The minority pretending to be obtuse, is actually very aloud taking on against the Malay-Muslim majority without providing the proper basis, context and intonation and most importantly, cited in the stand-alone perspective not withstanding its lengthy history and mitigating circumstances of origin reflected in the provisions that became the basis when this nation was found.
Commonly known as Federation of Malaysia Constitution and the ‘Social Contract’ between HRH Rulers and the rakyat, prior to getting the Whitehall approval in achieving Kemerdekaan.
Yet, of late the minority in sundry came up with all sorts of complaints and raising controversies which some of them tantamount to provocation and making grouses when the Malay-Muslim majority respond, if not reciprocate.
Riong Kali dot com story:
Malaysia, a nation of strangers
BY ELIZABETH ZACHARIAH
MAY 02, 2014
The raid on the Bible Society of Malaysia by Jais means all places of worship are subject to monitoring by Jais. That excessive authority bothers law professor Shad Saleem Faruqi. – The Malaysian Insider pic, May 2, 2014.
Around the world, the walls of racial and religious separation are being dismantled, but in Malaysia, they are fortified by overzealous people, a constitutional law expert told a forum today.
Noting that racial and religious polarisation in Malaysia has reached alarming levels since the 90s, Emeritus Professor Datuk Dr. Shad Saleem Faruqi said the country has become a “nation of strangers”.
“Our children are being taught not to say ‘Rest in Peace’ to people of different faiths, they are told not to go houses of those of other religions, otherwise their faith will be threatened.
“Extremism has become mainstream and moderation is seen as capitulation to other races and religions, and as a betrayal of one’s own community,” he told some 20 law students at the forum organised by the National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) in Kuala Lumpur.
The forum was held to consult the youths on whether the replacement of the Sedition Act with the Harmony Act was the answer to restore unity in the country.
It was mooted by NUCC member Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah (pic), who is also Global Movement of Moderates chief executive officer.
Other speakers included Lim Chee Wee, the deputy chairman of NUCC’s working committee on law and policy, and political secretary to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, Vincent Wong.
In his speech, Shad pointed out that the Constitution, even in its ethnic provisions, sought to avoid extreme measures and provided for a balance between the interests of the Bumiputera and non-Bumi communities.
“Article 153 was about affirmative action for the weak and not about racial exclusiveness or racial superiority or ketuanan Melayu,” he added.
“If we read about the making of the Constitution, we will see that our forefathers were animated by a remarkable vision and optimism of a shared destiny among the various people of the peninsula. They gave every community a stake in the nation. No group received an absolute monopoly of power or wealth.”
However, in reality, the law professor said overzealousness prevailed and in some areas, racism has been institutionalised.
“Affirmative action under Article 153 has metamorphosed into something else that is not easily possible to defend under constitutional theory,” said Shad, who is also Universiti Teknologi Mara’s legal adviser.
“It is a selfish attempt to secure advantages for oneself under the guise of Article 153.”
He said in the current situation, an incident that bothered him the most was the January 2 raid of the Bible Society of Malaysia by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais), and seizure of 321 Bibles in Bahasa Malaysia and Iban languages which contained the word ‘Allah’.
“What bothers is me is this – it means that all places of worship are subject to monitoring by Jais. No one should be given this authority.
“As if fighting with other religions is not enough, we have to fight among ourselves,” he said referring to hate campaigns against Muslims who are labelled liberals, deviationists and Shias.
On the Sedition Act, the law professor said the definition of the act was broad and does not distinguish between government and nation.
“Unconstitutional laws are the order of the day, but I think this law has to go. We need a new law to bring parties together through reconciliation,” he added.
He, however, expressed optimism that the recent slew of racial and religious intolerance will pass.
“History never moves in a straight line. I am optimistic that this madness will not last. Whether or not it will sadly take an explosion for us to learn, I don’t know, but it will pass,” he said, citing a revamp to the educational system and criminalising hate speeches as suggestions to restore unity.
Meanwhile, Lim, a former Bar Council president, said the new law should encompass elements of intention to commit crimes motivated by race, religion and ethnicity.
He also stressed that equality was one of the most important themes of the new law, adding that the scale of public discourse is narrowing because of selective prosecution.
“There is, then, a need for a new law to address this,” he added. – May 2, 2014.
In the right perspective, all of these issues and controversies raised directly against the Malay-Muslim majority or indirectly via systematic and sometimes structural attack against Federation of Malaysia Constitution and HRH Malay Rulers, have been intensified the past six or seven years.
Simply summarise, apostasy cases (in the likes of Lina Joy), provocations against Articles 152, 153, 3(1) and 11(4), prosetlysation of Malay-Muslim, prohibition of kalimah Allah by Non Muslim entities and many more, have been grossly overbearing.
On top of that, all of these have been manipulated into political overtone. Any attempts for the authorities and/or Malay-Muslim majority trying to act or even rationalise using the Federation of Malaysia Constitution, have been grossly and graphically illustrated as ‘racism’ and ‘the majority victimising and oppressing the minority’.
There is no need to go into great details. The article itself is shamefully imbalanced as the opinion and perspective of the Malay-Muslim majority have not been sought at all.
In the realism of nation-building and community development in the first have century of nationhood, all of these instances highlighted by these selective individuals were not really a problem. The minority actually abused advancement of technology in their sordid attempt to portray that they are ‘Being oppressed by the majority and their rights have systematically been denied’.
It is the rights of the majority who have been denied. They are the ones who provided the thumping majority voice of democracy which enabled Kemerdekaan been achieved and a Westminster-styled constitutional monarchy has been adopted.
A large portion of the majority of those serving in the armed forces and security agencies have always been from the majority. Thus, the number of those killed and died in the line of duty correspond directly with the composition of ethnicity in these high risk services.
It is no surprise that the majority who holds minority control of the economy have been systematically and categorically subjected to unfair practices and multiple barriers to entry when they sought opportunities in the open market. Particularly in certain sectors of the commerce.
Yet, they are subjected to the suffering resulted from the openness and liberty of market economy which provided all the space for speculative trading. In this instance, the ability to own decent property in urban areas.
Dwelling is a component of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
It is very naive to expect the Malay-Muslim majority to not reciprocate accordingly when things they hold on very close to their hearts, have also been challenged. Accommodation have its limits.