The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.
It looks like the UMNO Youth is still maintaining their apologetic stance when it comes to preserving the feelings of others while not protecting the sensitivities of the Malays and Islam in this country, in the manner that is demanded of them. Widespread accusations are hurled at UMNO when places of Christian worship were set on fire recently. Instead of vehemently attacking the accusers who were stoking racial and religious fires, the UMNO Youth Chief chose to be defensive by visiting the sites condemning the act, which is fine, while indirectly assuming that it was committed by Malays/ Muslims. I’m surprised he didn’t kneel down in Church underneath the large crucifix begging for Christ’s mercy in repentance while confessing on behalf of UMNO and the Muslims!
Where in the name of “ Jesus “ was he when the Christians insisted on using “ Allah “ in place of Christ in The Herald to confuse the Malays while the non-Muslim Judge ruled in their favour? Was he celebrating CHRISTmas and the Christian New Year abroad perhaps?
Preventive and strong measures should have been taken to persuade the Christian establishment to withdraw their use of the word “Allah” through diplomacy in the name of National Security to avoid the current circumstances faced by the whole country. Mr Jamaluddin Abu Bakar as Barisan Nasioanal Youth Chief should have had some foresight and spearheaded the endeavour instead of waiting for the inevitable to happen.
There is talk that the Prime Minister will appoint him as Minister in the future Cabinet reshuffle. Najib would do better appointing him as our permanent envoy to the Vatican, if there is such a position, because that seems to be where his heart lies.
WHERE ARE THE CUSTODIANS OF THE ISLAMIC FAITH IN THIS COUNTRY?
After the Constitutional crisis under Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed more than a decade ago, the State Rulers were only left among others with the powers pertaining to the Islamic Affairs and Malay Customs. They have the Rulers’ Conference twice in a year in Kuala Lumpur when things are all hunky dorie. When matters within their Highness’ jurisdiction are in serious question, the most rational and reasonable thing to do is to hold a Special Meeting to address the issue. Instead, some of the Rulers and Regents prefer to speak on Public Administration, Politics and the Law. One Regent is even busy disputing with his brother over powers of the Monarch in the State while the younger Prince almost caused a Diplomatic stir because of his inability to choose and control his foreign wife.
The non-Muslim minority should realize that Muslim affairs are of top priority amongst the Malay majority in this country. When sensitive issues pertaining to the Malays and Islam are tested and stretched to the limit taking advantage of the soft nature of the natives, no one should be surprised when there is a serious backlash. It is only natural. When one bad thing starts to happen, it might spread nationwide and no matter what the authorities say, the safety of a certain section of the population may no longer be guaranteed in practice as is stated in Black and White under the Constitution.
The rule of thumb in living in a multi-racial Muslim majority country is that “Prevention is better than cure”. Remember THAT and we shall all live in peace. We needn’t have to be trained in Oxford to know that.