Big ears (and air in between) January 4, 2008Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Islam in Southeast Asia, Malaysia, Politics, Race Relations.
Tags: Abdullah Badawi, Bebal, Bodoh, Catholic, Christianity
For a split-second round about Christmas, I had thought that the panic over the possibility of the non-renewal of the Herald magazine’s BM section was state-manufactured, in order to make the Christians in this country grateful to the BN government for its benevolence and progressiveness, once the printing permit is granted.
Indeed, most Christians praised their Lord and cried ‘Hallelujah’ at year-end.
In less than a week:-
The restrictions on the use of the word “Allah” was still enforceable and shall be upheld as decided by the Cabinet in two of its meetings – on Oct 18 and Nov 1, 2006, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Abdullah Mohd Zin said.
“I would also like to remind the public that apart from the word ‘Allah’, three other words – Solat, Kaabah and Baitullah – are also prohibited and cannot be used in other religions’ publications,” he said. (Source: The Star, 4 January 2008)
Now, even the Sikhs are upset:-
“We have used the terms Allah and Rahim, for example, extensively in our writings and in our prayers to refer to the One God. The word Allah is used in our main holy scripture. Sikh gurus in India have used these terms for centuries, they have become part of the Punjabi language, and we are still using them today,” said Harcharan when contacted. (Source: Malaysiakini, 4 January 2008)
Clearly I gave too much credit to the band of Badawi. The latter may claim to have big ears, but evidently, nothing between them.
It does appear that they want to make Malaysians as dumb and stupid as them. They can’t even comprehend or appreciate the diversity, similarities and the meeting points of languages, customs, cultures and history. (Have you seen how much the middle school’s history textbook has shrunk?)
This isn’t ‘Islamisation’ as the US State Department would like to tout. This is ‘pembodohfication‘ and ‘pembebalism‘. And those who’d voted BN in 2004 are now receiving their just desserts.