In October last year, Stopthelies cautioned the people that slowly but surely that PAS hudud is creeping into their lives.
Sure enough, it has been hardly three months, and we have another ridiculous regulation of absurdity – courtesy of the PAS-led Kedah government enforcing new rulings for stage performances during Chinese New Year.
As if there were already not enough of restrictions that had been imposed since the PAS government took over the state after the 2008 general election, the latest ruling smacks of great disrespect to the Chinese community.
What is bothering is the outright intrusion into the way of life for the Chinese. Why should the PAS government dictate to the Chinese on how they should carry out their Chinese New Year activities and celebrations ?
They have no bloody business poking their nose on how the Chinese should go about ushering in their new year.
Under the new ruling issued to the Kota Setar district in Kedah on Jan 9, professional female singers will be banned from performing in shopping malls and other open public places.
Only male performers are now allowed to sing and dance in shows held in such venues. As for female performers, only secondary school girls will be allowed to do so.
There is also a ban on bands providing live music in entertainment events. Performers can only use recorded music accompaniment or pre-recorded music.
Compounding the ultra bias regulations which is rather harsh and imposing on the Chinese, is the deafening silence of DAP leaders.
Where are they to speak up for the Chinese when they are needed? Where is Lim Kit Siang, Lim Guan Eng, Teresa Kok, Tony Pua, and a bunch of the ever ready vocal leaders who seemed to be tight lipped now. WHY?
It is that they don’t want to antagonize their big brother for fear that they would be asked again to leave the Pakatan coalition, thus shattering their Putrajaya dreams.\
It also did not help that the DAP had been submissive to PAS demands and in doing so had given too much face to them.
At a recent DAP function in Pahang, PAS leaders took offence to a singing performance which was stopped abruptly after they expressed their displeasure.
Just because some PAS leaders who were guests at the function did not like the dressing of the singers, which they claimed were too sexy; DAP being the host obligingly called off the performance.
What was even worse is that the villagers who sponsored the singing performances were infuriated because they had raised thousands of ringgit and were looking forward to the show. They had no say to the cancellation of the performance.
And the let down by the DAP does not stop there. It was rather stupid and rather ludicrous for DAP organising secretary Anthony Loke to later suggest a ban on all “sexy singers” at all its party functions.
It is a big slap on the face of the Chinese community. If the party cannot even stand up against their “tai kor” PAS brother, at least have the decency not to further allow itself to be “pushovers”.
Under the new ruling in Kedah, DAP should perhaps give suggestion on what should women who sing or dance for a living should do now.
How are they going to make ends meet? Who is going to feed their families.
The people should think rationally on whether they want to live a regimented life bounded by rules and regulations and live by a list of Do’s and Don’ts.
Are we going to endorse such policies of absurdity that even for a haircut, there are restrictions and rulings imposed in the name of religion.
This happens when DAP succumbs to the PAS Ketuanan culture in Pakatan Rakyat.