I’m excerpting below a few passages from the latest posting in Haris Ibrahim’s blog titled ‘BN’s demonizing ways‘ (29 Jan 2013). Haris is the man behind the Asal Bukan Umno (ABU) campaign.
The narrative in his blog on Tok Guru Nik Aziz Nik Mat serves as a good illustration of the New Politics that has taken hold with an almost religious fervour among opposition supporters since March 2008.
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For the same reason of providing illustration, I’ve uploaded (in the posting immediately preceding this one), two narratives from the Chinese point of view — (1) pro-DAP New Politics: Kee Thuan Chye’s open letter to Chua Soi Lek, and (2) pro-MCA Alliance-BN style politics: Shen Yee Aun’s response to Kee.
I shall give my own views later but these three – from Haris’s blog (the Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM) movement is another brainchild of his), from Shen’s blog and the Kee open letter – provide some backdrop so that you will get an idea of where I’m coming from when I share my own views shortly.
The extracts below are from a byline Singa Terhormat in the Haris Ibrahim blog.
“I first came across Nik Aziz in 1990.”
- “His face too reflected that of a calm, God-fearing person and there was an aura of kindness and gentleness about him.”
- “I can still recall that moment as his persona defied and demolished all earlier perceptions I had had of him.”
- “Looking beyond their [PAS leaders] attire, which admittedly is not common for one brought up in an urban setting along the West Coast, as I was, one could unmistakably recognize their greater sincerity, hospitality and gentleness towards others. It is often said that what the eyes reveal do not lie and indeed amongst many of them their eyes reflected those qualities.”
- “… I could see they were kind-hearted souls.”
- “Of course, I am sure, there must be some ‘black sheep’ amongst them too but generally there was nothing I saw even approaching Umno’s penchant for trickery, treachery and selfishness. These were men and women who were basically God-fearing and they by and large exhibited that in their daily conduct.”They may not be as worldly-wise as their brethren in the West Coast, but there is more than a thing or two that they could teach those in the West Coast about human decency.”Almost overnight then, my earlier impression of them changed.”
- “It did not totally surprise me therefore to read about and see online how Nik Aziz had gone to visit Karpal Singh and later welcome the Bishop in his hotel room. I noticed too how both of his hands were stretched out in humility to clasp Karpal’s and how warmly and graciously they had received each other. There was so much goodwill between all of them. It so obviously came from the heart.”
The write-up reproduced above from the Haris Ibrahim blog is a paean where the writer wanted “to salute Nik Aziz for having exhibited the true qualities of a Muslim leader” and he believes that what he saw and described in his writings “is the real 1Malaysia, not Najib’s and Muhyiddin’s orchestrated public campaigns”.
The Haris Ibrahim blog writer experienced a born-again conversion where “almost overnight”, his earlier impression of the East Coast population changed. (The Haris Ibrahim blog writer tells us that he is someone “brought up in an urban setting along the West Coast”).
Regarding his real 1Malaysia experience, he said (in summary):
(a) He could see that Nik Aziz’s face “reflected that of a calm, God-fearing person”.
(b) He could feel that “there was an aura of kindness and gentleness” about Nik Aziz. And from looking at the Tok Guru’s face and feeling his aura, the Haris Ibrahim blog writer came to a favourable conclusion about the elderly Kelantan Menteri Besar’s fine persona.
(c) Looking beyond the serban dan jubah of the PAS leaders (i.e. ability to rise about the pettiness of Religion and Race – Pakatan’s credo), the Haris Ibrahim blog writer “unmistakably recognize their greater sincerity, hospitality and gentleness towards others”.
(d) He “could see they were kind-hearted souls” although less “worldly-wise” compared to the Umno politicians who are full of “trickery, treachery and selfishness”.
(e) Additionally, he could see that the eyes of the PAS leaders “reflected those qualities” of “sincerity, hospitality and gentleness towards others”.
(f) He is sure that they possess much more “human decency” than those in the West Coast states [which are the Umno fortresses harbouring a “penchant for trickery, treachery and selfishness”].
So there you have it.
The New Righteous
Adherents of Malaysian New Politics are the West Coast urbanites who
(i) can see rays of graciousness and goodwill emanating from the Tok Guru’s heart, and warmth and humility oozing from his hands
(ii) can see how in the eyes of East Coast people are reflections of fine qualities such as greater “sincerity, hospitality and gentleness” (but pity squinters and the cross-eyed people too, who must give a poorer impression)
(iii) can see in other peoples’ faces whether the individual is god-fearing or not (“god-fearing” is an important word; it appears twice in the Haris blog article)
(iv) can see the souls of the kind-hearted
(iv) can feel auras of kindness and gentleness as well as sense personas
(v) can read what comes from the heart
In short, while it is undoubtedly true that East Coast people are kind, hospitable and sincere, nonetheless practitioners of New Politics are proving themselves to be exceptionally sensitive people who have shown how fully in touch they are with the inner core of their neighbours on the other side of the peninsula.
The New Politics practitioners are able to see and learn so much just from looking at faces, eyes and hands (apart from reading hearts, sensing auras and feeling personas).
Congrats to the Malaysian opposition for bringing to flesh the spirit of Love Thy Neighbour.
It is a most necessary and timely Ubah from the old politics of Trickery, Treachery and Selfishness, and a Change which will surely take our country to a higher spiritual plane.