Wednesday, May 21, 2008

For Dr M - everything else is collateral damage

Dr M determined to get what he wants, everything else is collateral damage

A LEOPARD never changes its spots.
Nearly 40 years ago as a young Umno rebel, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad went on a tirade against the leadership of Tunku Abdul Rahman. Dr Mahathir cleverly used the race angle, accusing the Tunku of failing to protect and promote the interests of the Malays.
He was sacked by Umno, a move which made him a hero with the Malay community. When the Tunku resigned in the aftermath of the May 13, 1969 race riots, his successor Tun Abdul Razak not only brought Dr Mahathir back to the party but also paved the way for him to become Umno president and prime minister in 1981.
Dr Mahathir is now hoping to topple the current Umno president and prime minister by playing the same game — adopting the race angle and hoping to stoke fear and anger among the Malays against Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Just listen to the speeches he has been giving since the March 8 elections, the latest last week in Johor when he said the Malays were losing their grip on power. At a gathering of some 1,000 people, he said: “If we don’t speak up, if we choose to keep quiet, we will lose our rights and the other races will take over.”
On his blog, he recently wrote: “Today, the Malays have lost their political power and the non-Malays no longer respect the Malays and the Malay institutions. All the special rights of the Malays are being challenged and questioned. And the Malays cannot do anything to strengthen their position.”
The fact is power in this country is still very much in the control of the Malays and will remain so and no non-Malay would dare challenge Malay institutions like the royalty. In fact, the last time we checked, the only person who had done anything against the Malay royalty was Dr Mahathir himself when he was the all powerful prime minister who tolerated no challenge to his authority and views.
But obviously Dr Mahathir will not let facts get in the way of his fear mongering and his current goal to knock out Abdullah.
Dr Mahathir was hoping that the Umno leadership would sack him like they did in 1969, but Abdullah has learnt from the Tunku. He didn’t want to make Dr Mahathir a hero or trigger a wave of sympathy for him.
Frustrated that Abdullah did not sack him, Dr Mahathir on Monday decided to quit Umno and swore to return only when Abdullah is no longer the leader. He also urged Umno members to follow him.
Throughout his political career, Dr Mahathir is obsessed with only what suits him and will do anything to try and get what he wants. The consequences didn’t matter. Everything and everybody else is collateral damage.
Be it the tension that led to May 13, 1969; the political infighting in Umno that ended with the 1987 arrest under the ISA of over 100 people and the sacking of six top judges just as the court was set to hear an Umno appeal case; to the vicious 1998 crackdown on his then deputy and supporters, one common theme stood out — Dr Mahathir had to get what he wanted. Everything and everybody else is collateral damage.
It’s the same with his latest move to resign from Umno and his use of the race card to attack Abdullah’s leadership.
Dr Mahathir doesn’t care if Umno, already reeling from the aftershock of the March 8 elections, plunges into turmoil.
Dr Mahathir doesn’t care that his racist attempts to ignite the anger of the Malays will create unnecessary tension.
Dr Mahathir will resort to anything to get what he wants. Everything and everybody else — including Malaysia and the people of Malaysia — is collateral damage.
He has succeeded in the past.
This time, we must not let him get away with it.
Umno and its members must not end up as collateral damage to enable Dr Mahathir to get what he wants.
The rakyat and the country must not end up as collateral damage just so that Dr Mahathir can get what he wants.
Tun Musa Hitam said on Monday that the era of Mahathirism was over. The people of Malaysia must show in an emphatic way that it is by rejecting Dr Mahathir’s latest stunt and use of the race card.

- The EDGE -

JOM MURTAD DARI UMNO!


Para ahli totok UMNO sering menyamakan yang UMNO itu Melayu dan Melayu itu UMNO. Sekiranya dilihat dari perlembagaan, Melayu itu Islam dan Islam itu Melayu. Dengan sendirinya UMNO itu Islam.

Begitulah konsep ketuanan Melayu menjadi perjuangan UMNO dulu, kini dan selamanya. Walaupun dari segi perjuangan sebenarnya adalah KETUANAN UMNO di muka bumi tanah Melayu.

Setelah UMNO (original) dikuburkan oleh mahkamah dan UMNO (Baru) dilahirkan, masih sahaja propaganda yang keduanya adalah satu dan sama dicanangkan dengan menyambut ulangtahun UMNO (original) yang sudah tiada di muka bumi.

UMNO bukan agama, malah agama pun ada yang boleh keluar masuk sebagai penganut. UMNO mahu jadi lebih dari agama dan lebih dari Melayu walaupun nama UMNO itu sendiri bukan bahasa Melayu dan tidak semua penganutnya orang Melayu (seperti isteri presiden) dan Islam.

Sehingga dulu, kini dan selamanya menjadi slogan yang sekali pandang memang boleh memesongkan akidah. Masuk kubur nanti tiada pertanyaan, "Apakah nombor keahlian UMNO anda?"

Para kepimpinan elit dari golongan dinasti UMNO yang kini dalam generasi kedua atau ketiga mahu terus memegang kuasa ketuanan parti. Anak Tun Razak sekarang di kerusi nombor dua, cucu Onn Jaafar juga menanti giliran, di ikuti menantu presiden sekarang yang meneruskan obor keluarga dengan matlamat menjadi presiden dan PM sebelum berusia 40.

Tidak lupa anak kepada bekas presiden yang sudah murtad dari UMNO baru-baru ini. Peliknya, si bapa yang menjadi presiden selama 22 tahun telah disahkan murtad dari UMNO, manakala anak yang mahu merebut kerusi pemuda masih menganut ideologi UMNO.

Bermakna bekas Presiden dan PM Malaysia tersebut, Tun Mahathir gagal dalam meyakinkan anaknya sendiri untuk sama-sama mengistiharkan kemurtadan serta-merta. Walau lantang menyarankan ramai lagi penganut parti UMNO sama-sama murtad sementara iaitu sehingga imam besar Hadhari jatuh tergolek.

Sejarah mencatat yang kesemua presiden UMNO Onn Jaafar, Tunku Abdul Rahman dan Hussien Onn, kecuali Tun Razak telah murtad dari UMNO .

Saya telah lama murtad dari UMNO, sejak tahun 1998. Menjadi ahli UMNO dalam tahun 1992 pun atas dasar terpaksa kerana surau yang kini masjid berdekatan rumah perlukan dana untuk pembesaran. Kerajaan Selangor waktu itu memberi syarat akan memberi dana dalam setengah juta ringgit sekiranya cawangan UMNO setempat berjaya mendapatkan 300 ahli baru.

Maka saya tandatangan sahaja borang bersama isteri, ibu dan anak-anak saudara. Tidak pun aktif dan hadhir mesyuarat. Selepas masuk TV3 sebagai 'orang kita', ada juga aktif sekejap sebelum mendapati UMNO (masa itu di Rompin bawah bekas menteri yang dituduh meraba punggung pelayan) memang cukup parah dengan rasuah, penyelewengan, hasad dengki, cantas-mencatas dan membuang masa apabila survival perut adalah perjuangan 'ketuanan'.

Sebaik DSAI dibuang dan dimalukan oleh UMNO, saya bersama Zulkifli Noordin sama-sama murtad dari UMNO. Tidak seperti Zulkifli yang pernah aktif dalam UMNO dan kini MP untuk PKR di Kulim Bandar Baharu, saya tidak menyertai mana-mana parti, hanya sebagai penyokong PAKATAN RAKYAT.

Dengan kemurtadan Tun Mahathir, samalah taraf saya dengan dia dan lain-lain presiden UMNO sebelumnya, MURTAD DARI UMNO. Tidak seperti Tun Mahathir, saya tidak sementara taraf kemurtadannya.

Mungkin murtad dari UMNO dulu, kini dan selamanya!