The wishful thinking that Malaysians will all come together over the MAS plane mystery is a mixture of idealism, political correctness and naivete.
Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki is an Umno supreme council member. Responding to the opposition-dominated social media, he tweeted: “Usahlah kaitkan malapetaka MAS dengan kes jatuh hukum Anwar. Di mana letak keimanan kita pada qada’ dan qadar?”
Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang shares Asyraf’s view. Tan tweeted: “those opposition supporters who try link
#MH370 tragedy as diversion to Anwar’s sodomy conviction are sick. 239 lives, get it?”
Tan has a point when he highlights that while the government and MAS had spent the whole of yesterday carrying out search-and-rescue missions, Pakatan had been busy with their annual convention.
Yesterday was the 8th of March, which is the sixth anniversary of the 8 March 2008 general election that swept the Pakatan to power in the West Coat of the peninsula.
Datuk Lee Hwa Beng, the former MCA Adun for Subang Jaya and in recent times a trenchant BN critic, tweeted: “… u have to agree the response of MAS & Govt is lacking & given Msia a bad image” (see above).
Tricia Yeoh, who is the Chief Operating Officer of a Pakatan-backed think-tank was at the Pakatan convention in Shah Alam which attracted a good turnout.
Tricia tweeted that the convention’s closing session showcased an enthusiastic Lim Kit Siang reminding the crowd of Anwar’s 1998 Reformasi (see below).
Politics as usual for Pakatan
Tricia, who is a staunch Christian by the way, also managed to squeeze in another tweet touting Wan Azizah (see below).
Lim Guan Eng’s contribution to hashtag #Pray4MH370 is to ask for a “speedy closure“.
Regarding the various reports and queries especially on social media, Guan Eng said: “These must be given attention as they do affect the image of the country and the airline.”
It is uncanny how the DAP sec-gen and former MCA Adun for Subang Jaya (Lee Hwa Beng, quoted above) sound so alike.
The last public personality in this round-up is Rosmah Mansor. She is the main headline in Malaysiakini today — ‘Rosmah sheds tears with passengers’ families‘.
It is hardly surprising that her show of sympathy did not go down well with the Pakatan supporters. Aside from calling her nasty names and ridiculing her size which are par for the course, they also insisted that she “lacked sincerity” but “a good actresss” doing “a wayang”.
They further accused her of shedding “crocodile tears”, attempting to gain “cheap publicity”, “sell her [own] image”, “trying to steal the limelight” and “exploiting the MH370 victim families”. The mockery and insults hurled at Rosmah are expressed in the most degrading of tones.
Now compare with the attitude when their DAP evangelista chameleon politician tweets: “My heart is so troubled.”
Would the Dapsters ever apply the same contemptuous words – “devoid of sincerity”, “selling her image”, “exploiting the distress of these families” – to a Yang Berhormat on their side of the political fence telling the world that her heart is so troubled?
One Malaysiakini subscriber had even likened Rosmah’s visit to a “vulture-like circling of victims to play some angel offering comfort“.
Will the tweet by a DAP politician that goes – “May God’s comfort be with the passengers’ loved ones” – be subjected to the same vicious scorn that was poured on Rosmah’s similar efforts to offer comfort?
Even Najib Razak giving the press conference yesterday was accused of seeking cheap publicity and political mileage. But all of these derogatory barbs are only directed at BN politicians and mostly by the Pakatoons who are have a thorough control of the English social media.
Obviously no national reconciliation
BN is being bashed by the Pakatoons for playing the “worst form of politics” over the plane tragedy, if you can believe it.
Let’s be realistic now. Do you really think that this or any other national disaster is capable of bringing Malaysians together?
At the moment, everyone’s attention is very much caught up with this tragedy, one upon which Guan Eng is calling for a speedy closure. Nonetheless in a couple of weeks, news and speculation about MH370 will slowly fade away except for the memory lingering among the family members of the passengers.
The behaviour of the Dapster-evangelistas, on the other hand, will continue to stay with us coupled with their most unbelievable hypocrisy in insisting that BN is behaving badly whereas Pakatan is irreproachable.
Rather than bringing Malaysians together, the MH370 plane conundrum is intensifying the verbal slanging match between the two sides. This is the reality we have to confront which no amount of slick public relations by the evangelistas can obscure.