The Pakatan ideology is being spread over the social media like wildfire.
One indication of this widespread dispersal of Pakatan memes is the number of clicks on the ‘Share’ button.
The primary element of this propagation (sharing and tweets/retweets) of the Pakatan belief system is the Christian focus.
An interview with the Bishop Paul Tan in FMT yesterday, which elicited more than 5,000 Shares (2,853 ‘Share’ plus another 2,800 on Facebook), illustrates this point.
What is striking about the Christian evangelical element is the distance apart between what the DAP supporters seem to believe and conversely how the pro-establishment side see certain religious public figures in the Pakatan universe. Their respective views are at opposing poles.
For example, the FMT article titled ‘For the love of God, he speaks‘ quotes Bishop Paul as saying that “he does not take sides but condemns the immoral practices in the political realm irrespective of whether it is Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Rakyat”.
That is not the impression I get.
I cannot recall the Bishop condemning any immoral practices of Pakatan (which is not to insist that he has never ever done so but perhaps his views were obscure). What’s for sure though is that he prominently condemns the BN time and again and again.
The FMT senior journalist adds that the bishop, considered one of the most vocal, is a religious leader who “abhors racists, religious bigots and corruption”.
The abhorrence of “racists, religious bigots and corruption” is straight from the Pakatan playbook, as is the standard script where the bishop said that Malaysia’s citizens “must cease thinking along racial lines and forge closer ties [as we are] all brothers and sisters of God”.
The FMT article also opines: “Besides his intellectual prowess and rich life experiences, Tan’s most striking qualities are his warmth, humility and remarkable candour”.
Well, everyone is entitled to an opinion although the opinion of the writer (RK Anand who conducted the interview for the news portal) is not one that I share — I mean about Bishop’s “humility” which I fail to glimpse.
The top, i.e. most thumbed-up, response to the FMT article was by Penang-based Malaysiakini Citizen Journalist (CJ) Lucia Lai who commented: “We will pray for the bishop’s continued health and that allah will bless him always as he continues to speak up boldly!”
Why is Lucia, who is a Christian Chinese, invoking Allah’s blessing on the Bishop?
The behaviour of the Pakatan Chinese Christian supporters is becoming more and more unfathomable.
On the same theme of religious icons and idols, Gerakan Youth vice-chairman Ong Khang Woon said that in Penang Lim Guan Eng has become like what Nik Aziz Nik Mat is to Kelantan.
What the Gerakan leader says about the deification of Guan Eng in Penang is perfectly true.
The defining feature of the Pakatan political galaxy is the cultism surrounding their ‘stars’.
DAP plays the Christian card the same as how PAS plays the Islam card, with the party sec-gen additionally willing to exploit any other religion when expedient, such as erecting the outsize billboards where his image was larger than that of Lord Murugan during the last Thaipusam as well as the publicity stunt of his Christian wife Betty Chew shaving her head in a Buddhist temple.
Nik Aziz (photo above) had been in office as Kelantan Menteri Besar for 23 years. Guan Eng assuming the ‘spiritual’ mantle of Nik Aziz – and if he manages to match the PAS Mursyidul Am’s record – may well remain Penang Chief Minister until the year 2031.
What we should expect from Papa Dapster’s iron grip on power, both in Penang and in his party, is increasing levels of hysteria — which is a defining feature of cults – among his legions of worshippers.
The God Complex
The evangelista politicians in the DAP all employ the same tone.
Just like Hannah Yeoh, James Ngeh Koo Ham is a lay preacher too. In his tweet (screenshot below), he denounced racial politics and declared, “We are all one family created by God.”
More or less the same words – ”All Malaysians are my brothers and sisters including Dr Zambry [Abdul Kadir]” – were also on the lips of his cousin David Nga Kor Ming.
Hannah Yeoh preached that “racists must be taught how to love”. It is also illuminating that the FMT interview with Bishop Paul Tan is titled ‘For the love of God, he speaks’.
While from Lim Guan Eng we hear: “Let us embrace the future by embracing every Malay, Indian, Chinese, Kadazan and Iban as Malaysian brothers and sisters, Malaysian sons and daughters.”
The contrast between the LOVE that is constantly being preached by the DAP 3.0 and the Politics of Hate that they practise could not be more Orwellian.
Ever since the conclusion of the national polls on May 5, the crescendo of “racist, racist, racist” has been on the rise. A worrying aspect of this development is that the Chinese are totally clueless as to how the rest of Malaysia regard them.
A slew of police reports have been lodged against former Court of Appeal judge Mohd Noor Abdullah over what The Star calls “his allegedly racist statements”. Mohd Noor had cautioned the Chinese to expect a backlash from Malays.
His warning has made the Chinese angry and predictably, they called him “racist”. Whether the Chinese like it or not, what he says is nevertheless true. The ‘Buy Chinese Last‘ boycott campaign is a part of the backlash that is already taking shape.
But the Chinese don’t want to hear any of it. Anyone giving any kind of feedback or reminder is immediately attacked as racist or a fear-monger or seditious.
The behaviour of the Chinese is a deep, deep in-denial.
Earlier on this page, a Gerakan leader was quoted as saying that in Penang Lim Guan Eng has become like what Nik Aziz Nik Mat is to Kelantan.
Kelantan is a hardcore opposition state and Kelantanese are deemed by some to be insular and parochial.
Penang was an opposition state between 1969 and 1972.
Penangites are just as insular and parochial as the people of Kelantan. Only with Penang people, it is worse as the islanders behave as if their state is a British crown colony turned into a DAP autonomous region.
With Lim Guan Eng likely to be in charge until 2031 and beyond, and with his administration of the state allowing for his ‘God’s army’ to access plentiful resources, expect the hysteria of “racists” and “religious bigots” finger-pointing to intensify.
And expect the Penang-born Star to deviously and deliberately put the BN leaders on the backfoot and on the defensive.
That was how DAP won the perception war in GE13 — with surreptitious help from the MCA media machinery to reach an audience of 5.63 million.