The thinking Malay is dangerous

Mariam Mokhtar| October 24, 2014
Free Malaysia Today

The ulamas, like the political leaders, are obsessed with power and want Muslims to be at their mercy.

The most dangerous threat to the Malaysian government is not an invading army, a contagious disease, or a nuclear threat. It is the thinking Malay.

When young pharmacist Syed Azmi Alhabshi decided to organise the “I Want to Touch a Dog” event at Bandar Utama on October 19, he didn’t expect such a huge response. More than 1,000 people –Muslims and non-Muslims – turned up.

Whilst man and beast were having lots of fun, in other parts of the country temperatures were raised. Syed Azmi was perceived as a threat.

Syed Azmi may have united Malaysians but he was alienating some conservative Muslims in Malaysia. His innocent “dog touching event” is a defining moment in 21st Century Malaysian history.

The Internet was awash with photos of tudung-clad girls smiling with their favourite dogs, Malay toddlers chasing German Shepherds, elderly Muslim couples stroking contented looking Labradors and Malay teenagers playing with Cocker Spaniels.

Malays and non-Malays were getting to know one another, through another of God’s creatures. The people learnt to bond – not just dog with humans, but Muslims and non-Muslims.

Any Malaysian, including the political leaders, should have been pleased to see harmony in action. People forgot their inhibitions. They did not see themselves as people of different faiths or races. They got on with one another, with help from the dogs.

Society’s party pooper, Jakim, waded in to spoil all the fun. Its director-general, Othman Mustapha, was furious, and said that the programme should not have taken place to begin with. He barked that Jakim would investigate the matter immediately.

He was followed by a Kelantan ulama who cried “Repent. Repent. Repent.” Other conservative Muslims claimed that the ulamas were being insulted. If anyone needs their heads examined, it is these people.

This is not a political issue; so why were the ulamas angry? They were furious because they saw their power being eroded. The 3Rs – race, religion and royalty – keep us in check, and safely divided.

For years, Muslims have been told what to do by the ulamas. The political leaders, together with their cronies and religious authorities carve up Malaysia for themselves.

One political cynic said, “To keep them in power, the leaders manipulate laws. To control dissent, they bully us with draconian laws. We are threatened with sedition. We are told that women leaders will lead us to hell. We are told that God approves of the GST. We are told that voting for Umno-Baru is a one-way ticket to heaven. The sad thing is that many Malays believe this.”

His colleague said, “After last Sunday’s dog touching event, more Malays are finally seeing the light. The Malay mind is being freed from its mental slavery. That explains why the authorities and the conservative ulamas are working at breakneck speed to find Syed Azmi guilty, but he has done nothing wrong.”

Fear of being irrelevant

Syed Azmi only wanted Malaysians to be compassionate towards animals and overcome their fear of dogs. He was not insulting the ulamas. The ulamas did not even bother to ask him why he organised the event.

The ulamas and conservative Muslims see their power base eroding. They are afraid that they will no longer be of relevance in a modern world which does not believe in the 3Rs.

Many Muslims nationwide observed the event on the Internet and saw no issue with dog touching. The ulamas are afraid that the thinking Malay will start to ask questions about their other edicts, handed down, in the past, to control Muslim behaviour.

The ulamas, like the political leaders, are obsessed with power. The rakyat is at their mercy. However, a thinking Malay can see past their warped thinking.

Touching dogs is not going to lead to touching pigs or eating non-halal food. It will not lead to free sex. It is the ulamas and their obsession with sex which makes the thinking Malay question why the ulama are stupid and shallow. The ulamas use sex as a crowd puller.

The ulamas must realise that in Saudi Arabia, the Bedouin tribesmen hunt with dogs (the Salukis), as in Afghanistan (the Afghan hounds). Dogs are used in search and rescue, for drug detection, hunting, and to assist the blind, the deaf and those with epilepsy. The dog is man’s best friend.

The thinking Malays wonder why things like chocolates, dogs, the word “Allah” and beer take prominence in the national debate. They wonder why the ulamas keep silent about the rising cost of living, petrol price hikes, the collapsing infrastructure, corruption, the abuse of power by the leaders, incest, drug taking by Malays and the high crime rate.

Today, the ulamas are against us touching dogs. Knowing how their minds work, it won’t be long before Muslims will be banned from eating hot-dogs, and using English idioms like “dog in the manger” or complaining that a book is “dog eared”, or that Malaysia has “gone to the dogs”.

Mariam Mokhtar is an FMT columnist

  1. #1 by boh-liao on Friday, 24 October 2014 - 5:38 pm

    Latest news:
    Limb amputations for offenders under the Kelantan Syariah Criminal Code (II) Enactment or hudud will not be carried out by medical doctors but by trained professionals appointed by the Sultan of Kelantan.”

    What a 1DERful news. Thank You, PAS!
    Esp 2 students with CGPA 4.0 looking 4 a professional course/degree 2 major in
    No need all 2 rush 2 apply 2 medical or dental or pharmacy faculty
    Now some can apply 2 “Limb Amputation” faculty 2 b trained as qualified limb amputation professionals (perhaps with d new degree BLAS – Bachelor of Limb Amputation Science), with guaranteed n secured jobs, which may carry d Royal stamp “By Appointment to His Majesty the Sultan of Kelantan”

    Will d University in Kelantan conduct dis specialist course?

    Wonder can non-Muslims apply 2 b trained as qualified limb amputation professionals?

  2. #2 by boh-liao on Friday, 24 October 2014 - 6:08 pm

    Also, 1DERful NEW biznes opportunities in Kelantan!
    U must b glad 2 b d first 2 read abt them HERE

    Very urgently needed 2 set up
    Specialised rehabilitation centres 2 help amputees

    Shops 2 sell special goods (like prosthetics and even cars n kitchen/household utensils 4 ppl with one hand, no hand, one leg, no leg, etc) 2 cater 2 this grp of special citizens

    Also, special sports centres 4 amputees 2 b trained 2 qualify as participants of Paralympic Games
    Potentially Kelantan will b d cradle of many Paralympic Games champions fr M’sia

    & thousand other biznes opportunities – time 2 put on your THINKING hat, think not out of d box, but think BORDERLESS (NO box 2 border U)

    Don’t miss dis GOLDEN opportunity – bet U d GDP of Kelantan will increase, perhaps also FDI

  3. #3 by Justice Ipsofacto on Friday, 24 October 2014 - 6:18 pm


    … translation: Me dog says “thank u for your wonderful thoughts and words”, mariam.

  4. #4 by Bigjoe on Friday, 24 October 2014 - 7:57 pm

    You can argue all you want about why the conservatives do this but the fact of the matter is an old adage about them is true 吃软不吃硬 – the harder you push them the harder they will dig in..

  5. #5 by Noble House on Saturday, 25 October 2014 - 3:06 am

    Practical politics consists in ignoring facts. The whole aim is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

    Truly the world can make do with more hamburgers than demigods anyway.

  6. #6 by boh-liao on Saturday, 25 October 2014 - 11:55 am

    Kelantan needs more thinking Malays to help d state 2 draft an all inclusive Limb Amputations Code dat covers all situations

    Suppose a pathological Muslim offender, keeps committing offences dat lead 2 limbs being chopped off, 1 by 1 until no more limb
    If dat same limbless person commits more offences, HOW lar? What more 2 chop off? Can chop prosthetics? Tricky n possible scenario dat must b considered by PAS kaki n written in d Limb Amputations Code

    Perhaps, PAS kawan, DAP n PKR kaki, can also help out
    Readers of LKS Blog can also help out leh
    Help 2 consider all possible situations n solutions, n hv them stated in d soon-2-b published Limb Amputations Code
    Don’t want PAS 2 b larfed at bcos of poorly tot of or inadequate Limb Amputations Code, malu mah 2 PAS n PR 1

  7. #7 by waterfrontcoolie on Sunday, 26 October 2014 - 9:51 am

    When the spiritual leadership cannot differentiate simple right and wrong, we are in deep water shit. Corruption has been quietly accepted as if this is the guiding light of this nation! Mini issues are blown beyond simple rational thinking. Surely this is not a sign of a nation moving forward! What better formula can we have than this combination for national destruction? While fellow ASEAN members on whom we used to assume that we could afford to give handicap have steadily crept in front of us while we spend our time trying to re-invent issues which all modern societies thought they had settled them. We prefer to go back to the middle-ages issues just to preserve personal and family’s vested interests and sadly the majority of the voters just cannot think a little out-of-the box; though we are witnessing a growing number of young Malays who are doing so! There is no doubt that on the current scenario, the fear of one’s own shadow is so badly indoctrinated that it may take a while to awaken most Malaysians. We have just to wait!

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