Najib Razak only gave Himpunan Merah a belated and light pat on the back AFTER the event had proven successful … defying expectations and confounding critics.
Earlier, few among the Umno top leadership would come anywhere near the Baju Merah because of the Chinese opposition’s effective demonization of the Malay neo-nationalist movement. The black agitprop was carried out by the (slick turn the other check pretend they love their enemy hypocrite phony) pro-opposition media.
The few Umno personalities who had turned up for Himpunan Merah last year on Sept 16 were Anuar Musa, Tajuddin Abdul Rahman, Ahmad Maslan, Isa Samad, Noh Omar and Ali Rustam.
On the other hand, Pemuda Umno chief KJ is someone who would not be caught dead within a mile of such a gathering. And needless to say, he was indeed MIA on the day. And neither would the Umno elites have wanted sully their hidung tinggi by associating with an event graced by the likes of Ibrahim Ali and Rani Kulup.
BELOW: Rani the Scene Stealer in lime green costume had stood out in the sea of red
It’s a dirty job but somebody’s gotta do it
An Umno division chief Jamal Sekinchan was one of the primary flag bearers of Himpunan Merah.
Jamal did the heavy lifting while his higher ups reaped the profit of Himpunan Merah turning Petaling Street into a ghost town. The red rally sent an uncompromising message to Cina Bersih DAP to cease and desist their provocation.
It was also only after the fact that Umno was able to see the success of what Jamal had effected, to wit, leveling the score with the Yellow Shirts. However, the Umno establishment still disdained Jamal for the labels of “racist” and “extremist” slapped on him by the evangelistas for doing the grunt work.
To provide an analogy of how Umno took advantage of Jamal, the situation is akin to Khairy winning his Parliament seat in Rembau which has 70 percent Malay voters but otherwise strutting around like a hip Bangsarian.
But would Khairy dare contest in Bangsar (the area’s Parliament seat is Lembah Pantai)? Obviously not. KJ still relies on a safe Malay-majority semi-urban seat despite his own bangsa Anak Malaysia true inclination.
The case with Jamal is that Umno benefited from his handiwork but nonetheless prefers to disassociate itself from the craftsman responsible for Himpunan Merah.
Currently, a by-election is going to be held in Sungai Besar — which is Jamal’s area. I suspect the party selection committee is trying to dodge the KBU tradition but instead try and find a way to avoid nominating Jamal to stand as the Umno candidate.
Are the Umno elites distancing themselves from Jamal … yet again?
Umno can at times be woefully ignorant of history, such as its lack of a show of public appreciation for founder Dato’ Onn Jaafar.
It also seems that Umno has failed to register the trend of the right wing rising.
On the contrary, the party president is committed to a misdirected course of ‘Moderation’ (Pemandu lah, TalentCorp lah, NUCC lah) that wins Najib no brownie points from its target demography – the Dapster evangelistas – and at the same time makes him and Umno ever more unpopular with the voter base that actually pangkah Dacing on polling day.
How self-destructive is that? Really, kera di hutan disusukan, anak di rumah selalu disakitkan hati.
Europe racing to the far right
The surge in popularity of European nationalist parties is resulting in an historic swerve to the right. Essentially, the anti-Islam movement is an uprising across Christendom against Muslim immigrants and asylum seekers.
This Sunday, AUSTRIA will vote in the second round of its presidential election. The far right Freedom Party’s Norbert Hofer won the first round held last month and is expected to again win the run-off coming up.
Hence Austria might very soon have an anti-immigrant President Hofer who has vowed to “stop the invasion of Muslims”.
Austria’s right-wing populism reflects anti-Muslim platform of Donald Trump wapo.st/27GPhx6—
Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 20, 2016
Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban comes from another right-wing party, Fidesz, which is his country’s biggest party.
PM Orban is famously extending a razor-wire fence fully around Hungary’s border to deter Muslim refugees. He is furthermore taking the European Union to court for trying to force Hungary to accept a quota of Muslim immigrants.
Hungary ready to sue EU over migrant plan bit.ly/1l39GYZ—
(@dwnews) November 17, 2015
“I can tell you we will never – under a quota system – bring one single Muslim to Slovakia,” said Slovak prime minister Robert Fico. “And we will never – not even voluntarily – create a self-contained Muslim community, because it would represent a serious security risk,” he added.
Fico and his anti- multiculturalism party won Slovakia’s election on March 6 this year. Another right-wing party, the ultra-nationalist People’s Party-Our Slovakia, made its debut in parliament with 14 MPs.
The mood in Slovakia is distinctly nativist. Last December, Slovakia sued the EU over the quota shovelled down its throat by EU big brother Germany.
Refugee crisis: Slovakia PM says ‘We’ll never bring even a single Muslim to Slovakia’: … : AFP | Bratislava | ... bit.ly/1YeHvEO—
Slovakia News Links (@dlslovakianews) March 05, 2016
DF leader Kristian Thulesen Dahl has promised to be tough on securing his country’s border against Muslim immigration.
No more Muslims, say DF leaders cphpost.dk/news/no-more-m…—
The Copenhagen Post (@cphpost) January 27, 2014
Danes: We are too tolerant of Muslims cphpost.dk/immigration-am…—
The Copenhagen Post (@cphpost) October 15, 2013
The nationalist Finns Party (previously known as ‘True Finns’) came second in FINLAND‘s 2015 general election and is a part of the ruling coalition. Its leader Timo Soini is Finnish DPM cum Foreign Minister.
Finns Party is strongly anti immigration and anti multiculturalism and steering the Finnish government on the rightist path.
Anti-Muslim Europe: Finns Would Rather Live Next To Alcoholic Rehab Center Than A Mosque, Poll Shows: People f... binged.it/1g4dPcM—
Europe News Links (@dlEuropenews) August 04, 2015
SVP leader Toni Brunner acknowledged, “It’s important to listen to the Swiss people”.
What the Swiss people want is to further tighten their country’s already very strict laws on immigration (actually against Muslims moving en masse into Europe).
Ticino, one of the Swiss cantons, last November enacted a ban on the burqa. SVP is presently looking into holding a referendum on rolling out the burqa ban nationally.
World RSS Feeds News (@WorldRSSfeeds) October 19, 2015
AfD is a young party that is only three years old but poised to pose a serious challenge to Angela Merkel’s conservatives ahead of GERMANY‘s 2017 federal election. It already has lawmakers in half of the state assemblies.
AfD leader Frauke Petry additionally believes that it is unnecessary to have the azan called out publicly five times a day. In her opinion, it is not possible for Islam to harmonize with a modern, democratic society.
The right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party says "Islam does not belong in Germany" in its party manifesto: dpaq.de/HmaQm—
dpa international (@dpa_intl) May 01, 2016
And in the rest of Europe …
Poland got itself a right-wing government last October; Geert Wilders’s Freedom Party tops Dutch opinion polls; Sweden Democrats – the third-largest Swedish party – is opposed to multiculturalism and for strict immigration controls; and Italy’s xenophobic Lega Nord (Northern League) has spread beyond its base in the north.
Meanwhile in the UK, former London mayor Boris Johnson has just won the ‘most offensive Erdoğan poem’ competition.
And in Germany, Pegida (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West) is growing very fast in parallel to Chancellor Merkel’s declining popularity.
Listen to your grassroots, especially if you don’t want to lose your fixed deposit
Europe is finding that ‘diversity’ is not a boon but a bane that brings about a lot of social strife.
Its swing to the far right is an expression of anti multiculturalism and anti diversity.
DAP is heavily promoting a brand of multiculturalism that benefits no one else except its Chinese and its evangelical Christian core followers.
In the name of multiculturalism, Guan Eng and his DAP Goon Squad mercilessly bullied Jahara Hamid in a way that we’ve never encountered in any of the BN-ruled states before. No Umno Menteri Besar has ever treated his state’s opposition leader with as much malice as @cmlimguaneng has treated Jahara.
DAP is pushing its bullshit diversity platform that’s in reality a major contributor to the race and religion tensions affecting our country.
Diversity is the excuse used by the Christians to kebas kalimah ‘Allah’.
MCA’s Nest of Evangelistas media empire is bullshitting when it calls Malaysia “secular and liberal“. We’re not secular, we’re a Muslim country. And we’re not liberal either; we’re quite decidedly conservative.
Remember! Umno presidents get booted out when they fail to align with the aspirations of the Malay ground.
An Umno president who pulls in a different direction from his party’s centre cannot hold on to his job for long. Recall why Onn Jaafar and Tunku Abdul Rahman had to resign.
Have the Umno elites pinpointed where their party centre is residing at present? I can confidently tell them that it’s not anywhere near the ‘multiculturalism’ nor ‘diversity’ mirages.
Himpunan Merah was not an Umno creation. It was a people’s power effort from bottom up. If Umno does not have the guts to take ownership of Himpunan Merah, then the red bloc will drift away … likely to PAS.
The rural Sungai Besar constituency epitomizes an archetypal Umno seat. Oh, and one more detail I must include about Europe’s far right uprising. It started and spread from the countryside (rural areas).