While the MCA is crying out for caution, its Nest of Evangelista newspaper publishes bravado (ada telur) opinion editorial headlines – “Step on it, people”.
A gathering of Muslim and Malay NGOs, including organizations representing Felda settlers, farmers, fishermen, rubber tappers, factory workers and other rakyat marhaen groups, will be held in Shah Alam this Saturday.
Unlike the middle-class and yuppie crowd at Bersih 4.0, the Kongres Rakyat on Sept 12 looks to be Melayu Pekat.
BELOW: Bersih vows to sweep away filthy corruption!
PAS did not encourage its members to turn up for Bersih and it was a ‘victory’ of sorts for its ulama leadership when Malay participation was visibly thin.
Kongres Rakyat, on the other hand, will see Malays travelling from all over the country to attend.
Nothing untoward is anticipated to happen in this event which is scheduled to take place in an auditorium.
Nonetheless there will be roars of Hidup Melayu! Daulat Tuanku! and Tegakkan Syiar Islam! So you can expect the nationalistic mood fanned by the congress to carry over to the following Malay tribal gathering planned for Sept 16, i.e. four days later.
The proposed mobilization of Red Shirts on Malaysia Day is billed as a response to the recent provocation by the Yellow Shirts.
BELOW: Bersih believes it is time to clean up!
Disproportionate retaliation to provocation
Ex-Selangor exco Ronnie Liu lodged a police report yesterday against the planned Sept 16 gathering. He said flyers for Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu counter rally were provocative, and “threatening a bloodbath” – see FMT report ‘Police urged to stop Malay anti-Bersih rally‘.
Umno executive secretary Abdul Rauf Yusoh said his party will not prevent its members from participating, reported the J-Star today.
The EvangeliSTAR article headlined ‘Umno members free to join Sept 16 rally‘ also quoted Bera Umno chief, the controversial Ismail Sabri who has a reputation of being a Malay ultra, as saying his division will send members to take part in the gathering dubbed ‘Himpunan Maruah Melayu’.
BELOW: Hannah Yeoh’s staff holding a placard calling Bersih naysayers “kotor”
MCA has lost all clout
MCA strongly opposes the planned Sept 16 rally which it fears will destabilize our country.
Its president Liow Tiong Lai said the event “would destroy the peace and harmony”.
“DAP hijacked Bersih 4 and sowed the seeds of hatred, pitting the different races in the country,” said Liow yesterday after opening a conference in Wisma MCA, KL.
(Liow should be reminded that DAP evangelistas have successfully hijacked the MCA’s media empire.)
DAP’s angry and confrontational hatred
Liow said MCA took nearly half a century to build the politics of consensus but the DAP has introduced confrontational politics. He fears unrest and violence if racial tensions in the wake of Bersih 4.0 are not immediately tamped down.
Unfortunately for the MCA, it has lost Umno’s trust. Hence it remains to be seen whether the BN supreme council will agree to convene the emergency meeting requested by the MCA to discuss the tense race relations in the aftermath of Bersih 4.0.
BELOW: Previous examples of the DAP politics of hate
Sister in Islam “saw good, felt good” at Bersih
Another J-Star columnist Zainah Anwar today penned a column titled ‘For goodness sake, I saw good, felt good‘.
Zainah, founder of Sisters in Islam, wrote that she feels sorry for Bersih detractors who laughably “believe all those wonderful Malaysians at the rally are ‘unpatriotic’ … [and] traitors to the country and government of the day and therefore their blood is halal”.
(Helen’s question: Why didn’t the Chinese come out to Dataran to wave the flag on Hari Merdeka last year, and the year before that and in the many years past?)
Tun’s appearance prompted Umno members to support Bersih
In Zainah’s opinion, Bersih 4.0 was a “display of love for the country” where Malaysians are not divided by race and religion but instead bonded with fellow citizens “all together with the same objective to fight for a better country”.
Regarding the criticisms of Bersih, Zainah said it is sad that leaders in high places have only “imagined more enemies, manufactured more threats and spewed out more absurd allegations”.
A scion of one of Umno’s founding fathers, Zainah further wrote, “I know for a fact there were Umno members at the rally and most likely many more came out after Tun Mahathir made an appearance, not once but twice”.
She added the observation, “There was not a single red ominous FRU truck in sight – unlike past rallies.”
Giving them enough rope …
Unlike past rallies too, this time the police were not at the LRT stations ominously to deter incoming protesters.
This is just my (Helen’s) speculation: Perhaps the police and the FRU were deliberately held back to encourage more people – in this case, the Chinese – to show up at the demonstration without being hampered by their usual fear.
Perhaps the efficient Special Branch, having sussed out the ground sentiments, had informed the powers-that-be that the Chinese will be out in force.
And perhaps the reason that the authorities restrained any harsh police action to block the rally from getting as big as it turned out eventually was to let the Chinese have a free rein in their yellow-themed weekend.
In 1987, the ISA crackdown was made when angry rallies began to get out of hand. Under Ops Lalang, The Star newspaper was suspended.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the Home Ministry is currently keeping a close eye on The J-Star. I wonder what the ministry officers make of the headline today by J-Star CEO Wong Chun Wai – ‘Step on it, people‘ (see below).
Is the clarion call contained in Chun Wai’s column pregnant with doublespeak or what?