Liver Poolu

The title is by no means an insult to the Liverpool fans, but the term “sakit hati” came into mind. Since “hati” is “liver“, I will let you Google the rest of the title.

Sakit hati does not translate into heartache, as the latter refers to matter of the heart, while the former is more about the wrenching pain you feel inside as a result of anger or frustration. Patah hati would be more appropriate for being heart broken and so on. But this sakit hati I feel is more because some poolu have been playing the racist card while some poolu have completely forgotten about the racists.

The poolu of the issue here is of what was once said by BN-friendly candidate for the Shah Alam parliamentary seat, Zulkifli Noordin. Zulkifli Noordin was the lawyer for a poolu called Anwar Ibrahim. A falling out later between the two saw Zulkifli, who was from PAS, turned independent, actively attacking his former allies. It was during Zulkifli Noordin’s time in PAS in 2003 that he was videotaped uttering derogatory remarks towards the Indians. He left PAS in 2008 to join Anwar’s PKR in the same year and left in 2010. On 6th March 2013, he was videotaped making another derogatory remark, although was aimed at his former allies, still touched on the Indians. Anyway, Zulkifli Noordin has had a talk to Indians in the area he is contesting where he has apologised to them in public for making those remarks.

Let us now look at the other poolus who have given other forms of liver pain.

Anwar Ibrahim, on 27th March 1998, near the Kampung Rawa mosque, Jalan Pattani on Penang island mentioned that he will make sure the bell at the Sri Raja Raja Muthuraiveeran temple will no longer ring. He has never apologised to the Indian community for saying so.

Ten years later, in 2008, during the run-up to the previous general elections, Anwar Ibrahim promised to the largely Indian community facing the demolition of the Kampung Buah Pala settlement that he would settle the issue within two weeks if the then-Barisan Alternatif (predecessor of the Pakatan Rakyat) was voted into power in Penang. The settlement was demolished in less than 100 days after the Pakatan Rakyat formed the government in Penang. Anwar has never apologised.

Man burns himself in protest of the demolition of a temple in Puchong
Man burns himself in protest of the demolition of a temple in Puchong

What is the picture above about?

This was M.Chakragunasegaran, 52 years old, who burnt himself to protest the demolition of the Sri Srinivasa Perumal temple in Pusat Bandar Puchong in November 2010. He died 22 days later. Has the Pakatan Rakyat government apologised? The answer is NO.

Bulldozing a Hindu altar on 4th Dec 2012
Bulldozing a Hindu altar on 4th Dec 2012

The above picture is of the demolition work in progress of a Hindu altar on 4th December 2012…this was carried out by the Pakatan Rakyat government in Selangor despite being told to consult the Hindu Sangam before carrying out any work. You can read more about it here. Has the Pakatan Rakyat government issued any apology? I haven’t seen one. Let me know if you have.

Then in January of 2013, the Sri Maha Mariamman temple in Bangi Lama was served a notice for the crime of ringing the bell after dark by a council in Pakatan Rakyat’s Selangor. Any apology by the Pakatan Rakyat government for that issue? None whatsoever. And I wonder why did the temple committee saw it fit to escalate the issue to MIC Youth Chief, T. Mohan, instead of an Indian councillor from Pakatan Rakyat? I let you come to your own conclusion.

Of course, Salahuddin Ayub of PAS, in a debate with BN’s Saifuddin Abdullah in mid 2012, likened the Hindu celebration of Thaipusam to a street demonstration. This debate was televised live. Still, Salahuddin never apologised. Instead, he claimed he was misunderstood. To add insult to injury, you get other poolus joining in saying they were not offended by Salahuddin’s remark!

Lest we forget, Anwar’s trusted lieutenant, Azmin Ali called former ally, N.Gobalakrishnan, a pariah!

So, guys. Feet firmly on the ground, one poolu has left Pakatan Rakyat, now contest for BN, and apologized for his extremely stupid remarks made during his time in the Pakatan Rakyat, and before given the chance to fight for the rakyat under the BN banner; while the other unapologetic poolus are still in Pakatan Rakyat. It is up to you to decide which poolu to support, and whether you will make a poolu out of yourself later.