Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Luke warm response towards the Melayu Bangkit programme

The Melayu Bangkit programme organised by Gerakan Kebangkitan Rakyat on 14th June 2010 at the Stadium Negeri Kuala Terengganu had a low turnout.

This low turnout could be due to several reasons; FIFA World Cup, it is on a working day, or the promotion for the programme is not enough.

The rally organising chairman, Razali Idris said that many of the employed probably could not get leave to attend the event and tired after watching the World Cup telecasts.

"Although Malays consists of 60% of the population, our votes are divided, eventually triggering feuds among the community. They (PAS and PKR) are only interested in power and not race or religion.

"They are willing to go to any extent to become prime minister," he added.

Delivering his keynote speech, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad warned the Malays of becoming marginalised like "Singaporean Malays" if they continued to be entangled in political diversion and were unable to tacke any crisis effectively.

Insinuating that the opposition leaders were responsible for Malays' predicament, the agendas of political parties could be the cause of the disunity of the community which will lead to the Malaysa ending up as a minority in their own country.

Din Turtle wrote about his experience at the Melayu Bangkit which can be read here.

Tun Dr Mahathir held a press conference after delivering the keynote speech.

"Probably my opinion is different from the others. Whether the gambling licence is issued or not, gambling will still go on in the country because the Chinese generally like to gamble.

"So if they gamble without a licence, there is no way that we can ensure that gambling is not rampant. This is because gambling is permissible to the Chinese, but prohibited or 'haram' to the Muslims. So, the Muslims should not gamble. If they are found gambling, catch them," he said.

"Even the DAP is protesting, as if the DAP too is supporting Islamic teachings. This is the politics of the opposition parties which are looking at issues.

"We have to separate politics from religion because for PAS, religion is a political tool for them," he said.

We should not be surprised to see the opposition of DAP in the move by the government to issue the gambling license because we know that certain leaders in DAP are involved in the underworld. (Remember the involvement of one particular DAP leader in stopping the law enforcement officers in a hotel in Puchong?)

They could be the ones reaping the profits if the gambling license are not given because the Chinese people will still gamble illegally and they could be the ones behind it.

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