Archive for May 2012

PAS’s Hudud Dilema

May 16, 2012

There is nothing new about spat of exchanges between Hj Hadi, the President of PAS, and Karpal Singh, the Chairman of DAP, over the last few days, over the HUDUD LAWS issue.

In the run up to the 12th General Election(GE) in March 2008, PAS made a MOST SURPRISED move in their party history by agreeing to DAP and PKR, to set aside their objectives of setting up an Islamic State and implementing the HUDUD laws, to fulfil the condition imposed by the DAP,  to form a loose coalition called BARISAN ALTERNATIVE(BA), which was later changed to Pakatan Rakyat(Pakatan), and contest the GE with common manifesto. Despite the GIGANTIC ‘sacrifice’ by PAS, very few PAS members were fully aware of the implications of the move….that PAS had abandoned their long-held political struggle to establish an Islamic State in Malaysia, where HUDUD laws are applied.

Many Malay/Muslim political observers were left wondering where PAS was heading to. The main reason for their fight against UMNO, and split the Malays/Muslims all these years was their CLAIM that UMNO were against Islam and had become obstacles to their objectives of setting up an Islamic State and implementation of HUDUD laws. They were left wondering how would PAS achieve those objectives by joining DAP and PKR in Pakatan. DAP has long been known for its staunch SECULARIST stands, ie. against bringing in religion into politics or government.  The political observers could not help to wish PAS ‘all the best in  their political endevours’, but deep in their hearts, they knew that the move will gradually erode the support enjoyed by PAS among the Muslims who would like to see the reality of  an ‘Islamic Caliphate’ ruling a modern nation.

No doubt, PAS  are in real DILEMA. If they insist on their Islamic State and HUDUD laws agenda, their Pakatan ‘marriage of convenience’ with DAP may face immediate rupture. DAP used to leave the BA prior to 2004 GE, after PAS tabled the HUDUD laws in Kelantan and Trengganu after the 1999 GE. Co-incidently, both PKR and PAS lost badly in the 2004 GE – PAS lost Trengganu to BN, while PKR only managed to maintain a solitary parlimentary representation in Parliment. It looked like without the support of DAP, both PKR and PAS failed miserably in elections.

However, if PAS were to set aside, or even freeze, its Islamic State and HUDUD laws agenda, their leaders would be accused of ‘selling Islam for the sake of political power’. Such perception among the Malays/Muslims would be ‘political suicide’ for PAS. For years, PAS had been riding on the TIDES OF ISLAMIC RE-SURGENCE, in the same way a surfer has to ride on waves to keep above the water. Without the Islamic State and HUDUD laws agenda, PAS will ‘go down the drain’, in the same way a surfer would have to plunge into water once the wind and waves are gone.

However, PAS would not be in such dilema, had they been honest in their struggle for the sake of Islam and Allah swt.

 

UMNO’s Glorious 66th Birthday

May 12, 2012

United Malays National Organisation(UMNO) was formed by 43 Malay NGOs 66 years ago, as a ‘vehicle’  for the Malays to oppose the MALAYAN UNION, which would have robbed them of their TRADITIONAL RIGHTS as the original inhabitants and rulers of Tanah Melayu. The MALAYAN UNION was imposed by the then British Administration shortly after the Bristish re-occupied Tanah Melayu following the Japanese surrender. Bitter opposition by the Malays, united under UMNO, forced the British to rescind the Malayan Union, to be  replaced by PERSEKUTUAN TANAH MELAYU, in English the Federation of Malaya in 1948.

Under the Federation of Malaya Agreement agreed upon between the British and UMNO/Raja-Raja Melayu, Persekutuan Tanah Melayu was established as a TRANSITIONAL GOVERNMENT on the road to full independence from the British administration.  Along the road, UMNO formed the Alliance Party with the Malayan Chinese Association(MCA), which at later stage accepted the Malayan Indian Congress(MIC) as its third partner. Persekutuan Tanah Melayu gained the full independence from the British in 1957.

The success of UMNO-led Alliance Party in administering the independent Persekutuan Tanah Melayu, despite the EMERGENCY YEARS(1948-1960) due to armed insurgency by the Malayan Communist Party(MCP),  had led to the formation of Malaysia, by a process of merger of eleven states in Persekutuan Tanah Melayu with British colonies of Singapore , Sabah and Sarawak in 1963. However, Singapore was expelled from Malaysia two years later.

After the emergency, Malaya, and later Malaysia, enjoyed decades of peace, stability and ever increasing prosperity, except for a brief period following the May 1969 General Election, when the opposition parties-led led ‘victory parade’ along the main streets of Kuala Lumpur was misused to shout out and display abusive, deregotary and provocative slogans against the Malays. On 13th May, on the day UMNO also held their own ‘victory parade’, the highly-charged racial sentiments went out of control, and ‘hell broke loose’ into the so-called ’13th May Tragedy’.  State of Emergency’ was declared and Parliment suspended. The country was then put under the National Action Council, the MAGERAN.

MAGERAN ruled the country until the General Election was called in 1974. The period between the 13th May Tragedy and the 1974 GE, was for the country’s leaders to reflect upon the socio-economic-political enveloping the country, which led to the worst racial riots the country had ever seen. Those ‘brain-stormings’ and ‘reflections’ resulted into the introduction of a policy which was believe would help maintain the peace and stability of the country in the long-term. The policy was called ‘New Economic Policy'(NEP) with two-pronged objectives of ERADICATING POVERTY and RESTRUCTURING THE SOCIETY.

Whilst the policy of ERADICATING POVERTY would be applied across the races, RESTRUCTURING THE SOCIETY was meant to break the then ongoing identification of races with certain economic field of activity. Children of Malay farmers should not only be confined to farming, and the children of Indian rubber estate workers should not necessarily grow up to be rubber tappers. Besides that, the policy also targeted the increase of Malays/bumiputra equity in the ‘National Wealth’ from 2.5% in 1970, to at least 30% 20 years later, in 1990.

Besides being the ‘master-mind’ behind the NEP which has proven to be one of the most effective instruments in the  SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION of the Malays/bumiputras, UMNO and its partners in the Alliance Party also initiated the formation of a bigger coalition of political parties, the BARISAN NASIONAL(BN).  Founder members of BN included UMNO, MCA, MIC, Gerakan, PAS, PPP, and all major political parties in Sabah and Sarawak. The formation of the coalition was meant to reduce ‘politickings’ among the parties, which would allow more time for leaders of the parties to focus on socio-economic development of the society, including the implementation of the NEP. The only notable opposition party which did not join the coalition was the DAP.

Since then, UMNO had undergone various tests and tribulations ‘visiting’ the party and the country. We can only be full of praise and admiration in the wisdom in successive UMNO leaders in managing all those tests and tribulations. So much so, UMNO through the Alliance Party, and later the BN, have won all General Elections in the country, from the first in 1954 to the 12th in 2008. Now, UMNO is under the Presidency of DS Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, the 6th Prime Minister of Malaysia. Under his premiership, Malaysia has reached NEW HEIGHTS internationally. Malaysia is now one of the TOP 20 BIGGEST TRADING NATIONS in the world, and the Petronas Twin-Towers, the most imposing structures punctuating the skyline of Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital city, used to be the tallest building in the world in for nearly a decade from the mid-1990s…and still the TALLEST TWIN TOWERS IN THE WORLD until today.

Congratulation to United Malays National Organisation(UMNO), for their role in SHAPING THE HISTORY of  Persekutuan Tanah Melayu and Malaysia, PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF MALAYS/BUMIPUTRAS AND ALL MALAYSIANS and ENSURING PEACE, STABILITY AND PROSPERITY for all Malaysians to enjoy, live on and inherit to their  future generations.

Again, congratulation to UMNO on their GLORIOUS BIRTHDAY.


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