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Kita Wajar Terima Bahawa, MCA Terima Hudud Islam, Tetapi Tolak Hudud PAS

November 5, 2012

Dua hari lepas, DS Chua Soi Lek, Presiden MCA, telah mengeluarkan suatu kenyataan berhubung pendirian rasmi MCA dalam isu Hudud.

Dari apa yang aku faham dari kenyataan tersebut, MCA menerima HUDUD ISLAM, sebagaimana telah diterangkan kepada kepimpinan mereka oleh Ustaz Fathul Bari, seorang ulama muda yang pandangan-pandangannya dianggap oleh banyak pihak sebagai mewakili UMNO di dalam hal-hal berkaitan dengan Islam. Sebaliknya MCA menolak ‘Hudud versi-PAS.

Kenyataan Presiden MCA itu meletakkan MCA berkongsi pendirian yang sama dengan UMNO di dalam isu Hudud. Walaupun perlaksanaan Hudud tidak tersenarai sebagai agenda utama perjuangan UMNO selama ini, UMNO tidak pernah menolak Hudud sebagai sebahagian dari syariat dan perundangan Islam.

Pemimpin dan penyokong PAS sudah tentu tidak bersetuju dengan pendirian UMNO ‘melabelkan’ kefahaman PAS tentang Hudud sebagai ‘Hudud PAS’, atau ‘Hudud versi-PAS’ sebagaimana digunakan oleh MCA. Namun begitu, UMNO dan MCA mempunyai hujah mereka tersendiri untuk mengambil pendirian tersebut, yang mana aku tidak berminat untuk berpanjang lebar melalui penulisan ini.

Memadai jika aku katakan bahawa PAS lebih mengetahui bahawa selama ini mereka hanya menggunakan Hudud sebagai suatu cara untuk menimbulkan kebencian umat Islam terhadap UMNO.

Aku percaya, MCA telah membuat suatu kenyataan yang patut dipuji, dan wajar diterima oleh umat Islam di negara ini.

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Lets Accept That, MCA Accepts Hudud Islam, NOT Hudud PAS.

November 5, 2012

Two days ago,  DS Chua Soi Lek, the President of MCA, issued a statement outlining MCA’s stand on Hudud.

The way I understood the statement, MCA accepted HUDUD ISLAM, as explained to them by  Ustaz Fathul Bari, regarded by many as ‘spokesman’ for UMNO on religious matters. On the other hand, the party rejects ‘Hudud versi-PAS’.

The statement by the MCA President brings MCA very much in line with UMNO on the Hudud issue. UMNO leaders have long contended that Hudud Islam may have not featured in the forefront of UMNO’s political agenda, but the party never rejected Hudud Islam.

PAS leaders and supporters have not been happy when UMNO branded their understanding of Hudud Islam as ‘Hudud PAS’, or ‘Hudud versi-PAS’ as used by MCA. However, both UMNO and MCA have strong grounds to justify their stands, which I do not intend to discuss in depth at the moment. PAS knows better that they had used ‘hudud’ just to incite hatred among the Muslims against UMNO.

I believe the statement by MCA is commendable, and acceptable to Muslims in the country.

MCA, Tolong TUTUP MULUT Berkenaan HUDUD

September 20, 2012

Sebagaimana di negara-negara Islam yang lain, umat Islam di Malaysia BERSATU di dalam mengutuk pengeluar filem ‘Innocence of the Muslim’ yang telah menghina Islam dan Rasulullah saw. Di dalam perkara berkaitan, umat Islam juga SEPAKAT di dalam mengecam kenyataan melalui Tweeter oleh Pengerusi DAP Perak, Ngeh Koo Ham, dua hari lepas yang telah menggambarkan bahawa umat Islam ‘membuang masa’ mengadakan demonstrasi memprotes  pembikinan filem tersebut.

Di dalam umat Islam sibuk membicarakan dan mengecam filem tersebut, ramai yang mungkin terlepas pandang suatu kenyataan oleh Presiden MCA, Chua Soi Lek, yang disiarkan oleh akhbar THE STAR semalam, yang memberi peringatan kepada kaum Cina bahawa perlaksanaan Hudud akan menjadi kenyataan sekiranya Pakatan Rakyat memenangi PRU 13 yang akan datang. Mengikut suatu senario yang diramalkan oleh Chua Soi Lek, sebaik sahaja Pakatan Rakyat mengambil alih tampuk pemerintahan negara, Ahli-Ahli Parlimen PAS akan membentangkan usul untuk melaksanakan Hudud di Parlimen, yang akan disokong oleh semua ahli-ahli parlimen beragama Islam, termasuk dari UMNO, sebagaimana yang telah berlaku di dalam DUN Kelantan dan DUN Trengganu suatu masa dahulu.

Aku bukan mahu mempertikaikan ramalan Chua Soi Lek. Tetapi, apa yang membingungkan kepala aku ialah, kenapakah MCA begitu sekali menentang  Hudud. Sedangkan sebarang perlaksanaan Hudud akan hanya melibatkan orang Islam. Malah sekarang ini terdapat berbagai-bagai perundangan dan peraturan yang berkuat-kuasa ke atas umat Islam, tetapi tidak berkuat-kuasa ke atas bukan Islam. Sebagai contoh, orang Islam tidak dibenarkan memasuki kasino di Genting Highland, tidak dibenarkan membeli atau meminum minuman keras, dilarang dari melanggani rumah urut dan pelacur dan sebagainya. Malah pasangan lelaki dan perempuan Islam yang belum berkahwin ditegah dari berada di tempat-tempat sunyi, seperti di bilik-bilik hotel dan di dalam kereta, di bawah undang-undang KHALWAT.

Selama ini kita semua beranggapan bahawa hanya DAP dan Pengerusinya , Karpal Singh, yang begitu lantang menentang Hudud. Rupa-rupanya, MCA juga tidak kurang lantang di dalam menentang Hudud. Malah, MCA akhir-akhir ini cuba menakut-nakutkan kaum Cina dengan membuat andaian bahawa sebarang undi kepada DAP/Pakatan Rakyat bermakna undi kepada PAS/Hudud. Setahu aku, DAP pun tidak menggunakan hujah-hujah sedemikian rupa.

Aku percaya, MCA amat sedar bahawa rata-rata umat Islam di Malaysia, termasuk pemimpin-pemimpin dan ahli-ahli UMNO tidak ada masalah dengan Hudud, malah jauh sekali dari menentang Hudud. UMNO mungkin telah tidak memasukkan agenda perlaksanaan Hudud sebagai agenda utama mereka di dalam menerajui pemerintahan negara, baik di peringkat awal kemerdekaan negara, maupun beberapa dekad selepas negara merdeka, malah sehingga kini.  Tetapi ini tidak sekali-kali bermakna UMNO menentang Hudud. Bagi pemimpin-pemimpin dan ahli-ahli UMNO, Hudud adalah sebahagian dari undang-undang Allah swt, yang perlu dihormati, dipatuhi, malah akan dilaksanakan apabila keadaan-keadaan tertentu di dalam negara mengizinkan perlaksanaannya. Namun begitu, tidak dapat dinafikan bahawa, pemimpin-pemimpin dan ahli-ahli UMNO kurang senang dengan cara-cara PAS mempolitikkan Hudud, dan amat mencurigai kandungan HUDUD VERSI PAS.  Malah, aku tidak hairan sekiranya sikap keras kaum Cina menentang Hudud ada kaitannya dengan PENTAFSIRAN TIDAK TEPAT PAS terhadap undang-undang jenayah syariah tersebut.

Walau apa sekalipun, MCA sewajarnya perlu lebih berhati-hati di dalam mengeluarkan sebarang kenyataan berkaitan Hudud, supaya tidak menyentuh hati dan perasaan umat Islam, sebagaimana hati dan perasaan umat Islam begitu marah sekali terhadap pembikinan filem ‘Innocence of the Muslims’.  Apatah lagi, sebagai sebuah parti politik, MCA  tidak boleh mengharapkan sokongan dari pengundi-pengundi Cina sahaja untuk kekal relevan di dalam persada politik negara kita. Sejarah telah membuktikan bagaimana pengundi-pengundi Melayu memberikan sokongan kepada calun-calun Cina MCA/BN, walaupun calun parti pembangkang terdiri dari kalangan orang Melayu.

Aku percaya, MCA dan Chua Soi Lek, tidak akan mengulangi lagi tindakan-tindakan kurang bijak, yang boleh mengurangkan sokongan pengundi-pengundi Melayu/Islam terhadap calun-calun parti tersebut yang merupakan sebahagian dari BN, di dalam usahanya untuk  menarik sokongan kaum Cina dari DAP…..dengan tidak mengeluarkan lagi kenyataan-kenyataan yang boleh menyentuh hati umat Melayu/Islam berkaitan Hudud. Banyak lagi isu-isu lain yang boleh digunakan untuk meraih sokongan pengundi Cina……tolong jangan sentuh Hudud….tolong TUTUP MULUT tentang Hudud!!!!

MCA, Please SHUT UP On Hudud

September 20, 2012

Like in the rest of the Muslim world, Muslims in Malaysia are UNITED in condemning the producer of ‘Innocence of the Muslims’ film. And  yesterday, they were UNITED in condemning statement made by the Perak DAP Chairman, Ngeh Koo Ham, who had ridiculed the Muslims for ‘wasting’ their time protesting against the film.

So much so, many may have overlooked a statement made by the MCA President, Chua Soi Lek, as published in THE STAR yesterday, warning the Chinese that Hudud will become a REALITY if Pakatan is voted to power in the coming PRU 13. According to Chua, upon being voted to power, PAS MPs would table a motion to implement Hudud, which would be supported by all Malay/Muslim MPs, including from UMNO. He cited the support by UMNO state assemblymen in Kelantan and Trengganu for the Hudud laws.

All this while, we thought it was DAP and their National Chairman Karpal Singh, who have been STAUNCHLY ANTI-HUDUD.  Apparently, MCA and their President, Chua Soi Lek, are equally STAUNCHLY ANTI-HUDUD. Worse still, MCA is using Hudud as their main weapon to deter the Chinese from voting DAP/Pakatan, by using the logic that any vote for Pakatan would be a vote for PAS/Hudud. Even DAP are not using such line of argument.

It baffled me, WHY MCA is so opposed to Hudud.  After all, any application of Hudud laws would involve the Muslims only. Even today, there are so many laws and regulations which are applied on Muslims only, and NOT on the non-Muslims. For example, if a  Muslim couple are caught in ISOLATED PLACES, like in hotel rooms, and they are not husband and wife, they are charged under KHALWAT LAWS. Muslims are not allowed to enter casinos. Muslims are not allowed to drink alcoholic drink. Muslims are not allowed to frequent massage parlours, pubs, night-clubs and such places. All those regulations are NOT applied to the non-Muslims.

MCA  is fully aware that the Muslims in Malaysia, including UMNO leaders, members and supporters ARE NOT OPPOSED TO Hudud. Hudud may have not featured in UMNO political agenda immediately after the country’s independence, or even decades after independence. But that does not mean that UMNO and their members are opposed to Hudud. To them, Hudud is part of Islamic syariah laws which need to be respected, adhered to and even implemented ON THE MUSLIMS when the situation in the country allows. In short, UMNO and their members are not opposed to ISLAMIC HUDUD LAWS, although they are not agreeable to PAS-VERSION HUDUD.

Its very possible that the non-Muslims in the country, including MCA leaders and the Chinese at large, are skeptical of Hudud laws much by the way  PAS had politicised the issue  over the decades, besides their MISGUIDED INTERPRETATION of Hudud laws, which could have given negative perception about the Islamic criminal laws.

Nevertheless, MCA should still be more careful in addressing the Hudud issue, so as not to hurt the feelings of the Muslims, in the same way the Muslims were offended by the ‘Innocence of the Muslims’ film. As a political party, MCA’s political relevancy and survival depends on how much the party and their candidates garner support from both the Chinese and Malay/Muslim voters.

Surely, MCA would not be wise to risk losing Malay/Muslim support in their efforts to win over the Chinese support from DAP….by keeping on making OFFENDING STATEMENTS on Hudud. There are so many other issues for MCA to live with….please leave Hudud alone….please SHUT UP on Hudud!!

All With Scandals or Alleged Acandals Have To Resign, EXCEPT ANWAR.

April 19, 2012

I suffer a bad habit of visiting Malaysia Today blog, occassionally, to look for SENSASIONAL NEWS.  Until quite recently, all such news were meant to undermine BN/UMNO leaders. However, lately, opposition Pakatan leaders were not spared, following the FALL OUT between the owner of Malaysia Today, Raja Petra Kamaruddin(RPK), and the POLITICAL HORSE he betted on, Anwar Ibrahim. Since the FALL OUT, RPK  has been trying to maintain his POLITICAL RELEVANCE by portraying himself as the CHAMPION of anti-curruption, anti-misuse of power, anti-cronism etc. Hence his exposures against politicians of both political divide.

Today, early hours of Thursday, I came across an ALLEGED scandal linked to a senior Minister, and one of top UMNO leaders.  The disclosure of the ALLEGED SCANDAL goes as follows:

(Malaysian Digest) – The driver of Zahida Rafik has exposed a scandal allegedly involving the actress and Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal through a police report he had lodged on March 13, reported Keadilan Daily.

The police report claimed that Shafie had paid Zahida up to RM1.5 million in four months of their “intimate relationship” that has spanned three years.

The police report was lodged by one Noor Azman Azemi, 38, on March 13 at the Ampang police station.

He said he had lodged the report following an accusation by the actress on March 3 that he had absconded with RM200,000……….

Following the disclosure of the ALLEGED SCANDAL, pro-opposition bloggers waste no time in calling for his head, comparing the ALLEGED SCANDAL to that of DS Dr Chua Soi Lek, the President of MCA, and even comparing it to the resignation of DS Shahrizat Abdul Jalil over the National Feedlot disclosures.

By and large, the opposition has been DOUBLE STANDARD, to say the least. To them, all politicians, particularly from BN?UMNO, should immediately resign, once they are INVOLVED or even ALLEGEDLY INVOLVED in certain scandals. However, Pakatan leaders are not subjected to such HIGH STANDARD requirements, especially their CHINA-DOLL FUCKER leader Anwar Ibrahim.

 

If it was Anwar, so what?

May 8, 2011

If it was Anwar, so what?

This was the TITLE of a letter by P Ramakrishnan, the President of Aliran, to Free Malaysia Today, on the ANWAR IBRAHIM SEX VIDEO, which has turned most Malaysians into some kind of FRENZY.

Among other things, P Ramachrishnan stated that:  “Malaysians are sick and tired of the pornographic tape that has been kept alive as if the very life of our nation depended on it! There seems to be no let up. There is this obsession with this voyeurism….The motive is to implant the impression in the minds of Malaysians that the performer in the sex tape is Anwar…….Just for argument’s sake, so what if it was Anwar? ……”

When I came across the letter, my first impression was….Mr Ramachrishnan must be pro-opposition…..and therefore, unavoidably pro-opposition-biased.

Its interesting to observe how POLITICS have divided Malaysian not only into different political camps, but also into different OPTICAL VISION. By and large, pro-BN supporters who have viewed the ANWAR IBRAHIM SEX VIDEO would not think twice before confirming that the MAN FUCKING THE CHINA DOLL was none other than Anwar Ibrahim, the country’s opposition leader. On the other hand, by and large, pro-opposition supporters would RELENTLESSLY deny that the man in the video was the de-facto leader of PKR.

Somehow, I wonder, what would be the reaction of opposition supporters, including Ramachrishnan, had the ‘male in the video’ looked like Najib, Muhyiddin or Hishamuddin? It would not be hard to imagine their reaction. In 1989, when the former Deputy Speaker of Dewan Negara, Vijandran, was implicated in a sex video, the opposition leaders and supporters wasted no time in making BIG MEALS out of the matter, which eventually forced Vijandran to resign. At that time, nobody from Aliran came out with questions like, ‘if it was Vijandran, so what?’.

Knowing HOW the opposition would drag the whole country into it, the former MCA Health Minister, Datuk Chua Soi Lek, took the GENTLEMAN step of resigning from all his cabinet and party posts when a video of him having sex with his girldfriend in a Batu Pahat Hotel was posted in the internet months before the 2008 General Election. In term of LAWS, Chua Soi Lek had not broken any laws, not even syariah laws, as both he and his girldfriends were non-Muslims. His GENTLEMAN move paid dividen when he was elected MCA President in a three-cornered fight for the post two years later.

The expectations that political leaders caught in SHAMEFUL ACTS like SEXUAL SCANDALS are to resign their posts have been a NORM either in Malaysia, a Muslim country, and other countries across the world, including non-Muslim countries. In 1998, the Americans were in some kind of FRENZY too when the former American President Bill Clinton, while still in office as President of America, was EXPOSED of having SEX SCANDAL with a White House intern. As far as the country’s laws, Bill Clinton had not broken any laws, let alone criminal laws. Despite that, the world witnessed months of IMPEACHMENT PROCESSES taken against him, then the serving President of America, which he eventually narowly escaped.

Using INTERNATIONAL NORMS in determining the STANDARDS OF MORALITY expected of political leaders across the globe, its very strange for Mr Ramachrishnan of Aliran to ask, ‘If it was Anwar, so what?’.

KETUANAN MELAYU Debate Rages On

December 12, 2010

The term KETUANAN MELAYU appears to be like the sound of DEAFENING THUNDER to some people, that whenever the term is uttered, it makes them pressing their palms firmly against their ears, so as not to allow their EARDRUM to catch the sound of the THUNDEROUS WORD.

Chua Soi Lek, the President of MCA , took an extra step during the BN Convention recently by advocating that certain terms like ‘Ketuanan Melayu’, ‘Pendatang’ and a few other terms considered ‘deregatory’ by the Chinese be made a ‘taboo’, or should not be used at all.

As usual, Chua Soi Lek had good intentions, even when he ‘entertained’ his mistress in the Batu Pahat Hotel. His thought then could be, what’s wrong  to have  a bit of ‘relaxing indulgences’ to regain the much required freshness and energy to further carry out the more important task of serving MCA.

Ever since CSL was defeated by Ong Tee Keat in the earlier MCA Presidential Election, he began to portray himself as a ‘Chinese Champion’ of a sort, by adopting political stands and postures which are normally identified with the chauvanist DAP. He had carved out ‘rebel within the party’ image. Despite that, due to certain national problems linked to Ong Tee Keat, and the re-election process of MCA President which involved a three-cornered fight involving Ong Ka Ting too, besides him and Ong Tee Keat,  resulted into the most UNEXPECTED, Chua Soi Lek became the SURPRISE winner. 

We can understand, its not easy for CSL to immediately switch from his ‘rebel within the party’ image, to that of the leader of the second most powerful party in the BN, the President of MCA, the founding partner of the Alliance Party, and one of the backbones of the BN.

CSL realized that overwhelming majority of his Chinese community have abandoned MCA, as clearly shown in the last GE. As proven by Anwar and Kit Siang, the easiest way to ‘pinch’ Chinese support from the BN was to portray MCA as the ‘yes man of UMNO’, ‘little brother’ of UMNO’ and other demeaning labels, besides portraying UMNO as an ‘anti-Chinese monster’, robbing everything fom the Chinese, to be given to the ‘UMNO elites’.

While being sidelined for over two years by Ong Tee Keat, CSL could probably be taken in by the Anwar-Kit Siang HATE CAMPAIGN against UMNO/BN. And, at a time when MCA was sorting out its leadership crisis, the Anwar-Kit Siang-like  postures adopted by CSL quitely but  slowly gained some following from among the MCA members who were stirred by by the Anwar-Kit Siang HATE CAMPAIGN, and were struggling to find leaders who would stand up for them.

Now, CSL is at the helm of MCA, the second biggest party in the BN.  By proposing that all BN component parties be regarded as EQUAL PARTNERS, many questioned whether CSL, as the new President of MCA,  has fully grasped how BN really works. Looking from the point of view of UMNO members,  BN has to be run like a SDN BHD company or Public-listed companies, rather than as an MCA COOPERATIVE or Koperasi. Major decisions of cooperatives are through their EGM where one member has one vote. Whereas in SDN BHD company or Public-listed companies, the strength of the ‘members’ or directors depend on the number of shares they own in the companies. Obviously its not logical to think of a situation whereby DS Najib, the President of UMNO who represent s over 3 million UMNO members be AT PAR with the Presidebt of a small Sabah-based BN component party having less than fifty thousand members.

In many ways,  BN is run very mush like the United Nations, where there are certain levels  and matrices of powers being exercised, the most powerful being the Security Council. In the actual General Assembly, every member state has only one vote, but without the existence of bodies like the Security Council , with limited number of permanent and temporary members, the UN would not be effective in administrating WORLD PEACE as it is doing now.

CSL knows very well that there is no such term as ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ in any part of our Federal Constitution. So are terms like ‘Social Contract’. YET, the whole letters and spirit of the Federal Constitution gave rise to the accepted terms like ‘Social Contract’ and ‘Ketuanan Melayu’.

The ‘Malay Centredness’ of our Federal Constitution is TOO APPARENT TO DENY. Bahasa Melayu, the language of the Malays was made the NATIONAL LANGUAGE. Islam, the religion of the Malays was made the RELIGION OF THE FEDERATION. Each of the states are headed by MALAY KINGS who collectively appoint the YANG DIPERTUAN AGUNG, the KING OF MALAYSIA. Under our land laws, 50% of land has to be reserved to the MALAYS forever. And, Article 153 of the Federal Constitution clearly spell out SPECIAL POSITION OF MALAYS. 

All the above provisions are allowed for in our Federal Constitution after taking into considerations the POLITICAL HISTORY of the region, where Malays have always been WORLDLY RECOGNISED  as the ETHNIC PEOPLE and ESTABLISHED RULERS of this part of the MALAY ARCHIPELAGO, before any history book was ever written.

‘Ketuanan Melayu’ is not about Malay supremacy over other races. ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ is not about Malays becoming MASTERS and the other races becoming SLAVES, as coined by both Anwar and Kit Siang. ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ is in fact the recognition of the POLITICAL HISTORY of this region where MALAYS were the ORIGINAL INHIBITANTS AND RULERS, and for that reason, the Malays were accorded SPECIAL POSITION in our Federal Constitution.

To deny the realities of ‘Social Contract’, ‘Ketuanan Melayu’, and other related terms, Chua Soi Lek will only make himself, if not his party, IRRELEVANT. During the early years of the Late Lim Chong Yew, MCA used to split apart, when the ‘young turks’ within MCA tried to do exactly what Chua Soi Lek is trying to repeat now. In such difficulties, UMNO proved to be able to stand firm on their history-blessed grounds, and would not hesitate to choose to work with even smaller group of Chinese who uphold the spirits of the SOCIAL CONTRACT agreed upon by the FOUNDING FATHERS of our blessed nation.


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