Malaysia Dateline

Raja Bahrin

Why the rakyat has lost their belief and trust in the government

Most Malaysians agree with Dato Najibs statement that the deadly massacres in Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh recently does not reflect true Islam.

The call by the Government’s own Mufti of Pahang categorising certain Malaysians as Kafir Harbi also does not reflect true teachings of Islam.

Why then the long deafening silence and the half hearted belated authority’s action on this matter ?

Why the double standard when threats on life are directed at those not alligned with the Government ?

Are we citizens not entitled to the same protection by the law ?It happened in Najib’s own backyard in the state of Pahang !

Dr Asyraf Dusuki’s call that we Malaysians “must be united and cooperate with authorities” in facing terrorist threats make sense to most of us.

What does not make sense to us is the Government’s indifference and inaction on our reports of local “halal darah” -death threats and other provocations since 2015.

We are expected to comply to Governments orders while the government pay no heed to our pleas for protections as law abiding citizens of Malaysia. What does Dr Asyraf take us all for ?

Khairy Jamaluddin’s plan to talk to youths to draw them away from extremism also sounds a good idea.

He also mentioned efforts to bring “experts” to universities and youth associations.

We like to caution that todays youths are bright and smart and they prefer a more balanced approach and not the Biro Tata Negara like approach.

We like to suggest to also invite Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa and Faiz Fadil Noor whose late fathers subscribed to a more tolerant and inclusive Islam.

If the government is serious and sincere in their efforts, they should consider our more inclusive and balanced approach seriously.

All the three persons proposals mentioned above are examples why the rakyat are sceptical and not confident of the Goverments approach and intentions.

The rakyat have heard it all from the government and we say that “talk is cheap”. The rakyat today wants the government to go that extra mile in walking their talk.

Lastly, we hope the government advise their Muftis to refrain from making anymore provocative statements to make the rakyat more sceptical of the holy institutions they are supposed to represent.

And talking of provocations, we hope our Inspector General of Police would refrain from further taunting the Malaysian I.S. members with “come back if you dare” statements.

He may end up having more than he can handle on his plate and regret his taunt. Never ever under estimate your enemy… especially if they can surface and melt into the local population.

Raja Bahrin Shah is Amanah-Member of Parliament for Kuala Terengganu.