malaysiakini reported de world’s greatest political reformer, now turned world’s greatest de-facto leader of a party that had a recent party election which was more notable for several withdrawals (allegedly instructed, pressured or designed) than the voting of its members. Those who withdrew included de world’s greatest drama king who undoubtedly was inspired by de world’s greatest writer of English literature, William Shakespeare - aha, caught you all on de last one ;-)
Anyway as malaysiakini stated, a certain de-facto leader pontificated on de case of poor Lina Joy.
Incidentally, where was the de-jure leader, who won the party’s presidency through withdrawals? Practising de ‘elegant silence’ or making de cake and de tea in de kitchen?
OK, back on track – so what did de world’s greatest-in-everything de-facto leader say?
Basically nothing other than motherhood statements, for example:
(1) ... further discussion is needed on the Federal Constitution’s role in safeguarding freedom of religion.
Reporter (thinks ‘ya, eruditely revealing ... yawn’); OK, and sir, what’s your take on the court’s ruling on Lina Joy’s application?
(2) ... non-Muslims should be assured by the authorities that their rights are guaranteed.
Reporter: Datuk Seri does that mean you are critical of the court’s 2-1 judgement for Lina Joy to go to the Syariah Court?
(3) ... expressed support for the Syariah court system
Reporter: Er ... well, in that case you agree with the court’s ruling?
(4) ... “The government must show political will and leadership to address this issue, and not sweep it under the carpet. Otherwise, it will spell greater discord and distrust among our fellow citizens.”
Reporter: But ... what’s your personal opinion on the court’s instruction to Lina Joy?
(5) ... it was crucial to preserve the spirit of the Constitution through “dialogue, discussion and deliberation.”
Reporter (exasperated ‘god, can’t I get something concrete from him’): Sir sir, what about your .....
(6) ... authorities must strengthen the public confidence in the Syariah Courts, and assure Muslims that there is no attempt to “belittle the importance of the existing system.”
[now, why didn’t we think of that!]
(7) ... “As for the non-Muslims, they must be assured that the fundamental guarantees enshrined in the Constitution is protected.”
(8) ... “In essence, while we should preserve the current procedure via the Syariah Court with regards to cases of freedom of conscience, there should be no recrimination involved.”
[wonder what’s on TV tonight?]
(9) ... “After all, freedom of conscience is one of the key elements of the higher objectives of the Syariah, the Maqasid Syariah.”
[which reminds me I better visit Uncle in hospital this weekend - incidentally, what about his own conscience in those alleged meddling in party polls?]
(10) ... unresolved debate over freedom of religion “points to the failure of the government to achieve a broad consensus over the issue.”
[just can’t help spamming, can he?]
(11) ... “This issue has been allowed to drag into an exceedingly protracted and rancorous debate due to the incompetence of our leaders. The solution does not lie with the judiciary as it is not regarded as independent and credible.”
Reporter (waking up): Aha, so the court was not wrong .. does that mean, sir ......
(12) ... “Yet, the government has also decided to stop any form of religious discussion and dialogue that can address these issues. We call on the government to allow reasonable and responsible dialogue to take place to explore our common values while acknowledging our differences.”
[yawwwnnn, god, another of those meaningless ... er ... which reminds me I must pick up Kamala from dancing class tonight]
(13) ... “While I understand that such a topic can inspire polarising passions among members of society, I would like to congratulate everyone for maintaining the calm and peaceful attitude following the announcement of the judgment, and hope that they continue to do so.”
[good for a few votes from both sides, I suppose, but am heading home – wasted trip]
So what do we make of de pontifications of De-facto leader? What was his opinion of de Civil Court’s ruling? Why bring in de Syariah Court which is yet to play a part?
Remember my posting The 8-D’s of DSAI?
Just add one more D to de list – D for dancing around (like tap dancing) de subject.