Mahathir’s 1MDB fatwa – A hate campaign to split Malaysians for votes

 |Jan 2, 2017
Former Premier Mahathir Mohamad in is usual cynicism claimed that Allah would not accept one's haj if 1MDB had helped one to perform the pilgrimage.
Former Premier Mahathir Mohamad in is usual cynicism claimed that Allah would not accept one’s haj if 1MDB had helped one to perform the pilgrimage.

Mahathir Mohamad is worried.

It has just been revealed that 1MDB had embarked upon many worthy causes, one of which was to help those who do not have enough money to perform their haj.

What other worthy causes has 1MDB performed?

Actually, if you have been paying attention, you would know some of the good that 1MDB had been doing.

But then you just want to hear negative stories – about how 1MDB’s money was stolen and about RM42 billion disappearing into thin air – that the story of 1MDB helping people to perform their Haj was news to you when, in fact, this had been revealed long ago.

Mahathir wants people to hate 1MDB and by extension, hate PM Najib.
Mahathir wants people to hate 1MDB and by extension, hate PM Najib.

 

Mahathir’s indecorous fatwa

Allah will not accept your haj if 1MDB helped you perform your pilgrimage, says Mahathir

Anyway, Mahathir appears to have just found out about 1MDB helping Muslims to perform their haj even if this had been revealed a couple of years ago.

Mahathir has just come out with his fatwa (religious edict) that Allah will not accept the haj of those who perform the pilgrimage with 1MDB’s help.

The Pahang Mufti, someone authorised to issue a fatwa, has contradicted Mahathir.

Going by Mahathir’s track record, I feel that what the Pahang Mufti decreed has more credibility than what Mahathir decreed.

After all it was Mahathir who ridiculed those who keep beards by saying that the only reason Prophet Muhammad sported a beard is because there were no Gillette shaving blades during the time of the Prophet.

Now, since long before the time of Prophet Muhammad, the people of Arabia had been performing their haj where they shave their heads at the end of the haj.

How, then, did they shave their heads if there was no way to shave back in those days?

Gillette was founded on Sept 28, 1901 so for sure they did not have Gillette shaving blades back in the year 600.

But they did have ways of shaving their heads so that means they could have shaved off their beards as well if they wanted to.

Hence the reason Muslims kept beards is not because they did not have Gillette shaving blades (which did not exist until 1901) but for another reason.

If you believe in Hadith (or do not reject Hadith) then go and read them and find out why Muslims kept beards until today.

It is not because Gillette shaving blades did not exist yet until 1901.

So Mahathir has a very poor track record in religious edicts or fatwa.

Most problems pertaining to syariah as claimed by non-Muslims were legacy of Mahathir premiership.
Most problems pertaining to syariah as claimed by non-Muslims were legacy of Mahathir premiership.

 

Defective legacy

Mahathir’s fatwa are based on sarcasm and not based on proper research.

In 2002, Mahathir issued a fatwa that Malaysia was already a Muslim country so there was no longer any need for PAS – and then he elevated the status of the syariah court to the same level as the common law court.

That has since created a lot of problems, especially in cases involving child custody and unilateral conversions.

Then non-Muslims blame Islam and oppose Abdul Hadi Awang’s RUU355 because, according to them, they have so much problems with Islam.

The non-Muslims say they do not accept syariah laws whereas syariah laws have been around long before the Chinese and Indians migrated to Malaya in large numbers from 1850 to 1920.

No doubt Chinese and Indians have been coming to Malaya since before 1511 but mass migration under British times was between 1850 and 1920 (which means the Chinese and Indians did not come on their own but the British and their agents ‘imported’ them).

When they came to Malaya there were already syariah laws in existence.

For example, Kelantan had syariah laws while the state was still under Thai rule and before Siam transferred Kelantan to British rule in 1909.

The non-Malays are opposed to RUU355 out of fear that the syariah laws would be applicable to them as well.

I can understand that and I do not blame them.

The issue is how do we assure the non-Muslims that syariah laws apply only to Muslims and that non-Muslims would not be affected?

If Mahathir is a responsible person then he should focus on this instead.

A lot of the problems that we face today were Mahathir’s legacy.

He created all these problems.

So Mahathir should do something like sort out how Islam can co-exist with non-Muslims and syariah laws would apply only to Muslims and not to non-Muslims.

Let us take the child custody and unilateral conversion problem as one example.

Why is Mahathir not talking about this?

Why is he keeping quiet?

This problem cropped up during Mahathir’s time and is still a problem until today.

Mahathir left Malaysia this problem.

Will Mahathir not pray in mosques built with taxpayers money?
Will Mahathir not pray in mosques built with taxpayers money?

 

Causing a split

Does Mahathir want Muslims and non-Muslims to continue to fight over this?

Does Mahathir not want Muslims and non-Muslims to live in peace?

Instead, Mahathir talks about Allah not accepting the haj of those who go to perform their pilgrimage with 1MDB’s help.

What nonsense is this?

Why does he say that?

Is it because 1MDB’s money is taxpayers’ money so any taxpayers’ money used for religious purposes was not accepted by Allah?

Mosques are built by the government, meaning using taxpayers’ money.

Will Allah accept the prayers of those who pray in mosques built with taxpayer’s money?

Should good Muslims boycott mosques and pray at home instead?

Does Mahathir himself not pray in mosques built by the government using taxpayer’s money?

Should the government stop building mosques?

Tabung Haji spent RM160 million in 2016 to subsidise those performing their haj and this year it is going to increase to RM200 million because the cost of the haj has gone up and the Saudi government is also increasing the tax.

So Tabung Haji is using taxpayers’ money to subside the cost of the haj.

So does this mean all those who have been performing their haj through Tabung Haji’s help have wasted their money because Allah will not accept their haj as well?

Don’t forget, it was Mahathir who announced that 90% of the personal income tax was being paid by the Chinese.

That means taxpayers’ money is almost all Chinese money.

Then Mahathir said 1MDB is taxpayers’ money.

So that means 1MDB is Chinese money.

Then Mahathir says Allah will not accept the haj of those who performed their pilgrimage with 1MDB’s help.

So this means those who do their pilgrimage with 1MDB’s help are performing their haj using Chinese money.

Mahathir is just triggering friction between Muslims and Muslims and Muslims and non-Muslims.

This is called divide-and-rule, the strategy which the British used during their imperial days and which Sun Tzu also propagated.

That was how 10,000 British ruled over 300 million Indians in British India and just three people and 20 policemen could rule 300,000 Kelantanese in 1909.

Pakatan Harapan only hope for success in GE14 is by embarking on a hate campaign against Umno-led Barisan Nasional.
Pakatan Harapan only hope for success in GE14 is by embarking on a hate campaign against Umno-led Barisan Nasional.

Hate campaign

Mahathir wants the people to hate Prime Minister Najib Razak.

So he starts by making people hate 1MDB by saying that Allah will not accept the haj of those who performed their pilgrimage with 1MDB’s help.

In short, 1MDB is abusing taxpayers’ money, meaning Chinese money, by sending people to Mecca.

Then the non-Malays and non-Muslims will get very angry and will not only hate Najib and 1MDB but will hate the Malays and Muslims as well.

Parti Pribumi and Pakatan Harapan’s future depends on how successful this hate campaign is.

You need to hate Najib, Umno, PAS, the Malays, Muslims, and so on, for the opposition to get 100% support from the non-Muslims.

Mahathir knows that the support of the Malays-Muslims will go to Umno and PAS.

So the opposition needs the support of the Chinese, Indians and natives of Sabah and Sarawak.

Parti Amanah is struggling to get 20,000 members while Pribumi cannot even get 10,000.

So DAP and PKR need to bring in the votes.

That means it has to be non-Malay and non-Muslim votes, those from East Malaysia included.

Hate campaigns have proven successful.

Hitler used this method to get into power.

The mullahs in Iran also held onto power through a hate campaign.

If the people can be united by hate then they will rally behind you.

Mahathir’s only hope would be to unite the people though hate for Najib, Umno, PAS, etc., and that means you also need to hate the Malays and Islam to hate Umno and PAS.

Pakatan Harapan’s only harapan (hope) to win is through a hate campaign. – Malaysia Today

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Raja Petra Kamarudin or RPK, cousin to the Selangor Sultan, is one of Malaysia's earliest online 'citizen journalists'. He started his website in 1995 before the internet 'explosion' triggered by the Reformasi movement in September 1998. Malaysia Today was launched as a blog in August 2004 and is one of the few pioneer blogs still active and posting articles on a daily basis 24-7. RPK, 66 years old, has been writing since 1990.