By Mujahidin Zulkiffli
We’ve all been had although we did suspect that Umno would somehow use Hadi’s bill for its own ends.
Umno has always known that its relations with other BN parties will be damaged if it confirms its support for the bill. So it’s important for it to prevent a debate in parliament.
What will happen between now and July, when the debate is supposed to go ahead? A general election will be announced for September and parliament will be dissolved just before it’s scheduled to sit again.
Both PAS and Umno will now start milking the bill for all it’s worth; they won’t wait for the official campaign period to begin.
They will now ratchet up the DAP-is-anti-Islam rhetoric, reminding the Malays that Lim Kit Siang tried to stop the tabling of the bill, and they’ll say the other parties in Pakatan Rakyat are all DAP’s lackeys.
Whatever hope the opposition coalition might have had of capturing rural Malay votes is probably gone.
Umno’s partners will be told to keep quiet because “we’re just milking this to incite Malay hatred for DAP and Pakatan.”
Come September, rural Malays will vote BN or PAS. Don’t be surprised if Umno and PAS don’t contest for the same seats.
It’s now all up to us, the voters. We are the ultimate decision makers.
Go register as a voter if you haven’t. Keep checking to find out where you’re registered to vote because the Election Commission may suddenly decide to place you elsewhere.
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