IN my previous article (Harakah 26-29 Jan 2015) I mentioned that some of us, I included, have negative traits and the tendency to do 'improper and unprofitable acts’ that would 'jeopardize' our lives in the Hereafter. One negative trait discussed was greed; 'subhanallah' (all praise only to Allah SWT) we are greedy over almost all worldly pleasures such as money, property food and even 'women'.
In this second article based on the main topic 'Carrying a fridge up an icy mountain', I would like to 'enlighten' readers on another negative trait that is jealousy, spite or envy or in Malay it is simply 'dengki'.
What's 'dengki'? It is a common negative trait in human beings. A jealous person or group of people always envies others who are happy, comfortable and have all. When he or they find something good and attractive with others, he or they wish that they lost those things.
Generally such a jealous person or group is neither capable of snatching away the good things from the other person or group nor harm him or them in any way. But the fact is that harmful things befall on the jealous person or groups themselves.
Since this is a political paper, let me inform readers about an incident several years ago (before the 13th general election in 2013) when an Islamic kindergarten run by PAS (Pasti) named Pasti Jaya Insan in Bukit Katil, some ten kilometres from Melaka was demolished; thanks to Melaka’s state leaders, the majority of them from Umno, for their ‘kindness’ and ‘far sighted views’.
It was not only that the Pasti became history but also PAS’ operations room since this was housed inside the same building. Those in power gave the reason that a new road needed to be built, connecting busy Jalan Bukit Katil to a nearby housing estate that is Taman Merak Emas for demolishing the Pasti.
Only recently the road which is about a kilometer long and built at a very slow phase was opened to the public. Construction and work are still going on, perhaps the last stage would be placing traffic lights at the intersection of the new road and Jalan Bukit Katil.
As I travel frequently along Jalan Bukit Katil, one morning I tried the new road. Not a vehicle was to be seen. It was empty. Upon reaching Taman Merak Emas, I went further and after passing Taman Merak I realized the road leads to an intersection near Masjid Sayidina Ali with roads leading to Ayer Keroh and back to Bukit Katil.
Well, in my opinion, the new road built on the 'ashes' of Pasti Jaya Insan 'was of no importance at all'. It would be nearer for residents living in Taman Merak Emas dan Taman Merak to exit at the intersection at Masjid Sayidina Ali if they wish to travel to Melaka or Ayer Keroh; perhaps only a few people would like to use the new road to go to Kampung Bukit Katil.
Regarding 'the goals' of those in power wanting to build the road; personally I have nothing to say, but recently I had the opportunity to talk to a veteran PAS leader who had a 'big share' in building the premises of the Pasti and PAS operations room. He was the backbone of the PAS project; he toiled and sweated and then 'tasted the sweetness' of his struggle only to see 'his work' crumble to ashes when the authorities tried to show 'who is the boss'!
The Umno-BN led state government used force to acquire the land by banking on ‘Akta Pengambilan Tanah 1960’ (Appropriation of Land Act 1960). The 'veteran leader' said after a long struggle, they finally gave in and were paid a compensation of more than RM800,000.
He said they had no choice but to accept the compensation but would never forget the demolition of the Pasti building as an unjust and cruel act of the Barisan Nasional (BN) regime upon the people especially children as their place of learning was torn down.
He claimed that the original site for the new road planned by the authorities did not run through the Pasti grounds but alleged interference by top state Umno leaders who victimized the PAS kindergarten just to satisfy their thirst for power. It was an act of cruelty upon their political rivals and the misuse of government machinery in getting their dirty agenda fulfilled.
"Now even with the new road opened to the public, it is deserted; this proves that it was purposely built just to satisfy the 'wicked desires' of those in power. They were jealous of our activities; the Pasti was thriving; they could not stand to see more and more people giving support to PAS including its educational programme. Thus they made an excuse for the demolishing of the Pasti building," said the veteran leader.
He claimed nowadays PAS’ activities are more often held and lively; "We have set up a new Pasti, support from the public is very encouraging, the number of pupils have become double-fold compared when we were at the premise that was demolished."
The veteran leader said PAS in his area had built a new 'markas' (operations centre) just off the new road. "It was a blessing in disguise; with access to the new road we could organize our activities in full swing, thanks to the 'kind' and 'far sighted views of such leaders'."
For the record, in the last general election, Melaka Umno-BN top leader and Chief Minister, Mohd Ali Rustam was 'slayed' in the 'battle' of Bukit Katil. In this Parliamentary seat of 99,438 voters, Mohd Ali who only managed to secure 40,720 votes was 'humbled' by state PKR Chairman, Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin who pulled off 46,167 votes.
In 'this political battle' of May 2013, Shamsul had Mohd Ali 'face-down'! And the Bukit Katil 'boy' (he was born and raised here) who was feeling the pain; screamed aloud, among others accusing the Chinese (they comprise about 43 percent of the voters) of betraying BN and being ungrateful to 'all the good things' he had 'fed' and done to them.
Even in the Bukit Baru state seat which is under the Parliamentary constituency of Bukit Katil, PAS candidate, Dr Khalid Kassim created history to become the first PAS 'YB' in Melaka. In the state constituency, he defeated Karim Yaakob of BN with a very slim majority of 48 votes. He secured 9,292 votes compared to Karim's 9,244 votes.
Those leaders concerned should settle down and do some 'muhasabah' (soul searching). Perhaps the 'rakyat' including children of the PAS run pre-school prayed and made du'a (supplication) that those involved would be punished by the Almighty.
The du’a of the oppressed would not be rejected by The Almighty, for the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) had said to Mua’ad Ibn Jabal; “Beware of the supplication of the unjustly treated, because there is no shelter or veil between it (the supplication of the one who is suffering injustice) and Allah.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
The new road from Jalan Bukit Katil (near Masjid Bukit Katil) to Taman Merak Emas is now open to the public with traffic lights at the junction having been set up; but one 'sad scenario' remains, it is almost deserted at all times. So what was the purpose of building the road? - ES