At certain times of the year, the voices from Perkasa and ISMA are louder than usual, but they have both been unusually ‘quiet’ recently.
A recent commentary in a news portal suggested that the so-called leaders of these movements being so quiet especially when the country was facing its worst flood ever is quite strange.
In fact, Isma had called on Muslims to refrain from saying ‘Merry Christmas’ to Christians on Christmas day which came under a lot of criticisms including Housing, Local Government and Urban Well-Being Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan.
It was during that few days that hundreds of thousands of Malaysians had to evacuate in the flood-torn states.
Isma probably felt that wishing ‘Merry Christmas’ is a more important issue than helping the victims.
Meanwhile, Datuk Ibrahim Ali, the president of Perkasa too has been quite quiet. If he has the support of millions of Malays in the country as he claimed, wouldn’t it be good if he could mobilize his members to help those who are in need? After all, Perkasa is supposed to help the Malays in every way.
The flood served as a wake-up call to many Malaysians who from all walks of life came together to help the victims.
Regardless of race, religion and background, volunteers and help came in from all around the country.
Malaysians have stood up to help each other during the time of crisis.
But Perkasa, Isma and those who shouted loudly over other issues are nowhere to be seen or heard. Maybe helping others is not within their ‘scope’.