The story of Zul and Khalid

— The Malaysian Insider
April 18, 2013

APRIL 18 — Oh dear, how the roles are being reversed?

The political party that gave us the voices of reason and moderation of Tunku Abdul Rahman and Tun Dr Ismail is now succumbing to more shrill tones and providing cover for divisive characters.

And on the flip side, the political party that once struck fear in the hearts of non-Malays for its fire and brimstone tone and narrow world view is now being increasingly seen as the centrist party, home to some of the country’s most inclusive politicians.

Nowhere is this more evident than in Shah Alam, where incumbent Khalid Samad of PAS is pitted against Zulkifli Noordin of Barisan Nasional.

Nowhere is this change of scenario clearer than on the campaign trail from Masai in Johor to Baling in Kedah where PAS politicians talk about non-Muslims as brothers and not ungrateful, demanding Malaysians.

Nowhere was this more evident than when Dr Mahathir Mohamad recently played the race card and raised the possibility of racial clashes if Lim Kit Siang won in Gelang Patah, and PAS’s Mahfuz Omar offered Malaysians the protection of his party if violence erupted.

Not long ago, non-Malays looked to Umno for protection or at least comfort. Now, non-Malays have a warm, fuzzy feeling when Khalid Samad speaks.

Not hard to figure out the seismic change. One party has abdicated its centrist position and has been pulled to the right by the likes of Dr Mahathir, Ibrahim Ali and Zulkifli, preferring to view issues through the prism of Malay nationalism and rights and unafraid to make provocative statements like burning the Bible.

PAS, on the other hand, while still a refuge to some jarring voices like Haron Din and Hadi Awang, has over the years understood the reality of this country: that more than anything, Malaysians do not want to be enemies with each other. All they want is to be treated as citizens with equal standing.

Khalid Samad understands this fact. And that is why he stood up to the Umno guys who paraded a cow’s head in Shah Alam in protest against the building of a Hindu temple. It is for this reason also that he has reached out to Christian communities in the constituency.

He sees it as a normal function of an elected representative: standing up for and serving ALL his constituents.

Way before Zulkifli insulted Hindus and Indians, he showed his true colours by storming a Bar Council forum on religious conversion.

The man has no respect for non-Muslims or for people who have different opinions than his. Yet, he is championed as BN’s transformative candidate.

How things have changed for Umno!

  1. #1 by sheriff singh on Friday, 19 April 2013 - 9:35 am

    UM No.

  2. #2 by Bigjoe on Friday, 19 April 2013 - 10:10 am

    The fact is Najib think Zukiflee will not win..Ibrahim Ali and Zukiflee knows it too – they just can’t admit it for now.. Its Najib way of keeping the right wing working for him without destroying his entire campaign.. Why else was Ibrahim Ali dropped and why else would Ibrahim Ali insist of running if he does not know its a ruse?

    The problem is that Najib is messing up his plan by signing his deal with Waytha Hindraf -sec A/B/C? There is no way Najib can keep his promise of TENS OF BILLIONS ALLOCATION IN THE FIRST 100-DAYS UNDER THE HINDRAF BLUEPRINT – AND KEEP the likes of Zukiflee Nordin and Ibrahim Ali in check EVEN IF THEY LOSE..

    Every Hindraf-inspired groups will make demands, refering to the BLUEPRINT and Zukiflee Nordin and Ibrahim Ali will find NEW LIFE – IT WILL BE CHAOS…

  3. #3 by on cheng on Friday, 19 April 2013 - 11:03 pm

    If 44 years after 13 May 1969, they can still said riot or chaos if they don’t win, while they were in power all these whiles, then it only means one thing , that is they had failed miserably in the democracy building and promotion of racial harmony !

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