Over at BolehTalk I asked Are Chinese Malaysian Muslims 2nd class Muslims?
It discusses (most) Malay perception that unless you're a Malay (with one 'exception') you aren't really quite a Muslim. It's their identification of Malays being Muslims and vice versa.
Mind you, not all Malays have such an ethnic-centric belief, as exemplified brilliantly by the Perlis Mufti Dr Mohd Asri, surely a leading light.
And what's that 'exception'? The Arabs of course.
Talking about the Arabs, I recall those 'perfect' Gulf Muslims and the way they had treated their Asian brethrens - though I do wonder whether I should even use the word 'brethrens', much as some Malays like to consider those Arabs as theirs.
I had blogged the following about 18 months ago - read & weep, you Arab-philes:
... the Kuwaiti Parliament heard one of its members, Walid Tabtabai, claiming that Allah sent the tsunami to punish the immoral and unjust. In other words, a case of azab-e-Ilahi or the wrath of God for the sins of those who were hit.
The poor Aceh-ese farmers and fishermen immoral and unjust?
Or as Tarek Fatah said “What sick mind could come up with this description? The Kuwaitis and Saudi Islamists lecturing the world about morality is an outrage. Or is it that in the eyes of most Kuwaitis and Saudis, the dead belonged to the despised underclass who live as fourth class citizens in the Gulf States. Dark skinned Indian, Sri Lankan, Indonesian; truck drivers, cooks and maids; all children of a lesser God in the eyes of these Islamists of the Gulf.”
I was so pissed off I dashed off a letter to malaysiakini titled Asian victims Children of a Lesser God
But when Katrina hit New Orleans, Kuwait who offered the tsunami victims two lousy US millions (which it subsequently and grudingly increased after much criticism from its own press) straightaway gave 500 US millions to the Americans – in the latter case, no evil sinner was discovered in the good ole USA.
Please read also Gulf States Viewpoints - Tsunami vs Hurricane and Kuwait's Aid to Asia & USA - A Tsunami of Difference.