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Saturday, April 29, 2017

GOD SHOWS HIS ANGER: STORM WREAKS HAVOC AT PAS MUKTAMAR, TENTS BLOWN DOWN, SEVERAL PEOPLE INJURED

SEVERAL people were injured when a storm toppled several tents at the Kedah PAS headquarters this evening where the party’s 63rd muktamar this being held.
A PAS official confirmed that several people were injured, adding that the Fire Services Department and police were at the scene to carry out rescue work.
The others at the muktamar have now gathered in the main building. Several ambulances also rushed to the scene and the injured were taken to Hospital Sultanah Albaiyah in Alor Star.
The Malaysian Insight

Part 2 Salafi Project For Malaysia : Ikhwan Muslimin aka Muslim Brotherhood, Fountain of Islamist Violence

Here is a fantastic piece of research on the Muslim Brotherhood or Ikhwanul Muslimin by Cynthia Farahat the Egyptian scholar and writer.  I have mentioned Cynthia Farahat earlier in another post.

In her website (http://cynthiafarahat.com) Cynthia has given permission to use her article but to be reproduced in full.  This is where I have to break the rules and truncate her article for easy reading.  (O'wise depa tak mahu baca pun.)
 

Please do read my comments at the bottom, as well as my other comments in between.


Mar 8, 2017 
By: Cynthia Farahat
Middle East Quarterly
Spring 2017

 
HASSAN AL Banna

MB founded in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna 
Egyptian schoolteacher from rural town 
from young Banna intimidated, harassed Christians, Muslims

in 2014, UAE designated MB and int'nal affiliate CAIR as terrorist groups
British asserted MB highly ambiguous relationship with violent extremism
as ideology and network MB has been rite of passage for violence, terrorism

US recently introduced Senate bill to designate MB terror organization
Feb 2016 House Judiciary Committee approved bill to designate MB terrorist 
July 2016 “Naming the Enemy within Homeland Security Act” 
prohibits funding or collaborating with organizations associated with MB

Historical Background
 
MB a militaristic organization since inception 
operated as terrorist entity for almost a century

influenced establishment of most Sunni terrorist organizations
al-Qaeda, al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya (GI) Hamas, Islamic State (ISIS). 
founded, directly inspired, indoctrinated, recruited by MB
Contrary to what MB says, violence is an ongoing activity

MB founded in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna (1906-49)
Egyptian schoolteacher, watch repairer from rural town 

steeped in Hanbali school popular among Salafi jihadists
Banna engaged in Islamist activities from young age
joined local group intimidate Christians, Muslims in hometown

fascinated by secret societies, cults, fraternal orders
drove him to form MB as fraternity cult 
with own secret militia—al-Tanzim al-Khass (Secret Apparatus)
executing military training and terror activities
 
Secret Apparatus : assassinations, large wave of bombings
Dec 1946 bombed eight police stations in Cairo
bombed trains in Sharqia and Ismailia
King George Hotel in Ismailia
1948 police raid confiscated 165 bombs

Secret Apparatus numerous acts of political violence in Egypt
1947 assassination of Judge Ahmed Khazinder Bey 
1948 assassination of Prime Minister Mahmoud Nuqrashi Pasha
At that time MB had 60,000 to 70,000 rifles
military buildup ac-companied by infiltration of Egyptian army
including conspiratorial group of Free Officers
July 1952 overthrew monarchy in coup

Banna assassinated in 1949

Hassan Hudaybi succeeded him as Mursyidul Am of MB
arrested in 1965 for planning to assassinate President Nasser
Hudaybi three-year prison sentence 
MB’s ideologue Sayyed Qutb executed in 1966 
false denial standard tactic of MB 

(Outsourcing Violence)  
1960s and early 1970s formation of MB terror groups under independent banners
1st was Gama’at al-Muslimin   aka Takfir wa-l-Hijra (Excommunication and Emigration)
formed by 2 leaders of Secret Apparatus : Shukri Mustafa, Sheikh Ali Ismael

2nd group created by MB was al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya (GI)
responsible for Oct 1981 assassination of Anwar Sadat
Both groups founded by active leaders of MB
Sadat equated GI with Brotherhood 
GI leader and MB spiritual authority : Omar Abdel Rahman
Omar Abdel Rahman (“The Blind Sheikh”) 
convicted of 1993 bombing of World Trade Center in New York



Omar The Blind died in prison in North Carolina on Feb 18, 2017
Mursyidul Am of MB and founder of Gemaa Islamiyya


Morsi’s 1st speech as president called for Omar The Blind's release 
acknowledged Omar's family who were present in audience

1990s Egypt battled sustained wave of Islamist terrorism 
attacks on govt officials, Coptic minority, murder tourists 
attempt on life of President Hosni Mubarak in June 1995

formation of Intn'l Apparatus by Banna’s son-in-law Said Ramadan
fled Egypt to Saudi in 1954, Ramadan then moved to Geneva in 1958 

Ramadan established MB's Intn'l Apparatus under Mustafa Mashour


 

Father in law and son in law team. Above left is Hassan Banna, founder of MB. 
On the right is Said Ramadan who ran away to Geneva and set up the MB's  "Intn'l Apparatus".  
Said Ramadan is the father of Tariq Ramadan who is a frequent visitor to Malaysia. 
Keep all this in mind. Jangan jadi bodoh.


Mashour head of Secret Apparatus and future Murshidul Am
author of militant manifesto “Jihad Is the Way.
Mashour fled Egypt to Germany in 1986, reestablished Intn'l Apparatus

Chakib Ben Makhlouf most prominent leader of MB’s Geneva office
also president of Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe
described as “most dangerous operative of MB's Intn'l Apparatus"
Geneva office funneled funds to establish Gama’a al-Islamiyya
Intn'l Apparatus involved in operating, funding terror attacks in USA





Intern'l Apparatus’s most critical mission to infiltrate, subvert, recruit operatives in army, govt, educational systems, intelligence agencies of the MB’s targeted states in what is called “civilization jihad.” (Jihad Hadhari) 

Jihad Hadhari -  detailed in 1991 document "Explanatory Memorandum"

outlined Muslim Brotherhood’s strategic goals 

1980s and 1990s most important decades for “Jihad Hadhari” 
Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestinian branch 
Hamas transformed from charitable org. to full-fledged terror group 

seeds sown for al-Qaeda through Maktab al-Khidmat (MAK, Services Bureau)
aka Maktab Khidmat Mujahidin Arab (Services Bureau of Arab Jihadists) 
and Afghan Services Bureau

Soviet occupation of Afghan 1980s

MB busy recruiting, providing jihadist services through MAK in Middle East

1984 MB's Abdullah Azzam established MAK office in Jordan

Azzam organized MB's “global jihad” movement
earned him alias, “The Father of Global Jihad”
Azzam  philosophy inspired GI and Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ) 
Azzam greatly inspired Osama bin Laden
whom Azzam taught at Saudi university

1985 Azzam, Osama, al Zawahiri founded MAK in Pakistan evolved into al-Qaeda

Amman MAK recruited Abu Musab Zarqawi
Zarqawi founded Jama’at Tawhid wal Jihad 
evolved into al-Qaeda in Iraq and eventually into ISIS
morphed into ISIS after Zarqawi’s death in June 2006

2014 interview in Al-Arabiya, MB spiritual guide Yusuf Qaradawi admitted ISIS leader Abu Bakr Baghdadi member of Muslim Brotherhood.

 
 Qardawi confirmed to Al Arabiya that
Abu Bakar Baghdadi was a member of the MB or Ikhwan


MB leaders publicly announced support for ISIS
including Qatar-based Sheikh Wagdy Ghoneim

Muslim Brotherhood organizationally involved with al-Qaeda

A Political Party or a Jihadi Group?
 
Brotherhood is bedrock of worst terror groups in today’s world 
violence is endemic to the movement’s raison d’ĂȘtre
restoring caliphate via violent jihad

why Banna used military terminology in structuring MB
calling the organization “Allah’s battalion”
a term used to this very day to denote the MB’s governing core
current MB leadership includes violent jihadist like Abdel Moneim Abul Futuh
 
MB’s 95 Brigade militia engaged in abduction, beating, torture
 
MB's Secret Apparatus remains intact and operational 
new recruits undergo military training by 95 Brigade
which played active role in January 2011 Mubarak’s downfall
Islamic Reformers
brutality of ISIS, Brotherhood has led to Islamic reformist movement 
vastly more popular than Brotherhood itself
unprecedented reform movement received little attention in West

For example, Islam Behery, a heroic leader, jailed for a year for blasphemy 
for insulting al-Azhar University and Sunni doctrine on his television show

TV show dedicated to exposing brutality, terrorism of Sunni doctrine 
offered a non-theocratic, liberal interpretation of Islam 
pushes for separation of mosque and state 
Behery received presidential pardon Dec 2016, unprecedented in Egypt


Another supporter of reformation, freedom of thought - Ibrahim Issa

popular Egyptian commentator, TV host, editor-in-chief of Al-Maqal. 

Issa’s reformist stance placed him on terrorist hit lists since 1992
Muslim Brotherhood made him high profile target
in 2015 official fatwa declaring him an “infidel.”
 
prominent secular Sayyed Qemani another heroic figure of Islamic reform 
currently facing incarceration for blasphemy 
His sin: stating al-Azhar U be designated a terrorist organization

Behery, Qemani have support of mainstream media in Egypt and Middle East
they have dramatically changed Islamic political discourse
West has never heard of their heroic efforts.
 
war of ideas highly dynamic in today’s Middle East
vast majority of peaceful Muslims marginalized by West 

Conclusion
 
deadly Brotherhood cult responsible for a century of terror 
since young Banna engaged in harassment of Christian, Muslim neighbors

Since then Brotherhood established Hamas as Palestinian wing. 
Three Brotherhood activists established al-Qaeda. 
Brotherhood leaders founded Gama’a Islamiyya, Egyptian Islamic Jihad. 

Brotherhood members started video decapitations
one of its former operatives is caliph of Islamic State

MB has other connections to other foreign terrorist organizations

Brotherhood intention to infiltrate society, institutions, subverting from inside


Cannot counter Islamic terrorism without allying with Muslim figures fighting on the forefront of the battle of ideas. 

US can give these moderate Muslims a voice

Cynthia Farahat, a Middle East Forum Writing Fellow and columnist for Al-Maqal daily newspaper, is currently working on a book about the Muslim Brotherhood.



My comments :  

In this lengthy article above, Cynthia Farahat only mentions in passing about Yusuf Qardhawi. Yusuf Qardhawi is the real spiritual head of the Ikhwan Muslimin or Muslim Brotherhood until today. He has been living in exile in Qatar since forever. 

This is Yusuf Qardhawi : 
 


When the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi took over Egypt for a brief period from June 2012 until July 2013, it enabled Yusuf Qardhawi to return to Egypt for a short time.  

Upon his arrival Yusuf Qardhawi conducted an open air Friday Prayer at Tahrir Square in Cairo which was attended by hundreds of thousands of people. The saviour of the Ikhwan Muslimin had come home.


Then when the Muslim Brotherhood was kicked out in 2013, Yusuf Qardhawi escaped back to Qatar.  

Here are some people who have been in Yusuf Qardhawi's circle of followers,  disciples and supporters over the past 30 years or so all over the world. Observe how they have aged over time but still remain close to Yusuf Qardhawi. 


Ikhwan Muslimin's Mohd Morsi welcoming Yusuf Qardhawi


 
 Qardhawi with Ikhwan Muslimin operative Khaled Mashal, 
also Prime Minister of Gaza.


 
 Ikhwan's Khaled Meshal with unknown person


 
 
 Above :  Qardhawi in younger days, about 30 yrs ago

 
 
 About 30 years later : Qardhawi dictating



 
An older Qardhawi keeping in touch


The Ikhwan has many friends


I also have some personal history with these Ikhwan types - though at that time I was not fully aware of them. 35 years ago as a student in the United States I attended a mosque that was run by these Ikhwan types. The funding for the mosque was from Saudi Arabia but the guys in the mosque went around calling each other 'Ikhwan' -  a dead give away.

The mosque had discussions where they would also discuss Syed Qutb. Syed Qutb was one of the earlier leaders of the Ikhwan Muslimin and was considered its idealogue.     He wrote an ultra-thin book called Milestones  (Ma'alim Fi al Tariq)  which is a waste of time. The book is like a Bible for the Ikhwan.
 

 

So Cynthia Farahat shows the links  that the Muslim Brotherhood or Ikhwan Muslimin is linked to terrorist organizations like  ISIS, al-Qaeda, Hamas and al-Gama'at al-Islamiyya (Jemaah Islamiyah).

First of all pay attention to these phrases that originate from the Muslim Brotherhood or Ikhwan Muslimin:

1. Mursyidul Am
2. Gemaa Islamiyah  (Jemaah Islam)
3. A'mal Jihadia Hadharia or Jihad Hadhari

1.  Mursyidul Am :  In our country the retards have  Mursyidul Am in their party.   They have copy catted the Ikhwan Muslimin.

2.  Jemaah Islam or JI is a well known terrorist organisation outlawed in Malaysia and Indonesia.  

In the 1990s there was also an active Jemaah Islam or JI  e-group . You could join their e-group and debate with them - but they will always kick you out.

My friends and I used to enter their e-groups to engage (anonymously) with  some of their heroes or jaguh.  

One of their heroes is now No. 2 in the party retard.    Small world isnt it? 

3.  Jihad Hadhari or "civilization struggle". The full wording is  "A'mali Jihadia Hadaria" which means civilization jihad operation.


This is from the Muslim Brotherhood's terrorist International Apparatus.   

The term Jihad Hadhari first appeared in a 1991 document titled "The Explanatory Memorandum"   (Cynthia Farahat).

In Malaysia we have also had 'Islam Hadhari' - most certainly that name was inspired by the same "Jihad Hadhari."

It simply shows the extent of the Salafi / Wahhabi / Ikhwan Muslimin influence among the highest ranks  in Malaysia. 

Most certainly Salafism / Wahhabism  is a greater threat to the future of Malaysia than communism ever was.   

If Ayub Khan Mydin Pitchay is serious about curbing jihadi extremism in Malaysia, then he must finger who is the top person or group of persons who are the leaders, instigators, facilitators into bringing all these Salafism, Wahabism, violent ideologies etc into Malaysia over the past decades. There has to be someone or some group of people.  

And they do really exist. 

They have set up NGOs, relief organisations, they organise huge annual conferences, they run madrassahs, schools and kindergartens.   These are the Salafi / Wahabi outfits. Also linked to the Ikhwan Muslimin. 


That ISIS university in Shah Alam is certainly in this loop. So is that muallaf's madrassah.


Folks, Muslims as well as non Muslims, lets keep our eyes and ears open. Talk to your friends about this. That is the most powerful tool to effect change. When we know what is really going on around us.   


I also wish more people will join me in  talking about this.   There are so few of us.    

Norza new BAM president for 2017/2021 term

Mohamad Norza Zakaria succeeds Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff effective today, continuing BAM's 32-year tradition of forgoing a contest for the top spot.
norza-bamPETALING JAYA: Mohamad Norza Zakaria has officially assumed the president’s post in the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) after being elected unanimously by its council members for the 2017/2021 term.
Mohamad Norza succeeds Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff effective today, continuing BAM’s 32-year tradition of forgoing a contest for the top spot.
He will be assisted by two vice presidents, Abdul Aziz Hussain and Lim Teong Kiat.
The BAM honorary-secretary’s post will be held by Ng Chin Chai, for the seventh consecutive year, while V Subramaniam was elected treasurer.
The number one post was a bone of contention when it emerged that there was a “gentlemen’s agreement” among Norza, Mahaleel and former acting president, Mohamed Al-Amin Abdul Majid on the succession plan.
However, the issue was resolved after Mohamed Al-Amin agreed to give way to Mohamad Norza.
This was announced by Minister of Youth and Sports Khairy Jamaluddin at a press conference which was also attended by BAM patron Rosmah Mansor at the Seri Perdana Complex, recently.
BAM council members also agreed to appoint Mohamed Al-Amin as BAM Advisor.
A total of 14 affiliate members were present at the AGM held at the Dorsett Grand Subang Hotel, here.
The following is the new BAM leadership for the term 2017/2021:
President: Mohamad Norza Zakaria
Deputy President: Abdul Aziz Hussain and Lim Teong Kiat
Honorary-Secretary: Ng Chin Chai
Assistant Honorary Secretary: Taupik Mohd Hussain
Treasurer: V Subramaniam
-FMT

Harakah says sorry after report claims Canadian PM a Muslim

The report appears to have lifted a satire site claiming that Justin Trudeau had converted to Islam.
harakah-pmPETALING JAYA: PAS mouthpiece Harakah has apologised after its latest edition carried an opinion piece claiming that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has converted to Islam.

An article by Zainudin Hashim made the claim, which was first reported by satire site Vatican Enquirer, to back his argument that non-Muslims were coming closer to Islam at a time when many in Malaysia had suspicions about the shariah.
“Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau converted to Islam because he found that Islam and its adherents in Canada were the best in their actions, and this attracted their prime minister,” said the piece.
Following criticisms on social media that the paper had carried false news, its editorial board said an erratta would be published in the next edition.
“The editorial board admits there has been a mistake with regards to the translation and source of the report in the article, and admits there was negligence,” said a short statement on the paper’s online edition Harakahdaily tonight.
The claim that Trudeau had embraced Islam, was first carried by the Vatican Enquirer, which accompanied it with pictures of him speaking to Muslim worshippers in a mosque.
Trudeau is known for his liberal and Muslim-friendly policies as well as his strong criticism of President Donald Trump. -FMT

Another Commonwealth Games in Malaysia?

UK-based sports portal says Malaysia beat deadline to submit bid to host 2022 Commonwealth Games following the disqualification of South African city, Durban.
Commonwealth-GamesPETALING JAYA: Malaysia has joined the list of countries bidding to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, a sports business portal reported.

Following Durban’s disqualification as hosts due to the failure of the South African government to provide the required financial guarantees to the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), England and Australia had already announced their intention to take over as hosts.
However, according to insidethegames, Malaysia and Canada have also launched their bids for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, after beating the deadline set by the CGF.
CGF had set yesterday as the deadline for submissions from countries interested in taking over from Durban. The next Commonwealth Games in 2018 will be hosted by Gold Coast, Australia.
Specialist sports portal, insidethegames, reports on the Olympic, Commonwealth and Paralympic Games.
In terms of cities, only the English cities of Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester have so far indicated their willingness to host the Games. Manchester hosted the Games in 2012.
London is also believed to be considering whether to put themselves forward, as Commonwealth Games England decides on which city should be the country’s representative in the final bid, at its next Board meeting on May 9, according to the portal.
Meanwhile, the Australian Commonwealth Games Association is expected to choose from Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney for their final bid.
Malaysia became the first Asian country to host the Commonwealth Games in 1998, and remains one of only three countries outside of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, to host the third biggest multi-sport competition in the world. The other countries being Jamaica (Kingston, 1966) and India (New Delhi, 2010).
Kuala Lumpur 1998 was also touted by many as being one of the best in the history of the Games.
Durban had won the right to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games by default in September 2015, after its only rival, Edmonton (Canada), pulled out of the running due to the impact on the city’s economy resulting from the decline in crude oil prices in 2015.
Meanwhile, CGF chief executive officer David Grevemberg told insidethegames that a decision on the new host for the 2022 Commonwealth Games is likely to be made later this year.
“CGF will work with a panel of international experts to investigate the bids put forward by the countries before making a recommendation to the Executive Board.
“This is the first step in a collaborative process that will see a clear and detailed set of criteria applied to any Games hosting ambitions,” Grevemberg said.
“We are delighted with the level of initial interest expressed by nations across the Commonwealth and look forward to working with all parties as plans develop for a Games to be proud of in 2022.” -FMT

PKR: General election may be called in October

Feel-good factor from SEA Games and double national day celebrations - Merdeka Day and Malaysia Day - in August through September best timing, says PKR lawmaker.
baru-bian-pkrKUCHING: A dose of positive sentiment from national day celebrations and the SEA Games may see Prime Minister Najib Razak calling for the next general election (GE14) in October, says a PKR lawmaker.
Petaling Jaya Selatan MP Hee Loy Sian said the double celebration of the 60th Merdeka Day on Aug 31 and Malaysia Day on Sept 16, with the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur from Aug 19-30 might be too much of a feel-good factor for the PM to ignore.
“I’ve been informed that the closest time that the general election would be called is October. It is the most appropriate time for them (the ruling government),” Hee said during his opening speech to Sarawak PKR’s convention here today.
“Why? Because it is just after the SEA Games. It is the most appropriate time for them. They want to use this opportunity to take advantage of the festivities after the Hari Raya celebrations, after the big celebration for the 60th Merdeka Day.”
“And they are planning to hold a giant gathering for the Sept 16 celebrations or Hari Malaysia. They want to hold it right after the SEA Games concludes to ensure they get the support of the young people,” Hee said.
The PKR convention was attended by Sarawak PKR leader Baru Bian, state party leaders and several hundred party members.
Hee said there were other indications that the election is round the corner. Other months suggested by Hee are June and August.
“There are signs GE14 is extremely close. We know this because in Selangor we got our indication from the Election Commission (EC), that they are planning to rent halls and inform local council members on preparations. Everything is ready and they are just waiting for the date,” Hee said.
“I feel October is the most likely, in my opinion. It is the best time for them to hold an election. It’s only six months away,” he added.
Meanwhile, Hee said Selangor PKR still have relations with PAS as the latter has representation in the Selangor government.
“I call on our party members here not to be alarmed. I hope you are not swayed by false impressions on why PKR still has a relationship with PAS even though PAS is not in Pakatan Harapan.”
On the seat negotiations with Amanah and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), Hee called on party members to be mindful of other opposition components when negotiating for seats.
“We are ready to give up our seats, the ones we have not won. We are ready to surrender them to other component parties such as Amanah, and this has made many PKR members upset.”
“But people forget that it was DAP and PAS who gave us their seats, especially the mixed-seats which they had never won. We tried in 1999 and 2004. But it was in 2008 that we won big in Selangor and became the second largest party after Umno,” Hee said.
Hee, however, criticised a recent public squabble over the Parliamentary seat of Miri, which is held by PKR’s Dr Michael Teo.
“I am disappointed by the actions of a Pakatan Harapan component that requested that a seat be swapped,” Hee said.
“I don’t think that was a wise move. We should have discussed it first within Pakatan Harapan. Don’t let your desire for the seat let you make demands for it from PKR. We already won it.”
In January, DAP’s Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon told reporters that the DAP would be in a better position to win the seat.
Ting claimed Miri voters were dissatisfied with Teo’s performance and hoped that “DAP can be chosen as the candidate in the interest of the Pakatan Harapan pact”.
Howevever, Hee said there was a better way to deal with the issue.
“They should not have called for Dr Teo to withdraw. This is not the proper way to treat a friend in Pakatan Harapan. We should respect one another.
“We can always discuss it (privately). It is okay. But not to the point of airing the matter to the media, making demands for the seat,” Hee said. -FMT

BARU BIAN: COUNTRY ON PATH TO TALIBAN-LIKE STATE

Sarawak PKR chief blames PAS president and the PM for jeopardising harmony between multiracial, multi-religious population.
FMT) – Malaysia’s secularism and the peace enjoyed by its multi-ethnic and multi-faith society have been put in jeopardy by the actions of PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang and Prime Minister Najib Razak, says Sarawak PKR.
The party’s state chairman Baru Bian charged that the two leaders had brought the country to the brink of becoming an Islamic theocratic state as a result of their “political games”.
“All major institutions in the country have been compromised, and we are now a country where the rule of law does not apply,” Baru said in his opening speech at Sarawak PKR’s convention held here today.
“The country is at risk of becoming a radical Taliban-like state, thanks to the efforts of people like Hadi Awang, assisted by Najib in their political games to control the country,” Baru said.
Also present were PKR’s Petaling Jaya South MP Hee Loy Sian, its Youth chief Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How, other state party leaders and several hundred party members.
Baru said that in his vision for a better Sarawak, people were free to practice the religion of their choice without interference from religious authorities or third parties.
He added that Malaysians of all races who had determination and drive should be given equal opportunity to succeed and prosper.
“Unfortunately, what I had hoped to fight against, such as politics based on race and religion, have been getting more obvious and intense, instead of decreasing.”
“The Umno leadership’s modus operandi has been to politicise race and religion to stoke fear and hatred among the various ethnic groups in order to divide and rule the people.
“That in itself is nothing new, but with the advancement of technology and the widespread use of social media, the impact of these dangerous tactics is even more far-reaching and the damage magnified,” Baru said.
He further described the country to be in “dire straits” with Najib and “his cronies” no longer caring about the common people.
The state assemblyman for Ba’ Kelalan said there was a lack of transparency and accountability with the ruling government approving mega projects and awarding contracts without tender to foreign firms.
He added that there were other “worrying developments” such as the “blatant corrupt practices” of government officials, the worsening economic situation, the mismanagement of the country’s assets and resources and the scandals of 1MDB, Felda and MARA.
“The scenario for Malaysia’s future looks bleak. However, we must not give up. It is even more crucial now that we must keep pushing for change,” he said.
“I have been called a dreamer, and politicians from BN have said many times that the opposition can only dream of winning the elections. I said then that it is not wrong to dream, no matter how difficult the road ahead looks.
“No matter how formidable the obstacles, it is only right that we should have a vision. For where there is no vision, the people perish,” Baru said.
Tony Pua ban in Sabah
Meanwhile, Baru expressed little surprise at DAP’s Tony Pua being barred from entering Sabah.
Yesterday, the Petaling Jaya Utara MP was escorted to an aircraft bound for Kuala Lumpur after being denied entry into Sabah.
Neither immigration authorities nor the state government gave a reason for the ban on Pua from entering Sabah.
“I am not surprised by that action from the state government of Sabah and I won’t be surprised if it were to be implemented in Sarawak in the coming general election,” Baru told reporters at a press conference.
“They’ve done it before, there’s nothing to stop them from doing it again. To me, it’s a sign of desperation. It’s a sign that they are trying to prevent people who are very aware of the truth from sharing the truth with us in Sabah and Sarawak,” Baru said.
He said the East Malaysian state governments were fearful of “the very powerful, personal testimonies” of expert lawmakers.
“When they see leaders – who they have only read about in the papers or see on television – come over and share with us in Sabah and Sarawak of the success stories of Pulau Pinang and Selangor, I’m very confident the people of Sabah and Sarawak would be convinced for a change of government,” Baru said.
In the run-up to the Sarawak state election last May, at least 40 opposition lawmakers, activists and academicians were on the state government’s immigration ban list.
They included Amanah president Mohamad Sabu, Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar (PKR), Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad (Amanah), Seremban MP Anthony Loke (DAP), Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo (DAP), and Dr Afif Bahardin (PKR).
The ban was quietly lifted the following month after the state BN, led by the late Adenan Satem, won 72 out of 82 state seats.