Malaysiakini : “My dear, here we must run as fast as we can, just to
stay in place. And if you wish to go anywhere you must run twice as fast
as that.” - Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
To stop PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim from becoming prime minister, the
charlatans who make up the current government brought down a
democratically elected government. There is more to it than that, of
course, but stopping Anwar is the official narrative. It is the
acceptable narrative because it means that this was about personality,
rather than about "ketuanism" (supremacism).
far-right and agents of the fascist state have been gleefully retelling
how PAS, for instance, was used to troll Pakatan Harapan and sow
mistrust in an attempt to make this coup out as something that happened
organically, instead of a sustained plan to attack the democratic
process and bring down a federal government.
Talking heads and
so-called pundits are now “evaluating” this cabinet as if they were a
product of a legitimate democratic process instead of the unholy
by-product spewed forth by plotters who brought down a government. This
is not a government of consensus, but rather a government of connivance.
folks say that we should put aside our partisan bickering and look
objectively at the situation. Give this new government a chance, they
say. First off, if the current prime minister survived a no-confidence
vote, then this would have been an acceptable outcome to this fiasco.
Forget about what brought us to this place. The fact that the current
prime minister went through the democratic process and legitimately
assumed power would have been the first “good” move this regime did.
I have no idea what Perikatan Nasional (PN) stands for. I know (from
public statements) that their agenda is to stop Anwar from becoming
prime minister, upholding Malay rights which they claim Harapan was
derelict in and hating and blaming DAP for everything. Beyond that,
there is nothing that points to coherent strategies and policies. Now,
of course, Harapan blamed Umno for everything too, but the difference
here is most Harapan partisans blamed Harapan for not correcting the
mistakes of Umno and continuing the blame game while PN – Umno and PAS –
are essentially blaming DAP for decisions made by the Harapan
collectively and colluding with the very people who abandoned the
I was (am) critical of Harapan because they
failed to live up to their manifesto and their supposed egalitarian
ideas that would save Malaysia. However, with these new guys, they don’t
seem to have any ideas beyond claiming that the DAP – read Chinese
community – were destroying “Tanah Melayu” and that for some reason
Anwar is an existential threat to their survival. When it comes to
Harapan’s dereliction of duty, when it comes to “Malay” privileges and
rights, Harapan and nearly every non-Malay political operative are
bending over backwards not to spook the Malays.
The DAP, despite
criticisms from activists and outlier Malay voices, poured millions into
Islamic institutions. Furthermore, unlike what someone like the mufti
of Perlis claimed that Harapan “bullied Muslims”, they created
opportunities with their Malay counterparts in terms of education and
employment for the Malay polity.
Does anyone really think that the
mufti, Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin, is unaware of the things the Harapan
regime has done for Muslims in this country? Does anyone think that Asri
was unaware of the looting of Islamic funds that was going on when the
former PM Najib Abdul Razak's regime was in power? And the DAP were
still hankering for his friendship.
Have there been screw-ups? Of
course, with gutting subsidies and et cetera, but compare this to the
kind of looting that was happening during the heyday of the Najib regime
and the foundational years of Mahathirsm, and well, you decide
“objectively” if Harapan needed to be overthrown by these goons to
Don’t get me wrong, I am not attempting to
justify Harapan’s track record, but what I am doing is asking those
folks who say give these bandits a chance, and I really mean this,
sincerely. Why? It’s not as if we have a choice, right?
not as if the democratic process played out, and we just have to wait
for the next election cycle. I have no idea what these people are
capable of because traitors and charlatans are capable of anything to
sustain their treachery and deceit, including eroding and dismantling
what’s left of our democratic institutions.
People say, well
Harapan went after Umno and now it is Umno’s turn to go after Harapan.
Take what Umno deputy president Mohamad Hasan said, that the new
government will investigate former finance minister Lim Guan Eng for
adding direct debts and the sale of assets. Really? This is the racial
persecution that “objective” non-partisans think is acceptable?
Lim made his case against the racist comments of Mat Hassan calling for
Muhyiddin to be investigated too, but I want pundits – especially those
who blather on about giving these nincompoops a chance – even if what
Lim did conformed to what Mat Hassan said, what the Umno vice-president
is asking for is for Lim to be investigated for carrying out his job
and the then government’s economic agenda. And you want people to have
faith in these bigots?
Online, people are picking apart the new
cabinet which is what happens, especially when you stage a coup. But
what really sticks in my craw is the appointment of Takiyuddin Hassan as
a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (in charge of Law). I
guess the search for Indira Gandhi's (below) kidnapped child will be put on hold now.
in mind that this was the political operative who, along with 13 PAS
MPs, stopped the then BN government’s move of Section 88A, which would
have effectively put an end to the practice of a Muslim convert parent
also converting a child and then seeking custody at the Syariah Courts.
This always led to tussles between Muslim and non-Muslim parents, and
setting the civil and syariah courts on a collision course. Takiyuddin
claimed that Muslim converts also suffered.
Have Muslim converts
had their children unilaterally converted to a religion which the child
cannot renounce when he or she comes of age? Have the Muslim converts
been denied justice in the civil courts? Have the Muslim converts had
their children kidnapped and then had the state claim that they would
not interfere because the ruling of the civil court conflicted with that
of the syariah court?
Has the Muslim convert watched in horrified
anger and grief over the years as the child is indoctrinated to a state
religion which, if the child attempts to leave, he or she would be sent
to a rehabilitation camp where more alleged abuse awaits the now-adult
child? So, tell me again, why I should give this cabinet a
chance? And forget about finding out what really happened to the missing
pastor Raymond Koh and Amri Che Mat. Keep in mind that this cabinet got
the endorsement of Asri, so you know what kind of agenda is at play
Then, of course, there is the favourite propaganda tool of
using the case of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim. The Seafield riots
engineered by Malay thugs, we now know by the judgment of the coroner,
and the inaction of the police, political operatives are claiming that
they want “justice” for him with this new government.
Umno at the
time wanted a slew of investigations into Indian political operatives
because they were "spreading misinformation" when we now know that it
was the state security apparatus which was doing so during the early
days of the "riot".
You can rest assured that the LTTE "threat"
would rear its ugly head again and who knows, some bright spark may
perpetuate the theory (already making the rounds online) that former
attorney-general Tommy Thomas purposely dropped the cases against the
LTTE because he was part of an Indian conspiracy.
Like everything in this country, we normalise what should be anathema to democracy.