Monday 25 February 2008

March 2008 Election: WHY NON-Muslims/Chinese Voters Should Give PAS a Chance - The Facts

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    We say:

    As PAS attempts to reach out to the NON-Muslims/Non-Malays, especially the Chinese in the coming March 2008 Election, the NON-muslim and Chinese voters should have the courage to cross that moral bridge to take PAS's hands at this Election.

    The Chinese voters should have the political maturity to now shake off their long-standing psychological block to vote PAS's 60 candidates in the respective constituencies.

    If for any other reason, it is to deny the Barisan Nasional ( read UMNO), the two-third majority in Parliament.

    There is little for the Chinese to fear to give PAS and other Opposition parties the chance to prove themselves for the next five years. As we all know, there will always be ANOTHER election to review their performance, while UMNO, MCA, MIC and Gerakan are put to pasture to reflect and regurgitate on their deeds and misdeeds since 1957.

    Malaysia had been under an UMNO-led Government since it came to power unbroken in 1957. It has used its two-third majority to change the Federal Constitution over 600 times, mostly for partisan political reasons, and at times, for the most trivial reasons.

    You, the Malaysian voters should have been aware by now that the UMNO-led Government, over more than a decade, under its watch had overseen, among others,

    - the aggravated communal and religious tensions,

    - the abuse of the trust of the people given to implement the NEP that resulted in the policy to be self-serving for UMNO families and cronies,

    - the castration of the judiciary,

    - the abuse of ownership of the mainstream print and media for the the suppression of dissenting views,

    - the unchecked nepotism, cronyism and corruption at all levels of society, and

    - the ever-seeming rearing of the ugly head of racial conflicts from time to time instigated by UMNO politicians and UMNO Ministers themselves.

    This message on the state of the nation at this crucial juncture of our country's history should be made known to every Malay, Chinese, Indian and other voter in every constituency, especially those in the rural areas and the outskirts of our cities/towns.

    Political analysts will tell you, to change the country, there is need to change the Government .

    It is indeed the time for change in the political landscape for the betterment of the nation.

    If not, at the very least, the ruling political parties in the Barisan Nasional should be punished for their political arrogance with a denial of the two-third majority in Parliament.

    (Note: Your vote for MCA, MIC and Gerakan, is, by default, a vote for UMNO to run this country)
    -Malaysian Unplug

    Anwar Ibrahim Interview
    (Video clip courtesy of Malaysiakini)

    Related articles:

    -- Read HERE in Malaysiakini "Deny them a two-thirds' majority"

    -- Read HERE in Malaysiakini, "Vote opposition to save BN"

    From Malaysia-Today: Read


    Excerpts: Read here for more


    Raja Petra Kamarudin

    The Islamic State Document (ISD).

    " ....The Chinese in particular and the non-Malays in general, have been screaming about (PAS's) Islamic State Document (ISD) introduced in Terengganu in 1999 after the Tenth General Election and in Kelantan after the 1990 general election.

    And PAS knew (the ISD) would get nowhere with it. Why in heaven's name did they launch them then?

    PAS is an Islamic party and it is therefore their 'duty' to launch the ISD. What else would you have expected PAS to do? I would be very surprised if they had NOT launched them.

    Why the ISD CANNOT be Implemented by PAS

    (Federally PAS) would need at least 150 seats to control two-thirds of Parliament before they can implement the ISD and change Malaysia from a Secular State to an Islamic State.

    But PAS had only 27 Parliamentary seats in 1999 and even less in 1990.

    In 1990, PAS controlled two-thirds of the seats in the Kelantan State Assembly and, in 1999, in the Terengganu State Assembly. The ISD could have been implemented in these two states even though PAS would not have been able to do so at Federal level.

    Why, then, did PAS not do so at state level (ie Kelantan and Trengganu)?

    PAS could NOT do so at state level because, to make constitutional changes at state level, you require the approval of Parliament. And PAS did NOT have 150 seats in Parliament or control two-thirds of Parliament.

    But this should still not stop PAS from 'pushing' the (ISD) issue. PAS' job is deliver its election promise -- the implementation of Islam -- and then leave it to Parliament to sort the whole thing out.

    PAS Under Pressure by UMNO for Malay Votes

    We must remember, PAS was under pressure. Umno was calling PAS a liar. UMNO was accusing PAS of cheating the voters by not delivering its election promise (ie having won the State assembly but could not implement the ISD).

    The simple-minded village folks (orang kampong) are not able to rationalise issues the way we can. These people would swallow the Umno propaganda hook, line and sinker. “PAS bohong! PAS tipu! Sebelum pilihan raya janji Islam. Bila sudah menang pilihan raya diam, tak buat.”

    (As a consequence), PAS had to show that it delivers its election promises, or at least try to deliver even if it does NOT have the power to do so. We promise, we deliver.

    PAS' job is to try to deliver what it had been mandated to do by the voters who voted for it.

    And PAS did just that. So it fulfilled its election promise. If Barisan Nasional blocks it at Federal level because they control more than two-thirds of parliament, then PAS can't be blamed for that.

    Malaysia still remained a Secular State as everyone thought it would, PAS included.

    That is NOT PAS' fault though. That was Barisan Nasional's fault (since it had the two-third majority in Parliament). So Barisan Nasional is the 'chow lang' in the eyes of the Malay voters, not PAS.

    UMNO'S Tactics on PAS

    When Umno challenged PAS to 'deliver its election promise', it did NOT think that PAS would ACTUALLY do it since it must act in the spirit of the opposition coalition, then called Barisan Alternatif.

    Umno was calling PAS' bluff. When PAS fails to deliver, Umno can turn around and call PAS a liar and a cheat. Janji tapi tak buat.

    PAS Took UMNO's Bait

    Umno was in fact caught off-guard when PAS 'accepted' Umno's challenge and announced the launching of the ISD.

    Not only Umno was caught of-guard but the other three members of Barisan Alternatif as well -- DAP, PKN (now PKR) and PRM (now merged with PKN into PKR).

    DAP, PKN and PRM did not agree with the ISD and told PAS so. DAP even left Barisan Alternatif in a huff.

    Umno realised that challenging PAS was a MISTAKE. It thought the challenge was safe (thinking) PAS would not act alone. But PAS did act alone in spite of the protests from DAP, PKN and PRM.

    PAS had NO choice, really. It was being challenged by the other Malay-dominant party and was being called a liar and a cheat.

    Either it faced Umno and accepted the challenge or else PAS would become irrelevant and might as well close down just like Semangat 46 before that.

    Umno never suspected that PAS would put the opposition coalition in jeopardy by going against the wishes of the other three coalition members.

    But PAS did ... (and) managed to redeem itself in the eyes of the Malays. The (Opposition) coalition practically broke up (hidup segan, mati tak mahu).

    UMNO's "Islamic State" Response in 2001

    Now it was Umno that was in a bind.

    Umno responded by hurriedly declaring, on 19 September 2001, that Malaysia is already an Islamic country. So why do we (ie the Malays) need PAS? PAS can only promise. It does not control two-thirds of Parliament so it CAN'T deliver.

    Umno, (with the help of other BN parties, ie MCA and MIC etc ) controlled two-thirds of Parliament. (That means )Umno can deliver (Islamic State), So Umno, in a way, became Malaysia's new Islamic party, dislodging PAS from that perch.

    PAS's Rejection of the Islamic State Document (ISD)

    Many may have not noticed this, but since the 2004 general election, when PAS lost Terengganu, almost lost Kelantan, and saw its 27 Parliament seats reduced to just nine, PAS has STOPPED talking about the ISD.

    DAP knows this. People like Ronnie Liu (from DAP) can tell you that PAS wants to treat the ISD as an embarrassing mistake that should be buried in the past and allowed to remain buried.

    But people would not allow it to remain buried. They kept resurrecting the ISD issue even though PAS themselves, those who gave birth to it, would like it to remain buried.

    It was no longer PAS that was talking about the ISD. It was those who would like this stigma to hang over the head of what could be the most successful and powerful opposition party.

    PAS Learning Now from Its Mistakes

    Okay, PAS made a mistake in the past. They have learned from this mistake.

    But do we want to keep harping on the past? How far back into the past should we go? Is there any cut-off date?

    Should we continue killing every Japanese we see in Malaysia because of what they did to us during the Second World War? Sometimes the past is better left in the past, especially when all has been forgiven, though not quite forgotten.

    What PAS did two elections ago is also a footnote in history.

    Should we condemn the Indians for giving 90% of the votes to Barisan Nasional (MIC) in the recent Ijok by-election or should we instead support them and stand by HINDRAF because of what they are doing today rather than because of what they did a few months ago in Ijok?

    PAS's Inclusive Outlook for 2008 Election

    Today, PAS is talking in another tone of voice. That is what counts.

    Yesterday is yesterday. Today is what matters.

    And if today we still want to talk about what PAS did yesterday, then I too should condemn the Chinese for what they did yesterday to my family in Lukut and what the Indians did yesterday in Ijok.

    UMNO's Track Record with the Non-Muslims

    1. Umno during the time it was ruling Kelantan, blocked the building of a Hindu temple. (When PAS ruled Kelantan), it summoned the Kelantan Hindus for a meeting and offered them a site for a Hindu temple even though they did not ask for one?

    2. Umno during the time it ruled Kelantan, forbade pigs to be slaughtered in Kelantan. (When PAS ruled Kelantan), PAS allowed pigs to be slaughtered in Kelantan.

    3. Was it not Umno that declared Buddhist statues haram and blocked its construction in the state of Sabah? The court case is pending even as you read this.

    4. Was it not Umno that demolished Hindu temples in Selangor?

    5. Was it not Umno that shot tear gas and water cannons into the Batu Caves temple grounds?
    The Kelantan Experience

    Take a drive to Kelantan these next few days before the general election. Go visit the Kota Bharu market. See for yourself all the women selling at the Kota Bharu market. Yes, the women control the market. The women monopolise the economic scene.

    The batek and songket manufacturers are mostly all women. The signboards carry women's names. If you trade with them, you trade with the women.

    The women negotiate with you and the women handle all the money, not the men.

    Where are the so-called 'separate check-out counters'? The men and women stand in the same line and the women serve you and you pay the women at the check-out counters. There are only separate toilets for men and women. The rest are all men-women mixed.

    Go stay at the state government-owned Perdana Hotel in Kota Bharu. They have only one swimming pool. And you and your wife both swim in that same one pool. There are no two swimming pools, one for men and another for women.

    You want to drink, fine, order a beer and send me the bill. Yes, you can get drunk in Kota Bharu if you want to, as you could in Terengganu when PAS was ruling that state from 1999 to 2004.

    The Chinese Community Agreed to Gambling Ban by PAS in Trengganu

    Terengganu banned gambling when PAS was running that state. But that was because the PAS Menteri Besar had a meeting with the non-Muslims and they agreed that gambling is bad and should be banned.

    Some argue that gambling is Chinese culture and should not be banned. Well, why did the non-Muslims then ask the Menteri Besar to ban gambling?

    Anyway, I have made about ten trips to China thus far and have travelled the length and breadth of that country and none of the Chinese I met in China say that gambling is their culture. In fact, the Chinese government bans gambling and will not allow casinos on its soil.

    If just because you want to gamble you would rather have Barisan Nasional rule Kelantan and Terengganu, then the Chinese are even shallower than I thought. But if it is really that important and really Chinese 'religion' that you gamble, then make this point clear to PAS.

    And if gambling is more important than a good future for your family, I am sure PAS will accommodate the Chinese and not interfere with Chinese 'religion', as it has promised.

    But please do not ask PAS to legalise child prostitution so that you can sell your children to the pimps for a profit as much as in some societies this is acceptable and very rampant.

    Malaysia Will Continue to REMAIN a Secular State

    Let me put it to you again in plain and simple English.

    PAS is contesting only 60 Parliament seats. To control Parliament, PAS needs 150 seats ( two-thirds Parliaments). (Even if wins ALL 60 Parliamentary seats) PAS CANNOT implement Islamic law.

    (Similarly), even if they control two-thirds of the seats in the State Assembly without controlling two-thirds of Parliament.

    PAS is not pursuing the ISD any longer. Malaysia will remain a Secular State unless two-thirds of Malaysians demand this country be changed into an Islamic State through a referendum. Only Barisan Nasional can call the referendum because Barisan Nasional controls two-thirds of Parliament. Never by PAS.

    Still Worried About Islamic State?

    Now, are we still worried about Malaysia being turned into an Islamic State?

    If we are, then we had better watch Barisan Nasional closely because only Barisan Nasional can do that.

    Pro-UMNO Organisations Calling for more Islamisation in Malaysia

    Look at this news item again (Pro-government Islamic groups demanding stronger role for Islam ahead of polls in Malaysia) and here (PEMBELA declaration & press statement ).

    See who is crying out for more Islamisation?

    Is it PAS? Or is it the Umno-led organisations?

    Controlling the Two-Third Majority in Parliament

    And who will control two-thirds of Parliament come this election? Will it be PAS when it is contesting only 60 seats and may end up winning only half or so?

    Or will it be Barisan Nasional as most of you believe will happen?

    Is it wise, therefore, that Barisan Nasional be given two-thirds of the seats in Parliament?

    You decide come 8 March 2008 when you go to cast your votes...."
      - Raja Petra Kamarudin

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