Many feel that if we aren’t for Anwar yet, we ought to be by now, given that we have no choice in the face of an evil BN.
There’s no doubt the UMNO government has abused the ISA to detain people like Teresa Kok, and merely on the say so of a sore loser trouble maker who claimed Teresa had prohibited the azan call.
The real cause was just a defective loudspeaker at the mosque. Please read Malaysiakini Faulty PA system the cause of 'silent' azan to learn that “… Masjid Kota Damansara officials have denied that their mosque had ceased sounding the azan from its loudspeakers due to pressure from non-Muslims. They clarified that it was a damaged amplifier that resulted in the calls to prayers to be made without the aid of a PA system.”
Of course the government knows it had been a unserviceable loudspeaker but the opportunity presents itself for their nefarious intimidation tactic.
I believe journalist Tan Hoon Cheng was detained to appease the UMNO diehards who weren’t impressed by Najib’s apology or/and Ahmad Ismail’s suspension – it was a quid pro quo bullsh*t. See my earlier post Arrest of Tan Hoon Cheng - Act of gargantuan stupidity.
Raja Petra Kamarudin (RPK) has been stretching the edge of the authority’s tolerance envelop by his continuous tweaking of the government’s, especially Najib’s nose. While I reckon he fell on his partisan sword, on principle I protest his detention because the government has misused the ISA.
There exist libel laws and indeed there are also religious laws – use one of those against RPK if he had libelled against Najib or insulted Islam, the latter as has been alleged. But the ISA shouldn’t have been invoked against Malaysia’s best known blogger.
But while the UMNO-led authorities have been assholes in its repressive action, we mustn’t allow the real instigator and cause of all these instabilities to go unmentioned, unscathed and scot-free.
History lesson - Who was the minister in 1987 responsible for deliberately and provocatively appointing about 100 non-Mandarin educated senior assistants and principals to vernacular Chinese schools. Who was this minister who wanted to ride up the ladder of UMNO’s top echelon on his blatant ethno-nationalistic act of attempting to destroy non-Malay mother-tongue primary education?
Who was that person whose provocative act led to a storm of protest from Chinese Malaysian politicians and NGOs, which culminated in an unprecedented gathering of the DAP, Gerakan, MCA and the Dong Jiao Zong at the Thian Hou Temple in KL?
… which led to a series of ethnic posturing with the Chinese based parties demanding the resignation of that self-serving Education Minister, and UMNO Youth typically responding?
… which in turn led to the PM, then Dr Mahathir saying words to the effect that, ‘Chinese history warns of the dangers of Chinese groups gathering at a temple to protest against the authorities’.
Every Chinese adult knew he was referring to Shaolin and their defiant resistance to the Manchu authorities.
The political-ethnic climate was sizzling and the police pre-empted another potential May 13 by slamming down with Ops Lallang which saw people like Lim Kit Siang, Karpal Singh, Chandra Muzzafar, plus a few minor BN and opposition politicians and NGO personalities incarcerated.
Of course, the authorities were killing 2 birds with one stone - neutralized the potential civil disorder, plus throw a few of those they disliked behind bars.
The two public faces of the ethno-centric verbal stoush, Najib and Lee Kin Sai, escaped the ISA though Lee Kim Sai had his Datukship recalled by the (former/late) Sultan of Selangor on the urging of UMNO Youth.
That was Ops Lallang I. But the real culprit by then buat diam diam, as his wont when sh*t hits the fan.
Now – re-examine the root cause of all these current ISA abuses - yes, the root cause, not the reactions to it, which everyone acknowledges are oppressive, repressive and truly depressive. Trace it logically to where it all began.
Again, we see the self-interests of one man agitating, instigating and provoking instability, for his own power-crazy political promotion without a concern for democratic processes or the consequences of the inevitable ugly UMNO reactions. Tan and Teresa have ended up as collateral damage to his sick obsession for power.
I don’t need to go any further – you all know who I have in mind.
But do open your mind and see that in both Ops Lallang’s (though this current ISA clampdown hasn’t yet been named), they started off with the selfish self-centred obsession of just one person who wants to promote himself up, up and f* away.
So tell me, how the f* can I condone jumping to support the Devil, even as Malaysiakini reported in ISA crackdown as PM faces dissension that AAB “… is believed to have launched the crackdown in the bid to bolster his position within the ruling Umno party. He is facing increasing calls from party leaders to step down much earlier than what he has earlier promised - to hand over power to his deputy by mid-2010.”
While UMNO does have its internal war, there is no doubt that a major contributing factor to that war has been the sniping from outside UMNO.
In our nation’s history we called:
Tunku as Bapak Merdeka
Tun Razak as Bapak Pembangunan
Tun Hussein as Bapak Perpadauan
Tun Dr Mahathir as Bapak Modernisasi
AAB as Bapak Mertua
… and now (even if he isn’t a PM),
Bapak Ops Lallang (where the satanic snake slithers)
(1) Anwar Ibrahim - disruptive and divisive as ever
(2) The torment and impatience of Anwar Ibrahim