Does UniMAP advocate supporting corrupt politicians? - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Monday, January 06, 2020
Malaysiakini : “Concerning the blindness and bigotry of people, the pleasures of
hatred rise superior even to the instinct of self-preservation.” - Isaac Asimov
| The UniMAP questions on Zakir Naik and the other race-baiting
questions demonstrate the difference between mainstream Malay
educational groups and non-Malay educational groups.
for instance, would never be caught sanctioning questions like what the
esteemed panel of multi-ethnic cabal from UniMAP did. Dong Zong and the
other non-Muslim educational groups would not propagate something like
this but yet they have a target painted on their backs because questions
and answers like these indoctrinate young people.
has been going around suing politicians for allegedly defaming him,
which is strange because he once said that it up to God to judge people,
except of course when it comes to his reputation, then he is ever
willing to let the courts decide. Does anyone else find this strange?
is pointless for the Education Ministry to “wash its hands” of this
nonsense because its own antics when it comes to Zakir, for instance, is
evidence that there is no disagreement between the education
establishment and the political establishment, beyond the fact that
Zakir has been banned from public speaking - or is that public
incitement? - and that certain quarters oppose this. A change of
leadership obviously did not mean a change of agenda.
discuss the question, it would have been productive if the
vice-chancellor elaborated on the “multi-ethnic panel from various
academic fields” that vetted this question. Seeing as how Zakir has
exhibited utter contempt for all religions except Islam, I wonder what
the discussion process of this “multi-ethnic” panel was like?
all, Zakir has questioned the religious credibility of Muslims working
with non-Muslims/kaffirs – hence a multi-ethnic panel approving this
question either reinforces the dhimmi status of non-Muslims or it could mean that there was no multi-ethnic panel. The
question states that Zakir is one of the icons of the Islamic world and
is active in spreading “true Islam”. What does “true Islam” mean?
instance, Zakir says that God will take care of Muslim leaders who have
sinned in the afterlife but it is the duty of Muslims – Zakir cites the
Quran – to vote for corrupt Muslim leaders over righteous non-Muslims
or non-corrupt Muslims in a coalition with non-believers.
claims that it really does not matter if a non-corrupt Muslim leader
provides a better existence because of how long Muslims are living in
the world. Is this an example of “true Islam” that is being spread on
the UniMAP campus?
Think about it this way: does the late Tok Guru’s (Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, above)
idea of Islam directly contradicts Zakir’s? While I may disagree with
the late Tok Guru’s religious stance, his views on corruption are well known
- "In 20 years under my administration, the anti-corruption agencies
have never been able to convict any of my officers. We denounced Umno
because of their corruption, and it will not be right if we come into
power and end up being corrupt too. I tell my officers, you are
answerable to God – not to me or to anyone else – you answer in the
hereafter for your doings. The character is of priority and the mindset
must be changed to include the world and the hereafter.”The late
Tok Guru also advised his followers not to blindly follow leaders -
which is what Zakir is advocating. So, which is the “true Islam”?
is UniMAP’s stand on institutional corruption and does it diverge from
the “true Islam” as propagated by Zakir? Would UniMAP endorse a corrupt
Muslim candidate over an ethical non-Muslim candidate? After all, if it was a choice between a non-corrupt, environmentally conscious but Jawi/khat
supporting PAS candidate and a corrupt non-Muslim candidate, I know who
I would endorse, even if meant voting for a religious operative, which
is not my usual political stance.
Zakir also claimed that the
Bible contained pornographic passages. He further claimed that his
religion did not allow him to read “obscene things in front of the
audience,” so even for a million dollars, he would refrain from quoting
those passages. Is UniMAP concerned that Christian students on campus
are reading “pornographic” material? The question also makes the claim that Zakir is able to reason and to
answer every question that is asked to him, but this is not really true,
is it? He certainly does not want to face questions posed to him by the
Indian authorities and instead hides out here in Malaysia where his
defenders claim that he can answer any questions posed to him.
The answers to the question are also problematic and I wonder if sobriety would be an impediment when picking any of these answers.
(1) Malaysians do not bother
UniMAP understand that the state security apparatus has banned him from
speaking because he is under investigation for allegedly inciting
racial and religious discord? I have no idea how the investigation is
proceeding but this has nothing to do with public apathy about Zakir.
(2) Sensitive Malaysians feel threatened for no reason
are these sensitive Malaysians? Is UniMAP aware of the deluge of
police reports made by various groups who claim that Islam has been
threatened or insulted? Indeed Jakim recently set a special unit to
monitor insults against Islam and the prophet. Religious czar Mujahid
Yusof Rawa said this - “Our country has laws. The offenders must be
punished accordingly." So who are these sensitive Malaysians the answer is referring to? I
suppose sensitive Malaysians are those who take offence at what Zakir
says, right? So in other words, only Muslims can be sensitive about
attacks on their religion. Is this the position of UniMAP?
(3) Malaysians who are normally submissive without any reason
Okay, so, is UniMAP saying that if you are submissive for a reason, then this would be better? Most
non-Malays are happy that Zakir is banned from spreading his hate
speech, hence the only people who are "submissive" are those folk who
believe that Zakir should spread his “true Islam”? What would
UniMAP have these “Malaysians” do? Defy the law so that Zakir can spread
“true Islam”? Is UniMAP encouraging folks to take matters into their
4) Malaysians are ignorant about their own religion
who are these Malaysians? Zakir and his followers always claim that
Hindus, Buddhists, and Christians are “ignorant” about their religions,
which is why they are offended by his words. So, is this question
agreeing with Zakir’s stance or is the question aimed at Muslims, who
are ignorant about the history and divisions within Islam?
this state of affairs is. I meet many young Malay students from various
local universities. They always are eager to relate to their
experiences and their aspirations for the country. While I may
not always agree with their views and contradict them, I find it
abhorrent that they are subjected to these kinds of questions and worse,
either agree with them or there is no avenue of dissent.
After all, who wants to be the one opposing Zakir in a community which is taught that he spreads “true Islam”.