Why do some Malaysians hate Teo Nie Ching so much? What's the dilly yo? Her first outrage was when she spoke in a surau to give a sum of donation. She wore a baju kebaya.
The next day, drones of Malaysians criticized her for not respecting Islam by wearing aurat-revealing clothes. She also angered (apparently) a lot of people for giving a short speech before handing over the donations. In effect to that outrage, non-muslims are no longer allowed to enter a mosque. This is the most impulsive, idiotic and bigoted ruling ever! Since then, tourists and non-muslims are no longer allowed to appreciate the architecture and beauty of the practice of Islam.
A lot of people called me a liberal for not seeing anything wrong with Teo's actions so I browsed around the internet and read several blog posts regarding this issue, one of which is this one by Bahtera Merdeka.
Is it just me or are we getting more and more extreme in 'defending' and 'protecting' Islam without reading the fine prints first? Teo Nie Ching in my opinion is a model MP because she served her people without any distinction of race and religion. Very rare do you see this type of leaders, especially in a country that is subservient to race-based politics.
Now she is under fire again very wearing provocative and tight-fitting clothes while leading an aerobic session near a mosque. It was claimed that her outfit not only disrespects Islam but also demeans the very foundation of modesty. So naturally I imagined her in tight booty hugging leotard but when I saw the actual picture...
You call this sexy??? Where have you lived most of your life? Afghanistan? If this is sexy I don't think I know anything about what sexy is in this day and age.
This sexy outfit brewed a string of new controversies and insults and to that effect, our non-muslim friends are thinking "Hmmm.... so this is Islam."
In my opinion, Teo Nie Ching is a model MP for her involvements with the community regardless of their religions and race. I think people are mad at her not because of her lack of 'modesty' but because she challenged the status quo. How often do you see an MP who 'turun padang' and improve the lives of her constituents?
Naturally, other MPs, who are probably sitting in hotel lounge somewhere are all thinking "If this culture continues, I might actually have to do my job! Amagad!" and instead of commending and exemplifying her efforts, it made perfect sense to them to play the Islam card especially in a country where the people have localized and culture-infused interpretation of the faith.
Just remember folks, we are not the Taliban or the Al-Qaeda. We are peace loving Malaysian muslims. Don't let these politicians distort our understanding of Islam in order to serve their selfish agendas. Be reasonable, be peaceful, be tolerant or simply, just be a real Muslim.