Zaid: Stupidity is not easy to overcome


KUALA LUMPUR: Zaid Ibrahim laments that Malays under the influence of Umno and PAS are not being encouraged to think straight.

In his latest blogpost, the former minister gives two examples to show why those in Umno and PAS, and their supporters, are not thinking straight.

He says they are excited about looking into how under former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Bank Negara lost billions in forex trading but will do nothing to discover how billions of ringgit have been lost today under the present administration.

“How stupid can that be? Losses in the past, irrespective of whose fault, cannot make any difference to the people of this country, whereas if we have the ability to know what happened to the losses under the present PM, some things could be rectified and some good will come out of it.”

He gives the recent furore over the use of the ‘bin Abdullah’ patronym as another example of the inability of this group of Malays to think straight, adding that “this problem goes up to the highest level of government”.

He says the National Registration Department (NRD) has been doing something unlawful by registering babies born out of wedlock with ‘bin Abdullah’, and not the natural father, and when the court says it’s unlawful they are not happy and threaten not to follow the decision.

He notes that the NRD is an organ of the Federal Government and is expected to follow federal law and practices approved by the Federal Government, not fatwa made by state governments.

Pointing out that a fatwa is not law and that there is no such thing as a federal fatwa, or a federal Islamic law, he says the reason the NRD officials are unable to “understand this simple fact” is because “they cannot think straight”.

The DAP member says Malaysia is witnessing the “greatest decline in the history of the Malays as a people” because they follow Umno and PAS and, therefore, are not encouraged to think clearly and straight.

“When they are busy touting more power to the elites, such as the royals, prime minister, Jakim, shariah court, police and MACC, ordinary Malays are left struggling to make ends meet.”

That is why, he says, the “mammoth task to explain everything under the sun to the confused PAS and Umno supporters falls on all of us”.

He adds: “Unless they can think straight, it’s impossible for them to cast the vote properly and wisely.”

Zaid urges for more engagement sessions, public discussions and debates on all important issues at all levels, adding: “Stupidity is not easy to overcome except by lengthy and tedious explanations”.

That is why, he says, this Sunday’s Nothing to Hide programme in Shah Alam is so important. It will be the start of the move to remove the false thinking of Umno and PAS supporters.

Zaid urges Malaysians to turn up to watch Dr Mahathir present his case, “and hopefully the PM will also be there to refute them”.

Saying the approach of the opposition leaders that they have nothing to hide is laudable, he suggests that potential Pakatan ministers should challenge the BN ministers to agree that both fully declare and explain their assets to the public.

“It will be great if, say, the top five Pakatan potential ministers come forward and challenge Najib (Razak), Hishammuddin (Hussein), Zahid (Hamidi), Liow Tiong Lai and Khairy Jamaluddin to declare their assets and that of their spouse and children. New revelations and new facts can help bring excitement to this general election, at the same time reducing the level of stupidity in our country.”