Umno Youth stepped up its attacks against the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) state government, accusing PAS of abandoning its Islamic ideology, and of becoming so liberal that “pork would soon be sold openly on the streets here.”
Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin also called Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim a traitor to the Malays.
Umno Youth exco member Lokman Adam questioned why the Shah Alam Municipal Council (MBSA) now controlled by PR did not revoke the license for Carlsberg brewery to operate in the district. Is UMNO prepared to close down all gaming companies, breweries, clubs and pubs in the BN controlled states?
I would like to ask these UMNO Youth leaders a few questions. Which is more dangerous? Allowing the sales of pork or condoning corruption, abuse of power and mismanagement?
If eating pork is not 'halal' to the Muslims, the act of polygamy is wrong to the non-muslims. We just have to tolerate and respect each other's religious belief and norms. UMNO Youth is acting mischievously for linking pork to non-Muslims. To many, pork is just a source of protein. Many of us do not consume it regularly because of hygiene and health reason.
If a vote for PAS is a vote for DAP, a vote for MCA, Gerakan, MIC and the rest is also a vote for UMNO. With UMNO continuing to behave this way, there is not much hope that BN could convince many non-Malay and non-Muslims to vote for them.
The aftermath of March 8 general election should have seen a major deradicalisation and deracialisation of BN politics dominated by UMNO. It is sad to note that the quality of politics in BN has stooped even lower. The other component parties did very little to help their own survival and to ensure that BN continues to become relevant.