Today the Brits are voting in a referendum on Brexit, i.e. on whether Britain is to exit the European Union.
Reports cite opinion polls as saying that the ‘Leave’ and the ‘Remain’ camps are running at a dead heat and the outcome is too close to call.
Results from the Brexit count will be known by tomorrow.
CNN had a story yesterday title ‘Brexit: The UK’s Donald Trump moment‘. It compares the Britain First movement to Donald Trump’s harvest of “grassroots fury”.
ABOVE: Donald Trump holding a Bible in his hand
Evangelicals are against Islam
Among the chief resentments of nativists, both in UK and US, is an anti-immigration sentiment.
“There is also a current of nationalism at work. It’s not unusual, for instance, to see both Eurosceptics and Trump supporters utter the phrase: ‘I want to take our country back’.
“In each country, such feelings have translated to hostility toward outsiders.”
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Flashback … Trump has been actively wooing the evangelistas; Reverend Robert Jeffress (pix above) of the First Baptist church speaking for him in Dallas last February during the primaries
In the UK, the hostility is toward Poles and other Eastern European immigrants willing to work for low wages. In the US, the hostility is toward Mexicans and other Hispanic immigrants willing to work menial jobs.
And of course there is also the angst against Muslims.
Trump’s core support comes from Christian right
‘Donald Trump receives standing ovation at evangelical meeting‘ proclaims the headline of a TIME magazine article two days ago.
On Tuesday, Trump met with 1,000 evangelicals in a Times Square hotel ballroom in New York city.
According to the TIME report, the Republican presumptive presidential nominee had told the Christians, “what you have to really do is you have to pray to get everybody out to vote for one specific person, and we can’t be again politically correct and say we pray for all of our leaders”.
Before Trump took the main stage for the discussion, he had met privately with the group’s steering committee. Said the TIME article, he told them: “I am so on your side, I am a tremendous believer”.
At the same event with the 1,000 evangelicals, Trump told the crowd: “You’re the most powerful group in the country, but you have to band together.”
The event, moderated by Mike Huckabee, started on with the hymn “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God/And his righteousness”.
Trump has also appointed an evangelical advisory board comprising top names such as Dr James Dobson, famous televangelist Jerry Falwell Jr. and Christian Coalition founder Ralph Reed.
3 years have passed since I was made Speaker. Thank you for the trust & faith. https://t.co/JFvbEirvf0—
Hannah Yeoh (@hannahyeoh) June 21, 2016
Subang already taken for Jesus
Next, they’re trying to take the city (KL) for Jesus as well as take Johor for Jesus.
In a similar vein to the American evangelicals, our Jerusubang evangelistas are highly politicized. They’re well networked, well organized and well funded.
They are also well practized in making insulting innuendos like Hannah Yeoh.
BN wants people to forget about the red shirt rally & their sponsor, racial slides in uni & Biro Tata Negara twitter.com/leeyouhin/stat…—
Hannah Yeoh (@hannahyeoh) June 18, 2016
If in the US and the UK, conflict is between the white majority population and the immigrant minorities, in Malaysia it is between the evangelistas and the Malay majority population.
Across Europe, various native populations on the right are beginning to rise up against Muslim immigrants. Here in Malaysia, it is the “only nine percent” minority religion that is doing the bullying.
Don’t be surprised if Malaysia follows the path of the UK, US and European trends, and Malays want to take their country back from the alien interlopers.
From the same mouth that uttered "apa lagi cina mahu"? twitter.com/NajibRazak/sta…—
Hannah Yeoh (@hannahyeoh) June 22, 2016