Their convictions were forged on the stone and pavement of injustice.
This is another article by the perceptive Walla. Here, there and everywhere, UMNO is pushing so many panic buttons. In a few days, it will hold a rally of sejuta belia. Yesterday, I wrote of the symbolism behind the behemoth sized posters where Najib is hovering over the masses proclaiming his one million dreams, one thousand happiness. Thats One million input, producing not even 1% whats put in. As usual, 99% is lost during delivery, hijacked most probably by the pirates inhabiting the deep corridors of power. All government measures now are seen clearly as fire-fighting measures designed to hold to power by every unscrupulous means necessary. lets take a few minutes and digest what Walla has to say.- Sakmongkol.
Yellow and red are just colors. By themselves, they carry neither meaning nor context. These properties are instead conveyed by the people who wear them as symbolic of some belief or conviction.
When the rakyat wore yellow and marched in Bersih, they were saying they wanted clean and fair elections. They were saying they have had enough of the flip-flopping double-standard chicaneries of the present government. Coming from all over the land, they had assembled on their own accord, driven by inner concerns about outer grievances layered one after another, for they could clearly see how Umno was skirting away from the real and key election reform demands needed to ensure a clean and fair GE13. And they knew they would be pummeled for their march but yet they came, young and old, tall and short, simple and sophisticated. They wore no armor and carried neither shields nor batons nor stones. Just bottled water to slake their parched throats on a hot but inspiring afternoon.
Their convictions were forged on the stone of injustice.
In fact, the entire world was witness to the first technicolor event of how the rakyat of different races had come together under one sky to remind the Umno government that they to the last man and woman already knew Umno's transformation is just some shifty pocket-money vote-buying without the clean and fair governance of administration that is the heart of all matters and whose absence has been the root of all ills besetting this nation for the last thirty years.
Next, look at the other side. When Umno members dressed in red were corralled and ferried in style to attend an assembly just like their local chiefs to the Umno GAs, each was merely putting on a show for the next guy in a convention of blinkered, clueless, cowardly and empty-headed zealots. Not a single member had raised the issue of governance or clean and fair elections. They were just putting on a counter-balancing show of numbers while knowing their numbers could never equal those from the general populace.
So if Umno neither commands the voluntary, open-heart and real numbers of the rakyat nor the context and conviction of our society, how can it continue to preside over the conscience and thus the future of this nation?
And that is why when Najib talked about rule of law as necessary to avoid anarchy, the rakyat who know guffawed in disbelief. In the case of Altantuya and the scorpene deal, was there real rule of law， they asked？ What about the cowgate and copgate cases, they added? How can there be rule of law in this country of double standards when there is one set of laws for the rakyat including Umno general members, and another set of deflect-&-close-off laws for the Umno elites, they collectively echoed. Which leaves them to conclude that the real anarchists in this country are those currently finding party support, protection and amnesty under the shield of an Umno that has been disfigured beyond any possible recognition until it is only good for one thing - the munafiqation of our Malay race.
After all, how can there be rule of law when those who lead and command put themselves above the law and use it to punish the very people who are fighting and marching for its return? Be assured this question has already been asked by enough people in the PDRM, judiciary and armed forces that have apparently been inducted under the wings of what is supposed to be a transformed government.
So who're the real anarchists, Najib of Nottingham, anak of Tun Razak?
And that is why the rakyat who know will continue to wonder how people like Hasan Ali and Tunku Aziz can show they're oblivious of the full plight of the rakyat they have projected themselves otherwise to be concerned about. For one, it was a four hundred thousand personal office renovation prelude to some aspiration to be the next MB of Selangor; for the other some personal slight out of an extinguished status as a senator. Surely they would have asked themselves what are these things compared to making sure a clean and fair election takes place so that the rakyat can elect clean and fair leaders from a pool already contaminated by years of rapacious and corrupt administration? Or are there some other reasons? What be them?
Let everyone in this country conclude here and now that there is no point increasing the microphone decibel of every Azan across our land if it goes in one ear and comes out the other in the heads of our Umno members. And that you already know is because there is nothing between those two ears.
We cannot expiate and extirpate the sins of Umno merely by praying. To our Malays at every place across the land, you already know that. So start showing some backbone for once.
Those who have seen the action in many forums have seen how even the most vocal and so-called educated Umno defenders have been cornered until they were silent at best or whimpered incoherent or irrelevant arguments at worst. Even our youngsters will cringe at the immaturity of their arguments, and i am talking about the best in Umno. And the only reason you can advance in their defense is that they have already buried their conscience.
Oil or no oil, a country led by people who have no conscience or pretends to have one is already finished.
The real blessings on a nation are its enlightened leaders and rakyat walking a path towards good governance based on clean, fair and trustworthy administration.
Has Umno really been clean, fair and trustworthy, you reckon?
Just engage one grey cell He gave when born and ask where has all that pocket money come from? It could not have been in the budget approved. So what we are seeing is Umno dishing out un-provided off-budget taxpayers money to buy votes so that it can continue to punish the rakyat for being anarchists whenever they articulate anything disagreeable to Umno.
Why not just cancel GE13 and outsource the running of this country to the military junta from Yangon? Saves some money that way to give more to the rakyat before the coffer finally runs dry. And that you know is happening because a half trillion ringgit debt is telling you that more had gone out than ever had come in. Does any Umno knucklehead reading this think the situation can be reversed in the next five or even ten years? With what from where?
Let's take a simple example of Umno's method. Just a day or two back, that P.Domingo who has just flip-flopped on our educational standards said millions will be used to repair some of the schools. Now, if those millions have already been provided in the approved budget, he was just taking an election opportunity to announce an administrative matter, to wit, spinning the bovine tail. But if those millions are taken out from somewhere else for this purpose, then it shows the move was less out of a sudden concern for the conditions of the schools, which in itself shows dereliction of normal duty, and again more out of vote-buying-at-all-costs. Yes, or no?
It's all about protecting personal turf at the expense of the rakyat even if it kills the future of the young.
Too dramatic? It's like the jumbo jet. A marvel of six million precision parts working together. Unadorned confidence about its impregnable security. Yet in the older models, it had crashed more often than not when the tail rudder or wing flaps got stuck because some simple hydraulic servo-valve had jammed, or the engines had flamed out because ice from the water residue in the fuel got stuck in the intake of the heat exchanger.
This moment before us is the tipping point. The post event of Bersih 3.0 shows there is already a permanent fissure between the rakyat and the Umno government. Except for those who want to remain deluded because of personal reasons or inadequacies, the rakyat of Malaysia don't and can no longer trust the Umno government. The Barisan scale is crooked and not balanced. The Umno keris is jagged and pointing at the heart of the nation. Just thinking back how they have been trying to muddy away from the essence of the march, the demands for a clean and fair GE13. Because they know if it is clean and fair, they will lose.
Given such situation, project for yourselves what will happen AFTER GE13.
Good night, and thanks Sak, for another of your sharp posts, laced with the special logic and reasoning representing the best of our Malay minds.