Friday, December 9, 2011
In a telephone interview, state information chief Saari Sungib said branches in each division would submit names of three candidates, which would be considered by the party central leadership.
“Hasan did receive nominations, but they were fewer than the other three individuals. It was not enough, not none at all,” he said.
Thus, at the state leadership level, Hasan’s name is not on the list of candidates, but Saari said the central leadership can include him in the line-up later.
Asked if it was possible that Hasan would be fielded elsewhere, Saari indicated that the possibility may be remote.
“Usually for state seats we give priority to persons who are actually living in a particular area,” explained the Hulu Kelang state assemblyperson.
Hasan, who once led Selangor PAS, currently holds the highest ranking position among the Islamic party’s representatives in the state cabinet.
However, he has often run afoul of the Pakatan-led state government for his controversial stands on several matters that contradicted state government decisions.
One issue in particular was the furore surrounding the Damansara Utama Methodist Church ‘inspection’ by the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais) on claims of proselytising.
Gag orders against Hasan
The state government later issued a gag order against Hasan for widely speaking on the subject.
Hasan had also been issued with a gag order from the central PAS leadership prior to that, for his vocal stand on the use of the term ‘Allah’ by non-Muslims.
It is understood that Hasan’s candidacy for Gombak Setia during the 2008 general election was a last-minute decision. Pundits said he was not well-received by the grassroots.
His open defiance of party, Pakatan and state policies as well as perceived links with the ‘unity government’ faction that espouses a PAS-Umno political alliance, also did not endear him to the electorate and party hierarchy.
First contesting for PAS in 1999, he won in both the Sungai Burong state seat and the Parit Buntar parliamentary seat, though he lost both in the 2004 election.
Attempts to contact Hasan for his comments were unsuccessful at the time of writing.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
The horn of war is sounded and the battle will begin at any moment from now!
It is the message conveyed by the Umno general assembly.
The message is clear, namely the general election will be coming soon.
Umno's objective is also very clear, that is, to win and not to lose power.
Therefore, as the Deputy Prime Minister and Umno Deputy President, Tan Sri Mihyuddin Yassin said that Umno must defend the country's diversified political landscape while Umno members should not hate other races, slander other religions and question other cultures.
Therefore, as the Prime Minister, as well as the head of Umno and the BN, Datuk Seri Najib Razak warned that Umno will face a tragedy if it does not recognise the reality. He also reminded BN members to revitalise and unite.
Amidst the rumble of artillery fire, the DAP has become the attacking target. Umno has more or less revealed its strategy.
It might be a campaign strategy drawn by Umno after it recognised the latest situation following the Sarawak state election.
Umno is very clear that instead of the PKR and PAS, its biggest political enemy at the moment is the DAP.
Umno is also very clear that instead of Malay and Indian votes, it has most difficulty in gaining Chinese votes.
Therefore, it has neglected the PKR and PAS and targeted only on the DAP, portraying the DAP as the enemy of the Malays and Islam. It is fully in line with the strategy needs.
The problem is, such a strategy is actually a double-edged sword. Attacking the DAP might on the one hand awaken the sense of crisis of the Malays but on the other hand, it might also make non-Malays feel uneasy. Particularly, Malay rights group Perkasa might take the opportunity to display its strength and it would deepen the people's worry.
Of course the DAP will not stand still. It will do everything it can to fight back against all the accusations.
However, when the war of words begins, any indiscreet remarks would lead to misfire. It is what we are worrying about.
As observed, less radical speeches could be found in the Umno general assembly this time. However, less does not mean no. Some people still touched on racial issues in their speeches.
What we are most worried about is, some people might manipulate racial sentiment to achieve victory.
Instead of worrying that politicians might not see the problem and the potential crisis, we are more worried that some people might still want to take the risk even though they are clear enough about the danger of doing so. Once it happens, it will be the greatest curse of democracy. It will also be the beginning of a tragedy.
Regrettably and terribly, many politicians always point a finger to call others racists but forget that the remaining four fingers are actually pointing to themselves. These politicians also always resort to racism during crisis. They might eventually turn the tide and win the election, but have actually destroyed racial harmony, costing the country and the people a heavy price!
Politicians must always bear in mind that the same knife cuts bread and fingers!
Monday, December 5, 2011
- A mistress lies between a mister and a mattress.
- Sex is the price women have to pay for marriage.
- Marriage is the price men have to pay for sex.
- Impotence: Nature's way of saying "No hard feelings".
- The difference between a husband and a lover is the difference between day and night.
- A tight dress is like a barbed fence. It protects the premises without restricting the view.
- Guns don't kill people... Husbands who come home early, kill people.