Wednesday, 28th July 2010
For Malaysian Who have never set foot on Kelantan state whic is dubbed as the Serambi Mekah of Malaysia or the Mecca of Malaysia especially the Sarawakian rural might be carried away by Jemut Masing propaganda that Malaysia based political parties (excluded BN's component parties such as "I aM NO" (UMNO), MCA, MIC and Gerakan of course) are bad and have no knowledge on local custom or adat, might be thinking that the state of Kelantan only in favour the Muslims compare to non-Muslims.
Today I am going to write about two good things (out of few) that I managed to gather as a comparison between PAS and UMNO. Hopefully with this revelations, the rural people of Sarawak will accept PAS so as that party will not be the stumble block for Pakatan Rakyat coalition (PR) to kick Barisan Nasional (BN) from new DUN building in the coming state election. PAS in the past had been dubbed by BN Sarawak as the racict and extremist muslim party by BN. On top of it, PAS had a very bad reputation in Sarawak particularly to the non-muslims. The grave mistake that PAS had committed was when it first time set its foot on Sarawak, they had refused to shake hands with the non-muslim supporters because they did not want to dirty their hands with the pork eaten hands belong to the non-muslim.
First comparison that I want to make today is about PAS standpoint on the use of word "Allah" by the catholic's newsletter Herald Malaysia. PAS Supreme Council on 5th January 2010 had unanimously backed the use of the word Allah by Catholics, saying that it was consistent with the federal Constitution and Islamic principles. But what did the UMNO and bad mouth Iban politicians like Jabu and Jemut Masing had done? Yes they neither opposed or support the High Court decision.PAS has better racial and religious telorance compared to UMNO and BN.
Second Point is a Moderate way of living as advocates by PAS leader. Have anyone ever seen the official resident of the Kelantan's Chief Minister Datuk Nik Aziz? For those who have not seen his house please see it below.
Will you think that our Pehin or any UMNO/BN Leaders eating in a place alike where Nik Aziz having his breakfast?
On top of about the humble house where Nik Aziz lives, I want to share the experience that this visitor and his family members from Seremban who were on family tour to Kota Bharu Kelantan, encountered with Datuk Nik Aziz who were having breakfast at the ordinary foodstall "warung" by the road side. To keep it originality, please read the article by one of its family member in Bahasa Malaysia :-
Sewaktu kami sekeluarga berkunjung ke Kota Bharu Kelantan pada cuti sekolah bulan lepas, kami sekeluarga sarapan pagi di gerai berhampiran hotel penginapan.. Kami sekeluarga terkejut dan rasa terharu bila kami dapati MB Kelantan tengah sarapan pagi di gerai tersebut berseorangan tanpa pengawal peribadi dan pegawai kerajaan Kelantan..
Malah beliau terlebih dahulu menegur dan menberi salam kepada kami sekeluarga serta mengajak kami sekeluarga makan bersama-sama dimeja beliau sambil berborak menayakan dari mana, bagaimana perasaan kami bila berada di Kelantan dan banyak lagi.. Ketika berborak, beliau tiada sedikit pun menyentuh soal politik atau cerita perkembangan terkini di Negeri kami (Negeri 9).. Malah beliau berterima kasih kepada kami kerana sudi datang dan lihat sendiri keadaan di Kelantan daripada membaca di akhbar atau melihat di TV.. Malah kami sekeluarga rasa lebih terharu bila beliau bayar kami sekeluarga makan pada pagi itu..The above two good examples about PAS above is not exhaustive. I hope the message above will reach the majority of the voters in rural Sarawak especially the Iban, so that it will change their perceptions about PAS, therefore PR's aim to wrest Sarawak from corrupted BN in the coming state election will be achieved.
* MB Negeri saya sendiri pun susah nak jumpa..... kecuali ada majlis rasmi yang ada publisiti sahaja.........