Thursday, January 10, 2013

The "Allah" Issue : When the Pakatan Tipu Rakyat

The "Allah'" issue has been raised again. I had asked the question, "So Who is Raising the "Allah" Issue Now?"

I quoted relevent excerts from Anwar Ibrahim's blog and none is more apt than the last quote carried in my article, attributed to Harakah Daily as stated in that Anwar Ibrahim posting - "He also called on all parties not to politicise the matter as this could threaten the peace among the different religious groups in the country."

Of course we all know who had raised the "Allah" issue.

It was none other than part-time knight templar, Lim Guan Eng @ Joseph Lim, as reported by The Malaysian Insider report, "DAP, PAS send mixed messages on ‘Allah’ issue", despite the PAS president calling on all parties "not to politicise the matter as this could threaten the peace among the different religious groups in the country".

Almost everyone, the sane and responsible ones, will agree that religion and politics is a deadly mix.

It must also be said, therefore, when Hadi called on all parties not to politicise the "Allah" issue, it is an irony. PAS' the party and it's politics are predicated on Islam. It is more than recognised as an Islamist party. All policies espoused and issues raised by the party must conform to the party's Islamic principles.

Be that as it may, Lim Guan Eng had seen it fit to raise the "Allah" issue, when the issue had already been decided by the courts.

There can only be one conclusion - a politically motivated move on the part of the DAP secretary-general.

Let's examine what "elected" Malay DAP member, Zairil anak Khir Johari, had to say in the TMI report.

Zairil as quoted by TMI, “He (Lim) only asked that it be allowed in the Bahasa Malaysia version of the Bible that is used by Christians in Sabah and Sarawak” and “Therefore, the issue of usage of the word “Allah” in Peninsula Malaysia does not arise at all”.

But Zairil's Penang CM boss is quoted to have said,
“For this reason, DAP urges the BN Federal government to allow the use of the word ‘Allah’ on the Bahasa Malaysia version of the Bible as has been allowed in Sabah and Sarawak for the last 50 years and practised in the Middle East for more than a thousand years,” Lim wrote in a statement on December 24 in English and Mandarin.
"DAP urges the BN Federal government to allow the use of the word ‘Allah’ on the Bahasa Malaysia version of the Bible as has been allowed in Sabah and Sarawak" in the context must surely mean allowing the usage in peninsular Malaysia.

I reiterate, whether it is in East or West Malaysia, the matter has already been decided by the courts. So what is Lim talking and DAP minion Zairil spinning about?

By raising the "Allah" issue, Lim Guan Eng kills two birds with one Christian crusading call.

Firstly, to shore up lost Christian votes for his party and their fake coalition.

Recent events like "Tee Yong: Rights of non-Muslims violated, yet DAP keeping mum " and "Non-Muslims should not get summonses for ‘khalwat’, says minister" in PAS ruled Kelantan, where non-Muslims were subject to PAS convoluted Islamic laws, confirms what many non-Muslims had always feared - PAS Hudud laws when passed will be applied to all.

Secondly, Lim Guan Eng and Zairil anak Khir Johari knew that there was a ticking time bomb on their hands - the controversial DAP national party election result.

The explosion, the result the way it was, would be felt in the next general election.

DAP can say bye bye to Malay votes for the DAP at the very least. At the very most, it confirmed what most Malays knew, even Malays in it's coalition partner PAS, that DAP is nothing more than a chauvinistic Chinese party.

In the predominantly Chinese constituencies, as it has now come to pass, the DAP has it's own fixed deposit. It is in the mixed constituencies that the results of the DAP party elections will have the greatest impact. The party election result will alienate not only the Malay but the Indian votes as well.

It exploded, however, that the DAP party elections results were flawed. That is, if we are to believe the DAP story.

But the problem was, never in the history of the DAP has anything like this ever happened. It is unprecedented.

It is a serious blow to the credibility of the DAP as a party in general, impacting it's supporters, in and outside the party, in particular.

Not only has the DAP national party election fiasco cast suspicion among it's own members as to the truth of the revelations, it left a bitter taste in just about everyone to doubt it's ability and transparency in governing.

If the party had failed to manage and botches a simple party election of less than a couple of thousand voters, it could not be trusted to manage the country.

DAP is now a laughing stock. The party is now seen as a hypocrite condemning the Election Commission, which has smoothly managed 12 general elections for the entire country's millions of voters without any major controversial result, for incompetence and allegations of fraud.

When the leaders, especially Lim Guan Eng, held information from it's voting delegates who could easily been immediately informed, the party and it's leaders cannot be trusted, per se.

Enter The "Allah" issue and in Malaysia, there is nothing better than a religious explosion, to take away heat from a political implosion.

Christians are rising to Lim Guan Eng's clarion call.

PAS' Hudud has been neutralised.

The recent DAP party elections disaster are but a distant memory.

Let's not be fooled and blinded by the Pakatan Rakyat solidarity in support of Lim Guan Eng in the "Allah" issue.

If Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Kit Siang and especially PAS president Abdul Hadi are honest to goodness people, and since all these Pakatan Rakyat leaders are unanimous in the "Allah" issue, make it official and specifically declare as Common Policy Position (or whatever Pakatan Rakyat wants to call it) - allowing the use of "Allah" by non-Muslims.

Something like this:
Media statement by Lim Guan Eng in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, 10 January 2013

DAP confirms that a PR meeting comprising of DAP, PKR and PAS top leaders were held in DAP Headquarters in the evening of 8 January 2013.

The PR meeting reaffirmed the common policy stand of the three parties as contained in the PR Common Policy Framework 2009, Buku Jingga 2010 and PR Joint Statement 28th September 2011. For the forthcoming general election, the usage of "Allah" by non-Muslims is allowed and now included, will also be the policy basis of PR after the next general election. This policy has been reached by common consensus with the agreement of all the three parties.

HRH Sultan of Selangor's edict was discussed at the meeting. At the meeting, DAP stressed the party's consistent stand in allowing the use of "Allah" by non-Muslims and explained that this was in line with the Federal Constitution. The meeting concluded with both DAP, PAS and PKR agreeing on the "Allah" issue.

Allowing Non-Muslims to use "Allah" is therefore included in the PR Common Policy Framework or in Buku Jingga, it is therefore 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 all times this usage must always be in a respectful and responsible manner.

DAP leaders present were Lim Kit Siang, PAS Pesident Dato' Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

*Lim Guan Eng, DAP Secretary General & MP for Bagan
Better still, incorporating it in the Kuching Declaration as Article Eight:

WE WILL HONOURABLY EXECUTE ALL THE POLICIES SET FORTH IN THE BUKU JINGGA SO THAT MALAYSIA WILL ONCE AGAIN BE A GREAT NATION, HER PEOPLES PROSPEROUS, HER FUTURE SECURE AND PEACEFUL, AND HER NAME CELEBRATED BY ALL THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD.

WE WILL HONOUR THE SPIRIT OF THE MALAYSIA AGREEMENT OF 1963 WHICH OUR FOUNDING FATHERS PUT THEIR HANDS TO, AND AS A SIGN OF OUR DEEP COMMITMENT TO THE PEOPLES OF SARAWAK AND SABAH, CONSISTENT WITH DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES AND JUSTICE FOR ALL MALAYSIANS, IN PARTICULAR THIS AMENDMENT:

ARTICLE EIGHT

WE WILL ALLOW ALL NON-MUSLIMS IN RESPECTFUL AND RESPONSIBLE MANNER, USE "ALLAH" IN ANY PUBLICATION, IN ALL OF MALAYSIA NOT ONLY SARAWAK AND SABAH.

WE, the undersigned, MAKE THIS AMENDMENT AS AN INCONTROVERTIBLE CONTRACT BETWEEN THE PAKATAN RAKYAT AND THE PEOPLES OF MALAYSIA, THIS HISTORIC DAY OF 10TH JANUARY, 2013, SO THAT IT MAY RING OUT RESOUNDINGLY From MALAYSIA’S high forest hills Down to the open sea; SO THAT freedom MAY ever reign; AND OUR PEOPLES Live in Unity!

In witness whereof the undersigned, being duly authorised thereto, have signed this Declaration, and all the peoples of Malaysia being witnesses thereof.

Done at Kuala Lumpur, this 10th day of January, 2013, in six copies of which one shall be deposited with each of the signatories

For People’s Justice Party (KEADILAN)
Y.B. Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Ketua Umum

For Democratic Action Party (DAP)
Y.B. Lim Kit Siang, Parliamentary Leader

For Islamic Party of Malaysia (PAS)
Y.B. Dato’ Seri Hj. Abdul Hadi Awang, President

For People’s Justice Party (KEADILAN)
Y.B. Baru Bian, Chairman, PKR Sarawak

For Democratic Action Party (DAP)
Y.B. WONG HO LENG, Chairman, DAP Sarawak

For Islamic Party of Malaysia (PAS)
TUAN HAJI ADAM BIN AHID, State Commissioner,
After including it as © 2013 Pakatan Rakyat official policy, there should be no PR worries, because clicking any link to "Download the Pakatan Rakyat common policy documents here" does not work, in more ways than one.

Another Pakatan Tipu Rakyat.

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