My prayer to God is a very short one:
“Oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous!”
God has granted it.
– Voltaire (1694- 1778)
Those were the words of a renaissance man some 300 years ago. If he had been living here in Malaysia this time around, he would have been laughing at the irony presented in the current situation.
We have seen how erratic the Pakatan Rakyat leaders had been for the past few months. Their words sounded topsy turvy in the ears of the people. More often than not, the rakyat were fed with endless absurdity in their way of politics.
We have read some of it here –
Taking cue from all this idiocy, the brazen Pakatan Rakyat supporters in the blogosphere began to write incredulous arguments to support their leaders’ ridiculous behaviours.
One such example is their take on the Monarchy’s immunity.
Now, all this started when Pakatan Rakyat supporters had badly insulted the monarchy following the change in Perak Government. One can remember how the car carrying Raja Di Hilir Perak was pelted with stones. The window was smashed during the motorcade and one have to admit that this vile act of trying to physically harm a member of the Perak Royal household must be severely punished.
But instead of apologising to the Monarchy, the leaders of Pakatan Rakyat, headed by Anwar Ibrahim were trying very hard not to be brandished as ‘derhaka’. How are they going to escape this? By deflecting it back to Umno of course. They said, Umno was the traitorous party that curtailed the Monarchy’s power. The people cannot blame Pakatan Rakyat for this. It is as if to say that when a hooligan from Pakatan Rakyat threw stones and showed offensive sign language to the Royals, it was Umno’s fault.
Are their unruly behaviours being controlled by Umno’s Brain Control machine back in Umno HQ in PWTC?
Get real. Do we see any Pakatan Rakyat leaders apologising to the Sultan? No we do not. As I said before, Pakatan Rakyat leaders have no sense of humility. Do you see any? I don’t.
The Pakatan Rakyat had been telling the people all this while that Barisan Nasional is a pompous group of politicians. Now, we do not see any difference between the two. In fact Pakatan Rakyat is even guilty of not walking the talk.
Why should the rakyat believe whatever they are saying now? Their strong but silly disinformation efforts showed us how desperate they have become.
To begin with, in the aftermath of the fall of DAP government in Perak, the Pakatan Rakyat leaders began to post history lessons in their webpages. One such leader is Elizabeth Wong. The leaders of Pakatan Rakyat tried very hard to discredit the Monarchy by digging up old stories about the extravagance in the Monarchy lifestyles in the old days.
For all intent and purposes, Pakatan Rakyat resorted to highlight what Tun Dr Mahathir had done in the past about the Monarchy. They are actually banking on Tun Dr Mahathir’s action just to justify their political methods!
They even dug up examples of incidences where the Monarchy had erred in their behaviours. Why? Because they wanted to show their supporters that what Nizar, Ngeh, and Ngar did currently is similar to what the ex premier did nearly 20 years ago.
Here in lies the argument that shows how ridiculous Anwar Ibrahim and the fragile Pakatan Rakyat had become.
Firstly, what Tun Dr Mahathir had done back then was to curtail the personal misdemeanours of the Royal members by setting up a Special Court. Any misbehaviour of the Royal members will be tried in this Court. Before 1993, this Special Court did not exist. Many aggrieved persons did not get any justice from the laws as the monarchy was immune to any press charges.
Thanks to the effort spurred on by Tun Dr Mahathir, people can eventually bring the matter to this Special Court.
Now, what is the justification of the arguments brought forth by Pakatan Rakyat that Umno was ‘derhaka’? That Umno had championed the people’s rights? Good for Umno then!
Please take note that in 1993, Karpal Singh and Anwar Ibrahim were among the people that vehemently supported this decision in enacting a law that allows a Sultan to be tried for any wrongdoings made in his personal capacity. Now these very same people think that what Umno did was ‘derhaka’?
This is one of the immunity of the Monarchy that was curtailed by the government and Pakatan Rakyat seemed to think that this is traitorous? Are they now saying that the Special Courts need to be abolished?
Their own line of reasoning is so preposterous that they have become confused in their own political struggle. What is it that they aim to achieve?
So, Umno is ‘traitorous’ for limiting the Sultan’s powers. As the result, the Sultans now cannot do as they please to the people. Is that their point of contention?
In fact, this will only highlight how empathetic Umno was to the wellbeing of its people back then. Therefore, how ridiculous have Pakatan Rakyat had become now?
My dear leaders of Pakatan Rakyat; Umno used the examples of the Monarchy’s personal transgressions to justify an amendment to protect the average Malaysian. But you defiled the royal institution just to further your own cause. You tainted the royal institution just because the DAP government fell in Perak. Moreover, the Sultan acted in his official capacity and according to the Constitution.
In the Constitution, specifically in Schedule 8 – Provisions To Be Inserted in the State Constitution, it is stated that:
(2) The Ruler may act in his discretion in the performance of the following functions (in addition to those in the performance of which he may act in his discretion under the Federal Constitution) that is to say –
(a) the appointment of a Menteri Besar.
(b) the withholding of consent to a request for the dissolution of the Legislative Assembly.
There is no need to argue whether the Sultan had not followed the Constitution anymore. It is well within his jursidiction as the Constitutional Monarch.
Many well learned politicians in Pakatan Rakyat chose to ignore the meaning of a Constitutional Monarch and resorted to tell lies to their supporters. Constitutional Monarch means a head of state that delegates the powers of the Constitution to the government.
It means, he is governed by the Constitution to act and to direct in his official capacity. He cannot act on anything if it is not within the ambit of the Constitution. Get it?
I am digressing already.
Suffice to say that when the Sultan did not acquiesce to their stand, Pakatan Rakyat tried to malign the Sultan in a venomous way. When protests where held to defend the Royal Institution, they chided Umno for being the original traitor.
When the Straits Times of Singapore posted an article about the 1993 Constitutional Amendments, many Pakatan Rakyat bloggers complimented that article. Saying it was timely and relevant.
I am indeed amused by these people who claimed to be enlightened and open minded but failed to learn one’s own history where it matters the most. How pathetic can one gets! Umno currently is not taking the opposite side from what happened in 1993. The immunity of the Sultans was slightly stripped in order to give justice to the people. It was to make the Monarchy become respectable in the eyes of the people. It actually lifted the Monarchy’s image since cases of impropriety became near non existent.
What Umno is doing now is protecting the Royal Institution from being insulted by the Pakatan Rakyat leaders and their rabid supporters.
So, what is their beef? Again, at the risk of repeating myself, Pakatan Rakyat has been reduced to crybabies with forked tongues. Unable to put up a strong, logical argument to support their political survival.
I think if Pakatan Rakyat opens their mouth again, they will look like a clown in the eyes of their own supporters!
Taking cue from the 1990 and 1995 modus operandi of opposition parties in general elections, I can see a strategy that is going to be executed by them in this coming by election in Perak. It is too obvious. In order to obtain the votes to win Bukit Gantang, Pakatan Rakyat will have to resort on one thing that they are good act.
This tactic will begin by ridiculing and chastising the Sultan for his ‘blindness’ in not able to read the “people’s demands”.
Then, they will accuse Umno of being the party that spilled first blood. Umno is the ‘penderhaka’. Not us! This will be their battlecry. Their campaign arc.
They will try a sales pitch in the form of Pakatan Rakyat vs Umno (and Monarchy). They will produce a lot of examples on what the Monarchy did in the past (although they should know that the Monarchy is very much well behaved now due to the Constitutional amendments made in 1993).
They will continue to harp on the transgressions committed by the Monarchy in their personal capacity just to gain support for their cause. Their lust for power will know no bounds. They will be become insiduous to the extent of ridiculing the very institution that protects their rights within the Constitution.
It is easy for people to see who should they support for when one of the coalition is becoming more ridiculous by the day.
I came across a couple of good articles a few hours ago. Please click on the links below:
1) Reflection 1
2) Reflection 2