They only show their true colors when they think that they are
powerful. They always think that they are at war so they apply deceit.
Sahih Muslim 52: 268 "War is deceit". Take note Sabahans and
Sarawakians, this happening in Kedah is a a very fine example by the
Party made up of the Children of Satan (PAS).
Malaysiakini : “This year, Hindus will make a great sacrifice … Everything happens for a reason.” - PAS Supporters Wing (DHPP) information chief Balachandran Gopal Krishnan
I received a long email from a political operative of the Malay uber
alles variety decrying the actions of the Kedah menteri besar for
cancelling Thaipusam. Well, first off, nobody can cancel
Thaipusam and what this menteri besar has done is merely reinforce the
cultural underpinnings of Hindus in Kedah.
As I have argued many times before, actions such as these are meant to isolate the Malay community even more. Hindus
in this situation may be the target, but the real victim is the Malay
community, which has to choose to take a side in the cultural war that
the Malay establishment has propagated for decades.
The idea here is to antagonise the non-Malays while reinforcing the idea that the Malay community and leadership is under siege. Except
now, the political terrain has changed. The Malay establishment is
fighting with itself and numerous court jesters, unsuitable for politics
and managing expectations, have been thrust into positions of power.
PAS the perpetual handmaiden to other more influential power brokers,
the need to be relevant has become even stronger. The need for
relevancy, imperative. The menteri besar for whatever reasons
assumes that his “attack” against Thaipusam is a win in this culture war
but the reality is that all it is doing is damaging the already weak,
Not only that, I would argue that Thaipusam has
received a boost of some kind in terms of visibility and the majority
community are being inundated with photos and writings by other Malays
of how this festival is important to Hindus in Malaysia. It's free multicultural publicity coming from diverse sources all, against the actions of this MB.
Thaipusam goes about in a fairly sedate manner but this year thanks to
PAS we have mainstream reportage on the relevancy of this festival to
Hindus. Indians from across the political spectrum agreeing with
each other, but more importantly establishment political operatives of
various race and political affiliations in agreement that this is an
issue of religious insensitivity by the Kedah MB, which also means that
this is a case of PAS being insensitive to the religious rights of
Indeed members of PN who are trying to shed their
uber alles image are openly contradicting the wacky menteri besar of
Kedah and you just know that Muhkriz Mahathir would not have pulled
such a stunt, and that makes his removal even more damaging for the PN
PAS unsuitable PAS for power
With the federal government giving the okay for an SOP compliant Batu Caves chariot procession, this makes the MB’s diktat even more petty and malicious. The
reason why they probably gave the okay was because they wanted to
mitigate the damage done by the Kedah menteri besar. Hence even in
mitigation, the MB has exposed the incompetence of his coalition.
fact that the cherubic menteri besar seems to be adept of sticking his
foot in his mouth every time he holds a press conference, makes PN look
even more incompetent, which is not helpful when the federal government
is desperately attempting to convince the rakyat that they have
everything under control.
When you have Malay political operatives
who traditionally have been banging on the race and religion drum,
standing up for the festival, PAS should realise that this does not make
them look like defenders of race and religion, but rather incompetent
hacks who could not even run a state without drawing the coalition into a
If that is not enough, various PAS operatives
have been banging the anti-LGBTQ drum. The fact that this is even an
issue when a raging pandemic is destabilising the health infrastructure
in this country despite what the "experts" say, is indicative of how
unsuitable PAS is for power. Honestly, the LGBTQ issue is so overplayed. I get that the strategy is to force everyone to join the culture war.
wants to make it seem that if non-Muslims do not support their bigoted
agenda, this means that non-Muslim faiths “condone” homosexuality.
of course, they want to force Malay political operatives to either
support this action – which would be damaging for their non-Malay base –
or oppose it and then be labelled as being deviants to Islam. That is
the game plan.
What PAS wants to do is become the religious
backbone of any Malay power structure it attaches itself to. Using
religion not as a basis for sound governance but as a weapon to instil
fear in the majority and minority polities.
It would surprise
nobody that PAS probably knows that they do not run states well. They
know they are unsuitable for power. Look at the states they run or have
influence over. Beating the religious drum is the only card they
have to play and this is why PAS is desperately attempting to distract
us from their failings. More importantly, they are attempting to remain
relevant in a regime, whose ground is slowly shifting beneath their
feet. Honestly what has PAS contributed to PN that has any value, strategic or otherwise for the coalition?
are really there to make up the numbers and all this will change in the
next general election when there will be open warfare between the
various factions of Umno, Bersatu and PAS and whoever else PN manages to
draw into their manure show.
PAS' desperate attempts at relevancy
is more damaging for PN than it is to the opposition. The party has
always made it clear they want a union so they can rule over the
non-Muslims. Speaking at a ceramah after a prayer event in Terengganu in 2019, the PAS president said Muslims must unite so that they could rule over the non-Muslims.
The good news for Harapan is, the longer insecure PAS continues its bleatings for relevancy, the more damage it does to PN.The problem with this is that religious extremism is harder to recover from than a kleptocracy.