FICTION FOR FANS: Pretending to share a party symbol and
then fighting over hudud was a good show while it lasted
PAS is insisting that it will implement its version of
hudud when Pakatan rules Malaysia. DAP, not only
Karpal Singh, but now also Lim Kit Siang, is equally
adamant that it will not allow Pas' hudud laws to be
used in Malaysia.
Both are bluffing because both know that Pas' hudud will
never be made a part of Malaysian laws.
This is because Pas is contesting in less than half of
the parliamentary seats. To change the constitution in
order to introduce hudud, Pas would require a two-thirds
majority in Parliament.
Only if DAP and PKR vote in favour will the constitution
be changed. But DAP and PKR will not give their votes
for this constitutional amendment.
For Pas, appearing to stand up against DAP on this
Islamic issue is good for convincing Malays that it is
still fighting for its version of Islam.
That it cannot succeed without DAP support need not be
mentioned. What is important is the appearance of being
Islamic. The Muslim voters can be hoodwinked by that.
DAP, which also knows that Pas' hudud will never be
implemented, the appearance of fighting against Pas'
version of Islamic law will convince Chinese voters that
it is fighting for their cause. For this stand the
Chinese will support the DAP.
It is all a sandiwara or "play-acting" by both Pas and
the DAP. Both believe they can hoodwink Malay and
Chinese voters in this election.
Unfortunately, the average Malay and Chinese voter may
fail to read between the lines. So, the issue will stay.
It is good for Pas and good for the DAP.
Then there is the sandiwara of the party symbols of Pas
DAP announced that it would use Pas' full moon symbol in
the election because the Registrar of Societies might
not allow it to use its rocket symbol. The idea is to
For DAP, this is a good strategy as the members of Pas
will think that DAP is now close to Pas and Islam and
will vote for the DAP candidates.
Unfortunately, DAP members did not think this was a good
idea. Their leaders may want to be close to Pas for
political reasons but the members reject Pas and its
Islamic pretensions, totally.
The DAP leaders still thought it was a good ploy to
Pas on the other hand saw in this DAP move to use its
symbol as a good way to convince its members and
supporters that DAP has now understood Islam, which they
had been claiming is their reason for co-habiting with
the anti-Islam DAP.
Pas leaders may even really believe that they are near
to converting Karpal Singh and Kit Siang. Self-deception
is characteristic of Pas. They have had difficulty
explaining why they reject any reconciliation with Umno,
a Malay Muslim party.
The willingness of DAP to use the full moon on a green
background symbol of Pas is useful for convincing their
members that the DAP has become more Islamic since it is
willing to use Pas' symbol.
Both DAP and Pas know all this talk about using the Pas
symbol is so much nonsense. It is not the intention of
DAP to do so or Pas to permit it. But it is good for
politics, for hoodwinking the Malays to support Pas'
virtual love affair with DAP.
Unfortunately, again Pas members resent the idea of the
kafir harbi DAP using their symbol.
It was a relief for all when RoS declared there was no
ban on DAP using its rocket symbol in this election.
And so ends another sandiwara, another false stage show.
Still it was good while it lasted.
Source: NST, 6 MAY 2013