Living in an Unusual, Complex Country

Exhausted from studies, ( it aint studies, i just merely read the questions and the answer and get the idea behind it ), i surf my friendster and found out interesting bulletin from Asmahanna Abd Wahab ( wah nama penuh tuh ), friend from primary school till samten, before we part as i go to mrsm and i dunno where did she go, but now in france.. She found an exceprt from bernama, whic is, so true that i want to share with you. The bolded word is the core points, the bolded and italicized text are extremely critical points, while my points is like this [ yah so true – tekong ]


Malaysia An Unusal * Complex Country, Says Prof Khoo.

By Wan A Hulaimi

LONDON, April 14 (Bernama) – A veteran Malaysian academician has described his country as “very unusual and so complex” before an audience of British Muslims.

“Malaysia is truly Asia”, Emeritus Professor of History, Datuk Dr Khoo Kay Kim said in an interview-discussion which was part of the weekly event of the London City Circle Islamic group, when asked the question if there were lessons to be learnt from the role of Islam in Malaysia’s plural society.

“It is not that we don’t have problems. We do have problems but they stem from misunderstandings not hatred,” he said.

[ read more.. this is quite.. long article ]

He cited a recent event where Muslims demonstrated before a church after rumours about a group of Muslims being prepared for conversion to Christianity.

“It turned out that these boys were Indians, so the Hindu Indians made loud noises about the conversion of their children, then it turned out that these were the young children of Christian Indian parents being prepared for religious initiation,” he added. [ apekah.. tak menyemak sblm menyebar kah? – tekong ]

“Non-Muslims in Malaysia generally do not understand Islam because Muslims think Islam has nothing to do with non-Muslims [ kat mana tanggungjawab kita as Muslim? – tekong ]. The Muslims in Malaysia have not seriously played the role of ‘muballigh’ (spreaders of religion).

“I can tell you that the Muslims are not explaining Islam to non-Muslims. Muslims also should not distance themselves (from them). I said this on TV and they got angry with me. You have to play your role as ‘muballigh’. [ so true, malu gak ngan dia nih. dia lagi tahu. read more below about my comments on this statement. – tekong ]

“The young are not taught Islam properly, the fundamentals of Islam. As my Pakistani friend told me, the fundamentalist is a good Muslim who knows the fundamentals of Islam. He is not a terrorist,” Prof Khoo said.

Citing the experience of his own family, he said that his son wanted to do a doctorate in Islamic Studies in Britain but was disappointed when he could not get financial assistance from Malaysian officials who asked him why a non-Muslim would want to pursue the subject of Islam. [ bodo punye pegawai – tekong ]

There has been unrest in Malaysia even before the May 13 incident but generally Malaysia is a tolerant country.

The biggest statue of the reclining Buddha in that part of the world is not in Thailand but in the Islamist controlled state of Kelantan, he told the audience.

He said that the government recently wanted to promote ‘Islam Hadhari’, the idea of progressive Islam, but what is needed in Malaysia now is not Islam Hadhari but Muslim Hadhari, progressive Muslims who reach out to non-Muslims and explain their religion.

“Islam in Malaysia has never really been given the opportunity to cross over to the non-Muslims because they (the Muslims) have been told not to,” he said.

Asked if the New Economic Policy affected the climate of tolerance in Malaysia, he said that tolerance is always there but the division of parties meant that the politicians are always looking at racial issues.

“We have to make our young comfortable with one another,” he said.

“People like to preserve their cultural identity. But you have to explain to them that if they become part of a nation then questions like cultural identity will no longer matter.”

He said that the government is now realising this and is looking for better ways to integrate the young through the education system.

Elaborating on the Rukunegara, he said that the children are asked to learn the principles of nationhood by rote without understanding its content.

“The Asian approach to education is very mechanical. They learn by rote, they believe in the correct answer. The Malaysian education system is like that, you must always give the correct answer, you must always ask the correct question.

The students are asked to memorise the Rukunegara, the Rule of Law and so on, but if you ask them what the Rule of Law is they don’t know.” he said.

Forty years on, Prof Khoo, a member of the panel that formulated the Rukunegara holds this view: “So far it has no serious effect on society.”

But even with all that, Malaysia is still a ‘blessed society’, he said.

When a member of the audience told him that she was not as optimistic on the future of the country, Prof Khoo replied that he had lived 70 years in Malaysia through thick and thin, and the country had always been able to overcome its problems.

“You should not listen to people who complain too much; you should listen to people who take the trouble to know the country,” he said.



end of article.. and tell me what you think..

I’ve face this kind of situation. i mean i was part of it. now it’s all change.. the situation.

oh. Mubaligh. by saying this i dont mean that all must go out wearing jubah, having extremely long beard. no it’s not like taht ( and it’s not im kutuk diorang ). but the point is living our life as muslim and in the same time try to spread info about it so no people misunderstood about islam.. it’s when we going out with non-muslim friend, or even when non-muslim approach us and asking for something like..

  • // Apsal korang solat hah? tak letih ker?
  • // Apsal umat islam puasa? apsal korang takleh makan babi ?

When we’re facing this kind of situation, we shudnt get angry or punch that guy or sonic blow them or launching a NOD Catalyst Missile to them. But what shud we do is to explain to them. IF we lack of knowledge, it’s enough already by promising them that ” I’ll ask someone that know more about it, and I’ll get back to you”. In the same time, you can gain knowledge that we dont know but, originally, Non-muslim wants to know about it. So we find someone else that know about it, asking the same question and get the answer about it. The person who’ve been questioned from the another muslim also must not get angry. have to explain to them also. some even, to the extreme, accusing the person who ask that question like he’s murtad or something. it’s not answering their doubts and that will lead to their misunderstandings. So clearing and answering any doubts they have is top priority.

That is, what did Prof Khoo think, that what we shud do, to be mubaligh is to explain and help Non-Muslim understand if they have any enquiries. Hidup pun hepi sama sama paham sama sendiri.
Again thanks to asmahanna for posting this bulletin. merci !

Disclaimer : artikel atas tuh bernama punya, bawah nih aku punya.. ade salah silap sila betulkan yeh.

okay 1 hour left to go to exam. good luck to all big-hairy-monster student ( BHM – Economics ) that hv exam this night. it’s been 1 year in mmu we, FCM ( creative multimedia ) students didnt hv paper. after that going to mmu awards. plan to take pics but i forgot to ask kak jun for her speedlite.. not she’s not in here so i guess, i miss other chance to test her speedlite.

Songs of the time = I Remember You : Yui Acoustic Version ( Rolling Star )

Apr 2007

4 Responses to : Living in an Unusual, Complex Country

  1. Nahas says:

    y aku x puas ati tu knowledge barrier tu….nk blaja pun tanya agama..pehal beb?

  2. ikhwan nazri says:

    tuh sapal.. tak ke bodoh.. buat contoh yg tak baik

  3. Tatiana says:

    *applause* to this post :)

  4. ikhwan nazri says:

    oi seganla :”>

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