In the name of God, Most Merciful, Most Compassionate; blessing and peace be upon Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.
"I have only created Jinns and Men, that they may serve Me." (Zariyat 51:56)
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 deeds' that would 'jeopardize' our lives in the Hereafter. One negative trait discussed was greedy; 'subhanallah' (all praise only to Allah SWT) we are greedy to 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 to another negative trait that is jealous, spiteful or envious 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 envy others who are happy, comfortable and have be. When he or they find something good and attractive with others, he or they wish that they lost the thing.
Generally such a jealous person or group is neither capable of snatching away the good thing from the other person or group nor harm him or they in any way. But the fact is that, harmful things befall on the jealous person or groups himself or 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 the Pasti was history but also PAS operations room since it was housed inside the same building. Those in power gave the reason for demolishing the Pasti was that a new road needed to be built, connecting busy Jalan Bukit Katil to a nearby housing estate that is Taman Merak Emas.
Only recently the road which was about a kilometer long and built at a very slow phase was opened to the public. Construction and work was still going on, perhaps the last stage was 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 the 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 not importance at all'. In was 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 oppourtunity to talk to a veteran PAS leader who had 'big shares' in building the premises of the Pasti dan PAS operations room. He was the backbone of the PAS project; he toiled and sweat and then 'taste the sweetness' of his struggle only to see 'his work' crumbled 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 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 have to choice but to accept the compensation but would never forget the demolition of the Pasti building as an unjust and cruel actions of the Barisan Nasional (BN) government upon the people especially children as their place of learning were torn down.
He claimed that the original site for the new road planned by the authorities did not run through the Pasti grounds but interference by top state Umno leaders victimized the PAS kindergarten just to satisfy their thirst for power. It was an act of cruelty to their political rivals with the misuse of government machinery in getting their dirty agenda fulfilled.
"Now even the new road was opened to the public, it was deserted; this proved that it was purposely built just to satisfy the 'wicked desires' of those in power. They were jealous of our activities; the Pasti was triving; they could not stand to see more and more people giving support to PAS including its educational programme. Thus they made 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 are very encouraging, the number of pupils became 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' (operation 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 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 46,167 votes.
In in 'this political battle' of May 2013, Shamsul had Mohd Ali 'faced-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 Bukit Baru state seat which is under the Parliamentary 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.
Du’a of those being 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 has been set up; but one 'sad scenario' remained, it is almost deserted at all times. So what's the purpose of building the road?