Chew reprimanded for what other DAP leaders have said - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Monday, March 18, 2019
Malaysiakini : Don't you see that the whole aim of newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? - George Orwell, “1984”
| It bothers me when people say the massacre of Muslims in their place
of worship in Christchurch was an attack on humanity. This was an attack
on Muslims. This was an attempt to further religious and racial
division between (white) Christian communities and Islamic communities
in the West.
The killer made this clear in his manifesto. He
specifically chose a close-knit community, where his actions would cause
the most damage in the sense that people would begin to question their
values and government policies.
When people say this was an attack
on humanity, it blurs the line between the agenda of the perpetrator
and the beliefs of his targets. It fuels a narrative that slips into
easy political and social bromides, while diminishing the danger of the
ideology that was the basis of his crimes. It was not an attack against
humanity; it was an attack against Muslims.
You do not need to
generalise the incident to make it accessible for people to empathise
with the survivors. The sooner the West wakes up to the fact that
right-wing white nationalism poses a greater threat than Islamic
terrorism (there is enough empirical evidence to support this
statement), the better we non-Whites will be able to handle death cults
like IS and their ilk.
Was what DAP Mengkibol assemblyperson Chew Chong Sin said (and since retracted) 'politically incorrect' but 'true'? No,
it was propaganda meant to further non-Malay political narratives to
sustain mainstream “moderate” Malaysian politics, which is anything but
moderate. His retraction means little, not because the damage has been
done – which merely means the Malay far right is using it to further
their narratives - but because this type of propaganda has taken root in
the Harapan non-Malay base.
Think about what Chew (above)
said: "The alliance of Umno and PAS and their vigorous agitation on
race and religion is totally irresponsible. It serves no benefit in the
building of a new Malaysia and can also be taken advantage of by foreign
terrorist groups." This is false. What Umno and PAS are doing is
no different from what Bersatu, PKR and Amanah are doing, except that
since the last GE, Umno does not have the fig leaf of inclusiveness that
the DAP and non-Malay political operatives from PKR give their Malay
The basis of the then opposition hooking up with
Bersatu was race and religion. This was something only Bersatu could
give them. Mahathir acknowledged this. Lim Kit Siang endorsed this,
together with many other non-Malay Harapan political operatives. So,
from the start, Harapan was playing the exact same game as Umno and PAS. When
it comes to racial and religious agitation, Harapan is doing its fair
amount of it. When Azmin Ali wants to carry out a bumiputera agenda
without apology, this is racial agitation. When the Islamic affairs
minister in the Prime Minister's Department hooks up with Zakir Naik,
this is religious agitation.
When Harapan goes after the LGBT
community and initiates criminal investigations against women NGOs, this
is agitation against democratic principles. When Harapan backs out of
Icerd and the non-Malay political operatives make excuses, this is
racial and religious agitation.
When Harapan non-Malay
powerbrokers accept in spirit, if not in rhetoric, the beefing up of
Bersatu through frogs from Umno, this is racial and religious agitation,
since the basis of Bersatu is to protect Malay sacred cows, which are
anathema to a functional democracy.
Umno and PAS are honest about
their racial and religious supremacy, but what Harapan is doing is
making excuses for theirs. What Harapan non-Malay political operatives
do is to point to the Umno/PAS union as an example of Malay extremism
while ignoring the basis of their union with Bersatu, and the
furtherance of racial and religious policies - which are no different
from the Umno/PAS union.
This is why someone like Chew has the
temerity to make the claim that the extremism of Umno/PAS would court
foreign extremists, when the reality is that foreign extremists set
themselves against the government of the day – Harapan – and make use of
the religious bureaucracy nurtured by Muslim power brokers, but before
they do this, they destroy home-grown Islamic power brokers. In other
words, foreign extremists will hook up with anyone whom they believe
will further their agenda, but more importantly, court the Harapan elite
through "legitimate" agents to further their Islamic caliphate goals.
is not the “extremism” of Umno/PAS that Malaysians need to worry about,
but rather the manner in which the Harapan government deals with its
Islamic narratives. It is not Umno/PAS that are bringing home IS
returnees, for example; it is the Harapan federal government.
what do non-Muslim political operatives say about this? They are too
busy not spooking the Malays, or they spew propaganda like the kind Chew
espoused, which gains currency in the non-Malay Harapan base and is
thought of as some sort of truth-telling. It is not.
When former Umno Youth leader Razlan Rafii (above)
says that the "puak DAP" should be shot, some people are up in arms,
but if you believe the Umno/PAS union would lead to a Taliban country,
why should this surprise anyone? This is the point of it all, right?
Everyone is playing to everyone else's narratives.
reprimanded Chew for his statements. What were they reprimanding him
for? Lim Guan Eng said the Umno/PAS union was targeting non-Malays, and
Nga Kor Ming said this would lead to a Taliban theocracy. The only thing
Chong did was to use the Christchurch massacre to advance the same
propaganda. Was that the mistake, using the Christchurch massacre
when there are other better opportunities or examples to spread such
Here is the hard, bitter politically incorrect
“truth”: either Harapan will stall our descent into a theocracy or they
will enable it.