Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Perkasa Veep is BN Candidate for Shah Alam

Perkasa vice-president Zulkifli Noordin (left) has been picked as the BN candidate to face Khalid Samad of PAS in the Shah Alam parliamentary seat. This is a face-off that will see them repeat their rivalry, though this time, from opposing sides of the political divide. They were colleagues in Pakatan Rakyat at one time. If you are not familiar with these two candidates, you should know that Zulkifli is a known firebrand and has accused PR of going against the basic tenets of Islam. His opponent Khalid is one of PAS' most progressive leaders.

Anyway, the fact that Najib Razak chooses Zulkifli means that despite his 1Malaysia rhetoric, BN or rather UMNO is showing strong support for racism and religious bigotry. All UMNO pretences have been peeled away. Indians must take note – this is the fella who has been calling Indians ‘kelings’, mocking Hindu deities and even describing ‘Ganesha’ (one of the Hindu deities) as "tuhan kepala gajah". These callous statements represent a great affront to Malaysian Indians, the majority of whom are practising Hindus. Aren’t MIC, PPP and HINDRAF members upset by these insults?

UMNO used to be merely a Chinese-hating party. With UMNO’s embrace of Zulkifli, it is now transformed into a Chinese- and Indian-hating party.

Yet BN Selangor coordinator Mohd Zin Mohamed believes that Zulkifli is a "most winnable" candidate and even labels him a “transformation” candidate. I guess that is the cue for Najib fans to begin puking – if they have any smidgen of dignity left in them.

Meanwhile, Perkasa president and well-known frog Ibrahim Ali had expressed disappointment he was not given a seat by BN, unlike his vice-president Zulkifli Noordin. And so according to an Astro Awani report, Ibrahim indicated his resolve to contest as an Independent in Pasir Mas – a seat which he had won a few times with different parties – pitting himself against both BN and PAS. Will Mahathir Mohamad be campaigning for Ibrahim as he had promised or will he be supporting the UMNO candidate? This will be an interesting sideshow to watch.

Celtic stayed on course for the double in Scotland after beating Dundee United 4-3 after extra time on Sunday to set up a Scottish Cup final with Hibernian.

Kris Commons gave Celtic the lead after just 83 seconds but goals by Gary Mackay-Steven (24) and Jon Daly (30) put Dundee United ahead. Victor Wanyama replied within a minute and although Commons restored Celtic's lead in the 60th, Daly took the game to extra time with a looping header that sneaked in off the far upright (71). Then, substitute Anthony Stokes nodded in the winner in the 104th minute for Celtic, which needs just one point from its last five matches to retain its Premier League title.

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