Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Speak Out Against Religious Intolerance In Malaysia

From TheSun
There is no doubt that Islamisation has moved beyond the mere absorption of Islamic values to demands that are beginning to distress not only those outside the faith but also those of the faith.

When it began in the 1980s, the values that Malaysians were encouraged to absorb and practise in their daily lives were universal ones like honesty, hard work, respect, kindness and generosity. Unfortunately the policy played into the hands of bigots who wanted to see a more formal Islam practised throughout the country and who also wanted to see it become more visible than just the domes and the minarets.

Thus more of Islam has entered educational institutions and work places. Almost unnoticed, Islamic elements have also entered many state constitutions. Gradually, Islamisation takes on a form that begins to alarm many people. It has moved from mere exhortation and persuasion to a crude enforcement of laws that prohibit Muslims from, among other things, drinking or serving alcohol, gambling, singing and dancing, and punishing them for not praying and fasting.

In their overzealousness, the Islamic religious authorities send out enforcement teams to raid entertainment outlets – the latest being the pub in a hotel in Glenmarie, Selangor on Friday – to discourage Muslims from patronising these places. But in the process they annoy and inconvenience foreign visitors and other Malaysians who are not of the faith.

Malaysia used to take pride in its multireligious character and the easy co-existence that prevailed among people of the various faiths. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s visit to a church on Christmas eve almost five years ago was cheered by almost everyone, including those in other countries as a strong mark of Malaysian religious tolerance. But then came the raids, the end of efforts to set up an interfaith commission, and the end of discussion over Article 121 (1A) of the Federal Constitution which gave the Syariah Court jurisdiction over matters concerning conversion to Islam and because of it, the tussle over the dead.

All these have emboldened the religious authorities and it looks like they have now assumed control of the government Islamisation agenda. In the interest of national unity, harmony and peace, these authorities must be reminded and told that they cannot go overboard. Above all, those who want the halcyon days of religious tolerance to return must be forever vigilant and brave.
***** By allowing the politically motivated Islamisation of a secular country, the government has created so much anxiety, unhappiness and insecurity. Both the Muslims and the non-Muslims are dissatisfied.

Some Muslims are grumbling that Malaysia is not 'Islamic' enough while other Muslims are apprehensive of unimpeded government intrusion into religious issues which should strictly be a personal matter between the individual and God.

The non-Muslims are overwhelmingly against Umno's devious attempts to pander to the Malay vote by creating unease among the different religious groups, by refusing to negotiate a win-win solution and by using government-sponsored surrogates to continue making strident calls for the establishment of an Islamic state.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is the muslims that are intolerant of all other religions. They have been bullying everyone else because the friking umno government let them do so. The culprit is umno and not the Malays, get rid of umno and you get rid of religious intolerance. Islam is the tool of umno to intimidate non muslims and also umno use Islam as the spearhead to get muslims to vote for them. The muslims has enacted laws to bully others and also to harrass other muslims who leave Islam or gets converted to other faith. Again get rid of umno and there will be religious tolerance in Malaysia.
Out with umno!!

1:49 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous fuukingjoke said...

Islam in malaysia = cheating spouses dream

5:26 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous repentance said...

Time to wake up

9:37 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're a religious bigot based on your writing probably a christian extremist. We muslims never persecute non muslims in Malaysia. Another thing You have no right talking about muslims not happy with the so called Islamization. Pl do not make emotional and unwarranted appeals. Your outburst is ditasteful especially coming from a so called professional

10:26 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hahahaha! No lah the Muslims in Malaysia never prosecute Non-Muslims in Malaysia.
They just destroy Temples & snatch dead bodies to bury in their Grave Yards!

7:58 PM GMT+8  
Blogger kopitelp16 said...

From the post here, one can clearly see the racial tension when we speak about religion and race. To me Muslims/Islam/Malay/Christian/Buddhist/Chinese/Hinduism/Indian are not to be blamed. We are very separate despite being independent together for more than 50 years due to the political climate here. Divide and rule seems to work but not now. Things have changed. If we forgo racial/religious line, I think we have a greater chance to have a successful integration. Look at LCW. He fought for this country; not because he's Chinese but a Malaysian. Misbun is a Malay but he taught him well. That's something we need to cherish and tell our kids!

10:24 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The other night, NTV7 had a poll to see how many Malaysians agreed that we were "more integrated" after 50 years of Independence. Guess what...90% polled NO!
Yes, kopitelp 16 you are right...& since we have UMNO still pushing their "racist & intolerant" crap, guess what? As long as they are in Power, we can only expect it to get worse!

11:46 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

everywhere in the world is the same...just don't step on big brothers chinese in China or whites in Western countries or Hindus(who make it a yearly activity out of slaughtering Muslims). There're some muslim bigots, sad to say, too in this country.

1:46 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

y cant the politicians leave the religion issues aside. let the muslim pray peacefully in the mosque, chinese n indians pray the way they like in the temples, christians conduct their morning churh.....then we will live in better world

2:09 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

y cant the politicians leave the religion issues aside. let the muslim pray peacefully in the mosque, chinese n indians pray the way they like in the temples, christians conduct their morning churh.....then we will live in better world

2:09 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Malaysia we dont destroy temples. I've not heard the govt destroying chinese temples.I've heard some temples and mosques dismantled to make way for road building and housing development.I know mosques are destroyed in India by hindu extremists-eg Babri mosque.I hope the Indian hindu priests dont cause troubles in Malaysia such asnciting anger among hindus in Malaysia

5:17 PM GMT+8  

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