Tun supporters, ponder on this!
Tweet below by blogger otai Big Dog.
Some of us disagree with some of the things Tun has been doing and saying of late.
My own example: I disagree with the tacit support that Tun lent The Malaysian Insider.
He made it as if TMI was being investigated and hampered by the authorities because the publication was carrying critical 1MDB stories.
The truth of the matter is that the TMI editors were hauled up for questioning, on the charge of sedition. This is specifically after the Raja-Raja Melayu made a police report through the Penyimpan Mohor Besar Raja-Raja.
As usual, TMI had fabricated a falsehood. It said that a matter pertaining to hudud had been discussed and decided at the Ruler’s Council meeting. How would TMI know? Were any of its reporters present? Of course not.
Since the Raja-Raja Melayu were murka at the TMI article, who would you believe? Our nine monarchs and their advisors – after all, it was their own private and confidential mesyuarat – or TMI, the opposition propagandist with a known track record of fitnah running a mile long?
Among the more recent TMI sleight of hand – ‘Malaysian Insider berbohong mengenai permohonan maaf Isma kepada Marina Mahathir’ – see Tun Faisal Ismail Aziz‘s blog.
You can say that I’ve been less than teruja over Tun’s spin with regard to TMI, and on a few other issues as well not necessarily related to current politics, e.g. the claim by Dr M that the Rohingya have been settled in Rakhine, Myanmar for 800 years.
That would be akin to claiming that Chinese have lived in the Malay peninsula for 600 years – from the time of the landing of Admiral Zheng He’s fleet in the 1400s. But we know this claim of a long Chinese presence here would not be accurate at all to describe the continuity of the diaspora except in Malacca.
It’s true that there is a small group of Baba Nyonyas who can trace their ancestry in this country very far back. But they are the tiny minority of Chinese who qualify thus.
The majority are like Lim Kit Siang, who is a second generation immigrant. His father came from China and worked in pig farm. Hannah Yeoh’s maternal grandfather came here and drove a bus. Her maternal grandmother sold char kuey teow along Old Klang Road.
For Tun to misrepresent that the Rohingya have an 800-year history in Burma is parallel to DAP headquarters (hypothetically) making a claim that the Chinese have a 600-year long history in Malaya.
The bulk of the Rohingya and the Chinese made their way into Burma and Malaya during the colonial era when the British imperialists opened both countries’ borders to a large immigrant workforce in the interest of the white man’s economy.
Tun is doing a great disservice to the underlying basis for Malay special position by spinning the Rohingya issue.
This is because the DAP can easily latch on to Tun’s type of manipulation and apply an identical modus operandi (line of argument) as he, and assert that with a history going back six centuries in Malaya, the Chinese should not be regarded as keturunan pendatang but deserve pribumi status instead.
When we disagree with Tun, we are able to point out just where he’s not being factual. Everybody is entitled to his own personal opinions but we’re not entitled to have our own facts.
Facts are facts.
Yet when we highlight that Tun is fudging facts, we’re attacked by the Tun devotees will all kinds of unfounded accusations like we’ve been bought, we’re Najib macai, we’ve been turned over by the government, etc, etc. I’m irked by such a rubbishy approach.
Presently many ordinary Malays disagree with Tun showing up at Bersih. Are they going to be disparaged too?
Sorry. Sidestepping with the lame excuse that Tun is not actually supporting Bersih but only taking a stroll among the rakyat in Dataran last weekend just doesn’t cut it.
What Tun’s staunch followers have is a big, blind spot. Any disagreement with Tun is seen as a betrayal and portrayed as a blow dealt by mercenaries on behalf of Najib.
Well guys, think over the following okay. Who is displaying the biggest disagreement with Tun today?
Why it’s the statesman himself! Yeah, that’s right. Mahathir Present is going against everything that Mahathir Past had upheld when he was in power.
Big Dog – a long-time Mahathir loyalist – tweeted that by attending Bersih 4.0 twice, Tun “DEMONSTRATED he disagreed with himself!”
When we (bloggers) disagree with Tun, his followers make all kinds accusations against us. So when it is Tun disagreeing with Tun, what are his taksubers gonna say now?
Tun’s previous stance over illegal assemblies was eminently clear. After all, he crushed the Reformasi rallies. And Tun certainly didn’t believe that Anwar’s followers taking to the streets is the proper way to dispose of the sitting PM (that would be himself).
Some readers are wondering why I don’t side with the Tun rebels against Najib. Well, consider that it might be due to your (the Tun crowd) behaviour, huh?
I find that when I disagree with the DAP, their Dapsters hit below the belt by launching vile smear campaigns against me.
When I disagree with Tun, his followers claim I’ve been bought, I’ve changed and they get rude and personal.
When I disagree with Najib, I’m not made a victim of any whispering campaign to destroy my credibility and drag my reputation in the mud.
Furthermore, the public figures who argue in defence of the government (essentially Najib’s policies and position) are able to remain rational and logical, such as Rahman Dahlan, Salleh Said Keruak and Lim Sian See.
We do not live in a perfect or ideal world.
Neither the establishment nor the opposition are spotless, and I hold that the DAP is certainly much worse. But the crucial difference is that at least Umno voters are their party’s own harshest critics while the DAP voters will argue that Bak Kut Teh is not pork to defend the indefensible.
Speaking on the level of blogosphere, you will notice how the Umno bloggers often provide space for opposing views.
Many of the prominent Umno blogs carry a blogroll listing the blogs that are pro-opposition (i.e. PAS, PKR). Umno bloggers also have the blogs of opposition leaders (e.g. Kit Siang, Anwar) linked on their home page.
On the other hand, DAP bloggers pretending to be objective and non-partisan never have on their blogroll any pro-establishment blogs that might be able to persuade their (Dapster) readers that the Kim Family does not smell of roses.
Umno bloggers let contrarian comments through. Opposition bloggers usually will not let dissenting opinions see the light of day. TMI is a notorious culprit for not approving sound, pro-government comments.
I’ve never heard of any Umno leaders blocking Twitter users whereas the oppo leaders (Hannah, Guan Eng, Tony Pua, Rafizi) are legendary in their tight censorship.
Since push comes to shove and I’m required to pick a side, I choose to be with the saner group of people. It’s as simple as that.