I have never seen an awakening of the people of Malaysia at the scale which we are now witnessing. Because of this, I am certain that Datuk Seri Najib Razak and gang will be defeated at the coming General Election. His friendship with Pas is the nail in the coffin

No political analyst would ever imagine such a scenario but if you want evidence of it, there is plenty if you care to look: the desperate move by the Election Commission to continue with its constituency redelineation without Selangor (which is currently challenging the exercise in court) is one such example.

It is a desperate and low-class act that defies the rules and principles stated under our laws that if a redelineation exercise is to be done — that is, if it is to be done at all — then it must be done for the whole country.

The Barisan Nasional thinks a redrawing of boundaries will help it win some seats but this is an exercise in futility. The more Malays they have in a particular constituency, the more trouble they will face. No redrawing of electoral boundaries can save them this time.


If you live in Kelantan, you can see that the current PAS leaders under Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang are losing support in every corner of the state. In the days of Tok Guru Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, PAS would gather 10,000 or so supporters at their political ceramah without difficulty. Today, PAS under Hadi can hardly organise a ceramah at all for fear that they will have no crowd.

When Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad spoke in Kota Bharu on the evening of 15 March, there were at least 10,000 who attended the rally. Contrast that to a PAS ceramah a night later when PAS Deputy President Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man and Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob garnered only 1,200 supporters in Tumpat, which is 12km away from Kota Bharu.

You want more evidence? Tun Dr Mahathir was at the small town of Ajil in Hulu Terengganu last week, and more than 5,000 came to hear him — and yet some of the Bangsar crowd still think rural Malays are completely with UMNO or PAS.




You might say that Act 355 — the “Hudud Bill” — is a rallying point for PAS and UMNO. But at what cost? Barisan Nasional will break up, and MCA Gerakan and MIC will not even realise what hit them. This unprecedented step of “taking over” Pas’ attempt at back door hudud is a betrayal to Tunku Abdul Rahman and our earlier leaders who started the dream of a multi-ethnic, multi-religious democracy.

This “taking over” as announced by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is a political betrayal by UMNO to its partners and is illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional.

The Government should have obtained the consent of all the states and the Conference of Rulers before presenting the Hudud Bill in Parliament. This is a state-religious matter that must be agreed to by the states and the Conference of Rulers before Federal government passes a law. This has not been done. I know this Government has no respect for the laws and the Constitution, but the people must know this too.

The Speaker of Parliament should have rejected the 355 Hudud Bill outright. Unfortunately for the country, he is neither independent nor free from the pressure of the Prime Minister’s Office.

In fact, it looks as if Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said is both Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department as well as de facto Speaker. That’s why this Bill has become a government Bill even though the legal process has not been followed. The people must know this.


Anyway, before Muslim voters get carried away with the false idea that Act 355 is intended to “honour Islam”, consider this: there has not been one case in any Shariah court in the country where the Shariah judge or Shariah prosecutor has complained that they could not do justice because their existing powers of sentencing were woefully inadequate.

Tell me if there is a case, just one case, for example, in which the Shariah judge wanted to impose, say, a longer jail sentence for an offence, or wanted to impose whipping but was unable to do so because of the present law. Tell me if any State Islamic Religious Council has submitted a memorandum to enhance sentencing powers to the extent of Hadi’s proposal.

You won’t be able to because there has been none. There is no real need.

How many people who are involved in the administration of the Shariah courts — as well as judges, prosecutors and even the Malay Rulers — have asked for this new Act 355? Again the answer is: none. There is no need.

So why has the Najib government and Hadi conjured up this plan? It’s a political idea conceived by UMNO and PAS leaders who are hoping to mislead Muslims into thinking that these politicians are the “champions of Islam”. They hope that, with this, they will win in the coming election. Do you think the Malays can’t see through that?

I am sure the people will dump Najib and gang this time. The general idea is that by working closely with PAS, BN will be saved. This will not happen. In fact, PAS will now destroy BN, after it almost succeeded in destroying Pakatan Rakyat. Selangor too must not be so gullible. Don’t think that by being Pas friendly, the people will close their eyes and vote for the incumbent. In today’s politics, you cannot always have the cake and eat it!