@EricPaulsen101: “dear @ikatanmuslimin – think your mothership is calling for all of u. good luck going back to Pluto (which is a planet again!)
Isma’s lawyers have sent a letter of demand – see below – to Paulsen for defaming the organization by calling its members Plutonians and imputing that the Ismans are pendatang from another planet.
2020: A Space Odyssey
I shall have to discipline myself to take another sabbatical from blogging. I’ve some pressing personal matters to attend to over the next couple of months.
As such, I will do a wrap-up now.
My prediction for the future is that Isma will take possession of the national narrative due to Umno’s cluelessness and lack of direction.
Satu bangsa, satu agama
I still also maintain my forecast that ‘Wong Chun Wai’s nightmare about to come true‘.
The J-Star CEO had griped on 18 May 2014: “Seriously I find it disturbing that the voices of mono-ethnicity and mono-religion are becoming louder in Malaysia”.
A week earlier (11 May 2014) in his column ‘Our right to speak up‘, Chun Wai had written “Ignorant fools and bigots like him should not be allowed to get away with their remarks”.
With saying “bigot”, Chun Wai was referring to Isma president Abdullah Zaik Abd Rahman – and by name (this one time) rather than his usual method of baling batu sorok tangan.
Chun Wai’s rants and Christian triumphalism regardless, I should imagine that we’re really on the way to becoming a mono-ethnic and mono-religion country. It’s the inevitable march of demography.
Isma is magnet for Firster slings and arrows
Just this week alone Isma was variously targeted by non-Malay writers in the opposition portals:
Patriotism – the last refuge of scoundrels? – T.K. Chua (in TMI yesterday)
- Decrying Isma’s warped version of patriotism – Mikha Chan (in FMT yesterday)
- Dear IGNORANT Isma: Don’t do unto others what you don’t want others to do to you! – Ravinder Singh (in Malaysia Chronicle on March 6)
My contrarian write-up:
Yup, Isma is patriotic … and it appears some folks have got a problem with that
Carrying out what Umno is too soft to do
What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger. The sticks and stones won’t kill Isma but will make the organization stronger and increasingly more efficient in deflecting and countering the attacks.
What Isma’s opponents fail to realise is the breadth and depth which Isma possesses, and its steep learning curve.
In the last general election, Isma contested those Malay-majority seats where BN had stood MCA, Gerakan and MIC candidates. I believe that in the next election, Isma should be able to win the Malay-majority seats in the west coast of the peninsula if BN wants to persist in putting up MCA candidates.
Since there are quite a number of such seats wasted on the MCA – and for which there’s a strong chance for Isma to be able to wrest away – it’s within the realm of possibility that Isma can leapfrog to become the third biggest pro-establishment political party, after Umno and PBB.
In a big country
We’re a big country. Well, big enough for everybody.
But some people just can’t seem to live alongside others.
Should ever push come to shove, I don’t see that Isma will be the one boarding the spaceship flying to Pluto.