Darwin banned February 25, 2007Posted by elizabethwong in Human Rights, Islam in Southeast Asia, Note2Self.
This is getting very tiresome.
An apt corresponding title to this emo post should read, “Darwin, Islam Hadhari and Freaks of Nature”.
Two weeks ago, CIJ‘s Sonia called up to check if it was indeed Darwin‘s The Origin of Species on the gazetted list of banned book. Preferring to err on the side of caution and referring to the author’s name in the gazette – ‘F.susilohardo Basuki Hernowo‘ (line item 51) – I told her it was most probably some Indonesian Christian book.
Last night, a foreign correspondent telephoned to make the same inquiry. After the conversation, I thought it best to have this checked out with some friends.
This morning, well, one should by now anticipate the not-so-stunning news.
Yes, it’s Darwin. To be precise, it is apparently this particular edition:-
Darwin, C. R. 1860. On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. London: John Murray. 2nd edition. Foreword by W.R. Thompson.
The Ministry of Infernal Security (MoIS), as usual got it wrong. They had put up the names of the 2 translators involved – F. Susilohardo and Basuki Hernowo – as the author(s).
(A sidenote here:- line item 53 of the gazette has the translator (‘Ira Puspito Rini‘) attributed as the author; it is in fact everyone’s favourite pop-Islam’s Karen Armstrong book.)
Getting straight to the point here.
The Minister for Internal Security is none other than Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is also the chief ideologue and pendakwah of ‘Islam Hadhari’.
So ‘Liberal’ Islamists and supporters – if you want to throw your books at anyone, please aim it at your grand protector of ‘moderate Islam’. It ain’t PAS, as much as you may like to BS to your friends and funders.
As much as I hate to say this, the former PM Dr. Mahathir Mohammad would never have gone so low down the intellectual evolutionary scale. He is a medical doctor, a student of Science, and wanted Malaysians to be up to the par of developed countries. Now, this is what we get when we have a half-baked ulama as the PM and wacky PPE types.
And we should give a few tight slaps to all those cultish Hadharians and wanky analysts who try to tell us / spin that Umno is trying to out-Islam PAS. There is no contest here. Umno has absolute control over the public discourse on this matter.
Which is why the Education Blueprint that everyone’s apparently so happy about has this semi-treatise on Islam Hadhari. WTF. Our quality of our education system has fallen so deep within the cracks that we are only a notch above countries like Burma and Cambodia, with Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines light-years ahead of us. What has Islam Hadhari got to do with improving our education system and accesibility to books and knowledge?
Which is also why primary school kids now learn that ‘God’ created everything. In ‘Science Textbook Year 5’, published by Dewan Bahasa and Pustaka (DBP), on page 2 under the title of ‘Lesson 1: The Unseen Life”, the FIRST sentence of the first paragraph reads,
‘All living things are created by God.’
Fine. Monotheists the world over may rejoice, but that’s not what we were taught in school during my time and it is scientifically wrong. My church then said otherwise and scared us with comics of Satan’s propaganda aka evolution, hellfire and brimstone, but at least we had contrarian views to make our own assessment.
We now have yet another evidence to contribute to the theory of evolution. A century and a half after the Origin of Species was published, clearly we have evolved (de-evolved?) into freaks of nature, becoming stupider and killing more of our kind by way of wars and global warming, hence hurtling towards extinction.
When the last episode of Survivor (of the fittest and the most intelligent) is played out, cats and kittens will win. QED.
So here’s the deal.
I shan’t migrate, unlike the rest of the lemmings.
Vote me in.
And I will pledge the following….
Pledge # 32:
“That all ousted Ministers and MPs shall study the Origins of Species and A Brief History of Time, after which, they will be examined by way of a series of essay questions and innovative laboratory experiments. Only those scoring 75% and above will get their pensions. Former Prime Minister, his deputy and the Education Minister have to score 100%.
“Those who fail to do so shall be sent to Summer School where they will study all previously banned books 2003-2006 and where they will also learn the art of book-binding. Those with PPE get to stir the glue-pot and 4th Floor shall be tasked to proof-read new Science textbooks.”
Note2Self: If Darwin’s banned and creationism is the new Science, why is the PM and 4th Floor allocating gazillions of our tax-payers money into the new money-making venture aka ‘Biotechnology’?