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Politics at its worst

The recent controversies surrounding the Mursyidul Am and his family do not seem to have died down.

 

I tried, as much as possible, to stop reading the newspapers especially Utusan and Berita Harian, but the headlines sometimes are just so extremely glaring that you cannot help noticing them. So, I had to force myself to read what Nik Abduh, Nik Amalina, Datuk Husam and a few others wrote about the entire fiasco, and I also forced myself to read what Kickdefella (I think he is one creative dude!) had to say about the whole thing.

 

Forced to read?

 

Well, Tok Guru is someone I admire, I respect and I look up to. I would hate reading negative things about him. Well, it is not as if no one has cursed him, or ridiculed him… UMNO hates him and will always make fun of him. But I just get so emotional when the newspapers try so hard to make him look like the devil instead of someone else. (On another note, I find it quite funny how Tok Guru’s doa became a big issue. One of my friends made a remark, “I thought UMNO has always said that Tok Guru is a liar, and is not fit to be called an ulama… so why worry about his doa? Are they scared that his doa will be answered by Allah?”)

 

Anyway, back to the issue at question. Despite of the fact that I am a strong supporter of Nik Aziz, I still have some comments to make about the whole thing.

 

Firstly, Tok Guru Nik Aziz is not perfect. He is not an angel, neither is he a Prophet. The Mursyidul Am of PAS is just another human being. And humans make mistakes, no doubt about that. Even the most pious ulama makes mistakes. And Nik Aziz is also bound to make mistakes.

 

Secondly, regardless of how professional Ariffahmi is, I still think that the appointment is not right. I strongly believe that as the Mursyidul Am of PAS should have anticipated that his enemies would seize any opportunity to find faults in him. Appointing his son-in-law to that hot seat is just unbecoming. However, I understand that he must have had his own reasons for doing so, and I am sure that he had done his istikharah… and I know he must have thought about it thoroughly. Regardless, I still think that the question of whether or not he should appoint Ariffahmi, should not have crossed his mind in the first place.

 

But Ariffahmi held the position for quite some time and now he wants to resign. I hope he does it quickly. If his appointment was a mistake in the first place, this is the time to swallow his pride, admit the mistake, correct it and get on with life. If it was not a mistake, do something about it i.e. resign and get on with other more important agenda.

 

And of course, the UMNO goons are cheering and laughing about the whole thing.

 

And I hate that. And you know what else? I think that UMNO is trying so hard to get rid of Nik Aziz because they believe that if Nik Aziz is not there anymore, Pakatan Rakyat would be in deep trouble and they can win back Kelantan in the next GE.

 

 

I can only pray that the support for Pakatan Rakyat will become stronger by the day. And to the Mursyidul Am, you are still my leader and I pledge my support for you and the party. I pray that you stay strong!

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Sesak Dada

Sesak dada. Sesak nafas. Penganiayaan yang maha hebat!


The Perak State Assembly was again in chaos yesterday. Thanks to anilnetto.com for the live feed.

Anyway, I thought Najib has declared that Barisan Nasional is confident that the rakyat now supports them. So, what is the problem? Have a fresh election in Perak. Let the rakyat choose their own government. If BN wins, so be it. If PR wins, so be it.


Otherwise, the whole world will keep laughing at how Barisan Nasional has ‘raped’ democracy in the country. Look at what happened at the Perak State Assembly yesterday. And yet, Zambry can still smile. It is a victory, he said. For whom? For you? Or for the people???


Of late, it is so obvious that BN is trying so hard to make Pakatan Rakyat look bad in the media. Even the smallest news can become a headline. Look at how they played around with the issue on the proposed PAS EGM by Tok Guru. Look at how they portray that Pakatan Rakyat is breaking up when everything is going just fine. Look at how they tried to make Hassan Ali and Khalid Samad look like fools.


On the other hand, the leadership issue in MCA has not even been raised. The corrupt, Isa Samad, who won, will soon be sworn in as an Assemblyman but they are proud of that. The tragedy at Kampar seemed to be swept under the carpet. Who approved the structure of the bridge? Teoh’s case is still unsolved. The constitution has lost its significance and no one seems to bother. The judiciary is in a mess and everyone is happy about it.


Of course, to them, those are small issues. Barisan Nasional will always be perfect. And everything is wrong with Pakatan Rakyat.


Sometimes, I just feel so exhausted although I know that this struggle must go on.

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Bagan Pinang By-Election

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Isa Samad’s win was more than expected.

As much as I am disappointed with Zulkefly’s defeat, I still see this win by Isa Samad a blessing in disguise. 

It is a plus point for Pakatan Rakyat because BN, or more specifically UMNO does not believe that integrity is a key element in choosing a leader. It further implies that ‘rasuah’ or ‘bribery’ or ‘money politics’ – whatever they call it, is still acceptable in their culture. To tell you the truth, when Isa was first declared as an official candidate, I had a really good laugh. Do they seriously have no one else to contest? UMNO’s culture is quite odd actually – character and values are not considered in their selection of candidates. Therefore, Pakatan Rakyat should take advantage of this situation and promote our own culture and belief – integrity!

 

Even Tengku Razaleigh said that, “A win by Isa would translate into an endorsement of corruption-as-usual within the party and the government that it leads.” And he outrightly stated that he hopes Isa loses, for UMNO has fielded one that has been proven corrupt.

 

But UMNO still won.

 

UMNO may have won the battle, but Pakatan Rakyat hopes to win the bigger war, insya Allah.

 

In any event, this defeat should be a wake-up call for Pakatan Rakyat. The past 7 success stories may not hold true in all circumstances. I still think that Pakatan Rakyat has a lot more work to do, especially in Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor, and plus, Sabah and Sarawak, which are still a bit too far-fetched for us at the moment.

 

Despite the more positive outlook during the last general elections in these three states, the momentum must remain. BN still controls the federal government, thus, it is still privy to a lot of other things – the media, the civil servants, the money – and that puts Pakatan Rakyat on the losing side. The think-tanks of Pakatan Rakyat may need to come up with more radical strategies to take over the federal government in the next general elections.

 

Nevertheless, I believe Pakatan Rakyat has worked extremely hard. I pray that Allah rewards your efforts accordingly. We planned, but Allah is still the best planner.

 

Congratulations anyway, to the PAS candidate, Zulkefly, for your untiring effort and commitment, and for portraying such noble character. May Allah grant you wisdom and strength to go on with your struggle.

 

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Allahu Akbar!

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Comments on Permatang Pasir

Alhamdulillah, PAS retained its Permatang Pasir seat. Congratulations to Ustaz Salleh Man who won with a majority of 4551. I pray that Allah gives him the strength, perseverance and wisdom to fulfill his obligations as an ADUN. 

 

Now, it is 7 to 1. Out of the 8 by-elections, Pakatan Rakyat retained 7. And BN only won 1, in Sarawak. Well, we nearly lost in Manek Urai. 

 

Maybe Manek Urai was an isolated case. The result of Permatang Pasir’s by-election seems to indicate that the rakyat’s sentiment is still the same, if not better. The turnout was a lot lesser, but the decrease in majority is not too huge. If the percentage of turnout was higher or at least equal to the 12th General Elections, the results may be different. The majority could even be higher than that of the recent GE.  

 

But then again, Permatang Pasir has always been ‘kubu kuat PAS’. BN would have faced great difficulties in trying to wrestle the seat away from PAS. I guess the real test of the people’s sentiment would be if there is a by-election at any ‘kubu kuat BN’ or any area that is seen to be a ‘50-50’ area. Then we may be able to see where Pakatan Rakyat stands, and whether or not the people trust our leaders to make a difference.

 

Seriously though, not another by-election please, not unless we cannot avoid it. By-elections are just too mentally exhausting for people like me!  

Regardless, perjuangan ini belum selesai!

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Permatang Pasir

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On Being Paid

Utusan Malaysia 4-8-09

 

I had another good laugh after reading Utusan Malaysia’s headlines today.

 

Just because UMNO and Barisan Nasional are so fond of paying people for almost everything including to support them and to vote for them in the elections, it does NOT imply that Pakatan Rakyat does the same thing.

 

The people were there to voice their concerns on how the government is abusing the ISA. They came with a hope that the government will abolish ISA. At least, we hope that there will be justice for every Malaysian citizen.

 

And they were definitely NOT paid, not even a single cent.

 

Those fighters were there, hoping for reward from the AlMighty as Dr Syed Ibrahim said to Malaysiakini.

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So, Mr. Editor, please, do not underestimate us.

 

PS: Art Harun wrote a very interesting article on the issue of ISA today. Read it, it is worth it.

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Justice in Malaysia?

I don’t think there will ever be justice in Malaysia if BN stays in power.

 

Yesterday, 438 people were arrested including 37 women and 38 juvenile. Why? Simply because they wanted to tell their King that ISA should be abolished. And they assembled peacefully, there were no riots and certainly, there was no intention to create chaos. In fact, they did it because Article 10(1) of the Federal Constitution guarantees the freedom of speech and the right to assemble peacefully.

 

But of course, as with other peaceful demonstrations, the police were always kind enough to fire tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowd. And as expected, none of the Pakatan Rakyat leaders got to the Palace to present the memorandum.

 

Surprisingly though, another group of pro-ISA people which was represented by their legal advisor was allowed to the Palace to hand over a memorandum to the King. They want the government to retain ISA.

 

THIS is justice under the BN government. They will not harass those who support them. But they will always deny our rights as Malaysian citizens if what we do is against their policy.

 

Datuk Nazri also made a press statement that BN will never abolish the ISA after those arrests were made.

 

Takpe lah Datuk Nazri. You can say what you want. You can tell the whole world how powerful you are. You can boast about how great the BN government is for believing that ISA is necessary. But remember, doa orang yang dianiayai is always makbul. You don’t even have the slightest idea on how these people have suffered by being detained without trial. And these people will pray that justice be done… if not in this world, in the hereafter!

 

Meanwhile, did anyone read what the PM said on his visit to Kelantan? First he asked Tuan Guru Nik Aziz to be sensitive to the feelings of UMNO members. Then he said this:

 

Najib said the reality was that both Umno and PAS had the same objective in wanting to lead the country to become an Islamic country that was progressive and prosperous. He said although the two parties were different in ideology their aim was lead the country to progress and get the blessings of Allah. “The analogy is that we are on the highway. We (Umno) are in our lane and Pas has its lane but we are heading in the same direction to get Allah’s blessings. “That is why we (Umno) are living in the country and get compasssion from God. There have been many changes since Umno has been leading for over 50 years,” said Najib.

 

I had a really good laugh after reading his statement. What a good joke! Seriously, I didn’t think that the UMNO members were so sensitive that they felt uncomfortable with Tuan Guru’s statement! Kesian… kesian…  

 

Anyway, let us recite Al Fatihah for Dato Mohd Hamdan Abdul Rahman who passed away on Friday morning. Let us all work hard to retain PAS’s seat in Permatang Pasir!

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