Crushing one’s own foot

I had some hope when it was announced that there is going to be an interfaith council, where dialogue between religious groups in the countries can be carried out in a frank manner. This council is something the civil society has been pushing , and I have voiced out repeatedly for such a body in this blog as well as in meetings.

I have expected that certain ultra conservative groups might object to its formation, just like before, but I feel that after the church bombing incidents, people are more coolheaded and would allow such a body to function without raising too much of objections.

We all  know  that the government as well as  BN is very good in shooting their own feet. BUt even then, I was totally taken aback when the DPM labelled the council members as small fries, thereby belittling the efforts of all those who want to see more understanding between religious groups.

By  agreeing to the formation of such a council and then labelling it as small fries, he is sending mixed signals, and in doing so, he is undermining everyone’s efforts in trying to find an amicable solution to religious issues.

His action of late has given the people a perception that indeed the rumour that the PM and DPM are not seeing things eye to eye is true. If that is so, then whatever efforts the PM is trying to do to carry out certain reforms will be in vain , since it strengthens the perception that the PM is not in total control of his deputy and his party and that there are many war lords waiting to do a “Pak Lah” to the present PM.

Now that DPm has labelled the councils as consisting of small fries, it will have certain consequences:

1. Religious leaders would not want to join such a council since by joining, they would be deemed ‘small fries’. If you are the head of a religion and you are labelled as small fries, it is not only an affront to the head but the whole religion as well.

2. It would encourage certain conservative religious groups to object to the setting up of such a council. It might be construed as a signal to these groups to object vehemently to any dialogue.

3. What started off as a good initiative to try  to solve some of the more sensitive issues will no longer has any meaning and thus these issues will remain difficult and divisive.

4. The perception that all is not well in the top ruling circle will be strengthened and this would affect the investment climate. What has been the hall mark of previous administration with leaders  contradicting one another is now affecting this administration as well.

5. A direct result of NO.4 would be that the reforms promised might not see the light of the day.

It is again a case of lifting a heavy stone to throw at one’s own foot. How to walk  when the foot is crushed?

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16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. klm
    Apr 13, 2010 @ 12:13:27

    Dr. Hsu. Is this a big slap on the face of Koh Tsu Koon. Where is he going to hide his face. By extension, he is also a small fry. It also means Gerakan is small fry. It is not relevant to BN.

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  2. Dr Hsu
    Apr 13, 2010 @ 12:25:44

    klm,
    I agree. Gerakan will be a mosquito party sooner rather than later…Unfortuantely, they (the leaders)are still living in their comfort zones…

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  3. klm
    Apr 13, 2010 @ 13:23:50

    It does look like 1Malaysia is going nowhere, whether Najib agrees or not. It seemed for every tick there is a tock from his own side.

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  4. Chauncey Gardener
    Apr 13, 2010 @ 13:43:48

    Not only did the DPM make reference to “small fry” but there are some leaders of a certain religion who demand that their religion is not to be placed on par with the other religions in the country.

    How do we have consensus if that is the attitude ?

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  5. klm
    Apr 13, 2010 @ 14:09:17

    I wonder if Koh Tsu Koon has what it take to resign. His great achievement of Inter-faith committee is now a small fry. What a disgrace to him. If he is man enough, he must resign. His honour is at stake.

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  6. Dr Hsu
    Apr 13, 2010 @ 14:17:48

    When AHmad I ‘s suspension was lifted, I asked him to resign. When Batu and Beruas Chairmanship was taken over by UMno, I asked him to resign. WHen your response is so predictable, people will tend to step on you more. I do not know why.

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  7. CYC
    Apr 13, 2010 @ 14:30:25

    KLM,

    KTK where got face, he is faceless. He can be slapped n times still got no feeling. The best is as what u described other Gerakan ppl still pretending nothing happen. Imagine when u celebrate together with man who raped your own family members, what should I refer u as ? Faceless ? Animal ? Idiot ? Coward ? Gutless ? Only Gerakan member can tell !

    Lets give Gerakan a round of applause for condoning the shameless deeds of KTK, and also their own shameless silence.

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  8. LC Teh
    Apr 13, 2010 @ 15:51:42

    …and that’s how some people, in spite of their big titles, become doormats just to maintain their status koh (oops! wrong spelling!).

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  9. Jong
    Apr 13, 2010 @ 15:58:36

    What “honour”? It’s obvious Koh Tsu Koon has idea what dignity and self-worth means! Shameful!!

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  10. CYC
    Apr 13, 2010 @ 16:50:48

    子根兄,

    人活着要有尊严, 放下身段, 自有一片蓝天, 潇遥自在。

    不能重负, 何不輕安。

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  11. CYC
    Apr 13, 2010 @ 17:24:50

    Bro Tsu Koon,

    Man should live life with dignity, let go self pride, the sky remain blue and life will be carefree.

    Offload and seek for liberation if the burden become unbearable.
    (My rotten translation of the above Mandarin comment)

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  12. disgusted
    Apr 13, 2010 @ 18:44:28

    What do you expect when we are ruled by big fries with microscopic brains!

    Even the poltergeists have bigger brains than our BIG fries in the corridor of stupidity.

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  13. Jong
    Apr 13, 2010 @ 19:36:42

    ooops, sorry my careless typing!

    “..It’s obvious Koh Tsu Koon has no idea what dignity and self-worth means!”

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  14. A true Malaysian
    Apr 13, 2010 @ 20:51:06

    There shouldn’t be any ‘Head’ of religions in the first place. Even Buddha didn’t proclaim himself as the ‘Head’ of Buddhism.

    Most often than not, these ‘Heads’ don’t even know how to carry themselves well, yet they are ‘Head’ of their religions.

    How? You know who I meant by ‘Head’, you can see many of this in Malaysia.

    Just leave religions out of politics, then no conflict, no misunderstanding. Institutionalized of religious bodies is utterly wrong in the first instance.

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  15. msan
    Apr 14, 2010 @ 11:29:24

    The only way to let the BN Government know that the people are fed up with their divide-and-rule policies is through elections, starting with the Ulu Selangor by-election and ending at GE13 where we end BN’s corrupt culture and mismanagement of the Country’s resources and human capital.

    Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia.

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  16. CYC
    Apr 14, 2010 @ 14:26:33

    Crush out all non Malay component parties of BN will end the UMNO dynasty. This is 1Malaysia way and the ONLY way. We are prepared to give away the RM2 billion assets of MCA and RMxx million of Gerakan to all those assholes politicians to share as their joint bereavement fund in one lump sum in exchange of fresh political environment.

    The younger generation has decided to do the honourable deed, now we must convince the older folks who adamantly stick their failed mission to remain status quo. No apology to those who hold tight to their out dated believe even though they may be older as majorities future are at stake.

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