Monday, March 8, 2010

Double Standards Again

Malaysian police stopped a DAP dinner in Kepong on Saturday:


And a PKR ceramah at KL’s Sultan Sulaiman Club yesterday:


But this anti-PR demo – also held yesterday – proceeded unimpeded and undisturbed. Hindraf leader Uthayakumar had gone to PKR’s HQ in Petaling Jaya to signal the final parting of ways between his movement and Pakatan, that’s why! It’s alright to give the stage to boisterous demonstrators with abusive placards because they are only disturbing the peace – if you know what I mean.

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And not forgetting the UMNO ceramah in Wangsa Maju yesterday, organized by the Gombak UMNO Youth, where speakers supposedly attacked the credentials of almost every PR leader, from Anwar Ibrahim to Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to Kelantan Mentri Besar Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat. And again, Mohd Ezam Mohd Noor, Anwar’s former right-hand man who left PKR shortly after 2008 and joined UMNO reminded the audience: “In the name of Allah, I left the party not because of money, power or anything else but principles”. We believe you lah because we are so-o-o-o gullible.

By the way, today marks the second anniversary of the ‘tsunami’ elections, or 308 as the Chinese likes to call it. James Chin wrote today in The Malaysian Insider: “The cancer called politics of race and religious bigotry is spreading, at a much faster rate since 308.

Nowadays you can get a police report lodged against you for simply saying that there is a better way than caning women”.

So we aren't really progressing, are we? More like regressing because there are people who are hell-bent on ensuring that we stay polarized and divided and suspicious of one another. Doesn’t this remind us of the British colonial strategy of “divide-and-rule”? Is 1Malaysia for real or is it just empty rhetoric?

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