Repeating things often enough

I refer to an article I found on Malaysia-Today entitled: Saying “Islamic threat” over and over doesn’t make it real”.

I don’t know much of the Islamic threat to the whole world, and to what extent the contents of the article can be relied upon, but I found the title interesting, and most applicable to the goings on in Malaysia today. And not just today too, but ever since we were “born”.

How often has it been now, that we’ve heard that PAS is an Islamic extremist party that will go to no ends until and unless they turn Malaysia into a truly Islamic state? One that implements the Hudud Laws, one that chops hands off and stones women to death?

We’ve heard it often enough, have we not? From the likes of MCA, and even from DAP back during the times when PAS and DAP didn’t fall under the Pakatan Rakyat coalition.

And what has it amounted to? Is it true?

Honestly speaking, I don’t know. I cannot imagine what Malaysia would be like if PAS were to have autonomy over how to run the country. I don’t know if they’d be adamant about implementing Hudud Laws, even on non-Muslims.

Saying that PAS is going to implement Hudud Laws in Malaysia is not going to make it real. But repeating it often enough makes it “believable”.

And that’s where the trouble is. It’s the perception of the rakyat that is swayed. It is made so that only Islamic extremists, or thereabouts, would support and vote for PAS come election time. This tactic of “scaring the people away” has been seen and heard over and over again. So much so that it is believable.

How about DAP being anti-Muslim, anti-Islamic, anti-religion? How often have we heard that one? Surely as often as we’ve heard that PAS is intolerant of all things “un-Islamic”. But how true is that?

I don’t know for sure. But repeating it often enough sure makes it “believable”.

And then there are those talks of how ketuanan Melayu is lost, about how Malays are losing ground on the very tanah that they own, about how Malays are being “manipulated” by those “alien races” because of their good nature.

How true are these things? Repeating them don’t make them real. There are no “REAL” threats to the Malays. But the threats are believable. Because they’ve been repeated often enough.

Let’s then come back to some of the issues we have been having on front page news. News of Anwar’s alleged sodomy. Do we know for sure if he’s done it? No, we still don’t know. But it’s becoming “believable”, because it’s being repeated often enough.

I’ve seen some people commenting on blogs and online news portals. These people started off saying that it is “impossible that Anwar would do such a thing” when Saiful first reported to the police three weeks ago. These very same people are now starting to say things like “IF at all it happened, it was consensual, not forced”.

What made them change their mind from thinking that Anwar “didn’t do it”, to “if it did, it was consensual”? Has there been any new “real” information since the first day Anwar was alleged to have sodomised Saiful?

Repeating things often enough don’t make them real, but they definitely make them believable. The fact that Anwar was also charged with sodomy 10 years ago does not help.

It’s the same about Najib’s alleged involvement in Altantuya’s murder, or at least, that Najib knew of her. How true is that?

It has been repeated often enough. Just saying that Najib is involved does not make it real. But it damn well makes it believable.

Someone said this is what they call “psy-war”. I concur.


6 Comments on “Repeating things often enough”

  1. warrior2 says:

    I dont share your sentiment.
    For PAS, DAP or even UMNO, it is not about repeating things. It is about DID THEY DECLARE WHAT THEY WANT?INTEND TO DO?
    Did pas said that they will implement hudud laws or against anything unislamic? THEY DID.

    Response: But did they say they would impose it on non-Muslims as well? I don’t think so. It has been perceived that way, mainly because (I think) there have been people who accused PAS of wanting to do so.

    Did dap say that they are against an “islamic state”? THEY DID.

    Response: But did they say they’re anti-Islam, anti-religion? Again, I don’t think so. And again, it has been perceived that way.

    Did umno say about ketuanan melayu?
    THEY DID.

    Response: Yes. But they also said that Malays are losing out. Do you think so?

    We all know that!
    It is never about repeating things. Its about the principle and policy of the party.

    Response: I agree. It’s about the principles of the party. Some are facts, like the ones you’ve mentioned. But do ponder my responses.

    Did anwar ? Did Najib?
    These are different things!

    In anwar case, a man claimned he was sodomised. There is a denial.

    Najib`s case, a person or two claimed he did.There is a denial.

    Response: In both cases, it’s about public perception. If more than one person tells you over and over again that Najib DID know Altantuya, and keeps on pointing out strongly that it cannot be otherwise, there is potential sway to want to believe it. It doesn’t make it more real, but it makes it more believable.

    Of course, it’s not the same case for everyone. You, most definitely don’t seem to be a person easily swayed.

  2. Jeremiah says:

    Does repeating things often enough make them believable? Here, you need to make a smart distinction between a statement of fact, a statement of view and a question.

    For example, if I repeat to myself each day that I am loved by God, I will actually feel the blessings of being loved by God. This is actually a spiritual fact while to others it is a view. Try replacing God with a stone or another person, and you’ll be disappointed.

    But if I repreat to myself that Anwar is being investigated for sodomy as often as I read the papers these days (MSM and government are suffering from Anwar-phobia), it does not make me believe he is guilty or innoncent at all. The more the government try to implicate him, the more the public may believe otherwise. But for me, what is repeated is a media-bias in favour of Anwar in MSM and a media-bias against Najib on the Internet. Neither establishes the truth.

    What we bloggers should be doing is to repeat reasonable questions in the most objective way so that the “subject” of our question is willing to engage in a discussion. If we prejudge a person as a criminal (like Mahathir calling the West all imperial Zionists), then that’s the end of the dialogue.

  3. Jeremiah says:

    sorry, typo error…what is repeated is a media-bias against Anwar in MSM and a media-bias against the DPM on the Internet.

    My full comments on this at http://www.jeremiah.blogspot.com

  4. warrior2 says:

    You should go through my comments again and see whether you want to re-write your comments to me!
    ________
    Don’t get me wrong, I do see where you’re coming from. But I stick to what I’ve written. Perhaps this is where we say we agree to disagree.

  5. Anon says:

    http://www.malaysiawaves.com/2008/07/bn-is-aiming-for-another-taman-medan.html

    BN Is Aiming For Another Taman Medan Incident to Break Pakatan Rakyat

    I call upon all Pakatan Rakyat leaders to be careful of active attempts made by UMNO/BN to break Pakatan Rakyat apart.

    It has been a along standing policy of UMNO/BN that there must never be a competition to Barisan Nasional. In other words, to BN, there must never be an alternative allowed to exist along with Barisan Nasional.

    My sources from inside Ministry of Home Affairs have informed me that such program has been planned and adopted by them after their loss in PRU12. Their plan now is to aim at weaknesses of Pakatan Rakyat and try to break Pakatan Rakyat apart.

    I am referring to the Loh Gwo Burne incident being roughed. A good account from someone who attended the ceremony can be read here. The part that I want to highlight is the fact that the police remained quiet and passive and allowed a bunch of demonstrators commits a crime under the Sedition Act.

    The biggest question of them all is why does a group of Indians wants to protest a “surau” when the “surau” is approved by both State and Local government (under the Desa Mentari second phase development plan). Furthermore, the small demonstration was conducted during the “pecah tanah” ceremony, a clear act of provocation. They purposely disturb the events by blowing whitsels and shouting slogans. They created a very unhealthy and dangerous atmosphere.

    They could have easily protested using the proper channel and the issue would have been considered. Yet, until the day of the ceremony, there was not a single note of protest submitted to the government formally. But, out of no where, a group of protestors appeared on that day and disturbed a peaceful and harmonious program.

    The police, on the other hand, who was present on that day, chose to remain quiet and allowed the protestors to commit a clear crime under the Sedition Act. They let the protestors do their thing without interference.

    From the eye-witness report, the protestors are mainly of the Indian race. Why I highlight this issue, is because it reminded me of the Taman Medan incident. I was in Taman Medan only hours after the unfortunate incident started and I got to see ambulances coming in and out of Taman Medan.

    From what has been reported, it was a small group of Indians that provoked the Taman Medan incident. But, it was other Indians that got hacked and injured. The original provocateurs were never to be seen during the entire incident. One fatality involved a father of two who stopped at the fruit stall to buy some fruits for his children. He was a good citizen and has never been involved in any acts of provocation. In fact, he just came back from his second job as a bell boy in a hotel.

    From the report above, I can say it contains striking similarities with the first Taman Medan incident. Furthermore, the mode of provocation is strikingly similar. The motive is also similar as well.

    Except in the first Taman Medan incident, the motive was to fire up Malay sentiment feelings because UMNO lost the Malay ground in 1999. Now, another Taman Medan will result in UMNO maintaining their Malay ground plus they will be able to punish the Indians for not voting them in the last election.

    But the biggest prize will be their ability to break Pakatan Rakyat because a racial riot in a Pakatan State is the best excuse to show that Pakatan Rakyat is a failure.

    Low Gwo Burne is An Imbecile

    I’d also like to comment on the Kelana Jaya MP. First of all, I’d like to congratulate Nik Nazmi’s assistant for giving Low a lesson he highly deserve.

    Secondly, if Low was a competent MP he would know that encouraging a protest during a ceremony like this is tantamount to sedition. It’s sensitive and can lead to racial and religious tension. But unfortunately he is an imbecile.

    Third, the entire ceremony was discussed in the local Pakatan Rakyat meeting which even Hannah Yeoh was present and it was approved. Why then would Low Gwo Burne didn’t express his reservation then?

    Fourth, Low was easily duped into serving the interest of Barisan Nasional and UMNO and an imbecile like him should not represent PR in the parliament. Why does Anwar Ibrahim picked him as MP for Kelana Jaya, one can only wonder.

    Fifth, Low Gwo Burne is also trying to show that he repesents the residents. Then, what about the Muslim residents who pushed for this surau? Aren’t they as much of a resident as the others? How can Low be so stupid?

    Sixth, Low is not even sure if the demonstrators are true residents of the area

    Seventh, Low himself admits that he doesn’t know who the developer first. Maybe, if he had checked, he will notice that the “surau” is part of a complete plan for Desa Mentari Phase II Development Plan, where areas for playgrounds have been allocated as well.

    Clearly, Low is an imbecile and he belongs in a zoo. Making him a candidate is one of the big mistakes Anwar Ibrahim had ever done.

    UMNO/BN Is Desperate to Break Pakatan Rakyat

    I call upon all Pakatan Rakyat leaders to be careful of active attempts made by UMNO/BN to break Pakatan Rakyat apart.

    It has been a along standing policy of UMNO/BN that there must never be a competition to Barisan Nasional. In other words, to BN, there must never be an alternative allowed to exist along with Barisan Nasional.

    My sources from inside Ministry of Home Affairs have informed me that such program has been planned and adopted by them after their loss in PRU12. Their plan now is to aim at weaknesses of Pakatan Rakyat and try to break Pakatan Rakyat apart.

    They saw that in 2004, after Barisan Alternatif was broken up, they managed to win handsomely and the people will shift back to them in large numbers. This is because voters will vote for stability first, then other issues.

    In fact, I dare argue that Chinese and Indian did not vote for change in PRU12. They voted as a sign of protest but their numbers were too great and it resulted in the fall of BN in so many seats.

    So, Pakatan Rakyat made the right move going forward when they formed the Pakatan Rakyat after the PRU12 victory.

    Now, UMNO/BN is facing a viable alternative in the form of Pakatan Rakyat. Why do I say Pakatan Rakyat is viable:

    1. Pakatan Rakyat has a viable candidate for Prime Minister in the form of Anwar Ibrahim. He is a much better candidate than Pak Lah or Najib or Hishamuddin or all of the three put together.
    2. Pakatan Rakyat parties represents all three main ethnic group.
    3. Pakatan Rakyat has a party that represents Islam, the biggest religion in the country and the religion of the constitution
    4. Pakatan Rakyat is a coalition of political parties just like Barisan Nasional
    5. Pakatan Rakyat has faces and figures that people like for example Tn Guru Nik Aziz, Lim Guan Eng. These figures are proven to be tested and committed to the cause.
    6. Pakatan Rakyat has a much better policies to them people as compared to Barisan Nasional

    PLUS, in the last 4 months, UMNO, MCA, MIC, Gerakan has seens their ranks dwindle to record numbers. In States where BN lost, many of their Cawangan cannot organize meetings because not enough coroum. In other words, in the span of 4 months after elections, people are leaving them in droves.

    They need to put this trend to a stop very fast. The best way to do it in such a short time is to break Pakatan Rakyat.
    .

    Tulang Besi

  6. warrior2 says:

    This Tulang Besi must be a clown.


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