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Are Malaysians getting used to gunshot murders?

Posted: 02 Aug 2013 03:27 PM PDT

On April 26 this year, Deputy Director General of Customs, Datuk Shaharuddin Ibrahim was shot dead in Putrajaya. Last week, Chairman of MyWatch R.Sri Sanjeevan was shot at close range in Jempol, Negeri Sembilan and is in critical condition in a hospital. Early this week founder of Arab Malaysian Bank, Hussain Ahmad Najadi was shot dead in Lorong Ceylon here.

Kurniawati Kamarudin, Bernama

Murder cases involving parang and other sharp weapons used to be a hot topic in the past, as these incidents were seen as "unusual" crimes and given much space and debate in the local media.

Then these incidents became more rampant and regular, with at least one such murder case reported in a week, which fuelled more hot discussions and also fear among the people in their otherwise safe streets.

Today, such cases are seen as nothing unusual and very much in the same perspective as a snatch theft, motorcycle robbery and muggings.

These crimes have become almost a part of life with many of them already "anaesthetised" to such events and no longer having the kind of curiosity or rage to know more about the incidents like it used to be in the past.

Of late however, Malaysians have been cornered with another new crime trend -- murder by gunshots. It will not be off the mark to say that most Malaysians are used to seeing or hearing the sounds of gunshots only in the television and never before in their very own streets.

While in the past, murder by gunshot was more rare, with isolated cases reported here and there. These past few months, however, this latest style of crime has become major news in the country.

This is not only bringing out huge debates in the media and social networks but is also shaking Malaysians' very sense of safety and security.

On April 26 this year, Deputy Director General of Customs, Datuk Shaharuddin Ibrahim was shot dead in Putrajaya. Last week, Chairman of MyWatch R.Sri Sanjeevan was shot at close range in Jempol, Negeri Sembilan and is in critical condition in a hospital. Early this week founder of Arab Malaysian Bank, Hussain Ahmad Najadi was shot dead in Lorong Ceylon here.

While these victims are in the high profile cases, there have been a spate of fatal shootings involving more ordinary citizens, warranting some serious attention in this growing crime trend.

A change in trend

So, seriously, what is happening?

A statement by Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said among other factors, the increasing number of high crimes, particularly armed murders, were being carried out by former inmates of the Simpang Renggam jail who had been released following the repeal of the Emergency Ordinance.

There is indication that the crimes have been conducted by hired gunmen. The hired assassins may be executing the crime for money, but what about the ones who are hiring them, what are their motives?

Revenge, anger, dissatisfaction, rivalry may be behind these cases, said Personal Security Consultant and a member of the Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) Master Saiful Hamiruzzaman.

"These crimes can be easily carried out now. When someone is not satisfied with something, they just hire someone to do the killing for them. Looking at the pattern of these murders, the victims are obviously the targeted enemies," he told Bernama.

This differs from the usual cases of armed robberies, where if the robbers don't get what they want, they would just let loose and shoot anyone within their range.

Nevertheless, these crimes have not reached a state that requires pushing an emergency button for the general public, he opined, adding that the crimes so far indicated that the targets were mainly high profiled personalities.

This, however, does not mean that people can actually sigh a relief, as can be seen, the crime can happen to anyone, he said.

"Sometimes such murders can happen over a very small matter. For example a traffic accident where one car has scratched another car and a quarrel ensues with both parties throwing insults at each other.

"One party may remain angry and decide to take revenge. The party may just take note of the other party's face and take down the person's car number as well and then later hire a third party to do "something" including even murder.

This can happen and is not an impossible thing."

Murder trends

These murders however, are seen pointing towards a phenomenon where shootings could end up being seen as a common event in the society.

If we can consider some of the crimes today as common when once they could have been rare occurrences and something truly frightening, there is a possible danger that one day assassinations by the gun, a hot topic now, may end up being categorised as another common crime in few years time.

On the ways the recent murders have been executed meanwhile, many are said to be clearly not the work of professionals.

The pattern is the same, the criminal rides on a motorcycle and uses a black helmet with fully tinted glasses, and follows the target. Once at the traffic light, he pulls the gun out and shoots at the target.

In many of the cases, more than one shot has been fired at the victims. "This shows that those involved are not really trained as sharp shooters.

Some of them have fired their shots randomly as in the case in Ipoh where three of the victims were having their drinks outside a restaurant which resulted in one person being killed and the other two injured," Master Saiful said.

"There is always the possibility that a non-target could have ended up as the victim and that is something to worry about."

Staying away from criminal

Perhaps nothing can be done if a stranger suddenly pulls up close and pulls out a gun and shoots at a target. In such a situation there are only two possibilities -- death or injury.

However, individuals who feel that they have enemies, should take precautionary measures to avoid becoming victims such as avoiding high traffic areas like entertainment outlets and so on, Master Saiful suggested.

For instance, when approached by a stranger, it is important for the individual to just ignore and not give them a clear view of their faces as the criminals would be able to easily identify them for their criminal intent later on.

It is also important to be conscious at all times and to also follow one's natural instinct and to avoid being near motorcycles where both the rider and pylon rider are covered in helmets with fully tinted glass.

"At a traffic light, those who feel they are being followed, they should take a left turn instead of going straight. This will also allow them to avoid accidents should they want to keep the distance from a suspicious character.

"Meanwhile, should one be approached be a suspicious character while walking, move away to a distance of four-feet, make a turn and run in a zig zag manner.

"Should the criminal start shooting while the individual is running, it will be difficult for him to focus as the person is not running in a straight line and hence the risk of becoming a victim is further reduced."

Stay alert

Malaysians tend to quickly forget. As soon as a crime gets resolved by the police, people tend to take it easy and relax.

They tend to soon forget and get back being comfortable and drop their defences whether it is about being careful of their own safety, the safety of their family members or community.

Master Saiful said it was also timely for the government to consider adding a special subject on crime prevention beginning from the primary school level.

It would teach students very early on crime prevention. Such learning will help them stay away from crime, and not become victims and also learn on ways to counter crimes.

"We may not be able to completely get rid of crimes, but a generation that has a high awareness of crime will certainly be in a better position to help the country overcome crimes," he added.


Reconciling religion and politics in Malaysia

Posted: 02 Aug 2013 02:56 PM PDT

To me, what is more important is to place such conflicting views in the public sphere. Democratic debate is a battle of opinions, and any possible positions in any discussed issue cannot be neglected. To admit otherwise is to adopt a paradoxical form of pluralist democracy.

Douglas Teoh, Aliran

In the light of an upsurge of religious-related issues in the headlines, whether it was about the one-parent conversion law, the school canteen incident, the outright rejection of Archbishop Joseph Marino, I was struck by a fact, which I had taken for granted — that Malaysian politics is inseparable from religion.

The question that consequently arose from this was a troubling one: "How much should religion influence our government, and vice versa?" After some thought on the matter, my answer would have to be a pluralist one, where all parties regardless of their political leanings have to be included in the debate.

Secular vs religious forms of government

The very nature of this debate is driven by the perceived superiority of a person's perspective.

On the one hand for the "secularist", one draws on reason, objective arguments and evidence to show that the spiritual should not be even considered in governmental affairs.

On the other hand, the "religious" draws from historical, biblical and ethical knowledge to support a religious city-state.

What's inherent in such a debate is a prejudicial position that effectively excludes the Other from any opinion of government and religiosity. In other words, both view the Other as extremists, in an almost ironic sense.

My response to that would be there is no clear notion of right and wrong, especially not in politics. The people decide what they deem is right and wrong with their diverse cultural settings and rationalities.

To me, what is more important is to place such conflicting views in the public sphere. Democratic debate is a battle of opinions, and any possible positions in any discussed issue cannot be neglected. To admit otherwise is to adopt a paradoxical form of pluralist democracy.

So what needs to be done?

The secularists (one who advocates separation of religion from state e.g. no shariah law) need to be mindful that being rational may also mean admitting a non-secularist government and to prepare to conduct dialogue and discussions.

I think that many liberalist scholars made the mistake of promoting discourse in a "moderate" fashion, where all arguments made by fundamentalists are dismissed as being extreme and harmful to civil discussion; thus they should act in "moderation."

But some political thinkers like Joel Olson have pointed out that "extremism is neither a vice nor virtue but an approach to politics that emerges in times of profound social and political tension. Democratic theory has to speak to these times." It is a question of context sensitivity.

For the religious, in its simplest philosophy, it is not "reason" (in the scientific sense of the term) that is particularly important. After all, a spiritual government may be effective in its own right — the constitution of Medina drafted out by Prophet Muhammad himself is such an illustration.

But Olson also makes clear that the moral aim of the fundamentalist and the secular is one and the same — not "to destroy" or "condemn", but rather, "to convert".

If the religious parties in Malaysia can approach the debate with such a mindset, I would say that certain sectors of civil society in the public opinion would be appreciative of and reflective on the essence of religion, perhaps in politics. It is when action is taken without convincing the rest that fundamentalism and radical politics turns into an ugly brawl between fanatics and the "sane".

Arguing from a philosophical sense, what needs to be acknowledged by parties concerned is the very process of democracy itself. The notion of acceptance and tolerance is misdirected and oft-times overused: if we make ourselves see sense in someone else's point of view, we do so at the risk of jeopardising our own beliefs, and possibly our sense of self.

If the people acting as a collective decide a certain issue in a democratic manner, we need to respect the decision — for a true democracy provides room for alternate and counter-discourse to take place in due course.


It’s OK for Rocky to be angry

Posted: 02 Aug 2013 02:49 PM PDT

So when a rookie online reporter called to ask about Rocky's posting, I told him, what's so terribly wrong about a Singapore newspaper writing negative things about Malaysia when some Malaysian newspapers and writers make running down Singapore their bread and butter?

A Kadir Jasin, TMI

I am happy that my friend Rocky gets angry. Unlike me, he's always composed, stoic and steady. He seldom gets angry. He's always that big, tall and steady Rocky.

It's good to get angry sometimes. Get things out of your chest. I always believe that a person who feels the anger but can manage it is better than one who is not touched by it.

In his posting of Aug 1 headlined "Malaysia, where death is cheap and staying alive costly", Rocky is angry that a Singapore tabloid, The New Paper, had portrayed Malaysia in bad light.

So when a rookie online reporter called to ask about Rocky's posting, I told him, what's so terribly wrong about a Singapore newspaper writing negative things about Malaysia when some Malaysian newspapers and writers make running down Singapore their bread and butter?

I told the rookie that The New Paper is not a new paper. It was started by the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) – the owner of The Straits Times – way back in 1987.

Being a Singapore paper, it is responsible to the Singaporeans. Since many Singaporeans live in Malaysia or visit our country, it's the paper's right and responsibility to warn its readers of the risk that they may face while in Malaysia.

Let us face facts

Is it not a fact that Malaysia is becoming more and more dangerous? Don't just blame the Singapore newspapers. Our own newspapers are replete with stories of murder and mayhem. In fact, crime stories have become the staple of our newspapers. They regularly make the front page.

I hope neither Rocky nor his followers would consider me a Singapore agent. But I am willing to be accused of being an agent provocateur.

I want to provoke Malaysians to think critically and be willing to tell their elected representatives – from the novice Yang Berhormat to the Prime Minister – what they feel and want. We want a safer Malaysia!

We want them to accept culpability for their actions – abolishing the Emergency Ordinance and the Banishment Act that overnight unleashed some 2,500 bad hats and criminal elements on all of us.

It's fine for Prime Minister Mohd Najib Abdul Razak and his liberal-minded advisers to want to appear humane and be popular with the city slickers. Or gunning after their votes. But did he get it? No. Instead the lives and limbs of the ordinary rakyat are put at risk.

I am not anti-government

A very senior civil servant asked a former deputy minister (who is a friend of my friend) why I have turned from being pro-government to anti-government.

I am not anti-government. I am not a subversive element. I love my country. I am not even anti-Mohd Najib. Yes, I told him repeatedly of his burdens, his Achilles heel and what the people think of his family. Not a new thing either. I had told him these things as early as when he was Education Minister. There shouldn't be any misunderstanding on this matter. In my simpleton way of thinking "raja dalam rumah buat kira-kira, suri dalam dapur makan roti gula." Period.

But I am critical and I am against the wrong things he and his advisers had done or are doing. Let's see how far they will go with the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement with the USA! Almost every person who dares to speak out has spoken against the agreement and the government is less than willing to share information with the people.

It's ok for him, his Cabinet and even the MPs in the House to do away with preventive laws, including the ISA. They have bodyguards and live in walled and guarded compounds.



Leadership fight gathers steam

Posted: 02 Aug 2013 02:36 PM PDT

The gloves have yet to come off in the fight for the Wanita Umno leadership but the two key contenders have started to aim subtle jabs at each other.

The reason is that Shahrizat represents the Wanita wing which is dominated by mothers and grandmothers whereas Azalina is still largely associated as the first and most successful leader of Puteri Umno.

Joceline Tan,The Star

RIVALS for the Wanita Umno leadership Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil and Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said are only 10 years apart in age.

Wanita Umno chief Shahrizat will be 60 soon while Azalina, who is the Pengerang MP, will turn 50 in December.

They are both baby boomers, that generation of women who pioneered the break from the old cultural thinking about women's place in society.

Yet, the Wanita Umno contest has begun to acquire shades of a tussle between two generations of women in Umno.

The reason is that Shahrizat represents the Wanita wing which is dominated by mothers and grandmothers whereas Azalina is still largely associated as the first and most successful leader of Puteri Umno.

As such, Shahrizat cannot be blamed if she views Azalina as the harbinger of views and ideas from another generation and she recently cautioned against a split in the "mother-and-daughter" ties in the women's wing.

It is also evident that Shahrizat believes that Azalina has the backing of her old nemesis Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz.

She has said tongue-in-cheek that she welcomes "proxy candidates" sent by certain groups into the battleground.

The contest is gathering momentum now that it is likely to be a straight fight.

Azalina has taken to social media to put across her message of "youth transformation agenda".

Her campaign on Facebook shows her in her capacity as the new chairman of Parliament's Women's Caucus.

Her latest Facebook posting reads: "Wanita Umno must act as a Platform for Women's Democracy."

Shahrizat has stuck to the old, time-tested way of reaching out directly to the women.

The last few days saw her allies coming out to voice support for her re-election.

She commands overwhelming support from her Wanita exco members, many of whom went on a break in London as well as an umrah in the Holy Land.

Several state Wanita Umno chiefs also issued statements of support for her. One of them was Johor's Datuk Sharifah Azizah Syed Zain, who claimed that 98% of the Wanita members in Johor are staunchly behind Shahrizat.

That southern arrow was aimed at Azalina, who is from Johor, and it was to send the message that her own home state is not with her.

Another Shahrizat ally, Datuk Rosni Zahari, who is Pahang Wanita chief, went on to claim that 90% of the Wanita heads of Umno's 191 divisions want Shahrizat to stay.

That is really impressive but, then again, all the state Wanita chiefs are appointed by Shahrizat and they could hardly be expected to say otherwise.

Nevertheless, the power of incumbency cannot be underestimated in Umno politics and Shahrizat definitely has the upper hand. She obviously has a plan and she is moving very confidently.

Azalina, on the other hand, is labouring under the perception that she is an "outsider" trying to rock the boat.

She does not have the network or the contacts that Shahrizat has cultivated over the years.

Moreover, as some have pointed out, she went straight from her Puteri leadership to become a division chief rather than a Wanita division chief.

But she has a few other things going for her. The first is that Puteri members are automatically absorbed into the Wanita wing after they reach the age of 35 and Azalina will have support from them. They adulate her and still call her "boss".

Over the years, quite a number of these former Puteri grassroots leaders have become Wanita branch heads and they will be voting in the contest.

But Azalina's problem is whether there are enough of them holding such positions to make a difference.

This group also resents the mother-versus-daughter or Wanita-versus-Puteri analogy. They do not like being identified as ex-Puteri members now that they are in the Wanita wing.

They say the Wanita wing is growing so well these days because Puteri has become the recruiting arm, producing ready-made women members for the Wanita wing.

"We are one big family. How can they say this contest is about Wanita fighting Puteri or mother versus daughter? A mother who really loves her daughter would pave the way," said a former Puteri leader.

The second factor is, rightly or wrongly, known as the "Rafidah effect". The former Iron Lady still has some measure of hard-core support among the senior ladies who have not forgiven Shahrizat for going back on her pledge not to challenge Rafidah for the wing's leadership in 2009.

In the 2009 contest, Shahrizat won 64% of the votes against 35% by Rafidah.

The pro-Rafidah group in the wing is not as big as before but there will always be at least 30% or so in any party that will go against the incumbent.

This group may throw their support behind Azalina.

The third factor is that contests in Wanita are not always about what the women want. At times, the outcome has been swayed by what the men want or rather who the men want.

The talk out there is that the men in Umno regard Shahrizat as a liability because of the National Feedlot Corporation or NFC issue.

Many of them love her grace and style but are concerned about her image.


DAP facing de-registration?

Posted: 02 Aug 2013 02:28 PM PDT

Unfair of ROS to accuse DAP of trying to form a new party through de-registration and being insincere in handling the whole issue.

Selana Tay, FMT

The DAP saga continues and looks set to drag on indefinitely. Although the Registrar of Societies (ROS) has instructed DAP to hold its central executive committee (CEC) polls again, the party has does not see the need to do so.

Besides the above issue, ROS director-general Abdul Rahman Othman has made a misrepresentation on DAP when he said that DAP members hoped to form a new party.

He had also told DAP members that any hope of ROS approving the registration of the new party is virtually nil as ROS did not even entertain 29 applications to set up new parties submitted over the last five years.

This was reported in an English daily dated July 26, 2013 under the title: 'Don't harbour false hopes'.

It is clear that Abdul Rahman is very antagonistic towards DAP and his antagonism shows through in the false accusation that DAP members want to form a new party.

DAP is now mulling over taking legal action against the ROS director-general pertaining to this statement.

This columnist wishes to inform all readers that no one in DAP wants to set up a new party.

It is beyond any logic why Abdul Rahman wants to make such a baseless accusation. Is there any malicious intent behind the accusation?

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng had a meeting with Abdul Rahman before the 13th general election and the ROS director-general had never mentioned anything about the need to hold the CEC polls again.

Instead he had given the assurance that he would not be making any decision on the matter until investigations are completed.

Has Abdul Rahman shown himself up as being insincere in the handling of this whole issue?

Political tool

Commenting on this matter, the Shah Alam MP from PAS, Khalid Samad remarked that "instead of focusing so much attention on DAP, ROS should instead focus on registering Pakatan Rakyat (PR) as a political coalition because this matter has been long pending."

At the end of the day, ROS seems to be a political tool of the BN federal government as it is evident by its reluctance to register Pakatan despite requesting the opposition coalition to submit its application time and again and then rejecting the application due to technical error.

Going by this premise, DAP must be prepared to face de-registration very soon. It could even happen as early as Friday, Aug 16when no word is forthcoming from DAP on when it will hold its CEC polls again.

DAP leaders should take heed of this date and mark it out on their diary.

PAS' Siti Mariah Mahmud, the Kota Raja MP, commented sarcastically that "if DAP is de-registered, they can always re-register under the name of "New DAP" and this should be easily approved by ROS as it is not a new party despite the word 'new' but merely the same old party under a "new" name."

It must be said that only during the era of the Najib administration has this sort of trouble affected the DAP.

Is this a part of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak's national reconciliation plan? Is the motive to get rid of DAP just because MCA is weak and is in dire need of Chinese support?

Do the BN strategists think that if DAP ceases to exist, the Chinese will go back to supporting MCA?



Crime is Up, Cops are Down

Posted: 02 Aug 2013 11:51 AM PDT 

Wouldn't bringing back the EO make the work of our police force easier, and our policemen lazier, since they could shut away any suspect without having to try too hard to prove their criminality in a court of law? Is it because the police had it easy with the EO that they now find it harder to deal with crime without it? 

Kee Thuan Chye  

Hineous crimes such as the recent murder of Hussain Ahmad Najadi makes us think that the police are getting less and less efficient at curbing crime. In fact, the crime rate seems to be going up and up, but until lately, the Government was denying it.


Day after day, we keep getting reports of break-ins, muggings and robberies. Even of diners at popular restaurants falling victim to marauding gangs.
All this makes us think that the police are getting less and less efficient at curbing crime. In fact, the crime rate seems to be going up and up, but until lately, the Government was denying it.
In June 2012, the home minister then, Hishammuddin Hussein, said the crime rate was going down, and that if people thought it was going up instead, it was merely their "perception". He was lambasted for his condescending comment.
One month later, the Government got its Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) to come out with statistics claiming that the crime index had dropped by 10 per cent for the first half of 2012, along with an 11 per cent reduction in 2011. It also reported a striking 39.7 per cent drop in street crime.
But when anonymous and former police officers and the Malaysian Crime Watch Task Force (MyWatch) alleged that the Government had been manipulating the figures, Hishammuddin said in January 2013 that the crime index was not important – because numbers could be "disputed and belittled". He reiterated that the Government had truly succeeded in cutting down crime.
The turning point – or so it felt like one – came when in late June 2013, the home of Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin in Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, got broken into. Then suddenly, it seemed as if the truth had hit home. KL wasn't so safe after all. Maybe because it had happened to someone in government.
Khairy himself remarked, "This incident is a reminder to us all that crime is a serious problem in our country. It is a real issue and not just merely a perception."
Several days later, the new home minister, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, actually said the crime rate was increasing, but he blamed it on the absence of the Emergency Ordinance (EO), which was repealed last year. He said this took away the powers of the police to detain without trial anyone suspected of engaging in crime or gangsterism. And that the repeal also allowed ex-detainees to be freed and to return to their lives of crime.
This was a poor excuse for police incompetence. About 2,600 detainees were released, but would all of them have returned to crime? Unfortunately, the minister provided no statistics or evidence to back up his claim, so it remains mere speculation. And speculation cannot be enough to bring back a draconian law.

Snakes in our hearts

Posted: 02 Aug 2013 11:08 AM PDT 

Before we reprimand others for being insensitive, perhaps we should first look at ourselves, whether we ourselves have been oversensitive 

Tay Tian Yan, Sin Chew Daily 

There was this story.

One day, Du Xuan went to his friend's house, and when his friend invited him for a drink, he felt he saw a little snake inside the cup when he was lifting it.

In order not to disappoint his host, he nevertheless finished his drink.

After he reached home, he almost went mad, his head fully occupied by the shadow of snake, thinking he could have swallowed the reptile into his stomach.

He later had the feeling the snake in his head actually turned into a real snake that was nibbling his brain mouth by mouth, his brain soon hollowed.

He was later rushed to Harvard Medical School for brain anatomy and was found to have been infected with herpes zoster.

Just a joke! The second half was my own fabrication.

The actual story is: the little snake Du Xuan saw in his cup was actually the reflection of the bow hung on the wall.

What I was trying to say is that the shadow of the snake continues to linger around the heads of many. From Melissa's Facebook slander of the King, Alvin and Vivian's bah kut teh fiasco, the "Saya Hina Agama Islam" graffiti on the body of abducted man, lunch at school changing room, to "balik Cina, balik India" scandal, religious and ethnic controversies are like hundreds and thousands of little snakes that get entwined inside our heads.

Then we have the "1 Hari Di Hari Raya" YouTube clip.

In the video clip, a woman spreads the dog food on table after washing the dogs' feet, and the words "Raikanlah Aidilfitri Bersama-sama" appear on the screen after the canines have grabbed their feed.

And the "little snakes" again possess the bodies of the viewers.

On the following day, Muhyiddin issued a statement, saying no Muslims had made fun of other religions such as Christianity or Hinduism, but Islam was repeatedly humiliated by non-Muslims.

The DPM also hit out at some people for thinking that Muslims were weak and that others could walk all over them.

The question is, the dog walker in the video clip is not a non-Muslim, but a Muslim lady.

She is a dog trainer who loves the animals so much that she would even treat them as equals and celebrate buka puasa with them.

The video was made and uploaded three years ago although it only started to steal public attention as recently as several days back.

I am in no position to conclude whether what Chetz Yusof did is sacrilegious. The point is, before people get to see the real thing, many have had the presumption that it is another non-Muslim that has attempted to outrage the sanctity of Islam.

Which is not a good thing. In a religiously sensitive country like ours, people must remain highly sensitive in handling other religions. Similarly, before we reprimand others for being insensitive, perhaps we should first look at ourselves, whether we ourselves have been oversensitive..

Being oversensitive doesn't augur well for sound judgement and more accommodation, creating unnecessary ill-feeling.

Moreover, we don't always have to draw a distinct line whenever it comes to religion. In Malaysia, political leaders must learn to put the nation above their respective communities, trying to explore what we share in common instead of highlighting our differences and dissimilarities.


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