Malaysiakini - Nizar a 'modern-day Tun Perak'
Aiyoyo, karn neen nair (KNN which euphemistically means ‘dash it’), never thought I would agree with you-know-who wakakaka – this is real chea lart lah (calamitous).
As we’re all aware, UMNO has been attacking Nizar, who’s standing as the PAS candidate for the by-election in Bukit Gantang federal constituency.
Ironically the non-Malays, particular the Chinese are almost all (except BN people) supporting the PAS candidate – hmmm, we certainly have come a long long way.
But the Malays (leaving out pro-UMNO people) are a bit more cautious. Malays hold their Sultans in very high regard, so UMNO has been playing hell with Nizar’s court language of ‘mohon patih derhaka’ which is a polite way of telling the Sultan that he (Nizar) disagreed with the Sultan’s demand that he quit his MB post.
Alas, ‘derhaka’ also means ‘betray’ or ‘betrayal’ so UMNO has been projecting Nizar as a traitorous rebel, who has betrayed the Sultan.
UMNO has also portrayed Nizar to the Malay constituency as a Melayu who gave State land way to the Chinese.
So, speaking at a couple of ceramah, Anwar combated UMNO's nasty propaganda by likening Mohd Nizar's defiance to that of the famous Tun Perak.
Quoting from Chapter 18 of Hikayat Hang Tuah - an account of one of the most famous Malay warriors - Anwar explained how Tun Perak (Prime Minister) had defied the Malacca Sultan's decision to have Hang Tuah (Admiral) executed.
Instead, Tun Perak, who knew that Hang Tuah was framed, brought the latter into hiding. When the sultan found that Hang Tuah was indeed framed and regretted ordering his execution, Tun Perak was compelled to admit that Hang Tuah was indeed alive.
"Tun Perak told the Sultan 'ampun tuanku, beribu-ribu ampun, sembah patik mohon diampun, sembah derhaka patik pohonkan' (Please forgive me, for I have betrayed you).
See? It is in Hikayat Hang Tuah! I hope Umno people know their history. They only know how to 'sembah balak patik nak ambil (ask for logging contracts)", he told the crowd who gathered despite the drizzle.
"Nizar is like Tun Perak. He is loyal. He follows the sultan's orders. But when he needs to explain something to the sultan, he'd beg for forgiveness and 'sembah derhaka patik' because he wants to protect the interest of the people from a power grab," added Anwar.
Well, Anwar did Malay studies in uni so he should know his Malay history. And on this score I agree with his use of historical example to defend Nizar (ooops, nearly bit my tongue saying that).
And he also defended Nizar for granting land titles to Chinese new villages.
Malaysiakini reported: He said that Umno was practising double standards as there were many cases of Chinese tycoons being given huge plots of land without any protest from the party.
"The gave one mountain (Genting Highlands) to Lim Goh Tong, one hill (Bukit Tinggi) to Vincent Tan and one island (Pangkor Laut) to YTL (Francis Yeoh). Is there a single Umno leader who protested?" he said.
"Look at his record. Which land has he stolen? Which property has he taken? Which logging (contract) did he take? How can you say he is a betrayer?
"What about that former menteri besar from Umno? He took RM1.3 million of state funds to fund himself, and his wife and family, to a trip to Disneyland!" he exclaimed.
Yes yes I agree again wakakakakakaakakaa.
['Cusi, gotta go lie down down, too much stress saying I agree with you-know-who, wakakaka]
(1) Nizar in federal politics - unlimited potential
(2) Anwar Ibrahim is dispensable!