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February 3, 2014

Anwar’s bumpy road to Kajang a reminder of Umno’s shenanigans


In the throes of Malaysians debating the correctness of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim contesting the Kajang state seat, comes a stark reminder that evil resides in Umno.

Umno and its so-called non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have started their campaign to block Anwar from reaching out to voters – the sure sign of how worried they remain of a politician they themselves have tagged as a has-been.

From Perlis down to Johor, every trick in the book has been employed against the opposition. At times, the royal households are used, sometimes the religious authorities are co-opted.

Often, laws are bent to suit the whims and fancies of Umno.

So it seems to be the case in Kajang where Anwar was barred from giving the tazkirah (a short speech before the Friday sermon) at the Impian Saujana mosque in Kajang on orders from the Selangor Islamic Affairs Council (Mais).

The PKR de facto leader was supposed to give the tazkirah before a Friday sermon delivered by party information chief Dr Muhd Nur Manuty.

“But after subuh prayers on Januari 30, the mosque’s caretaker told us that they were pressured by Mais to stop the event. So the mosque committee did not dare go ahead with the plan.

“So we had to quickly look for another mosque,” said the source, who is part of Anwar’s team, explaining how the programme was later moved from the Impian Saujana mosque to the Kariah mosque in Batu 10 Cheras, which is part of the Kajang state constituency. This, too, was blocked by Mais at the last minute.

The source said Mais and the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) threatened to arrest Anwar if he delivered the tazkirah, pointing out that he did not have tauliah (certificates of approval) to give talks or sermons in Selangor mosques.

Due to the ban, Anwar, Muhd Nur, Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim and other Pakatan Rakyat leaders who were present, performed their prayers at the Kariah Mosque.

They later spoke to the congregation after the prayers.

Of course, there are state laws that say such speeches are not permissible. But it is apparent it only applies to those who do not enjoy the favour of the powers-that-be.

This has also happened to other opposition leaders and preachers or lecturers who are not in line with Umno or groups aligned to it, reflecting institutionalised and feudal reverence to the dominant Malay nationalist party.

If anything, it plays into the hands of Anwar and his cohorts who say his candidature is to prevent such a scenario from happening – that agencies and departments will be used by Umno to recapture the country’s wealthiest state from Pakatan Rakyat.

In other words, it is a self-fulfilling prophecy that the Selangor government is under threat and some departments are playing right into Anwar’s hands when they act against the state government.

And its speaks volumes that such agencies and departments which insist that they are independent of any political party, are actually doing the bidding of one side to the detriment of the other side and the people of Selangor.

It will not get easier for Anwar or the opposition but these authorities should know that their actions will only push people to blame Umno for it and support the underdog.

It is perverse, but so are the authorities when they forsake their independence and act against the people.



  1. Anwar’s explanation:

    Comment by DB2010 — February 5, 2014 @ 11:49 AM | Reply

  2. The battle is tough but worth it. He will win the war, Pakatan won 53% popularity votes last year. He is a fighter unlike Najib , now seen as a second fiddle to Rosmah.

    Comment by mahadir — February 3, 2014 @ 12:15 PM | Reply

    • ha..ha.. he First liking:Port DICK-son, Second liking: Kangkung.

      Comment by tiuniamah — February 3, 2014 @ 3:43 PM | Reply

    • You cannot put DSAI name within the same line with Najib. DSAI is akin Emperor Martel who halted the ravages of Jihadists conquering Europe in medieval period. Had Jihadists conquered Europe, Judeo-Christian traditions would not have flourished and spread to Sarawak. Chinese would not have migrated to Sarawak because there are no Whites Rajah except Arabic traders with their Korans. Likely there would be no Christian Dayak now maybe Dayak Talibans.Sorry no tuak too!

      Comment by pissoff — February 3, 2014 @ 4:11 PM | Reply

  3. The same tune playing again and again and again with the needle stuck in the same grove in the record. This is moral and intellectual bankruptcy. KAJANG will once again put on display and playback the dearth of Barisan’s electoral issues. This will remind the people what kind of federal government we have. And all the GE13 broken campaign promises. They think that since GE13 is over they could do what they like. Even parliament question time is taken lightly. Suddenly they will have to face up to a barrage of questions and that too from AI, the one political leader they dread most. This is the bonus of the by-election. NOW Barisan cannot choose to stay silent on the critical issues that we the people care about: fundamental liberties, price hikes,the national economy, auditor-general’s reports… NOW with the by-election the needle that is stuck will be released to play on. NOW we will get to hear Barisan’s explanation. You bluff us at your own peril!

    Comment by Shirly — February 3, 2014 @ 11:23 AM | Reply

    • When you vote you are still seriously believing politicians would keep their promises. Promises are made to be broken. Algae polluted every water ways,streams and lakes.Politicians are like algae polluting every aspect of goodness that affect our life. Believing that you would win lottery has higher probability than politicians keeping to their promises.

      Comment by pissoff — February 3, 2014 @ 3:55 PM | Reply

  4. Nothing is bumpy to DSAI. He had rode the toughest terrains before. Black eyes, charged for eating sodo-mee,slept in cold room, abstained from sex are few of the experiences he had over came and passed with flying colour.l. He stood alongside Winston ChurchChill. He will win the war. His generals are hardened experienced veterans.

    Comment by pissoff — February 3, 2014 @ 9:27 AM | Reply

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