Religious Affairs minister allows himself to be open to corruption of the worst sort (Wasabism) by accepting a free trip to Saudi. There is no such thing as a free lunch!

What does the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs), Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri, think he’s doing?

He and his entourage enjoyed a fully sponsored trip to Saudi Arabia on a private jet. He was invited by an NGO which is funded by the Saudi government. This is how corruption begins – the small favour.

With Malaysian politicians and cronies, corruption starts with the lunch in fancy settings. This then leads to other abuses – power, contracts, tenders, material goods, cheating, theft, and in time, national security perhaps.

In reponse to a tweet, about the cost of his charter flight to Madinah, Zukifli said, “Everything is sponsored because of the good relationship between both countries.”

A press release on 9 April 9 stated that the working visit would cover bilateral talks on the haj and umrah pilgrimages, regional and international issues regarding Islamic affairs.

  1. Is Zulkifli so naive and does not know that there is no such thing as a free lunch? The Saudis will entice him with proposals which are advantageous to them. After this trip, Zulkifli will feel obliged and cannot decline their requests.
  2. If the trip is to discuss about Haj matters, what is wrong with Zoom?
  3. The Saudi Government murdered one of their most vocal critics, the journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. Why is Zulkifli not minimising contact with this evil government?
  4. What happens if the Saudis want to open more Wasabi indoctrination schools in Malaysia to spread their warped islamic teachings which preach hatred, intolerance and extremism. They claim to fund the building of mosques, but in reality these hate schools are part of the unspoken equation. Will Zulkifli refuse?
  5. Zulkifli has given a very poor impression of Malaysian Muslims, especially those who are in power. Malaysians, including Muslims, are suffering during these difficult times. We are told to tighten our belts, but Zulkilfli did not have the presence of mind to refuse the visit and show empathy with his fellow Malaysians. The response of his fellow air passengers, gawping at the expense and luxury of the corporate jet is most embarassing.
  6. Malaysia has its own Special Envoy to the Middle East. His name is Hadi Awang. What is he doing? Does the Malaysian government have so much money to pay someone who does no work?
  7. Ditto for regional and international Islamic affairs. Sack Hadi for not performing and receiving wages which are better used to feed and house the people who are suffering in this pandemic.
  8. Does Zukifili not know that as a politician and minister, his acceptance of this “donation”, in this case, in the form of the paid trip and free holidah, is wrong?  It opens himself to abuse and more corruption.
  9. Who are his advisors? Did they go on the trip too? Is this their chance to make hay while the sun shines?
  10. Despite his Islamic credentials, Zulkifli has shown that he is as bad as his Umno-Baru, PAS and PN counterparts. All are open to abuse. What will Malaysia have to give in return for this sponsorship? 

The ulama class have tasted luxury and enjoyed great power. They will not be easily kicked-out in GE-15.

NB: Photo credit – Malaysiakini. Comments are mine. The video of gawping members of the entourage is not mine.

Wasabi = a hot and fiery condiment.

Wahhabism = extreme and intolerant form of Islam

Wasabism = amalgam of the two.

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  • Paul Wolfobitch says:

    I would thoroughly recommend our mullahs grab the freebie plus two free gifts in the best of Malaysia’s kiasu cheapskate desperate grabbing tradition.

    While the offer lasts.

    The first reason is, after all, they who pay the piper call the tune. A huge amount of our money for “Islamic development” comes from Saudi Arabia. Hence our circus monkeys should sing and dance to the masters’ tune. Not only our monkeys get their money from them blessed Arabs, our monkeys even copy everything Arab, the way they dress (or don’t?) all the way down or up to the use of the walking tent called the burqa.

    Of course, our mullahs have to copy the Saudi version of Islam called Wahahahabism. It is also known as Wakakakabism in Malaysia. This version encourages the kind of jihadism that inspires those mad butchers and torturers and head-choppers of ISIS, Al Qaeda, etc. It also inspired and inspires some among us to take up arms and go die in the Middle East in battlefields where the heroic Syrians, the Russians, the Iranians (some say even the Chinese) for examples, convert the Wakakakabi converts to mince meat.

    Then there is another reason for taking up the junkets plus two free gifts – Saudi Arabia would not last all that long as a glorified pile of sand called a nation. Firstly, the small country called Yemen is giving it a huge headache and a huge body ache. Yemeni forces can strike at will at any part of Saudi Arabia – where there aren’t all that many places to strike. The oilfields have been struck, the airports have been struck, some cities have also been struck by the Yemenis using homemade drones and school lab missiles.

    Saudi forces, meaning its mercenaries have been hit all the time, and hit hard. Sometimes whole brigades perish, other times the Yemenis post computer game-like video clips of their enemies being hit by snipers like in fairground games.

    It won’t be all that long Saudi Arabia would fcuking disappear because its population partly made up of the more intelligent Shia lot are always agitating for their rights even when their kids can be beheaded for “sedition”. And being supported by their fellow Shias in Iran and elsewhere, it is very bad news for the desert horde that makes up the huge greedy and useless royal tribe of playboys and near entirely thickos.

    Saudi Arabia’s Muslims and own Wahahahabi lot are also restless, one wants change, the other, the fcuking mad clergy wants more power. More and more Saudis are openly showing resentment and rebellious behaviour toward their rulers and religion. Our mullahs should go to Saudi Arabia before the population depose their rulers and fcuked up clergy – even as our own fcuked up clergy and pirated-Arabs become even more Arab than the Arabs – without even being able to speak any Arab than reciting texts like fcuking demented parrots and not being able to ask for a stick for the arse in Arabic!

    Then we have the volatile oil price that is fcuking up the desert kingdom. The glorified patch of sand called Saudi Arabia is approaching total bankruptcy. Oil is destined to disappear. The kingdom has its own ketuanan policy corrupting its own lot, turning them into useless thick bums not able to raise a finger to do anything on their own. All the work except some jobs in the civil service are entirely done (or sort of done) by foreigners from destitute countries who are badly treated, raped, occasionally beheaded, all those who still have their heads stuck on them would love to see the kingdom collapse and the despots slaughtered.

    Without Unka Sam behaving as busybody and attempting intrigues, the royals among the Saudis are having a go at each other. There are always talks of coups, attempts at snuffing up the royals. I won’t want to be any of our dumb mullahs caught up in a gunfight while enjoying the freebie visits. Or as some dumbfcuks supporting the wrong party or parties and suffering the consequences after returning to Malaysia. Our fcuking mullahs are already betraying the Palestinians by cosying and sucking up to the Saudis.

    That said, there are always parties in Saudi Arabia. Here is an example:

    If you listen you would hear continuous repeats of the words “Allah” and “Jennah” as the women twerk themselves silly, quite often on top of each other – and always in sexually suggestive manners, and always only for the men. Search malaaya or malaya dance you will get almost as much as our mullahs will get each night of their stay in the country of the custodians of the two holy cities..!

    Jump on the freebies now, get on the planes fast before the women get thoroughly pissed off the way they are treated in that blessed pile of sand called Saudi Arabia. Yes, I know what our holy wans would get on a visit, I know that pile of sand in the desert very well, Allah bless!

  • isaloo says:

    The sponsored trip
    A minister fell for it
    Though he said it was so
    But there is a catch for later

    In politics nothing is for free
    Today one is on a spending spree
    One day the call back will return
    How to refuse but to reciprocate?

    This is the art of marketing
    Give the free sponsored goodies
    Let everyone has a good bite
    Later each will pay a good price

    It is always never a good practice
    To mix religion with politics
    One is for the after life
    The other is for the current affairs

    When the two ingredients are mixed
    The sins will unfold in many ways
    No matter how many times a person pray
    The mark will stay and it isn’t good

  • otak sumbat says:

    As is evident from media headlines from Malaysia, Malays leaders find it impossible to resist a freebie. Whether you are a ulama or otherwise, freebies are the thing to have and enjoy. More to come.

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