If nothing else I think it will show some clumsy attempts to turn every discussion and comment into racial and religious conflicts.
It isn't about religion, moron. It is about common sense and the lack of it in some Malaysian "leaders". Get it? Oh, never mind.
I take offence with the statement. What do you mean insane ? Muslims ? The fatwa council ? The Government ? The whole situation of the government following the ruling of the fatwa council ?
What's wrong with Muslims want to follow the ruling of the fatwa council ? After all, it's the Muslims that have to follow the ruling, not the others. Even Lim Kit Siang is smart enough not to touch this issue. Obviously you are not cunning or smart enough as him. Or maybe you're just plain oblivious.
The fatwa council has stated its point ever since the independence, that observing Warrior's Day at places like the National Monument is against the teaching of Islam. They are only renewing their call on the issue to the government.
Blame the previous administrations for making you accustomed with the thought of Warrior's Day celebration must be held at the National Monument, whereas it shouldn't have been celebrated there in the first place.
Ultimately, it's the government call whether or not to follow the ruling. If you have any grievances with the government's decision, well, you have to live with it. Furthermore, the government didn't say anything about the non-muslims cannot celebrate Warriors Day at the National Monument, nor did it say anything about tearing the statues down. You can still very much celebrate Warriors Day there if you want to, but I don't think that you celebrate it anyway. I think it's just your knack making a big fuss out of nothing.
For you to go against the building of the proposed Warriors Square, read this so that you can have a little thought about it. Think about the warriors who have fallen since before the independence. Think of those who were Muslims. Is it fair for them to be remembered in a way that's against the teaching of their OWN religion ? If you say yes, well, you are definitely, grossly chauvinistic. I think they would rather not be remembered if the remembrance ceremony is held against the teaching of their faith. The celebration of Warriors Day in the proposed Warriors Square would be fair, as both our muslim and non-muslim fallen heroes could be remembered as it would not go against the teachings of any religions. It’s not that the Warriors Day celebration is a religious ceremony anyway, apart from one minute fact that it is usually started with a doa as to have the celebration and the souls of the departed heroes blessed by Allah. But if you are offended by that, maybe you shouldn’t go to the celebration or any government-organized function, because usually all of them are started with a doa, or muslim prayers, if you must know.
Actually, I’m perplexed as to why you bring up this issue in the first place. Why Patrick ? This is only a minor issue. It’s not something that should be blown out of proportion. What you do here is actually inciting religious and racial hatred. You’ve lived long enough to know that you abhor animosity amongst the people of Malaysia, correct ? Yet, what you’ve written shows your immaturity. Or maybe you’re just playing oblivious for reasons known only to you and to god. My advice Patrick, don’t write about something if you don’t know any better. Staying quiet is a whole lot better.
Those who are not conversant about Islam, please refrain from saying anything on issues pertinent to the religion, for I'm afraid it would only show your gross ignorance and lack of understanding about the faith. Muslims included.