Saturday, March 15, 2008

Melindraf: UMNO, the new Hindraf (Part 2)

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Friday, March 14, 2008

When I posted earlier about the Penang UMNO demonstration as reported at NST entitled: Penang Umno supporters demonstrate against NEP changes in my article entitled: Melindraf: UMNO, the new Hindraf, some readers asked me why I used the call-name melindraf, and why not cronydraf or any other name.

Maybe, you should help me to re-name this group of demonstrators. You can also read Zainol Abideen's blog and view more of the demonstration pictures from here.

[Quote from NST news report with emphasis]:

Shouts of `Hidup Melayu` rang around the landmark Komtar building here today as 1,000 Umno members gathered to protest the DAP-PKR coalition government's intent to change New Economic Policy practices in the state. Those taking part in the gathering demanded that the state government leave the NEP alone and also called on chief minister Lim Guan Eng to ensure the Malays were not marginalised under the new state administration. They said he should not turn Penang into another Singapore.

Police, including light strike force personnel, were on standby as the crowd started to gather along Jalan Magazine after Friday prayers about 2.15pm. They carried banners which read Jangan Hapuskan Dasar Ekonomi Baru (do not abolish the NEP), Kami Melayu Pulau Pinang menyokong Kepimpinan Pak Lah (We the Malays of Penang support Pak Lah (prime minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's leadership) and Hidup Melayu (long live the Malays). (Remarks: Long live Indian Muslims or Malay? Are they Malays? Read the earlier articles MIMYM and KIMMA) No water cannon and tear gas troops !)

State Umno secretary Datuk Azhar Ibrahim later told reporters that the gathering was organised as the Malays wanted to vent their anger against the state government's stand on the NEP. (Remarks: was it the Malays or Indians venting their anger?)

He said any move to introduce the open tender system in Penang would only lead to the marginalisation of the Malays. "We will plan to hold similar gatherings in the future and we will submit our memorandum to the governor soon," he said. (Remarks: How does an open tender system marginalized the Malays when the tender qualification is for PKK Bumiputera registered Class A Contractor?? ?)

In an immediate response, Lim said the state government did not have any problems who wanted to take part in gatherings.

"It is all part of freedom of speech. However, I am surprised that they did not give me any memorandum. This is the first time a demonstration has been held but those who organised it did not have any memorandum to be submitted," he said.

Lim said the newly-formed state government was willing to listen to what the people had to say, including those from Umno.

However, he stressed that the state government would proceed with its plan to have open tenders as it was the best method to cut out corruption, cronyism and systematic inefficiency. "It looks like Umno has failed in its bid to run down the new state government. There are only trying to draw the people's attention away from their own internal problems," he said.


P/S: Hasilox, can you assist?


Daripada Abu Umarah iaitu al-Bara' bin 'Azib radhiallahu anhuma, katanya: "Kita semua diperintah oleh Rasulullah s.a.w. untuk melakukan tujuh perkara, iaitu meninjau orang sakit, mengikuti janazah, menentasymitkan orang yang bersin, menolong orang yang lemah, membantu orang yang teraniaya, meratakan salam dan melaksanakan sumpah."

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