Zaid Ibrahim has made two serious charges against the government. Writing in his website Zaidgeist, the former de facto Law Minister said, “This Government is not only corrupt but espouses racial hatred as part of its philosophy”.
He also expressed his concern that the Chinese community is increasingly becoming the target of racism.
Zaid’s July 21 article is headlined ‘A new hope’. The eponymous title “new hope” refers to Harapan Baru, the soon-to-be registered political party being established by a splinter group of PAS leaders who had lost in their recent party election.
New Hope kicked off its nationwide roadshow last Sunday (July 19) at its inaugural event hosted by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Zaid’s hometown of Kota Bharu – pix below.
Zaid, who attended the gathering, had been invited by the organizers to give a short speech.
Zaid: Isma’s hatred, DAP’s generosity, PAS’s selfishness
In his article – see screenshot bottom of page – Zaid said that Malaysia needed a regime change because only a Government such as the one we have “can produce the likes of Ridhuan Tee Abdullah, TV3, Isma, Utusan Malaysia (in its present form) and Pekida”.
“If we allow this politics of hate to blossom, it will destroy Malaysia,” he added.
Zaid’s article was picked up yesterday by the Malay Mail and reported under the headline, ‘Zaid: Progressive Malays must be buffer against Umno and “hand-chopping” Hadi Awang‘.
Earlier last week on July 17, Zaid wrote in his column in The J-Star that Isma “blamed Chinese Malaysians for insensitivity towards Islam”.
He also wrote that some say groups such as Isma are “violent in the way they express their views when ‘defending the honour of Islam’.”
Last month, Zaid was reported to have urged, “Let’s all vote DAP in 2018” – see, ‘Zaid: DAP is generous, PAS is selfish‘ (FMT, 15 June 2015).
According to the news portal, Zaid commented that the DAP has proven many times how it is a political party which is impartial to race.
“DAP has shown Malays that they are generous and PAS has shown Malays they are selfish,” Zaid was quoted as saying.
Zaid believes that current Malay-led govt is “racist”
Zaid publicly declared his support for the PAS breakaway (to be launched) party New Hope because he feels that Malaysians have grown tired of the “racist Malay-led government” that is presently holding federal power.
He further accused the government of “scheming” and “spinning”.
On a related note, Zaid alleged that “active instigation by some to stir up anti-Chinese feelings was evident” during the Low Yat riot.
Among the reasons Zaid gave for Malaysians to change the government is that he’s convinced only if a set of new people were sitting in Putrajaya would hate speech against the Chinese be outlawed – see his tweet below.
(Note: Isma as well as Perkasa have been accused of hate speech by Suaram in the NGO’s 2014 annual report on human rights.)
Is his serious allegation true or otherwise?
Zaid Ibrahim: “This Government … espouses RACIAL HATRED as part of its philosophy”