Yesterday on our National Day, 155 bajungu were arrested by police in Penang. The bajungu or Purple Shirts are reportedly a 10,000-strong vigilante force.
What motivated Penang to create this extralegal force when the other states do not have as such?
Attitude problem with authority
Penang is swimming counter current to the rest of the country in this extralegal way because it has an “ex-convict” in charge of the state. See Singapore’s Razor TV interview on 28 July 2009 with Lim Guan Eng – ‘From ex-convict to Penang’s Chief Minister’.
In a separate interview on 24 Feb 2013 headlined ‘From Kajang prison to 28th floor of Komtar‘, the Penang CM was asked, “when your conviction under Printing Presses and Publications Act was upheld and the Court of Appeal enhanced the sentence to 18 months in prison, what were your thoughts and emotions?”
Guan Eng replied the Malaysiakini reporter:
“I was VERY ANGRY.
“How could I be imprisoned when the world knows I was being framed?”
“I was seething with anger.”
“I had to do a lot of self-counselling to work out the anger in order to face the imprisonment with equanimity. I didn’t want to come out so bitter and warped. Then you’d satisfy your tormentors. You’d turn out to be like your tormentors.”
The ever angry man
Actually Lim Guan Eng remains a “very angry” man still over his two jail sentences which caused him to have to spend years in prison.
He is forever seething with anger due to his hatred for the government (read: Umno) whom he considers his “tormentor”.
This anger has never gone away because Guan Eng’s bad experience with the law, which in his mind translates as Umno enforcers has – despite his protestations to the contrary – left him “so bitter and warped”.
In short, @cmlimguaneng has some deep-seated and unresolved issues with regard to the Malaysian law enforcement. This humongous chip on Guan Eng’s shoulder could well be the reason for his intransigence with the Inspector-General of Police over the bajungu.
Guan Eng: BN is extremist and divisive
In his 2014 Merdeka Day message, Guan Eng talked about the “increasing racial extremism” in Malaysia.
He also levelled the accusation that “BN political leaders continue to raise the political temperature with extremist actions and divisive statements”.
On top of accusing the BN leadership of extremism, the Penang chief minister further alleged that “PR leaders are subjected to selective prosecution and double-standards of laws with charges of sedition”.
It appears that Guan Eng might be suffering from a persecution complex as he is here complaining that the state prosecutors are unfairly charging his Pakatan colleagues.
Fearful man needs to feel protected
Guan Eng concluded his National Day message this year by saying that the “57th Merdeka celebration will only be meaningful if every Malaysian can enjoy freedom from ignorance, poverty, corruption and be free from fear”.
He apparently wants every Malaysian to be free from fear. This expressed desire for freedom from fear is really more reflective of his own personal psychosis.
It could jolly well be the most likely explanation as to why Guan Eng, when he acquired power as the chief executive of a rich and developed state, quickly proceeded to create the bajungu – which the IGP has termed “gangsters” and what a few media commenters are calling a “private militia”.
(The term “militia” might not however be exactly accurate because, as far as we’re aware, the bajungu don’t carry guns. But nonetheless, the Purple Shirts do function as Guan Eng’s personal bodyguards.)
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Penang led by Lim Guan Eng is clearly at odds with the rest of the country. While 13 states in Malaysia celebrated this year’s Aug 31 with the theme ‘Di sini lahirnya sebuah cinta’, Penang was the odd one out with its own Merdeka theme of ‘Bersatu dan Maju’.
Guan Eng chooses to run against the grain of the Malay majority yet his party DAP can curiously be in alignment with the MCA on their mutual complaint about “extremism”.
The J-Star‘s Merdeka Day editorial had talked about the MCA paper’s “clarion call to drown out the voices of extremism”.
Earlier Guan Eng mentioned that Malaysia is celebrating an “uncertain” 57th Merdeka anniversary. The J-Star struck the same note too, saying that our country is now “more disturbed and distracted than ever”.
The DAP and the MCA media are beginning to sound alike. DAP incessantly labels Umno as a hate monger which uses the ‘divide-and-rule tactic. The J-Star in its editorial yesterday took to task “the hate-spewing, divisive, race-obsessed ignoramuses” (echoing Guan Eng’s words) but without specifying who the culprits are.
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Guan Eng and Chun Wai share same train of thought
Guan Eng characterizes the Merdeka mood this year as “uncertain” while to The J-Star, our current sociopolitical climate feels “disturbed and distracted”. Wong Chun Wai the J-Star CEO makes it together a troika, chipping in his 2 sen that the “pensive” Merdeka mood has been “severely dampened by those who spew divisive remarks on a continuous basis”.
Chun Wai and Guan Eng – rumoured to share quite a cosy relationship – could well be identical twins because the newspaperman in his J-Star column yesterday headlined ‘Hate politics taking its toll’ similarly complained about divisive “extremists”, i.e. DAP’s favorite bogeyman.
According to Chun Wai, politicians who champion race and religion have emboldened “instant NGOs” and other “dangerous elements” to “amplify their extremist views”.
Chun Wai’s own views mirror Guan Eng’s in other areas as well. Guan Eng in his Merdeka Day 2014 message had griped that Pakatan leaders are subjected to “selective prosecution and double-standards of laws with charges of sedition”.
Meanwhile, Chun Wai wrote in his column wondering how some “extreme personalities” who make “never-ending, disturbing and offensive statements” can get away with what they say. He asked, “Shouldn’t they be charged with sedition or do they have powerful backers, as some have questioned?”
Although Chun Wai did not name names in his column, he had in previous articles criticized Isma. Thus the MCA media and the DAP appear to have a common enemy – the vocal Islamic NGOs.
The pro-Christian bent of the DAP and The J-Star is increasingly evident by the day. And the MCA of late seems to be consistently taking the DAP’s side when it comes to the blame game against “racists”, “extremists” and “religious bigots”. Everybody can see this except maybe for the BN chairman Najib Razak.