Soal lewat tidak timbul apabila kita membincangkan apa saja hal yang membawa kebaikan atau yang relevan kepada masyarakat.
Sama ada isu warna kasut murid yang melancarkan Menteri Pendidikan, Maszlee Malik ke stratosfera atau undang-undang hubungan seks sejenis yang dikatakan ketinggalan zaman oleh Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, hal seperti itu tidak pernah lewat untuk dibincangkan.
Cuma jangahlah disensasikan seolah-olah warna kasut murid dan seks sesama jenis adalah isu hidup mati.
Berkenaan warna kasut, saya kata macam inilah: apa yang ada di kaki tidak sepenting apa yang ada di kepala.
Zaman saya dulu, ramai berkaki ayam ke sekolah sebab miskin atau kerana jalan berlumpur tapi jadi cerdik pandai sebab guna otak.
Berkenaan liwat, saya sudah sentuh secara tidak langsung dalam tampalan 5 September berjudul “Berpada-padalah Sensasikan Isu LGBT”.
Jadi saya tidak akan bahas isu undang-undang liwat atau mana-mana undang-undang berkaitan hubungan seks sesama jenis yang dikatakan ketinggalan zaman itu.
Saya serahkan tajuk itu kepada pihak-pihak yang pakar mengenainya.
Cuba Jangan Lewat
Yang hendak saya bahaskan adalah masalah lewat. Masalah lewat ini sudah menjadi tabiat dan maladi yang teruk di negara kita.
Dalam memilih tajuk lewat, saya tidak sekali-kali bertujuan mengatakan bahawa isu berkaitan liwat tidak penting. Tapi pada pandangan saya, isu lewat lebih penting sebab ramai yang terlibat.
Menteri lewat, guru lewat, murid lewat, polis lewat, doktor lewat, kereta api lewat, kapal terbang lewat, bas Rapid KL lewat, mesyuarat lewat, habis mesyuarat lewat, lewat klimaks dan macam-macam lagi. Ada pula yang lewat bayar hutang sampai lupa terus.
Salah satu sebab kita susah hendak jadi negara maju adalah kerana kita tidak ada disiplin. Menepati waktu adalah ciri disiplin yang sangat penting.
Negara maju sangat mengutamakan waktu dan disiplin. Islam pun mengutamakan waktu dan disiplin. Sembahyang fardu lima kali sehari adalah penanda aras disiplin dan menepati waktu.
Tapi ia nampaknya tidak sikit pun membantu orang Islam berdisiplin dan menghormati waktu. Orang Melayu dengan orang Arab yang majoritinya Islam, sama saja.
Bila berjanji hendak berjumpa sekian-sekian waktu, berulang kali menyebut insya Allah – dengan izin Allah – tapi jarang sekali ditepati.
Maaf cakaplah kalau saya kata, Islam nampaknya tidak mengajar apa-apa kepada ramai orang Melayu selain berlumba-lumba berjubah dan berserban supaya nampak macam orang Arab.
Zaman saya dulu, kita tidak pakai jubah dan serban. Tok guru dan tok haji saja yang pakai. Itu pun bukan semua. Ada tok guru ternama di Kedah, sampai akhir hayat mereka tak pakai macam Arab. Mereka pakai kain dan baju teluk belanga.
Pakailah fesyen apa dan kasut warna apa pun kalau tak manfaatkan “grey matter” (otak) dan tidak berdisiplin, tidak akan ke mana-mana.
Malah ramai orang Islam guna kelonggaran waktu sembahyang untuk curi tulang. Ada yang pergi membeli-belah dan ada yang tidur.
Switzerland mencipta dan mengeluarkan jam terbaik di dunia. Tetapi orang Swiss lebih yakin kepada jadual kereta api mereka bagi menentukan waktu sebab kereta api mereka jarang sekali lewat. Kelewatan maksimum adalah tiga minit.
Jadi eloklah kita tinggalkan amalan suka lewat dan kita cuba sedaya upaya untuk tepati masa. - A.Kadir Jasin
UMNO jadi si jalak kalah sabung...
Nasib diterima Umno hari ini sehingga menjadikan parti itu hilang arah tuju dan lemah semangat bukan sahaja kerana Umno kehilangan kerajaan dalam Piraum lalu, tetapi juga kerana tidak berwibawanya pemimpin parti itu dewasa ini.
Sejak Umno dipimpin oleh pejaka Jawa, Zahid Hamidi parti itu jadi hilang punca dan umpama rumput tepi jalan hidup segan mati tidak mahu. Kekalahan Umno-BN dalam pilihan raya lalu tidak dapat disangkal kerana debu kotoran dilakukan jantan Bugis Najib Razak.
Manakala kehinaan Umno hari ini pula kerana Zahid Hamidi. Keputusan Umno tidak meletakkan calonnya dalam Pirake di Port Dickson membayangkan Umno sudah hilang arah tuju. Parti itu tidak ada lagi semangat berjuang ditangan Zahid.
Kelemahan dan nasib malang Umno ini jangan salah sesiapa melainkan salahkan diri — ahli Umno sendiri yang memilih Zahid, walhal ada dua lagi orang yang menawarkan diri untuk memimpin Umno, Khairy Jamaluddin dan Tengku Razaleigh.
Saya yakin kalau Umno dibawah pimpinan Tengku Razaleigh ataupun Khairy, mesti Umno tidak jadi sebacul hari ini akan meletakan calon di PD. Soal kalah atau menang tidak timbul yang penting Umno berani untuk berlawan. Umno ditangan Zahid dah jadi si jalak yang kalah sambung tengok betina pun tidak berapa terliur lagi. - MSO
Anwar, Malaysia’s Impatient
Premier in Waiting...
Anwar Ibrahim, the internationally-known polar star of the opposition to the Barisan Nasional, the national ruling coalition brought down in May 9 elections, has come under growing criticism for revoking his decision to wait two years before re-entering Malaysian politics.
His reentry could invalidate the years he has spent in the political wilderness and prison.
Anwar, now 71, was jailed a second time in January 2015 for five years on sexual perversion charges that were universally perceived as designed to keep him imprisoned and out of politics. His detention, regarded as martyrdom by his followers, was a major rallying cry for the May election landslide
However, his reentry into politics has been widely condemned because it is taking place in Port Dickson, a sleepy town 90 km south of Kuala Lumpur, where a retired rear admiral named Danyal Balagopal Abdullah appears to have been dragooned into relinquishing his seat to trigger a by-election that Anwar first seemed certain to win, raising criticism that instead of martyred hero, he is power-hungry and impatient.
“Why are we surprised? It has always been about Anwar,” a critic said on social media. “When he was asked about the division in his party, he said that there were no camps. There was only one camp, Anwar’s camp.”
The move has been widely condemned because it has reflected badly, not just on Anwar, his family and Danyal but also Parti Keadilan Rakyat, which is led by Anwar’s wife Wan Azizah Ismail, deputy prime minister and member of parliament for the Pandan constituency in Selangor. With his daughter, Nurul Izza, also in parliament, that has raised concerns over nepotism among an electorate fed up with nepotism, corruption, cronyism and arrogance from the Barisan.
Port Dickson is a garrison town heavily populated by the military. One former soldier, who declined to be named said, “We are just being used as Anwar’s stepping stone into parliament. We are not that easily fooled.”
Today, Anwar is accused of being impatient instead of setting out to heal a leadership rift between party Secretary-General Rafizi Ramli and Azmin Ali, the economics minister in the new government. Instead, his critics say, he has disregarded mending his party to enter a race for the premiership now held by the nonagenarian Mahathir Mohamad, who led a scorched-earth campaign to get rid of the Barisan and its lead party, the United Malays National Organization. Mahathir, who left UMNO in fury, heads the newly minted Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia in addition to heading the Pakatan Harapan coalition, which took over the government in May.
Anwar said soon after his release that he would spend two years lecturing at western universities and in some Muslim countries. The agreement was that if Mahathir won, he would abdicate the premiership after two years. That was the time allotted for a smooth transition.
Disillusioned Malaysians gave Mahathir the mandate to rule. They were prepared to give him a second chance to rectify many of his own wrongs during his 22 year reign, which ended in 2003 and which critics say generated many of the problems that exist in Malaysia today.
Earlier promises that members of Anwar’s family would vacate their seats for Anwar have not been kept. Instead Danyal drew the short straw. There have been allegations that Danyal will be rewarded, but these have been denied. Both Wan Azizah and Anwar’s daughter Nurul Izzah have aggressively asserted Anwar’s right to be prime minister, and indeed to have three members of the family in parliament.
The power struggles between the two factions in PKR increased when Azmin, an economics and mathematics graduate of the University of Minnesota in the United States, came to be regarded as groomed by Mahathir, which was not acceptable to the opposing camp of Rafizi and Anwar’s wife and daughter.
Should the 93-year-old Mahathir fall ill or die, Wan Azizah is in line to become Prime Minister, which is regarded as unacceptable. The public is aware that she is Anwar’s seat warmer, which she has acknowledged. She is also regarded as indecisive by the public, having failed to defend the rights of women and children, as was highlighted in recent cases involving the marriage of a 11-year-old girl and a 41-year-old man, and a second between a 15-year-old girl and a 45-year-old man.
Azmin is seen to be capable, at least in Mahathir’s eyes. He was given the job of Minister for Economic Development, a new portfolio with far-reaching powers. Having proven himself by running Selangor, the most productive and richest Malaysian state, as chief minister, Azmin has demonstrated able leadership should Mahathir vacate the seat. Non-Malay, non-Muslim leaders – Chinese or Indian –are unacceptable given political reality and the numerical superiority of Malays in the population.
To many, Anwar, is a spent force. A spellbinding orator, he litters his speeches with quotes from books on philosophy, the Quran and the Bible, but many doubt his ability to govern beyond that. Nonetheless, he has been given high marks internationally for his term as finance minister under Mahathir from 1991 to 1998, when Mahathir fired him for attempting to follow International Monetary Fund advice to allow the ringgit, the country’s currency, to float freely.
The bigger concern is that he has not publicly ruled out a merger with UMNO, now in a state of complete collapse, its leader, Najib Razak, in the dock on charges of having stolen the equivalent of US$681 million from the scandal-scarred 1Malaysia Development Bhd.
The impatient prime-minister-in-waiting may have to deal immediately with Azmin, who will undoubtedly stand in his path to the premiership. Anwar has already warned his party that dissenters and the disloyal will be punished. PKR’s internal polls will soon be held and he reminded party members to vote for leaders loyal to the struggle. Ironically, Anwar urged the party to reject those with self-interest.
Allegations have arisen that the former Minister of Finance, who is also part of Mahathir’s Council of Elders, Daim Zainuddin stated that Anwar should not be made PM. That statement may be immaterial, but Malaysians remember Anwar for his role in the increasing Islamization of the nation’s universities, schools and civil service. They fear his close ties with Turkey’s President Recep T Erdogan and most of all, they recall that in his Malaysia Day speech, he did not mention anything about stopping the rising tide of conservative Islam in Malaysia.
Recently Anwar spoke at the Singapore Summit, a gathering of business leaders, in which he sounded moderate, inclusive and a man of the people. Malaysians are quick to dismiss this and remember that Najib portrayed himself as a moderate when he was overseas, but allowed the extremists free reign at home.
So, will Anwar use the power struggles within his own party to grab the premiership and continue with his Islamist agenda? There is considerable concern over those issues. - Mariam Mokhtar,Asia Sentinel.
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