Malaysiakini - Umno protesters: Does DAP want another May 13?
A kangkung-theme flash mob by Machang Bubuk assemblyperson Lee Khai Loon has irked Umno members and their allies, prompting a rally in Seberang Jaya protesting Lee's allegedly rude behaviour against the country's top leader. [...]
Around 600 people, including state Umno leaders, attended the rally, held in front of the Sunway Carnival Mall.
Earlier, the group, marched from a nearby futsal court, located 1km away from the mall, shouting "Allahu Akbar" and "Hidup Melayu" (Long live the Malays).
They also held banners carrying words such as ‘Insulting the PM is akin to insulting Malays’, ‘Penang Malays survive by eating kangkung’, ‘ABCD - Asal Bukan Cina DAP’ and ‘DAP is the enemy of Islam’.
The most striking banner - in blood red - screamed ‘Because of DAP's leaders mouth, May 13, 1969 happened... Want some more?’
Malaysiakini - Lee decries 'provocation' at pro-PM demo
After being targeted with protests yesterday and today, Machang Bubuk assemblyperson Lee Khai Loon decried the provocative manner in which the protest was mobilised and the violent manner it was done.
Among others, he claimed that a poster that contained an image of a man wielding two machetes and filled with provocative language was used to urge people to attend the protest this morning.
Malaysia-Today - When the ante is upped
Earlier I wrote an article called ‘The Rubicon has been crossed’ (READ HERE). I received quite a number of messages from friends and associates agreeing with me that the Rubicon has indeed been crossed and there is no longer any turning back.
If we really want to take the stance that there must be no compromise and winner must take all, then brace yourself for the darkest period in Malaysian history that will make May 13 pale by comparison. Some might even call this a zero-sum game where we will be looking at a loss-loss situation instead of, ideally, a win-win situation.
I suppose we needn't worry too much as I'm quite safe down under in Australia while you in Malaysia have intrepid hero, looes74, and his several battalions of Dayak headhunters to protect you, with more battalions of Batak headhunters as reserve troops on standby.
|my type of Dayaks, wakakaka|
So all of you just stay 'calm' wakakaka - see my post Words that annoy.
But jokes aside, this is what I had written at Malaysia-Today as a comment in RPK's above-mentioned post:
I have warned about this for quite a while, and have for my troubles been called variously traitor, coward, Najib lover, BN cybertrooper, etc.
I saw/see the root cause to be timing and a confluence of various factors - UMNO's political position and intra power struggle, rising cost of living, religion, Malay perception of increasing non-Malay biadapness towards Malay rulers ['perception' is what it is, factual, believed or even fabricated or instigated/guided], the RC church loud defiance, Pakatan increasing hubris made worse by some fumbling incompetent UMNO ministers, an unrealistic reliance on democracy & rule of law, etc [eg. if UMNO is strong it will probably be more benign, more conscious of the rule of law and more tolerant of, say, the church's wish to do what the church has been insisting on doing]
To be pithy, it's lousy timing right at this juncture in Malaysian socio-political-economic-cultural-religious point in time for Pakatan or the church to be pushing, pushing and pushing.
But far worse is what I would daringly (attempt to) term as social hysteresis, meaning that when the adverse factors are eventually removed from the current acrimonious situation, Malaysian society will not return back to what it has been for quite a long long time, ro even never.
Earlier, Jeff Twitters, a visitor to my blog, was angry at my following comment (in response to another earlier comment) in my post Words that annoy:
'I'm not sure where this is taking us, but as a final remark and perhaps reminder fundamental freedoms come with fundamental responsibilities, and where there can be no ABSOLUTE freedom, especially in a country like Malaysia with a political situation that fosters divisive politics and exploits such opportunities. And let's not pretend that the current issue over an Islamic term is benefiting UMNO, thanks to the church.'
In turn he responded as follows (extract only on his disagreement with my bit above about 'there can be no ABSOLUTE freedom'):
ABSOLUTE FREEDOM and that is what all Malaysians are fighting for. to correct a wrong our forefathers made. And to achieve that we must be responsible, courageous and united in our cause.
Of course I had no choice but to reply as follows:
Absolute freedom? Don't talk cock for it only shows your lack of social and personal responsibilities. If you don't believe me, try and say out the words like 'bomb' or 'hijack' at an airport, or criticize the Thai royalty in Thailand, or wakakaka say 'poofter' in Australia.. Freedom has its limits according to the mores and laws of each country.
Until in recent years, Greece did not permit worship of religions other than Judaism, Christianity and Islam (the last probably in awareness of its powerful and not too friendly Turkish neighbour).- there's quite an amusing story behind this.
As I mentioned earlier and I reiterate now, the government is NOT denying anyone their religious beliefs. And haven't we been Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Bahais, Taoists, Confucianists, Muslims etc etc etc for donkey years?
It's only telling the church to stop using the Allah word to refer to a Christian god that's known in the bible as Yahweh (Jehovah), Elohim, Adonai, etc.
And I may add: try insulting a Jew in Europe or challenging any of their 'sacred cows' and you may end up like Prince Harry, David Irving and Siné (real name Maurice Sinet), a former cartoonist at a French magazine called Charlie Hebdo.
For above stories, see:
(a) Jewish goose, but no Arab gander
(b) European 'freedom of expression' took nosedive!
(c) Charlie Hebdo - further Western hypocrisy
To reiterate, freedom has its limits according to the mores and laws of each country.
Ever since Miss Muffet introduced me to Denis Diderot (yes, true sweet memories, wakakaka), I've always admire his views on priests, wakakaka. Now, for the one in Perak and his counterpart in Selangor, I've a wee ode wakakaka for them as follows:
Two priests thought they’re walking in different direction
Away rapidly from each other so they arrogantly believe
Two priests imagine the other suffers from disaffection
But they’re twins; in assuming differences they self deceive