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Think as a Malaysian, Patriot tells Asri

Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin - Photograph: Choo Choy May/Malay Mail

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Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan (Patriot) is baffled by Perlis Mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin’s assertion that Muslims are being bullied under the Pakatan Harapan and his telling Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to listen to the “reality” on the ground.

It all depends on which side of the news the learned mufti chooses to lend his ears to. Surely he cannot be ignorant of the work by spin masters concocting lies about issues of race, religion and royalty, the bullets of last resort – as the opposition parties have nothing on national issues to fault the Pakatan Harapan government with.

Peddlers of fake news are aplenty in the arena of psychological warfare of racial politicking. By listening to the uncorroborated grievances of the people, he will end up with concerns that are misplaced.

Our prime minister and his cabinet’s main concern is the economy. Putting right the economy, which has been raped with successive scandals by the previous administration, will go a long way in helping the people, the majority of whom comprise the Malay poor.

The government allocated RM6.3bn to rescue Felda and another RM17.8bn on a restructuring plan for Lembaga Tabung Haji, the hajj pilgrims’ fund board. These bailouts of RM24bn to solve problems created by the past administration are a huge amount – and the non-Malays are not protesting.

BN-era infrastructure contracts given to Malays/Umno cronies are allowed by the Ministry of Finance to continue after renegotiation, saving a meager sum of RM806m. If these actions of the government are not considered kind towards the people, particularly the Muslims, then what is?

Mohd Asri has lost credibility for not speaking up strongly enough against Najib Razak and the top officials of the previous administration when the mega scandals disgraced our nation. He has little credibility to speak on the concerns of the people now.

A mufti, as head of the Islamic religion in the state, must also propagate unity among all races of different religions. Every religion advocates understanding, tolerance and respect for each other’s beliefs.

The issue of the arrest of independent preacher Muhammad Zamri Vinoth Kalimuthu for allegedly insulting Hinduism, which Mohd Asri seemed to have protested, is an isolated one. Let the investigation runs its course.

Patriot would like to reiterate that no one, no preacher, whatever his or her religious denomination, should make a comparison between one’s religion and others others. Doing so would invite animosity that would further divide further our society, which is at the lowest ebb now.

The reality on the ground is that Mohd Asri and his cohorts – who are prejudiced, sow hatred and spin lies to create uneasiness and distrust – should be stopped. For the future of our country- to be prosperous, peaceful, and to safeguard our future generations; they must start thinking as Malaysians.

Retired Brigadier General Dato Mohamed Arshad Raji is president of Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan (Patriot).

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Eugene Ng
Eugene Ng
4 May 2019 6.57am

Our country has way too many … sucking on tax payers money and sowing hatred. Take action on him. What on god’s earth are we waiting for? And what about the Zaki Naik fellow??? Are we patiently anticipating for another New Zealand tragedy in Malaysia??? Come on, the writing is on the wall people…

Cheah Chachacheah
2 May 2019 1.57pm


Bennie Goh
2 May 2019 10.21am

Can he even think

Vama Devan
2 May 2019 2.09am

Cannot think straight

Peck Sin Chew
1 May 2019 10.52pm

Right advice which he should heed

Jana MJ
1 May 2019 9.43pm

This Asri need to be placed in the cuckoo’s nest

Sara Vanan
1 May 2019 8.12pm

tink as a human being first lh idiots brain in drain

Ranendra Bhattacharyya
1 May 2019 5.36pm

He is too Arab bound

Wengleng Goay
1 May 2019 5.26pm

He is forcing his thinling on us !!!

Chan S Leong
1 May 2019 5.05pm

Telling it to the wrong guy. Extremist Wahhabist followers like Asri, Zakir Naik and the Saudis does not understand what is religious diversity….

Frank Meeng
1 May 2019 5.09pm
Reply to  Chan S Leong

Chan S Leong…ask him to reeducate Zakir Naik and the Saudi’s Wahabbists within our midst first and foremost before embarking on Patriot.

Andrew Lee
1 May 2019 4.56pm

Well said BG….SALUTE !

Kamal Badri
1 May 2019 4.13pm

Aku cadangkan Presiden Patriot ni pergi dekatkan diri dengan Allah. Tak payah nak jadi hero, lama-lama makin menyampah Melayu kat engko….

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