I was shocked when I read that one of the PAS leaders who wrote that if the Perak issue is not resolved, it might degenerate into the exact situation in Bangkok. This is uncalled for and an irresponsible threat. More so coming from a PAS leader, when PAS has always advocate that Islam do not promote violence.
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know the vast difference between the political situation in Thailand and that of Perak. In Perak, both BN and PR have gone to the court to resolve what is essentially a state constitutional crisis. In Thailand, they have taken politics to the street and Malaysia of all political divide should not try to be a copycat of the Thailand’s model whereby street politics have replaced the ballot box. Obviously, there are powerful people behind the opposing forces. I will not try to go into details since I am not privileged to detail and accurate informations to people who are actors behind the scene directing the street demonstration. You can never be a street demonstrator for weeks if you do not have the financial resources.
The fall of the PR state government in Perak do not call for street demonstration and violence for the problem to be resolved. It is only through a peaceful means of the ballot box that we can resolve the issue. The BN leadership feels that it has a simple majority and will continue to cling to power. The PR leaders felt cheated of their victory. I find it difficult to accept that when the BN wakil rakyat leaped frog to PR, it is because of justice and democracy, but when the PR wakil rakyat switched camp to BN, it is because of money. One must not forget who started these games and gimmick of ‘katak’ politics right after the 308 election.
Malaysians are generally peace-loving people. We value the racial harmony and stability that we have. Nobody in his right mind would want to turn our political struggle into violence in order to achieve their objectives. We can have our differences of opinions and political outlook but it should never be settled by street demonstration and violence. We should condemn anybody who advocates such means to achieve their ends. I am confident that common sense and love for the country will prevail among our rakyat.