Hornbill Unleashed

October 2, 2017

Malaysia becoming more extremist under Umno-PAS, says Sarawak opposition

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

The authorities stopping yet another event that includes beer is a “clear sign” that Umno was working with PAS to turn Malaysia into a more extremist country, Sarawak opposition leaders said.

“It is utter stupidity on the part of the authorities in West Malaysia to stop Oktoberfest and the Better Beer Festival, and for the police to be involved in stopping such international events.

“This is a clear sign that the country, under Umno/BN working hand-in-hand with PAS, is moving towards a more extremist and less tolerant country.

“What has always been an annual festive event and celebration is now seen as a taboo by the Umno-BN-PAS pact,” Sarawak DAP chairperson Chong Chieng Jen said today.

Chong slammed the police for ordering a ban on the German food and beverage festival in Klang, despite the event already having obtained approval from the Selangor government.

“With Umno now acting more like PAS extremists, all the other non-Umno parties in BN are now put on a leash to toe the line of such an extremist position,” said Chong, who is Bandar Kuching MP and Kota Sentosa assemblyperson.

The Klang event is the second event banned for serving beer, after the Better Beer Festival in Kuala Lumpur was not given approval by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

DBKL had initially explained the rejection on grounds of “political sensitivity”, but following an outcry over the decision, security reasons were cited.

PAS initially raised objections to the Better Beer Festival, claiming it would lead to crime and vice, including “rape”.

 

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, when asked on the German festival ban today, claimed it was “technical” and passed the buck back to the police.

Let S’wak celebrate tuak

Chong said he agreed with Sarawak Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah saying he saw no problem with the Oktoberfest being celebrated in Sarawak, as reported by The Borneo Post last Thursday.

He said Sarawak DAP supports Abdul Karim’s stand and urged the Sarawak Tourism Ministry to be more pro-active to invite organisers and international beer brewery companies to organise such events in the Borneo state.

“In addition, besides promoting the beer festival, the Ministry of Tourism should also consider promoting our Sarawak tuak (rice wine).

“There are a sufficient number of backyard breweries and variety of tuak from different fruits that can be showcased and promoted in a ‘tuak festival’.

“If the tuak festival and Sarawak tuak can be successfully promoted overseas, it would provide great economic opportunities for our natives and rural community,” Chong added.

Sarawak PKR chairperson Baru Bian (photo), said the cancellation of the Better Beer Festival was an indication of “the slide towards intolerance and extremism”.

Pointing out how the event was cancelled based on “spurious reasons”, Baru said DBKL’s decision to cancel the event was proof that the government was “pandering to extremist groups and their religious beliefs”.

“This is racial and religious bigotry, given the tacit support from the authorities,” the Ba’kelalan state assemblyperson said.

Lauding Minister Abdul Karim (photo) on his Oktoberfest stand, Baru urged more leaders to take such a sensible and rational view.

“Sarawak and Sabah have many non-Muslims and our festivals, such as Gawai and Kaamaatan, involve alcohol such as tuak (rice wine).

“As far as I know, these celebrations have not brought about any of those problems that PAS is so concerned about.”

Stating that such celebrations have been an integral part of the culture of both Sarawakians and Sabahans, Baru said they must be protected from “the creeping influence of the moral and religious policing that is happening in West Malaysia”.

“Will we be told one day that Gawai celebrations must be stopped in order not to offend Muslim sensibilities?

“Not only should we be worried about our lifestyle here, we should be concerned about our friends and family members who may be living or studying in West Malaysia and are subject to this religious and moral policing.”

As such, Sarawakians must speak up and reject such elements, which Baru said were not present when the state’s forefathers agreed to join the Federation of Malaysia.

Meanwhile, Federal Territories Umno Youth chief Razlan Rafii said Malaysians should feel lucky that the country maintained Eastern values and had mutual respect between religions.

He rebutted claims that the country was drifting towards extremism.

“I don’t understand what is meant by ‘extremists’. In Malaysia, if you want to go to disco or nightclubs, it is up to the individual.

“What the government forbids is when it is done openly, like in Selangor,” he said.

He accused DAP of trying to introduce liberal culture which he claimed led to attempts to organised beer festivals.

“Does DAP support same-sex marriage? Does DAP champion Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transexual (LGBT)?

“These are the kinds of things they will bring if they administer the country,” he said.


Source : Malaysiakini


 

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12 Comments »

  1. Sarawak BN parties together with MCA, Gerakan and MIC cannot pretend that the marriage of convenience between their uncontrollable puppet master, Umno Baru and radical PAS would not affect the original spirit of BN. The demand from PAS for an eventual Islamic state would not be ignored by Najib for as long as he continues to be PM. BN Sarawak and Sabah must be mindful of PAS ‘s skewed Islamic influence over Najib and Umno Baru controlled BN .

    Comment by Mat Som — October 2, 2017 @ 9:48 PM | Reply

  2. Pakatan Harapan Sarawak and Sabah had made a wise choice to exclude PAS. A multi racial and multi religious country like Malaysia cannot be held in ransom by few bigots and fanatics from PAS and Umno Baru.

    Comment by Mat Som — October 2, 2017 @ 6:02 PM | Reply

    • Actually Umno is now no different from PAS now.

      We are losing our freedom in this country even to eat food and drinks of our choice with the islamic extremists and fanatics strongly supported by PAS and subtly agreed by UMNO-BN.

      Comment by limpehkong — October 2, 2017 @ 7:08 PM | Reply

  3. Political power must not remain with highly corrupted UMNO Baru Malay Muslims. Malaysian Malays have choices and they must not be fooled by UMNO Baru Malay Muslim leaders who have been robbing the rakyat and nation in the name of race and religion.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — October 2, 2017 @ 5:56 PM | Reply

  4. UMNO have been the prominent party in the BN coalition for over 60 years and most ministers and decision makers, top civil servants in fact 95% of the civil servants and ministers (including the police and soldiers) are Malays.

    Why then Umno insists that the Malays still need looking after? Still need protection? The question is what have Umno been doing for the Malays for the last 60 years?? If at all the Malay race needs protection, it is protection against UMNO politicians who betrayed them big time.

    Comment by Hattan — October 2, 2017 @ 4:40 PM | Reply

  5. Razlan Rafii , do you support 4Digits Toto ,Kuda ,Magnum ,Genting Gambling and all the Fark Shops/Go Go Bars & Pubs in Malaysia that are still operating.What are going to do about it, Burnt them down?

    Comment by Salim — October 2, 2017 @ 3:00 PM | Reply

  6. Maintaining law and order including neutralizing extremist’s threat for the citizen to carry out their legitimate social-economic activities is the job of the law enforcement agencies, and these agencies have done it well for SEA Game to be held without any incidences caused by extremists.

    Thus, if now PAS complains about legitimate events which were regularly held without incidence, and BN follow up with support for a ban, then what is the difference for the BN supporters to give their vote to BN or PAS. They might as well give it to Harapan. If PAS is a responsible party and has information on extremist’s threats, they should work with or assists the law enforcement agencies to neutralize such threats without delay.

    Comment by limpehkong — October 2, 2017 @ 2:55 PM | Reply

  7. The Umno Baru and PAS pact will drastically reduce the importance of BN coalitions in Peninsula Malaysia. MCA, Gerakan, MIC, and other smaller BN parties can just close shop. Inadvertently PAS will be digging its own grave too and so is Umno Baru. Sarawak BN may lose 6 to 7 more seats in GE 14 .

    Comment by Awaken Dayak — October 2, 2017 @ 1:44 PM | Reply

    • That is why Umno-PAS partnership is covert, so that MCA cannot make noise. But most Chinese know it despite Liow ptentend not to know.

      Comment by limpehkong — October 2, 2017 @ 2:57 PM | Reply

  8. Ironically Anifah Aman wants to export Najib’s Global Movement of Moderates as an example to lead the world. Meanwhile OctoberFest in banned?

    Comment by K Sankaran — October 2, 2017 @ 12:34 PM | Reply

    • Najib’s Wasatiyyah is moderate?

      Comment by limpehkong — October 2, 2017 @ 2:57 PM | Reply

    • This balls licking CM and thief from Sabah is talking cock.

      Comment by Awaken Dayak — October 2, 2017 @ 5:59 PM | Reply


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