Latest Malaysian Idol

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim must be the latest Malaysia Idol. To his supporters, at least, who made and erected the 12-meter high giant cut-out of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in the Batu Caves state constituency in Selangor.


On that note, I must agree with UMNO Vice-President Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, that it would have been better if the RM5,000 had been utilized to help the poor.  


Somehow this giant cut-out thing sends shivers up my spine. It is reminiscent of the fanatic followers of the Syiah followers in Iran, who idolize Ayatullah Khomeini.


Datuk Seri Anwar seems to be re-enacting the role of Datuk Harun in the May 13 tragedy in 1969 where both protagonists created serious disharmony among the major ethnic groups in the country.


I think the one major mistake Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has made in his entire tenure as Prime Minister, which I find hard to forgive, is to let Datuk Seri Anwar out. He is now free to roam the streets of this country to do what likes.


Datuk Seri Anwar is creating a great divide among the Malaysians, and now even among the Muslim Malays, we are “berpuak-puak”. He is like “duri dalam daging” or a “virus” and he’s going to make us rot as a nation.


How can we unite our people if we are divided as a nation? If we really want to be a Muslim country, we must go back to Al-Quran and Sunnah Rasul, and be united as Muslims. Why must we be “bergolong-golong” and put each other down?


Rather than trying to create a new government or propagating his own selfish agenda, Datuk Seri Anwar should work together with the current government. All parties should put more effort on how we can be more tolerant, accepting and open so that we can work together as one nation, despite our religious, cultural and ideological differences. At the end of the day, we are only human beings. In Allah’s eyes, we are all created equal. Why must we kill each other and tear at each other’s hair for our religious, cultural and ideological differences?


If you analyze Sejarah Melayu, the “berpuak-puak” syndrome was the crack that created the beginning of the downfall of Melaka as a Muslim Empire. As a pepatah Melayu says, “bagai retak menanti belah”. When a nation is divided, it does not take much to bring us down. It all started with a crack in a nation’s ideology. When there is a “virus” in the nation that is infecting our national ideology, we will become weak as a nation.


One of the easiest ways for the “virus” to spread is through the mind, and the most important tool today is the internet. So, I think it is good that the Government is now paying close attention at its newest constituency, which is the borderless cyberspace. Indeed, they should have done this like donkey years ago. How can the Government neglect the importance of blogs as a strategic tool in the last election?


Anyways, rather than persecuting more and more bloggers, perhaps they should work together with some of the bloggers to propagate the country’s national ideology. If the Government work together and be supportive of bloggers, some of them could even support the Government in creating the right perception for this country to the whole world so that we can closer to the reality. Perception is reality.


As perception’s tool is the mind, indeed, the real weapon in today’s warfare is not arms, but ideology. If your people does not subscribe to your ideology, you can’t get them to fight your war. But then again, why must we create war, when we can create love for each other?


I did not get an A for my history in high school for nothing, you know. I am just sad to see that people never learn from history lessons.


About Nel Fahro-Rozi

I’m an avid reader, prolific wordsmith, cat lover, and passionate foodie and traveler. When I’m not in a world of my own with any of the above, I am an entrepreneur, communicator and writer. View all posts by Nel Fahro-Rozi

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