â€˜The truth is and take it from me!
IF this is the strategy to win back lost states, the hearts and minds of Malaysian voters – do not bother as Malaysian voters are very well aware of the issues involved be it of allegations surrounding â€˜instant Malaysian citizensâ€™, the concerted bashing of minorities, attacks on religious buildings, policies, phantom and cloned voters, alleged proselytisation, the racial and religious bigotry fermented by certain political thugs and goons, ‘whether the Malaysian Election Commission is bipartisan, professional or brainless stooges, flip-flop policies, the amnesty program, the various monopolies and takeovers, the alleged abuse of the EPF and government appointments!â€™ â€“ Dr Jacob George
CONSUMERIST: NON MUSLIMS WELCOME PAS STATEMENT!
I have just returned from my home town Penang where for over a week I conducted several surveys on race relations, the political climate, the economy there, tourist arrivals, and on Penang voter sentiments!
But while I will withhold my findings for the moment I cannot but applaud the statement by PAS to a certain group not to be entrapped by the attempts of extremist groups to create a climate of fear in Penang.
Yes it is obvious that there are certain groups out to create mischief and these are not a majority but a handful of repeat recycled political artiste and mercenaries creating a siege atmosphere aided and abetted by a racist vernacular electronic and print media!
And I am thankful to PAS vice-president Mahfuz Omar who I have great respect for urging parties in this holy month of Ramadan to demonstrate the true virtues of oneâ€™s faith and its righteous teachings to non-Muslims.
That one should reject any attempts to sow fear through extremist measures advocated by certain groups such as vandalizing places or making racist remarks!
That one should not and in fact never should one antagonize one another to raise the level of suspicions in the country.â€
I must commend Suadara Mahfuz who rightly stated and quite evident in my observation as well that since 2008, there have been attempts to instil fear and create divisions within a multi-ethnic and multi-religious society.
Like I said it is sad that among the perpetrators of this onslaught was a certain vernacular mainstream newspaper and a TV station and politicians who cannot accept that the voters have rejected them and even voters from their own camp!
Of late – there have been a series of demonstrations, but the last one in Penang caused traffic havoc on Penang Bridge, great fear, anxiety and logistics nightmares and interestingly, where a despicable ‘political mercenary’ took part!
Interestingly, the same individual has also uttered seditious statements, threatened harm and the criminal destruction of two new portals after last Friday prayers here!
We are told that he is a new senator of the ruling party but senators are expected to be upholders of the law are they not?
They are supposed to be role models for the nation, our young school going children, our undergraduates, but is he?
A week has passed and has he being questioned by those expected to uphold the law and maintain order in the country?
The last time I checked, we still had laws on sedition, public order, criminal intimidation, arson just to add a few!
So is he an untouchable and above the law?
Interesting perception, we give to the grassroots and over 12 million voters!
It is a shame that even after 54 years of independence we cannot afford to respect one another and most importantly, voters decision!
So what is ‘the message’ from the arsonist and those totally irresponsible people who attempted arson of the Penang state DAP headquarters at Jalan Talipon after certain state issues were again manipulated by political forces for a political agenda!
The truth is and take it from me â€“ if this is the strategy to win back lost states, the hearts and minds of Malaysian voters – do not bother as Malaysian voters are very well aware of the issues involved be it instant Malaysian citizens, the concerted bashing of minorities, attacks on religious buildings, policies, phantom and cloned voters, alleged proselytisation, the racial and religious bigotry fermented by certain political thugs and goons, ‘whether the Malaysian Election Commission is bipartisan, professional or stooges, flip-flop policies, the amnesty program, the various monopolies and takeovers and government appointments!
And no amount of feel good programs, talk shows, tweets, political rhetoric, radio advertisements on our national day, flying the flag and unity can change this sentimental on the ground unless and until there is true reforms that one can believe in not cosmetic statements often rebutted immediately or drowned by individuals/politicians from ONE’S OWN POLITICAL CONFIGURATION!
Gosh, that sucks big time!