Patrick Teoh, Hannah Yeoh and why MCA is a problem
No coverage in The Star.
Please also check out my new page ‘Starwatch‘ on the stories that the MCA-owned paper blacks out or is not interested in following up.
MCA is MIA
Patrick Teoh’s outburst is not an isolated sentiment but it lies squarely within the climate and environment of Pakatan politics. Pakatan politics minus PAS, that is.
The nature of his comments is one of a piece with that swathe of Pakatan supporters who have turned against PAS after the Islamist party’s reversal on the use of the ‘Allah’ word.
Dapsters make up this opposition base now that the Chinese-Christian brief flirtation with “PAS For All (hudud for all)” seems to be wearing thin.
DAP controls social media
Let’s examine Patrick Teoh’s politics against the backdrop of overwhelming Chinese support for DAP.
Below is his tweet that was retweeted by Hannah Yeoh, R. Sivarasa (PKR vice president) and John Lee (who co-blogs with Tony Pua and Ong Kian Ming the DAP election strategist).
Of interest is their shared thinking.
“If BN behaves the way they do without a 2/3′s majority imagine what they will do with a 2/3 majority. Scary isn’t it?”
I do not have any Twitter account but my contrarian view is:
“If Pakatan behaves the way they do with just touching 1/3 in Parliament imagine what they will do with a simple majority. Scary isn’t it?”
The tinyurl in Patrick’s tweet (screenshot below) takes readers to an article in Lim Kit Siang’s blog.
Mutual Admiration Club
The above is a sample of Patrick Teoh’s comment retweeted by Hannah Yeoh.
Meanwhile below is a sample of Hannah Yeoh’s comment retweeted by Patrick Teoh.
The evangelists are always reassuring potential Malay voters that DAP politicians have the highest respect for the Constitution.
Yet (screenshot below) here is Hannah Yeoh so thrilled that young Malaysians are “learning to re-write the Constitution”.
Which part of the document do the evangelistas want to Ubah? Article 3 on the position of Islam?
Beware wolf in sheep’s clothing
When MCA objected to the PAS desire to implement hudud, DAP politicians and their evangelistas were the first to shout that the Chinese party is anti-Islam.
In the 60 years since 1952 of MCA’s relationship with Umno, never has any Wanita MCA leader donned the tudung and traipsed into mosques to glad-handle. Neither has any Wanita Gerakan leader done this.
The MCA politicians do not quote the Quran, Hadith or Sunnah and claim that they model themselves on the caliphs.
Did Patrick say “like sheep”?
The historical Caliph Umar Abdul Aziz, from whom Lim Guan Eng derives his Muslim moniker, only ruled a total of 28 months.
Blogger Syed Akbar Ali points out that during the Caliph’s time, a one-way camel journey between Baghdad and Basrah would take months and longer to get to Khorasan in Persia.
“For the Caliph to issue a new order (say his version of Dasar Ekonomi Baru) would take months just to reach all the provinces. Then any dasar ekonomi baru would take time to be implemented. Before he received the first feedback (Mid Term Review), he would have been dead,” opines SAA.
So much for Lim Guan Eng’s rhetoric which is about as credible as his Mama colleague’s muslimah dressing.
For those who still don’t get it, bottomline: THEY.ARE.POLITICIANS.
Even if they constantly preach in church.
Patrick Teoh’s comments have caused a firestorm.
My point is this:
Before March 2008 and in the MCA and Gerakan scheme of things, evangelist politicking and masquerading in the mosques was not a tactical strategy among the Chinese and Indian BN politicians.
But now you have the DAP 2.0 posturing politicians.
There is a risk to playing religion politics. These people are unable to realise when they have strayed across boundaries they should not overstep.
Below: DAP organizing secretary Anthony Loke, also MP for Rasah
MCA part of the problem
The DAP 2.0 politicians wear an Islam-friendly mask, and songkok too (I’ve seen).
They are split personalities from their supporter base. It’s the same problem of bipolarity that afflicts The Star.
Straightshooters like Ibrahim Ali and Perkasa, for example, do not face the inevitable strains arising from self-contradictions and lack of internal cohesion.
“It does not compute” when the DAP 2.0 leadership claims one thing and delegates to the party CEC election vote the opposite way.
Pakatan supporters hoping that Malays vote DAP will, once again, have a difficult task in trying to square the circle over this Patrick Teoh fallout.
And that’s why there’s no story in The Star today. Its owner MCA must be asked some probing questions.