A beneficiary of the UMNO legacy who had suddenly found his lost conscience and discover high moral values under a new umbrella.Don't kid yourself that this is true.Wait till they become the government.
Zaid Ibrahim, a lawyer by profession and a politician by design, has called on Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah to join PKR saying the Tengku is the only one who is not a racist in UMNO, which according to him has become a fascist organisation.Is PKR in desperate need of new leadership? Has Anwar Ibrahim lost his shine that they need to bring in people like Razaleigh to prop up support.
The outcome of Manik Urai could have been the wake up call that spurs Zaid to appeal to Razaleigh.Both Razaleigh and Mahathir have been critical of the government.Maybe, Zaid should also call Mahathir to join PKR.Better still, add more icing to the cake, get Abdullah Badawi to come along too.
The Oxford Dictionary described fascism as ......an extreme right wing political system or attitude which is in favour of strong central government and which does not allow any opposition.
So! Where does UMNO fits into this factor of fascism.Right wing, yes... strong central government, yes...and does not allow opposition, certainly not true.The opposition is now strongest ever for the past 50 years.It is the main ingredient of fascism, absolutely no opposition.
Let's take a look at what right wing entails.
According to Wikipedia right wing is support for preserving traditional or cultural values and customs and maintaining some form of social hierarchy. In modern times right wing also support capitalism and free markets.
Being right wing, therefore, is not as evil as badly painted by Zaid.A strong central government is the dream of every government without which there cannot be law and order and without which any states in the federation can or will try to break away.
Nations with weak central government come under the definition of 'failed state'.Malaysia is not, by any stretch of out imagination, a failed state yet.
Pakistan can be called a failed state because the central government has no control over its territories in the northern region.The North West Frontier provinces are ruled by war lords with their own sets of law.Somalia, is a failed state, true and pure, it has no central government in the true sense.The country is in a complete state of anarchy.
These are countries that started with Western-styled democracy that they have no notion about.They copied their ex-masters blindly but do not have the same commanding attributes to exert influence and control over the people. Just like man cannot live by bread alone government cannot survive on idealism alone and there is nothing wrong with democracy tailored to suit the country's polity.
Singapore, would not have been what it is today if Lee Kuan Yew had listened to the West and adhered to Western type democracy.It is of no doubt that Singapore's success has also been due to Lee Kuan Yew's zero tolerance against corruptions.Not only the streets are clean here, the government, in fact almost the whole system is clinically clean of corruptions.
The opposition is trying to impose an idealistically unrealistic form of democracy and one that I believe they themselves wouldn't be able to put into practice when or if they do form the government.All the sanctimoniousness and portentous remarks are just ploys to inveigle the people. Anwar Ibrahim was part of the so-called fascist regime before and have indulged in same activity.So is the caller Zaid Ibrahim, a recipient of UMNO's benefaction, who had never questioned his conscience before whether his rise to fame and fortune was of his own making.
Razaleigh is in the last leg of his political life and is not likely to sell his soul to the devil and succumb to Zaid's histrionic praises of him.
In praise of Razaleigh, the lawyer turned politician said “He (Razaleigh) will not use the police and or the MACC to bring about the downfall of his political rivals. He will not appoint racists as newspaper editors. His wife will not be offended if her photograph does not appear in the newspapers.”
One would have thought as a lawyer Zaid would have been more careful with choice of words.To lump everyone in UMNO as racists and fascists is a gross overkill.
Mussolini and Hitler must be laughing and kicking in their graves.
Read Tengku Razaleigh's response here.
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