Jamal and Syed Saddiq - two sides of the same coin - By Commander (Rtd) S THAYAPARAN Royal Malaysian Navy
Sunday, October 08, 2017
Malaysiakini : COMMENT | The only difference is Jamal uses a sledgehammer and Syed uses the pen.
“You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an
airline - it helps if you have some kind of football team, or some
nuclear weapons, but in the very least you need a beer.” ― Frank Zappa
Jamal Md Yunos’ “mabuk” behaviour of smashing boxes of beer
bottles outside the Selangor State Secretariat (SUK) building in Shah
Alam and Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman’s online petition “Hapus Budaya Pesta Arak di Malaysia” (Destroy Beer Festival Culture in Malaysia) are the same. The only difference is the former is the kind of thuggery that we are
used to and the latter the kind of bourgeois online activism that
extremists engage in when they do not want to get their hands dirty like
the leader of the red shirts.
The same kind of bigoted reasoning that Sungai Besar Umno chief Jamal (photo)
and his ilk use is right there on the online petition, that amongst
other reasons, a beer festival would lead to a “gay” carnival. How dumb.
It is like saying because people drink in private establishments, this
would lead to “gay” private establishments. I hate to break it to these
nut jobs, but the two are mutually exclusive. Jamal meanwhile continues his ‘screw you’ approach to the security
apparatus of the state. He has no problems leaving a mess in a public
space because he has the backing of the Umno state, which is making a
public mess all over the country. His type of easy Islamic extremism
entails bullying the non-Malay/non-Muslim communities, all the while
enjoying the blessing of the state, instead of fighting other Muslims on
foreign soil attempting to establish an Islamic caliphate.
Mind you, his action of smashing beer bottles in a supposedly Muslim
majority area is demonstrative of the hypocrisy of Muslims like him.
Imagine if a non-Malay had engaged in that type of behaviour, the Malay
residents would be up in arms that (1) a non-Malay was disrespectful,
and (2) that alcohol has stained their holy Malay/Muslim ground. In this
case, Jamal engaged in “haram” behaviour by handling alcohol,
stained "Malay" land, and he and his gang of thugs left other timid
Malays to clean up the mess they had created.
When he is finally arrested, he whinges that this is "going too far".
Unlike the late DAP aide Teoh Beng Hock (the most famous example of a
political operative killed in custody), Indians and other Malays charged
with various offences, he does not have to worry about death or
violence in custody. Those people were not privileged like Jamal. They
had no backing from anyone. Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid says he disavows Jamal’s behavior
but he has never been sanctioned by Umno. No punishment means no
disavowment. Umno approves of his behaviour. To Jamal, this is all part
of the myth-making process.