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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Of wet dream, nightmare and Marty McFly

I have not seen the Buku Jingga, let alone read it. I wonder what Pakatan Rakyat says about hudud. Or whether Pakatan Rakyat says anything about it at all.

Whatever public posturing Pakatan Rakyat puts up in relation to hudud, everybody knows that in hudud resides an issue within Pakatan Rakyat which is potentially explosive and may ultimately be destructive. Everybody knows that. Pakatan Rakyat knows that. And Tun Dr Mahathir, unfortunately to Pakatan Rakyat, also knows that.

While the Barisan Nasional, particularly UMNO, was busy trying to out-manoeuvre Mat Sabu in history 101 and the Prime Minister eagerly venturing into a state of “coolness” and “sempoi-neity”, Tun Dr Mahathir had other ideas. His was a meister stroke of all political strokes in Malaysia. That’s because he knows what hurts the most as well as when and where to execute the hurting blow.

So, in an interview one day he threw a seemingly harmless challenge to PAS. PAS has always maintained that he (Tun DrM) was the reason why it could not implement hudud in Kelantan. Tun DrM then asked why hasn’t PAS written to Prime Minister Najib to implement hudud as he (Tun DrM) is now no more the PM.

Those of you who of my generation will remember the character Marty McFly from the Back to the Future trilogy – to digress, I wonder when Hollywood is going to remake this film – apart from the totally cool and sempoi DeLorean DMC-12 in the movie. Marty boy was a smart kid. Very nice and mild-mannered boy. Quite cool and level headed too. That was until the antagonist started calling him “chicken”. Upon being called “chicken”, Marty McFly would lose all his good manners and level-headedness. He would turn reckless and completely berserk. He would even do really stupid things.

Tun DrM knew all the while that hudud is to PAS and Tuan Guru Nik Aziz what “chicken” was to Marty McFly. Mention the word “hudud” and Tuan Guru Nik Aziz would instantly go ape and all bananas. The whole PAS would grimace in orgasmic pleasure like a 13 year old after his first wet dream. That would in turn be a nightmare for Pakatan Rakyat. In Pakatan Rakyat, DAP’s stand on hudud is clear. DAP is against hudud. As for PKR, well, it depends on what day the issue is raised and on which side of the bed Anwar Ibrahim wakes up that day.

TDM knows very well that hudud will cause Pakatan Rakyat to lose its “pakatan”. His challenge was a calculated move to throw Pakatan Rakyat into shambles. That was exactly what had happened after his challenge.

TGNA firstly dismissed as laughable suggestions by TDM that Kelantan can now implement hudud now that TDM has retired. He then challenged the present Prime Minister to withdraw Putrajaya’s objection to the implementation of hudud in Kelantan. If TGNA was politically savvy, he would have stopped there.

No, he did not.

TGNA then continued to meet with Prof Aziz Bari and Dr Dzulkefli Ahmad on 25th September 2011 to discuss the implementation of hudud in Kelantan and gave assurance that hudud will only affect Muslims and will not be imposed on non-Muslims. (the full report is here).

DAP, quite expectedly, responded. Karpal went into amok mode. Lim Guan Eng, meanwhile, said that the party’s entire Central Executive Committee would resign from their position in the party if hudud was ever included in Pakatan Rakyat’s Common Policy Framework or Buku Jingga.

The Star newspaper of course saw this as an opportunity. On 25th September it apparently reported what Guan Eng said above. However on 26th September, the Star apparently modified the news to report that Guan Eng had threatened the resignation of the DAP’s leadership from Pakatan Rakyat.

The water gets even murkier when Anwar Ibrahim, quite recklessly (politically) said that he supports the Kelantan State Government’s move to implement hudud (see here for the report). He later clarified his statement saying that all decisions affecting the people will have to be based on consensus within Pakatan Rakyat. He was quoted as saying:

“We hold firm to the conviction that any issue which affects the interest of the people must be discussed frankly in a civilized manner with the objective of seeking an amicable resolution.”

That statement actually does not add or detract to what he had earlier said, namely, that he thinks hudud can be implemented in Kelantan. This was what he said earlier:

For now, in general, in principle, I believe this can be implemented…It is a specific area that affects Muslims and does not impeach rights of non-Muslims. The proceeding makes sure that administration of justice is guaranteed. "

By then a full storm was brewing within Pakatan Rakyat. PAS was again, showing its true colours.

I have always maintained that PAS could never shirk its aspiration for an Islamic State, namely, a state which is based on and run in accordance with the Sharia’ah laws and regulations. That has always been PAS’ drum beat and no amount of political posturing or word-spinning could hide that fact.

In recent times, PAS has added the Negara Kebajikan (welfare state) to its wordy armoury. This is all well and good, if not for TGNA’s and PAS’ recent hudud posture. TGNA could and would have done really well against Tun DrM’s harmless statement had he stuck to the welfare state agenda. But as I had said earlier, hudud is to TGNA and PAS what chicken was to Marty McFly.

This episode clearly shows that Pakatan Rakyat is full of inconsistent interests and ideologies. And the people within PR are prone to making reactive and self-destructive political statements or moves. That Pakatan Rakyat, especially PAS and DAP, managed to throw themselves into the large political hole that Tun DrM had dug right in front of them is almost comical.

To cap it up, PR then imposed a gag order against making or issuing any statement on the hudud issue until a meeting of top leaders scheduled to take place soon. Has Pakatan Rakyat ditched its own freedom of speech agenda? Or does Pakatan Rakyat now believe that its leaders are not capable of engaging each other on an important issue in a civil and rational manner? Which is which? Will the real Pakatan stand up please?

Amidst all these political gimmickry overdrives, the Prime Minister, fresh from scoring major political points after his announcement on the eve of Malaysia Day recently, made another major impact on the non-Muslim citizenry as well as urban Muslims, when he quickly announced that the Barisan Nasional will not implement hudud.

It is a brave announcement. It takes a whole lot of guts to say so, especially in current UMNO/Malaysia political climate where race and religion issues are championed by everybody from the likes of Zulkifli Noordin to Ibrahim Ali’s PERKASA.

That statement leaves Pakatan Rakyat and especially Anwar Ibrahim looking lame.

It is a calculated and clever statement. Politically the Prime Minister gave nothing and gained everything by saying so. PAS, TGNA and Anwar could have said so too. The reason is simple. Malaysia is a multi-ethnic-faiths society. Its Parliament is not filled with Muslim MPs only. It is filled with Christians, Buddhists, Hindus and various other mixture of faiths and races.

Any move by any party to amend the Constitution in order to implement the Sharia’ah or hudud will require a two-third majority to succeed. If such move is made, it is certain that for the first time in Malaysian Parliamentary history, Members of Parliament will vote in accordance with their respective belief and faith. Which means, it will also be the first time MPs will not be cowed to vote in accordance with their party’s whip or wish. That will also mean that for the first time ever, we will witness a clear separation in our Parliament of MPs voting along racial and religious line.

It will be THAT divisive.

To me, hudud is a Constitutional impossibility. It will remain impossible until two-third of the membership of our Parliament is filled not only by Muslim MPs, but by Muslim MPs who actually wish to implement hudud.

By doing that too, we will effectively be surrendering this country to the ulamaks and mullahs, upon whose hands syaria’ah compliant laws and regulations will be entrusted.

Just as we now entrust what is halal to eat, drink, wear and use to JAKIM.

12 comments:

rambler said...

Hi Art,

I may be mistaken here but I thought the issue is recently raised first by Nik Aziz, not TDM. It started with the statistics that was announced that Kelantan is among the states with the highest case of HIV found. When asked to comment, Nik Aziz said that this would have not been the case had Hudud been implemented in Kelantan which he then blamed TDM for blocking it. Presumably, the 'harsh' sentence of Hudud for drug pusher (I wonder what could be worse than hanging under the present law) would act as an effective deterrent. So naturally the press went to TDM for his reaction - which you have referenced. TDM does not make the statement unprovoked, just being naughty - he was merely defending himself in his trademarked sarcasm. I don't think he is that brilliant to expect Nik Aziz to be so stupid as to drag PR to the brink of breakup - or at least giving a lot of party leaders much headache.

You are not alone in this 'Mahathir starts it first' story. I found it also in Malaysiakini, Sin Chew and many other places. I think you guys are giving Mahathir too much credit.

Anonymous said...

En. Art,

1st sorry I have to use malay type of inglish becos my inglish is not as good as yours.

just like when you took PM announcement about ISA abolishment on it's face value and refused to speculate further, i am taking the similar approach in regards to responses by PAS/PKR/DAP regarding hudud issue. the face value that I am taking on the hudud issue is that pakatan has to play this game. they can't simply escape and say fuck you mr reporter i don't entertain hudud question. why? let me tell you this story.

during raya period i was talking to a good friend of mine and ask him what is inside his head when he mark the X on the ballot paper. sort of question - what is your cause for voting? he said - yang mana perjuang islam yg tu lah aku sokong. then i ask what if both candidates are chinese. he replied, "yg mana aku tgok lebih membela islam". i said "ok, so macamana hang nak tau cina mana lebih membela islam?". my friend of mine couldnot answer it. from there, my ceramah to him goes unstoppable. he nod and ask few questions. we discussed from there on.

my point is - PAS/Pakatan need to play this game. they know what kind of voters they are facing, especially malays back in the kampung. you mr. art may be surrounded by all those intelligent, well-educated, open-minded, etc. kind of people. my friends are mostly riding motorcycles to work. few have been in jail. many had taken drugs like ganja, eramin 5, esctacy, etc. and they are the voters too..

i just wonder how much you know about the voters. you sit down on your comfy couch, sipping capuccino maybe and bash all these politician in your writing because they don't act the way you wanted. but how much you know about my kind of friends who is also the voters? they don't think like you or me. so does anwar ibrahim or nik aziz or lim guan eng. my taking is that, the highest leadership of pakatan know their stuff. how can you expect everyone to think or act in similar way of yours?

-Hazzri-

Anonymous said...

This is an oft-played game and we are not likely to see the end of it anytime soon.

When the hudud card is played, each party is forced to revert to its "primal" self, for to say anything otherwise would be pounced on by the mainstream mass media as the party renouncing its goals.

If PAS were to say, "Oh, we've got second thoughts about it now, since we're in this big happy Pakatan family", they would be crucified by the Malay papers for having abandoned their Islamic roots and their cause.

If DAP were to say, "It's OK, PAS can say what they want. We respect that because we're in Pakatan together. Besides, 2/3 of Parliament is required to make it happen", they would be burned at the stakes by the likes of The Star for selling out the Chinese, Indians etc for the sake of remaining in power.

So, it is all a big show that they have to put up, lest they be hoisted on their petard.

What we need is a better systematic approach to educating the masses, especially the rural folk on the real, relevant and important issues that should concern them; to educate them of their rights as voters and the rakyat to demand a fair and equitable administration. They should not be so easily swayed by MSM propaganda. Once they develop independent fair-minded thinking (yes, I am eternally optimistic!), politicians can no longer play to the gallery, and we can start demanding better quality ones.

I find all this race-based talk so pointless. The world is moving on while we bicker over pigmentation. So what if we have a Malay, Chinese, Indian or even Caucasian to be Prime Minister? He is just the CEO of Malaysia Inc. We are the stakeholders. His job is to manage the country well and if he doesn't, we show him the door. The world's top corporations hire the best they can find. What has race got to do with anything?

Anonymous said...

So you got my point..pakatan can run, but they can't hide from the hudud issue. We maybe could divert those conversation but tht would mean we're not playing the game which is the only game available frm the available stores. I mean tv3 and utusan becos the rural folks don't read mkini,mtoday or minsider. -HZ-

Anonymous said...

What I'm trying to say is you're not cool for whacking the pakatan leadership without tabling your suggestion i.e. the best-system to approach the hudud issue. Not cool but then that's what we (me inclusive) sometimes subconsiously do.-HZ-

art harun said...

Dear En Hazzri,

Thank you for your comment. And your "Malay type of Inglish" is just as English as the Inggeris which I use. :)

Quote:i just wonder how much you know about the voters. you sit down on your comfy couch, sipping capuccino maybe and bash all these politician in your writing because they don't act the way you wanted.: end quote

I admit sitting down on a comfy seat and drink cappuccino (sometime an afogato) at times. I also admit whacking politicians.

But you don't have to wonder how much I know about the voters. You know why? Because I am one of them. And what I wrote is what and how I feel about the issue. I don't claim to know what other voters think or whether other voters agree with me. This blog is what I think as a voter.

It is then up to Pakatan Rakyat or the Barisan Nasional to think about what I say. If they think I am insignificant or that my views are not shared by other voters or if shared, it is shared by too small a number, then it is okay with me. They are the one who wants my vote. I don't need their vote.

What I am trying to show in this post is how easy PR could jump into a hole which is dug right in front of their nose. There are ways of sticking to one's principle. But when one goes against one's own declared objective, that is what I call hypocrisy.

You are right. Politicians tend to say things which would please the voters/supporters. It happens everywhere. But I think politicians, especially here, should start saying things for the betterment of the nation as a whole.

In the long run, that is what it is all about. All the power which the politicians want, at the end of the day, would mean nothing if it is not exercised in the interest of the nation.

But if PR or BN think they otherwise, again, it is okay with me. I know what to do come the election.

Anonymous said...

This is what BN is good at... Character assassination, divide & rule... and yet, the ppl in PR still fall for them after so many years... A 10 year old can smell the tricks of BN and yet, PR is falling for such tricks...
I am beginning to wonder if PR is really qualified to govern the country when their cognitive competency is at such a pathetic level.

Anonymous said...

Hazzri,

Well said!

Politic been politic goes.

When one faces majority of the feudalistic, one-day-at-a-time populace, one has not choice but to sink to the same level in order to get the REAL message through.

It’s unfortunate that, right now, M’sia politics r still been determined by these common denominator.

Mature voters? Not another generation!

Anonymous said...

All these is nothing but political posturing.PAS will bring up once awhile and DAP will say No, then Pakatan issued gag order.The Hudud bill has being passed in ktan 15years ago.Bankrupt of idea to debate.

Btw, In indonesia, Sukarno had long ago pensioned off its sultans,(no head of religious affair), no'Jakim' equivalent in Indon ,still the muslims there able to practise their faith freely and firmly, ..no debate or brouhaha whether their faith weaken or strenghten by anybody. Why eh??

Anonymous said...

Y think i take the time machine go somewhere in time so no no nightmare..
Beside,2012 some believe the world is coming to some sort of a change..
and some even belief the world is going to end...

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Anonymous said...

I laughed so hard at what RPK said.. he said that Shariah Court exist all over Britain, with 100 Courts in total..hahahah..

BUT THE DARN PROBLEM IS THEY CAN OPT OUT OF ISLAM!! THEY DONT FORCE! IN MALAYSIA YOU CAN NEVER GO OUT!!! HAHAHAHA