Monday, May 12, 2014

Hudud Or Not We Are "Stoned" Already

While Malaysians await to see whether Pas's proposed private member's bill to implement Hudud in Kelantan gets traction to end up legislated and if so, whose limbs get chopped off and whose wives or lovers get stoned to death, we long suffering Bolehlanders are already being "stoned, Hudud or not.

The reality of the GST (Goods and Sale Services Tax) will bite in a few months' time, when the tax takes effect early next year. The tax will bite deep into the average Bolehlander's limited pockets, adding to the curse and burden of an ever burgeoning cost of living brought about largely by a profligate administration that has been spending like there is no tomorrow for the last 16 years running, running deficit budgets like no body's business and in the despicable process, chalking up the sovereign debt to over 600 billion Ringgit (more if you take into consideration contingent liabilities) and still running, inevitably creating an albatross around the neck of the nation that threatens to choke the life out of the average Bolehlander and send the country into bankruptcy.

Of course, the government claims that it needs to raise more money for fiscal and financial reasons and that that is good for the country. How and in what ways that is good they are not telling, or unable to. All that they are able to say is that they will use the added revenue from the GST wisely for the benefit of the country. But if experience is the guide, Bolehlanders can look forward to more abuses and squirrelling away of public funds for costly hare-brained projects that largely benefit only a privileged few and that siphon off a substantial part of the funds into private pockets, including those of the ruling elite.

We are also not happy that the government wants the easy way out to raise revenue that only burdens the poor rakyat without being serious in fighting the endemic corruption that has been estimated by various sources to cost the nation easily tens of billion Ringgit annually. Nor is it serious about plugging the illicit outflows of funds that amount to several tens if not hundreds of billions each year.

Further, we are unhappy that while the government removes the paltry subsidies meant for the poor rakyat, it continues to pander to the rich corporate entities like the IPP (Independent Power Producers) that easily costs the nation tens of billion Ringgit annually.

While we are being hit in the pockets, we are also being hit on the security front. Is Bolehland fast becoming a hot bed of terrorist cells if the recent arrests of 11 terrorists with alleged Ali-Queda links is anything to go by. And the recent arrest also, of a Somalian terrorist alleged to have links to the Al-Shabaah terrorist group. Given the lax airport security and weak immigration checks as exposed for all to see following the mysterious disappearance of flight MH370, it may not be surprising that terrorists find Bolehland just the right haven to park themselves.

Even in the case of 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers, a group of terrorists were said to have used Malaysia as one of their bases to plan the attack. Remember Zacarrias Moussaoui who was convicted for activities connected to the 9/11 attack? Well, he was said to be one of the group who were housed here.

The question is: is the DUMBno led government up to the task in containing the threat? Or have they been largely sleeping on their job? Why did it require the international community to get the government on their feet?

The waters off Sabah continue to be unsafe for tourists, with two daring kidnappings, possibly carried out by the Philippine Abu Sayyaf terrorist group, in the recent two months raising concerns about the government's ability to ensure safety for tourists in the popular tourist spots off Sabah. There were also incidences of kidnappings of high profile tourists in the past, including that of the wife of a Taiwanese politician last year.

Last year, too, in Sabah, we had an armed rag tag group of about a hundred or so sarong clad intruders from the Philippines that took the government a good two to three long months (and a standing army, so to speak) to resolve, with the unnecessary loss of about half a dozen uniformed personnel. And all the while the authorities were more interested in trying to pin the blame on Anwar Ibrahim for the intrusion, as the are wont to do whenever they need to divert attention from their own incompetence. Anwar has become the unwitting government icon of sorts. Haha

Violent crimes continue to take place while the authorities continue to insist that it is all a question of perception. The latest incident was the daring shooting at a restaurant in Jalan Ipoh.

And to top off the litany, racial  and religious bigots are are having a field day. They have never had it so good, spinning Nazi like rantings of race and religiosity. Telling the Chinese that they are intruders and not entitled to be co-owners of Bolehland or become citizens. Telling the Chinese that they may just pack up and leave. Telling the Chinese that they have done nothing for the country except enriching themselves. Funny, because the last we checked, them Chinese, and the Indians, were largely the ones who were responsible for physically developing the country and bringing in trade and commerce and helping to make Bolehland what it is today. I don't want to be a racist or a bigot to say that the Malays didn't do their part too.

Saying that the Malays have been very tolerant. By their "logic", I would say that the orang asli (the natives of Peninsular Malaysia) and the Sabah and Sarawak natives have also been tolerant. Maybe these bigots should ask the natives whether they (the natives) would also consider the bigots the co-owners of Bolehland too - just to illustrate their "logic"

And baiting the Christians and warning that they are out to take over the country and telling them how they should worship their god. With the government even banning the use of the name "A.." for non-Muslims (and using the courts to the same purpose) and certain terms they consider exclusive to Muslims.

And all that the "reformist" (per Obama and DUMBno sycophants, haha) and "inclusive" 1Malaysia (per the Pm himself, haha again) Najib could or would do, in the face of all these Nazist provocations, is to remain incognito and incommunicado as would eminently befit a Pm for all Malaysians, irrespective or race or religion? Quite a lot of bull here. And deceit, to be honest.

While the economy sputters and soon could spatter too when Hudud becomes a reality, to our eternal credit.

Update: It seems that Pas has decided for the time being not to proceed with their proposed Hudud Bill. But there is no indication that they will not attempt to reintroduce it later on.

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