Wasn’t there a hadith where Prophet Mohamed told Salman the Persian and Bilal the Abysinian to please vacate the premises while he and the other Arab Muslims get together and discuss ‘Arab Unity’?
No, there bloody wasn’t.
So I wonder, how is it PAS, with its majlis ulamak this and that, its lajnah this and that, its Tuan Guru (Tok Guru was most admirably against this idea) and all its pious Muslims can contemplate talking about RACIAL unity? Further, how can it talk about race with UMNO? UMNO the political party who has thus far, according to PAS, perverted Islam with Pak Lah’s Islam Hadhari? UMNO, who were denounced by PAS as ‘kafirs’ because they rejected shariah law?
What has changed all of a sudden that PAS would sit with their mortal enemies?
The answer, ladies and gentleman, is very simple. PAS does not represent Islam. It never has. PAS represents the impulse to acquire power by the ulamak class who have used Islam for their personal benefit. PAS has been given statements for years which has reflected this both callous and fascist attitude towards Islam.
By sitting with UMNO, PAS has truly exposed itself as a party without any principles. To sit and discuss ‘Malay unity’ with a party like UMNO which clearly rejects PAS’s notion of the Islamic State shows that PAS is willing to reconsider anything, anything at all so long as it is a first step to power.
The racial factor can r and should never figure in a party which considers itself ‘Islamic’. Islam, clichéd as this may sound, rejects any notion of racially-based allegiances. Therefore, if an entity considers itself Islamic, it should never sit down with an entity which bases itself on a non-Islamic principle such as Ketuanan Melayu. What about the Chinese and Indian Muslims within PAS? What will they do during these ‘Malay unity’ talks? Maybe the Tuan Guru would tell them to kindly vacate the premises because in his Islam, they are temporarily unwelcome? More likely, the PAS head honchos would obfuscate matters by changing Arabic words round and round to remove the poisonous connotation. Muzakarah has already become muqabalah and for those easily taken these Arabic terminologies (without understanding it), this already signals an A-OK because Arabic language automatically denotes you know what you’re talking about.
The victims in this debacle are the members of the Pakatan Rakyat and not so obviously, the Malay people. PAS and UMNO have been playing with Malay sentiments from the beginning. The Malays have become like a shuttlecock in a badminton game, lobbed and smashed back and forth. Sadly though, the majority of the Malays do not seem to want to escape this political quagmire. There is a world of philosophy and political ideologies out there. The Malays can easily transcend the racist philosophy of UMNO and the islamofascist ideology of PAS.
As for the DAP (since PKR is characteristically silent), I ask you not to allow yourselves to be suckered by PAS once again. You have Penang and from what I hear, are doing a good job running it. This is all that matters. Leave the political intrigues for those unable to do the work. You will then attract the more intelligent and capable Malay people and we can move towards a Malaysian Malaysia.