Is UMNO setting the stage up for the next 50-year domination?
The pieces of racial animosity puzzle seem to be falling in place.
It started with temple demolishing since early 2000. News reports (many international) regularly highlighted this. HINDRAF sent is memos and letters. They complained publicly as well. Small protests were held.
Then it followed with wanton murder of Indians at Kampung Medan, Kelantan (innocent Indian men shot, mistaken for smugglers; pregnant Indian woman shot & killed, mistaken for kidnapper; Indian youth killed and body dumped allegedly by police). HINDRAF took legal action. Small protests were held.
UMNO held its annual meeting over a Public Holiday (Deepavali) and condemned the Indian newspaper vendors for not working on their holy day and thus preventing news paper distribution.
Then the high drama of barbaric destruction of a temple in Shah Alam a few days before Deepavali.
HINDRAF finally reacted very publicly.
Malays are being stirred up – Speeches by Rahim Thamby Chik with regard to Malays taking up machete to defend their racial supremacy (and to think some of you became angry with me when I highlighted threats of mass murder in an earlier posting).
Hindus are being provoked again – Ali Rustam, the Chief Minister of Melaka has ordered the destruction of yet another Hindu temple after the public outpouring of frustration by 30,000 Indians.
Indians are facing collective punishment – 31 alleged rally participants (alleged because some of then claim to have been arrested at roadblocks away from the point of contention (i.e. Batu Caves Temple) are now facing attempted murder charges, a charge almost universally derided by the legal fraternity in Malaysia as being based on bad faith (mala fide) and intimidation. The NAZI party used collective punishment as well.
HINDRAF is linked with terrorism – the Inspector General of Police has, without offering evidence made this statement. One could not but wonder how different this is with professional police forces such as that in the UK where groups are investigated, arrested and charged without all these public announcements a la “development corridor” without basis. We must also ponder why, a nation that had defeated communist terrorist by way of “hearts & minds” would chose such antagonistic means to deal with this “terror” linked group.
PEMBELA warns of Malay anger – why would anyone become angry over unconfirmed report of HINDRAF memorandum’s content is beyond me. But then we specialise in rumour mongering and fitnah. Why be surprised?
No UNMO leader steps forward to offer a calming tone. No UMNO leader is chded for inciting tension.
Possible End Game
HINDRAF, running out of patience, issues ultimatum to government in late Dec 2007 or Jan 2008.
Indians demonstrate on Jan 23rd 2008 Thaipusam festival.
Planted goons attack Muslims praying in a mosque on a Friday, timing it to coincide with Thaipusam week. Nation-wide racial killing commences on the same day.
UMNO announces Emergency Rule. Election postponed indefinitely.
Peace and Prosperity reigns.
History books are updated on HINDRAF’s “treacherous act” and UMNO has another 50 years of reign by reminding Malaysian voters of “Jan 23rd 2008 incident”.