'Those with a moral deficit put on a good show, and sleep like a baby' - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Monday, September 07, 2020
Existential Turd : As usual, dear commander hit the nail on the head, several times, in this article.
Your articles are like spot lights that shine from several angles. The hollowness and machination of the narrative put forward by the religious rights are laid bare for all to see.
Reading your articles are like getting a daily dose of vaccination for the mind. Malaysiakini : "Those with a moral deficit put on a good show, and sleep like a baby" - Paul Newman
| The prime minister's "joke" about how it may be a good idea for
nightclubs and pubs to remain closed because it is difficult to have
"social distancing" in these venues points to the kind of religious and
moral pandering that goes in this Malay uber alles government.
punchline, of course, is that Malaysians have been most at risk in this
pandemic because of "religious" people who, for some odd reason,
believed that they do not owe their fellow citizens a moral obligation
when it came to self-quarantining or even reporting their condition to
the relevant authorities.
fact is that religious extremists in this country use any opportunity
to further racial and religious divisions in this country. They neither
care about the economic impact nor social cohesion, only that the
superiority of their dogma is imposed on the unbelievers. The fact
that this pandemic has caused great damage to the food and beverages
industry goes without saying. What must be said is that the reason why
KL's nightlife is such a draw to locals and foreigners is because of the
diverse ethnic and cultural influences that somehow manage to
transverse the urban borders into rural areas.
With social media,
this becomes more dangerous because a monocultural and religious way of
life is the prefered method of political indoctrination.
chiding Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Khairuddin Aman
Razali, who apparently did not think what the PM said was a joke, Bukit
Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh reminded the fact-challenged minister that:
he thought about taxes that the government collects from the tourism
and entertainment industries which have contributed to the development
of the country for years? It is obvious that Khairuddin has not thought
about any of the above despite having the resources to do so now that he
is a minister."
Khairuddin also talked about following the voice
of the majority, which Ramkarpal had a rebuttal for but this is
indicative of how some people – non-Muslims in this case – would follow
the diktats of fascistic power structures because it neatly aligns with
their moral beliefs.
This is until they realise that their support
has devastating consequences when the "majority" suddenly turns on them
by attacking what they hold sacred or profane.Of course, someone like PAS president Hadi Awang and academic Ridhuan Tee Abdullah would applaud this move.
In 2016, Ridhuan (above) publically wrote
of his dream to see a "Chinese" lead PAS or Umno. He noted how
Christian organisations had no qualms appointing a Chinese Christian
with the right credentials, but this was not the same with Islamic
institutions and government positions, which are dominated by the
"So don't be disappointed if more Chinese embrace
Christianity instead of Islam. Our actions are too racist. We talk a lot
about Islam, but our actions are very Malay (in nature). (So) what
unity are we talking about?" he had said to Sinar Harian.
would be helpful if Ridhaun parsed the difference between "Malay" and
"Muslim" actions because we have been told that being Malay and being
Muslim is not mutually exclusive. For instance, when the prime minister
of Malaysia makes a "joke" in a Malay uber alles conference, would there
be a difference between what a "non-Malay" Muslim would think of the
joke and a "Malay" Muslim?
In the same Sinar Harian article mentioned above, Ridhuan said that there was a lot "we" could learn from them."Yes, I too criticise the ultra kiasu Chinese.
But for the Chinese who are successful, and not enemies of Islam, we
have to learn from them. But we look down upon them, especially the Cina
mualaf (those who converted to Islam)," he had said.
Of course by "we", does he mean Malay Muslims or Muslims in general? Is
there a difference between the average Joe Malay rakyat and those "rich
and well connected" Malays who, on social media, have pictures and
videos of themselves luxuriating in excess?
Machinations of the deep Islamic state
far as I can tell, the difference between religious Chinese – whatever
their belief systems, with the exception of Islam, that is – is that
they do not seek to curtail the secular activities of others. This kind
of thinking might be for economic reasons, but who really cares about
their motives if the end result is diverse communities that coexist
What we are talking about here is the machinations of
the deep Islamic state. The "deep Islamic state" is a result of the vast
religious bureaucracy, the doctrinal teachings of propaganda endeavours
like the Biro Tatanegara (BTN), the religious education system and
foreign influence, either through education or experience in foreign
theatres of war. What we are talking about here are "travellers"
who enjoy the support, either knowingly or unknowingly, of the
Malay/Muslim political apparatus in this country, who believe they are
setting the religious agenda, but in reality, are being manipulated by
fascist elements with agendas of their own.
What better time to
weaken our public and private spheres than during a pandemic? The
movement control order was the perfect opportunity to curtail commercial
activities that the deep Islamic state deems to be antithetical to the
concept of an authentic Islamic state.
The ludicrous idea that the
lack of social distancing in these venues is more harmful than the lack
of social distancing at religious events points to the cynicism and
exploitation of this pandemic to serve religious agendas because the PM
is in a weak political position.
example is the idea of restricting, or worse, alcohol licences because
of the apparent scourge of drink driving. Never mind that the statistics
on drink driving demonstrate that there are far greater dangers to
Malaysians road users.
The agenda of the religious state since
Perikatan Nasional achieved power, is to ensure that non-Muslims are
subject to Islamic dogma, whether they like it or not. It is just
that low hanging fruit, like alcohol licences, pubs and nightclubs, are
easier overt targets. The idea is that they will have enough non-Muslim
support who are duped into this scam – for whatever reasons - and then
to normalise the agenda of the Islamic state.