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Clearing The Air On Anti-Semitism

24 January 2019

Austrian Chancellor, Sebastion Kurz raised concerns about anti-Semitism in his meeting in Vienna with Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Bearing in mind the horrific culmination of European anti-Semitism during the Second World War, we emphatise his legitimate fears of anti-Semitism rearing its ugly head anywhere.

However, we would like to point out that anti-Semitism is a phenomenon peculiar to Europe and other western societies but not to Asia.

The anti-Israel movement in Malaysia, of which Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Malaysia (BDS Malaysia) is a part, is not in any way anti-Semitic.

Just like the Austrian chancellor, we abhor all forms of anti-Semitism and do not wish to be associated with any of them.

We have no problems whatsoever with anyone of Jewish origins or, for that matter, any ethnicity. One’s ethnicity is no more and no less an accident of birth.

But we do have problems with Zionists whether they are Jews or non-Jews because of Zionist Israel’s unrelenting persecution of the Palestinian people over the past seven decades.

The barring of Israelis from our country cannot be interpreted as a form of anti-Semitism. We do it because we do not want to be exploited by the Zionist propaganda machine as an example of a Muslim-majority country which accepts and tolerates the Israeli oppression of the Palestinians people. Our boycott of Israel  continues because of this and because of our support for the Palestinian cause.

We have never been anti-Jewish at any level. Jews who are vocal critics of Israel such as Miko Peled, Dr Peter Slezak, Ms Anna Baltzer and the leader of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, Ms Zohar Regev have all visited Malaysia. In fact, Miko Peled’s visit was hosted by Dr Mahathir himself. So much for Dr Mahathir’s anti-Semitism.

We would respectfully direct Chancellor Kurz’s attention to the following concerns:
1. Having declared Austria to be a friend and partner of Israel, is that an endorsement or moral support for the Apartheid policies of the Israeli government against Palestinians? If it is not, Austria should speak up and publicly object to those policies. What are friends for if they do not point out the error of one’s way? If it is, then Austria is in no position to lecture others about the racist nature of anti-Semitism.

2. The Israeli government for self-serving reasons is in the habit of branding all criticisms of its actions and policies as anti-Semitic. While an anti-Semite correctly means a person who does not like Jews, it is now becoming to mean a person whom the Israeli government dislikes. Such is the ease it uses that accusation against its critics. Chancellor Kurz should be concerned that in his opposition to anti-Semitism he does not become an unwitting party to such dishonest attempts to stifle free speech and legitimate criticisms of Israeli actions.

3. The Israeli government claims to speak and act in the name of all Jews in the world, despite clear evidence that it does not. This deliberate conflation of ‘Jew’ and ‘Israeli’, especially involving Israeli actions which are clear violations of the human rights of Palestinians, plays no small part in fueling anti-Semitism. Rising anti-Semitism suits the Israeli government since it leads to higher Jewish emigration to Israel. They even have the audacity to demand $250 billion from 8 Arab countries for the emigration of Jewish people since the birth of Israel in 1948.

Lisa Kokin in her artwork for the Jewish Alliance Against Zionism, 1978, sums it well: “Being Jewish is NOT the same as being Zionist. Our own history of persecution as Jews helps us to understand the struggle of the Palestinians to determine their own destiny”

Prof Dr Nazari Ismail



Reflections about the ICERD rally

Whilst some of us may not agree with the motives of the recently concluded Dataran Merdeka demonstration, most would agree that it was in no small way an unqualified success for the organisers, as much as it was for the fledgling democracy of Malaysia Baru.

It proved to all and sundry, that the Malaysian rakyat, given the freedom and space by the authorities, can manage to voice out their socio-political grievances in a civil fashion, without causing violence and threatening our national peace.

The harbingers of doom and gloom, those who subscribe to the idea that public expressions of dissatisfaction and opposition will only result in civil disorder and mayhem were proven wrong in more ways than one.

During our student days in the 70s, we demonstrated peacefully in the very heart of the streets of London, without any untoward incidents and dreamt the day when we could do similarly on our home ground.

On the contrary, during the BN heydays, anyone daring to protest would first face a hostile and rabid mass media determined to whip up negative public sentiments against the likes of BERSIH et al. And prior to the event, there were arbitrary road closures, interrupted train services and closed LRT stations. And during the demonstrations, armies of FRU personnel and their beastly demeanour, rows of police trucks, water cannons, CS gas and a baton strike or two await the intrepid demonstrator.

And if you are unlucky to be caught, a spell in the police lock up and a maiden appearance in the law courts.

Therefore Kudos to the PH government and the national security agencies for their show of goodwill, patience and tolerance which made the Dataran Merdeka demonstration a showcase of a living and vibrant democracy unlike the violent street protests prevalent elsewhere in the world.

They stuck to their words to allow an opposition party mooted national protest cum celebration of anti-ICERD. No threats were issued on national television to discourage the public from joining the protest. There were no roadblocks to hamper the demonstrators from gathering at the historically cordoned Dataran Merdeka. LRT stations were operating normal hours.  There were no planted agent provocateurs to instigate hostilities and violence. The press and TV media teams were allowed a free hand to cover the events without any collusion from the powers that be.

The half million strong demonstration (or 50,000 participants depending upon who was doing the counting) actually turned out to be quite an anti-climax. Unlike BERSIH demos, where the tension and morbid fear of violence was all pervasive, demonstration 812 turned out to be more like a fun and festive occasion.

Malaysians can now hold our heads high and march peacefully in the heart of KL like in London, New York, but we are not sure about Paris though!

We Malaysians might teach the world a thing or two about what the spirit of democracy entails, especially so to our close ASEAN neighbours.

Ironically, the recently ousted leaders of UMNO (and its newly found bed partner and strongest ally) were the biggest benefactors of this new enlightened policies of freedom of thought, expression and movement.

After years of suppressing demonstrations with brute force, they now whole heartedly embrace these “jalan raya” politics and despite facing a slew of corruption, misdemeanours  and criminal charges in court, they unashamedly joined in the procession proclaiming their love for Islam, the Malay race and the Rulers and vowing to protect them. Humbug!

After years of pilfering the national coffers to the brink of bankruptcy, these guys are now claiming sole guardianship of the Malays and Islam.

The most derisory scene typifying the fall from grace were the images of the leaders of UMNO and its partners sitting meekly on chairs placed on top of a small pasar malam lorry. How the mighty have fallen.

And what did the BN and PAS leadership and followers do with this newly found freedom? They prayed to God to cut short the tenure of the enlightened PH government. Ingrate behaviour indeed!

Dato’ Dr Musa Mohd Nordin

MPF Board Member


Prof Dr Awaluddin Mohamed Shaharoun

University Technology Malaysia


24 Nov 2018

The 10 year old clip featuring Minister in Prime Minister’s Department (Unity) Senator P Waytha Moorthy has been hogging the news in the mainstream, alternative media and more so in social media.

The recent expose by R.AGE, we hope would give our fellow Malaysians some understanding and grasp of the historical and current issues afflicting the Indian Bottom 40 (IB40) community.

Compared to the national average, the school dropout, unemployment and crime rates are higher among the IB40 community. Anybody who has stayed near a rubber estate or with an Indian community will know how bad their living conditions are.

It is therefore not too difficult to understand the frustrations of the Indian community who have been long neglected by their own leaders and the lack of political will to improve their socio-economic status. Instead, they were used only to win their votes by cash handouts but only to be forgotten until the next election

We may not agree with the politics of Waytha but surely we can understand why the Indian community sorely needed a much more vocal, aggressive and extrovert exponent to champion their rights and to highlight their predicament and deprivation.

How different are the historical nuances of Waytha from the current display of racial zealotry by UMNO-PAS-right wing Malay NGOs against Icerd which they have mistakenly surmised as abrogating their Malay rights?

And it is these same racist goons who are calling for the expulsion of Waytha from the cabinet. Mirror, mirror on the wall who is the racist of them all?

Maybe we should first ask Hadi Awang to seek the nations’ forgiveness on his Amanat which labeled our Federal Constitution as “… mengekalkan perlembagaan penjajah, mengekalkan peraturan kafir, mengekalkan peraturan jahiliyah … dan kerana kita berjuang dengan puak-puak ini, kalau kita mati kerana berlawan ini, mati kita ialah mati shahid …” which among others were the triggers for the Memali flashpoint, before asking Waytha to do so, whose actions by the way did not tantamount to any national crisis or loss of lives.

Mahathir shamed Anwar, jailed him and subjected him and his family to unimaginable ill treatment. Yet we voted for him and now put all our hopes for the future of Malaysia on his lap.

We may not want to forget Waytha’s, Hadi’s or Mahathir’s past but we are willing to forgive them. Let bygones be bygones. Let go of the past, let’s move on but be mindful of the present and plan for the future.

Like an accomplished and master clinician, Mahathir has been spot on with his diagnosis of the national woes and surgically cut and dry with his medication of the national ills … OK apart from the third car project.

So guys, trust the old sly fox, a politician par excellence to select Waytha without hesitation, to shoulder the Unity portfolio under his watch. It would be naïve to even suggest that Mahathir was oblivious of Waytha’s political track record.

Guys! Give Tun a break and let him appoint those who will assist him to reformat and jump-start the policies of the country and to lend a phrase from POTUS (we never though we would ever quote him), to make Malaysia great again. To make Malaysia once again, a roaring yet compassionate tiger.

As the leader of a multi-party coalition, Tun needs to reach out to all segments of the society, of which the Indians form a small but significant minority. Waytha’s Hindraf fully supported PH during the 14th General Elections, so in a manner of political speaking, its payback time for Hindraf.

In the New Malaysia, Tun needs leaders who truly care for their respective communities, a trait which Waytha embraced and displayed with utmost passion.

Although we detest all the noise and ruckus the rakyat and the opposition have confronted this new fledgling government with, we all accept and recognise this as a healthy sign of a thriving democracy.

If Waytha creates undue problems, it will frustrate the rakyat, and who will agitate. We know it and he knows it. Transform, perform and conform or the rakyat will boot you out.

Dato’ Dr Musa Mohd Nordin
MPF Board Member

Prof Dr Awaluddin Mohamed Shaharoun
University Technology Malaysia


22 November 2018

Upon contemplating writing on the sizzling hot International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) issue, we felt trapped in a Catch 22 impasse – damned if we do and damned if we don’t

One of us had to actually derive inspiration from proximity to the mosque of the Prophet in Masjid Nabawi, at Madinah.

To the liberals, human rights activists and civil societies, allow us to reiterate that the ratification of the ICERD is a no brainer.

But, to the many “Ketuanan Melayu” protagonists out there, the ICERD is a blatant declaration of open war. No amount of evidence-based law is going to convince them otherwise. Let alone rationale or common sense because the ICERD is to them a whole load of non-sense, a total disrespect and repudiation of their “inalienable bumiputra rights”

And for the liberals et al to expect a swift transformation of this “supremacist Malay mindset” indoctrinated over 61 years of toxic racial and religious BN politics, is naivety at best.

It is only kurang ajar in the sense that the lack of adab (decorum) is a learned behavior from an ambience of racial and religious bigotry, which now requires radical behavior modification (for want of a better psychiatric terminology).

This kurang ajarness needs to be unlearned and good behavior needs to be relearned, a time consuming process of educational reform which is doable but not within 6 months post GE14! There is no magical quick fix, the moral compass is screwed and it is not going to point True North over one General Election (GE), nay one generation.

At worst, you liberals et al have handed GE15 to the Malay opposition on a platter. Your impatience for change has proven to be your folly. You probably need reminding that at best, Pakatan Harapan (PH) only commands 20% of the Malay vote.

The UMNO-PAS-like minded racist Malay NGOs coalition, are out on a rampage to parade the ICERD as a blatant affront to the Federal Constitution, a conspiracy to deny the rights of the Malays, rebuff the supremacy of Islam and restrict the rights of the Malay rulers. Do they really care that their basic premise is a whole load of legal bullshit?

The Malay bigots are running amok preying on the basal instincts of the rural and urban Malays, declaring that the new government is against the Malay Agenda and is being manipulated by the Chinese DAP in PH.

You guys in your utter impatience and excitability for a Malaysia Baru, have caused a back lash in the Malay fraternity, which Tun Mahathir and his PH team would now have a tough time mending.

All the good work Tun and his team have done to expose the rampant corruption of the previous government, the trials of the ex-PM and his ministers, the trillion national debt etc have now been pushed to the quiet background.

Kindly give Tun and his team some credit and allow them the space to create the right atmosphere, amongst others enlightening the recalcitrant Malays, before mainstreaming the ICERD polemics.

ICERD has its merits but its ratification cannot be a one size fits all. Each country has its unique historical heritage and special circumstances that must be factored or else it will create disharmony.

Even western countries ratify subject to interpretations and exclusions by their respective parliaments. It is therefore disingenuous to think that we are obliged to swallow it lot, stock and barrel. It is not an either or case scenario. Similarly, our august house can only ratify ICERD within the confines allowed by our Federal Constitution.

The PAS and UMNO goons know this too well too, but they are bent on exploiting the democratic space afforded by the present socio-political governance to stir up trouble, create instability in their efforts to topple the PH.

We all know too well the sandiwara of UMNO-BN politicians but we are less cognisant of the hypocrisy of the “religious” PAS leadership though even more nauseous and dangerous.

Current PAS president, Hadi Awang, in an Utusan Melayu report dated 15 September 1985, then in his capacity as Terengganu State Commissioner, “pledged to abolish Malay rights if PAS came into power”. More specifically, he added that these include “the removal of Malay Reserve Land, National Economic Policy or other policies which only served the Malay interest. PAS promised that all races would be equitably treated” Need we say more?

In this politically explosive and divisive issue, we would appeal to the higher intellectual and emotional wisdom of the majority of peace loving Malaysians to avoid being dragged left, right, centre along parochial racial sentiments.

Trust the vast experience and wisdom of Tun Mahathir, Lim Kit Siang, Anwar Ibrahim and the strategic geniuses of Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad and Liew Chin Tong et al to navigate us through this acute conundrum and contextualize the why, when and how of the ICERD to the nation at its appropriate hour.

Dato’ Dr Musa Mohd Nordin
MPF Board Member

Prof Dr Awaluddin Mohamed Shaharoun
University Technology Malaysia

Utusan Meloya dan warna stokin

Utusan Meloya dan warna stokin
Tok Misai
17 Oktober 2018

Utusan Malaysia memang patut dipanggil Utusan Meloya. Logiknya selepas kerajaan BN ditong-sampahkan oleh rakyat pada 9 Mei lalu, Utusan Meloya sepatutnya insaf dan bertaubat dari menyebarkan berita-berita fitnah yang membuat rakyat rasa gelisah tidak tentu pasal. Perbuatan seperti ini bukan kerja orang beriman. Ini kerja orang munafiq yang suka melihat rakyat dan negara jadi tunggang langgang.

Saya berkata begini kerana rasa meluat baca artikel yang disiarkan oleh akhbar cabok ini mengenai Menteri Pendidikan baru Malaysia yang bernama Dr. Maszlee Malik (DMM) di Pusat Perubatan Universiti Malaya (PPUM).

Punyalah banyak isu dan urusan penting lain yang DMM bincangkan pada lawatan beliau ke PPUM dua hari lepas, tiba-tiba berita yang dikutip dan disiarkan oleh Utusan Meloya secara meluas ialah mengenai warna stokin murid-murid sekolah pula. Kamu tidak sedar dirikah yang akhbar kamu ni sudah lama tak laku dan kedudukan kewangan syarikat pun sedang nazak? Kenapa masih bengong lagi? Nak berterusan begini sampai Kiamat kah?

Disebabkan lapuran Utusan Meloya yang tidak adil ini, tak pasal-pasal DMM kena serang oleh pelbagai pihak yang menuduh beliau sebagai seorang Menteri yang hanya sibuk dengan isu-isu remeh dan gagal menangani isu-isu lain mengenai tahap dan kualiti pendidikan di negara kita yang lebih besar dan serius.

Cuba bandingkan lapuran Utusan Meloya dengan posting oleh Pengarah PPUM sendiri di FB beliau :

Pengarah Ppum
October 15 at 9:23 PM

“Saya boleh mengesahkan sepanjang masa YB Dr Maszlee Malik berada di PPUM untuk lawatan mengejut hari ini, beliau tidak sepatah pun menyebut apatah lagi berbincang tentang “warna stokin” dengan pihak PPUM. Saya berada dengannya sepanjang masa beliau di sini dan apa yang dibincangkan bersama NC(UM), KP dan KSU adalah tentang potensi pengajaran dan penyelidikan yang cemerlang di PPUM dan untuk perkhidmatan yang terbaik diberikan kepada rakyat Malaysia, terutama bagi mereka dari golongan yang berpendapatan rendah. Saya rasa perkara itulah sepatutnya ditekankan di dalam berita akhbar. Cara berita ini disampaikan sebaliknya menggunakan gambar dan masa lawatan beliau ke PPUM, dan memberikan tajuk akhbar ”perbincangan mengenai warna stokin” sangat mengelirukan pembaca. Saya harap pembaca semua ambil perhatian tentang perkara ini.”

Lapuran siapa yang kita nak percaya sekarang? Lapuran Pengarah PPUM atau Utusan Meloya?

Cubalah bersikap adil sikit lain kali.. Kamu dan bacakah Report Card DMM selama 100 pertama beliau di Kementerian Pendidikan? Kalau belum, klik di sini :

Berbagai-bagai inisiatif dijangka akan memberi impak besar kepada mutu dan kualiti tahap pendidikan negara yang sudah dan sedang digerakkan oleh DMM. Bukankah bagus kalau kamu lapurkan tentang benda yang betul dari membuang masa sebarkan fitnah dan kumpul dosa?

The Demonisation of Maszlee Malik

17 Oct 2018

The Demonisation of Maszlee Malik

If one were to rely solely on Utusan Malaysia for news on the current Minister for Education, one would think that the honourable Minister is consumed with only thoughts of socks and shoes.

This pea-brained newspaper with gutless editors are back with their mischief. Their toxic spew is now centred on YB Dr Maszlee Malik, the Minister of Education.

Their journalists wait in ambush, trailing the Minister on his walkabouts. They care little for any weighty substance the Minister expounds on, preferring instead to wax lyrical about socks, shoes and other trivia, an obsession that reveals more about themselves than the man they write about.

If Utusan is worth even a grain of journalistic salt, it would report on the numerous initiatives drawn up by the honourable Minister in the last 100 days. This includes the green policy in all learning institutions encompassing vehicle-free zones, community clean-ups, tree-planting and adopting the 3Rs; Reuse, Recycle, Reduce.

However, Utusan has never been known as a bastion of journalism.

A newspaper sans integrity or honesty is but a pitiful face of hate politics, demonization and vilification. It sows discord and dangerous divides, with scant regard for nation building. It does not educate but leaves a trail of ignorance in its wake.

In the effort to dumb down to the masses and move more copies off the shelves, it has shown itself to be a disgrace and mockery to the art of journalism.

In a country hungry for insightful, investigative and balanced journalism, the mainstream media stand at a threshold. Known for their trumpeting of the past government, they now have the opportunity to be the voice of reason, and check and balance to the current government.

Utusan have the golden opportunity of playing a leading role in this country’s new political process and render support to a Minister who could potentially be a game-changer in the sad affairs of our current Education system.

But will they rise to the occasion? Will they pick up this mantle and be a beacon of truth and honesty? Or continue to meekly obey their masters and drown in their own venom?

Some soul searching is long overdue.


Board of Directors

Muslim Professionals Forum


Journalistic Fetish for Socks and Shoes

16 Oct 2018

Journalistic Fetish for Socks and Shoes

We’ve heard some outrageous stuff being uttered in the past week. And some real petty stuff being reported by both the mainstream and alternative media in the more recent few days.

The most outrageous being an ex-UMNO politician lambasting Pakatan Harapan (PH) leadership with “Your stupid manifesto stopped you, is it?”

Though enlightened by the new politics of PH she probably still carries with her foul baggage from her UMNO past.

We wrote a piece which politely lashed at our Prime Minister when he announced that he would be holding the education ministry portfolio. And took to task both Anwar Ibrahim and Kit Siang for pussy footing on the issue. (

It was heart warming to learn that unlike many, PM still held dear to the PH manifesto, heeded principle centric politics and immediately relinquished the idea.

We would like to see the moral compass still held high in the ever unpredictable realm of Malaysian politics. And in the new era of Malaysia Baru, we should not succumb to the Machiavellian politics of past or present politicians or even civil society for that matter.

In more tangible terms, the Minister of Education should be allowed to carry on with his job, entrusted by the PM and his cabinet, without distraction from quarters who do not have a clue of the educational system which has been adversely corrupted by the past politics of education.

And neither has the minister’s job been made easy by the mischievous and petty coverage of his tasks at rehabilitating the education ministry.

At one point in time I thought I was reading the sensationalized headlines of a silly tabloid but it turned out to be a national daily J

Come on guys! Buck up your journalistic skills and focus on the key messages of the minister. And please for heavens sake, do not allow your fetish for socks and shoes to cloud your writings.

And I hope the editors would do better than to allow such nonsensical reporting just for the sake of sales revenue and sensationalism. For a start, they may require some back to basic lessons, like not missing the forest for the trees.

Oh! By the way, have you actually read Dr Maszlee Malik’s “100 Hari Buku Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia” which addresses some of the big tickets in our educational system?


Dato’ Dr Musa Mohd Nordin

Consultant Paediatrician & Neonatologist

Damansara Specialist Hospital



15 Sep 2019


I have no doubt that many of you have written to your Pakatan Harapan (PH) state assemblymen (ADUN) and parliamentarians (MP) on various issues that in your humble opinion solicited their immediate attention.

A few ADUNs and MPs may have obliged and undertaken the necessary actions or remedial tasks but would it be too far-fetched to suggest that the majority have not even bothered to acknowledge receipt of your complaint, let alone revert, or only paid lip service to your suggestions, whilst a few were actually pissed off with your recommendations?

Well! Some of us never got to ascend the rarefied atmosphere of top echelons of corporate or academic leadership because we held dearly and uncompromisingly to our puritanical and religiously democratic views trained into us since our formative days in the UK. Among others, the notion that a leader should be told what he needs to be told and not what people feel he wants to be told. In short, calling a spade a spade (we hope we are being ethnically correct and colour blind) was and still continues to be a dearly held principle of engagement.

We always wondered why our peers including some very close colleagues of ours hesitated and used twenty words to convey what needed to be said in five words to our bosses. With so many words, inflexions and padded advice, much of the real essence was lost in the delivery.

After a protracted period of cold storage and exile for some, the reasons finally  dawned on us – Eureka!

There are leaders who preferred being given advice and told what they actually wanted to be told and eschewed advice on what they really should be told. Much like the case of where the emperor wore no clothes.

In the context of Malaysian political governance, either BN or PH, we would suggest that the progenies of the aforementioned emperor are still alive and thriving, though less in the latter.

Hence subordinates, who hope to curry favour for obvious reasons, tailor their counsel to get the ears of their little emperors. There exists a culture where, upon ascending a top post, people bow and scrape to their leaders and exaggerate beyond reasonable measures moderate successes and carefully gloss over cracks and pits. They know this is the culture and leaders and followers feed off each other.

Woe betide those who like the proverbial little boy dare to draw attention to the emperor’s nudity.  Our society is in its present mess not because our leaders are not smart (some undoubtedly are smart but the rest are less so) but because of an inherent internal inertia to the purveyors of not so good home truths.

No matter how smart, capable or visionary a leader is, he is subject to blind spots, either in his rear mirror, side mirror or even front windscreen if we use the similitude of a driver of a car. Blind spots can turn a pleasant drive into a tragedy. Therefore, taking cognisance from sensors allows one to make measured, careful steps to avoid dangers and help rebuild our nation’s glorious destiny.

The fact that some of our PH big wigs feel we are not up to the mark with our knowledge of their actual circumstances, thus our observations are defective and not evidential, and are therefore good reasons to be rejected outright.

I hope our ADUNs and MPs are good listeners and takes on board dissenting views with good spirits and aplomb. Kudos to the magnanimous Minister of Education who exhibited masterly PR skills in news releases when confronted with those rabble pack of university students.

Inability or unwillingness to make use of the inputs would perpetuate the culture of fawning, selective information gathering and processing so prevalent before albeit in a new Malaysia Baru form.

We however are not willing to be a party to this bodek culture and will never temper our views just because they prick our ADUN’s, MP’s or Minister’s ego.

Our political leaders are well-advised to view the UK comedy of the early 1980s, Yes Minister, which embodies authority and politics as a hypocritical world filled with double talk.

Dato’ Dr Musa Mohd Nordin
Prof Awaluddin Shaharoun

A helm to grasp, a course to steer and a port to seek

29 May 2018
“A helm to grasp, a course to steer and a port to seek”

Generically, we medical doctors are politically naïve. Doctors #Tun MM and #Datin Seri Wan Azizah are the outliers in our profession, in a good way actually.

So we stick to the stuff we do best, to cure sometimes, to relieve often and to comfort always. But when confronted with a malignant tumor or a brewing septicemia, without hesitation we are trained to execute radical surgical excision or institute powerful intravenous antibiotics.

And we sensed this scenario rearing its ugly head soon after 9 May 2018. Sticking our clinical noses into the post GE14 ambience, we are perturbed by the political nuances displayed by some of our Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders.

What is the wisdom or traction to be achieved by now suggesting post GE that “rising cost of living and the unpopular #GST were the top reasons voters swung to #PH”

It only invites derision and outrage from a large segment of PH supporters who would swear that the historical PH triumph boils down to the aura and popularity of #Tun MM.

Way back, when the opposition was still in the wilderness and finding its footings, when the idea was first mooted that #Tun MM must lead the alliance and be the PM designate, it was vehemently opposed by most in the coalition especially from PKR because it meant overshadowing the iconic PKR supremo DSAI.

It is not too far fetched to suggest that best friends became estranged and alienated. Some, being loose cannons and not much of a team player, virtually left party matters and focused on big data processes which undoubtedly was another critical success factor for PH.

But a few PH team centric guys pursued this #Tun MM for PM idea cautiously but firmly. As shrewd and wise strategists they endeavored to get the best outcome while minimising collateral damage inadvertently and eventually turned over the sceptics in PH.

This immediately transformed the opposition into a solid front that warmed to the cynical electorate who were dismayed at the earlier fractured ranks of the opposition forces. For the first time a PM designate was in place. For the first time the component parties agreed to a single logo. The first 100 days promises were enumerated in simple lingo and info-graphics. And PH were first to launch their manifesto well ahead of a nervous BN. The rest as they say is history.

In the final analysis, multiple factors contributed to the sweet PH victory at GE14. To inflate the GST and cost of living factor or for that matter the #Tun MM factor as the overriding critical success factor is much too simplistic and worse still, derogatory of other factors or other persons or other hidden hands who similarly contributed to the peaceful transition of power.

Let us instead move forward with the monumental task of rebuilding our beloved nation which has been plundered by the despicable and kleptocratic political governance of the previous administration.

PH political leaders must embrace and manifest the decorum and adab to inspire confidence and continuing support from the rakyat. Failing which, the PH leadership should discipline them appropriately to ensure that the coalition spirit is always cherished and “lone rangers” are not given a free rein to destroy the fabric of the PH camaraderie.

Let us as the rakyat, cleanse our hearts and minds of aspersions of our new leaders and allow them the space and time to get the nation back on its feet

Let us be aware of the elements in our society who are not happy with the new government and are bent on destroying it

Let us be conscious of the widespread fake news online which are planned and planted to sow discord and hostilities of the rakyat towards our elected leaders and government

Let us pray that God Al-Mighty bless our #Tun MM with good health` and longevity, because he “resembles the commander of a ship at sea. He must have a helm to grasp, a course to steer and a port to seek” to paraphrase the American historian Henry Adams.

It is a given that those who aspire to be leaders of men must have qualities that enable them to discharge their duties not only effectively but also with utmost integrity and thus the “helm to grasp”.

The new “course to steer” as manifested in the Buku Harapan lends primacy to reforming and rebuilding our once esteemed institutions of the state.

Our Malaysian ship has a new captain, #Tun MM, to chart a new course, to steer to a “port to seek” where we all seek to live harmoniously and desire that the bounty of the land be shared equitably among its people.

This Malaysian ship must not be left floundering. We all owe it to our future generations. Failure is not an option!


Dr Musa Mohd Nordin, Damansara Specialist Hospital

Dr Johari Bux, Tung Shin Hospital