Doesn’t the name ‘New Hope’ (Harapan Baru) sound like a church to you?
The word “ultra kiasu” pops out to catch the eye among the headlines this morning in the Isma website. Filed under Berita Terkini, the Isma article is titled, ‘Kumpulan serpihan Pas terhegeh-hegeh minta simpati ultra kiasu‘.
If you guessed that Ridhuan Tee must be somewhere in the picture, you’d be right. Isma had referenced Ridhuan’s weekly newspaper column, quoting his most recent article on Gerakan Harapan Baru (GHB) which is the PAS breakaway party to be launched soon.
Terpaksalah GHB mengemis undi para penyokong DAP
In its article on how the splinter group will have to rely on DAP sponsorship and support, Isma highlighted Ridhuan’s opinion in the following passage:
“Saya tidak nampak mereka boleh menang, kecuali laluan diberikan oleh ultra kiasu untuk bertanding di kawasan majoriti mereka (Cina). Adakah ia boleh berlaku? Sama-sama kita nantikan.
“Mengenali ultra kiasu sekian lama, saya tidak nampak mereka mahu berkongsi […] Mereka akan makan kesemuanya tanpa rasa terhutang budi. Itulah ultra kiasu.”
Assuming that Ridhuan means the DAP when he says “ultra kiasu” above, his prognosis is quite reasonable.
It is unlikely that Harapan Baru will make any headway in the Melayu totok constituencies, and for the ex-PAS “progressives” to be able to win any seats, they will have to contest in those with a significant Chinese electorate.
BELOW: Mujahid Yusof Rawa speaking at one of Hannah Yeoh’s churches
DAP attacks on PAS are to win over Sarawak’s Christian voters
Ridhuan in his July 20 Sinar Harian column opined how “serangan psywar dan pysop ultra kiasu cauvinis terhadap PAS tanpa henti, sehingga tercungap-cungap PAS untuk menangkisnya”.
The controversial ustaz pointed out that the upcoming state election in Christian-majority (46.2%) Sarawak is one of the factors prompting the black ops attacks by the DAP (note: Ridhuan does not mention the party by name but refers to “ultra kiasu”) against PAS in order to “memenangi hati pengundi di Sarawak”.
Ridhuan suggests that the DAP/”ultra kiasu” believe their incessant psywar attacks on PAS would help them gain more leverage in GE14.
He adds that the DAP’s anticipated success in the Sarawak election – which must be held latest by next year – will help advance the opposition journey to Putrajaya. Hence it is no surprise that the DAP/”ultra kiasu” are intent on undermining PAS in the hope of winning favour with the Christians.
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Pasters – soon-to-be former PAS members who are DAP friendly
Along with Guan Eng’s BFF (Mat Sabu), Husam Musa, Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, Khalid ‘Gereja’ and other Christian-friendly PAS leaders who lost in the recent party election, Mujahid Yusof Rawa is among the leading lights in the New Hope Movement that is busy doing roadshows before it registers as a party.
Mujahid received a shout-out yesterday from Hannah Yeoh who put on record her support for him.
Mujahid: World regards Islam as “backward and conservative”
On July 19, Mujahid gave an interview to TMI headlined ‘Joining New Hope Movement hardest decision of my life, says Mujahid‘.
He told the Malaysian inciter portal, “Today in the world, Islam is regarded as a terrorist, backward and conservative religion, like what the Isis (Islamic State of Syria and Iraq) is doing”.
(Mixing too much with the Christians has rubbed off on Mujahid, so much so that he sounds like an evangelista in his criticism of Islam.)
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Talk that Mujahid is pro-Christian and pushing Christian agenda
TMI says, “Mujahid is also known for his interfaith work, especially his success in engaging with the church and the Christians even when there were tensions between Muslims and non-Muslims over the ‘Allah’ issue”.
Mujahid is quoted by TMI as saying,
“There was not much support and there was talk that we had become part of some Christian agenda, that we were befriending the enemies of Allah… there were all these conspiracy theories.
“It made my work hard but I pushed on and because of that I was labelled a liberal, a pro-Christian.”
BELOW: Mujahid with Penang’s Father Sebastian
Devout Christians praying for Mujahid and the New Hope
Despite the detractors, Mujahid maintains his warm relationship with the Christians and received a text message from Penang Bishop Sebastian Francis telling him to move on following the purge of the “progressives” from PAS.
Mujahid – who is in the prayers of Bishop Sebastian, Hannah Yeoh and many other evangelical Christians – promises that he will carry on with his Christian outreach through the new party GHB.
Currently, the popular public perception is that GHB is going to be nothing more than a stooge of the DAP. Nonetheless, the pundits ought to consider too how much the new Islamist party is going to be under the thumb of the DAP’s powerful evangelical Christian element.
Even the Gerakan Harapan Baru (GHB) name ‘New Hope’ sounds Christian evangelical !
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