For almost 50 years, BN has been governing the country. People should be in support of it. People should praise it. But BN lost 6 states (if you include Wilayah). And Negeri Sembilan almost went the other PR way. That’s seven states. Majority everywhere was reduced. What does it say? Common sense tells us that people are fed up with BN.
What went wrong? In politics, my view is that you ask this question to others, not to yourself. Rare is the human who can be objectively critical of himself. What more political animals? SO BN must ask. ASK. Get the answers and admit it. Do something about it. Do not be like the addict who is in self denial who only wakes up when all is gone. Regret and shame…for what? But when the cataract is so thick, blurred vision may be falsely considered 2020. Remove the cataract. For the people. You won majority. This means the majority still have hope in you. The majority thinks and hopes you will change. Will you take heed BN? Or will you go down in shame?
YAB Lim Guan Eng. I have always been impressed with him even though I am not a DAP member. He has gone to jail, he was the underdog and even when he is the CM, he is still the underdog. Underdog as compared to the Rakyat. I am uncomfortable with YBs on both sides of the fence who feel they have the power of Firaun when even the movement of their own bowels is not within their control. I heard him at the debate on 20th August 2008. Good debate. Both sides. I think Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon did well too. This debate was better than the last. Something muslim debaters can learn. Isi more important than kulit.
What caught me was….Lim Guan Eng said at the closing:
“Buktikanlah dimana Rakyat Malaysia boleh percaya kepada sistem kerajaan dimana pemimpinnya menunjukkan kemimpinan melalui teladan, mengamalkan prinsip CAT dan juga mengamalkan nilai-nilai murni yang disebut didalam pengajian Al-Quran iaitu amal maaruf nahi mungkar”.
Is this allowed? A Non-muslim upholding Quranic principles? In my humble view, the Quran is for ALL. I do not flatter myself that God intended it for me alone. If they can uphold so can they comment. I feel ashamed for recent protests against the Bar Council’s muzakarah.
Anyway, what is this "amar maaruf nahi munkar" that Guan Eng mentioned? I can share with you one of the verses where this is mentioned in the Quran:
They believe in God and the Last Day; they enjoin what is right, and forbid
what is wrong; and they hasten (in emulation) in (all) good works: They are in the
ranks of the righteous.[ 003.114]
1. يُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الآخِرِ وَيَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَيَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ وَيُسَارِعُونَ فِي الْخَيْرَاتِ وَأُوْلَـئِكَ مِنَ الصَّالِحِينَ
Amar maaruf nahi munkar is enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong. This is a duty of those who believe in God.
But wait. Life is about pairs. Night and day. Male and female. Good and bad. So, there are those who do the exact opposite – they enjoin what is evil and forbid what is just!!! These are the pretenders, the hypocrites. The mischief makers of all shapes and colours.
The Hypocrites, men and women, (have an understanding) with each other:
They enjoin evil, and forbid what is just, and are close with their hands. They have
forgotten God; so He hath forgotten them. Verily the Hypocrites are rebellious and
perverse. [ 009.067]
1. الْمُنَافِقُونَ وَالْمُنَافِقَاتُ بَعْضُهُم مِّن بَعْضٍ يَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمُنكَرِ وَيَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمَعْرُوفِ وَيَقْبِضُونَ أَيْدِيَهُمْ نَسُواْ اللّهَ فَنَسِيَهُمْ إِنَّ الْمُنَافِقِينَ هُمُ الْفَاسِقُونَ
Brother Irwan sent me this video and if I do not share it with you, I will accuse myself of being biased and a failed ‘muslim’.
The only thing I wished was after mentioning UMNO and MCA, Guan Eng had also mentioned DAP, PKR and PAS. That would have made the message a fairer message and less political. But that's only my wish and he is in politics.
Barsian Nasional, please! The majority that voted for you want you to stand up and fight for the people. Watch your language. Watch your deeds. Do what is right. You can if you want to because you are still the Federal Government.
Or if you think 51 years of merdeka is retirement age, then do so gracefully.
Of course, I could be wrong.