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Posted: 04 Jun 2013 12:32 PM PDT
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RPK of Malaysia-Today said in his post Criticism is mandatory in Islam:
I feel His Majesty the Agong should pardon that woman who was arrested for insulting His Majesty in the spirit that Muslim leaders and rulers are not exempt from criticism. I know I said that insults are not criticism and that there is a difference.
Nevertheless, let this be a lesson to all Malaysians that under Islam criticism of leaders and rulers is allowed as long as you know the difference between a criticism and an insult.
What that woman did was an insult to His Majesty the Agong. The problem is most Malaysians do not understand the difference between criticism and insult. And they think that freedom of speech means freedom to vilify and disparage. Maybe with this latest episode they can become a bit wiser. If not then expect a few more arrests and this time with no pardon.
Sweetie, there's obviously a mighty and probably painful difference between insulting Michelle Yeoh and HM.
Be that as it may, please flash back to 10 December 1992.
On that day, in Parliament, Dr Affifuddin Omar, an UMNO man from Padang Terap, no doubt given the imprimatur by his party leaders, said this:
"How can we continue to uphold rulers who are known to be robbers, adulterers, drunkards and kaki pukul (thugs)?" [...]
"They (the rulers) must be made to realize that they do not own this country. They are not Superman but placed on their thrones by the people."
"The real power did not lie with them, but with us - the representatives of the people."
"The 'syndrome of religiosity' associated with the Rulers was only to cloud the people's view of who the Rulers actually were."
Which 'non' could have said that and got away? None!
Only UMNO and UMNO alone could have gotten away scot-free with its abuse of the raja whom they claim to defend today.
Then in that same parliamentary session, when the UMNO-led government tabled a motion to amend the Constitution to strip away the Rulers' immunity from prosecution, the Rulers Conference rejected (but of course, what did you think?) that amendment (but which was achieved in a subsequent parliamentary session in January 1993 via a motion tabled personally by the PM Dr Mahathir), Wan Hanafiah Wan Mat Saman (UMNO-Kota Setar) preferred the Malay Rulers to be treated the way the Indian Maharajas were treated.
Posted: 04 Jun 2013 12:20 PM PDT
Interesting things are happening in the land of Istanbul Express re:the challenge to Islamism as ideology. It seems that even if Islam is used as a political ideology and rhetoric to install the post-modern state especially circa "Arab Spring" in MENA (Middle East and North Africa), after two decades or so it will still be subjected to a Kondratieff Cycle of bloom and decay. It will still be forced to go through the Khaldunish (re: Ibnu Khaldun's historiography) paradigmatic shifts of rise and fall. It will still have to go through a Marxist cycle of dialectical materialism: that thesis-antithesis-synthesis ideological karma.
From Tianamen to Tahrir to Taksim -- the trigger for mass protests might be different by the theme of renewal is the same. The technology used and how the culture utilizes it as a tool of transformation may be different but the threats to authoritarianism presented by "the masses composing of individuals" is the same: leaders that lead by the lethal power of laissez faire and the leit motif of religiosity are forced to go when individualism is threatened and when the internet rules.
The idea of an "Islamic state" as an alternative to the "secular state" that seemed appealing to Islamists seems to be under fire and has lost its appeal, as we have been seeing in the Arab Spring that sprung everywhere these days, somewhat finding a Tantric-yoga-like peacefulness in the anarchism of the hundreds-of-cities-strong Occupy Movement.
Posted: 04 Jun 2013 12:17 PM PDT
When I was three years old, my father moved his family to a Chinese residential area in Fettes Park, Penang. We were the only Malay family living there. There were children who refused to play with me and there were those who refused to play without me. At a young age, I learned that there are no bad races, just bad people.
At home we were a Malay family. Outside, I grew up like any other Chinese boy. I was an odd sight - a skinny Malay kid chattering in Hokkien. Just five minutes' walk towards the market was the Malay kampung where I spent time with Malay friends and agama lessons.
Our immediate neighbours were Eurasians. They welcomed me and my siblings into their homes, allowing us to learn about their beliefs and the English language.
Posted: 04 Jun 2013 11:51 AM PDT
Setelah lama selesainya pilihanraya ke13 yang lalu, isu yang paling besar selain dari isu rasuah dan salahguna kuasa, ialah isu perkauman yang dimainkan oleh kedua-dua belah pihak. UMNO menakutkan orang Melayu yang jika Pakatan Rakyat menang orang Melayu akan diketepikan dan bangsa Cina akan mempengaruhi situasi politik negara.
Baik PKR mahu pun DAP membalas dengan menghentam BN yang isu menakut-nakutkan orang Melayu. Itu, kata DAP dan PKR menunjukkan yang BN itu adalah parti yang 'desperate' kerana menggunakan isu 'sensitive' ini bagi mendapatkan sokongan orang Melayu. BN menyedari yang orang-orang Cina sudah membelakangkannya.
Isu ini amat laku terutamanya kepada yang muda-muda dan BN kehilangan banyak sokongan walaupun tidak mencukupi untuk dikalahkan oleh pihak Pakatan Rakyat seperti yang kita lihat dari keputusan PRU ke 13 itu. Apabila selesai pilihanraya barulah ramai menyedari yang isu perkauman itu sesungguhnya memberikan impak besar yang 'negative' terhadap BN. Di sebaliknya ia memberikan kesan yang baik pula kepada PR terutamanya kepada DAP.
Akhirnya kita jelas terlihat yang DAP seperti juga parti Gerakan, walaupun di khabarkan sebagai parti berbilang kaum tetap dikuasai oleh kaum Cina juga. Baik dari penguasaan pimpinan di peringkat CEC nya mahupun dari perwakilannya dalam barisan pemilihan ahli-ahli Legislatifnya. Kaum Cina hampir seratus peratus menguasainya.
Bak kata perbilangan 'blood is thicker than water', mana-mana kaum pun belum lagi memulakan semangat penyatuan kaum yang sebenarnya. Ia masih lagi sebagai 'indah khabar dari rupa' sahaja. DAP begitu 'smart' sekali dalam pendekatannya kepada kuasa kali ini. DAP memahami perasaan orang Melayu dengan baik. Parti itu memahami orang Melayu mempunyai sentimen yang tinggi dari semangat perkauman seperti orang Cina juga.
Itu sebab orang Melayu apabila di tunjukkan perhatian yang lebih sedikit oleh DAP mereka yang muda-muda terus sahaja memberikan sokongan yang besar kepada DAP terutamanya di P Pinang dan Selangor serta di Johor. Dalam penjelajahan saya keseluruh negara sebelum pilihanraya kerana undangan berceramah, isu keprihatinan kerajaan P Pinang diberikan penekanan besar. Peruntukan berlipat kali ganda kepada Majlis Agama Islam negeri itu menjadi isu yang sangat laku bagi orang Melayu.
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