Wild voices with no logic

Last updated on 01/11/2013 - 09:42
Posted on 01/11/2013 - 09:30

Ahmad Mustapha Hassan

OUTSPOKEN: Malaysia is unique as it has leaders who do not know where to take the country to or how to administer it properly. Hence you have all these utterances that have little logic or sound reasoning. These voices contain mere emotions and sentiments that are completely devoid of any sense.

After GE13, where the ruling Umno Baru government lost the popular vote but still held on to power to govern the country, the prime minister had attributed this to the “Chinese Tsunami”. This was the first wild voice that came out after the general election. Datuk Seri Najib Razak neither analysed nor gave any reason for this statement.

[It works on the principle that if a lie is repeated enough, people will believe it.]

Possibly he had been advised to say this to sidetrack from being openly blamed for the miserable performance of his coalition parties. It is disgraceful that a top leader should say such things without doing any due diligence on the matter.

It was estimated that more than 40% of the Malay voters rejected Umno Baru. The result therefore was not racial in character. It was more the rejection by voters of the Umno Baru government led by Najib.

Since then, there has been a stream of such wild statements coming out from unfortunately, members of the Malay/Muslim community. Emotions and empty sentimentalism can obliterate rational thinking.

The most recent were comments concerning the verdict of the Court of Appeal on the word Allah. A cleric who believed that he was the most authoritative person concerning the matter had said: “If the Muslims question it (the verdict) consciously they can be ruled as being infidels or becoming apostates.”

This is the kind of bizarre views that are completely based on emotions and nothing else. It is an outburst. An expert on Islam in the United States had stated that the God in Islam has no names. Reza Aslan, the American Muslim scholar, said, “Any imam that tells you God has a name is blaspheming. It is as simple as that. Allah is not God’s name.”

And then there was this statement by another learned person who was at one time a Member of Parliament but was rejected by voters in the recent elections. Datuk Ibrahim Ali castigated the Arabs for allowing Christians the use of the word Allah and added that “Those (from the Arab world) who support the US are socialists and Christians.” I am actually at a loss concerning this statement. The most ardent supporter of the US is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Definitely this country cannot by any means be considered as being socialist in nature. It is impossible for Wahabbism to accommodate any semblance of socialism.

He also called for the burning of the Bahasa Malaysia Bibles, following in the footsteps of the Christian clergy in the US who wanted to burn the Quran. Did he take a page from that old American clergyman Terry Jones?

Yet another stupid act was the slaughtering of cows in school compounds. This was the most mindless act that could ever happen in a school compound and the horror of it was that the principal of the school defended this.

An Islamic NGO came out loud about this slaughtering. “Why should we bow to pressure from them (Hindus)? It is as if we do not have our own identity. This is our country and it is an Islamic country,” said Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (ISMA) deputy president Aminuddin Yahaya. I am completely taken aback by such statements and claims that Malaysia is an Islamic country. This is not stated in our Constitution.

If it is an Islamic country then it must be the most un-Islamic in character as there are so many things and activities allowed in the country which are completely forbidden in Islam.

And the most illogical statement that came from ISMA was the statement by its president Abdul Zaik Abd Rahman concerning the Allah verdict, telling Christians who disagreed with the decision of the Court of Appeal to migrate. He must have forgotten that Malaysia comprised three entities Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak.

Something is definitely wrong with this country. The education system must be really bad that these wild voices should emerge after more than 50 years of achieving freedom and furthermore we are in the 21st century.

Bless you Malaysia!!!

Ahmad Mustapha Hassan is a former press secretary to second Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein and the writer of the book, "The Unmaking of Malaysia".