1Malaysia: So much for all the hype

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Now this news item is disturbing. Catholic church officials were reportedly told to remove religious symbols before Najib attended the Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur’s Christmas Day tea party.

See a Malaysian Insider report here.

A church source, however, told me the party was held in the grounds of the archbishop’s residence which is normally used as a car park for neighbouring offices during the week, and thus religious symbols were not an issue.

But the requests or instructions from the PM’s aide(s) reflect the reality of Najib’s 1Malaysia in everyday life.

You want to visit a religious celebration but your aide still wants to dictate terms to the host. Whatever propaganda value for the Najib administration milked out of The Star’s report of the event the following day (which featured a photo of Najib and Rosmah with the Archbishop on page 2) has surely evaporated by now.

Leaders of opposition parties were invited to the tea party but not many showed up apart from second echelon leaders and several opposition MPs. Neither were top leaders of MCA and MIC and other BN component parties (apart from Koh Tsu Koon) present.

I can’t help but compare the paranoia displayed by Najib’s aides with the attitude of Pas folks towards the talks on the Allah issue held in Catholic churches in the northern region.

Parit Buntar MP Mujahid Yusuf Rawa of Pas was invited to speak at these events. Mujahid, his aides and the Pas supporters who attended these dialogues never once raised the issue of religious symbols; neither did they set any conditions for the venue or the talks, which were held in church halls located on church grounds. In fact, they displayed due respect to the organisers and the Christian parishioners, who felt equally honoured to play hosts to their Muslim guests.

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Yang

Ridhuan Tee is one of the worst kind you can find, a wannabe…

wira

Ridhuan Tee, the Utusan Columnist and an ultra-Malay wannabe, said Najib’s presence at the Christmas celebration was a major compromise made as a Muslim. He added that according to the Islamic laws, Muslims were not supposed to attend many of the non-Islamic celebrations, but for the sake of promoting tolerance and harmony, our leaders decided to close one eye.

Wow …. what kind consideration.

Please let me add that in accordance with recent events, this guy could be made the next state secretary of Penang.

Yuna

Forget about Talent Corporation.
Malaysia will soon be sending maids to Israel.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/israel-strikes-gold-with-gas-find/story-e6frg6so-1225978976226

Jamil

1 Malaysia will never work and Talent Corporation will fail because kulitfication is still being practised.

Jong

The Catholic Church should have told Najib to come only if he is comfortable and don’t if he is not. It was a celebration of Christmas so hymns, caroling, saying grace and mention of christian scripture are part and parcel of christian culture and it’s most insulting to impose demands.

There’s no reason for the Archbishop to stoop to his demands, is there? By doing so, many christians have been offended.

Yang

The church people should have told Najib’s aides that the invitation to Najib would be cancelled if they insist on removing those item. After all what so great about him when (there are) corruptible people (in his administration).

tunglang

The Cross is a symbol of God’s eternal love for mankind. You and me. John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. The Cross is a symbol of God’s sacrifice for every man that walks the earth. He does not discriminate His love for each of us and is willing to come down to human’s level in order that each one of us can go to Him. The Cross is hope to a greater, better future. We need not fear… Read more »

Sewel

Satu Malaysia only for UMNO and Perkasa members lah. for the rest of Malaysians it is called “tiga suku”…

By the way Anil, or can anyone advise me why our Minister Dato Rais Yatim is very quiet nowadays. Is something the matter. Is all well in Camelot, I mean with our honorable cabinet minister?

Kenapa Rais Yatim diam diam saja? Ade hal ke?…

Upinputera

Rais rose to the occasion 3 years ago in his effort to develop better relationship with Indonesia under the Islam hadhari regime.

kee

sigh sigh sigh !!! stay away then…

there is power in the CROSS, so Mr PM is scared that all his sins will come out, in particular, A…

PAS’s MP, Khalid Samad, went straight to the Shah Alam church to thank the supporters after 308, i didnt hear he asked christian symbols to be taken down…

therefor, my conclusion is vote for UMNO, MCA, MIC and Pairin’s party in Sabah ya, and also Pek Moh !!!

Malasia’s PM Boleh !!!

Yang

1 Malaysia is all a bluff and hypocrisy of Najib and UMNO. Is I am a Malay first Malaysian second 1Malaysia. Tell that to M’yidin. Only idiots from Gerakan, MIC and MCA such as Koh Tsu Koon, Chua S L and Semi Value now Palanivel believed in that.

Cheng Poh Heng

This is 1Hipocrite 1Term Pee Em. Rise Voters, rise and get rid of the hipocrites, charlatans and plunderers of his ilk at GE 13. PR is not perfect but what do voters expect after going into the 3rd year of PR- ruled Penang, Kedah and Selangor. PAS has ruled Kelantan for more than 10 years and continue ruling, despite its razor-thin majority before 308.
Or do voters prefer another 53 years of UMNO-BN mis-rule and corruption of every public institution ala M?
Cheng Poh Heng

wandererAUS

1Malaysia, heard this similiar slogan since Merdeka!
Laki baik, 1SENDIRI!!!…. afterall, did’nt our UMNO DPM say, he was 1Melayu first?…

Pinang Boy

Najib is worried that the cross will outshine the 1 malaysia logo?

Andrew I

Once bitten, twice shy. The thought of ending up in an unflattering picture on the front page of a free edition of NST on the eve of GE13 might have crossed his mind.

As we all know, history has a tendency of repeating itself in Malaysian politics.

Andrew I

Not forgetting that the NST is fact-based also.

Yassin

Being a propaganda tool, NST and Utusan is being used, abused and manipulated to fulfil the agendas and self-serving interests of those who control it. The question to ask is : WHO are the hands ( read : the evil manipulators ) and brains ( read : the monster brain ) behind Utusan? Apart from the editors, action should also be taken against those unseen hands. Malaysians abhor and reject such evil doers and propagators of racial and religious disharmony. Down with the toilet paper. Just do not read them if they do not reform and do what they are… Read more »

frags

How to 1Malaysia like this? Maybe Najib should have a better hold on his aides instead of spending millions on a foriegn marketing firm.

Sean

The aides probably remember what happened to Ku Li’s aides when he put the Kadazan headgear on.

LBJ

Remove the cross today. (And) tomorrow … ? … all this just for politics. This is despicable.

gregwar

saw a video clip of Christmas Open house held recently. Carols were sung and the Anglican Bishop even gave a “sermon” glorifying Jesus. Didn’t see the whole clip but I’m sure the other pastors as well as LGE must have done the same in their speeches. How different!

Ong Eu Soon

Talk about 1 Malaysia, ask Najib’s aides, his deputy and his followers, see what kind of answers they give you!

Leithaisor

Aiyoh, like that how to inspire any confidence in someone who is supposed to be PM of Malaysia?

Scared of this, afraid of that. Down to phobia abouyt hymns and crosses at the site of the Christmas celebrations.

It would have been better for him to have stayed away.

Zunar’s latest cartoon on the son of Tun Razak (on the Malaysiakini site) is looking very apt indeed.

Oh well. I did not have hope in him (AS pm) before he took over from Pak Lah, so I guess there is no reason for me to be disappointed.

Jinjang

Utusan is an extremely dangerous newspaper and should be closed down by any right-thinking and sane government long ago. The newspaper not only is capable of telling and spreading lies and falsehoods, but it is also creating and reinforcing racial disharmony and hatred. Umno, which owns Utusan, should realise that the newspaper is playing the fanatics role for Umno, and to Umno’s detriment. Who are these delinquents… in Utusan who think that they can play God by telling non-Muslims what to wear, eat, drink or behave? Don’t their infantile minds know that this country is multiracial, multireligious and multicultural with… Read more »

Ujang

Utusan Malaysia did it again. Distortion and spreading falsehood is again being condoned and more dangerous his time is the planting of the seed of hatred aim to instigate racial and religion intolerence. UMNO on hand promote “1 Malaysia ” slogan to woo the non Malay support, but on the other hand, UMNO had turn to deaf hear to allow Utusan to rare its ugly head by instigating racial hatre and religion intolerence. Such hypocrisy shows UMNO’s true colour, and proven the old saying : Leopard cannot change its spot.” We must not allow the innocent being persecuted and oppressed… Read more »

Huda

Well… in that case… may be 1Malaysia really is Najib’s original idea.

Yang

In that case 1-Israel (could) be the inspiration from Najib’s ideas. How great and we have to pay millions to one of their agencies

moo_t

One Malaysia : Hypocrisy come first, other stuff can wait.
ROFL.

Suresh

Najib should watch SIVAJI THE BOSS (now daily on free Astro Fiesta channel 994 til 2 Jan 2011) to learn about ‘Professional Ethics’ as a PM.