UMNO Fascism: A Checklist

23 08 2007

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Dear readers,

You all know the disturbing pictures above. For several years now I have been referring to UMNO-BN’s increasing tendency towards inciting racism and suppression of dissent as ‘fascism’ and ‘UMNO Nazism’, and the tendency has become even more pronounced with recent actions such as UMNO Youth’s continuous racist threats (abetted by the crony-collaborator-lapdogs in BN, particularly the MCA and MIC), government impunity from wrongdoing and media suppression over the Islamic State debate and the ‘Negarakuku’ controversy.

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Gestapo cum Waffen SS Chief Nazri ‘The Nazi’ Aziz

What is fascism?

Several days ago, I came across the reader Frank&Honest’s post in Jeff Ooi’s ‘Screenshots’ blog here, which refers readers to an article written by Dr. Lawrence Britt. Dr. Britt’s article gives a clear, point-by-point definition of ‘fascism’, which gives us a checklist to measure how much UMNO-BN has moved towards fascism and totalitarianism. Dr. Britt’s article can be found here.

I reproduce Frank&Honest’s post (and his follow-up post) and the article by Dr.Lawrence Britt in full below, and will post my point-by-point response to this later:

 

From reader ‘Frank&Honest’:

Folks

I had said sometime back the actions of this UMNO-led Govt are actions of a FASCIST GOVT.

UMNO has made our country, not an Islamic state, which is still not too bad, but rather into a FASCIST STATE.

This UMNO-led Govt is now turning into a FASCIST GOVT.

Now what are the characteristics of FASCISM?

Read here: http://www.rense.com/general37/char.htm

If you go through the list below, it is clear this UMNO led Govt has made by stealth, our country into a Fascist State run by fascist policies of UMNO:

Fourteen Defining Characteristics Of Fascism,

byDr. Lawrence Britt
Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and several Latin American regimes.

Britt found 14 defining characteristics common to each:

1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism – Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights – Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause – The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

4. Supremacy of the Military – Even when there are widespread
domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

5. Rampant Sexism – The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.

6. Controlled Mass Media – Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

7. Obsession with National Security – Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

8. Religion and Government are Intertwined – Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government’s policies or actions.

9. Corporate Power is Protected – The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

10. Labor Power is Suppressed – Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.

11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts – Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.

12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment – Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption – Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

14. Fraudulent Elections – Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

From Liberty Forum

http://www.libertyforum.org/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=news_constitution&Number=642
109&page=&view=&sb=&o=&vc=1&t=-1

Frank&Honest goes on to say that:

 

Folks

If you look at the 14 defining characteristics of fascism, ONLY 2 of the 14 are not obvious for Malaysia ie No: 4 and 5.

That is 12 of the 14 characteristics defining FASCISM apply to this UMNO-led Govt. Ie Malaysia is now 85% a FASCIST STATE run by a Fascist Govt.

DPM Najib saying that Malaysia is now an Islamic State is a diversion from the hidden truth about the state of our country.

UMNO has turned democratic nation into a de facto Fascist State.

This fact must be made known to all in the coming General Election and to vote out the Fascist UMNO party including their co-sympathesiser component parties in the BN.

Malaysians must take back the country from these fascist bent leaders.

Here I would differ slightly from Frank&Honest to say that UMNO-BN scores 12.75 out of 14 (91% – ‘A1’!) fascism points on the checklist above, scoring full marks on items 1-3 and 6-14, and only missing out on item 4 (0 – military supremacy) and item 5 (0.75 – rampant sexism).

Apart from one or two cronies and some token representation, I would argue that women have very little say in the UMNO-BN government. Witness the notorious ‘bocor’ episode, where two slimeball BN MP’s (Bung Mokhtar Radin and Mohd. Said Yusof) got away with making disgustingly sexist remarks in Parliament without so much as a peep from Wanita UMNO (which leads me to believe that the Wanita UMNO Chief Shahrizat Abdul Jalil is actually a man in disguise).

History has shown that the (re)empowerment of women is often the most effective moderating force in a society, and the return of women’s equality (we do not ‘give‘ women equality – we return it) will be a key priority in the effort to reforge the nation and Malaysian society.

I will address women’s rights in Malaysia in a separate post.

In the meantime, please think carefully about the checklist above, and how Malaysia is sliding into fascism under UMNO-BN.

This is not a drill.


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4 responses

23 08 2007
garvi

to NON BN Elites,

RUN!!! RUN!!! RUN!!! RUN for your life!!!

[ GhL ] : Or, stand and fight for your rights.

23 08 2007
Stu

Every Malaysian should carefully read the words of Martin Niemöller, this is his poem:

The original was written in German.
Translated in English it reads:-

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

Be not afraid, each and every citizen must fight for the rights laid down in the Constitution.
Running away or cowering in the corner is not an option, nor is blindly following the corrupt government we are suffering today.
Stand up and be counted folks, people power can achieve wonders, if the Soviet Union can fall as a result of people power, getting a change of government here in Malaysia will be a simple task.
SPEAK OUT NOW, be strong, be steadfast, be unrelenting and the goal will be achieved.

[ GhL ] : thank you, Stu. This poem was also posted by Jeff Ooi on his ‘Screenshots‘ blog a few weeks ago, when UMNO tried to shut down Raja Petra.

23 08 2007
Mark

the reason they always incite racism is just cause they want to hide the truth that they just lost over USD1 billion in port klang. IN other words they want to hide the corruption.
check my blog for the story.

[ GhL ] : Port Klang is just one of the innumerable ‘bangkai gajah’ (elephant carcasses) under the 3-storey high carpet that they’re trying to divert our attention from.

But it runs deeper than that. If you look at UMNO-BN’s actions over the years — especially since Ops Lalang in 87/88 — there is a very real and growing fascist cancer within UMNO and its attendant organs, and it is too insidious to dismiss as mere grandstanding for the purpose of diverting the public’s attention. UMNO fascism is real.

24 08 2007
koolgeek

Not an Islamic but a fascist?

Whether it’s Islamic or Fascist, while you are debating what label should be used, this is already happening:

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2007/8/24/nation/18681665&sec=nation

[ GhL ] : Islam is merely the cover for fascism in this case. And you’re right, it’s already happening.

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