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January 3, 2011

Respect,Tolerance and Compromise ala 1Malaysia?

Filed under: 1Malaysia,Barisan Nasional,Religious Freedom — Pengayau @ 11:00 am
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Taken from Malaysian Insider

 

Utusan’s Ridhuan Tee defends removal of crosses at Xmas party

 KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 2 — Utusan Malaysia columnist Dr Ridhuan Tee Abdullah defended today the action by aides of Datuk Seri Najib Razak who sought the removal of Christian symbols at a Christmas gathering a week ago.
 
The conservative Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia lecturer said the instruction did not violate freedom of religion, and urged the Christians to respect the prime minister’s Islamic faith.

“In my opinion if there is any truth in the report, the request of the prime minister’s office is tolerable. It has nothing to do with violation of religious freedom, except for those who seek political mileage,” said Tee in his weekly column published by Utusan Malaysia’s Sunday edition, Mingguan Malaysia.

Notes:He is staunch supporter of UMNO,so what do we expect?This is 1Malaysia as being championed by our Prime Minister Najib?Yes,talking about Respect.Is it a Mutual Respect or a One Sided Respect?

He said Christians have never been prevented from celebrating Christmas despite forming less than ten per cent of the population and indicated that the community should tone down its celebration to reflect its population size.

“Christmas celebration sometimes looks as if they form more than 50 per cent of the population. Out of respect for religious freedom, no restriction has been imposed, although it should be celebrated moderately as they are less than ten per cent of the population,” he added.

Notes:This is what happen when someone or somebody starts to talk about Majority Vs Minority.Why do you have to talk about majority and minority?By being a majority,you have more authority to imposed restrictions and tolerance to the minority?Why do we have to moderate ourself in our Religion and Belief?Isnt it something that we called Injustice as far as the Article 11 of the Federal Constitution is concerned!!

Last week, The Malaysian Insider reported that Najib’s aides had instructed church officials to remove crucifixes and other overt Christian symbols from being displayed at the party grounds in Bukit Nanas before the PM’s visit, in their zeal to protect his Islamic credentials.

Hymns and prayers were also barred.

Sources disclosed that the orders were issued without the PM’s knowledge. He is now away on holidays in Dubai and is due to return this week.

Notes:With or without PM knowledge is not the issue.The issue is such order shouldnt arise at all!! We have former aide to the Prime Minister who made a Racist remarks and here goes another one,a Religious Bigots!! Again.1Malaysia Slogan is questionable!

It was Najib’s first time attending a Christian function in his official role since taking over power in April 2009.

Tee, however, said Najib’s presence at the Christmas celebration was a major compromise made as a Muslim.

“True, Christians have every right to mark the celebration. But shouldn’t they show some respect to the prime minister as the No 1 leader who is a Muslim?” asked Tee.

Notes:Like i said,Respect and Tolerance should be in MUTUAL.Compromise?Yes.dont talk about Compromise when you only compromise in 1 thing but say NO to the other 10!!Shouldnt the Prime Minister or BN Government compromised too with the Christians regarding the usage of the words “ALLAH” with the Christians?Why do you need to imposed restrictions to others in the name of  “Compromise”?

“According to the Islamic laws, Muslims are not supposed to attend many of the non-Islamic celebrations, but for the sake of promoting tolerance and harmony, our leaders decided to close one eye.

Notes:If that is the case,if it is probihited according to Islamic Laws,why dont he just choose not to attend it?This issue would never arise at all.Isnt it something that we called Hypocracy?Or his attendance to the gathering is just a Political Gimmick to win over the hearts of the Christians?

“In my opinion, even without the instruction, the church should have understood Muslim sensitivities in the country after 53 years of independence. However, if it is no longer an issue, I suggest for the Selangor or Kelantan mentri besar to one day officiate the opening of a temple or a church. I am confident non-Muslims too would not be comfortable if we have them attend Islamic celebrations in mosques,” he added.

Both states mentioned are run by Pakatan Rakyat (PR) governments and have been subject to criticisms by Tee, who has never hidden his admiration for Umno and its policies.

Notes:Now,that is a Political question!! If one claimed that someonelse purposely raise up this issue for Political Mileage,so how does he justify this type of question? Apolitical?

Tee also said that Najib would suffer political setback if his aides had not taken the precautions.

Notes:Damn if he DO and damn if he DONT!He is being traped by his own rhetoric Slogan of 1Malaysia

“Imagine if the prime minister was not cautious when entering the ‘house of worship’, pictures of the prime minister with a crucifix over his head would surface. It will be politicised by the opposition,” said Tee.

“I still remember how a crucifix was used to undermine a Muslim leader not too long ago. It does not matter who did it, but the incident should be a lesson,” he added.

He was referring to the campaign in Election 1990 when photographs of then Semangat 46 leader Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah wearing a Kadazan headgear with a crucifix symbol was distributed. The photograph was printed by Umno-controlled newspapers on the eve of the election and was said to have helped secure victory by Barisan Nasional (BN) under then prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Notes:Million Dollar question is,who has Politicised it before?Wasnt it UMNO?Now,please put your brain in your head.The same issue that you raised up is only pointing 10 other issues to yourself or UMNO or perhaps,your own Party

Tee said to avoid similar controversy in the future, Christmas celebrations should be held in public places and not in church grounds.

“We hardly see hari raya open house celebrations being held in mosques out of respect to non-Muslim’s sensitivity. Celebrations are usually held in public places to avoid controversy. The main objective is unity,” he said.

Notes:Again,it shows that you are suggesting and imposed restrictions to others!! It is our Religion and Belief,it is not you or anyonelse to imposed restrictions or guidelines to us the Christians!! Unity yes,but what kind of Unity?Ask yourself!!

The Christmas party last week was hosted by Catholic Archbishop Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam and held at the car park of his official residence in Cardijn House in Jalan Bukit Nanas.

Ps:I have no problems with the Muslims or Islam,in fact some of my own relatives were married to Muslims,there would be a True Unity in every sense of words if we kick this Racial and Religious Bigots out in the next General Election.Without UMNO,Malaysia would be a better place for all Malaysians irrespective of Race and Religions.

As far as UMNO is concerned,there is no such thing as RESPECT,TOLERANCE and COMPROMISE!!

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