of the Blackout 505 rallies that took place in major cities around Malaysia.

On May 11, 21 Malaysians were arrested by Singaporean police. The work pass of one and visit passes of two others were revoked. The remaining 18 are currently being investigated by authorities there.

Several Malaysians have since approached their political representatives, including DAP’s Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching, for aid.

Last week Thursday, several Pakatan Rakyat MPs also petitioned the Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur for leniency against the 21.

Meanwhile, in response, Teo said she was only fighting for the one whose work pass was revoked, arguing that the person was unfairly punished.

She said that the particular person only attended one rally, adding that Singapore’s reaction was too harsh.

“It’s not that we want to interfere with (Singapore’s) internal affairs. If (the one person) only attended one protest, then that is unfair,” she said.

Teo said that eight of the 21 had approached her over the matter, and with some telling her that they accepted their punishment.

She added that there was a spate of miscommunication in the episode, and asked Singapore to re-investigate the case.

“We’re only pleading for the one person…I don’t think this amounts to interfering. They are Malaysian citizens, and we have a duty to them,” she said.

(The Star Online http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2013/5/29/nation/20130529110855&sec=nation)