Tension between religions in this country is getting worse everyday. First the arson attacks on churches and sikh temples. Then the pathetic arson on two Suraus. Now there are people throwing pig heads in mosques.
Is it politically motivated? I don't think so. There are plenty of hooligans in Malaysia to do these things just for the sake of it. Adrenaline junkies yang tak mampu bungee jumping.
But just look at those heads. Do you know how much does a pig head cost? I don't know myself but from what I've heard, it's pretty expensive. What a waste. But thank goodness they lapik the heads with a piece of green cloth.
In the history of Malaysia's animal head protest, the people responsible for this one if by far the most considerate. But this is not something new. Remember this?
I think using cow heads for 'Islamic' protest is far more offensive than the kepala babi incident because for our Hindu friends and family, cows are holy creatures but for muslims, pigs are not unholy. You touch'em, you samak. Habis cerita. They are just animals, like any other animals. They are just dirtier so the washing process is more thorough.
I personally think pigs are cute. Pigs are also very beneficial to us in general. Their organs, blood vessels etc. are very similar to us human so their innards are often used to replace our defective organs. Pigs also made stem cell research to regrow our own organs possible. So I hope my fellow muslims brothers don't make a big fuss just because the hooligans used pig heads and not cow dung.
Muslims should approach this issue dengan penuh cool because really, we have nothing to lose. Protesting will not achieve anything. Rallies will only jam roads and affect productivity of nearby shops and offices. The only party that will benefit from protests and rallies is the 7/11 franchise.
Let's be cool about it and encourage more inter-religion talks and discussions.
If you've read the post, you will notice that I was poking fun at Fahrin's tearful press release. It seems that Azwad thinks that what I did is against the law. In what country is making fun of celebrities unlawful? Especially when there was no distortion or manipulation of facts? Where I ask you? Afghanistan?
He wrote this in my comment box recently:
Done. This post was emailed to Fahrin's lawyer. The rest is up to Fahrin. Of
course, you're not important to him. Your post is a good evidence of a negative
impact he expected.
We graduated from the same law school and it hurts
me that you are not sensitive at all about his feelings towards his mom.
You don't care. Is it because your parents were divorced when you're
young? You never had what he had?
I was honest (in Arabic its Afiq
right?) when I said you are smart especially after going through many of your
posts here but why all this provocative mannerism? Are you enjoying this?
Of course, you don't care.
To Megat Izzuddin; Law graduate from
UIA right? That disclaimer can't be used. It is as good as the disclaimer in
parking lots. Fiction is not a defence in a defamation suit, only truth is. The
court would look into the impact of the libel while defence of parody is
subjective; it may or may not be used.
When I Die
When I die, I want to be a child in Heaven.
I want to be a ten-year-old cherub.
I want to be a hero in Heaven,
And a peacemaker,
Just like my goal on Earth.
I will ask God if I can Help the people in Purgatory.
I will help them think,
About their life, And their spirits, About their future.
I will help them Hear their Heartsongs again,
So they can finally See the face of God, So soon.
When I die, I want to be, Just like I want to be Here on Earth.
-Mattie Stepanek, November 1999
“Ini bukan keputusan mudah dan saya ambil masa panjang untuk ambil tindakan undang-undang ini. Sebelum ini, saya hanya berdiam diri tetapi kini keadaan tidak terkawal, menyebabkan saya tertekan dari aspek psikologi dan mencalar maruah saya." I've no other choice. It was a split second decision. Before Linda and Scha come out with their allegations, I better make this case mine! I am now the victim. Take that, beyotch!
“Sebelum ini, saya terima banyak panggilan (telefon) yang bertanya sama ada benar saya ini kaki pukul. Saya sedih dengar perkara ini kerana sikap sebenar saya bukan macam itu. Saya seorang yang ceria dan suka senyum pada orang lain,” My words are more credible than my two 'victims'. Get the scoop bitches! I am NICE and I like to SMILE!!!!
“Cinta saya ikhlas dan ia tidak seharusnya berakhir begini. Bila habis bercinta, saya bercakap perkara yang baik dan tidak reka sesuatu yang boleh membuat orang lain berprasangka buruk." I expect my homegirls to shut the f**k up. I tell my friends that they have nice booties and this is how they repay me?
Spare 22 minutes of your time and watch this clip. AlJazeera were smart to invite three very different people from very different backgrounds to talk about this issue.
How is the Allah issue political?
Some people claim that this issue has been politicised but to what extent? We first have to understand that politicians will never get their hands dirty. Their 'issues' are chess pieces of an elaborate strategy for personal/communal gain. When our petrol price increased dramatically, peaceful demonstrators were showered with water and tear gases by the FRU but the FRU didn't lay a finger to the Allah issue demonstrators. I think I do not have to elaborate further.
Muslim Liberal dan Muslim Konservatif?
Aku sering kali dipanggil muslim liberal kerana aku berani bercakap dengan terbuka tentang isu-isu semasa berkaitan dengan Islam. Aku rasa itu bukan kriteria untuk dilabelkan liberal. Kalau aku seorang gay yang terbuka, melakukan zina sebelum kahwin, minum minuman keras dan membuat perkara yang dilarang lain yang diasimilasikan dalam gaya hidup aku, barulah aku dianggap liberal. Tetapi tidak, untuk ramai orang, bercakap dan berbincang secara terbuka tentang Islam menjadikan aku liberal. Aneh tapi benar.
Why are these people pestering me with threats?
I got an info from my friend and he said that some Facebookers rallied online taliban rempits to urge me to delete the 33 Banned Words entry. I also received several threatening SMSes and calls but I'm not new to this. I've been egged five times before and demonised in countless sites and blogs. It's also funny that you'll find that these pests who tells me that they are doing this for Islam and for Allah use terms like Cibai, Pukimak, Mampos, Pantat, etc. And aha, apparently, according to them, I'm going to hell. Who appointed these pottymouths to become God assistants?
Melayu itu Islam?
Merepek! Melayu itu Melayu dan Islam itu Islam. Bolehkah kita kata Arab itu Islam kerana kebanyakan Nabi dan Rasul Islam berketurunan Arab? Arab juga punyai orang Yahudi dan Kristian. Sama seperti orang Melayu. Orang Indonesia itu orang apa kalau bukan orang Melayu. Kita datang dari mana bhai? Di Indonesia, orang Melayu ada yang Islam, Kristian dan ya, Buddha dan Hindu.
Sabah, Sarawak, Pulau Pinang dan Kuala Lumpur?
Orang Kristian di negeri-negeri ini sahaja yang boleh gunakan perkataan Allah dalam percakapan atau penulisan oleh penduduk bukan Islam.
The confident muslim?
Muslims who are not stupid. We know for a fact that our Allah is singular and that's that. That is that. We will never be deceived by 'evil Christians' if we are educated in our own religion. If the Christians are trying to convert muslims, we should do a better job converting Christians, aborigines, buddhists etc but sadly, there is no known effort to do this. If you remember correctly, the very useless YADIM (Yayasan Dakwah Islamiah M'sia) booted out the visionary and modern muslim scholar Ustaz Asri by sending a fleet of cops to arrest him.
Dakwah? I've NEVER EVER seen any dakwah campaign in Malaysia. Never. I've seen a lot of Christian campaigns though. They pick up my recyclables for their church every weekend and give me brochures about their churches' upcoming activities. I even participated in a gotong royong they organised. Why not? I don't see any mosque people wanting to clean up my neighborhood.
4. Misi menguruskan badan sebanyak 3 kg lagi untuk mencapai berat optima.
Maybe it's just me, but it seems to me that people are putting a lot of value into the name "ALLAH" but none into Allah itself. I mean think about it, getting all worked up over a name and then forgetting the actual values that the religion aims to instill.
To me, the letters A, L, L, A and H in this order respectively, was placed under a religious canopy and given sacred attributes. In truth, it's just a name regardless of its history. What's important is what is attached to your concept of god. People sometimes forget that though religion can be standardized, their belief system is as purely subjective as its deity. If I, a muslim, were to refer to Allah as Dandelion in my prayers, does that make my prayers invalid? If Allah was almighty, then surely he would be capable of recognizing it. Many of my brothers forget that Allah can think for itself, without their assistance in the matter. Allah or Dandelion or Yahweh is supreme afterall.
That being said, it's just a name, a concept constructed by human convention in languages that are humanly constructed. Allah or God or Dandelion encompasses all human constructs and so to put such Godly attributes into a word constructed with just 3 letters is to reduce Allah into those 3 letters. Isn't that the bigger sin?
Closing statement: The fact that many of my brothers and sisters do not allow the use of allah (yes, in small caps) by non-muslims not only limits their rights to freedom of expression, but also implies that they can do nothing with the name but use it in a negative context.
We have so many dispensable GROs so it is not hard to recruit them. Assimilate recruitment programme with any anti-maksiat programme and voila! Everytime GROs are caught in raids, don't put them in jail or summon them, make them do what they are born to do: Serve.
Punish them by forcing them to attend hostess courses and become train operators for a year or two.
Imagine a typical scenario in a KTM train... without a hot operator.