Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said the resignation of Zahrain Mohamed Hashim, the Member of Parliament for Bayan Baru of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) should make leaders rethink the support given to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.Rais Yatim was one of the pioneers of Semangat 46, the Umno Baru nemesis in 1988.
He said the resignation of Zahrain Mohamed Hashim showed that PKR had lost the potential to contribute to the DAP-PKR-PAS coalition. Read here for more
Rais, Ibrahim Ali, and many other Semangat 46 leaders, said at that time that they would never rejoin Umno even if they died and were reborn. They said they would never lick back their spit. They also said that when Dr Tun Mahathir Mohamad dies they are going to piss on his grave (saya akan kencing atas kubur Mahathir).
And Rais was amongst those who said all this. But he later rejoined Umno while Dr Mahathir was still its President as well as the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Rais, therefore, did lick back his spit. And he did not need to die and be reborn before he rejoined Umno.
Rais got his doctorate for writing a thesis that was opposed to the Internal Security Act (ISA). When asked later why he has now changed his stand and supports the ISA when he was originally opposed to it, and even got his doctorate for his thesis that opposed it, he replied that his thesis was merely an ‘academic exercise’ and it does not necessarily mean that that is his stand.
During his Semangat 46 days, Rais and his gang went round the country giving talks whacking Umno and Dr Mahathir. They said that Umno and Dr Mahathir have insulted the Malay Rulers and have eroded the powers of the Rulers. Umno and Dr Mahathir are traitors to the Malay Rulers and the Malay race, argued Rais.
The Father of Independence and First Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman, hated Umno. He refused to rejoin Umno and died as a Semangat 46 member. The same for Tun Hussein Onn, the Third Prime Minister of Malaysia, who also refused to rejoin Umno and died as a non-Umno member.
And, of course, the same for Rais who also said he would rather die than rejoin Umno. Today, however, he is not only an Umno member but also a minister and the ‘spokesman’ for the party.
There are many who were once in Semangat 46 or Parti Keadilan Rakyat who shouted the same rhetoric.
For example, Ezam Mohd Nor, once the Youth Leader of Keadilan, plus his entire Youth EXCO, went round the country swearing a sacred oath called Sumpah Keramat (sacred oath).
And this Sumpah Keramat was a sacred oath to Allah that they would NEVER rejoin Umno and that their mission is to see the destruction of Umno.
In the name of God they would never rejoin Umno. In the name of God their mission is to bring down Umno. Today, they are all back in Umno. Their sacred oath to God or Sumpah Keramat came to nought in the end.
I once did a video recording of Ezam’s mother where she said that she will curse her son if he ever rejoins Umno. I made a VCD of that interview and distributed it throughout Malaysia.
To the Malays, a mother’s curse is a very serious matter because they believe that heaven lies beneath the feet of your mother. Ezam, of course, did rejoin Umno together with most of his EXCO members who had taken that sacred oath or Sumpah Keramat.
That is the credibility of all these people. They originally came from Umno. They cursed Umno. They swore a sacred oath in the name of Allah to never rejoin Umno. Even their mothers promised to curse them if they rejoined Umno. Then they go and rejoin Umno.
Can we take the word of these types of people? Do what they say matter? Or should they just be ignored as people who have no pendirian (stand) and people who we should not take seriously?