UMNO Grand Poobah, MCA, Hudud and Divisive Politics

December 2, 2016

UMNO Grand Poobah, MCA, Hudud and Divisive Politics

by Cmdr (rtd) S. Thayaparan

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UMNO’s Grand Poobah and Poobah Jr.

“Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of Republican] party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. I know, I’ve tried to deal with them.”

– Barry M Goldwater

Not many people know this but close friends know that I have a soft spot for Barry Goldwater; some mistakenly now say was the Donald Trump of his time. Far from reality of course but American punditry being what it is, these misconceptions are peddled as the truth. The above quote deals with Christian American extremists but replace Christian with Muslim, the general principle shines through that religion and politics do not mix.

Which I realise seems like I am backtracking from an earlier article of mine where I argued, “We have to be careful when we cross that line between church and state but cross it we must, if we want to save our country.”

However, PAS’ latest hissy fit that it would derail the proposed amendments to the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 in retaliation for non-Muslims interference for their carefully laid out plans for turning Malaysia into an Islamofacist state is laughable because these amendments are needed as Islam often interferes in the private and public lives of non-Muslims in Malaysia.

PAS Secretary-General Takiyuddin Hassan talks about “playing fair” but I would argue that people who oppose this bill are the only ones who are thinking fairly in this country. In numerous articles, I have explained how Islam has had an overt effect on the non-Muslims polities of this country. The literature of how a Wahhabi-influenced Islam has taken this country down an intolerant road is cogent, probative and indisputable.

This threat by PAS is exactly why many others and I warned the opposition that they were playing with fire when they embraced PAS and propagated the ‘PAS for all’ propaganda. I know many opposition supporters have no interests in articles like these but instead of going after MCA when it comes to this issue, there should be some attempt at bipartisanship between the opposition parties and their BN counterparts.

This need not be a hug fest but when a BN component party takes a position that aligns with the opposition, the discourse should be moved in the direction of commonality instead of wallowing in the clichés of “running dogs” and dredging up the numerous scandals of the Najib regime that frankly has not gained traction where it counts.

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MCA’s Ti Lian Ker and UMNO’s Nazri Aziz

This is why MCA religious harmony head Ti Lian Ker’s response against PAS’ threat is something that Malaysians should take heed of instead of merely indulging in partisan politics. While MCA President Liow Tiong Lai’s clarification on his conflicting stand on hudud is welcomed, Malaysians should also take heed of what MCA Wanita chairperson Heng Seai Kie said of the wakil rakyat being elected to serve the people instead of representing the preoccupations of a certain faith.

Moreover, honestly MCA has by far had a more accessible position on this subject instead of the conflicting messages coming out of the Muslim wing of the opposition front and their non-Muslim supporters.

Ti made three important points in his response to PAS.(1) “Muslim criminal offenders (will) face harsher punishments under the hudud enactments (in certain states) as opposed to all suspects being equal before the Penal Code. Implementation of the criminal code must apply equally to all perpetrators.”

He reaffirmed the secular and egalitarian principles of a functional democracy and judicial system. Furthermore, he reminded these religious extremists that all Malaysians should be treated equally before the legal system and that penalising a specific polity because of their faith, should be unacceptable for those claiming to want an egalitarian Malaysia.

(2) Ti said there was no such thing as quid pro quo when it comes to protecting the constitutional rights of all Malaysians.

There can, and should be, compromise in certain issues but when it comes to the constitutional rights of Malaysians, there is no such thing as compromise. We do not barter certain rights at the expense of our Muslim brothers and sisters.

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Besides, Malaysian history has shown – and let’s face facts this happened under MCA’s watch – that kowtowing to Islamic extremism when it came to UMNO, had a horrendous effect on the stability and security of Malaysia. As far as appeasement is concerned, Churchill had it right – “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”

And (3) and perhaps the most important point, “Ti also challenged Muslim lawmakers in DAP, PKR, Amanah and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia to publicly declare if they will support PAS’ threat against non-Muslims to derail the amendments to the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976.”

Signed declaration

I would go further. I want a signed declaration from Muslim oppositional MPs that they will not support PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s bill and will endorse the amendments to the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976.

Why is this important? Besides the obvious reasons of course, but the reality is that for far too long Muslim opposition MPs have played this game where they paid lip service to secular and egalitarian principles because they did not want to be perceived as going against Islam and the Malay community.

Well guess what, by virtue of being an opposition MP, the narrative has already been established and promulgated that opposition Muslims MPs are collaborators with the Chinese DAP, agents of foreign powers, aligned with the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) movement, enemies of Islam and traitors to the “Malay race”.

There is really no drawback for publicly stating your position on this bill, unless of course your position is that you don’t support this bill, then the question becomes why is it, Malaysians who want change are voting for you?

DAP’s M Kulasegaran also cuts straight to the chase when he points out the hypocritical moral stance of the PAS MP who made the threat when he writes – “By making the threat, Takiyuddin has inadvertently stated that he would rather vote against having genuine Muslim converts as long as stiffer syariah punishment is enacted.”

The honourable gentleman from Ipoh Barat has always managed in a calm rational manner to point out truths without slipping into the deep partisanship that is contemporary Malaysian politics and has always been a thoughtful politician who writes on issues without banging the war drums – unless needed.

Kulasegaran’s and Ti’s positions should be the common stand taken by MPs regardless of party affiliation and is the kind of position that BN and opposition MPs should get together on instead of grandstanding.

The grand UMNO Grand Poohbah said this recently – “So, when we determine the direction, it will be a vision of all Malaysian citizens, including the younger generation.”

If Muslim opposition MPs really care about the future of all Malaysians, they will not support a bill that would ultimately destroy the Malay community. And that’s a religious truth you can have faith in.


There is no Alternative, Najib must Go for Malaysia’s sake

September 24, 2015

There is no Alternative, Najib must Go for Malaysia’s sake

1MDB-RM42-Billion-Thank-You-For-Your-SupportNajib Razak and his  MCA Accomplices

It’s high time that the people rise up in defence of the nation and future generations, urged a political analyst. He warned in his latest blog posting that covering up wrongdoing and sweeping them under the carpet was not the way to enlist the confidence of the international community in the country. “The consumer sentiment and the confidence of investors in the people, government, economy, market, ringgit and country would be affected too.”

No one, he said, should think that he can act with impunity i.e. do what he or she likes and expect to get away. “No one can get away with anything if we are determined not to allow them to get away.”

Shahbudin Husin, the analyst, pointed out that it was really shameful that the world outside does not hesitate to investigate wrongdoing by Malaysians, at home and abroad, while the authorities concerned in the country maintain an ominous silence on the matter when they are not busy covering up or sweeping them under the carpet. “Who at this stage will replace Najib Abdul Razak as Prime Minister is a secondary matter. I will write about this separately.”

“What’s important now is that he must first be removed one way or another. The pressure must be maintained until he goes. We can no longer accept him as Prime Minister. Najib’s departure, he added, can only bring good to the people and the country and their future. “He can longer face the international community or look other world leaders in the eye.”

“The departure of Najib will send a clear message and signal to others in the corridors of power to think twice before they convince themselves that they can act with impunity,” said the analyst. “They should not think that they can manipulate the system to cover-up wrongdoing and sweep things under the market.”

Shahbudin was commenting on a Federal Grand Jury convening in the US to examine allegations of corruption involving the Prime Minister and people linked to him on the matter. “What’s really shameful is that this investigation not only involves corruption and wrongdoing but also greed and recklessness in piling wealth of uncertain and dubious origin outside the country.”

“Meanwhile, consider the fate of the people especially in the kampungs who have to queue up to receive their RM500 BR1M once a year from the government. Compare their plight with the billions in ill-gotten gains being salted away overseas by those who claim to serve them.”

The analyst expects Najib to be faced with investigation after investigation, from all directions, in the wake of the US Federal Grand Jury convening on him. “This alone should convince the people in our country, from all walks of life, that Najib’s days are even more numbered now and he has no choice but to go and go soon. This time he doesn’t even have the luxury of working out an exit strategy.”

“Probably, the faithful at the Friday prayers would no longer pay any heed to the sermons put out by those in authority. They would be more focused on real issues connected with the Prime Minister.”

The analyst also goes into The New York Times (NYT) report on Monday on the US Federal Grand Jury on Najib. Malaysia’s Leader, Najib Razak, Faces U.S. Corruption Inquiry. Najib, noted the analyst, faces at least two other international investigations against him besides the US Federal Grand Jury i.e. one by the FBI and another by the Attorney-General in Switzerland. There are also reports against him, said Shahbudin, in the UK, France, Hong Kong and Singapore.