But we know better than to accept this nonsense from the King of Nonsense.
He is allowed by the Najib administration to plant seditious ideas everywhere, to brandish his thuggish behaviour on the national stage and insult everything decent about being Malaysian.
The police give him a free pass even though everytime he speaks he breaks a slew of laws. How can an intellectually-disadvantaged politician with supposedly no affialiation be so privileged?
Because he has the support of Najib Razak and Umno and the protection of Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Perkasa is Umno’s alter ego and was set up to give Umno the luxury of playing the chauvinist and right wing card and yet have the luxury of deniability. So Umno could assure its BN component party members that it was middle of the road while twin Perkasa targetted the vote of the Malays.
Initially, Najib seemed against Perkasa. That is why Khairy Jamaludin/Nazri Aziz/Tengku Adnan Mansor attacked Perkasa but then Najib either got cold feet or had his chain yanked by Dr Mahathir. He did an about turn.
Since then, Umno have used Ibrahim as a proxy to attack Chinese, Christians, the DAP and anybody who promotes economic liberalisation.
Last night when Ibrahim threatened to launch his crusade against Christians, he was speaking on behalf of Umno. This so-called concept of indepedent MPs does not exists. It is a fallacy.
The likes of Ibrahim Ali, Zulkifli Noordin and Zahrain are Umno representatives. That is what we must remember.
So when Ibrahim whacks non-Malays and non-Muslims, it is Umno whacking non-Malays and non-Muslims.
It is as simple as that, isn’t it?
The leaders and followers of BN keep reminding everyone every now and then, that they will give their lives to protect Putrajaya. They keep harping on it that one wonders if Putrajaya actually belongs to a single political party only.
Then why have general elections in the first place? Can we please allow some sanity to prevail on this land?
Politicians must be told in no uncertain terms that it is the citizens who allow the politicians and their party to govern the nation and its people. And Putrajaya – the seat of administrative power does not belong to the politicians. Period!
If the rakyat decide to go for change (or ‘transformation’ as what some BN leaders prefer) and vote the alternative party or coalition of parties to form the government, then the winning team gets to Putrajaya.
Politicians championing and threatening that they will spill blood and crush bones to keep Putrajaya in their control is akin to a draconic tyrant who refuses to listen to the will of the people. This is no democracy as is enshrined in the constitution of every democratic nation.
Just because one political party has enjoyed forming the ruling government for so long it does not automatically qualify them as the permanent government by default. Seasons come, seasons go. People all over the world, throughout history, have demonstrated that governments come and there will be a time for them to go.
BN cannot be more supreme than the law of nature either.
And for BN to keep drumming up racial, religious and sex capers, series after series, is indeed exhausting the nation’s populace to a point that BN may in all likelihood be denied of even a one-third majority (or minority) placing within Putrajaya.
So stop your nonsensical triads and get down to business. Your real enemy is corruption. Deal with it. Use all the powers the citizens have vested upon you to govern. Clean up. Flush out the nation’s number one enemy – corruption, then you do not have to worry. People may allow you another extended stay anchored in Putrajaya.
If you ask the man in the street – a potential voter, no one cares if the PM is this colour or that religion. No one really cares about the sexual orientation of this fellow and the sex preferences of that fellow.
What people care is for an able and distinguished leader. One who can ensure that every citizen is able to lead a decent life, justifiably distributed between work and leisure just like the citizens in neighbouring countries like Thailand and Singapore.
What people want is that crooks do not steal and stash away the cream from the larder and deprive the 80 percent of the population to live on the crumbs left behind as is the case today.
What people want is that the judiciary and the executive go after the corrupt crooks in the best interest of the citizens and the nation.
What people want is for the police to give every citizen a decent sense of safety and security like in Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong. Never mind about Switzerland and the rest of the progressive world.
What people want is that they be made proud by a government of leaders who are walking and talking icons of exemplary standards, upholding civil liberties and the virtues of mortal humanity.
Are all these too complex and difficult to understand? Or is it that the 20 percent of people who control 80 percent of the population are so insulated that they do not care anymore?
By Bashir Assad
Srinagar: In its post-independence era India has at least been successful in managing its vast diversity in terms of socio-religious, ethnic and regional identities which is quite appreciable. Even today, despite the all out efforts by the non-secular and chauvinist forces to sow germs of hatred among different sections of the multi-religious, multi-lingual and multi-ethnic Indian society , the very idea of India, somehow remains intact.
However, in case of Jammu and Kashmir which in its all manifestations is considered as minuscule of India, the idea of managing the diversities through reconciliation has been the first causality since long. Instead of reconciling differences of varied entities, their markers of identity have been manipulated through all fair and foul means. Here not only were the differences among the people in terms of their faith and region amplified extraordinarily, complete polarization has been infused between the two regions – Jammu and Kashmir – to the extent that the very characteristic feature-tolerance and trust – which till recent past was the glory has been wittingly rather deliberately defeated. The political discourse in the state is shaping in a way that instead of fostering a strong working relationship based on mutual trust and tolerance between different religions and regions – all overt and covert efforts are being made to compartmentalise the society. Political parties, both having national and regional character, are nurturing a policy of sharp divide. Even as this grand strategy has been unfolding steadily since 1947, but the process was further accelerated after 1989.
Every individual or community has a legitimate claim on the equal distribution of the economic resources, welfare and development, and proper representation in the government. People no doubt have some really genuine concerns here or there on this count, but to crowd an actual issue of political longings and aspirations with these economic complaints and cultural nuances is sheer subversion. As of now the project of ‘assimilation’ in case of Jammu and Kashmir has been carried forward through exploitation of the given diversities in the society and by broadening differences within the different segments.
Surprisingly, the New Delhi-appointed Interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir have also started their mission compartmentalization. Irrespective of whether the governments in Srinagar and Delhi concede it or not, fact of the matter remains that today the polarization between various regions and sub-regions seems complete, with each group looking at the other as a contender and not as a friend or collaborator. Be it the continued friction between Srinagar and Jammu over the share in government jobs and educational institutions as well as access to the developmental funds, and other welfare schemes or even to which offices should function in which part of the state, the divide is openly visible everywhere. Ladakh too is up in arms and raises its pitch for Union Territory status every now and then.
Dogras of Jammu, Kashmiris of Kashmir and Buddhists of Ladakh have lived together for centuries in harmony. Different cultural and ethnic identities – Sunnis, Shias, Gujjars, Paharis, Kashmiris, non-Kashmiris, Pandits, Dogras and Buddhists – have thrived together. Obviously then if all these identities suddenly becomes hyper-active, the assertion seems to be unnatural and fabricated. The political parties here and there are, for their electoral fortunes, encourage the divide and New-Delhi is maintaining criminal silence over a tendency fraught with dangerous consequences for the whole nation.
Among the ruling class today, there is a tendency to portray Kashmiri-speaking Muslims as the only “rubble rousers”. In a bid to reduce the scope of the actual Kashmir problem, a concerted effort is being made to single out Kashmiri Muslim from among the rest. This reductionist mind-set has certainly done more damage to the state’s character than having helped in reaching any worthwhile goal.
History stands witness that short-cuts and strong-arm methods have always proved counter-productive while dealing with the peoples’ longings. The rationale has to be engaged with a rationale and idea with a counter-idea. The task for India in Jammu and Kashmir is cut out: either it has to generate a workable counter-ideology to the separatists’ movement or it has to find an accommodation for the ideology of independence. In today’s civilized world, coercive measures and distortion is not possible; any resort to these means is akin to scuttling the very idea of liberty, equality and peace and justice.
[Bashir Assad is a senior Journalist based in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir. He is now Bureau Chief (J&K) of IndianMuslimObserver.com. He can be contacted at email@example.com]