Holy war? It reflects Umno’s toxic politics, say 2 MPs

Mujahid-Yusof-Rawa-Teresa-Kok-Shahrizat-Abdul-Jalil-1PETALING JAYA: Two MPs have slammed Wanita Umno chief Shahrizat Abdul Jalil over her call for party members to fight a “holy war” to prevent the opposition from capturing Putrajaya.

Seputeh MP Teresa Kok and Parit Buntar MP Mujahid Yusof Rawa said it was clear that this was just propaganda.

Kok said the general election was not a “holy war” but a sociopolitical war to “fatally cripple the unholy Umno-dominated BN”.

“The people have to make a choice and decide if they want to see meaningful changes in this country,” Kok told FMT.

In her speech at the Wanita Umno assembly, Shahrizat had declared war with the opposition which she claimed would oppress the Malays if it were to win the general election. She said it should be considered a “jihad”.

“We now face an enemy running mad. This is not any war. This is the vow of a warrior. This is a war we must win, we must uphold the banner. We fight for dignity and race, so we must win the war,” Shahrizat had said.

She also said women leaders must choose between Prime Minister Najib Razak or the opposition led by DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang.

“On one side you have (Umno president) Najib Razak and the BN leadership which we know so well.

“On the other, a government led by DAP. Are Malaysians willing to surrender the country that we have built for so many years to chauvinist leaders?” she asked.

Kok said Shahrizat’s statements were a reflection of the toxic “theme” of the Umno assembly this year.

“That is why caricatures of Pakatan leaders with the words ‘DAP-led opposition’ are on the walls of the Umno assembly venue this year,” she said.

“This propaganda reflects the toxicity of the Umno leadership that is willing to hawk lies to improve its chances of survival,” Kok said.

She said rational Malaysians would be “amused and horrified” to read that Shahrizat had described Najib as a successful leader and Kit Siang as one who oppressed the Malays.

“Lim Kit Siang does not have a record of oppressing the Malays as he has never been given a chance to rule in the government. He has never made any statement that has run down the Malays in his entire political life,” she added.

She also questioned Shahrizat’s description of Najib as a successful leader.

“If Najib is a successful leader as claimed by Shahrizat, then the notorious 1MDB scandal, which has become the world’s biggest money laundering case, would not have happened, and the Malaysian economy won’t go down the drain,” Kok said.

Meanwhile, Mujahid, saying this was dirty politics, asked: “How is it that the Malays are being oppressed? There are a large number of Malay leaders in the opposition.

“What about the Malays in PPBM? What about the Malays in Amanah? And in PKR? There are even some Malays in DAP, what about them?” he asked.