Saturday, September 23, 2017

What causes polarisation of Malaysians?

Zan Azlee of Malaysiakini penned Would Malays contribute to building non-Muslim houses of worship? (extracts):

zan azlee 

So when the best advice that can be dished out to create a happy country is for its people to tolerate each other, then we are in deep trouble. It means that we just pretend to accept each other when deep down, we hate each other.

That shouldn’t be a basis of how citizens of a country are supposed to get along with each other. Instead of tolerating each other, what we really need to do is to understand and accept each other the way we are.

I look at Malaysians today and realise that we are quite polarised racially and religiously. And it seems that polarisation is actually between the Malays and the non-Malays. However, between the different non-Malay ethnicities, there seem to be no problems.

I wonder quite often how all this came to be and the only answer that creeps into my head is the fact that the Malays seem to feel such a ridiculously strong sense of entitlement that makes them just disregard everyone else.

The Malays feel like they have more rights than anyone else and they impose on others. Take for example when it comes to the fasting month. They expect everyone else to respect them for fasting that no one can even eat in front of them.

Why can’t it be that the Malays respect those who aren’t fasting and let them eat in peace anywhere and anytime they want without being so insecure? Is their belief so weak they can be tempted to break their fast so easily?

Then there is the issue of proselytising. People of faiths other than Islam are not allowed to spread their religion. But the Malays (who by constitutional definition are Muslims) are allowed to spread their religion freely.

I wonder if the Malays still remember the history of our National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur which was built in 1963. It was conceptualised right before Merdeka by our first prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman and it was to symbolise the country’s freedom and the unity of our people.

The cost of the construction of the building was RM10 million. The government actually received a contribution of RM3 million in aid which was given generously from the different ethnic communities who came from non-Muslim faiths.

It was widely known that the Chinese, Indian, Christian, Buddhist and Hindu communities contributed significantly and willingly towards the building of the mosque. And this history of the mosque is something that fills me with pride and happiness.

This to me indicated how important it was to everyone at that time to foster goodwill, respect and acceptance among fellow Malaysians without paying attention to race, religion or creed. It was a spirit of seeing all Malaysians and Malaysians.

Zan then continued to matters related to the title of his post, to wit, 
Would Malays contribute to building non-Muslim houses of worship?

He provided the answer to his rhetorical question:

In our state of affairs today, do you think we could see a situation where the Malays would willingly and generously contribute towards the building of a church, temple or shrine? I highly doubt so. I can confidently say that no Malay would be caught dead doing so.

It is sad for me to see that the Malays would always expect to non-Malays to respect them and think highly of them as if they are entitled to it, yet they will not grant that same respect to the non-Malays.

Note his qualifying remark, namely, In our state of affairs today.

Zan is absolutely right, though in defence of some Malays, I had once saw with my own two eyes that one of my former Malay bosses gave quite a respectable sum to Hindus for the development of that Indian kuil (temple).

I must also confess I disliked that particular boss but I respected him for his very muhibbah and open-minded Malaysian-ness. Yes, to me he was a bastard but a good bastard, wakakaka.

But Zan is right in that such muhibbah generosity by some Malays were done only 'once upon a time', but alas, no longer in our state of affairs today.

And if I may just add in here, t'was not only the National Mosque which befitted from very generous non-Malay contributions but also the State Mosque of Penang. I know because my uncles and relatives all contributed whole-heartedly to its construction.

But Zan in saying it seems that polarisation is actually between the Malays and the non-Malays. However, between the different non-Malay ethnicities, there seem to be no problems attributed the polarisation to Malays' sense of unique (only Malays') entitlement and thus associated disregard for everyone else's.

I feel there's more than just Malays' sense of unique entitlement (though yes, there's that too), and it's mainly to do with religion.

There has been indoctrination of Malay Muslims to an extent that they feel besieged, believing they're living in a spiritually unclean 'environment' polluted by pork-eating and kuil-worshipping infidels.

To expect donations from such 'pure' Muslims for the constructions of kuils, wats, temples, gurdwaras and churches would be too much of an ask.

And I believe poor Zan will be deeply disappointed in his hope that '... the Malays will always remember the history of the National Mosque because it serves as a reminder and an example of how our forefathers wanted the country to be. We would not be honouring them if we forgot.'

Today the ultra religious Malays are already forsaking their own culture, adat and tradition, as in PAS rejecting the UN's appeal to re-institute the PAS-banned but intangible Malay-Kelantan heritage of Makyong (and wayang kulit as well), in order to become more Arabised.

You would think that will make them more pious in the eyes of Allah swt, as if Allah swt only wants his creations to be Arabs, so what can we expect.

just a fatwa, god, not your commandment 


  1. but the hilarious part of pas is. dedak n work with a corrupted thief is no issue, as long as it is for the sake of religion, serious? their religion r ok with this?

    come to think of it, u oso the same, as long as mahathir n anwar is still here n not with umno, everthing the thief did oso okay bec the 2 are worst, the moral value of an atheist?

    1. your comment is so pathetic that I pity you thus I did not eliminate it

  2. Let me throwing u a puzzle wrt yr take of

    'I feel there's more than just Malays' sense of unique entitlement (though yes, there's that too), and it's mainly to do with religion.'

    U know what's a dangdut joint?

    The me-layu-ised version of that famed Indonesian niteclub!

    There r many of them operating throughout many cities, especially KL & Shah Alam of P M'sia, in an imperceptible & inconspicuous manner around the known Melayu enclaves.

    Besides, sexy girls/boys, they provide unlimited flow of alcohol, especially Yanky Burbon & Jack Daniel's whiskey, to their patrons.

    These frequent patrons r mainly well known & well connected Melayu elites - politikus, royalties & ulamas, plus many upcoming everyday blur-sotongs & zombies.

    Surprisingly, there have NEVER been any police raids showering on them despite the fact that most of them r operating in a majority 'muslim' Melayu enclaves, doing 'evil' anti-islam vice of prostitution & alcoholic consumption!

    Hence, my point of what Religiosity is u talking about!

    Could it be more of a double-faced munafik-ish behaviour of a decadent weaklings???

    1. I went to a dangdut joint in Kuala Lumpur in the 1980s and boy the beer was expensive.

      On another note, it's the 24th of September 2017. I thought the world was supposed to end yesterday, according to many You Tube videos but we are still here.

      The 23rd of September is the Autumnal Equinox this year, the day when the sun is directly above the equator as it crosses from the northern to the southern hemisphere. Changes in weather patterns for us, yes. End of the world, well no.

      However, if a nuclear World War III were to break out anytime, those of us who survive will enjoy a better world minus all this crap that is going on right now.

  3. BTW. That's an old photo of Zan. He's put on a lot of weight since he got married and now announces for Astro Awani.