What does UMNO Penang fear?

By Sakmangkol Ak47

Some Muslims in Penang were highly agitated when the khatib ( the man who reads sermons) offered prayers for the Penang chief minister. In what manner was it said? Was LGE’s name mentioned in the context of something?

Actually we have not heard what actually transpired other than listening to a few emotionally charged statements from some people. Who are these people? If they are UMNO members, then their response was hardly surprising.

To me, the fearful responses thus far only reflect how desperate UMNO is in re capturing the Malay support in Penang. I won’t say re-capture Penang, because that is already impossible. what UMNO fears now is losing Malay support in Penang. That is like the end of the world.

What UMNO fears is a rising consciousness among Penang Malays that despite detaching themselves from UMNO, their lot can still be improved. This will be the beginning of a wider consciousness debunking the myth that equates loyalty and allegiance to this country to loyalty and allegiance to UMNO. The two things are not the same. If Penang is successful in demolishing this long perpetuated myth and this awareness becomes a national phenomenon, UMNO is in serious trouble.

Neither UMNO nor Zaid Hamidi who is the Pengerusi Perhubungan UMNO Penang have the answer to counter this rising tide. The only way they can hit back is by manipulating the sermon issue. You hope this will escalate into a tidal wave of resentment.

I say, if we truly love UMNO we should stop this childish and very shallow strategy. offer Penang Malays a better vision and promises of a better future. Zahid Hamidi is wishing he is not the Pengerusi Perhubungan UMNO Negeri. Ini kes nyaya kat chek no.

Since capturing Penang from Gerakan and UMNO in the last elections, the state government has made serious inroads into winning the hearts and minds of the Muslim community. Mosques and suraus have been receiving a lot of facilities and assistance from the state government. What is the civil thing to do if someone has given you assistance? You say thank you sir.

So the particular imam who created the present controversy who happens to be the brother of the Penang mufti was telling the congregation that Muslims should pray the good deeds undertaken by the state government under Lim Guan Eng are carried out continuously. Muslims are thanking the state government under LIM Guan Eng. In addition, Muslims should be hopeful that Lim Guan Eng embraces Islam. What probably happened was perhaps Guan Eng’s name was mentioned in that context.

To me, this is a stupid way of trying to leverage on a religious issue. The present controversy serves to further expose our hypocrisy. For so many years while Penang was under the JV government of Gerakan and UMNO, the lot of Penang Malays has not improved greatly. You even had a PM from Penang and he didn’t achieve anything much for Penang Malays. He could offer only some nebulous ideas about Islam. People wanted more physical improvements not more sermonizing.

Before that you also had a former deputy PM from Penang, who did not achieve much either. All he could do was gurmal here and gurmal there. Senator Koh Tsu Koon could never match what Guang Eng has achieved in 2 years with what he has done all those years while in power. So really, you don’t have any defense against what the present state government is doing.

The better action by Penang Malays is to throw out all those useless UMNO leaders who rose to prominence not through offering great ideas and thinking, but got where they are by mastering political intrigues. It’s the comeuppance for many of these hollow leaders. For years you have come up not through the brilliance of your ideas or competency but you rise because you are more skillful at demolishing your political rivals, you rise by stabbing the backs of your political comrades, you rise because you plot here and there- suddenly you find you don’t have the substance to sustain your political relevance.

So you have incompetent UMNO leaders thinking they can stand toe to toe with better qualified Gerakan leaders. Suddenly you realize, your skills in removing your own political comrades don’t work when dealing with people from other parties.

So I find the Penang UMNO leadership and its ‘spokesmen’ behaving hypocritical in using religion to counter the state government.

Let’s have some finesse fellers.

  1. #1 by rahmanwang on Monday, 23 August 2010 - 12:02 pm

    UMNO Penang is not only corrupted in financial terms they are also corrupted in political ideas.

  2. #2 by Bigjoe on Monday, 23 August 2010 - 12:55 pm

    UMNO Penang fear that they will be exposed to be FRAUDS – shysters, cheats, liars – that inside all the billowing, its all empty. The irony is that people already know they are frauds. Its just that most people are too polite and busy to confront them and get into a shouting match knowing how belligerant they can be.

  3. #3 by k1980 on Monday, 23 August 2010 - 1:09 pm

    UMNO Penang fear that they will never be able to grab back all the closed tenders which they had been enjoying all those years under Gerakan.

    Slogan for PR in the coming 13 GE :-

    A vote for Gerakan or mca or mic = A vote for umno

  4. #4 by dagen on Monday, 23 August 2010 - 1:36 pm


  5. #5 by frankyapp on Monday, 23 August 2010 - 2:04 pm

    Umno is afraid that more skeletons in the closet would be discovered and exposed by LGE,hence the baseless accusation against him. LGE is a Mr.clean,he’s untouchale in this respect,thus his foes are using all kind of un-ethical tactics,hoping to destroy him. However truth will prevail, the greedy and guilty ones will fall.Frankly I pray pretty hard,a Sabahan like him (LGE) will emerge to lead Sabahans and help the state for a new political change.

  6. #6 by Godfather on Monday, 23 August 2010 - 2:33 pm

    What does UMNO fear ? Success, meritocracy, common sense, fairness….all the attributes that UMNO does not have. In the past, they tried to isolate Kelantan, but now they have to isolate Penang, Kedah and Selangor…..if you can’t find some dirt on Pakatan Chief Ministers, you invent some dirt, and get your mouthpieces like Utusan to blow up these issues. Right or wrong doesn’t matter, the end justifies the means.

  7. #7 by dcasey on Monday, 23 August 2010 - 8:02 pm

    DUMNO Youth leader KJ says Jibby’s 1Malaysia now turned into 1Man. True…don’t believe read his statement in the Star today.

  8. #8 by vsp on Monday, 23 August 2010 - 10:26 pm

    For years every church and temple have been offering prayers for the country’s king and leaders so that they would have the wisdom to rule the country and bring prosperity to the people. Christians, Buddhists, Sikhs and Hindus have been wishing good vibes to all Muslim leaders and what they got in return? When some Muslim imams want to wish divine guidance for non-Muslim leaders, the faked UMNOputra Muslims decide to make it into a religious issue in order to support their racist political poison which they have been spreading through the BTN. Is this what true Islam is all about?

  9. #9 by undertaker888 on Monday, 23 August 2010 - 11:29 pm

    Umno is not Malaysia and Malaysia is not umno. Get it umnonites?

  10. #10 by boh-liao on Tuesday, 24 August 2010 - 7:01 pm

    Hv a close look at Pg Umnoputras
    Look at their noses, face shapes, body shapes, skin colour very carefully
    Those sons of a gun don’t look like typical true polite n gentle Malays
    They r fr India n Middle East masquerading as fake Malays 2 exploit NEP 2 enrich themselves
    They r ultra-racists out 2 create troubles in Pg, hoping 2 regain Pg through chaos
    So sad d real gentle Malays r sold out by them

  11. #11 by good coolie on Wednesday, 25 August 2010 - 4:34 pm

    What’s wrong with Muslims praying that the Chief Minister of a State would shoulder his responsibility well and be a just administrator – even if the Chief Minister is a non-muslim?

    I know for a fact that Christians regularly pray for their non-muslim leaders.

    As for the Chief Minister replacing the Governor or Agong in an item of prayer, I am sure it was an oversight; or even some sort of sabotage!

  12. #12 by johnnypok on Thursday, 26 August 2010 - 4:32 am

    Who are the Muslims afraid of most? Is it Benjamin Netanyahu? Perhaps not. It could be an Egyptian priest, Father Zakaria Botros.
    Have a look at this video clip on U Tube.


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