Balancing the books between PAS and the native Christian vote
The competing demands by PAS (whom Umno is courting) and by the Sarawak non-Muslim pribumi (fixed deposit that BN wants to retain) is something that the coalition chairman would have preferred to keep on the back burner at this juncture.
But then yesterday, Hadi Awang apparently dropped a bombshell which The Gunting gleefully picked up — reporting the news with maximum provocation as below:
Yeehah! snip ‘n’ stab
They’re such a small, helpless (and powerless) minority
Remember … Christians are “O-N-L-Y NINE PERCENT” of the population and Sarawak native Christians only a part of that ‘lil 9%.
In Sabah, Christians are not (or are no longer) the religious majority. Additionally, Umno Sabah is very strong in the state.
By comparison, the PAS crowd and the increasingly devout Muslim fence-sitters are a blue ocean.
Meanwhile, the Chinese born again Christians in the peninsula are dead set against Najib. The Indians are polarized: Indian Christians and their churches support the opposition while Indian Hindus predominate in the MIC.
BELOW: The DAP mascot in green camouflage
DAP’s order of a container of selendangs from Hannah Boutique
How will DAP fare among Dayak voters in the semi-rural areas in which the party is competing for the first time?
Sarawakians go to the polls tomorrow. So we have only to wait one day more to see how the Chinese and the Christians would cast their vote.
Adenan Satem is constantly claimed to be very popular among Sarawak Chinese and native Christians. Talk is cheap. The actual results will speak volumes.
Was Hadi Awang’s remark about the Muslim CM in Sarawak something off-the-cuff or was his comment calculated? Needless to say, PAS’s firm belief in compulsory Muslim leadership has a long-term and larger implication on federal politics beyond Sarawak.
The day of reckoning – whether we’re for political Islam or secular politics – cannot be avoided by deferring upon the excuse “agree to disagree” and sweeping under the carpet.
Hadi and PAS learned this from their experience with the DAP and its pushy political Christianity.