Hornbill Unleashed

January 13, 2014

PKR: Umno can learn from Sarawak on tolerance

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PKR blames the racial and religious problems in Malaysia especially in the peninsula, on Umno’s political dominance for the past 50 years, said its director of strategy director Rafizi Ramli.

“The racial and religious problems we have today are a result of Umno’s doings over the past 50 years,” he said at a media conference.Sarawak, he said, could teach Umno a thing or two on religious tolerance and racial harmony.

His colleague Elizabeth Wong (left), a Selangor executive councilor, added that Umno had lost “everything” in Selangor and thus neededs to resort to racial and religious issues to win the state back.

Wong, who is in charge of Selangor’s tourism, consumer affairs and environment committee, said that the state government had discussed with Selangor Islamic Authority (Jais) for the return of the seized Malay and Iban versions of the Bible.

“Hopefully the Bible should be returned to the Bible Society Malaysia by next week,” she said.

Rafizi, Wong and several senior leaders from PKR central leadership were in Kuching to conduct a workshop on election preparations for the coming state election.

Rafizi said that Pakatan had given its assurance that the coalition would abide by the federal constitution which ensures the freedom of religion in the country.

“This freedom will be further protected by the Kuching Declaration and the Common Platform Policy and the Buku Jingga.

“Unlike BN, we have written agreements in the Kuching Declaration and in our Common Platform Policy.

“We have a very clear distinction when it comes to religious freedom and this agreement is signed by the three parties,” he said.

“While we respect the position of Islam as the official religion of the country, the position of the Malays and sultans, we at the same time also uphold the right of others to practise their own religions as guaranteed by the constitution,” he said.

Role model

Praising Sarawak as a role model, Rafizi said the state’s multi-racial and multi-religious people are living harmoniously.

“Sarawak is the only state without Umno, and the time is opportune for Sarawak to teach Umno about racial and religious tolerance.

“So in the coming state election, the focus will not only be about politics and election, it is more about people coming to Sarawak to learn and understand issues.

“What Umno is doing in peninsular Malaysia is a boost to us in Sarawak,” he said, pointing out that PKR is the only party with a strong presence of all races.

On the coming state election, Rafizi expressed confidence that Pakatan will form the next state government as it has now devised a number of new strategies.

“PKR Sarawak plans to set up 1,000 divisions, branches and sub-branches, and by the time we go to the next election, we will have these new branches.

“Secondly, the organising of the workshops comes at an opportune time because in peninsular Malaysia we have these problems of races and religions.

“We will take this opportunity to bring as many as possible our leaders to help Sarawak and explain to them the problems in the peninsula.

“We need to learn from Sarawak as it is a role model for all the states in peninsular Malaysia,” he said.

Rafizi said the third strategy is to prepare early and build up the election momentum, pointing out that the party needs to announce its candidates early so that there’s ample time serve the people.

“Our strategy is to go beyond the post-Taib era. It means no more rhetoric and it will be more of a vision for Sarawak,” he said.

Abdul Taib Mahmud has been chief minister for more than 30 years.

Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian (left) said that the selection of candidates would be best if based on their key performance index.

“Feedback must come from divisions and branches as well as from non-governmental organisations, and then we will make our evaluations,” he said.

“That is why we need to announce our potential candidates early so that everyone can judge them,” said Baru, who is the Ba’Kelalan Assemblyperson.

“We are very serious in this coming election as we have learnt a great deal from previous elections,” he added.


  1. Umno should EXPEL Sarawak from Malaysia for not conforming to their ideology. Most Sarawakians will not object. All muslim ngos must pressure the federal gov’t and the Agong to do it.

    Comment by kocokoco — January 14, 2014 @ 12:14 PM | Reply

  2. Not that Umno Baru cannot or should learn about tolerance and mutual respect from Sarawak. When a party is corrupted to the core and was facing an imminent ouster by the rakyat, it will resort to extremist measures including playing with religious and race cards to stay in power. Umno Baru cannot afford to have all Malaysians united to demand good governance, clean, free and fair election.

    Comment by Irene Kana — January 14, 2014 @ 7:55 AM | Reply

    • That is the BEST, Cheapest, Most Effective method to hold on to power, forget about life lost, even that PIG religious sucker in the silver state can declare it is all right to kill when citizens trying for a peaceful demonstration, what else is cheaper than this beside can divert away problems like banyak Barang Naiking ? you tell me, beside kangkung turun harga LOL.

      Comment by tiuniamah — January 14, 2014 @ 1:19 PM | Reply

    • A united and harmonous Malaysia spell disaster for UMNO.

      Comment by Mat Som — January 14, 2014 @ 9:51 PM | Reply

  3. Defeat Taib Mahmud’s BN in Sarawak in the next state election which shall be called by March 2015 before the implementation of GST on April 1 2015 , the arrogant UMNO Baru controlled BN shall be destroyed once and for all.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — January 13, 2014 @ 5:59 PM | Reply

  4. What we can learn from Malaya is how to create something out of nothing like for example the word Allah. It was a non issue until they made an issue out of it. And now because of that, Rafizi said they can learn something from us which doubtfully they will ever do. Religious tolerance and racial harmony is within UMNO and among UMNO members only and thus theeir need for the existence of perkasa and the rest.

    Comment by brian — January 13, 2014 @ 2:21 PM | Reply

  5. Rafizi is daft to think that Sarawak has some superior magic quality that makes it oh-so-wonderfully tolerant. In reality, it is a simple question of numbers. No ethnic group has the numbers to get a simple majority that allows it to ride roughshod over everyone else, so it’s forced to engage in inter-ethnic coalition politics. Even then, the coalition partners are busy sabotaging each other. One prime example is the treacherous PBB, the mastermind behind the entrance of DAP into Sarawak for the purpose of splitting SUPP’s Chinese vote. That move ultimately led to the wholesale transfer of Chinese support from SUPP to DAP today, and the racial polarization of Sarawak politics into Chinese against everyone else that goes with it. How is that good for peace and harmony? Yet, as the instigator of racial polarization of Sarawak politics, Taib has the cheek to publicly lecture Najib and Sarawakians on keeping peace and harmony. This is the sort of crap that happens when everyone is a minority. Imagine what will happen if one ethnic group is the majority. Politics won’t be much different from Malaya’s then. The Sarawak model won’t work in Malaya because it is founded on the FACT that everyone is a minority. The Malays in Malaya are paranoid about becoming a minority in Tanah Melayu and UMNO will have a field day pointing out this inconvenient foundation of the Sarawak model.

    Comment by Hornbill Leashed and Gagged — January 13, 2014 @ 12:01 PM | Reply

    • Benar kata kitak, dak Malaya takut takut jadi minority di buminya empun. Sidaknya banyak anak kadang-kadang 10 walaupun sekolah tinggi

      Comment by sovereign — January 14, 2014 @ 5:55 PM | Reply

  6. Sarawak and Malaya are two separate entities, both have lessons to learn from another. Malaya can learn moderation, tolerance, understanding, diversity, love, compassion and openness from Sarawak. Nothing much for Sarawak to learn from Malaya.

    Comment by Pehin no no — January 13, 2014 @ 11:05 AM | Reply

    • can learn how to accumulate US$44billion mah.

      Comment by tiuniamah — January 13, 2014 @ 9:13 PM | Reply

  7. One who plays with fire will be burnt by it. It’s just a matter of timing, when and how soon. May be GE14?

    Comment by owl — January 13, 2014 @ 7:59 AM | Reply

  8. Umno has gone to the dogs by the way it looks. Stray dogs, really gone astray.

    Comment by Sharpshooter — January 13, 2014 @ 7:41 AM | Reply

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