Monthly Archives: January 2014

Demands of COMANGO

Malaysia does not wish to accept western ideas about human rights as interpreted by the West. This does not mean that we reject human rights altogether. It simply means that we do not agree to the western interpretation of human rights.

Well, where do we differ? Simply put, we believe in the well-being of the majority while respecting the rights of the minority or the individual to do as they wish as long as they do not negate the rights of the majority. The West believes otherwise where the right of individual is supreme.

Inspired by the West, 54 NGOs called COMANGO has brought 13 resolutions on human rights to the United Nations. It is hope that the Government will be pressured to bow down to their demands ie freedom for Muslims to convert, recognition of same sex orientation, legalised LGBT and ultimately to turn Malaysia into a secular country

Failing to comply with these demands, Malaysia- as suggested by COMANGO, will become a laughingstock for the rest of the world.

By comparison to many developing countries, Malaysia is politically liberal but its liberalism does not extend to a license to abuse freedom at the expense of the people and the nation. The kind of unlimited liberal democracy preached by the West- the darling of the COMANGO- is not for us. They only preach unlimited democracy because they do not think they will be threatened by it. But when threatened they will do exactly what they tell others not to do. Remember Patriot Act and Guantanamo.

It may seem old-fashioned for the Government to be the guardian of the people’s morality. The liberals would like to think that the people know what is good for them and Government has no business to supervise them.

But an elected Government is more representative of the people’s viewpoint than the intellectually progressive liberals. The liberals really represent only themselves, a minority.

If they wish to represent the people, they can set up their own political party and contest in the elections. But today, the people still elect the same Government- whom they know fully their platform on human rights to represent them. Therefore, there is no way for COMANGO to force their views on the elected Government.

In fact the time has come for the Government to exercise their legitimacy in dealing with COMANGO. They should not be tolerated because human nature being such, they can and do gain influence among the gullible.

In a democracy, the majority does not always determine the outcome of an election. They often divided and fragmented. And frequently, it is the organised minority which determines the winner, throwing their votes behind those willing to pander their wishes for the sake of nominal power.

The Government must be shrewd since it is not easy to foresee what this agitator has in mind. But the Government must try to read the signs even if inaccurately. The Government may even abuse its power. but then the people, if they really so wish, can throw out the Government.

It should be remembered that what started the process of moral decay in a country is the glorifying of freedom within a society; absolute freedom. Please do not forget the degeneration of the people of Lut.

As far as human right is concerned, we in Malaysia have nothing to be ashamed of. Our democracy and our concept of human rights and freedom are as honourable as any. Indeed in many ways we are more liberal.

For example, we allow the setting up of schools using other than national language and we finance them even. Can we do the same in these liberal democracies of the West? In one liberal country, even to construct a self-funded minaret is forbidden.

To COMANGO, you are the minority- please respect the view and sensitivity of the majority.

To Government, please exercise your legitimacy- or else you can kiss goodbye for the very people who support you.

To Opposition, don’t sell yourself for nominal power. There are many other ways to become a government.


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Kajang Move: Debunking The Strategist

Now we know that the reason of Anwar Ibrahim contesting in Kajang by-election is to fortify Selangor. According to Rafizi Ramli, the Kajang Move is to fend off any political attacks and manouvres from UMNO. The ever brilliant strategist further claimed the Prime Minister will be removed from UMNO.

It is worth mentioning that Tun Abdullah was forced to retire during the 2008 UMNO party election. Even the move to replace Tun Dr Mahathir as a president of UMNO 15 years ago was done through the same channel. And in case someone may forgot, the UMNO party election was held last year. Now Mr Rafizi, how do you explain this- if ‘the ultras led by Tun Dr Mahathir’ had wanted to take Najib down, why do hey return him as their president unopposed? Too much thinking of conspiracies  I think.

By saying that Anwar Ibrahim has to be (and lead) in Selangor on the basis that the state become the launchpad for Putrajaya, the strategist is also implying not Khalid Ibrahim, not Azmin Ali, not anyone else amongst Pakatan’s DUN members and certainly not even himself can ensure potholes in Selangor got filled up.

It is obvious the Kajang Move showcase the lack of talent and trust within Pakatan Rakyat where there is no one else except Anwar Ibrahim who can provide radical approach  in dealing with the water fiasco, Allah/Jais issue and public housing problem.

Not only Pakatan is short of talent, they are also so short of vision. Within 7 months after the election, suddenly they change their mind on who should lead the state. Does this mean similarly if they are the federal government, they will consider such move just to neutralise infighting? In other words, as long as there are people who sulk, Anwar Ibrahim has to pacify them by holding both PM and MB post. If this is the case, when the world-class leader will actually govern? So much of Pakatan Harapan Rakyat.

The argument lay by the strategist that they had to act early for the fear of repeating Kedah experience is superficial. PAS-led government in Kedah is different. It is true there was infighting but also the MB was sick hence he was not performing well. In Selangor, the strategist himself said Khalid Ibrahim has set the gold standard for his administration. So why the need to replace him? Especially with someone who is tainted, morally corrupted and most importantly has failed the whole nation during his tenure as Minister of Finance.

Actually, what the strategist failed to tell us is that his boss- notwithstanding his political prowess, has never been known for his administration skills. This can be seen by looking on his incapability to solve the feud between Khalid Ibrahim and Azmin Ali. What more, he was never an effective economic advisor. So Mr Strategist, is this your deal to Selangorians by offering the worse administrator to lead the state?

In case you may say this is the only option, please remember infighting for the top job is normal in politics. Barisan Nasional also faced the same problem in the past. But how do they react? They rotate the CM post among ethnic parties in Sabah in order to pacify all the component parties. In short, they share the political power. This is the greatest master stroke that you, Mr Strategist have to learn from your enemy.

To re-quote from you (pun intended), I hope that one day when you are still not in Putrajaya, you can look back to the “Kajang Move” as the game over in your quest for Putrajaya. I honestly hope that it will be your defining moments that disallow you from being one step closer to Putrajaya.


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