Progressive and liberal, eh? Like the nature of Anwar Ibrahim’s charges in court for sodomy? And conviction for corruption?
Nice … for a political animal who traded on his alim Abim branding to clamber up the Umno ladder at supersonic speed.
Khairy Jamaluddin’s rise up Umno matches the pace of Anwar — the man most responsible for corrupting and damaging the venerable Malay party. You can see Anwar’s nepotism and cronyism clearly in the hierarchy and objectives of the PKR.
The article that was reproduced in Anwar Ibrahim’s blog on 12 Oct 2013 is sourced from Foreign Affairs, a magazine of the Council on Foreign Relations (an American NGO) and credited to Elizabeth Segran under the heading ‘Letter From Kuala Lumpur’ on Oct 10.
In her introductory paragraph, Ms Segran writes: “Anwar Ibrahim, the leader of the opposition, vowed never to surrender the fight, and in the months that followed, thousands gathered under the slogan ‘Black 505,’ referring to the date of the election, and wore black as a sign of mourning.”
She also alleges that BN appears to have won GE13 through fraud by flying in phantom voters.
Elizabeth Segran continues:
“The government responded to the Malay outcry [of May 13] with its so-called New Economic Policy, which attempted to redistribute wealth to Malays through quotas for public scholarships and employment in the civil service. This directly undermined the Chinese and Indian minority populations and continues to be a source of resentment in those communities today. The policy also granted Malays public funds to establish Islamic banks and schools that would protect their religious interests. Economic rebalancing and Islamization thus came hand in hand.”
She further quotes “experts such as Premesh Chandran, the founder of Malaysia’s leading independent news site, Malaysiakini” as saying he believes “the government has resorted to conservative religious rhetoric in recent months”.
According to Pramesh, the “inflammatory language sparks fears that non-Muslims are overrunning the country”. All this is reproduced in Anwar Ibrahim’s blog.
“BN government resorts to extremism”
Adding her own opinion, Ms Segran-in-Kuala Lumpur writes: “Still, on a daily basis, the BN government resorts to extremism”, and citing the authorities’ handling of the Alvivi case, the Maznah dog trainer ‘Takbir Raya’ video, the Sedili surau where a group of Buddhists meditated, and the kalimah Allah court verdict to be delivered tomorrow, to illustrate her point.
Elizabeth Segran then ventures her opinion that while “Some conservative Malays have come out in support of the heavy-handed action” at the same time “there has also been a great deal of disapproval”.
She is of the view that although the BN’s “strong Islamist positions” managed to mobilize some conservative Malays, “they did not help with the larger Malay population” in winning Umno the votes.
It is not at all surprising that Ms Segran’s views are republished in the Anwar Ibrahim website. What she says is par for the course among the country’s opposition followers. The only difference is that she is saying it to an American cum international audience.
Where lies the Malay mainstream?
The reason I’ve quoted the article in Anwar’s blog is for the following comment which has some relevance to our current Khairy topic. She made the conclusion that:
“Before and after the election, Malaysians of all ethnicities and socio-economic classes seemed disenchanted with a political system that hinges so heavily on race and religion.”
It is the usual whinge about Race-and-Religion politics but the concluding statement by Elizabeth Segran that – “As the BN continues to lose its grip on Malaysia, it keeps returning to Islamism as a political strategy, which only serves to alienate the Malaysian electorate” – is true, I feel, insofar as it relates to the sentiments of the oppo non-Malays.
The question mark is whether Ms Segran has correctly assessed the pro-establishment Malay sentiment. She claims that the majority of the Malays, who do not belong to the conservative group, greatly disapprove the high-handedness of the Islamic authorities in handling the cases and issues listed above.
Khairy — Anwar in training
Elizabeth Segran also claims that Malays too seem “disenchanted with a political system that hinges so heavily on race and religion”.
She does not get (comprehend) the importance of Islam in the scheme of things among the Malays both in Umno and in PAS. They may be disenchanted with a political system as she points out but nonetheless they will not tire of defending Islam.
And here’s the rub; the “Islamism”, “strong Islamist positions” and religious “extremism” that she complains about were all given their biggest boost during Anwar’s own years in Umno where he reached the position of No.2 and in government when he was a powerful and highly impatient PM-in-waiting.
Pakatan supporters seem to have forgotten ‘who’ (i.e. the man) Anwar was.
And now they’re banking their hopes on the Anwar incarnate, Khairy, whom they believe can Ubah the Umno DNA to embed “progressive” and “liberal” traits.
The non-Malay Pakatan supporters need to evaluate whether he is beneficial to their Firster and Abolish NEP struggles.
Or you can put it this way: “An enemy of my enemy is my friend” — KJ has just defeated Akhramsyah, the candidate receiving Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s endorsement, and the son-in-law will be a check on the rising son Mukhriz should the latter win an Umno vice president seat.
The Umno supporters are required to evaluate whether KJ is an asset or a liability to their party, and if his helming of the Youth wing is an advantage or a detriment to the BN’s bid to retain Putrajaya.
Evangelista Bintang Lima infiltrating Umno
The current DAP 3.0 is no longer the same party that it was. Umno today is most certainly not the Umno that Dato’ Onn Jaafar founded. Both parties have evolved.
We know that the DAP has been overrun by the aggressive evangelists. Now with KJ successfully placing his men as the Pemuda division heads, what will Umno become by the next one-two election cycles?
Consider KJ’s team up with the Evangelista Bintang Lima. At the bottom is the illustration accompanying The J-Star‘s puff piece on him — see HERE.
See how the J-Star photo-graphics deliberately uses the Bersih colour yellow.
KJ is opening the door of Fortress Umno to the Dapsters. The mutual embrace of Khairy and the Scissorati is the beginning of things to come. A danse macabre.