The non-Malay hate in the mufti of Perlis’ speech - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Wednesday, January 01, 2020
Malaysiakini : COMMENT | "At the same time,
Harapan is also pressured by certain quarters who claim to be practicing
freedom of speech, but are inviting negative feedback from those
protecting the status quo." – Mujahid Rawa
You know who are the people protecting the status quo? People like the mufti of Perlis (above).
I guess this makes me one of those people who claim to be practicing
free speech, but who invites negative feedback from those protecting
the status quo. So be it. I remember a time not long ago when I
was warning the then Harapan opposition not to be taken in by the mufti
of Perlis. Public personalities were clamoring for a photo–op with this
preacher who made the right noises when it came to the Najib regime –
all veiled of course – which made him one of those “moderate” voices in a
sea of extremism that Umno/BN was sailing on at the time.
title of this piece is a homage to what the mufti of Perlis said of P
Ramasamy: “I could also see this hate and anti-Islam (sentiment) on
Ramasamy, which is a trait of LTTE.” While Asri Zainul Abidin’s
anti-Chinese rhetoric seems to be based on using the DAP as a proxy for
the Chinese community, he seems particularly obsessed with Hinduism,
using the religion to attack the Hindu/Indian community.
In 2017 Waytha Moorthy, in a Facebook posting,
detailed the immorality of the mufti of Perlis using religion –
Hinduism – to insult the Indian/Hindu community: “Yesterday Asri was
seen in a video saying the Indians brought by the British into Malaya
are pariahs. This morning another of Asri’s video went viral in social
media which is even more humiliating. The mufti is seen mocking,
belittling and insulting Hindus by saying Goddess Shakti slept with
another man during Shiva’s absence when Shiva was away in meditation,
hence Ganesha was born. The Mufti has no business whatsoever to be
speaking of another faith. His insults on Hinduism is immoral.”
is part of cadre of state sanctioned religious and political operatives
who I refer to as the “Despicables”. What we have here are
provocateurs who understand full well that those they provoke cannot
return fire because to do so would invite sanctions from the agents of
the fascist state and the state itself.
The despicables are
obsessed with insolence and gratitude. When Asri talks of how vernacular
schools are the problem with race relations in this country, what he is
really talking about is that the state is deprived from imposing values
– most often religious – on young children. Non-Malays are insolent
when they demand equal treatment before the law.
are insolent when they just don’t bend over and compliantly receive
diktats from the state which further infringes our public and private
spaces. Don’t forget to include “liberal” Muslims like Siti Kasim (above)
who the mufti of Perlis has publicly sparred with, the results of which
hinted at his deception when it comes to how the state handled the
disappearance of Pastor Koh and Amri Che Mat.
I am not saying that
his speech should be censured by the state. I understand why some
people would want that. But Asri is a prime example of how “hate speech”
laws would be used against non-Malays and not people like Asri. If the
state security apparatus allows a Malay dignity congress but gets a
court order to stop a Chinese education congress, what on god's green
earth do advocates of hate speech laws think the consequences will be of
allowing the Harapan regime to further restrict speech?
knows exactly what he is doing. By singling out vernacular schools, he
is attempting to slay a sacred cow of the Chinese community. He wants to
have a confrontation with the DAP. Asri believes he has the support
of 70 percent of Muslims. He said so in an interview when he had a run
in with the old maverick, when the latter said Asri was “deaf” to what
Harapan has done for Muslims in this country.
Asri’s narrative is
not based on any objective assessment of Harapan’s policies, only on the
emotional strategies of his religious supremacy. Asri feels Muslims are
under threat or being bullied because he feels under threat and
bullied. His Islamic narrative, which is overtly bigoted and
misogynistic, has been supplanted by the subtle machinations of the
Harapan state. This, at times, involves sanctioning the Islamic
far-right, much to the annoyance of the Islamists who prefer to operate
What is it with the agents of the fascist state's obsession with Jawi and khat? Their “icon” Zakir Naik (below)
lectures in English, hence I would assume they would want the majority
to understand what he was saying so they would be pushing for the
standard of English to be improved. But what Zakir Naik says is not
really important for Malay/Muslims, right? What they want him to do, is
trigger non-Muslims. They want him to demonize other faiths in English
because that is the target audience.
of which makes what the despicables are doing go against the Rukun
Negara. For instance, what Asri says goes against everything in the
preamble of the Rukun Negara and the five principles of the Rukun
Negara, he is –
(1) not attempting to achieve a more perfect unity amongst the whole of society.
He certainly does not care to preserve a democratic way of life since
he is looking for a Saddam Hussien figure to unite the Malays.
Hhe is not interested in creating a just society since he continuously
attacks the non-Malays as insolent and ungrateful, and slanders certain
political parties as anathema to Malay unity.
(4) He despises other cultures, hence has no interest in advocating a liberal approach to the country’s rich diverse cultures.
He has no interest in building a progressive society using science and
technology because if he did, he would not advocate and champion the
causes he does. And our taxes fund these guys?
Have a productive New Year, Malaysia, whoever you are.