Raja Petra in his column yesterday wrote, “I can see that many Malaysia Today readers who post comments in this site are Chinese. They are fierce, rude, aggressive, and scream for blood.”
Not just in MT but everywhere else in cyberspace, including the Lowyat online forum, and in real life as well.
Then there is the spate of ‘Haram sokong DAP‘ articles carried in Utusan this week. Their foreboding tone led Maszlee Malik, a UIA lecturer, to interpret the repercussions thus: The Kelantan ulama
“Abdullah [Saamah]’s classification that DAP is kafir harbi is completely wrong and dangerous. He is giving the green light for Muslims to fight DAP and kill its members and leaders.” — reported in Malaysiakini
Dr Maszlee’s words in BM, “… membuka jalan bagi para ekstrimis bangsa dan golongan subversif untuk menumpahkan darah ahli-ahli DAP”.
Isn’t it the same screaming for blood from the other side? Brilliant, a pint for a pint.
The politically motivated bad intention is clearly Utusan‘s for giving an otherwise obscure cleric a front page platform.
Digging MCA’s grave
Matthias Chang, who is Dr M’s former political secretary, too gave his take on the Utusan recklessness.
“In the circumstances, it can be confidently stated that the leaders and spin doctors of the Barisan Nasional, specifically Umno has given up hope on MCA
and Gerakan to deliver the Chinese votes.”
He also states that it has been estimated by the grassroot movements that not more than 15% of Chinese voters are in support of the BN. [Seen in this light, the covert support rendered the Christian opposition by The Scissors is unsurprising.]
Chang characterizes the Umno “desperate” act in pulling the kafir harbi stunt as a “political gamble” to garner the support of the Malays, especially the rural ones.
Although he gives Najib the benefit of the doubt as being out of the loop, Chang believes that such a “stupid and irresponsible strategy by Umno leaders and their armchair spindoctors have literally buried MCA and Gerakan”.
Matthias Chang thinks that the kafir harbi blunder is such a colossal folly so much so that “only a miracle will deliver the Chinese votes to the Barisan Nasional”.
My personal view is that introducing ‘kafir harbi’ into the current political vocabulary is most immediately detrimental and in the longer term irreparably damaging.
Furthermore, with the determination by both DAP and its supporters to finish off their rival, the Chinese should not expect a weakened MCA to be able anymore to play the necessary mitigating role in future nor to provide a buffer against the anti-kafir harbi onslaught, should it come.
Chickens coming home to roost
It’s not that the non-Muslim Malaysians haven’t been confronted with such a kind of status bestowed upon us ere this. On 22 Jan 2010, a Friday sermon prepared by Jakim for the congregational prayer touched on the same topic.
“Persoalan besar timbul ialah apakah jenis status orang bukan Islam yang terdapat di negara kita samada digolongkan sebagai Kafir Harbi atau Kafir Dzimmi. Berdasarkan pemerhatian mimbar status orang bukan Islam di negara ini digolongkan sebagai ahli Dzimmi kerana pada prinsipnya mereka mentaati dan mengakui untuk tunduk kepada perjanjian kontrak sosial yang diwujudkan di bawah Perlembagaan Persekutuan.”
See http://www.islam.gov.my/khutbah-online, ‘Kafir dzimmi dan kafir harbi’
Since the kafir no longer “bow to the social contract” (as per the caveat mentioned in the Jakim sermon), then the slide from dzimmi to harbi status – one would hazard – is almost inevitable.
Non-negotiable and no quarters given
I’m in no way absolving Utusan for its indefensible, and inexcusable endangerment of the larger Chinese community in the paper trying to get at DAP politically.
However, the behaviour of opposition supporters needs to be pointed out also.
The most recent baying for blood can be seen in the reactions to Gerakan’s Tan Keng Liang — for details, see here.
There is no abating the blood lust. And the wolf pack is led by none other than the DAP evangelical leaders themselves.
Abdullah Saamah has predictably been tarred with the usual derogatory names.
Revenge is uppermost in their mind. Take for instance the opposition response to the government recently acceding to the formation of an RCI into illegal immigrants in Sabah acquiring citizenship.
Kim Guan Eng’s response is to call it “a sham”, “a meaningless general election exercise” and “another meaningless trick to delude Sabahans who have already been cheated for the last 25 years”.
He said in his Monday press statement:
“The people of Sabah will never forgive the BN for this diabolical and treasonous act, especially when it is now clear that the much-anticipated RCI will be nothing more than an election charade.”
It is clear that just like how Bersih can never be satisfied despite having its demands fulfilled and is planning another protest on Aug 30, so too the RCI will be unable to satisfy the opposition because their paramount interest is not in fact-finding.
Their attitude is hardly to negotiate solutions but instead to seek the pound of flesh, with blood, gore and all.
Guan Eng’s uncompromising response to the Sabah RCI can be seen as a faithful indication of the tree from which the fruits of DAPster behaviour fall.
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