Opposition’s politically bankrupt: Malott speaking on behalf of Malaysian minority?

Chief Roving Anwarista: John R Malott

Malaysia Chronicle interviewed sour-grape-former-US-Ambassador John R Malott recently. Like expected of an Anwarista and failed-campaigner of Free Anwar Movement is making scathing attacks against PM Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak.

Extracts from Malaysia Chronicle:

Malaysia Chronicle appends blow the unedited full-text of the interview with John Malott, ambassador from 1995 to 1998 and is currently the president of the Japan-America Society of Washington DC

Chronicle: In your article, you mentioned that the Malaysian people showed they would no longer be intimidated by their government. Given the severity of the pre-rally crackdown and the police scare-mongering and yet tens of thousands defied the ban, would you say this feeling of ‘defiance’ so to speak is deep-seated, has been growing and is reaching boiling point? And why?

Malott: I think that this discontent has been growing for sometime. But the heavy hand of the government in the days leading up to the July 9 rally, and their strange statements and actions – like saying that Bersih was trying to overthrow the government and banning the color yellow – caused many more Malaysians to wake up and pay attention.

Chronicle: If you agree that the feelings of ‘discontent’ or ‘unhappiness’ so to speak are deep-seated, does this imply that the political or living conditions in Malaysia have been and are repressive and do not encourage the truth to be openly raised or discussed. And why?

Malott: I don’t know how deep-seated or widespread these feelings are in Malaysia. That’s why I wrote in my analysis that the question for the future is whether the momentum can be sustained. Will an increasing number of Malaysians wake up and understand the status of democracy and political freedom in their country, or will it go back to business as usual, where it is just activists in civil society and the opposition who are vocal. As I said, the actions of the government, before and after July 9, backfired against them. Matthias Chang wrote that they acted with sheer stupidity. The Government still has a chance to turn this around, but that would require them to give more political “space” to those who don’t agree with them, and to make sure that the people get to enjoy the rights that the constitution guarantees them. Will they? I have my doubts. This is a government – even though they have spent millions on PR firms and management consultants – that keeps shooting itself in the foot. The deportation of the French lawyer is only the latest example. Now, for the first time, all the juicy details of that scandal – including the model who was murdered by the PM’s bodyguards – have appeared in the Washington Post. It just adds to the confusion among people here – what kind of a country is Malaysia, anyhow? And is Najib really the person that he has portrayed himself to be?

Chronicle: If you agree that the ‘defiance’ so to speak is not an overnight or sudden swell-up but has been building up through the years, does this imply the policies – both social and economic – adopted by the BN federal government have not been appropriate, in the sense that they did not treat the wants and needs of the people? And why?

Malott: When I was Ambassador, we always believed that as long as the economy was booming, a lot of the underlying racial and social tensions could be contained. Plus people were willing to grant Mahathir the right to wield his political iron hand in exchange for the economic benefits that the country was getting. Despite the occasional scandals and the cronyism, the Malaysian “man in the street” thought that he had benefited greatly from Malaysia’s growth, and he was right. But now for over a decade the economy has slowed, and investment is down. Many college grads are unemployed. And the Government has removed subsidies on everyday items. So I think the man in the street – the Malaysian middle class, the people who live in the cities — don’t have the same feeling they had before. They don’t see the same level of economic progress for themselves. They don’t see the government delivering on all the promises it has made. Meanwhile, they read about diamond rings and fancy yachts and $27 million condos in New York. It seems like it is business as usual at the top. One of the articles in your website today (Sunday) said something like ‘Malaysia is now being run not for the benefit of the people or even the Malays. It is being run for the benefit of the UMNO elite.’

Chronicle: Do you think these feelings of resentment so to speak are anywhere near boling point, close to boiling point or have already boiled over and what are the implications for the ruling BN coalition, the opposition, long-term investors and the people? And why?
For example, is this a wake-up call for the BN, opportunity knocking at the door for the Pakatan, a stay-away call for investors? As for the people, do you foresee the start of a new trend for peaceful assemblies, protests ala Thailand? Or in your words – a political awakening – but in what shape and form will this likely take?

Malott: I don’t believe that the situation is near the boiling point. Malaysians don’t boil. They are a very patient people. That is why July 9 was such a remarkable event. The temperature went up, but it is nowhere near the boiling point. But if people don’t follow through – if the leaders of civil society, the opposition and others don’t follow through, the temperature will go down. If the government carves out more space for those who don’t agree with them, they also could lower the temperature.

On foreign investment, I think that foreign businessmen are smart. They will not be scared away from Malaysia because of one demonstration. What concerns them most is corruption, the lack of transparency in awarding government contracts, the ease and cost of doing business in Malaysia compared to other locations, whether Malaysia’s market is growing fast, its competitiveness, the independence of its courts, the availability of skilled employees, and so on. It is those kinds of practical questions that mean the most to them. As the statistics show, over the last decade or so, Malaysia’s share of all the foreign investment coming into ASEAN has been declining. From the point of view of a foreign investor, they have many choices. There are many countries they can invest in. So the question for the Malaysian government is, what do we need to do to increase our attractiveness to foreign investors, compared to our neighbors?

Chronicle: You quoted another expert who used the term “most fluid and dangerous” to describe the situation in Malaysia today. How extreme can the situation become, for example is it possible for Malaysia to regress to a non-democratic state where elections may even be discarded, military or police rule the new order, a ‘closing of doors’ so to speak? And why? In such a case, who would be the prime-movers – PM Najib Razak and his cousin Hishammuddin Hussein, other factions led by DPM Muhyiddin Yassin or ex-PMs Mahathir Mohamad and Abdullah Badawi or UMNO, the party as a whole? I do not mention the other parties in BN because it is clear they do not have the clout, do you agree? What would happen to the opposition in the country then? And for how long could an extreme situation last?
You also mentioned in your article, the Economist Intelligence Unit says Malaysia is a “flawed democracy”. If this is so, then if in the swing towards a ‘full democracy’, Malaysia collapses into a police regime – to many who have been following the situation closely, this would not be surprising or be an unlikly possibility at all. But for those who still see the country as per its postcards of sunny skies and ideal racial harmony, this would come as a rude shock. Do you agree and what sort of odds would you give to the worst scenario happening? And why? What other scenarios do you seen? And why?

Malott: Clive Kessler, who knows infinitely more about Malaysia than I do, wrote an analysis recently (which you had on your website) in which he raised the prospect that rather than lose an election, UMNO would declare an emergency and not hold elections. As a former State Department official, I don’t want to comment on Wikileaks. But when I read the latest leaked cable, in which our Embassy said three years ago, in effect, that UMNO would do “whatever it takes” to remain in power, including subverting the institutions of state power to its own purposes, including the police and the courts. Malaysia has seen Operasi Lalang, it has seen the Sedition Act and ISA used liberally, and more recently it has seen denial of service attacks on the alternative media to keep people from reading what the Government doesn’t want them to know. I hope it doesn’t come to that. I am not Clive Kessler, and I don’t want to make a prediction. But I would not rule out the possibility that something like that might happen. What is the probability of it happening? I don’t know. But if it does happen, then as you said, it will come as a great shock to everyone who has been holding a very different image of Malaysia. That is why I wrote my piece. I think the American people need to wake up and understand what is happening in Malaysia today, and to express our concern.

Chronicle: From your article, it looks like the United States is still in the postcards-and-sunny-skies group? Is this view still very entrenched or have there been significant shifts of late? Given the very sizeable investments the US has in Malaysia, should not American foreign policy makers make better efforts to assess the situation? Should they not take some action or send stronger signals to help keep democracy alive in Malaysia? In other words, has not the time come to take sides? What are the things that US bodies could do?

Mallot: I think to the extent American think or know about Malaysia, most of them are still in the picture postcard stage of awareness. So that is why I sent my wake-up call. Let’s see what happens. Some of us – all friends of Malaysia — will continue to do everything we can to keep up awareness. Amnesty International said America “should not be a spectator,” and I agree. I called for US leadership. By that I mean, we need to be more visible and vocal in expressing our concerns about developments in Malaysia. We need to be more supportive – moral support and encouragement – of those members of civil society in Malaysia who want Malaysia to become a true democracy and have the same freedom that we and others have. We should support the call for electoral reform. It is not up to America who forms the government in Malaysia. But we should be concerned whether the playing field is level, and whether all the parties have an equal chance to access the media, and so on. RTM and Bernama belong to all the people of Malaysia, not to UMNO. They are paid for by all the people of Malaysia, not just those who voted for UMNO. Bersih’s demands all seemed quite reasonable to me. When Najib arrived home from Rome the other day, he held an airport press conference and said that Malaysia’s elections already are free and fair, and that UMNO has never cheated in an election. Does he really believe that? That is not what all the independent academic studies have to say. And then he went out to meet the people, and according to an article in Malaysiakini, he proceeded to pass out white envelopes with 200 ringgit inside to the people who were there.

Chronicle: Cleaning the Malaysian electoral system and making sure it reflects accurately the wishes the majority seems to be the best way or one the best ways to ensure human rights, cvil liberties and democratic practises prevail. Do you agree and how can the US help to promote such a practise in Malaysia given that the existing BN federal government is insistent that nothing is wrong and is likely to resist efforts to revamp?

Malott: I read that the European Union office in KL is going to recommend that the EU send observer missions to the next election. That is good. That is leadership. I think that some of our organizations – the National Democratic Institute, the International Republic Institute, the Carter Center – should prepare to do the same. The Vice Chair of the Elections Commission said that foreigners would never understand Malaysia’s election laws. That was an offensive statement. And it also was strange, since his boss the EC chairman was at that very moment in Bangkok, monitoring the Thai elections.

We should be very visible in our support of Bersih and its goals. I hope that our Embassy and the academic and think tank communities in the US will help our policy makers and opinion leaders understand what the true status of democracy and elections in Malaysia is. For example, an American think tank could invite Ambiga to the US so she can explain directly to us what Bersih is all about. It would be useful to benchmark Malaysia’s electoral laws and rules against those elsewhere in the world. For example, how many countries allow their citizens living overseas to vote? What is the minimum age for voters in most countries? How do other countries handle postal ballots – who is allowed to use them? In other countries with publicly-owned television and radio networks – Japan, Britain, America, Australia, Taiwan, Singapore, etc. – how do they ensure that political and election reporting is balanced? How do they provide access to opposition candidates? How do other countries ensure that their election commission is independent? Malaysia needs to make sure that what it does matches the prevailing international standards in other democracies.

I am sure that the Government will resist this. But we should not give in. They can resist, and we should insist.

Chronicle: Do you see any similarity between what is happening in Malaysia and the so-called Arab Spring?

Malott: Well, Malaysia is certainly not Libya or Syria or Yemen. Najib is not a Qaddafi. But still, I was surprised to see that Najib is still saying that the Bersih movement is a veiled attempt to topple his administration through street demonstrations, like those that are now claiming Middle Eastern despots. He said, “It’s not so much about electoral reform. They want to show us as though we’re like the Arab Spring governments in the Middle East.”

Well, if that is Bersih’s goal, then why did Najib act like an Arab Spring government? It’s only a question of degree. The Malaysian police did not use lethal force, but the mentality is the same. Suppress whoever disagrees with you. Maybe you don’t use tanks, but you use water cannon. It’s not bullets, it’s tear gas. But the authoritarian mindset is exactly the same as the leaders of the Arab Spring governments. Just because you use non-lethal force doesn’t mean it’s OK.

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Like expected of a sore-loser Anwarista, Malott conveniently failed to mention that over 4,000 Police reports nationwide were made against the planned BERSIH 2.0 illegal rally on the streets. It means in the simplest form that Malaysians from all walks of life across the nation, which is the silent majority, do not want BERSIH 2.0.

Malott also failed to acknowledge the fact that BERSIH 2.0 Co-Chairman Ambiga Sreenivasan already announced that the street march is off right after the unorthodox audience with His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong.

The SPR, Police, Home Ministry and even the Prime Minister’s Department gave far too much space and opportunity for BERSIH 2.0, which complaints first lodged and engaged since November 2010. BERSIH 2.0 was never all about what it stood for. Yes, there are rooms for electoral process to be improved. “Engagement’ was the space given all the way. BERSIH 2.0 was purely political. It is Oppositions’ politics to remain relevant since they failed in so many counts since March 2008.

Malott must also appreciate that Malaysians don’t understand the American democratic process and practice. Unlike American democracy, Malaysian system never needed to face a stand off like ‘Chad confrontation’ during the 2000 Presidential election where Al Gore of Democratic Party race against Republican Party George W Bush. Then again, there is this political stand off ever so often that saw the American civil service had to ‘close shop’.

President William J. Clinton openly lied to the American public about his affair with intern Monica Lewinsky. At yet, he was allowed to serve the full second term. That is a clear difference

This is not new for Malott. He was a very strong supporter of Opposition Leader Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim mobstreet ‘Politics of Hate’ when as the Ambassador of United States to Malaysia in 1998, advised then visiting US Vice President Al Gore to openly and explicitly support the mob-often-turned-riot ‘Reformasi’ during the November 1998 APEC Summit dinner in PWTC.

This fresh and renewed attacks against PM Najib and BN Government is a clear demonstration that Former-Abuse-of-Power Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim’s led unholy-marriage-0f-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-band-of-bandit-partners Oppositions’ politics is crumbling and very clear that the rakyat has starting to lose faith. In short, Anwar and his Anwarista are on desperation mode.

Malott is trying to salvage what ever shred of support his ‘pet project’s Neo Con Jewish backers still left to support the ‘sinking ship’. After the backfired -anti Semitic’ slug Anwar tried against PM Najib on the APCO issue, Anwar lost a lot of ‘valuable’ friends. Getting noticeable into mainstream international attention is very important for Anwarista to sustain its financial backing.

After all, all these CIA ‘friendly’ NGOs are those who are financially backing BERSIH 2.0.

Typically Malott, shamelessly wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak;

An open letter to PM Najib
John Malott
Jul 31, 11
9:10am

Dear PM Najib,

As a result of the developments on July 9, the world is now paying increased attention to Malaysia.

In particular, we now wonder how free and fair your nation’s elections are. We have learned that some of your country’s citizens believe that Malaysia needs electoral reform. On July 9, they marched with a coalition called Bersih 2.0, and they called for free and fair elections.

You responded by declaring Bersih illegal and suppressing the ‘Walk for Democracy’ with overwhelming police force. The world noticed your heavy-handed reaction, and it wondered why a peaceful demonstration calling for fair elections bothered you so much – so much so that you were willing to risk Malaysia’s international reputation – and give your country and yourself a major black eye.

When you returned from your visit to Europe, you declared that Malaysia’s elections truly are free and fair, and that Umno has never cheated in any election.

I am glad to hear that. Because it means that in Malaysia’s next general elections, you have nothing to hide.

Governments that manipulate elections have lots to cover up. But you say that your elections are free and fair, so that means you have nothing to be afraid of showing to all of us in the outside world, not to mention your own people. Therefore, I am sure that you are willing to readily agree to the following proposals:

1) Allow international groups to observe your elections. Based on your assertions, they will find nothing amiss, and their reports will give credibility to Malaysia’s election results.

2) Allow observers from all political parties to witness the postal balloting that takes place on military bases. For years, the opposition has said that something is amiss. But since you say that Umno never cheats, I am sure that they will find nothing wrong, and you will be vindicated.

3) Let’s put an end to all the accusations about phantom voters by using a simple, effective and cheap solution – indelible ink. Your Elections Commission wants a super-sophisticated biometric system, but there is no way it can be in place by then – and many people worry that it can be manipulated. Indelible ink works – just ask the world’s largest democracy, India. I don’t think anyone has ever disputed the results of India’s elections in over 60 years.

4) Finally, let RTM be truly independent, like the BBC and NHK and the public broadcasting systems in Australia, France, Germany, and elsewhere in the world. RTM does not belong to Umno. It belongs to the people.

As long as RTM – funded by all the people of Malaysia – acts as the propaganda arm of the 25 percent of Malaysians who voted for Umno, no one can believe that Malaysia’s elections are fair and free.

So, my dear Prime Minister, it’s all very simple. You say that Malaysia’s elections are free and fair. Now you have a chance to prove it to the outside world and remove all doubts. And if your party wins, then the Malaysian people – and the world – might finally be convinced.

If you refuse these suggestions, then the doubts will linger, and your assertions about the honesty of Malaysia’s election will continue to be questioned.

Sincerely,
John Malott

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In the first place, who the hell is Malott to write an open letter to the Malaysian Prime Minister? He is not even Malaysian!

The fact that a spent-bullet like Malott is writing to the Malaysian Prime Minister with all of these complaints, demonstrate very clearly that:

1. Malott has no local standi what so ever to say anything about Malaysian electoral process and/or practices as his morbid political stunt in Malaysia is likened an overweight 70 year old streaker running across the pitch during half time in a third-division rugby league

2. Did ever any Malaysian Government pay any bloody attention to any external opinion on how the past 12 general elections have been conducted or even the outcome? Malaysia is a sovereign state and majority of Malaysians hold their head up high in their democratic process and practices, which enabled the formation of a Federal Government with continuous and proven development agenda

3. Neither Malaysian electoral system, process nor practices needed any external validation ever. Hence, it would definitely need not a ‘nobody’s endorsement like Malott at any point of time

4. This is another sordid attempt of a very stale Anwarista-style drama to gain attention, which include international communities and particularly the Neo Con Jewish financial backers for the Jewish-lap-dog Anwar Ibrahim’s disintegrating party coffers in the upcoming general election

5. Anwar and all the Opposition which include politically-slanted NGO activists like Ambiga Sreenivasan lost near absolute credibility with their political stunts which backfired before, during and post-BERSIH 2.0 failed mobstreet ‘revolution’

6. Malott must be a really lousy diplomat to do a stunt like this

The Opposition is really politically-bankrupt if any of them harp on a really sordid stunt like this.

Thats all for now. To all Muslim Malaysians and Singaporeans who will break fast very soon, bon apetit.

*Updated 1100pm

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Mukhriz: Negara Kebajikan, Rumah Urut Ditingkatkan

KENYATAAN MEDIA
YB DATO’ MUKHRIZ MAHATHIR
TIMBALAN PENGERUSI
BADAN PERHUBUNGAN UMNO NEGERI KEDAH DARUL AMAN
1 OGOS 2011

Negara Kebajikan Pas – Rumah Urut Bercambah di Kedah

Tahniah dan syabas di atas pengakuan Exco Kerajaan Kedah PAS yang mengakui bahawa pusat-pusat hiburan termasuk rumah urut memang bercambah di Alor Setar, Sg Petani dan beberapa bandar di Kedah.

Tahniah juga kepada slogan Negara Berkebajikan dan Kedah Sejahtera. Mungkin di atas berkat ke dua-dua slogan ini telah melahirkan lebih banyak pusat hiburan dan rumah urut semenjak tiga tahun yang lalu. Apa pun, pertambahan mendadak pusat-pusat hiburan di sekitar Alor Setar, Sg Petani dan beberapa bandar di Kedah ketika ini boleh dianggap sebagai sesuatu yang mengejutkan bagi sesebuah kerajaan yang melaungkan slogan suci seperti ini.

Persoalannya, kenapa pentadbiran PAS hanya mengakui wujudnya pusat-pusat hiburan yang disyaki menawarkan khidmat tidak bermoral, setelah ianya didedahkan kepada pengetahuan umum? Apakah PAS akan mendiamkan saja isu ini dari pengetahuan rakyat Kedah yang majoritinya Melayu-Islam, jika tiada pihak yang mendedahkannya?

Walaupun wakil Kerajaan PAS memberi alasan pusat hiburan ini tidak berlesen, ianya tidak sekali-kali melepaskan mereka dari tanggungjawab bagi membanteras kegiatan kotor ini. Kenapa tindakan tidak diambil terhadap pusat-pusat hiburan yang tidak berlesen? Ke mana hilangnya sistem penguatkuasaan Majlis Kerajaan Tempatan di bawah pentadbir PAS hingga sesiapa juga bebas untuk menjalankan aktiviti tidak bermoral secara haram?

Persoalan yang lebih menimbulkan kemusykilan kita ialah, apakah faktor yang menyumbang di sebalik kegagalan pemimpin PAS membendung pertumbuhan pusat-pusat hiburan ini, sehingga mereka dilihat seolah-olah tidak berbuat apa-apa untuk mengekang gejala ini dari berleluasa?

Lebih menarik lagi ialah, apabila rakyat melihat bagaimana gelagat tokoh PAS Kedah tarik brek kecemasan dan “go-stan” keputusan awal mereka yang tidak membenarkan pusat hiburan beroperasi sepanjang bulan Ramadhan, setelah menerima tekanan DAP yang turut disokong oleh PKR. Pernahkah para pemimpin atasan PAS merujuk kepada ahli akar umbinya dalam perkara ini? Saya tidak percaya penyokong PAS yang alim akan menerima penjelasan dan justifikasi pemimpin atasan mereka dalam isu ini.

Adakah kebenaran “flip-flop” ini dikhususkan hanya untuk pelanggan bukan Islam? Melihat kepada percambahan ketara pusat hiburan yang paling dibenci oleh PAS sewaktu partinya memperjuangkan hukum Islam, ia seolah-olah menggambarkan penduduk bukan Islam telah bertambah berkali ganda sejak Kedah ditadbir di bawah PAS, walaupun ini sebenarnya tidak berlaku.

Adakah pakatan “Three Stooges” DAP-PKR-PAS berpendirian begini kerana mereka memikirkan bahawa budaya melanggan rumah-rumah urut, beli arak, berjudi dan lain-lain kerja tidak bermoral ini memang menjadi budaya penganut bukan Islam? Dan, adakah kegiatan ini dianggap suatu hak keistimewaan yang tidak boleh ditarik balik?

Mungkin juga pemimpin PAS Kedah beranggapan tindakannya menarik balik keputusan menutup pusat hiburan pada bulan Ramadhan ini dianggap konsisten dengan konsep Negara Kebajikan mengikut definisi mereka. Walhal konsep negara berkebajikan ala BN selama ini telah memberi fokus kepada usaha membaiki atau membina rumah baru untuk rakyat miskin, meringankan kos sara hidup nelayan, memberi elaun bulanan kepada penjaga OKU atau pesakit terlantar, membina dan membaikpulih masjid dan surau, membantu mangsa banjir dengan memindahkan mereka ke pusat pindahan dan memastikan keperluan mereka cukup, dan banyak lagi. Itupun belum diambilkira, antara lain subsidi berjumlah berbilion ringgit yang telah diberikan untuk faedah rakyat sejak berpuluh tahun lamanya.

Pemimpin PAS tidak sedar konsep negara berkebajikan yang dijanjikannya sudah lebih 50 tahun ketinggalan dibelakang BN. Apabila semua keperluan dan kebajikan untuk faedah rakyat sudah berjaya diangkat dan dimartabat oleh BN, PAS baru terkial-kial mahu mengorak langkah. PAS baru tersedar dari lamunan perjuangan Islam retoriknya dan mengakui realiti bahawa berkhidmat dan melakukan kebajikan secara konsisten dalam memastikan kehidupan rakyat terbela adalah perkara paling pokok dan pra-syarat untuk rakyat menerima perjuangan sesebuah parti. BN telah melakukannya dengan berkesan tanpa perlu pun menjenamakan perjuangan sucinya dengan retorik Negara Kebajikan!

Tindakan flip flop PAS membatalkan keputusan asal ini pada hakikatnya telah mewujudkan persepsi umum, seolah-olah rakyat bukan Islam memang cenderung melakukan aktiviti tidak bermoral.

Saya tertarik dengan aduan yang telah dibuat oleh Profesor Dr Clara Chee. Wakil pertubuhan bukan kerajaan wanita ini bimbang dan telah membuat aduan mengenai kehadiran rumah-rumah urut yang disyaki menawarkan khidmat seks yang tumbuh seperti cendawan selepas hujan di sekitar negeri Selangor. Aduan beliau ini jelas membuktikan apa yang kami di BN perakui bahawa masyarakat bukan Islam juga sebenarnya menolak keras kegiatan tidak bermoral ini. Mereka juga tidak rela melihat pusat-pusat hiburan ini turut dilanggani oleh suami-suami atau anak-anak mereka, termasuk pelajar-pelajar IPT dan remaja belasan tahun.

Berdasarkan aduan ini, jelas kepada kita bahawa, rakyat dari pelbagai agama menolak alasan kerajaan negeri PAS, yang memberi jaminan bahawa kewujudan pusat-pusat hiburan ini adalah semata-mata untuk memenuhi permintaan masyarakat bukan Islam.

Pendirian mereka itu sebenarnya telah menghina kebijaksanaan (insulting the intelligence) rakyat. Kita juga ingin bertanya kepada pemimpin PAS yang telah acap kali tunduk dengan kemahuan DAP, bagaimana mereka mahu memastikan pusat-pusat hiburan itu tidak turut dilanggani oleh umat Islam, termasuk di bulan puasa al-Mubarak?

Rakyat Kedah juga mahu bertanya kepada pemimpin PAS, apakah kerajaan PAS hari ini sebenarnya takutkan tekanan DAP atau lebih takut dengan ugutan pengusaha-pengusaha pusat hiburan yang berselindung di belakang DAP? Atau apakah pemimpin PAS lebih bimbang dengan risiko kehilangan sokongan undi masyarakat cina sehingga terpaksa mengkompromi hukum Allah SWT dengan menutup sebelah mata terhadap segala kegiatan tidak bermoral yang sememangnya ditolak oleh semua agama ini?

Apapun, pengakuan berani ini memang kita dialu-alukan. Tahniah kerana hasil transformasi negeri berkebajikan di Kedah (Selangor dan Pulau Pinang), kini telah menyaksikan peningkatan pusat-pusat hiburan dan rumah urut. Ibarat kata pepatah, “lain yang ditanam, lain pula yang tumbuh”. Mungkin PAS juga prihatin dalam menjaga kebajikan mereka-mereka yang dahagakan aktiviti tidak bermoral ini.

Mampukah pemimpin PAS memberi alasan atau jawaban dalam perbicaraan di akhirat kelak dengan menggunapakai alasan dan jawaban yang diberi sebagai halwa telinga semasa di dunia ini?

Wallahualam.

YB DATO’ MUKHRIZ MAHATHIR
TIMBALAN PENGERUSI
BADAN PERHUBUNGAN UMNO NEGERI KEDAH DARUL AMAN

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Paradise at our doorsteps

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. We would like to share these bakers’ dozen first hand photos with our readers. These photos shall justify the title of this posting:


We hope we need not narrate any bit of these photos as the splendour spoken for itself, a thousand times over. Probably it befits the address of the thousand acres, all within our God blessed Malaysia. If paradise could be pre-paid, probably this would be the closest.

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