Last night, Pribumi Bersatu president TS Muhyiddin Yassin said these at the Pribumi Bersatu AGM,
Malay power, status of islam intact under Pakatan Harapan
Well, what did you expect him to say anyway.
Lets go through the important bits that Muhyiddin said,
Muhyiddin said the Malays should be grateful that UMNO lost in the GE14 because, with the defeat, UMNO leaders had also lost their power to hide all their lies and wrongdoings.
”When they lost their power, all their wrongdoings came to light and their leaders have to face charges,” Muhyiddin said.
- Okay fine. But does that guarantees that Malay leaders of the new government are any better?. Personally, I believe that many in Pribumi Bersatu are not any better then those in Umno, since I know the history of some of them when they were holding high office in Umno. They used to be among the most corrupt Umno leaders and blatant practitioners of money politics. They first gained power in Umno through such means and in fact corrupted the party by what they did while still with Umno. I will always remember the Umno election in 2000, particularly the contest for the vice-president posts when money politics in Umno reached a new height and I was a witness to it. Well, some of those worst corrupt ex-Umno politicians are also in PKR now. Those who are older than me may also talk about the Anwar-Ghafar Baba contest for the Umno deputy president post in 1993 which cemented the money politics culture in Umno. Don't take my words for it, okay. Just go and talk privately with senior DAP leaders and ask them whether they agree with what I said about this.
He said that after UMNO and PAS lost in the GE14, the two parties had resorted to an extreme racial and religious politics just to win back the support of the Malays – to the extent of spreading wild speculations that Muslims were no longer safe in Malaysia, that the position of Malay Rulers as heads of religion in their respective states would be jeopardised, that the Islamic Development Department of Malaysia (JAKIM) would be abolished and that the law allowing the culture of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) and same-sex marriage would be passed by the Parliament.
“Those wild speculations have been proven wrong. The Malay rulers are still heads of religion in their respective states, Jakim still exists and it is quite impossible for the law allowing LGBT culture and same-sex marriage to be passed by the Parliament when the majority of the members are Muslims who adhere to the practice of the Sunnah Wal Jamaah,” he explained.
- Really? But I think Pas is just doing what it has been doing all along and Umno is more or less paralysed after their GE14 defeat and in no shape of doing anything extreme. Or is this about the recent anti-ICERD rally? That one is actually headed by the Malay Muslims NGOs while Pas and Umno were merely supporting them. Anyway, is the anti-ICERD rally really racist and extreme? The way I see it, ICERD as championed by that Hindraf extremist minister in charge of racial unity and social well being does have the effect of eroding all those Malay and Islamic things mentioned by Muhyiddin. The government would have ratified it if the Malays and Bumiputera have not voiced their objection. So, that's why that anti-ICERD rally happened. By right, Pribumi Bersatu as the new defender of Malays and Islam in government should be the one leading it or at least joined the rally. It's definitely not racist or extreme. It was peaceful and no fireman was murdered by the participants of the rally.
At the same time, he said Bersatu would welcome the opinions of non-governmental Islamic organisations in shaping the New Malaysia.
“For that, I propose for the setting up of an Ummah Consensus Council comprising representatives of government and non-governmental organisations to contribute to the development of the ummah in Malaysia,” he said.
- See, after the anti-ICERD rally, they are beginning to realise the importance of courting the Malay Muslim NGOs. By the way, the main organiser of the rally is called Ummah. However, I don't think they will side with the government as long as the likes of Waytha Moorthy and Ganabatirau are still in their seats of power.
The Bersatu president further said that UMNO and PAS were just daydreaming if they thought they could win the next general election by spreading lies based on religious sentiments.
“The Malays know who UMNO and PAS leaders are. They are just two of a kind. One is a robber and the other, despite being Islamic, willing to kiss the robber,” he said.
- Hmmmm....I don't think Muhyiddin should use this line. It sounds too DAPish.
As a party which recently received the mandate of the people, Muhyiddin also reminded Bersatu to always exercise self-reflection and realise that power is a heavy responsibility, not an entitlement or privilege that they could brag on.
“For those in the government especially, focus your attention to discharging your duties as members of the government. Work more and reduce politics. Do your level best to solve the people’s problems. Remember that the people are watching and judging our performance as the government,” he said.
- Yes, I agree with this. People are watching and some are even pleading. I'm one of them. Click on this link to read my recent pleading,
It's about the plight of Lynas workers, who are mostly Malay Muslims
and Adib who was murdered because he was a Malay Muslim fireman.