Archive for December, 2013

Repeal Article 11 Clause 4?

December 27, 2013

Is that what YB Khairy is trying to tell us in his recent Christmas message? This is, of course, the clause in the Federal Constitution that goes:

(4) State law and in respect of the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Labuan, federal law may control or restrict the propagation of any religious doctrine or belief among persons professing the religion of Islam.

In his message, Khairy recounts how, despite attending a Catholic school and being present at the daily prayer rituals, he came out with his Islamic faith unshaken. Bear in mind that this Catholic school is in Japan where no laws to restrict propagation of religions exist. Now ask yourself: Why would Khairy tell this story? Surely, the only plausible explanation is that his intention was to imply that measures to protect one’s faith, such as Article 11 clause 4, are not necessary.

Does Khairy think that everyone is as strong in their faith as he is? To be in receipt of all manner of Christian charity and not be tempted? To hang out in nightclubs with all kinds of alcohol laid out in front of him and not drink?

Khairy concludes with “have faith in your own faith. If your belief is strong, no one can make you lose your religion.”

Sure, but it is not my faith that I worry about. What of those whose belief is not so strong? Those whose parents have not instilled in them as strong a foundation in Islam as Khairy says his own had in him. Is he saying that if they were in danger of losing their religion, then the rest of us should just turn a blind eye? Do they deserve the eternal damnation and hellfire that the Quran says surely awaits them? He does believe in what the Quran tells him, doesn’t he?

“On the day when (some) faces shall turn white and (some) faces shall turn black; then as to those whose faces turn black: Did you disbelieve after your believing? Taste therefore the chastisement because you disbelieved.”, Ali Imran verse 106

If he sees someone on the road to self destruction with drugs or gambling, would he not try to prevent it? Or would he just shrug and say “It’s none of my business” as it seems he would in the case of apostasy? Isn’t to enjoin good and forbid evil a duty that Allah places on every Muslim?

“And (as for) the believing men and the believing women, they are guardians of each other; they enjoin good and forbid evil and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, and obey Allah and His Messenger; (as for) these, Allah will show mercy to them; surely Allah is Mighty, Wise.”, At-Taubah verse 71

Or does Khairy see apostasy as not a serious enough evil for Muslims to protect fellow Muslims against?

At a time when thousands of Muslims in places like Africa and Indonesia are converting to Christianity every day, the fact that almost all Malays in Malaysia remain Muslims is no reason for us to be complacent. Does Khairy think that Malays are somehow superior Muslims, whose faith is unshakeable, immune to the fate befalling their brethren elsewhere? If he does, then he is an idiot. What is really stopping Christianity from gaining a foothold amongst the Malays are the very measures that liberals like Khairy rail against as being unjust to the non Muslims.

Oh My English!

December 19, 2013

Someone sent me this poster via WhatsApp today

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Makes you despair at the state of our education system, doesn’t it?