My recent article, Warkah To The People Of Terengganu, received several comments. In the spirit of free discussion, I have elected not to delete any comments however objectionable I find them.
Right from the beginning, I have said, only those that contained profanities and obscenities will be barred. Those with differing views are most welcome.
In Warkah for instance, readers can survey the range of views in the comments section. The gentleman by the name of Mr Navi has been a consistent objector to many of my views. But I think he deserves respect because he has been able to put forth his arguments civilly.
I accept the averment that RPK has valid reasons as Mr Navi pointed out that entitle him to voice his opinions. But I must hasten to add that concerns about the mismanagement of the goodwill money due to Terengganu or the revulsion towards UMNO for having failed to carry out humbler policies, are not the monopoly of RPK and his band of brothers.
But as Mr Navi also pointed out, we shall be remiss in our duty as a loyal party supporter to allow RPK to have the stage alone. What I am doing is to not allow RPK’s views go unchallenged. Loyalty to a cause, is something RPK and the vociferous PKR supporters and the legions of PAS yeomen and highly dependable foot soldiers can empathise and understand.
Yes, there are many things I find rotten to the core in UMNO and I shall in due course not recoil from giving my views. RPK and his band of brothers are not the sole voices of conscience able to see all the misdeeds of UMNO. Kuala Terengganu people must not regard RPK’s higher decibel ranting about the misdeeds of UMNO as being the ONLY TRUE voice of concern for KT people. Those misdeeds are collateral damages deserving of profound condemnations which UMNO people can also do.
The overriding mission of UMNO is to take care of the rakyat. That mission shall not be derailed by the collateral damages created which shall be addressed punitively if demanded. As to the overriding duty to take care of the people, UMNO leads the way. Since more than 50 years, UMNO has shouldered that concern with the other component parties and sometimes, UMNO alone has done more than its fair share. It would an insult to the intelligence of the Terengganu people allowing RPK who feels more at home at Restoren Ocean, than say Haji Hadi's Rusila or the masjid Bandar, to dictate the terms upon which to vote. All this talk about sending a clear message to the BN government is nothing, but a determined, vengeful and seditious mission to destroy UMNO.
That aim is not the style and character of Terengganu people. It goes against their practicality and pragmatism. The KT people must see through RPK’s true intention. Just to add another chip to his shoulder. To accomplish this single-minded purpose, the KT people are just cannon fodder.
Can Mr Navi now admit that I have the same standing to defend and voice my opinions that are different from RPK and his likeminded fellow bloggers( he included?).
As to the commentators that berate UMNO as having lost even the moral standing to govern and so on, they are entitled to their opinion. In particular I find it unconscionable to attribute all the ills suffered by the Malays to UMNO. To have it uttered by an UMNO man is treasonable!.
I have been campaigning tirelessly insisting the responsibility to uplift the Malays lies within ourselves first. As soon as we unconditionally surrender such responsibility to another entity such as UMNO, then we are abdicating our own responsibility. Where does that place the complainant? The answer is- the one lamenting and berating UMNO for having failed, shares the blame equally. If the same commentator thinks the responsibility of another party such as PKR is to baby care all the Malays from cradle to grave, that party will soon be condemned in the selfsame manner.
In my opinion, as long as there are still at least some voices of decency with unattached allegiances to interest groups in UMNO, UMNO is still worth saving.
I have also received a comment from a Malay blogger who goes by the name of Bumidaku. He has requested that his article on the KT by elections be published through my blog. It is written in Bahasa Malaysia. I have agreed to have it published. Readers can read it here. Please take time to hear the message from a less distinguished postmaster. Unlike RPK, he is a man of lesser standing. But he is one of you, Terengganu people.