‘We cannot have it both ways – say one thing in international platforms self-righteously claiming moderation but in Malaysia’s ground zero closing both eyes to the continued attacks, race, religious baiting and seditious utterances that goes unattended in domestic political expediency?’
BEWARE – THE CLOSET TERRORISTS WITHIN AND AMONG US MALAYSIANS!
We must be grateful that we have a professional formidable counter-terrorist unit in Malaysia, whose work has kept us all from harm’s way!
Thank you my dear friends!
But we cannot deny that there are far too many sympathizers and closet supporters herein.
Our borders are also very porous as well and entry and exits at our international airports and ports!
Just read and analyze the comments sections of online media and facebook of those which belong to a certain cross section of religious brethren!
The extremist ideologies, hatred, intolerance, seditious tones and utterances quite explicit which puts fear in the hearts and minds of the reader!
In the past, we must accept shamefully that we have had reports of Malaysian women apparently sympathetic to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and have reportedly traveled to the Middle East to offer themselves sexually to militants!
According to certain intelligence reports these women are believed to have offered themselves in sexual comfort roles to ISIS fighters?
The practice called Jihad al-nikah, permitting extramarital sexual relations with multiple partners, is considered by fringe hardline Sunni Muslim Salafists as a legitimate form of holy war.
Malaysia is not alone here as there is intelligence exchanged with other countries that reveal that Sunni Muslim women from Australia and the United Kingdom had also joined up with ISIS.
I am made to understand that Australian intelligence officials have information that more than 100 Australian Muslims were in Syria fighting alongside ISIS.
Malaysia initially revealed that about 30 Malaysians might have traveled to the Middle East to join ISIS.
Let us not forget, closer to home Indonesians and Malaysians, are among foreign jihadists fighting the Philippine army in Mindanao as stated by Manila’s solicitor-general which is a rare admission that outsiders are collaborating with domestic Islamist groups.
Let us not forget that there are also reports that several terrorists have also have stints at our institution of higher education, while others gone rogue when the cover was blown!
And this inexplicably has come back to haunt and hurt us and silence of those who were expected to defend our Federal Constitution and the secular state, address such atrocities, race and religious baiting, seditious utterances, playing race and religion has worsened the situation giving rightly or wrongly the perception it is alright to race and religious bait, threaten fellow Malaysians not of the same race and religion?
As such, it was a welcome sight that the Malay Rulers yesterday expressed concerns over the eroding unity and harmony in Malaysia, in light of racially controversial issues that have taken place of late.
A statement from the rulers, signed by keeper of the ruler’s seal Syed Danial Syed Ahmad, read:
“In recent weeks, the actions of certain individuals have gone beyond all acceptable standards of decency, putting at risk the harmony that currently exists within our multi-religious and multi-ethnic society.”
I am glad and it is heartwarming that the Malay Rulers as a body have found the present state of affairs in the country unhealthy and even dangerous.
Their stand supports the stand taken by our beloved His Majesty the Sultan of Johor and the Crown Prince!
I am glad that the Crown Prince of Perlis, and the Rulers have criticized the actions of “certain individuals which would further put our multi-religious and multi-ethnic society” at risk.
So far it is clear that the most dangerous groups in the country seem to be government-sponsored Muslim bodies and NGOs supposedly established to reach religious righteousness and instead preach only hatred and bigotry.
There are also claims of extremists and deviationist teachings by preachers and visitors from abroad wanted by their own governments on allegations of funding terrorism and money laundering activities and others from just north of our borders with Thailand!
The latter also uses children to collect monies for various causes but who is monitoring these activities and where are these monies going to?
I have never heard any of these groups advocating the virtues of peace, goodwill, love, generosity, unity in diversity and gentler aspects of their faith, instead there is only more hostility and supremacy preached; we have state muftis supporting discrimination against non-Muslims; one mufti actually stated that it would be acceptable for non-Muslims to be killed.
Was he ever charged by the laws of the nation?
That is not all, as we witness on a daily dose for further intrusions into the rights, interests and practices of non-Muslims – from forms of worship these have spread into one’s culture, way of life, and social practices.
We have cases where a civil servant has refused to execute a court order and till today, has made no real progress in apprehending those who openly kidnapped Christian pastors.
What is the perception or message sent out to peace loving and law abiding Malaysians?
What is the message given to these extremists and shenanigans?
We have politicians throwing stones and hiding their hand, we have spineless politicians who watch from the sidelines and in political comatose to who questions should be asked whether they are our politicians as well or just representing this racial group?
We cannot have it both ways – say one thing in international platforms self-righteously claiming moderation but in Malaysia’s ground zero closing both eyes to the continued attacks, race, religious baiting and seditious utterances that goes unattended in domestic political expediency?