Umno has asked the people to steer clear of politics of defamation and hatred, purportedly used by the opposition as political capital against the ruling government. Calling it politics of persecution and hatred, Umno Information Chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa said it is dangerous to the peace of the nation.
He warned that slander politics would lead to hatred reigning supreme as actions associated with it the actions are not based on prudence and wisdom.
“This wave of politics of persecution and hatred should be opposed relentlessly because it is a political disaster and catastrophe which are very dangerous to the process of nation-building.
“In Islam it is clearly stated that slander is a bigger sin than killing. Slander can also kill the nation..if a nation is slandered, civil war and killing among its people can take place,” he said after a meeting with grassroot leaders at state level at the Pahang Foundation Complex in Kuantan yesterday.
Among his arguments was that the opposition is continuously bad mouthing the government by disseminating slander-laced information such as the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
The present BN government holds strongly to the principle of wisdom and good deed by disseminating information based on truth and not slander, he said.
Annuar said the people could complain via numerous channels such as non-government organisations, Umno branches and at the Parliamentary level Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak would surely hear the grouses of the people.
On the same day, Red Shirts leader Datuk Jamal Yunos had a bloody nose in a scuffle as his nefarious horde tried to stop Bersih campaigners at the Ampang Point Shopping Centre in Kuala Lumpur.
The Umno Sungai Besar divisional leader is now baying for blood. “I promise that every drop of blood I spilled today will be repaid in blood,” he said.
Talk is cheap. It is easy for politicians to denounce their rivals and take the high ground on the right approaches in politics.
Annuar needs to realise that his party doesn’t have the moral right to preach. Not when they have thugs taking to the streets and the law into their own hands.
Not until it stopped the divisive game it is playing to garner support from the biggest community in the country. Not until it tempers its political tone and rein in its leaders who don’t give two hoods about the interests of others.
Now the party is trying to warm up to the other communities. Najib has pledged to help the MCA to establish more Chinese schools and in the same breath, he reminded community that they cannot ask for help from the BN-led government and then vote DAP.
“About Chinese schools, don’t worry, I will work with MCA to increase the SJK. If you don’t believe me, ask Tan Sri Lim Ah Lek. When I was Education Minister I was working with him. He was deputy president of MCA (at the time). We resolved several relocations of Chinese schools,” he said.
The elections must be close for him to dangle such a carrot. Is it about doing the right things or doing the things that count? Are ideals best left to impractical pursuers of justice and fairness?
Source : The Heat Malaysia Online