The supposedly vocal Guan Eng has suddenly lost his voice or rather his courage to speak up, especially on issues which can anger his PAS “tai kor”.
A pertinent issue in Kedah with regards to the State Fatwa has cropped up and we don’t see him calling for an immediate press conference which he usually does on certain issues.
Perhaps the recent ruling enacted by the Kedah state assembly last Tuesday is not important or significant for him to speak up.
Maybe he has now adopted a selective criticism policy. Only when criticism are hurled at him, he jumps up like a “Monyet kena belacan” and would respond with an immediate calling of a press conference.
Other than that, those which infringes upon the fundamental rights of the people, those that impinges on the religious beliefs of others, are perhaps secondary to him and can wait.
Perhaps Guan Eng is too tied down with so many development plans to go through which he wants to push through before the general election. Remember, he now has many rich friends who are big time developers and he cannot afford to keep them waiting.
He has no time for the rakyat now. The people can wait. After assuming the Chief Minister’s post, he has discovered that his new found friends are more important.
He is no longer the Guan Eng who has ears and the heart for the people compared to three years ago before the last elections. His motto has now changed to “My rich friends first, people last.”
On the Kedah fatwa, it is worrisome and quite frightening to note that the fatwa ruling will ensure that a fatwa decided by the mufti and fatwa committee “cannot be challenged, appealed, reviewed, denied or questioned in any civil court or syariah court”.
The new legislative provision which bans the challenge of religious edicts (fatwa) in the courts is clearly undemocratic.
It also runs contrary to Islamic principles. Islam accepts and respects differing views from those of other faiths.
With the general election so near, certainly PAS is slowly inching its way to impose its ideals on the people, irrespective of their religious beliefs and the sensitivities that goes with it.
With the ruling, it means Kedah’s fatwas are “unshakable” and that the mufti and fatwa committee has the absolute authority and say on matters concerning religion. Where is the democracy that Pakatan Rakyat has so promised the people.
The signs are very clear that the PAS-led Kedah government wants to rule the state based on theocratic principles, and damn with its other Pakatan Rakyat partners.
Anyway and anyhow, we don’t hear anything from the once vocal Guan Eng who has probably lost his balls after PAS had told DAP off to either leave the Pakatan coalition or shut up if they were not happy with hudud law.
And obviously for political expediency, they remain and shut up.
Guan Eng has only managed to get a “agreeing to disagree” commitment from PAS with regards to hudud. That’s about all. This is what we call a loose coalition within Pakatan where PAS is the “tai kor” and DAP has to kow tow to them.
Perhaps Guan Eng has inherited the “boh lan hood” (no balls) attitude of his predecessor.