First Cabinet meeting of the year is the farce of the decade – decision not to have a decision!


The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak disappeared for ten days just before 2013 and the start of 2014, leaving behind a government which seems not only clueless but rudderless about the clutch of five national crises which came to a head during this period – nation-building, economic, educational, security and on good governance.

When Najib resurfaced to chair the first Cabinet meeting of the year after a disappearance of 10 days – will the Prime Minister’s Office please inform Malaysians where he went to as no one knows where was our Prime Minister between Dec. 25 to January 5! – Malaysians heaved a sigh of relief, expecting that there would at last be leadership and direction to end the drift and lack of leadership and vision in the critical 10-day transition from 2013 to 2014.

But a great disappointment was in store for Malaysians for there was only deafening silence from the Cabinet the whole of yesterday.

Only this morning, through Star’s report “Decision soon on kalimah Allah”, the Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr. S. Subramaniam disclosed that Najib will announce the Cabinet decision on the issue of non-Muslims using the word ‘Allah’.

He declined to say when the announcement will be made – probably because he simply did not know.

But it would appear that this is not the only thing Subramanian did not know, as he also did not seem to know what transpired at yesterday’s Cabinet meeting, going by the online Star report “Allah issue: Wait for court decision, says Jamil Khir” at 2.05 pm today.

The online Star report quoted the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom as urging all party to wait for the Federal Court’s decision on the usage of the word Allah.

Does this mean that Najib would not be making any announcement, whether on the issue of non-Muslims using the term ‘Allah’ or the illegal and unconstitutional Jais raid on Bible Society of Malaysia, and that the Cabinet’s decision yesterday was not to have any decision?

If not for the seriousness of the matter, which has plunged the country into unprecedented division and disunity because of the worst racial and religious polarisation in the nation’s history, making a total mockery of Najib’s 1Malaysia signature policy, Malaysians could have a good laugh.

This is because the Cabinet decision yesterday was a total farce which ranks easily as the farce of the decade – its decision not to have a decision!

But it is a most serious and weighty matter and it is apt to remind Najib and all the Cabinet Ministers of Edmund Burke’s immortal quote: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Malaysians are entitled to straightforward answer to two very simple questions:

• Firstly, is the Prime Minister to announce the Cabinet decision on the issue of non-Muslims using the word “Allah” or is he not; and

• Secondly, does Najib and the Cabinet still stand by the 10-Point Solution to resolve the Bible controversy endorsed by the Cabinet in April 2011 – which was clearly violated in the Jais raid of the Bible Society of Malaysia on the second day of the new year?

Bernama two days ago quoted the Chief Justice Tun Abdul Hamid Mohamad as taking a stand on the issue of non-Muslims using the word “Allah”, questioning the intention of Father Lawrence Andrew, the editor of Catholic weekly Herald, to use “Allah” to refer to god “as it was never used since the Roman Catholics entered Malacca 500 years ago”.

The Chief Justice said: “For me, there is only one intention. He wants to hoodwink Muslims by saying that you can still have faith in Allah by being in our church”.

The Chief Justice has clearly compromised the independence and impartiality of the judiciary in making comment about an issue which is yet to be heard in the Federal Court.

Noteworthy and deserving of support is the statement by Tan Sri Razali Ismail, the Chairman of Global Movement of Moderates Foundation (GMMF) that Malaysians should reject the “extreme position” taken up by the “minority factions” in the country opposing Christians’ use of the word “Allah”. (FMT)

He said the controversy did not represent the mainstream of Malaysia.

He said: “We do not have to be embarrassed by the opinion of the people who do this or the agency who does that. They do not illustrate the composite stability of Malaysia.

“Other people looking at it from outside may not understand that [the Allah controversy] is a small dimension of what constitutes the Malaysian context.”

Does Najib and the Cabinet endorse the position of the Chairman of the Global Movement of Moderates Foundation?

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  1. #1 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Thursday, 9 January 2014 - 5:13 pm

    Is Najib a ‘David Copperfield’?

    Or just plain nonchalant.

  2. #2 by Bigjoe on Thursday, 9 January 2014 - 5:27 pm

    What came out from the Cabinet meeting are bad omen..Its not going to get done and the problem is only going to get worst.

    Its quite simple – When in HISTORY EVERYWHERE, it EVER PAY to persecute priest, Christian priests in particular?

  3. #3 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Thursday, 9 January 2014 - 5:28 pm

    If this is not ‘criminal’, then tell me what is?

    Malaysian Insider: “The Prime Minister’s Department told Parliament that Putrajaya now owns at least seven planes, including a Boeing Business Jet.

    The aircraft are for use by VVIPs including the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the prime minister. They comprised a Falcon, Global Express, Boeing Business Jet, Blackhawk, two Augustas and a Fokker F28.

    Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Shahidan Kassim last year told the Parliament in 2013 that Putrajaya spent RM14.95 million for fuel and RM160.08 million for maintenance of the jets.”

    Criminal waste. Capital profligacy. Colonial buffoonery.

  4. #4 by john on Thursday, 9 January 2014 - 6:52 pm

    Ah Cheat Kok only for himself only as PM, before after GE all just sandiwara – NATO. His only concern is to be; in control, in power, enriched himself further and strategy – play out each and every adversary and use the Nation’s Funds like his personal bank.
    ( As M. Mokhtar had hightlighted, is ALL pure diversion tactic from dosmestic issues (rising costs, prices, etc.) on latest JAIS action. Mamak had refined this diversion tactic long ago before his clones.)

  5. #5 by sheriff singh on Thursday, 9 January 2014 - 8:46 pm

    Even when Obama and Putin go on holiday, the whole world knows where they are, what they are doing etc etc.

    But when Najib and Midget go on holiday, it is a National State Secret. Maybe they went to Mars, Patpong or Las Vegas. Maybe they spent a lot of the country’s $$$$$$$$$$$.

  6. #6 by sheriff singh on Thursday, 9 January 2014 - 9:05 pm

    ‘ … Chief Justice Tun Abdul Hamid Mohamad as taking a stand on the issue of non-Muslims using the word “Allah”, questioning the intention of Father Lawrence Andrew, the editor of Catholic weekly Herald, to use “Allah” to refer to god “as it was never used since the Roman Catholics entered Malacca 500 years ago”. … ‘

    The CJ must have been there in Malacca in the 1500s witnessing everything and knows everything first-hand.

    Maybe he did some ‘clever’ ‘internet research’ and found out that St Francis Xavier never mentioned or used “A Llah” when he came a visiting and passing through Malacca but that Chinese Eunuch Admiral Cheng He did say ‘A Llah’ when he passed through.

    Maybe the CJ got a phone call to do all that is necessary to save the government, the religion and its administrators from further embarrassment and ridicule. Never mind the arguments that will be put forward – just do the necessary to get the desired outcome. So the Christians and others do look doomed as the final nails are being sharpened.

    Can we expect a full bench (minus all the disqualified FC judges) to EACH come out with their individual judgements so that the public and the whole world can gauge the quality of our Supreme Court, its judges and our legal system?

    My guess is that the FC will find an excuse to not disturb that ‘brilliant’ Court of Appeasement judgement so the Catholic Church’s and Christians’ hands will be forever tied. And there will be kenduris and celebrations everywhere.

  7. #7 by boh-liao on Thursday, 9 January 2014 - 11:31 pm

    TOLD U so what, old blind deaf donkey, gloated 1 UmnoB kaki
    What do U expect lah

  8. #8 by Noble House on Friday, 10 January 2014 - 5:22 am

    This is a no-brainer issue to begin with. As DP Marina Mahathir so clearly and distinctly said: “If the word refers to the ‘One and Only True God’, then ‘Allah’ belongs to All.” I had no occasion to doubt it, and if I may add further…..It is only a matter of how we worship HIM that is the exception.

    So much from so many have spoken out on the issue but none whomsoever has the political will to do the one right thing — the Selangor government included! Why do we need the lawmakers for? Dressing up the Christmas Tree?

  9. #9 by Bigjoe on Friday, 10 January 2014 - 10:05 am

    One thing to remember is don’t rule out the potential of return of ISA on the excuse of this issue. Its struturally classical for UMNO to use the excuse this way..

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