“The Ultraman ban is the latest example of growing hard-line, religious conservatism under the country’s United Malay National Organization-led government,” said TIME magazine today.
TIME‘s portal, in its online report ‘A Japanese superhero is apparently destroying Malaysia‘, also said “Malaysian netizens have taken to social media to mock the government’s heavy handed response” and featured a tweeted remark by one Jackie Wong who criticized the Home Ministry order as “Kebodohan yang teramatlah…”.
TIME is misleading its audience such as when it writes that “… even though the word is simply the Arabic for God and even though Malaysian Christians have long used the word in that sense”.
Firstly, ‘Allah’ is specific to God (capital ‘G’) and attached to the term are the attributes of His being as the Muslims know Him. ‘Allah’ is not “simply the Arabic for God” as TIME would have the word to mean in a generic sense (in Malay, tuhan). And most certainly Ultraman King is not ‘Allah’.
Secondly, TIME also said “Malaysian Christians have long used the word in that sense”. This is just as misleading as the claim by Patricia Martinez that there are “64% of Christians” in Malaysia “who speak only BM”. Please read, ‘The Christians MUST be challenged, now!‘
It is the mainly only the Christian natives in Sarawak who have used the ‘Allah’ word for any length of time.
And even if “64% of Christians” are Sarawakian and Sabahan natives, there is still no data or census to show that ALL of them, i.e. the many sub-ethnic groups in Malaysian Borneo, say ‘Allah’ in their worship. Kadazans have their own translated Bible in the Kadazan language and they do not say ‘Allah’ albeit the Ibans do.
Those “Malaysian netizens” cited by the TIME report as mocking the government are too much. The Japanese superhero is not under a blanket ban by the KDN. It is only this particular issue of the comic with the ‘Allah’ translation that is not approved.
As such there is no need for any “rescuing [of] Ultraman” as sarcastically advocated in the TIME report, quoting the Human Rights Watch (HRW).
HRW’s accusation that “the ban on Ultraman clearly reveals the rights-abusing tendencies of this [Home] ministry, its hidden decisionmaking, and its total lack of accountability to the Malaysian public” is misplaced. There is no gross violation of “human rights” just because this one comic failed to make it pass the censor. If the comic had translated the word (in the context of Ultraman King) as ‘tuhan”, there would have been no fuss at all.
Certain belligerent segments of the Malaysian public are going overboard in their knee-jerk reflex to pick fights with the establishment and undermining the authority of the government.
The present mockery by Malaysian netizens and opposition cheerleader writers is one of a piece with their incessant and deliberate provocation of Muslim sensitivities. It is this behaviour of the mainly Pakatan-supporting Christians that is too much.
It does not help that the Western/English-language media and their pressmen are channeling the views and orientation of the pro-Christian publications. In this case, TIME had sourced a part of its story from The Malay Mail — a misnomer since the paper’s online version is controlled by Christian women.
The clock is ticking fast for Najib Razak if he is still unable to act decisively by putting a firm lid on the ugly bullying that the vocal minority has been inflicting on the silent majority.
What TIME calls the “growing hardline, religious conservatism” is a merely backlash to the evangelista push and push. It is a Malay ground reaction to the aggressive actions by the Christian-led provocateurs.
A lot of Malaysia’s Muslims and their NGOs are in a jihad mood already… is Najib aware?
The previous Prime Minister was dubbed ‘Sleepy Dollah’. The current Prime Minister does not claim to similarly suffer from sleep apnea but many readers will agree with me that Najib has an acute hearing problem. How can he remain so deaf to the buzzing of angry hornets whose nest is being constantly stirred?