Christmas … “Peace on Earth and goodwill to Man”.
Did Lim Guan Eng’s Christmas eve message three days ago promote harmony among Malaysians?
Does the Penang Chief Minister even enjoy the goodwill of his own deputy?
In Syed Akbar Ali’s blog yesterday — ‘Ostat Guan Eng’s Satanic Greetings‘
“When Guan Eng became Chief Minister he started quoting about khalifah Umar bin Abdul Azeez. Everything was ‘Umar Abdul Azeez said this’, Umar Abdul Azeez said that’ bla bla bla. Just to get the Malay vote (bold red emphasis originally by SAA).”
Is it goodwill that Guan Eng’s evangelistas feel the most for their fellow Malaysians?
They are always accusing BN of playing the Race and Religion card. At the same time they fail to see the same in Guan Eng’s Christmas message.
The Born Again experience relates to the gospel story of St Paul the Apostle. Saul – soon to be reborn as Paul – was journeying on the road to Damascus when he was temporarily struck blind. Then “He Saw the Light”.
DAPsters are clearly afflicted by a selective blindness. Are they blinded by love? Or by hate?
Let’s examine Guan Eng’s 2012 Christmas greeting and see what kind of feelings are promoted in the content.
374 words / seven paragraphs
It is Christmas but Guan Eng’s greeting centred on Lynas, AES and the outflow of dirty money. Are these topics which promote brotherhood or will they incline his listeners to hate the government?
If you’re still musing over an answer, note also that Guan Eng associated the words “lies”, “injustice”, “irresponsible”, ” fear tactics” and “cronies” with his opponents.
At the same time, he linked “truth, freedom, justice, democracy and integrity” with himself and “principles and idealism” with his party.
(Analysis of Guan Eng’s identical Malaysian First stock phrases, read here.)
In short, his festive wishes were all about running down others and heaping praises on himself and what he describes as “Penang’s achievements”, such as never “putting profits over people”.
Guan Eng’s past Christmas and Wesak greetings
In Guan Eng’s 2011 Wesak Day message, he said:
“…DAP calls on all Malaysians to stand up for peace and harmony by uniting against extremists and [sic] that wants to see Malaysia burn with hatred and violence.”
He further asked:
“Are non-Malays and non-Muslims an easy target to be blamed and kicked based on lies just to distract attention from the real problems affecting 27 million Malaysians?”
In Guan Eng’s 2010 Christmas Day message he said:
“Malaysians must reject those who preach hate and violence to the extent of calling for the bloody May 13 tragedy to be declared as a sacred day that should be celebrated.
“Let us reject these pseudo-Malaysians who are extremists, racists and greedy cronies of corruption.”
Supported by The Star
In my posting yesterday, I pointed out that The Star failed to run any commentary about how Guan Eng tried to lay claim to kalimah Allah.
Why is the MCA paper covering up for him?
A blast from the past clues us in.
Calling for non-Muslim unity
Guan Eng had previously invited MCA to join hands with his party in opposing Perkasa dan Utusan, saying:
“DAP is willing to work with all Malaysians including non-UMNO component members in BN to oppose this crusade and demand action against Utusan Malaysia and Ibrahim Ali’s reckless opportunism and irresponsible adventurism.”
From the consistent trend and tone of The Star reporting, you’d think that the paper’s owner MCA has indeed taken up the offer for cooperation by Guan Eng.
To recap, Guan Eng in his Christmas messages accuses other people of:
- preaching hate
- inciting violence / fearmongering
- being extremists / racists
- being “greedy cronies of corruption”
- being irresponsible / lying
And in his Wesak message, he specifically accused Ibrahim Ali of “reckless opportunism and irresponsible adventurism”.
Evaluating words against the actual outcome
Below are Guan Eng’s words:
“Only if we cleanse hatred from our hearts and fill our soul with love can we find peace, balance and harmony with our lives and with each other.”
Well. that’s how Guan Eng and his evangelistas talk. And that’s how The Star likes to portray them to its 1.3 million readership.
That’s why The Star quoted the following line – “Christmas celebrates the blessings of peace, prosperity, forgiveness and salvation” – from Guan Eng’s 2012 Christmas eve message but chose not to inform its readers about the furore that arose.
If someone Malay-illiterate read only The Star and nothing else for his news, he might actually believe that Guan Eng’s Christmas message truly promoted peace, harmony and goodwill (just like what the paper told them).