Remark by a commenter in Syed Akbar Ali’s blog:
“HAHAHAHAHAH…. Kelakar la Pakcik Syed ni…. No la guys…. I think she is stingy la… jenis berjimat-cermat..
“The last 3 and 2 pictures clearly showed that she wore the same grey dress too, except she had white shawl put around her neck.. Tak baik buruk sangka tau…”
Now we know that the ‘Anonymous’ in the SAA blog is wrong to say that Teo Nie Ching was wearing “the same grey dress“.
Among the readers in this blog, exactly two-thirds of you who responded to my question on the dress believe that it’s a different dress while one-third think it is the same one.
There’s nothing unusual in holding a contrary or mistaken opinion. SAA’s Anon is, after all, in the good company of 33.3 percent of my blog commenters, including regulars, who share his opinion that it is the same dress.
However what I’d like to assess here is Anon’s little lecture to readers of SAA that it is “tak baik tau” if they “buruk sangka”.
Idiot Guide to Malaysian Politics
Taken from Anas Zubedy’s blog.
Anas imagines the lines of Malaysian political logic (I’ve shuffled their order a bit) to run like this:
- When I disagree it is democracy, when you disagree you are rude, stupid, bought over, influenced, etc etc.
- My research shows we got more support and will win in the next general elections. Your research that says otherwise sure wrongly done one.
- All my leaders are smart; all your leaders are idiots.
- Our idiots are smarter than your experts.
- A Satan is a Satan as long as he is on the other side. Join us, immediately Satan becomes an Angel.
- My party and I speak on behalf of God. If you don’t follow us, you will go to hell.
Photo: PAS people jampi air, Jerusubangites have their fountain of Holy Water
We can’t dispute that “Tak baik buruk sangka tau…” is a piece of good advice. But in the realm of Malaysian political cyberspace, it’s more often than not — “Do as I say (even if I myself do differently)”.
It is especially good advice for some people to follow before they simply accuse a lady VVIP of such a serious charge as ordering a murder.
And while it’s fine to lecture “Tak baik buruk sangka tau…” over the yellow baju kurung satire, there is undeniably a great imbalance (read: double standards) when the pro-Pakatan people take to preaching Do’s and Don’ts from their pious pulpit.
For example, DAP had clamoured for the head of a Penang Umno division chairman over what they termed his “racist” remark. Ahmad Ismail was eventually suspended by his party for calling the non-Malays “pendatang” after public pressure that incorporated calls for him to be ISA-ed.
At the same time though, the Dapsters are unable to realise that some people view Guan Eng as being more racist than those he constantly criticizes.
Another example: If you were to say that every citizen – particularly the Malaysian First – should be conversant in BM, you will be accused of propagating Ketuanan Melayu. But when they defend Chinese as their Language First, it becomes a matter of universal human rights.
Their modus operandi is exemplified in the disingenuous “Christians are only 9 percent” excuse to infer that they are a weak community.
DAP 2.0 zealots
I hope Umno bloggers and Malays in general will take note that there is the old DAP and there is the retooled version.
The most salient feature of the 2.0 DAP edition is their PAS-like evangelical zealotry. Added to that, the evangelista defenders are the most vigilant in cyberspace as well quick and agile deflectors. How they operate in the political sphere is similar to the proselytization method of the charismatic churches.
These consummate chameleon creatures are something we’ve never experienced before in the field of politics among the non-Malays.
The Anon in SAA’s blog using the Malay-flavoured admonishment, “Tak baik buruk sangka tau…”, sounds like one.
Photo: Douglas Tan
In the video clip of his talk to Sibu churchgoers, Lim Guan Eng told them, “We need all of you [Christians] to mobilize … I believe if we can have a good turnout, we can overcome.”
The DAP 2.0 evangelista tribe comprise glib operatives who are ICT- and media-savvy and know how to milk publicity to the max. Hannah Yeoh before she was elected YB was an “Event Planner” by profession.
The evangelistas have a strong presence in the media. It is the unique selling proposition of pastors and preachers to talk, isn’t it?
Take for instance Douglas Tan (screenshot above) is co-ordinator for the DAP Kampar “service team”. He is a columnist both in FMT and Malaysia Chronicle.
A sample of Douglas’ handiwork: In an article titled ‘Empty vessels make the most noise‘, he throws the accusation how “MCA has shown that it is completely incapable of voicing out on issues which are important to ordinary Malaysians, but is more interested in engaging in politicking”.
He alleges MCA to be “con artists” who are “more interested in engaging in politicking” (you’re getting my drift now, huh?)
According to his Twitter profile, Douglas is a member of the City Harvest Church KL (located in Subang Jaya).
Like Hannah Yeoh, Douglas has a law degree. He is also speaker on the DAP speechifying circuit.
Screenshot above: KL Chan, the Selangor Times editor, tweeted about DUMC
Douglas Tan, member of the City Harvest Church Subang Jaya, represents the DAP 2.0 breed who are able to influence media coverage.
The 2008 tsunami brought in a wave of people like Douglas to the DAP. This new force of carpetbaggers is sweeping out the old. The most importing aspect differentiating the new from the old is their evangelical Christianity.
Among Ye Olde DAP MPs elected in 2004 were Fong Po Kuan and M. Kula Segaran. Unconfirmed reports say that both these Perak reps have now been successfully ousted from their state.
Kula was in the news recently over his escalating rift with the evangelical warlords cousins whereas Fong Po Kuan’s tiff with Ngeh and Nga is well-known and severe to the extent that she almost decided not to defend her Batu Gajah seat in 2008.
With the imminent departure of Kula and Fong as reported yesterday, the evangelicals would have succeeded in taking Perak DAP (like they did Subang) for Jesus.