If Haris Ibrahim and his 'Anything But Umno' supporters want to be lawmakers, not lawbreakers, why are they threatening to take to the streets and eventually leave the country? (Graphic by Dayang Norazhar/The Mole)
KUALA LUMPUR: Many opposition supporters may proclaim that they are "Malaysian first", but they will be among the first to emigrate if Barisan Nasional wins the next general election, says blogger Helen Ang.
In fact, Ang wrote in her blog Reboot Your Thinking today that many of them are "already living abroad" anyway, and highlighted remarks by fellow blogger Haris Ibrahim that he will emigrate in the event of a BN victory.
Haris’ activities are contrary to his blog slogan which says “We are here, not because we are law-breakers; we are here in our efforts to become law-makers”.
I guess he’s taking to heart the DAP slogan “ubah” as the banner across the homepage asserting the aspiration to become lawmakers was put up before the tarikh keramat 8 Mac. We know that 2008 is Year Zero, and the period that comes before and the period that comes after are subject to different standards.
ABU (Anything But Umno) and its supporters have declared war on Umno. Haris proclaims, “We are at war. This strategy has been thought through.”
Ang highlighted remarks by Haris that he was ready to "leave these shores" if BN wins, and took note of the number of his supporters living abroad who pledged support for his ABU campaign.
She said the "kind folks" helping ABU were safely abroad. "How nice. They won’t be around to feel the consequences."
As for Haris Ibrahim's previous remarks about wanting to be 'lawmakers not lawbreakers', Ang said they are belied by promises to take to the streets if BN retains power.
Ang said campaigns like ABU "are leading Malaysians to break the law by vandalising public property".
The post drew several comments, most of them in agreement with Ang on both points:
Isn’t it nice to have plan B: Migrate? So in essence what these ABU supporters are telling me, if I vote for BN my vote is absolutely wrong and they have the right to take to the streets to call me an idiot and my vote doesn’t count. Wow, let me just say F#*% U! (Smartaleck)
I say good riddance for these pests… Please bring along your friends, your spouse and family. Malaysians will never miss these pests. (Goondoo)
These people should think long and hard before they take to the streets. Do they think that if they do so, no one wlse will do likewise to oppose them? Easy la to incite and sit back or stay a safe distance away like in Downunder and watch others get hurt. For all you know, the first fella to get hurt might be the one who does the inciting! (Ayah)
I will be greatly relieved if Haris and his ABU minions emigrate of their own free will and leave this blessed country. A few less hypocrites in this country is a good thing. As such I will be voting for the BN and encourage my friends to do the same. (eddydaud)
I hope the gullible fellows reading his fund appeal do not fall for a scam. (Joe)
Another commenter, Mek Yam, pointed out that those who threaten to emigrate seem unaware of how long and difficult the immigration process is in most of the countries they trumpet as destinations.
“So do people like Haris Ibrahim who talk abt migrating like relocating from KL to Kuching know something most of us don’t, then?” she asked.