Raggie Jessy Rithaudeen
Over the past two days or so, many activists have been sharing messages via WhatsApp regarding the Kongres Maruah Melayu (KMM) scheduled for the 6thof October 2019. Some say it is a Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad event because Dato’ Seri Hamzah Zainuddin and Latif Ahmad are behind it. Others say it is designed to undo what UMNO and PAS have accomplished through the signing of a pact “bringing all the Malay-Muslims together.”
Does it matter?
Regardless if this is a Mahathir event or a Universiti Malaya (UM) event, it is a step in the right direction. I even called up a media rep to see if he could somehow arrange a slot for me to deliver a speech. PAS has taken a positive approach by not making a fuss and agreed almost immediately to attend. UMNO was more guarded in its approach but ultimately agreed to send a delegation headed by Secretary General Tan Sri Annuar Musa, not the party president.
The point is, Islam dictates that members of the ummah must never bersangka buruk and that muzakarah is necessary for people to discuss and (or) exchange ideas to resolve differences and (or) disputes. In that respect, the KMM is a step in the right direction as it will see key leaders from Malay-Muslim majority parties sharing a stage to discuss matters of common interest. Even though the PAS-UMNO event was referred to as “Himpunan Penyatuan Ummah” (HPU) and not “Himpunan Permuafakatan PAS-UMNO” as it should have been, I welcomed it.
Likewise, I welcome the KMM, though the organiser could have done better by inviting representatives from all active Muslim based NGOs, institutions, agencies and so on. The notion that the HPU “succeeded in uniting all Malay-Muslims” isn’t true as a sizeable Malay-Muslim base still resides with Pakatan Harapan, like it or not. Still, if the iman of PAS and UMNO supporters is strong enough and if its leaders are genuine, the question of the KMM “undoing what UMNO and PAS achieved” does not come into the picture at all as those who have decided to be with PAS and UMNO will remain with PAS and UMNO.
But some are saying the event is DAP inspired to split PAS and UMNO
I don’t think so.
Not that it matters though. Like I said, if the iman of the PAS and UMNO leaderships is strong enough and if its leaders are genuinely striving for unity, there is nothing to worry about. If you are a genuine PAS and (or) UMNO supporter and if your iman is in the right place, you should be celebrating the coming together of Malay-Muslim leaders for a single event. It does not matter who’s organising the event or if the DAP has a secret agenda. If everyone puts on the right thinking cap, this may well be the beginning to the end of the DAP.
Because when the Malay-Muslims unite, the DAP crumbles. That’s precisely why you have DAP cybertroopers planting doubts in your minds by spreading rumours that the event is to split UMNO and PAS. The purpose of the manoeuvre is to get you riled up the minute you see Dato’ Seri Haji Abdul Hadi Awang or Annuar Musa and Mohamad Sabu sharing a stage. That way, you will get so pissed that you may consider ditching PAS and UMNO for “betraying the HPU pact.” If that happens, the only person you have to blame is yourself, as it is you who buruk sangka and made assumptions instead of focusing on the need to unite.
So, the KMM can cause the DAP to crumble?
Like a cookie, if done right.
And when the DAP crumbles, it will be forced to reform. This won’t be an overnight thing, as unification is never a a one-day manoeuvre. But if everyone puts aside the question of “who organised the event” or “is this a DAP plot to split PAS and UMNO,” it will eventually backfire on the DAP. So, if you let up on this opportunity, you only have yourselves to blame. But if you give your full support to your respective icons and think positively, you know that the DAP is on its way out and can only stay if it undergoes major, major reforms.
My mission has always been unity. If the Malay-Muslims unite right before my eyes and if I’m satisfied that it is for real, I’ll cool off and let Rosdzaman Dato’ Haji Mohd Yusup lead GBN the way he sees fit. Actually, Rosdzaman will probably end up taking over GBN from me, one way or the other. I’m not in the best of health anyway, and there’s no telling if things will get better or worse for me. As it is, I’m losing weight at such a rapid rate that I’m having trouble keeping my “pants on.” But hey, my iman is in the right place, and I do what I do because I believe in what I do. And everyday, I tell myself that I’ll get better…
And you should too.