Call on Malaysians to return to the core values for the building of a united, harmonious, prosperous and successful Malaysian nation on the 60th anniversary of attainment of Merdeka on 31st August 1957

I call on all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion, region or politics to return to the core values for the building of an united, harmonious, prosperous and successful Malaysian nation on the 60th anniversary of the nation attaining Merdeka on 31st August 1957.

That something has gone terribly wrong with the Malaysian experiment of plural nation-building can be gleaned from the following four disturbing developments:

Firstly, the recent police warning that the Islamic State (IS) is planning to launch an attack in Perak during the upcoming Merdeka celebrations.

Secondly, Malaysia losing international recognition even among international Islamic scholars and academicians as a moderate nation.

Thirdly, the trend towards greater rowdyism and thuggery in political and public life, as witnessed by the riot at the “Nothing to Hide 2.0” forum at Shah Alam on Sunday, targeting former Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad with flares and flying chairs, slippers and bottles.

Fourthly, the intensification of lies, fake news and false information in publicity and propaganda organs of the government.

Fifthly, the collapse of Malaysia’s good name and international standing because Malaysia new-found infamy as a global kleptocracy and our inability to clear or cleanse the country of such notoriety.

When the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak visited Pekan in early June, he boasted that Malaysia is increasingly being respected as a moderate Islamic nation.

But this has been debunked last week when international Islamic scholars and academicians, like Professor Zachary Abuza and Almad el-Muhammady, declared that Malaysia is not the moderate state that it used to be and that Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s “Global Movement of Moderates” initiative was nothing but a big bluff on the international stage.

It has been a double shock for Malaysians, to suddenly find that while the country has been stripped of international recognition as a moderate nation, the nation has become the subject of planned ‘Islamic State” (IS) attacks!

Have these development anything to do with Malaysia suddenly being regarded world-wide as a global kleptocracy with the international multi-billion dollar 1MDB money-laundering scandal continuing to dominate world headlines because of new developments and disclosures by financial and criminal investigations by some ten foreign countries – with the Malaysian government fighting a losing war in its orchestrated charade that the government had not lost a single sen from 1MDB gamble and that the 1MDB scandal does not exist and only a figment of imagination of hard-headed foreign governments and the international financial community!

These unfavourable international developments are fast dissipating the reservoir of international goodwill and sterling reputation built up by previous Prime Ministers.

The picture at the home front is not rosy either.

It is most shocking that the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak had not instantly on the same day on Sunday condemned the rowdiness and ruckus at the 1MDB “Nothing to hide 2.0” forum and the disrespect shown to former Prime Minister Tun Mahathir but had not only kept his silence for five long days, but could make a joke about “flying chairs” during his visit to PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s stronghold of Permatang Pauh yesterday.

The visit by Najib to Permatang Pauh is 100% a political one, reminiscent of his Chinese New Year Open House visit to Penang in February 2013 with his unforgettable public relations disaster when he introduced the top South Korean pop star Psy of “Opah Gangnam Style” asking four times “Are you ready for Psy?” followed three times with the question “Are you ready for BN?”

The crowd at Hang Chiang College field shouted “Yes” to the question “Are you ready for Psy?” but were equally vehement in their shout of “No” when Najib asked “Are you ready for BN?” – and there was a video of Najib ‘s supreme embarrassment which went viral throughout Malaysia during the Chinese New Year before the 13th General Election.

But what should cause the greatest concern and disquiet among Malaysians is the avalanche of lies, fake news and false information which are passed off as truths to Malaysians.

My attention has been drawn to a report by the Star some three weeks ago alleging that I had cast aspersions in the past on Tun Mahathir’s Indian parentage, like what the Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi had done on July 30 when at a UMNO division meeting he took a dig at Mahathir’s Indian ancestry.

The Star cannot be more wrong. I have never done such a thing and I ask Star to publish a correction and retraction, or I will have to consider other avenues available to me to deal with such falsehood.

Malaysia has lost its way and the Merdeka Dream in the past six decades. Let us be focussed on how to rediscover the Merdeka Dream to be a world-class nation of achievement and excellence in every field of human endeavour.

The first step of the re-discovery of the Merdeka Dream is to return to the core values for the building of a united, harmonious, prosperous and successful Malaysian nation where there is full respect for the racial, religious, linguistic and cultural diversity in Malaysia which must be the strength and asset for the country and not the nation’s liability and weakness.

(Speech at “Teh Tarik Bersama Kit Siang” at Pekan Junjong, Kedah on Friday, 18th August 2017 at 9.30 am)

  1. #1 by good coolie on Friday, 18 August 2017 - 11:36 am

    On the matter of religious moderation, we have departed from respecting the rights conferred by the Federal Constitution. Dubious judicial decisions have encouraged the 3Bs controversies: Bibles, Bodies, and Babies. Just look at the case of forced conversion of minors by just one parent, where through stealth, secrecy, and plain force, the rights of one parent are violated as if the Federal Constitution allowed such injustice.

    We might add the word, “Allah” into the list, for some people (in East Malaysians and certain people of the former Straits Settlements), have to refrain form calling God, “Allah”, something they have been doing for 400 years. Even in the Islamic/Muslim countries worldwide, Christians called their God by none other than “Allah”. In fact they have been doing so, in that geographical area, long before the advent of Islam!

    It is a well known rule of interpretation/construction that where there is ambiguity in the law, it must be interpreted/constructed in a way that does not take away rights of any party. If judicial officers do not defend the Federal Constitution (e.g. in the case of forced conversions of minors) because they are swayed by their own religious views, they should recuse themselves from the proceedings, or gracefully withdraw from their posts.

    In the months preceding the elections, one can expect these issues would not surface so prominently. This so, despite the pressure exerted by PAS on UMNO. Everything would be glossy and patriotic during and after the SEA Games into the run up to the elections.

    Vote for the Opposition. As Great Guru from America says, “What have you got to lose?”

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