Repeating things often enoughPosted: July 21, 2008
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.