Nurul Hidayah and Perikatan Nasional's hubris - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Malaysiakini : “To those who think they
are invincible to the disease and want to act tough, don't be surprised
if you are arrested. And please be prepared to spend a few nights in
police lock-up.” - Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador
In The The Original You Can Hear The Coaching
| What really angers me about the statements made by Nurul Hidayah, the
eldest daughter of Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, for breaking the
movement control order (MCO) is that she will not receive any sanctions
from this Malay uber alles government. Unlike the rest of
us who are fined or imprisoned, she will get off scot-free proving that
“negative vibes” means absolutely squat when you belong to the Malay
political elite of this country.
In 2017, when Nurul's father took aim
at Dr Mahathir Mohamad by pointing out that his Indian ancestry made
him less “Malay”, it was just another example from Mahathir’s playbook
of using race and religion to gin up the base. He said: “This was
his blue IC. His name was Mahathir a/l Iskandar Kutty. His blue IC
number is […]. This was sent by the director-general of the National
Registration Department (NRD).
“So he (Mahathir) was right when
he said Malays are forgetful because he is the son of Iskandar Kutty.
This is the person who fought for the Malay agenda in order to use
Malays. “When the honey has run out, the honeycomb is thrown
aside. Umno is like the honey, and we are the honeycomb that had been
thrown away,” Not to worry, with the formation of Perikatan
Nasional (PN), the honey is flowing again and folks like Nurul are
taking a big gulp. If you do not like it, what exactly are you going to
do, call the police? Replace “police” with any other investigatory body,
like the MACC for example, and the results would be the same.
her meeting with the PN religious czar, Religious Affairs Minister
Zulkifli Mohamed, she said: “This is all for you, for our religion Islam
that must be protected, so we will not be hit by any disasters.” This
basically means using religion as a defence against violations of legal
and social norms of the moment. This kind of arrogance is nurtured, not
chastised, in a fascist state.
Nurul is so worried that Islam
needs to be defended, yet her father and his foundation which are under
investigation does not crop up on her radar. She has the audacity to
claim that she is defending Islam and is worried about alleged apostasy
when frontliners are complaining that people are disobeying the MCO and
scrambling for personal protection equipment.
is exactly the kind of thinking that someone like Zakir Naik
propagates. Just as Pakatan Harapan shielded him from the sanctions of
the state, so will PN shelter him from the sanctions of the state. The
investigation into him has been completed, what is the hold-up? Exactly. What
Nurul says and does fall into the dogma that Zakir Naik pushes and that
the state – PN and Harapan – want to sustain. A feudalistic state where
the elites run roughshod over the majority but use race and religion to
sublimate class issues that could galvanise a multiracial coalition.
it surprise you that many of my friends consider Zakir Naik an icon? It
is true. When Zakir Naik tells people that it is better to be ruled by
corrupt Muslim leaders than by honest kaffirs, you understand the class
politics at play here, right? Keep in mind that Nurul comes from a
family with a fleet of luxury cars and a father who is facing – what he
claims are politically motivated charges – of corruption and money
Forget about the charges for a moment. It was reported
that his fleet of luxury cars co-owned with his wife was around 20
vehicles, including a Lexus LX570, two Toyota Vellfire, Mercedes Benz
CLS 350, Audi Q7 4.2 (A), Chrysler Jeep Wrangler, Honda Odyssey, Mini
Cooper S, and a BMW 320i (A). They also owned two Harley Davidson bikes, a Ducati Diavel Carbon, BMW C600 Sport, BMW R1200 GS, BMW R1200 RT and a Honda C100.
I mentioned elsewhere I live amongst daily wage earners. I live with
poor Malays, Chinese, Indians and foreign workers who are scrambling to
earn money so they can buy food. Most of them sometimes share vehicles
if they are lucky. While most of the Malay folks I know are
religious, nearly none of them can even fathom the kind of opulence
people like Nurul Hidayah come from.
I know a number of people who
have been fined or awaiting jail time for breaking the MCO. I can tell
you that all these people were in desperate circumstances, and the
meagre help that I and a few others extended to them could not alleviate
their problems. In breaking the MCO, they were attempting to get some
cash to weather the MCO.
The wife of one of these people asked
what was the difference between her husband who was fined for attempting
to meet his mother on the other side of town and Nurul? In Malay
peppered with Bahasa Indonesia slangs, she was disgusted that there was
no “investigation” for her husband. They just arrested him and for a
couple of days, she did not know where he was.
At the beginning of
this MCO when the PN government was announcing plans to curb the
activities of social activists in delivering aid to the disenfranchised,
women rights activist Irene Xavier and a co-worker were rushing to
deliver aid to marginalised communities. Irene informed Malaysians of
the plight of a woman who had given birth without the amenities that most of us take for granted.
This with the arrogant dismissal of Nurul Hidayah of her critics for
breaking the MCO, which tell you how despicable these people are. The honey is truly flowing again.