Recent developments in our national political arena has unearthed many realities that each and everyone of us needs to accept and be aware of?
Amongst the notable ones are that there still exists a racist attitude still alive in the current political behemoth which calls itself the Barisan Nasional, a coalition of race based parties, each going all out to champion their individual ethnicity's interests whilst putting up a charade that they take into consideration the other's welfare at the same time.
This charade dissolves every time a conflict takes place between them when squabbles surface as a result of the disadvantaged party erupts every now and then complaining of the obvious discrimination camouflaged as the leading party's rights over all in this land.
As a result this internal ill will brewing in between the Barisan Nasional's ranks sees dissatisfied coalition party leaders who couldn't stomach the blatant injustice voice out their grievances only to be shouted down by UMNO's great pretenders, to be threatened to be skewered with the wavy kris, and their blood used to be bathed in by those whose crowing is much more than their actual prowess in the battlefield.
Amongst those who threatened to bathe his kris with the Chinese blood is none other than the current DPM, Mohd Najib the son of Malaysia's 2nd Prime Minister. The man may have mellowed today in his demeanor but not that many Malaysians love him for his lack of initiative or firmness of self in facing the many challenges that this country is going through and his popularity is waning by the day.
Anyway, the current political climate is seeing the BN starting to crack from within after 51 long years of calling the shots here in this multi ethnic, multi faithed country of 26 over million citizens.
The dissatisfied racist coalition parties of the BN, namely the Malaysian Chinese Association @ MCA, Malaysian Indian Congress @ MIC, Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia @ GERAKAN, People's Progressive Party @ PPP and other racist political parties saw a large number of their candidates lose in the recent 12th Malaysian General Election and even many presidents of the said parties were beaten at the polls and lost their ministership in the Malaysian Federal Government which the BN still managed to hang on to by the skin of it's teeth, so to speak!
From just PAS retaining it's power in the State of Kelantan, the newly forged alliance of formerly opposition parties made up of PAS @ the Islamic Party of Malaysia, DAP @ Democratic Action Party and PKR @ Parti Keadilan Rakyat were voted into power by the Malaysian voters in Penang, Kedah, Perak and Selangor, demolishing the BN in all those states after 51 long sufferable years of unimaginable apartheid policies, blatant injustice and tyranny of the BN.
All these while, the BN had managed to divide and rule the Malaysian people using their trump cards of race and religion. Malaysian citizens who used to live in peace and harmony with one another in years gone by were continuously threatened with the May 13th tragedy where due to pent up dissatisfactions between the Malays and Chinese who were stoked non stop with fears for their lives and loss of property and livelihood by irresponsible leaders of ethnic based Chinese secret societies and Malay nationalist political parties.
The May 13th tragedy continues to be the battlecry of today's United Malays National Organisation @ UMNO who continue to threaten the Chinese population of this country with imminent death and destruction if they dare to question the political party of its way of running this country?
This threat however falls flat in the face of the two timing ones amongst the top UMNO leadership who despite threatening the Chinese on one hand never fail to look for the Chinese in selling whatever rights they have to their Malay ancestral lands and carry out 'Ali-Baba' partnerships in businesses where they put up a Malay proxy as the head of whatever bogus corporations and company board of directors to fulfill the directives of the BN Federal Government.
So it has been all these years where UMNO managed to wield the keris on one hand and pretend to embrace the Chinese and Indians on the other.
Their pretense has however come undone after the people of Malaysia woke up from their self induced coma after swallowing all that UMNO dished up has been exposed to be nothing more than what we all know to be a political drama to suit their purposes?
Malaysians are now well versed with all the tricks of the trade of UMNO and even their partners in the apartheid crimes against the citizens have started to grumble and groan eventually but to no avail.
Whatever it is that the BN try to come up with is gonna fall flat and disregarded by Malaysians who are today more politically alert and aware?
Now, to my main point of the current Malaysian dilemma of confusing religion with racism.
We all know that Malaysians generally are very peace loving, harmonious people.
The Malays have always been known to be a gentle, graceful, cultured people. Their traditional cultures and norms have been heralded by travellers and connoisseurs of fine mannerisms and graciousness that extolled their ancient heritage derived from the days of old hailing from the Malaccan Sultanate which was a Malay Empire stretching to most parts of the South East Asian region in the 1400s until it was overpowered by the invading Portuguese in 1511.
Today, there still exist quite a large number of these gracious, gentle Malays but the actions of a few uncouth racist UMNO leaders have smeared the reputation of the Malay community who unwittingly have to face the brunt of the ensuing suspicions and ill feelings of the Non Malay community who feel slighted and threatened by such threats issued every now and then by the UMNO racists in power.
I ask that those of you who are Non Malays and Non Muslims to learn to differentiate between the racists of UMNO and the majority of peace loving Malay Muslims of Malaysia.
Muslims who are knowledgeable in Islam and its tenets do not bother too much about one's ethnicity or race?
We follow the directives of our faith which calls upon us to :
125. OdAAu ila sabeeli rabbika bialhikmati waalmawAAithati alhasanati wajadilhum biallatee hiya ahsanu inna rabbaka huwa aAAlamu biman dalla AAan sabeelihi wahuwa aAAlamu bialmuhtadeena
125. Invite (all) to the Way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious: for thy Lord knoweth best, who have strayed from His Path, and who receive guidance.Al Qur'an Surah An Nahl Chapter 16 Verse 125.
Now, do we need to continue fall victim to the machinations of those in power who would love nothing more than to see us keep squabbling amongst ourselves so that they ( the BN Federal Government) can use that as an excuse to send in the (FRU) troops and get to rule over us forever?
Be smart and do not be taken in again by all the propaganda that is being dished out by the BN through all their channels of MSM @ mainstream media that continue to wage a covert war in brainwashing the clueless ones amongst the Malaysian population.
Get your facts and figures checked and rechecked again and again before coming to accept anything as the truth.
'Selamat Berpuasa' to all my fellow Muslims.
Take heed of all the do's and don'ts of Ramadan al Mubarak and be aware of fitnah, no matter where it comes from?
May Allah the Almighty guide and bless us all!
Zainol Abideen @ Mahaguru58
Bandar Tun Razak,
Wednesday, 3rd Ramadan 1429 Hijrah.