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Thursday, September 12, 2013

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I will be 66 in October and have been a loyal citizen of this country from when I could discern what loyalty meant. But I never knew that in the state of my residence, Selangor that there are words that cannot be uttered by non-Muslims either orally or in writing, including "Allah", "firman Allah" (God’s decree), "solat" (daily prayers), "Rasul", "mubaligh" (missionary), "mufti" (cleric), "iman" (faith), "Kaabah", "Qiblat" (the direction in which Muslims pray), and "Haji". 
 
Non-Muslims found guilty of using the words may be fined up to RM3,000 or jailed for up to two years, or both.

Okay so the verdict's still out on the use of Allah by Christians etc. but leaving that word aside what's wrong with the other words? So if I want to refer to a Muslim cleric what word do I use? I am getting really confused la. And I am not being disrespectful to Islam or Muslims okay? But can someone answer my question? Please?

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You know I also interrogate my kids. All the time. If they do their homework. If they have been naughty. Stuff like that. So no problem my mata-mata talk to your kids in school.

  How do you know that the Inspector-General of Police doesn't know what we mean and doesn't know what the fuck he's talking about? It's all explained here in this Malay Mail report


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Don't worry. I am going to boost all of you. Boost, boost, boost. Apetu boost? 
Errrr......nanti dulu. Sabar la...
 
 
When I read this headline in The Malay Mail I felt really angry. Not for the racist reasons some of you might think.

PM to announce steps to help Malays, says report

The prime minister will soon announce measures to boost the economic role of Malays.

Hiyoh!!! The Barisan Nasional governments have been saying the same thing since 1969 la.
 
If our Malay brethren are still in the shit-house maybe it is time for some new ideas. From a new government? I mean if you've been having measures to "boost" the economic role of the Malays for 44 years why have they not worked?
Aiyoh! Mr. Najib tell us some other story la. Can ah?
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One Malay doesn't think much of all these BOOSTS. (Article copied from The Malay Mail online)
 
Helping the Malays? Not again! — Zaid Ibrahim
 
SEPT 12 — I believe the Government is in the midst of launching new, specific plans to “help the Malays”.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar has been tasked with coming out with fresh initiatives to make the presence of the Malays in commercial and private sectors more prominent. This is to address concerns such as the lack of Malay executives in senior positions.
There have already been many Government initiatives to help the Malays, ranging from giving them the opportunity to acquire 30 per cent equity in Chinese listed firms to letting them enjoying a 5 per cent discount on property purchases.
Business licences need to be registered with the Ministry of Finance and must have majority Bumiputera ownership. In higher education, policies are in place for easier admission by way of matriculation examinations and reserved places. In fact, I think the Government has tried almost everything in the last 40 years under the Malay preference policy. Malays have never had it so good.
I can understand the PM’s position in light of the upcoming Umno General Assembly. An Umno leader is a Malay hero and he must therefore show what he can do for the Malays. I wish the PM success, although helping the Malays must be tough, for several reasons.

For the party, this means helping Umno Malays first so they can then help other Malays in what is known as the trickledown effect. The problem with this theory is that it assumes Umno businessmen will pass down opportunities to other Malays, which is largely not the case. Those who do pass these opportunities along help other Umno members rather than ordinary Malays.
The second problem with this “helping the Malays” programme is timing.  Everyone in politics wants to show the people instant results of their actions or initiatives. The Malays themselves have been fed this idea of instant results and are not willing to accept long-term solutions to their problems.
Unfortunately, long-term change is exactly what’s needed to help the Malays as it involves developing new educational and cultural values. Becoming critical thinkers, honing their English language skills, learning to cope with the demands of the modern workplace—none of this can be done overnight.
The third problem is that the Malays prefer easy handouts like BR1M payments, commissions, diesel subsidies or contracts they can convert quickly to cash.  That’s why they love Approved Permits because they can then ask the Chinese to operate the showrooms and sell the cars.
Who can blame them? They have cashed out their entitlements this way all these years, all while being fully endorsed and supported by the Malay leadership. You cannot hope to change this culture unless you are prepared to be an unpopular Malay/ Umno leader.
Whatever new initiatives the PM’s office will come out with, I doubt they will be helpful to the majority of the Malays or even to the country. I have said this before and I will say it again: the real help the Malays need is for the Government to tell them that there will be no more special treatment for them. They are not entitled to any just because they are Malays. This is the only medicine that can cure the malaise of the Malays and we need it now.
Maybe, after the General Assembly, we can hope that the PM will come out with real programmes that will help the Malays. They need to be forced to do things: forced to learn English, to compete for places in universities, to compete in the private sector.
They need to stop being crybabies who run to Umno for help every time life treats them harshly.
These initiatives will be frowned upon. Utusan Malaysia will abandon the PM and Umno members from top to bottom will kick and yell, but as the leader the PM must administer the right medicine to his people.
* Zaid Ibrahim is a prominent Malaysian lawyer turned politician and is a former Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of legal affairs and judicial reform.
** This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malay Mail Online.

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Some food for thought...



NIAMAH!!!

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Careful Patrick, by writing the first snippet you have already broken Selangor law.

Anonymous said...

Patrick,

To help answer your question on how to address a muslim cleric, my advice to you is to avoid the muslim cleric and everything associated with Islam. Don't even look into the eyes of a Muslim for he/she may claim that you have given him/her a seditious look and insulted his/her religion. Just look away and stay away. Better still, leave this country.

And I've even got better suggestions for Najib's "boost" or extra boost to help the Malays. Najib should make it compulsory for all non Malays to give 50% of their net earnings after tax to Malays to boost the Malays economically. If that is not sufficient, Najib should make it compulsory for only Malays are allowed to operate all businesses businesses in Malaysia. This would be simple to implement because the Authorities will simply reject all business applications from non Malays. So no business license, cannot do business lah!!

If that still does not work, amend the Constitution that only Malays are allowed to work and non Malays cannot work. Then for sure, 100% of the private sector employees will be all Malays. If non Malays don't like it, they can always go back to China or India.

Anonymous said...

Patrick, we should be creative because a conversation in itself is a creative art. Next time you speak with someone, including a Muslim and you need to used those banned words, just use the English equivalent that you have just provided. After all, in Malaysia, we love rojak and rojak sentences.

Speaking of the word describing the direction in which Muslims pray, the religious authorities should start raiding all the hotels in Selangor. The rooms would have an sign that points to the said direction as well as the banned word.

Ganesh said...

Indians should watch 'Baik Punya Cilok' to understand how Hindraf has been deceived by Najib although they signed the so-called MOU.

Anonymous said...

Barang semua naik, cuma BR1M tak boleh naik?

ps: BR1M 50 tahun satu kali saje lah! Tunggu lama lama baru naik!

Anonymous said...

Malay ulamas are dumb.

JTidol said...

If words like Allah, solat,Rasul, mubaligh, mufti, iman, Kaabah, Qiblat and Haji, etc cannot be uttered by non Muslims either orally or in writing, how are the non Muslim students expected to handle this in their lessons or exams?

Stupidest ruling ever! These are just words. They are not going to kill anyone just because a non muslim use them. Seriously, our Islamic rulers need take some lessons from other Islamic countries on what the true meaning of Islam is. Stop butchering the religion.

Anonymous said...

Malaysia is going to become 'Malaysial'
The Islamic dept of Selangor is sial!The IGP is sial!The govt(under UMNO) is sial!

Major (Rtd) D.Swami said...

How about 'Raghead"?

clearwater said...

Zaid Ibrahim, a successful lawyer and businessman, will be ignored. Few Malays on the gravy train want it stopped. They are addicted. Who among the Malays can dole out the painful treatment for a cure?

Anonymous said...

God should come forward now or send another prophet to Malaysia to resolve the Allah issue.

Mukaris said...

The alleged involvement of TDM in Project M can be compared to the alleged involvement of Najib in the Altantuya murder. There are too many coincidences of the involvement of their close confidants and aides and testimonies by independent witnesses of their involvements. These witnesses are ordinary people and it must take a lot of courage and strength of conviction to dare to accuse these powerful people (PMs, no less) of serious wrongdoings. Why would any ordinary people in his right mind would want to accuse someone as powerful as TDM as being involved? On a scale of probability I would rather believe the little guy who has nothing to gain but everything to lose than the powerful guy who has everything to lose and nothing to gain to tell the truth.

And when the scandal of the Project M first broke wide open just before GE13, TDM made the scandalous public remark that his actions in awarding the ICs to the illegals can be favourably compared to Tunku’s award of citizenships to the non Malays when Malaysia gained independence. In making this remark, he did not deny he was involved in the Project IC. Instead, his remarks indicated he was defending his actions. In other words, in defending his actions, he is in effect admitting he did commit those acts but he saw no wrongdoing in them.

Ayapan said...

Sue the Producer, Director and owner of the Tanda Putera Film for RM50m and make them pay for slandering and defaming Lim Kit Siang's character and public image and by connection, insult to the Chinese for linking them as the cause of May 13. Truly irresponsible and very provocative with motive to cause trouble especially with all intents and purposes to show the film to FELDA settlers and private screenings to Malay centric audiences before the public screening.

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