“Has anybody heard of any push back from any Malay or Muslim ministers on the recent ‘cross-lighted’ building in Penang?” asked Siti Kasim.
“None. Crickets,” she said, answering her own question. (Source: Siti Thots, The J-Star, 20 Jan 2019)
Siti also mentioned that previously the Taman Medan ‘church’ – operating unlicensed in a Petaling Jaya shoplot – had faced protests too in 2015 for putting up a cross on its exterior.
Unlike the liberal Siti, some conservative Malays see DAP as being complicit in the ‘Christianization’ agenda.
While the Harapan Muslim ministers have been as silent as a holy Christmas night – “you can only hear crickets when there are no other sounds”, according to the urban dictionary entry explaining the expression ‘crickets’ – ordinary Malays, on the other hand, made their sentiments known over the social media.
A relevant Sinar Harian article on the Jelutong condo cross in the portal’s Facebook drew some 1,000+ reader comments within one single day.
Penang PKR Adun Gooi Hsiao Leung (pictured below) became the lightning rod for online criticisms following his retort, “So what if a building shows a cross?”
YB Gooi explained that a majority of Sinar Harian Malay readers were “very upset and highly critical” of his statement. Many hurled profanities at him while some called him “pig” or “dog”, and others swore making references to “male and female reproductive parts”.
A handful of the more radical comments threatened “murder, an uprising and bloodshed”, Gooi added.
Summing up the angry Malay reactions, Gooi noted several recurrent themes in their vitriol:
(1) Malays are “tuan rumah” of this land; non Malays are “penumpang”, and as such, Muslim sensitivities have to be respected by the Nons.
(2) Malaysia is constitutionally a Muslim country and hence other religions cannot be promoted in excess or too openly.
(3) Melayu “dibangsatkan” as the emboldened non Muslims are starting to make excessive demands after Harapan’s GE14 victory.
BELOW: Umno supreme council member claims DAP is an enemy of Islam
DAP fails bigly in understanding Malay-Muslim psyche
PAS very recently insisted yet again that DAP is anti Islam.
Umno, too, has for a long time asserted that DAP is against Islam. As the August 1992 newspaper clippings below from Berita Harian and Utusan Malaysia indicate, the then Umno president Mahathir Mohamad himself implied that DAP was antagonistic to Islam.
Malays are Muslim First. Therefore, DAP’s “Malaysian First” is a snake oil which Malays are not buying while Guan Eng’s declaration that he is not Chinese only elicits chortles of laughter and contempt.
BELOW: ‘DAP cuma bising apabila Cina masuk Islam tapi tidak agama lain – Dr M’
Mohd Tajuddin Mohd Rasdi, a professor, explains it thus:
“I have friends, relatives, co-workers at a prestigious public university, and also classmates who are Malays. I guess the number would reach roughly 500. […] Aside from my five children and one wife, I would say none of the Malays I know wants to be Malaysian. They all want to be patriotic Malays or religious Muslims.” (Source: FMT, 25 July 2018)
Prof. Tajuddin believes, “Even if Umno and PAS were to be dissolved one day, it would still not solve the ‘Malays want to be Melayu and not Malaysian’ syndrome”.
In a more recent FMT article a few days ago (17 Jan 2019), the professor ventured that 70 percent of Malaysian Muslims share the fundamentalist view of PAS president Hadi Awang on Islam.
Tajuddin characterized Hadi as someone who believes that “Muslims must discharge their sacred duty to choose a Muslim leader over any non-Muslim leader at any time and at all times”.
BELOW: Mohd Tajuddin Rasdi is a DAP member who attended Chinese secondary school
In his 7 Jan 2019 lecture titled ‘Rule of Law: Di mana Allah?’, Hadi said:
”Jangan sesekali mengambil contoh Barat yang Kafir yang sebaik-baiknya tetap ke neraka juga, kerana budimannya tidak beriman khususnya kepada Allah dan Hari Akhirat” as well as “Tetapi kalau yang memimpin itu bukan Islam walaupun paling baiknya, boleh menjadi pekerja apa sahaja tanpa batas halal dan haramnya yang berakhir dengan neraka juga“.
Prof. Tajuddin interprets Hadi’s religio-political philosophy as mandating: “At whichever leadership position there is, whether for a head teacher, an elected representative, a district officer, a minister, a vice-chancellor and especially, the prime minister, the choice must always and forever be Muslim, no two ways about it”.
In Hadi’s own words:
”Al-Quran adalah petunjuk mukjizat yang diimani oleh penganut Islam yang beriman dan budiman di sepanjang zaman. Maka yang layak mewarisinya, hanya parti yang menganut dan memperkasakan bangsanya bersama Islam. Bukan untuk parti yang tidak berbangsa atau tidak berjiwa bangsa serta tidak berakidah dan berakhlak Islam. Termasuk mereka yang tidak berwala’ kepada Allah dan Rasul, serta orang-orang yang beriman bagi mengejar kemenangan. Maka Allah mengarahkan Rasulullah S.A.W. supaya mengajak bangsanya bersama Islam dahulu menjadi akidah perjuangan, bukannya mencari rakan yang tidak beriman dan budiman.”
BELOW: Hadi, in his address at Seminar Sejarah PAS on Saturday (Jan 19), said even western thinkers like Samuel ‘Clash of Civilizations’ Huntington conceded that the future belonged to Islam
Malays reject Mahathir administration due to DAP factor
One of the most illuminating write-ups on Malay political thinking was made recently by a Sinar Harian columnist.
Ab Jalil Backer, in his article ‘Dilema Mahathir (II)’ last week wrote:
“Pada awal kemenangan PH dan pelantikan Mahathir sebagai Perdana Menteri, ramai beranggapan orang Melayu dengan pantas dan segera akan menyeberangi jambatan dari Umno kepada Bersatu.
“Andaiannya kerana terlalu lama menjadi kerajaan, orang Melayu dalam Umno tidak lagi boleh berada dalam pembangkang.
“Malangnya penghijrahan tersebut tidak berlaku seperti dijangka. Sebahagian besar ahli dan pemimpin Umno tidak serapuh yang dijangka Mahathir.
“Mengapa Bersatu gagal menarik sokongan orang Melayu secara besar-besaran seperti tanggapan awal? Saya fikir ada dua faktor utama iaitu Mahathir dan DAP.”
On the DAP factor, Ab Jalil explained: “Mahathir bukan lagi atas pentas Umno untuk mengherdik Melayu. Orang Melayu melihat beliau kini di atas pentas DAP. Justeru ‘serangan’ beliau ke atas orang Melayu sudah melalui tafsiran berlainan kepada majoriti masyarakat Melayu”. (Source: Sinar Harian, 14 Jan 2019)
BELOW: PAS president Hadi Awang is chummy chummy with acting Umno president Mat Hasan
In Part III of the ‘Dilema Mahathir’ feature published yesterday in Sinar Harian, Ab Jalil continued:
“Dalam sedekad kebelakangan ini majoriti orang Melayu juga melihat pendakwah Kristian berbangsa Cina telah menguasai kepimpinan dan agenda parti [DAP] tersebut. Sama ada ia satu kebenaran tidak penting kerana itulah tanggapan sebahagian besar orang Melayu.”
He further posited:
“Bagi sebahagian besar orang Melayu, biarlah tidak menjadi kerajaan dari memberi kuasa kepada DAP.
“Kini Mahathir sedar majoriti orang Melayu tidak dapat menerima ideologi, sikap dan tingkah laku DAP. Walaupun DAP sanggup mengorbankan kawasan majoriti Cina untuk meletak maskot-maskot Melayu mereka, ia tidak banyak mengubah persepsi majoriti Melayu.”
Ab Jalil concludes that a move to deregister Umno may backfire and instead create the unintended consequence of prompting the party grassroots to join PAS.
”Terdapat ura-ura bahawa Mahathir ada perkiraan untuk mengharamkan Umno. Beliau berharap pengharaman ini akan menyebabkan semua wakil rakyat dan ahli Umno menyertai Bersatu. Namun ini satu kiraan berisiko tinggi kerana sikap Mahathir dan imej DAP mungkin menyebabkan lebih ramai orang Melayu dan wakil rakyat Umno menyertai PAS.”
The Chinese will just have to learn to reconcile themselves to living in an Islamic state because they are entrenching the racing Islamization.
It was – mind-bogglingly – the Chinese 95 percent-voter consensus that put Mahathir in power for the second time. The Chinese electorate prefers to be in denial how the first time Mahathir, when he held the premiership, had unilaterally declared Malaysia to be a “fundamentalist Islamic state”.
Chinese make up one out of every three voters in Muar and it was their support that propelled the anti-Israel Syed Saddiq into parliament and subsequently catapulted into the cabinet. Enmity with Israel is the street cred badge for all Islamic states.
DAP bullying of PAS and Chinese rejection of MCA drove the Islamist party and Malay party Umno into each other’s arms. The two Malay Muslim parties are now cooperating closely in byelection after byelection after byelection.
Although the weakening of Umno has correspondingly resulted in the strengthening of PAS, nonetheless both are complementing each other and working increasingly well together.
And PAS is even more convinced than Umno that DAP is the enemy of Islam and full of Christians. This is the situation that the Chinese community voted themselves into.