A Gag Reflex

So, in light of the JAIS fiasco over the raid on the Damansara Utama Methodist Church, the Menteri Besar has issued the most democratic order yet: the GAG ORDER. All State Executive Councillors as well as staff from JAIS have been barred from saying anything pertaining to the issue. The Menteri Besar is also said to want to hear what the Sultan of Selangor has to say.

If my memory serves me right, the current Menteri Besar of Selangor was never one who would listen to His Majesty the Sultan. Take for example the tussle over the appointment of Datuk Mohd Khusrin Munawi as the State Secretary. As a matter of fact, the Selangor State Government has also shown its disrespect to the Raja Permaisuri Agong by not attending the International Islamic Songs Festival held in Selangor that was graced and officiated by Her Majesty.

Barisan Nasional, too, has had its fair share of “not listening to the Sultan” when the Palace of Terengganu insisted on having the current Menteri Besar replacing the previous one. We know how that turned out. But Pakatan Rakyat seems more riddled with episodes of dissing the respective State’s Royal Institution:

1. Nizar Zakaria, the former MB of Perak, refused to heed to the Sultan’s call to vacate his post as the Menteri Besar after losing majority support in the Perak’s Dewan. In a press conference, Nizar was quoted to have said:

“Saya dengan rendah hati mohon derhaka dengan berkata kepada baginda ’patik sebagai MB dan pemimpin kerajaan, mohon tidak letak jawatan”

He requested to disobey the directive from His Majesty the Sultan. Anyway, Nizar still maintains the prefix “MB” in his Twitter ID, for reasons best known only to him.

2. V Sivakumar, the ADUN for Tronoh from the DAP, had to be forcibly removed from the Dewan. He also went against the Palace when, as the then-Speaker (or so he thought), he suspended and banned the new Menteri Besar and six state Excos from entering the Dewan.

3. Not to be outdone, also in Perak, the ADUN for Pantai Remis (again, from DAP), Nga Kor Ming, attended the Dewan sitting not dressed in the ceremonial dress WITH THE RAJA MUDA IN ATTENDANCE, while his cousin, Ngeh Koo Ham, the ADUN for Sitiawan (yet again from DAP) wore the ceremonial dress, but without the songkok.

Ngeh and Nga in defiance

4. In Johor, Boo Cheng Hau (DAP-Skudai) also did not don the songkok in the state’s Dewan, in the presence of the Sultan of Johor. Perhaps, wearing a songkok to him would be an insult to his race (since he is always harping on race issues).

5. Also in Johor, two years earlier, Gwee Tong Hiang (DAP-Bentayan), wore only a blue business suit to the Dewan’s sitting. However, the Speaker ordered him to do so, 15 minutes before the opening ceremony. Ong Kow Meng (DAP-Senai) also did the same.

6. Two years ago, during the 217th Malay Rulers Conference, the Chief Minister of Penang, Lim Guan Eng (also from the DAP) did not don a songkok in the presence of His Majesty the King and His Royal Highnesses the Sultans, Raja and Yam DiPertuan Besar as well as His Excellencies the Governors of Sabah, Sarawak, Melaka and Pulau Pinang.

7. Most recently, DAP state excos in Sarawak did not don the songkok at the state Dewan sitting in the presence of His Excellency the Governor of Sarawak.

Therefore, since when has the Pakatan Rakyat-led Selangor state government started listening to what the Palace has to say?

4 Replies to “A Gag Reflex”

  1. This entire posting, if not your entire persona itself, is conundric. In an earlier article you lambasted JAIS for doing what they did. As if ashamed of the vigour with which your fellow Muslims from JAIS handled the Christian Berbuka-puasa thing, you apologetically condemned them without even questioning what was it that drove those pegawai to do the raid in the first place. This you lamented fairly well, giving an impression to your christian-backed Muslim haters a contrition of sorts, and that this country bumpkin mentality by the name of JAIS is not part of you and would like to clearly be discerned from any association with, and to be disowned from.

    But come to think of it. Christians and Muslims have shared events and festivals before. In this country we have shared tables and eaten together. Therefore, there must be a particular reason why this particular “raid” as you put it, is making the headlines. True enough, words leak that the impetus to these actions were due to reasons that have been much more diabolical in nature. There are talks of 100 malay muslim single mothers being “supported” by the church, of which 12 of them were there during the raid. Some have been given monetary help of upwards of RM20,000. For what? So that they could buy tudung and Quran, send their kids to sekolah tahfiz and go to Mekah next year? When the JAIS officers came, they were given permissions to enter only one hour after negotiations, and when they did, some of the Malay attendees tried to lari jalan belakang. Why lari? Don’t want to finish your “buka puasa”? And what about the rest of them? That’s what the one hour was for?

    And now you make an about-turn and the object of your qualm is now MB Khalid with his gag order. But its already too little, too late. You have, along with the likes Nuraina Samad, Rocky Bru, Marina Mahathir and others who are always on the lookout for demonizing JAIS for issues ranging from Yoga to anything that has anything to do with making the Sino-Christian DAP voters happy, now join in the foray of belittling them.

    I read that you do your A-levels in England before. You are highly educated, have great communication ability, and perhaps by now on top of the world as far as your worldly needs go. The simpleton JAIS officers are nowhere near you in terms of intellectuality and a general acumen of both culture and foothold on general worldly dispositions and I guarantee none of them put together could afford things like half the car you own or a quarter the residence that you live in.

    Sadly, these simpleton folks are the ones who tried so much from saving the ummah from being cheated and proselytized. How I would have wished it would done by more talented and intelligently advantaged people such as yourself.

    For when Keats asked,

    Who are these coming to the sacrifice?
    To what green altar, O mysterious priest,
    Lead’st thou that heifer lowing at the skies,
    And all her silken flanks with garlands drest?

    perhaps you alone can answer.

    Barking Magpie

    1. Thank you for your comment.

      One’s faith, if it can be swayed, is not strong to begin with. 🙂

      1. I’m not sure you get my meaning. I am trying to portray a half-empty glass, not a half-full one.


      2. I doubt you understood that article.

        I did not lambast JAIS for doing their job nor did I question the reason behind it. I questioned the method of executing that raid. How would Muslims feel if squads representing other religion in a non-Muslim country enter a mosque compound to investigate purported wrongdoings?

        Did God not tell us NOT to desecrate or destroy places of worship belonging to other religions? To NOT do unto others what we do not want done unto us?

        Which is why I pasted that Covenant that the Prophet signed.

        It was Muhammad’s (pbuh) covenant, not mine.

        Question Muhammad.

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