Some years ago I was with a group tour in France. There was a Pakistani man in our group of mainly Malaysians, Sings, Japanese, British and Aussies and Americans.
For convenience of reference, I’m going to give him a name in this post – let’s call him Hassan.
Whenever we stopped for breakfast, lunch, tea or dinner, Hassan would whinge and whine about him being a Muslim being forced to eat non-halal food, even when the dish was just a poulet roti (roast chook) with salad.
Many Malaysians including the non Muslims defended him, explaining to the ang-mor that halal or kosher food wasn’t just about no-pork, but involved the Muslim ritual slaughter and preparation, etc.
Midway through the tour, his non-stop complaints about violations against his religious diet had already assumed legendary dimension, though we noted his appetite didn't suffer.
Many acknowledged and respected his rights to do so (complained about the food). One way or other, we all kowtow-ed to his religious piety …..
… until we came to the Moulin Rouge.
Good olde Hassan showed his appreciation of the can-can sweeties as much as kaytee did; in fact, he was far more vociferous in his admiration of those delectable’s than shy me.
But what was far more interesting (or revealing about Hassan) was his Thor-ish quaffing of champagne.
Needless to say, the Malaysians pointed out his Islamic inconsistency to him. Hassan just ignored us and continued being Thor as challenged by King Utgardaloki.
The point of this recall is not just about Hassan's hypocrisy but that one can’t force people to do this or that. The best restraint or discipline would be one that comes from within oneself …..
… which brings us to Selangor PAS commissioner Hassan Ali who wants
Ban alcohol in Muslim areas in Selangor.
While many non-Muslims would argue about his insensitive infringements on the rights of non-Muslim, what galls me has been his utter bullsh*t that: “It has been decided at the MBSA full board meeting that the selling of alcohol in Muslim areas should not be happening, and the decision is unanimous”.
“It means, it can act on whatever it has decided. The guidelines have been passed and unless the state government steps in and amends it it should be adhered to.”
However, Ronnie Liu backed by Shah Alam Mayor Mazalan Mohd Noor told him to porrah.
Liu confirmed that there was no full board meeting ever held to approve the ban on alcohol by local authorities.
According to Shah Alam Mayor Mazalan Mohd Noor who was with Liu, the full board meeting referred to by Hasan were ‘merely discussions’.
Mazalan stressed that Liu had acted within his powers when he asked the enforcement officers regarding the seizure of alco
Mazalan also said the local authority did not have the jurisdiction to seize alcohol from convenience stores unless they are found selling it to Muslims and minors.
Incidentally, Selangor PAS commissioner Hassan Ali has been the man who held ‘unity talks’ with the Raja of the RM24 million Bali Hai. Now, that's hypocrisy!