The enemy of the people

– Sakmongkol AK47
The Malaysian Insider
February 18, 2014

I will come back to the Kajang topic soon. It is now becoming more interesting as Zaid Ibrahim is entering the race.

At the moment, I want to share some thoughts on a topic that has been at the back of my mind for some time.

It is Umno’s perversion of the idea of nationalism and the “Umnonisation” of Islam. The danger is this. If left unchecked, Umno will confer upon itself the right as final arbiter on who is a Malaysian or not Malaysian and eventually who is Islamic, less Islamic and so forth. In a bizarre twist, Umno has totally outflanked PAS in portraying itself as the religious zealots bent on “talibanisation” of Muslims in Malaysia and eventually over all Malaysians.

We are all in danger. The country is crumbling under a fainéant leader. His madmen are on the loose. Umno’s nationalism.

It may have gone unnoticed, but the government’s loose categorization of all those who questioned its conduct on handling the nation’s security for instance as unpatriotic, is an expression of this high-pedestalled self-conferred stature. Tian Chua’s criticisms on the conduct of the security forces on the Lahad Datu invasion for instance, were used to brand him as a traitor.

The chief of the army, who isn’t a politician but a civil servant who swore allegiance to King and nation, joined others to brand as traitors who questioned the inept handling of the invasion. But let us question his motives over his own conduct over the whole affairs.

Why isn’t there a white paper or post-mortem analysis done on Ops Daulat? What lessons have we learnt from the invasion? How much money was spent over the operations? The chief of armed forces can easily justify purchase of military assets and consumables under the excuse of an emergency situation. He didn’t even have to go through any administrative motions. Perhaps we have heard of a bar of Cadbury chocolate costing RM80?

Those responsible for equipping our soldiers with substandard armaments and equipment are traitors of the highest order to our country. No amount of pantomimes or pretentious sympathy on those who lost lives in the invasion by a band of under-nourished sarong-clad individuals can absolve nor excuse the government over its inept handling.

Instead we must ask, with the military capabilities stationed in Sabah, why wasn’t the handling of the invasion entrusted to the field commander in Sabah? We seemed to marshal our security forces as though we were at war with the Philippines. The chaotic handling I assure you is not lost on our neighbours who are better equipped militarily. Putrajaya actually moved to Lahad Datu for a short while with two ministers were stationed there over an extended period. And to do what? To handle a band of sarong clad, slipper-wearing and under-nourished individuals?

Umno’s sponsored 1Malaysia is dead. As long as Umno divides the country into the various races, we can never achieve a Malaysian nationalism. We are moving towards an oligarchy where power seems to be divided between a select few including those entrusted to guard our nation’s external and internal security. Umno now acts on the basis of might is right. Because it controls the federal government, it thinks it can bully everyone into submission.

It’s helped further by the legitimate coercive forces of the country- the police and the military. The military has shown it was quite inept when dealing with a mere incursion of a band of under nourished sarong clad men. The IGP and Chief of army descended on Sabah to direct operations. The defence minister as his home security colleague were there too making it out as though we were at war with another country. Surely, these are signs to shudder about the capacity of our country’s defence.

Umno has claimed absolute ownership on the concept of nationalism and how it shapes religious thinking. Umno’s Nazi-like definition of Malay means only Umno Malays are Malays. Other Malays of differing politics are apostates. There’s only Umno nationalism which crushed all other variants.

Our country continues to be divided into Umno Malays, non-Umno Malays, Chinese Indians, Melanau, Iban, Dayak, Kadazan so on and so forth. The indigenous people in Sabah and Sarawak are only Bumiputera if they are willing to give up their own ethnicity and become Melayu. Otherwise your 10% strength serves only to add comfort to the peninsular Malays so that they can say they are 61% strong.

The fact is Malays are only 50-51% strong in Malaysia. To the Sabahans and Sarawakians, I only ask: how come when it comes to claiming to be Malays, Umno doesn’t differentiate you but when it comes to distributing gains and rewards, Umno discriminates you. And still you want to be with Umno despite the discrimination and humiliation. What is it with East Malaysians? Do they have political BDSM or what?

As long as Umno plays us off against one another along racial lines, we cannot have a Malaysian Nationalism. So Najib’s 1Malaysia is a hypocritical slogan with no real intent. It’s already dead before it can assume life and will be buried without tombstone if it’s not already buried.

A former deputy Umno president and a former deputy PM puts it laconically; Umno’s survival strategy is to show that it’s more Malay than Berjaya and more Islamic than PAS. And it cannot win in both areas by being on the same level; because in the case of Perkasa, the NGO gained the earlier ground to put up the claim; in PAS’s case, Islam has long been the party’s raison d’être.

So its only option is to appear ultra-racist and ultra-religious. We are looking at the rise of Umno’s Reich-wing nationalism and the start of Umno’s inquisition. –, February 18, 2014.

* Sakmongkol AK47 is the nom de guerre of Raub MP Datuk Ariff Sabri Abdul Aziz.

  1. #1 by worldpress on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 - 10:26 pm

    in their term they demand 30%

    but when east contribute 100 in return they only give 10 10% in return or less

  2. #2 by john on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 - 10:39 pm

    Very clear, they are trying to change the rule of the game , after realising even with the CHEATINGS, BIG MONEY in the GE, they still are the minority ruling party.
    And, these “rocking the boat” will serve to divert attention from what actually taking place behind, being planned ( eg. by Mamak ? ), and best THE PLUNDERERS can have peace of mind to enjoy / transfer / re-load the LOOTS in their grip / hand, thus far.

  3. #3 by Noble House on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 - 5:23 am

    Is UMNO turning into a Nazi regime for Nazi Malays with a “Gestapo” type police force to put the people in a state of unquestioning submission?

  4. #4 by Bigjoe on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 - 8:52 am

    Truth is the UMNO has been on this path or ultra-racism/religo ever since Mahathir rose to power. Remember the word “ultra” was invented in their generation. Its just that initially these agendas had to take a back seat given the realities of undeveloped Malaysia. They are Supremacist, hater and now they are already calling their critics the haters – they call you what you prove them of being.

    We assumed wrongly that once development was achieved they would go away. It only made them more ambitious. Like drug addicts, in this case political narcotics, they need higher and higher doses just to keep going.

    The truth is the reason why they can keep going is for the same reason we are a wonderful nation in the first place – inherently we hate unpleasantness, we avoid them even if its painfully ugly – and they thrive on it. But as the writer says, there is a natural limit and they don’t know that limit, completely drugged out politically..

  5. #5 by winstony on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 - 11:40 am

    The fact is Malays are only 50-51% strong in Malaysia. To the Sabahans and Sarawakians, I only ask: how come when it comes to claiming to be Malays, Umno doesn’t differentiate you but when it comes to distributing gains and rewards, Umno discriminates you. And still you want to be with Umno despite the discrimination and humiliation. What is it with East Malaysians? Do they have political BDSM or what? – End of quote

    The fact remains that many of the folks in East Malaysia are simpletons.
    And are easily beguiled.
    All the state governments have to do is to hand out some goodies to them and they are assured of another five years to rob, steal and scam.
    In this respect, the opposition has its job cut out for them.
    To make these simple folks realise the clear and present danger facing them.
    That they are only getting the crumbs while those who rule them are siphoning off the wealth of these states.
    That their standard of living can be vastly improved if they kick out the scums from Putrajaya.
    The point is: When will the opposition “start” on its mission?

  6. #6 by undertaker888 on Friday, 21 February 2014 - 8:48 am

    If umno is equivalent to the nazi regime, MCA is imperial japan and MIC is fascist Italy. How fitting. Their turd-reich will collapse in 1000 days.

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