PAS and UMNO to become a 2-in-1?Posted: July 27, 2008
Politics in Malaysia is becoming weirder and weirder for me. Never in my right mind would I have imagined a scenario where PAS and UMNO are no more, and they both join to become another party, say.. PASNO or something like that.
But it seems that after Pak Lah revealed that both parties have indeed been carrying out dialogues for the sake of “Malay unity” (or “Islam-unity”, depending on what news you read), PASNO is becoming a possibility of sorts.
The Tok Guru, Nik Aziz, is not for the dialogues between PAS and UMNO. He sees it as akin to “sleeping with the enemy”. One wouldn’t blame him I suppose, for all the bad experience he had prior to this when PAS joined hands with UMNO for a brief stint back in 1969.
But now, the Tok Guru is suggesting this:
“Umno should dissolve, Pas should also dissolve. Set up another party on condition that it is based on Islam.”
Before the non-Muslims jump up and cry foul, the Tok Guru has this to add:
“Islam is for all communities, not just the Malays … the Chinese, Indians and Orang Putih (westerners) … they have to be united under the umbrella of Islam.”
Quotes from Malaysian Insider HERE.
I personally don’t think that this is very feasible at all. In my opinion, religion and politics should be kept far away from each other.
But I have to admit, the Tok Guru is pretty smart. He has now very effectively thrown the ball back to UMNO. He’s basically saying: “So, what say you? You want unity, then let’s talk unity, but under MY conditions”.
But I do have a few questions, assuming that UMNO is really willing to dissolve and join arms with PAS to form PASNO (or a party of some other name).
Will PASNO be under Barisan Nasional, or under Pakatan Rakyat? This is of utmost importance, because there are 70+ seats under UMNO, and 20+ seats under PAS. If PASNO comes under BN, then BN would have a 2/3 majority. If under PR, then PR would be the Fed Govt.
But the first question is assuming that all of them get to retain their seats. In the first place, are they allowed to still be MPs? Or would there be a need to call for snap polls? Would all of them have to give up their MP seats? If they do, how many are willing?
And they should also bear in mind, most of UMNO supporters are against PAS, and vice versa. How assured are they that if they form PASNO, their supporters wouldn’t go elsewhere?
Some serious thinking is needed, if at all they are considering this option.
That aside, I’m not for it. I repeat myself: I think religion and politics should be as far away from each other as possible.
And besides, I’m not too happy with what’s happening under PAS these days either.
For example, the cancellation of Inul’s concert. The one in JB was cancelled at the very last minute, and now even the KL concert was cancelled:
According to news reports, Nasir Abu Bakar of IMS Prima Sdn Bhd (the concert organiser) said that he was disappointed with the decision because the Central Committee for Filming and Performance by Foreign Artiste had given the green light for the event. “We received the directive from DBKL to cancel the concert due to national security. If that is the reason, there is nothing else I can say,” he told the media.
From the StarOnline HERE.
“National security”? I’m trying my best to see it the way they do, but I simply cannot see the reasoning. What national security?
Just because she dances “erotically” doesn’t mean that there are “national security” issues. If there are people who just cannot stand to watch women dance that way, I suggest that these people just stay away. The reasoning of “national security” makes it sound like as if though the concert and the sight of Inul dancing erotically will cause a wave of sex-drives awakening, followed by a tsunami of rape and extra-marital sex cases.
If men have that little self-control, they should probably start locking themselves in, instead of it being the other way round. I’m sure it’s not the case, not all men are sex-hungry fanatics. But PAS sure is making it seem that way.
I’m not Islamic, but I’m sure there are a lot more things in Islam than just covering up. Issues like poverty deserve more attention than whether an artiste’s dance moves are too sexual.