1st May 2019
PATRIOT ASKS PERLIS MUFTI TO THINK AS A MALAYSIAN
Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan (Patriot) is baffled by Perlis Mufti Dato Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin’s assertion that Muslims are being bullied under the Pakatan Harapan, and telling Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to listen to the ‘reality’ on the ground.
It all depends on which side of the news the learned mufti chooses to lend his ears to. Surely he cannot be ignorant of the work by spin masters concocting lies on race, religion and royalties issues, the bullets of last resort; as the opposition parties have nothing on national issues to fault the PH government with. Peddlers of fake news are aplenty in the arena of psychological warfare of racial politicking. By listening to uncorroborated grievances of the people then his concerns are misplaced.
Our Prime Minister and his cabinet’s main concern is the economy. Putting right the economy which has been raped with successive scandals by the previous administration will go a long way to help the people, the majority of which comprise the Malay poor. The government allocated RM 6.3 billion to rescue Felda, and another RM 17.8 billion on a restructuring plan for Lembaga Tabung Haji. These bailouts of RM 24 billion to solve problems created by the past administration are huge amount, and the non-Malays are not protesting.
BN-era infrastructure contracts given to Malays/UMNO cronies are allowed by the Finance Ministry to continue after renegotiation, saving a meager sum of RM 806 million. If these actions of the government are not considered kind towards the people, particularly the Muslims, then what is?
Mohd Asri has lost credibility for not speaking up strongly enough against Najib Razak and the top officials of the previous administration when the mega scandals had disgraced our nation. He has little credibility to speak on the concerns of the people now. A mufti as head of the Islamic religion in the state must also propagate unity among all races from different religions. Every religion advocates understanding, tolerance and respect each other’s belief.
The issue of the arrest of independent preacher Muhammad Zamri Vinoth Kalimuthu for allegedly insulting Hinduism, which Mohd Asri seemed to have protested, is an isolated issue. Let the investigation runs its course. Patriot would like to reiterate that no one, no preacher, whatever the religious denomination, should make comparison on one’s religion with the others. Doing so would invite animosity that will divide further our society that is at the lowest ebb now.
The reality on the ground is that Mohd Asri and his cohorts who are prejudiced, sow hatred and spin lies to create uneasiness and distrust, should be stopped. For the future of our country to be prosperous, peaceful, and to safeguard our future generations; they must start thinking as Malaysians.
BG Dato Mohamed Arshad Raji (Rtd)
President, Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan