Now Khir Toyo Plays The Special Rights And Religion Card.
This is exactly the motive and intention of Selangor MB and Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo, when he stirred the shit with the aforementioned tried and tested formula. In a true democracy he would by now be either sacked or at least be investigated prior to prosecution for corrupt practices. But here he is still roaming free, despite so many complaints, police reports and court cases against him. However the billboards scandal has taken on a new dimension and the calls for serious action against him is increasing. How long the authorities including the 'now you see it , now you don't' ACA is going to maintain a hands-off stance we don't know. But I feel that Toyo has seen the writing on the wall and he probably knows that he is in for a rough patch soon. So how does he prepare himself for the storm ahead? Simple. Use the formula!
And use it he did, in 'true and caring pemimpin Umno' style. The report in Bernama here.
Umno will be destroyed if the younger generation of Malays fail to defend their special rights and Islam, a member of the party Supreme Council Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo warned Saturday. He observed that the younger generation of Malays were gradually forgetting the Malay struggle to defend their special rights and Islam. "Those who were educated outside the country seem to have forgotten this ...they are more interested in values that oppose Umno struggle," he said.
Mohamad Khir, who is also Selangor Menteri Besar, later told reporters that a group outside the party were now questioning the Malay special rights and Islam. He said the group, which is currently active in Selangor, Johor and other states, had completely ignored Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's advice to stop raising sensitive issues that could jeopardize peace and stability in the country.
Touching on Umno's hope of recapturing Kelantan from PAS, he said Selangor Umno would go all out to convince the Kelantanese working in Selangor to vote for the Barisan Nasional in the general election due in 2008. "Umno failed to wrest back Kelantan in the last election because many Kelantan voters who are working outside the state did not return home to cast their votes," he said.
**** Has Khir Toyo said anything new in that report? Nothing! He's simply trying to sound like he's soooo caring about the Malays and their hak. Frankly I don't think the Kelantanese in Selangor will be too bothered about his attempts to curry favour with them in order to raise his own profile outside Selangor, and hopefully not many Malays will be taken in by this sort of dramatic, 'tugging at the heartstrings' speech designed more for his benefit and advantage than the ordinary citizen.