This is a Note entry from my Facebook post which I forgot to put up :-)
UMNO is a communal organization- it used to strive for the betterment of the Malay Society.
Now it strives for the betterment of its members only, with the top crop clinching everything leaving only scraps for those in the lower rungs. UMNOputras gain shamelessly from the schemes that they plot however the large section of Malays are blinded into believing that UMNO is doing something for them when most of them are left exactly where they are 30 years ago.
PAS as a state government has been fair to all whereas the same cannot be said about BN governed states. Yup, we may see less progress from Kelantan but It is mostly because the Federal Gov. has withheld funds to the opposition state... much like what it did to Penang -- scrapping the Penang monorail project and draining out its funds...
Now, a moment to learn a little bit More about PAS
PAS has two bandwagons. The Erdogan and the Ulamas. The Erdogan, that Nizar belongs to wants to take PAS more to the centre and make it more multicultural, inclusive and even secular to a degree - with an emphasis on a welfare state. A welfare state vision and that of what the centre-left DAP wants is very similiar.
With Nizar, we further give power, credibility and confidence to the Erdogan bandwagon and also contribute to a stronger opposition. This is UMNO's worse nightmare: a more multicultural PAS that operates more from the centre. Mind you that operating form here, does not mean they have to leave behind some of their conservative values.
The Erdogan bandwagon of PAS realises that only with the support of the Chinese and Indians, can they ever be a viable alternative. Even many Malays middle class Malays have this similiar view, especially in developed states like Selangor and Perak.
Maybe we Chinese are more concerned about the restrictions on alcohol and gambling but really will it affect us as much as we think it will? It really isn't that bad... Just ask why the Chinese in Terengganu vote for PAS over BN. Hudud laws or not, generally we non-muslims are not affected.
I used to critical of PAS but Having seen what a credible leader they can churn out-- in the form of Nizar Jamaluddin... I'm starting to shift my allegiances!
At the end of the day my views may be too ideal, I may have too lofty a notion but then lets just have it as food for thought.
Ky. with help from anonymous...