Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash NAJIB blood clean from his hand?
Blood on their hands
Another incident of thuggish behaviour. A man lunged forward towards Nurul Izzah during her ceramah in Gambang, Pahang on Sunday – just hours after the disruption of the Stop Lynas gathering in Penang.
The incident reportedly took place at a PKR coffee-shop ceramah at the Felda Lepar Hilir 1 area. Some 30 Umno supporters disrupted the ceramah, attended by 100 people.
So the goon squads are on the loose ahead of the general election in their attempts to intimidate any open displays of political dissent and ‘cow’ them to silence.
The big question is, what are the police doing to curb these increasingly frequent and worrying manifestations of thuggish behaviour? (In the case of disruption of the Stop Lynas gathering at the Esplanade in Penang, the Beach Street Police Station was just around the corner, a few hundred metres away.)
And what does the ‘global moderate’ PM have to say about this trend?
FEB 29 — Silence will not acquit the Najib administration or Umno or Dr Mahathir Mohamad (patron and protector of Perkasa) if this current wave of intimidation ends in bloodshed or even loss of life.
It is unthinkable that a government which professes to believe in the rule of law and talks about law and order and stability at the drop of a hat can allow and encourage ruffians from Perkasa and Umno Youth to threaten anyone who does not agree with government policies.
In the last count, Lim Guan Eng, Nurul Izzah and several other Opposition politicians have been threatened by thugs. At a gathering protesting the Lynas rare earth plant, two journalists were attacked by the Perkasa/Umno combo.
If this aggression is allowed to continue, it will only be a matter of time before a death occurs and then the government or the police will not be able to play dumb.
If the goon squad actually thinks that Malaysians are going to be intimidated, they are sorely mistaken. The fence sitters or those not politically affiliated are fair-minded people and they will not tolerate the government allowing thugs to run riot in this country.
The PM may think that by keeping silent, he will be able to distance himself if anything bad happens. That is wishful thinking, sir.
You represent Umno and Mahathir represents Perkasa.
At a time when our nation is seeing a rise in intolerant behaviour, crossing every cultural line, whether based on race, religion or sexual orientation, we seem simultaneously stuck with a national news media TV3 that is preoccupied with conflict and controversy when we desperately need one that weighs facts and reports unfairly. A recent national news programme reinforced these concerns. Let me explain what I mean.
Imagine a respected television show TV3 Should Malayganging around urban scenes, looking scary. Imagine the zoom-in close up of a shoulder tattoo, proclaiming “thirst for chinese blood”.
this man is the prime minister Najib said “soak the kris in Chinese blood” got so much baggage on his shoulder
This is the biggest airhead UMNO has ever produced!
This is so thick skin that when he tell fucking lies, he face won’t change color, not a bit.
This has so many scandals that the Wikipedia needs 3 pages of articles to introduce him!
“The prince”, in its various meanings, perhaps offers a crude and simplistic insight into Najib’s possible behaviour as Prime Minister.
A story carried in TOI’s Ahmedabad edition last week is illustrative of the present state of affairs in Gujarat. It reports a tale of peaceful demonstrations accompanied by Ram dhuns in front of a bungalow owned by a Hindu in the city of Bhavnagar in Saurashtra. The bungalow was being sold off to a Muslim and the saffron brigade laid siege till the Hindu bungalow owner acquiesced and called off the deal. The story notes how in the last few months many such deals – of Hindus trying to sell property to Muslims – have been stymied in Bhavnagar, the only city in Saurashtra to witness riots during 2002.
Several Umno veterans including former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today met Perkasa in “near secrecy” to avoid being labelled as racists.
Lim Guan Eng today called on Datuk Seri Najib Razak to take responsibility for Perkasa’s words and deeds after openly backing the right-wing Malay group.
The DAP leader said that having the prime minister’s wife grace Perkasa’s fund-raiser last Saturday shows that Najib’s Barisan Nasional (BN) government and its lynchpin party, Umno, endorses everything the Malay group says and does.
The Bagan MP added that Perkasa’s founder-president, Datuk Ibrahim Ali, had last Saturday openly pledged his group’s support of Najib and his administration’s policies, adding that that he was “in awe of (Datin Seri) Rosmah (Mansor’s) leadership”.
“Najib is playing a dangerous game by supporting and sponsoring Perkasa while at the same time supposedly promoting moderation and national unity through his empty 1 Malaysia slogan,” Lim said in a statement today.
Citing Ibrahim, the DAP secretary-general claimed that Najib had said, “I am also a politician … The Malays are split (so) I have to play this game”.
He reminded the PM of Ibrahim’s provocative actions and statements in the past one year, from offering to fight a “crusade” against Christians and torching a picture of Bersih 2.0 chairman Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan and labelling her a “dangerous Hindu woman”, to warning the Chinese against taking part in the mammoth July 9 rally because “anything can happen”.
Lim also highlighted that “no action whatsoever has been taken by the Barisan Nasional government to moderate Perkasa’s extremist rhetoric”.
He further warned the PM that he risked losing support from the centre with his open backing of Perkasa.
“All Malaysians who value moderation must be very worried indeed when Perkasa declares itself to be in full support of all the Barisan Nasional government’s policies,” said Lim, who is also Penang chief minister.
“I will produce the facts and figures, all the paper clippings, all the resolutions to prove that DAP is racist and out to make trouble,” he told reporters at the Perdana Leadership Foundation here.
“With the record with I’ve kept since the May 13 tragedy in 1969, I can put across to the public so that they remember how DAP has consistently played the political game, which, to us, is purely chauvinist and racist.”
The Pasir Mas MP was speaking after a closed-door meeting with former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Malay issues.
Ibrahim added that Perkasa will sue Lim for allegedly defaming the group during the latter’s debate with MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek on Saturday.
Lim had repeated unfounded allegations that Perkasa was a group out to cause chaos, he charged.
“I have instructed Perkasa’s lawyers to study the video (of the debate) and we will sue Lim Guan Eng,” he said.
“We can’t allow him to continue making such accusations… He just wants to hide DAP’s racism by hurling accusations at others.”
Ibrahim said Perkasa will subpoena the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to clarify whether the group was indeed racist, as claimed by Lim.
He pointed out that Perkasa had never broken any laws and was only fighting to safeguard the constitutional rights of the Malays, Bumiputeras and Muslims.
“We would like to go to court and settle this with Lim Guan Eng once and for all,” he said.
Being in Ahmedabad on February 28, 2002 makes you a part of history. On that day, exactly 10 years ago, you were either the hunter or the hunted or a mute spectator to violence of a kind the country hadn’t witnessed since 1984.
Gujarat was yet to come out of the shock of the carnage that took place in Godhra the day before, with 59 kar sevaks burnt alive inside the Sabarmati Express. By February 28 afternoon, Muslim pockets – some of which are now household names like Gulbarg Society and Naroda Patia – were being attacked by riotous mobs. A bandh called by the Sangh Parivar to “protest” the Sabarmati Express carnage turned into a reprisal attack.
The aftershocks kept jolting Gujarat for almost a year, dying down around December 2002, when Narendra Modi was elected the chief minister in a landslide victory.
Today, as many recall those horrific days of 2002, and many entangle themselves in unending debates, opinion on Narendra Modi remains as polarized as the state is.
And, this debate will never end because we never learn to know, funnily, apples from oranges.
Let’s sample a few comments on Gujarat. “Look how it has developed since 2002.” “See, how many industries have come in.” “It’s soon becoming the auto hub of India.”
There is no denying all this. But, can one deny that 10 years ago, people were butchered, burnt alive, raped, maimed even as – what is now clear – the situation could have well been controlled?
Aren’t we mixing apples with oranges? Do good roads and a swanky riverfront wash away the sins of a carnage? Or, are we saying, thank god it happened, or else we wouldn’t have had our industries?
When then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee got into the burnt S 6 coach in Godhra a few days after the riots and then reached a relief camp in Ahmedabad, he spoke of “raj dharma” and how it is imperative for all rulers to follow this.
But, it didn’t take him long to forget his own preaching. A few months later, at a BJP conclave in Goa, when everybody expected Modi’s head to roll, Vajpayee kept silent. Did he believe “raj dharma” meant keeping silent as the state burnt and people killed each other?
So Modi stayed on. Though he probably wasn’t sure how long he could hang onto power, he knew two vital points. One, there has always been simmering anti-Muslim feelings in the state and, two, the Gujaratis’ love for “dhando” (business).
If point one got him the throne (no drawing room conversation is complete in Gujarat without a mention of ‘us’ and ‘them,’ people are willing to kill because “Muslims celebrate when Pakistan beats India in a cricket match” and almost all justified the killings by saying “they had to be taught a lesson”), point number two pasted the halo permanently on him.
Anybody aware of the political situation in Gujarat just before Modi was para-dropped from Delhi in October 2001, would vouch for the fact that BJP was staring at defeat. When a state ravaged by a devastating earthquake (January 26, 2001) that left over 10,000 dead was grappling to find its feet, the Keshubhai Patel government was riddled with corruption charges, from bungling in auction of quake debris to charges of relief material like apples and tents coming from other countries being sold in markets all over Gujarat. BJP’s equity was at a low, and the Congress was waiting to grab power.
All that changed on this day 10 years ago. The BJP rode back to power, high on the saffron wave that swept the state through riot-torn 2002. It has never looked back since, and another election is just round the corner.
Between 2002 and today, roads have been made better, the Sabarmati riverfront is almost throwing a challenge to the Singapore riverfront, one car manufacturer after another have trooped into Sanand, Gujarat’s Motown and top industrialists have dropped in regularly at his bi-yearly do – the Vibrant Gujarat – where some have even dubbed him PM material publicly.
Now, how has all this helped Modi? As a reporter in Gujarat in 2002, I had traveled to a tribal district – Chhota Udepur – close to Vadodara to catch the mood just before the polls. I was walking down a street and was struck by what I saw – rows of burnt down houses with graffiti on soot-covered walls proclaiming exactly how a lesson would be taught to the men and women who lived in these homes if they ever showed the temerity to come back.
I walked up to a tea stall and started a conversation (a routine news gathering technique) when the sentiments began boiling over, more furiously than the tea did.
“Woh apni beti ki shaadi mein khub band baja raha tha and note phenk raha tha mere ghar ke samne. Ab karke dekh,” said one. (This man splurged during his daughter’s marriage, hiring a band and distributing currency notes. Now, let’s see how he does all this again)
Modi knew it all boiled down to economics. Keep “dhando” going for the people and the gaddi is intact.
We come back to the question we began with – does more “dhando” wash away the blood of Gulbarg, Naroda Patia, Sardarpura, Ode …?
Or, we don’t really care?