The Malaysian Insider today reported "PAS’s Pakatan Rakyat (PR) partner DAP was portrayed as the enemy of Islam and the Malays, and the Islamist party was chastised for bending to the will of the Chinese-dominated party, before a gathering of more than 1,000 mostly Malay residents (here). The vitriolic attacks against PR by Umno Youth leaders at last night’s rally here suggests the Barisan Nasional (BN) lynchpin is determined to continue its hardline racial rhetoric to create a siege mentality among the Malays to unite behind them"
Bending to the will of the Chinese-dominated party? Really? Why? Just because somebody from DAP pointed out that there was no law, yet, allowing seizure of beer from convenience stores? What else? There probably could be something else but as a Chinese fler I really don't see any big deal that PAS is bending to. Except maybe PAS is bending from the onslaught of silly "hardline racial rhetoric" from Umno in their bid to try and rally Malay support by constantly harping on racial insecurities.
Aiyoh! Why I digress so much ah? I said I woke up to some good news, right? Okay, okay...here it is.
One Umno Youth Exco member, Lokman Adam (who apparently was a founding member of PKR so he is now a froggie singing a different tune for a different master) was asking why the Shah Alam Municipal Council now controlled by PR did not revoke the license for Carlsberg brewery to operate in the district.
Why PR did not revoke the licence for the Carlsberg Brewery to operate? Why? Are you thick or what? Oh sorry, redundant question that. First, it would mean thousands would lose their jobs. Second, the state would lose millions in revenue. Third, and this is a genuine question. Islam forbids alcohol consumption for its followers. But does it impose its edicts on people of other faiths in the same community? Fourth, who was the state government when the licence was granted and why did the previous government not revoke it since you are now saying that it is so wrong to have it in the first place?
Lokman also said, "When PAS wanted to ban alcohol, they did not refer to the Quran or the Sunnah, but they referred the matter to DAP." Hey! As a thinking Malaysian I'd say Sybas! to PAS for that. Shows they are good Muslims as far as I'm concerned. They want to ban alcohol for Muslims (because it is against the religion to consume alcohol) but they also understand that the ban would have implications on others of their fellow-citizens living in the same community. So they start a dialogue to arrive at a solution that would benefit the whole community regardless of race or creed. No good meh? Then I sure won't vote for you in the next election la.
Another Umno fler also said, "Don’t think that a vote for PAS is a vote for Islam. It did not happen in Penang, or in Selangor. Instead Islam has been insulted." Hiyoh! We have heard so much about Islam being "insulted" that has become damn tiring la. Can these politicians please explain HOW Islam has been insulted by anyone recently? I really want to understand.
And finally, Selangor Umno Youth chief Suhaimi Ghazali said, "Maybe one day pork will be sold openly in Shah Alam". (Sigh. How low can these politicians sink in trying to win votes?)
Hey when that day comes we will truly have the 1Malaysia that Najib is shouting about. People of all races and creeds living in harmony with perfect understanding and acceptance. Without insulting anyone and without imposing unfairly on anyone. Without fear. Isn't that what you want too?
So you must be asking what is the good news Patrick is talking about? No meh? It's good news because if the Umno flers continue with their campaign of trying to incite fear and racial disharmony that's a sure sign they're on their way out. Isn't it?