Saturday, August 29, 2009

Taken from The Star, useful for Malaysians...

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Myth of Malay Muslims
Posted by: mdnorhafiz

Have you watched Potong Saga produced by 15Malaysia? Yes, its funny, but full with message. That's a reality happened in Malaysia society. Misconception by non-Muslims, but don't blame them. It is misinterpretation by the Malay Muslims itself. (Yes, I talk about Malay Muslims not Chinese Muslims, Indian Muslims, African Muslims or Mat Salleh Muslims).

Myth No. 1: All Malays born as Muslims. Once you convert Islam, you are convert to Malays too.

The truth is Islam is not an exclusive religion. Its universal, all are welcome to embrace it. No single race in the world can claim such statement. Even Arabs never claim they 100% are Muslims. Just google Arab Christians. Surprisingly Baath Party (ruled by Saddam) founded by an Arab Christian, Michel Aflaq. Plus popular songbird in Middle East, Najwa Karam also a Christian. Interestingly, Jerusalem (situated in Arabs country) house of three holy places for Christian, Jew and Islam. If all Arabs are Muslims, we can see only Islam holy place built there today.

Have you ever notice any Chinese, Indian, African, American, or Australian declared themselves as Malays once they convert to Islam in another country? They still hold their ethnicities and races.

Myth No. 2: Once a Chinese or Indian convert to Islam, you have to change your name into Arabs name and put Abdullah as your father's name.

Maybe Malay Muslims never heard or came across of Hui Liangyu (China vice premier) and Sania Mirza (tennis player). Their name never resembles like "Arabs" but they are Muslims. Hey, Yvonne Redley (reporter once detained by Taliban), Nicolas Anelka and Frank Ribery (both footballers) still proud to be called by their original name after converting to Islam. Plus no "bin Abdullah". Maybe you can check video on Ustaz Lim Jooi Soon on youtube (

Even some Malays also having pure Malays name instead of Arabs (eg: Cempaka, Puteri, Dayang, Awang, Tuah) but still Islam.

Apa ada pada nama? As long as the meaning of the name is good, whatever language is allowed.

Myth no. 3: Non Muslims not allowed to use Assalamualaikum. Its exclusive for Muslims, otherwise you insulting Islam.

The fact is Assalamualaikum is word with good meaning, peace be upon you. Widely used in Middle East not only by Muslims but also extends to non-Muslims too. If in Semenanjung, the Muslims quite fanatical on usage of salam, unlike in Sarawak and Sabah. They exchange salam freely regardless of religion.

Myth No. 4: A Muslims must not follow Chinese and Indian cultures, otherwise you are deviate from pure Islamic teaching.

A Muslim cannot eat by chopstick, cannot speak mandarin or tamil in mosque, cannot wear cheongsam, or saree, cannot enter church and temple, cannot paid final respect on Chinese and Indian funeral, . The list goes on.

Hey, culture is unique, to differentiate between one people in one place to another. Islam does recognize culture in its teaching as long as not compromise the believe or faith itself. So, what's on earth a Muslim cannot eat by chopstick even talk Tamil or Mandarin inside a mosque? Maybe Chinese Muslim in China eat by hand like Malays. And maybe Indian Muslims in India and Chinese Muslims in China talk Malays in their mosque too.

Have you ever saw Chinese Muslims in China or India Muslims in India wearing baju Melayu or baju kurung? Ironically Malays Muslims in Malaysia allowed to wear suit, hat and necktie like a westerners.

Caliph Umar even once paid a visit to church in Jerusalem, he even invited by the priest to pray inside church, yet he declines as it will create wrong impression that Islam want to take over the church. Even non-Muslims are allowed to enter a mosque in certain conditions.

It is narrated that Prophet Muhammad stood up when a Jewish funeral procession pass in front of him as a sign of respect among men relationship.

These are examples of several myth practised by Malay Muslims resulted from narrow interpretation.

Maybe they forget, Islam come to China and India long before Tanah Melayu. Maybe they overlook that Muslims in China and India are outnumber Malays. Maybe they disregard that Islam come to Tanah Melayu via Arabs and Chinese (Admiral Cheng Ho).

Sunday, August 23, 2009

If war is what they want, then, so be it...

This is a piece of writing that I feel somehow must be read with care and with full understanding. We must never forget the very fact that the world that we are living in today is all based on when most of the people say so. Thus do to this fact, there are some quarters of the societies who are rather called as those who choose the unnatural way of doing things against what is natural as prescribed by God.

God have made it clear that they are certain rules that we must abide in order to serve these purposes that somehow not for us to comprehend because of simple fact that we are not God. We are humans, the extent of our reach is only those as allowed to happen by God, regardless of the fact that those things that goes beyond happen. A simple way to say it here is that, everything happens only at the will of God, despite it go against what God have set the limits before us. As an example, child raping is something not allowed by God, but it happens.

We are only small creatures of all the creatures that was created by God. The logical principle here is that, when a person creates something, he and no other understands his creation and no other at best to tell or comprehend in and absolute way of the concerned creation. This assumption is some rebut-able when it is used on Proton and the cars that they produced but take it this way, Mercedez Benz, one of the top car manufacturer understand very well about its creation, I mean, the cars that they produced, can Proton be expected to understand those creations unless they were told about it. This is an example on humans, now back to God, we will only understand things in this world when God tells us about it, if not, then we can figure it out but subject to the limits that were clearly laid before us.

Back to the advantage of what most people say is correct, I think these quarters of people that I have spoken of, are in the act of desperation, calling others who are actually not them, in their pursuit of some sort of recruitment, thus increasing their support and justifying their way of looking at things and act the way as they deems fit.

Looking at it carefully, it is a clear cut psychological war and if we, those who refer themselves to the natural order of things, unable to see this, we somehow may fall into being them and thus be a victim of their attempts of becoming established and strong, because of having the support of most of the people.

Many may not have the comprehension of what I am trying to say here, just apply it to your everyday situation, it is lucky enough that we allow these people to live with what they believe and feel, if not they may have always end their lives in the gallows in some countries.

Till then, the natural way of thins must be uphold at all cost in necessary...

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Islam in Malaysia...

Before I proceed with this writing, I must say that negative comments and perceptions are somehow expected. What am I about to say, not for me to judge as the final and absolute truth, but suffice to say, people will become very incited with the feeling of calling others as blasphemous.

Malaysia was formed on the basis that it is a democratic country and constitutional monarchy, this can be traced in the Federal Constitution, enough said. The social contract claimed by certain quarters of the people of this country says that Malays are the owner of this country, having the political control over this nation. This in implication, tell us that this country is a Muslim country because those who are in-charge more to its political powers are Muslims and well it is guided by socio-economical Islamic maintenance over the majority Muslim population.

If we were to truly look at the notion of Islamic country, we must first understand the very basic required of an Islamic country. In Islam, the most supreme is the one God, that is Allah. In everything that a Muslim do is labored into serving the purpose of your existence for God. As for a country, the country serve God, in its simple language. An Islamic country will in its most supreme law admit that the most supreme is Allah and no others. This will bring in the other obligations supposedly be expected of an Islamic country, to have God's law be practiced and assumed as the Supreme law of the nation.

But what we have in Malaysia is a country akin to parliamentary democratic country, taken example from the British system and having the common law in practiced and assumed as the supreme law of the nation. This is clearly seen in the Constitution. Despite Art. 3 of the federal Constitution states that, Islam is the religion of the federation, still they are many other provisions that will show a contradictory from the literary meaning of Art.3. Looking at the practice of the laws in this country, Islamic law are practice in a very peculiar way, through the Shariah Court, having a very limited jurisdiction upon the Muslims, as such the punishment allowed to be prescribed to the convicted offenders are confined within the limits of the ratio 2:3:6, meaning fine RM 2000, imprisonment not exceeding 3 months and caning not exceeding 6 strokes.

If these are to be compared with what the common and civil law of this country allow in respect of its jurisdiction, it is like comparing the heavens and the earth. Still people say that Islam prevails, here I don't see Islam prevails, I see Islam deprived in a very humiliating way! The rulers continue to say that they have been the protectors of Islam, the word rulers does not refer to the Sultans but rather the political control enjoyed by the ruling government, but in reality they have failed such tasks. Islam is not about building big mosque, Islam is about when you by your conduct not merely by promise and words say that you upheld God as the most supreme over everything else, to be clear against the laws that are not Islamic in nature. This is missing in this country.

Back to Islamic country, but here I feel like talking on the duties of the Muslims in an Islamic country and a kuffar country. In Islamic country, the systems where the people in it are Muslims, they have to upheld every principles in Islam including in the law and administration but in kuffar country you do not have such duties, as what you need to accomplish is your basic compulsory requirements towards God, that are your prayers, your fasting, your zakat, to the extent as allowed by that country as you are residing and having protection in that country.

Looking at us I don't think that we are actually living in an Islamic country, the real and simple way to say it is that we are living in a kuffar country, why because our official sworn to protect the constitution as the most supreme law in this country, and our constitution says, being a democratic country, that people is most supreme not God, despite that our predesessor leader kindly put the clause in RUKUN NEGARA, kepercayaan kepada tuhan as one of the most important element as it is the first that must be mentioned, still, that does not deny the very fact that this country does not admit Allah as master but rather the people.

Now, when the people like Nik Aziz questioned about the extent of how Islam is one over the other, the reference is exactly on the reasons that I have stated above and no other. It is true that none may judge others before God, but here we are living in a real world, where reasons are everything for our existence. Is it suffice to say that we cannot judge others when you have the power of reason to justify such action? To give much clear perspective, God have made promise that those who does not promotes God teachings and rulings will inevitably be in hell? There are guidelines set by God, they are clear, why we refuse to look into them? What actually that we are supporting people for or otherwise?

Whatever you do will not deter you from learning that you are convincing yourself with something clearly not the truth...

Monday, August 3, 2009

Malaysia: Of Malay Supremacy, Democracy, and Islam...

This morning I had a conversation about the Malaysian politics, I must admit that I didn't convey my point well, for that is the reason why, I am here writing what I should have said in the conversation. It has been awhile since I cared so much about Malaysian politics, that now I don't give a shit about it, but the provocation was too strong for me, I have no choice but to write.

Who owns this country?

The concept of Malay Supremacy can only be defined as where the Malays are presumed to be the owner of this country, this impliedly concludes that non-Malays are not owners, despite the fact that they owe their allegiance to this country. My personal stance is, I don't agree with this concept as I believe that everyone have a fair share to a country as a citizen. This is because everyone who declare themselves or given the status of citizenship of this country must to the extent of shedding their blood to defend it, with all cost. So, no one can say that they are more entitled to this country compared to any other citizens, all are equal in this respect.

One may say that the Chinese can return to their motherland, China;and that the Indians can go back to India; still I choose not to agree with this as I have many Chinese and Indian friends who thinks that if this concept is true, then we, the non-Malays shouldn't bother about the fate of this country, that we should center our energy and thoughts to our motherland, after all we are just not suppose to care about this country, when the implication is as such we are returning back to China and India and that imply that we are not the citizen of this country. This statement is enough to prove that there should be no difference as to the ownership of citizens to the country.

Looking back at the pre-independence period, indeed the non-Malays came here as merchants, labourers, imported by the British colonial power, where these immigrants supposedly should return to their country upon the Malays gaining their independence. But this was not the case, the situation was that Tunku Abdul Rahman and the Malays back then has to consider, what will happen if these people were to go back as the Britain will not grant independence nor that we are, the Malays are economically independent without the aid of these people. So, because of these reasons that we now have Chinese and Indians are part of our citizens. The agreement was clear that the Malays surrender citizenship and in return the non-Malays will agree on the condition that the Malays have extra rights with respect to the political power, that comes later in interpretation, respectively in Article 153 of the Federal Constitution.

Now that, we are here for more than 50 years, the generations that was the former of this so called social contract have predeceased us, only a few remains. The question to ask here are, can we really say that these non-Malays still have the desire to return to their original country? Or is it fair for us to presume that they have the opportunity to turn their backs against us by subscribing back to nationalism of their original country? If we are being honest and fair, we will not say such things, the reason that we are saying these things is mainly because that we are jealous of their achievement, there is no doubt about it, selfishness is the key.

100% Democracy is good for Islam

I am a Muslim who think that Islamic Law should be the law that regulate the Muslims and no other, but if I am to stick with this thinking, I am being blind to the reality as we do not have Islamic Law is this country, political leaders may say that this is an Islamic country, but the fact was clearly stipulated out in the Federal Court case of Che Omar Che Soh v. Govt of Malaysia, that Malaysia is not an Islamic country, that Islam is subject to Malaysian Law, meaning, here Islam which suppose to be more supreme than anything else is subject to the rules of this country, it is a shame but, this is the fact.

The fact that we are a multiracial country gives the credit that we should have democracy that should be perfectly practiced, only by this means we have citizens of different races that does not question about other races living in this country, only by this way we can attain peace. Some say that when you have 100% democracy, for the Muslims, they will not hear azan anymore, I think these people are naive about what democracy is all about. Democracy is not just about government selected by the people but it also includes respect upon one another and together coupled with democracy is freedom of religion. Meaning to say if you have 100% democracy, you will have azan on every praying times, because of the respect on freedom of religion.

Another point is propogation upon the Muslims on the ideals of non-Islamic teachings coming from other religions, as when we are in full democracy, other religions may have the oppurtunity to cloud the minds of the Muslims to convert to their religion, like through the media. I think this is true but the question here is what is the best way for a Muslim to be strong in his faith, is it by forbidding negative elements or non Islamic elements from him or is it by, he himself to study and practice Islam with determination and grace, so as for him to have the inner strength to pick and choose what laid before him?

Everyone is well aware that the world we are living in is a globalized world, you cannot expect you children not to see all the negative elements is his life, that they only see good things, if we think this way, we are being ignorance to reality. The only way for us to live in this age is to have a strong inner strength as we cannot forever block all the negativeness that comes in our way. That we must empower our children with the teachings of Islam so that they themselves will have the rejection of the negative elements in an open world. This is a fact, where when you limit everything from your child in your fear that he will be influenced, will do no better compared to not to limit the horizons of your child but to equipped him with knowledge and strength to determine what is right and what is wrong.

Islam in the west is being widely accepted because of freedom of religion, why must we limit democracy that promotes freedom of religion, that in itself promotes Islam? In religion, there are beliefs, a Muslim believe that Allah is the only God and Mohamed (Peace be Upon Him) is his messenger and all Islamic teachings, can you expect a Hindu to believe what are the pillars in Islam? Same to the question like, can you expect others non-Muslims to believe that Islam is the best to apply to them, I mean Islamic Law. I f a person who have a strong faith in Islam will always want the best for Islam.

Let us look into the movie FITNA and the way Muslims all over the world respond to it, most Muslims criticized it like hell because it mocked Islam and the prophet by selectively pick and choose what thought in Islam about fighting the non-Muslims. Fairly speaking, this is expected when something so holy in Islam being subject to criticism but we are being ignorant, but responding violently, what was portrayed in the movie becomes the conviction among the non-Muslims, that now they fear Islam, here we are losing. Islam gain nothing but the feel of winning in arrogance. The same can be seen in Malaysian Muslims, look at the way they respond to the discussion on Islam by non-Muslims in this country. Most of these discussions, the Muslims are invited to have a say, but most of the time we choose to protest outside of the building, I do not think that this conduct is civilized nor it brings any benefit for Islam.

We must remember that Islam is not at the peak as once we were, we are many but we are weak and pathetic. The reason behind this is not the fault of non-Muslims but rather it is our own mistake, we left the beauty of our religion behind. Prophet p.b.u.h. stated that, there will be an age where his people will be like bubbles at the sea, many but useless. Now is the time for us to go back in Islam to make people accept Islam not to chase away the non-Muslims from Islam.

The affirmative action upon the Malays

For more than 30 years that this affirmative action policy is in practice in this country. Well affirmative action is an American term while the British term is positive discrimination. This is done by giving extra rights and assistance to a particular of society to elevate their underrated position. Normally this is done through addressing their economic problem. In Malaysia, this policy is called by the name of New Economic Policy or by the Malay name Dasar Ekonomi Baru.

From my personal observation, I think this policy worked well to elevate the lifestyle of the Malays, as looking back at the initial period of its implementation, the Malays are mostly coming from the agricultural background, and many of them are poor, to an extent of failing to provide the necessity of education to their children. Now, we have many professionals who are Malays. To me it is insufficient just to state the number of professionals, for that is the reason why we must also look at the birth of many Malaysian middle class which mostly consist of the Malays at large. This, to me, can be taken to be the success of this affirmative action policy.

It must also be noted that, DEB, also come with benchmark that the leader back then sought to achieve and specifically speaking, the target of having 30% share of the Malaysian economic pie of the country. For once the Malays reach more than 20% share but the number ever since decreased to 18% now. This indicates that the NEP is a failure.

It is also insufficient to look by the figures. This is to say that I think it is also necessary to look into the collective behavior of the Malays. If we were to make comparisons upon the Malays and the non-Malays, they are inferior in many ways. Their determination is all aspect cannot be matched upon the non-Malays, I believe that it is very true that the Malays should be called slackers. In business, the Malays are very pessimist, they fear taking risk in business, that causes most of the Malays to be hired employees. The most, I should say is very negative, is their tendency to back stab their friends in business and in anything they do. The Malays also don't have faith in Malay businessman which is very important for the advancement of Malay business.

The fact that all of us must bear is that Malays are feeling so contented with what they have, including all the safeguards that exist for them, which supposedly be temporary as promised by Tun Abdul Razak when he announced the implementation of NEP. To me, this feeling of being contented have made us complacent of what we have and the drive to fight for more to cease to exist. This is reflected in the economic performance of the Malays, from a single individual to the larger population of the Malays at large.

Most of us are not producers but users, most of us work with people but not working for ourselves, most of us have this attitude of not supporting our own people when it comes to business, most of our businessman are not as eager as the non-Malays to give the best of our service, most of us easily irritated by the success of others of our own kind to an extent of even bringing our business brothers to their doom, most of us are so pessimist about people who try to make a difference, most of us will have negative perception to those who are trying to be successful in many ways and more...

If we be honest to ourselves, do we, the Malays need this shameful affirmative action assistance? The answer is yes, if all of the traits that I have described just now are the truth that goes undisputed. It will be otherwise, if we believe in ourselves, if we are honest in what we do, if we are as hardworking as the non-Malays. Some may pose the question, the Malays should be helped, if not, what will happen to the villagers and their future. I say that these are the people that must always be helped by the government regardless of their races and religions not all of the Malays who can actually stand up on their own.

Some may also pose the question of what will happen to our children in future, I say we produce a better and stronger and much more resilient breed of our race, where we can boast to others that we are the Malays, that we stand on our own. But if we keep on denying the pride of our race, then the children that we will have in the future will just be similar of those before them, with no improvement and without anything to be proud of.

I believe that all man are equal, subject to the limitations as set by God only, as he only understand his own creation. I also believe that we can be a powerful race as the whites, Chinese, Indian all across the globe, that our number increase with quality and that we help other countries to build their economy like the Chinese in all over the world. But as for now, where are we? Is there anything to be proud of when you can actually walk, but still you are given stick to walk, which will only weaken you.