“Muslims who plan to support Mahathir’s pro-human rights rally this Saturday will end up supporting ICERD. They need to understand, that the western concept of human rights isn’t recognised by the Islamic Syariat. Attend the rally, and you’ll end up supporting the right for non-Malays to enjoy the exact same privileges the Malays do. Worse, the western concept of human rights involves the need for one to accept homosexuality as a way of life and sodomy as an act condoned by law. Basically, if you’re Muslim and attending Mahathir’s rally, the DAP will call you a hypocrite for objecting ICERD and pressure the Prime Minister to ratify the damn thing.”
Raggie Jessy Rithaudeen
Everyone who is anyone knows that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad isn’t in control of government. Scheduled to speak at a pro-human rights rally this Saturday, the Prime Minister of Malaysia is expected to address a crowd of ‘moderates’ the same day several Muslim groups are planning to hold the much anticipated anti-ICERD rally. Dubbed by organisers as “a rally to thank government for listening,” the anti-ICERD protest was triggered by the DAP following attempts by its leaders to pressure Mahathir into giving formal consent to the international “anti-race discrimination” convention. I can assure you that the pressure is still on, though the DAP has devised a very clever strategy to trick Muslims into saying, “we agree that ICERD be ratified with immediate effect.”
Yes, it is the DAP that’s calling the shots.
To understand how, let’s take a look at what happened on the 21st of November 2018. On that day, some 57 or so Muslim-led NGOs came together to officially announce the establishment of a third force coalition (Gagasan Tiga, or G3). News of the announcement did not go down too well with Lim Kit Siang and several people in the DAP’s pro-evangelist faction. I am told, the bulk of these people snapped the minute they heard G3 tell a press conference that it would “destroy” the DAP to protect the rights of Muslims. Lim Guan Eng was the first to deny claims that the DAP triggered the ICERD polemic to “shame Malay-Muslims” and to “mock the Monarchical Institution.” He quickly threatened to sue both me and Dato’ Azwanddin Hamzah by accusing us of rallying support ahead of the Saturday rally.
But the lawsuits never came.
The event, however, is still on. Sources have indicated that the rally is set to see the gathering of some 500,000 or so Malaysians, mainly of Islamic faith, in what could well turn out to be the largest ever gathering in the country’s history. G3 has repeatedly maintained that the rally should serve as testimony that Malaysian Muslims are willing to unite against the enemies of Islam. I keep reminding the Malays that if its war the DAP wants, its war the DAP gets.
But that is not to say we’re going to provoke Muslims this Saturday.
On contraire, G3 has assured the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) that its presence is in show of support, and to demonstrate, that when Islam is attacked, we’re there. It is this that bothers the DAP most. When Lim Guan Eng’s attempt to brand G3 an extremist concern failed, his DAP quietly ‘backed’ both National Unity and Social Wellbeing Minister P. Waytha Moorthy and Selangor exco V. Ganabatirau as the duo spoke ill of the police and Muslims. Had the duo triggered another May 13, G3 would immediately have been blamed.
Under the circumstances, Lim Guan Eng would not have hesitated to showcase both Azwanddin and me as reasons the Government of Malaysia (GoM) needed to ratify ICERD. Lim Kit Siang would then have had a gala time telling all and sundry that without ICERD, the GoM would not be able to introduce laws that could ensure the Federal Constitution of Malaysia ‘remained’ secular. Azwanddin would then have spent some years in jail for doing nothing, while I would have died seven to eight days after being arrested for rejecting the DAP’s non-halal food. But praise be to Allah, that nothing of that sort ever happened.
Instead, it was G3 that rushed to the Dang Wangi Police Headquarters (IPD) on the 28th of November 2018 to lodge reports against Waytha and Ganabatirau. Flanked by heads of several Muslim NGOs, I told a press conference outside the IPD that G3 was firmly behind PDRM in its effort to maintain calm. I then urged the Inspector General of Police to determine if Waytha and Ganabatirau were coerced by the DAP to trigger further unrest during the 26th of November 2018 temple riots. The report resulted in investigation papers being opened by the police against the duo. I have been made to understand that the DAP was infuriated that G3 put the spotlight on Waytha and pressured Mahathir to attend a ‘pro-human rights’ rally.
So you see, the DAP IS calling the shots.
And if what I’m told is true, Kit Siang plans to use Mahathir’s appearance this Saturday to rally Muslim liberals, Chinese and Indians against PAS and G3. It follows, that with G3 rallying on one end and Mahathir on the other, the DAP will turn Saturday into the day “the pro-Malaysian-Malaysia bloc (MMB) faced off with the Islamic-extremist bloc (IEB).” Everything that Azwanddin and I do thenceforth will then be branded an attempt to wage war against the ‘peace-loving’ MMB. It would only be a matter of time thereafter before Azwan reads me my final rites and finds himself in jail, waiting for his release following the 15th general election.
See the plan?
Muslims who plan to support Mahathir’s pro-human rights rally this Saturday will end up supporting ICERD. They need to understand, that the western concept of human rights isn’t recognised by the Islamic Syariat. Attend the rally, and you’ll end up supporting the right for non-Malays to enjoy the exact same privileges the Malays do. Worse, the western concept of human rights involves the need for one to accept homosexuality as a way of life and sodomy as an act condoned by law. Basically, if you’re a Malaysian Muslim attending Mahathir’s rally, the DAP will call you a hypocrite for objecting ICERD and pressure the Prime Minister to ratify the damn thing.
Yes, the DAP plans to do what every other enemy of Islam always does – attack Islam.