Last Saturday I attended and spoke in a “No to RUU355” rally organised by Bebas.
The reason I agreed to be there has nothing to do with Islam. Growing up in a national school, I always see Islam as a beautiful religion. It is because Hadi’s 355 Bill will pave way for the implementation of Hudud Pas. Pas has never consulted any independent religious scholars or related parties. Not even the Conference of Rulers who are the Heads of Islam. Though it is Hadi’s democratic right to table his motion, the manner he did it from day one has been suspicious. It was done discreetly and amended several times. The Constitution has provided the requirements if he wants to implement Hudud Pas but he did not follow. Instead he chose to amend Act 355.
First and foremost I want to express my appreciation and gratitude to all who have encouraged and sent the related news, pictures & videos as well as those who criticised and condemned me.
There have been 2 schools of thoughts on the argument whether is RUU355 is Hudud Pas or not. Similarly on the constitutional aspect of it. I am not going to touch on it anymore as to me or most of us, it is obviously being politicised.
There are comrades within Gerakan, for some obvious reasons criticised and disagreed with our participation at the rally yesterday. One of them even requested Gerakan President Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong to expel me.
The reasons given are it is unjustified for me to attend and speak at the rally. The number game (which we anticipated) will show that we are fools to be exploited by certain people or the organiser.
The medias will give an impression that majority of Malaysians will support 355 or Hudud.
Hence I will caused the party to lose support from the Muslim voters especially from Umno and Pas. To them it is foolish to have profound conviction on our ideologies and beliefs at the expense of the latter.
Well, did we not have the support of Umno in the last 2 general elections? Did we not go against PAS?
We realised from the beginning that our side will be outnumbered but to me it is not the number that matters. It is a matter of our integrity and sincerity in pursuing our struggles.
* Special thanks to the Gerakan legal team (Ivanpal S. Grewal, Jayanthi Devi Balaguru, KT Chai & Ong Siang Liang ) as well as 26 other comrades and 3 members of BKC who turned up and believe in our struggles.
Coming back to the question of number, what can we expect when the organiser is a NGO (Bebas) compare to Pas, a national political party that governed the state of Kelantan as well as Selangor?
Are the people of Malaysia will be so ignorant to think that majority in the country support RUU355 or Hudud Pas?
Ironically a Dap leader challenged me to leave BN but except for Zaid Ibrahim, I dont see any of them there. And why are they still running the Selangor state along with Pas?
Similarly many from other political parties, associations and guilds (except for Federation of Hokkien Associations) voiced their objection against Hadi’s Bill previously. But why didn’t they support the cause now? Fear of persecution etc? Fear of losing support politically?
However I strongly believe many especially those in the urbans, though of different faiths and background support this noble cause and want Malaysia to remain a beautiful and peaceful secular nation.
To those who condemned me as enemy of Islam, let me reiterate; it is never about going against Islam. I have many close and good Muslim friends. Some of them even supported me. They know the whole episode is being politicised.
To those critics who are against me or merely want to be subservient to Umno or Pas for obvious reasons, I am speechless.
At the end of the day, to me/us it is about the betterment of our future generations. It is about defending our Federal Constitution. We can’t compromise on these…period.