Behind the bible-burning that failed to materialize (update breaking news)
Update (7.50pm): Ustaz Nasha sacked from Majlis Syura? Many of the blogs are reporting this news. If true, more grist for the mill.
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Two perspectives which illustrate the level of distrust between the opposing camps:
(A) The Unspinners is a popular pro-establishment blog. On Jan 24, the blogger posted ‘PR yang sebar risalah nak bakar bible’. The blog does not believe that Perkasa distributed the ‘Jom Bakaq’ leaflets.
Instead The Unspinners believes that the culprit responsible for preparing the leaflets (screenshot below) were Pakatan Chinese agent provocateurs who sought to cast the blame on the Malays.
(B) The People’s Parliament is a popular anti-establishment blog that runs the Anything But Umno (ABU) campaign.
On the same day of Jan 24, Haris Ibrahim posted ‘If tossing pig heads into suraus won’t do it, then distribute Bibles to Muslims?’
The People’s Parliament convener and his ‘MPs’ commenting in the blog do not believe that it was any Chinese individual who had tossed the pig heads. Instead they think that blame should be laid at the door of agent provocateurs out to cause havoc between the races and religions.
They also believe that the pig head incidents and the recent bible distribution in Jelutong, Penang are acts of sabotage to lend a political advantage to Umno-BN.
The distrust of each other is now so high that, not only in the episodes listed above but in many other areas as well, political partisans will almost automatically be inclined to think that their opponent did it.
Mamaks and converts
Among the Malay circles, it is perceived that Lim Guan Eng was willing to appoint Zairil Khir Johari to the party CEC only because his political secretary is really a full-blooded Chinese.
A mini phenomenon in the blog of Zainuddin Maidin, former Information Minister as well as the ex-boss of Utusan, is also interesting to note in relation to the race-religion conundrum of Malaysia.
Zam occasionally publishes in his blog Malay language articles translated from the Chinese newspapers.
The following are the names credited to the translators whose work have appeared in Zam’s blog:
Doreen Ng Abdullah, Robert Koh Abdullah, Wan Abdullah Ng, Robert Wong Abdullah, Abdullah Tan, Wang Wei Ng Abdullah, Hassan Abdullah
Why are they all Abdullahs?
There is a lot of hostility among DAP supporters for Ridhuan Tee Abdullah who claims that the Chinese (those he never fails to term as “ultra kiasu”) look down on the national language. Although the translator name list above is merely anecdotal and not empirical evidence, it nonetheless provides food for thought.
Then there is the attitude of DAP and the party supporters to mamaks. Buletin Mutiara in an editorial called once them “Melayu Celup Kopi“; a DAP senator tweeted saying “Mamak the fake Malays taking over Umno” and of course the infamous “hitam metalik” slur.
I’ve highlighted the snippets to show that there are certain attitudes which still hold sway in our society inasmuch as DAP 2.0 politicians are fond of quoting the Quran and donning the tudung even when they are not in a place of worship.
Topping up these attitudes, the Jerusubang supremacists have now additionally taken to riding the PAS-inspired moral high horse of mengkafir (accuse others to be infidels) those Chinese and non-Christians who fail to pay homage to their evangelist idols.
This mengkafir attitude among the opposition Chinese evangelical Christian is quite akin to the attitude held with regard to the mamak and the mualaf.
Florida pastor Terry Jones caused an uproar when he threatened to burn the Quran. His act was not isolated from the society he lived in.
When Ibrahim Ali made his burn the Allah-bible call, his act did not arise from a vacuum either. Thus far, a lot of attention has been focused on Perkasa due to the shenanigans of the movement’s president.
Terry Jones’s threat was not linked to Islam alone but to his own Christianity. Likewise Ibrahim Ali’s threat is not just about him, about Perkasa, about the “easily confused” Malays but also about the group that Ibrahim Ali is feeling angry at.
It takes rubbing two sticks to light a fire. The other ‘stick’ should not pretend complete innocence to the possibility of fire sparking. The spotlight should be shone not only on Perkasa but on the other stick as well to examine our belligerent societal mores.