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Don't be falling into same dilemma like Egyptians

Pro-democracy and liberal third force Egyptians have to choose a President from an Islamic fundamentalist and militant dictator after infighting among themselves.

Similar dilemma will be faced by Malaysians who have to choose a PM from an Islamic fundamentalist and a Malay radical if pro-democracy and liberal third force is not learning a lesson from Egypt.

Brotherhood’s candidate vows break with old Egyptian ways

Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate for the Egyptian presidential runoff

CAIRO (AP) — The Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate for the Egyptian presidential runoff promised Tuesday he would break sharply with the ways of ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak, a day after angry protesters burned down the headquarters of his challenger who served as prime minister in the old regime.

Mohammed Morsi appeared to be trying to cash in on public resentment of his rival Ahmed Shafiq’s ties to Mubarak at a news conference where he offered something for everyone, from the military to the revolutionaries, women and minority Christians. Morsi has been scrambling to broaden his base of support ahead of the June 16-17 runoff.

“When I am president, the presidency will not be reduced to one person,” he said. “The age of superman has failed and gone. The world is no longer like that. I am not like that.”

Morsi’s comments came hours after some 400 protesters chanting slogans against Shafiq stormed and vandalized his Cairo campaign headquarters. The protesters set the building ablaze after making away with computers, television sets and air conditioners.

Shafiq was the last prime minister appointed by Mubarak before he stepped down in February 2011 in the face of a popular uprising against his autocratic rule. The attack on Shafiq’s headquarters was reminiscent of some of the most dramatic scenes of the uprising when protesters burned down the ruling party headquarters.

In Cairo’s Tahrir square, birthplace of the revolution, protesters chanted slogans against both Morsi and Shafiq. Similar protests took place in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria and elsewhere in northern Egypt.

Morsi claimed the top spot in the first round of landmark elections last week, putting him in the runoff against Shafiq who, like his longtime friend and mentor Mubarak, is a former air force commander.

The attack on Shafiq’s headquarters underlined the depth of resentment felt by many toward Shafiq, viewed by critics as an extension of the Mubarak regime. And Morsi moved quickly to use it for political gain, making a host of generous promises he said he would keep if elected.

He also used his televised news conference to fend off against charges that the group was seeking to garner more power after winning just under half of all seats in parliament and reversing an earlier decision not to field a presidential candidate.

He promised to place Christians in top government jobs and said he would not impose an Islamic dress code in public for women.

“Our Christian brothers, they are partners in the nation. They will have full rights that are equal to those enjoyed by Muslims,” Morsi said. “They will be represented as advisers in the presidential institution, and maybe a vice president if possible.”

Women, he said, will have full rights in jobs and education.

“Women have a right to freely choose the attire that suits them,” he said.

Morsi, 60, also praised the generals who took over from Mubarak, though he acknowledged that mistakes were made while they managed the transitional period.

“There is not a single Egyptian who doesn’t like the military. The military played a glorious rule in protecting the revolution,” Morsi said. “There were mistakes, yes, but also positive steps. Among those positive steps is the elections held under the protection of the police and military.”

He vowed there would be no clashes or charges of treason against the military, suggesting that he has no intention of entertaining calls by some pro-democracy groups for the generals to be tried for alleged crimes during the past 15 months.

The groups blame the military for killing scores of protesters, torturing detainees and putting at least 12,000 civilians on trial before military tribunals.

Morsi also vowed to create a broad coalition government that is not led by a Brotherhood figure, and said the country’s new constitution would be written by a panel that is truly representative of the nation.

The Brotherhood and other Islamic groups, who control more than 70 percent of parliament’s seats, packed the original constitutional panel with their own supporters in a bid to influence the charter.

However, a court ruling disbanded it on the grounds that it did not observe the rules of selection spelled out in a constitutional declaration adopted last year.

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Mohd Aini says:

do you know that mca guy with umno who went to china to pull in investment years ago ended creating own link with china bizman with own factories kedah-china link ?
these people creating fear among chinese over hudud to maintain their biz-grip !
my chinese friends do not fear Islam. They only sick of those who manipulate Islamic issue to divide n rule !
Islam is a beautiful and peaceful religion. More Muslims in China than in Malaysia for the record.

nkkhoo says:

I believe most Muslims will reject orthodox Islamic law if there is a secret voting.

quah sl says:

My non-muslim friends in kedah has no worry over hudud law as it applies to muslims only.

with hudud, the sin activities like GRO and gamblings will be dealt with effectively when under table culture can be eliminated with fear of God among the enforcement folks.

if Chua’s MCA still harbour on Potong issue; they can continue to strike fear in Johor but not in Kedah !!!!!!

nkkhoo says:

Hudud law applies to all rakyat in Islamic state. Exemption for non-Muslims is just a verbal promise by PAS.

Tell me which Islamic nation is giving exemption to non-Muslims?

Freddy says:

quah is right. CSL has injected hududphobia among elderly Chinese, but young voters do not buy in. Johor Chinese should ask the Chinese in Kedah and Kelantan if they are victimised by the Islamic principles. Only criminals are worried about hudud punishment. This is good since PDRM has been ineffective in combating crime as tehy are only playing with KPI.

nkkhoo says:

Why don’t you live Saudi Arabia for a year or two, and come back to tell me your feeling on Hudud Law?

The best way is try to steal USD1 stuff from the sundry shop to let your hand chop off.

nkkhoo says:

Kedah Chinese tell me otherwise, they will kick out PAS for its Islamization policy.

Alfredo says:

You are right if you talk to your MCA source aka machai of Chor Chee Heung. But you may not know that many Chinese will not vote for BN for fear of having Mukhriz as their MB. Tun Apanama should advise his son to go Johor to form their new mamak legacy.

Murugan says:

BN has already made Malaysia an Islamic country, no longer secular. What more are you worried?

Freddy says:

Umno’s ulama’s racism is revolting.

Alfredo says:

UMNO in the 80s went into licensing of imams/muftis but was successful only in making them utterly ridiculed for their Islamically spirited advocacy of UMNO’s secularism. The irony is today UMNO claims Malaysia is an Islamic state!

UMNO wants to control Islam through control of masjids and suraus in the country but only succeeded in being so incongrous what with the many contradictions on Islam’s basic tenets.

UMNO’s Islamization is characteristic in making Islamic doctrinary rules as invasive of non-muslim rights and as being selectively enforced on Muslims as would the authoritarian Islamic government. It is quite the eye-opener PAS is now bearing the more moderate and expansive Islam in government.