Do not allow perpetrators to break the egg

The common view among a lot of people is that there is a group with an agenda to fan emotions and stir up racial tension in the recent spades of asttacks against the various places of worship. Of course, we do not know for sure whether such views are true, and the best way is to have transparency in the investigations and prosecutions of those caught.

If these views are true, then these people are playing a very dangerous game.

Malaysian society is like an egg held between the thumb and the index finger.A slight pressure may rupture it; a slip of the fingers may drop it; a knock will break it.

In any case, the authority needs to act fast to catch the culprits and at the same time, use the massive publicity machines to explain to the people and calm emotions down.

Luckily, Malaysians are no more like their forefathers a few decades ago. They are better informed, better educated and more analytical . So far, the perpetrators have failed in their bid to arouse dangerous emotions. But, if there are such people, they have to  be caught fast, otherwise they might in their subsequent attempts break the figurative ‘egg’ that I mentioned above.

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In order not to let those who have a hidden agenda to turn this religious issue into something ugly, there is a need for the various religious leaders to come to the table and talk to each other.

I wish to call for the setting up of a Interfaith Council where frank discussions on religions can be held.

It is not enough to have just an unofficial dialogue and contact, because the impact would be much much less than a Interfaith Council.

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I was heartened by the joint statement issued by BN and PR youth. This issue should transcend all parties and by issuing a joint statement, it will go a long way to calm emotions down, and pre-empt certain interest groups of trying to fan emotions further.

22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. klm
    Jan 28, 2010 @ 15:12:11

    Somebody is trying very hard to engineer an emergency situation and take over power. Guess who get to gain the most. No reward for the answer.

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  2. Richard Loh
    Jan 28, 2010 @ 15:59:53

    Malaysian society is like an egg held between the thumb and the index finger.

    Guess whose hands is holding the egg. Can the rakyat be blamed for speculating that all these were the works of you know who. One is claiming that he wants Selangor back but did he said that he want it back in the legal way and wait for the next GE to win it back? All rallies and demos are illegal according to the law and they are not our culture, who said these?, while on the other hand, we are powerless if they want to demonstrate, only applies to one party that is above the law.

    Why the need to have an acting Agong while the present Agong is going away for medical treatment for only 20 over days? Someone is getting ready and on standby to call for an emergency and the consent from the Agong must be seek first.

    What happens next is for you all to draw your own conclusion. We can just hope and pray that the hands that are holding the egg will not put on more pressure to rupture it, just because they want to stay in power by hook or by crook and regain control of the lost states through illegal means.

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  3. KB
    Jan 28, 2010 @ 21:32:40

    I’ve suspected all along that Khairy is a closet liberal and a fake extremist. This initiative by Khairy shows that I’m not far off the mark. Well done, Khairy. PR should court this fellow. What a catch and that would be and what blow to Umno’s testicles.

    By the way, Mahathir is going to launch Perkasa Selangor on Sat. A racist Ketuanan Melayu NGO is launched by a top racist. How fitting.

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  4. KB
    Jan 28, 2010 @ 21:51:05

    Richard,

    Malaysian society is NOT as fragile as your egg analogy. I see that May 13 still haunts the Malaysian psyche although socio-economic and political conditions have changed so much that another repeat is highly unlikely.

    In 1969 a wide economic gap separated the Chinese and the Malays. This gap has been bridged with the rise of the Malay middle class.

    Furthermore 40 years ago, Malays and Chinese were on opposite sides of the political divide. The Malays were pro govt and the Chinese pro-opposition. Now Malays are on both sides of the political divide.

    Education, exposure and political maturity makes them wiser and less liable to manipulation by dishonest politicians.

    The Chinese do not want another May 13. Neither do the Malays who stand to lose their middle class homes and jobs. Incitement without response goes nowhere.

    Malaysian society is resilient instead of fragile. It has withstood Utusan’s inflammatory rhetoric and Mahathir’s racist blogs, Ahmad Ismail, cow head protests, the Allah controversy and it will withstand the attacks on places of worship. The boar head incident was the gravest provocation yet and still no response.

    So stop thinking of Malaysian society as fragile; this just plays into the hands of unscrupulous politicians. Racial and religious fears have helped keep BN in power for 50 years.

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  5. A true Malaysian
    Jan 29, 2010 @ 10:52:16

    KB,

    I agree with you points above. All the while, I always say that without Malay brothers and sisters, tsunami 308 can never happens.

    All Umno wants is to imprint in our minds that Malay pro-Umno, pro-BN but with the advent of alternative media like internet, this image in our minds is getting blur each days.

    Each of us should be playing a role in correcting this wrong perception and our Malay brothers and sisters start to realise that if the country and thrive in all fields, especially in economy, all people irrespective of race and religion will be benefited, and one race and religion cannot thrive at the expense of the interest of the other.

    We are like eggs in a basket. Once the basket falls, all eggs break. We know that, out of these eggs, some already rot. All we need to do is the throw these rotten eggs out of this basket once and for all.

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  6. A true Malaysian
    Jan 29, 2010 @ 11:18:04

  7. A true Malaysian
    Jan 29, 2010 @ 11:19:39

  8. CYC
    Jan 29, 2010 @ 14:09:42

    Early one morning in the middle of the nite
    Two dead dogs began to fight
    One blind man to see fair play
    One dumb man to shout hurray
    Paralyse donkey passing by
    kick the blind man in the eyes
    When I was sick, I lay in bed
    The doctor thought that I was dead
    He bought a coffin to put me in
    I jump out and he jump in.

    This is a song I learn during my school days. Not very sure if the lyrics is correct and complete? But can’t we see how religions being used by interested parties to gain political mileage which may similar to the lyrics above. At the end, lets see who is in the coffin and who manage to escape.

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  9. Dr Hsu
    Jan 29, 2010 @ 14:41:55

    Dear readers,
    My info and my contacts have proven correct with the latest article in MI titled :The UMNO dilemma”

    http://themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/opinion/breaking-views/51254-the-umno-dilemma–the-malaysian-insider

    There appears to be a possible beginning of a power fight(not yet started but may come about anytime), and if the TopN is not bending to the views of the ultras, like those in Perka**, he will be pushed out, like the sleepyhead.

    But this Top , unlike Sleepyhead, has his own grassroots support, and he needs and he knows he needs the support of the Nons to stay in power. And to win the hearts of the Nons, he needs to be more liberal. So a very likely clash of the extreme and the more liberal….

    SO in the end, will this top play to the gallery and follow the crowds in Perk**** or will he persist in being more moderate, no one has the answer. If he goes with the ultras, he knows he will not win GE13, if he goes with the Nons, he might be pushed out of his own party.. and that is his dilemma.

    What part the Old Horse is playing, I am not too sure.

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  10. klm
    Jan 29, 2010 @ 18:40:13

    Dr Hsu. looks like guy with name that rhyme with sound of a cow’s call is making his move. The rumour had been there for sometime.

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  11. disgusted
    Jan 29, 2010 @ 21:21:05

    T check the stable and the horse is old. Can drop dead anytime.

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  12. cilipadi
    Jan 29, 2010 @ 22:09:15

    Imagine if Top rotten egg
    Wanna be fresh egg again
    It’s impossible
    Let old horse eats rotten eggs then

    Rotten eggs makan cili, Top rasa pedas

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  13. KB
    Jan 30, 2010 @ 11:29:40

    The old horse whose name begins with M will of course take the side of the ultras. Can there be any doubt when he is launching Perkasa Selangor chapter on Sat?
    http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/opinion/index.php/malaysia/51154-dr-m-perkasa-popular-as-umno-appears-incapable

    Dr. Hsu is correct that there is an ultra-moderate power struggle but it has already started. How committed is Najib as a moderate? I see him as only half-hearted, depending more on slogans and public relations show than real substance. Hence it won’t be much of a fight.

    Malaysia is going through convulsions now with the Allah row, attacks on places of worship, the rise of Perkasa and Anwar’s sodomy trial. Zulkifli Nordin is just a pawn and in Penang an ex-Umno warlord in PKR is showing his true colours. The fight is well under way, Dr. Hsu.

    How do we know when the ultras have won? Watch out for another Ops Lallang. The casualty will be the economy with brain drain and capital flight accelerating and private andf foreign investments plummeting.

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  14. disgusted
    Jan 30, 2010 @ 21:24:01

    If you think the worse is here. You have wronged. The old dinosaur after having controlled for the past over 50 years will not want to breathe the last.

    More and more dirty tricks up the sleeve. You think they care about the economy except their own pockets.

    And this is the white tiger year. Call it superstitious whatever. The truth will unfold anyway.

    Sit tight and wait in the long long night.

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  15. disgusted
    Jan 30, 2010 @ 23:54:16

    Memory Lane:

    During the old horse’s time, he sumoned all Cabinet ministers to a leadership workshop camp. All were given “one” egg each and they were ordered to carry and protect that egg, no matter what they do during the work camp, they must not break that egg.

    So that “egg” presented “multiracial sensitivities” and they were to protect, preserve that egg intact.

    Well, that egg has gone rotten even if protected because whoever keeping that egg has gone rotten too.

    Even a 100-year old “real” egg taste better.

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  16. klm
    Jan 31, 2010 @ 06:52:20

    Dr. Hsu . On the statement by the dragon lady from Argentina. Is roast pork better than viagra.🙂

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  17. disgusted
    Jan 31, 2010 @ 20:32:31

    Kim,

    That is not true. The pork we eat comes from castrated meat and contains little or no testosterone (hormone produced in the male pig testes) unlike those sold in other countries which probably have a musky smell.

    I don’t know, Dr Hsu perhaps knows better.

    I was told by a pork seller, anyway.

    And don’t take too much BB-cue roast pork either, burnt red meat contains cancerous causing agents????

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  18. Dr Hsu
    Jan 31, 2010 @ 21:18:06

    no, roast pork is not like viagra. I think the monk has hit it on the nail head.

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  19. klm
    Feb 01, 2010 @ 15:17:36

    Darn. Politicians say the darnest thing, even if she is the female kind and a sexy lady as well. Just like the one in Perak that said woman cannot be MB.

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  20. disgusted
    Feb 01, 2010 @ 17:13:12

    We’re back to square one in the 60s, and the oppression is here to stay. The same old song is deliberately sung and orchestrated a scenario of suppressing free speech. Same tricks, race, religion….etc blar blar blar

    We are monitoring you every word you speak and write, every drop of your saliva……

    Wonder they will monitor my stool too.

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  21. Tom
    Feb 03, 2010 @ 11:08:13

    An Interfaith Council sounds like such a good idea.

    I’m not from Malaysia, but my grandparents are. I’m not sure why your suggestion hasn’t been applied?

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  22. klm
    Feb 03, 2010 @ 11:57:39

    This is equally applicable to Malaysia. But unfortunately. it is going the opposite direction

    http://www.etaiwannews.com/etn/news_content.php?id=1171350&lang=eng_news

    1.P resident Ma Ying-jeou stressed Tuesday the importance of making Taiwan universities globally competitive,

    2. “It is urgently important to make local universities and colleges internationally efficient so as to recruit more students from other countries to help Taiwan sharpen its competitive edge, ”

    3. According to Ma, education is at the core of the government’s efforts to secure Taiwan’s continued survival, as the country does not have rich natural resources and because of its disaster-prone environment.

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