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Abdullah Something

Posted: 01 Dec 2013 01:09 PM PST 

He grew angry when he thought of how he, a retiree with no pension, had to juggle the small amount of FD he had in the bank, shifting it from bank to bank just to catch that extra half a percent interest rate here and there.

Yussof Condred 

When he, of another faith, told his mother he wanted to convert to Islam, she cried for 3 days and 3 nights. On the fourth day, she relented and gave her consent, for even in her unschooled mind she knew that all religions are good. Not bad, for one who never attended school or any interfaith dialogue.

So it was that Abdullah Something became a muslim-convert . The reason Abdullah wanted to be a muslim was not that he fell in love with a beautiful Malay girl. It was because he admired Tok Guru Nik Aziz of PAS, who actually lived the life of a good muslim. To quote the other Abdullah's slogan : Tok Guru walks the talk. He is humble and most of all honest and frugal." "Which MB or CM lives in a timber house today?" Abdullah habitually asked his friends. 

And that was also why he voted Pakatan in GE13. He thought that the Pakatan government would be as honest and frugal as Tok Guru. So it came as a rude shock to him that the Selangor state had decided to raise the salaries of his Aduns by massive amounts. It was, to him, betrayal, deceit and hypocrisy all rolled into one. 

He grew angry when he thought of how he, a retiree with no pension, had to juggle the small amount of FD he had in the bank, shifting it from bank to bank just to catch that extra half a percent interest rate here and there.

Even then he knew he was drowning in Inflation. He worried about the huge increase in quit rent for 2014. Then there was this impending hike in TNB's rates, also in 2014, which would cause a further round of inflation. 

It used to be that when politicians from both sides of the divide asked him to tightened his belt, he would dutifully do so. "How naive I was" he thought querulously. There was no choice now but to try and get a job again. It looked like his wasteful governments won't allow him to  retire.

Come GE14, he decided he will vote Pakatan out. He would cut his nose to spite his face and sleep with the devil he knew.

Transgenders are born, not made

Posted: 01 Dec 2013 12:38 PM PST 

I would at least expect that the editor would have done some background check on this person before publishing such a discriminating article which would give the readers a wrong impression about transgenders in Malaysia. 

Sharan Suresh, FMT 

On Nov 29, I came across an article written anonymously in the Malay language which was published on the blogs of Bernama and Astro Awani. The title of the article is "Bekalan ubat murah dorong kegiatan Mak Nyah", which means 'Supply of cheap drugs induces transgender activities'. The content was written based on quotes made by a certain individual named Mohd Khariri Ramli, 36, who was "so called" self-acclaimed an ex-transsexual woman who goes by the name of Erin.

I would at least expect that the editor would have done some background check on this person before publishing such a discriminating article which would give the readers a wrong impression about transgenders in Malaysia. Transgenders are born, not formed. They are individuals born with Gender Identity Disorder or Gender Dysphoria. They know for a fact that their gender is the opposite from their anatomical sex. And related psychiatrist, psychologists and medical professionals can back them up.

There have been researches done about transgender children and adults over 50 years and the conclusion made is that it is even deeper than hormones and chromosomes, because it is related to the brain since the baby is in the mother's womb. For a fact, most male anatomical babies receive male gender identity, and female anatomical babies receive female gender identity since they are an embryo in their mother's womb. But transgender babies have a female gender imprinted in their brains if their anatomical sex was male, and vice versa for those born with female body and a male brain.

Gender is not a binary. It is a spectrum. There is no complete man or woman in this world. Every male have certain female attributes and every female have certain male attributes. They are called sexual characteristics. These characteristics can be adopted developed through surroundings and environment, or it could be inert since birth. Not all birth defects can be identified at birth. You will not know if your baby is deaf, blind, or even autistic until they grow to a certain age. Just the same, you wouldn't know the gender of your baby until he/ she reaches a certain age. And their gender is not based on their anatomical sex (what is between their legs). Your genitals define your anatomy's sex, not your gender.

That is why in the growing process, you do not have to teach your baby boy or your baby girl which parent's sex to follow as they grow. They follow their inert instinct which is told to them by their brain, and you cannot reverse that. You can only suppress the person from being their true identity by tormenting them and creating fear and that is what society does to them. But people forgot that the more wrong information about them is published and circulated, the more hate crimes and violence it contributes. People don't need a reason to hate someone, so they have to find a reason, and thanks to publishers like Astro Awani, they get their reason to brutalize and injure transgender people, like Lily who was slashed by a gang of Malay men a few months back in Pahang.

A transgender woman who was mute from birth (couldn't speak) and who was living off the streets and also with the little money she got from sex work had been kidnapped by a group of men, molested, raped, stabbed five times at her back and thrown in a river in Setapak few years back. News like this you don't see being published in the media. Why? Why do you pick and choose the news you write about transgenders? Have they caused pain and injury to you? All the pain is being suffered by them since the day they realize their true Gender.

There are many transvestites like Erin too in this world. They are men who simply would like to associate with transsexuals to look and be like them, but the fact is they are not them at all. This group of people is not born with Gender Identity Disorder. If anyone calls Erin a Mak Nyah, I challenge them to take him for psychiatrical evaluation from only a non-biased specialist who has experience with transgender individuals. Has Erin firstly been diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder or Gender Dysphoria?

If he has, then why did he "reverse" himself since the fact that you cannot reverse gender? If you are going to talk about Islam, what is being practiced here is very hypocritical. I have my reasons to state this. Why? Because first of all, Malaysia is NOT an Islamic country. Malaysia is a Circular Country which is indeed a Muslim majority country.

To begin with, the only enactment being implemented in the Syariah Law, which is NOT a legislative law in Malaysia, is the one that says "a man or woman impersonating the other sex for illicit or immoral purposes in public will be fined a minor sum or be put to jail or both". This enactment varies from state to state and is not consistent. So why isn't Islam, a religion that believes in one god, having contradicting methods of practice?

Also another thing I would like to point out. The Federal Constitution is the Supreme Law of the federation, but the Syariah Law is only to govern the morality of the Muslims of the country. In this case, why are the non-Muslim transgender affected as well? Post-operative transsexuals who are Hindus are not given Female identity or even name change on their identification cards. Transgenders are accepted and venerated as a higher gender in the Hindu religion, but why are they not being allowed to propagate their religious rights in Malaysia which is allowed in the federal constitution?

In Islam, transgenders who are indeed born with Gender Identity Disorder is accepted by the religion and is not counted as a sin. The term mukhannathun describes gender-variant people, usually male-to-female transsexuals. Neither this term nor the equivalent for "eunuch" occurs in the Quran but the term does appear in the Hadith, a secondary text collecting the sayings of Muhammad. Moreover, Islamic tradition endorses using scholarship to elaborate, refine, and extend religious doctrines. Scholar and Hadith collector An-Nawawi so extends doctrine by a passage containing a trans-positive message.

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