Tuesday, May 30, 2017

UMNO's Trickery

PAS vice-president Idris Haji Ahmad (left) was right to allege that UMNO were merely using the hudud issue as political fodder ahead of GE14.
“UMNO (have) no stand. If you want to do it, you should just do it”, he insisted on Monday. 
He said this in reference to Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia, an UMNO member and former BN minister, who on the final day of the Dewan Rakyat sitting on April 06, 2017 deferred the debate over Hadi’s Private Member’s bill (Act 355) until Parliament reconvenes on July 24.
And yet, his party president Abdul Hadi Awang still believe UMNO are supportive of PAS’ Islamic aspirations – methinks, he had been seduced by the cloying sweet words of UMNO president Najib Razak – so much so that he does not seem to think that UMNO’s deferment of his bill is an act of betrayal.
Idris had to respond to a statement on Saturday by Terengganu Menteri Besar Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman, that the state was not prepared to implement hudud law until an in-depth study on it was conducted first.
Razif who is also Terengganu UMNO chairperson had also said the decision to implement hudud must be determined by the state assembly and only after getting the consent of the Sultan of Terengganu.
This declaration contradicted the assertion by the state’s telecommunications, multimedia and special tasks executive councillor, Ghazali Taib, who a day earlier had claimed that Terengganu would continue to fight for the implementation of Islamic law in the state.
Ghazali reportedly said Terengganu would even make Aceh a model for hudud implementation if it was applied in the state.
A woman is caned after being caught in proximity with her boyfriend in Bandar Aceh. Picture from The Australian, February 16, 2017
Murni Amris caned for selling food during the fasting month on October 01, 2010. In Bandar Aceh. Image via Jakarta Globe
One of the two men being whipped after being nabbed for cockfighting. In the city of Jantho, Aceh. They were identified as Alem bin Suhadi, 57, and Amel bin Akim, 60, both ethnic Chinese and members of the Buddhist minority. AFP photo
Aceh youths reacting to a public caning on November 06, 2015. Image via AP
Idris was smart enough to know better  that the above statements revealed the true nature of UMNO.
“That’s UMNO. That’s their attitude. When are they going to be ready anyway?” he retorted. 

Playing games. Flip-flopping. UMNO’s trickery is notoriously well-known.

But to be honest, it is both UMNO and PAS that are exploiting religion to suit their own respective political agendas.

In the Scottish Cup final between Celtic and Aberdeen on Saturday, the former beat the Dons 2-1. And Celtic became the first Scottish side to complete an unbeaten domestic treble.

Celtic fell behind to a Johnny Hayes goal in the ninth minute, but Stuart Armstrong squared it two minutes later with a 20-yard strike. And they won the match with a stoppage-time goal (90+2) from Tom Rogic.

I can just imagine Glasgow to be a sea of green and white.


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