Thursday, January 24, 2013

"Allah": Lim Guan Eng Cause and Anwar Ibrahim Effect

Anwar Ibrahim has categorically stated that it is the Pakatan Rakyat common policy -all non-muslims can use the word "Allah".

That's what has been reported by Free Malaysia Today, Allah issue: ‘Pakatan stands by Hadi’,
Anwar Ibrahim is firm that Pakatan Rakyat will allow non-Muslims to use the word 'Allah'
Going back in time, when Anwar Ibrahim came out openly to support Hudud, it raised a big hue and cry from the DAP.

The leaders of the Pakatan Rakyat, whoever they are at that point in time, had a cup of tea and come out with the bogus operandi, media statement by Lim Guan Eng,
As the hudud law is not mentioned in the PR Common Policy Framework or in Buku Jingga, it is therefore not PR policy. Only policies mentioned in the Common Policy Framework, Buku Jingga or agreed to by all 3 parties will be implemented in a PR government.
At the meeting, DAP stressed the party's consistent stand in not agreeing with the hudud law and explained that the hudud law is not in line with the Federal Constitution. The meeting concluded with both DAP and PAS agreeing to disagree on the hudud law.
Everybody went home smiling. PAS kept their Syariah Hudud enactments passed in Kelantan and Terengannu, DAP knew it could not be implemented and Anwar Ibrahim got away with his open support for Hudud. Pakatan Rakyat is intact.

It is different with the Hudud issue then and the "Allah" issue now. A very distinct difference. Hudud not enforced, obviously has not been tested in a court of law, whereas the use of the word "Allah" has been allowed by the court.

Pakatan Rakyat, when the "Allah" issue was reignited by Lim Guan Eng, had initially come out to declare that non-Muslims could use the word "Allah". Lim Guan Eng as I opined, had raised the issue to take attention away from national DAP CEC elections fiasco, where not a single Malay was elected into the CEC, at the same time shore up flagging non-Muslim support for the DAP due to PAS enforcement of it's Islamic laws on non-Muslims.

Lim Guan Eng must have been confident of support to his "Allah" for non-Muslim call because PAS party president, Abdul Hadi had in the past held the same position, as reported by Harakah and posted by Anwar Ibrahim on his website,
"After a special meeting to discuss a recent controversial court ruling, PAS has decided to reiterate its stand that the use of the word Allah by Christians was not against Islam and in accordance with the federal constitution which guarantees religious freedom"
Lim Guan Eng must have thought that he had gotten away with his red herring and more confident his ploy had succeeded when Nik Aziz, Abdul Hadi and Mat Sabu all affirmed their support for Lim in his call.

But what Guan Eng did not contend with was the PAS Syura council. The PAS Syura council officially pronounced that ‘Non-Muslims can’t use Allah’

This must have shocked Guan Eng into silence until now. Neither Guan Eng nor his father, Lim Kit Siang who had been present when PR announced non-Muslims could use "Allah, has said anything since the PAS Syura council decision.

Why the PAS Syura council changed it's stand from it's previous position is unimportant but has it's own internal implications. Whither PAS president, Abdul Hadi, deputy president Mat Sabu and PAS spiritual leader who had all said the use of the word was not against the teachings of Islam, for various reasons?

The PAS Syura council decision, now disallowing the use of the word, had the effect to put the spanner in Lim Guan Eng's devious machinations.

There cannot be "agree to disagree" this time. PAS knows even by disagreeing, Hudud to be implemented needs to be passed by law whereas the use of the word "Allah" has been allowed by law, the DAP and PKR agreeing parties hold sway by law. Disagreeing would be meaningless when a party basic fundamental is cast aside in event of a Pakatan Rakyat ruled state or country.

How will PAS face it's grass root members, as it stand now in Selangor or implications as it stood in Perak?

In a way, credit must be given, despite it's radical Islamist ideologies, to the party Syura council. It made a decision which ran counter to the stated stand of it's highest party leaders. They would have seen the rat. Waking an issue that would test the party's Islamist credentials, an issue that was laid to rest, smacked of personal agenda for Lim Guan Eng and favorable only to the party he leads, the DAP.

PAS will have everything to lose and DAP everything to gain. And the PKR, like it's scavenging de facto leader, Anwar Ibarhim, will wait to enjoy the spoils of war between the two heavier coalition "partners".

The Syura council would not countenance it's leaders to support subterfuge. More so, when these leaders would be seen to be bending over to a condescending and past enemy, the infidel DAP.

Getting slapped in the face by the PAS ruling Syura council, it was now up the other bend over specialist, Anwar Ibrahim.

An important, pertinent and larger question arises.

Can Anwar Ibrahim now be claimed as the designated Prime Minister of a Pakatan Rakyat federal government?

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