Sunday, 3 April 2016



The Arabisation of the Malays, which promotes divisiveness and intolerance, has not gone unnoticed. That is why the "titah" of the Sultan of Johore, was a welcome speech for Malaysians, especially the silent Malay majority. 
Clearly worried by the erosion of Malay culture, the Sultan warned Malays not to abandon their own traditions and culture, in exchange for Arabisation.
The Sultan was annoyed that the traditional Malay "Hari Raya Puasa" greeting had been cast aside and the Arabic "Eid al-Fitr", used instead. He said that Malays no longer "buka puasa" but performed "iftar", to break the fast, during Ramadan. 
The Johore ruler criticised the Public Works Department (PWD) for preaching religion, instead of focusing on their responsibilities of repairing roads and other civil engineering duties. He was commenting on the Batu Pahat PWD notice, warning women to cover their hair, lest they be punished in the after- life.
Conscious of the importance of reaching out to all his citizens, as a Sultan, he dismissed as petty jealousy, the criticisms of a band of people who had blown-up the insignificant matter, of the crown prince shaking hands with a woman. 
He urged Malays not to forget their own culture and the practice of "salam", the traditional greeting of the Malays.
He said that he was born a Malay, and is proud to uphold the Malay culture. He suggested that the Malays, who are keen on being mock Arabs, should live in Saudi Arabia.
Few realise that the Arabisation of Malaysia has its roots in a number of sources. 
One of these routes is via Saudi Arabian petro-dollars. Saudi Arabia throws money into charities, mosques and madrassahs, around the world, especially in Southeast Asia. 
Money acts like a drug, and even religious institutions cannot have enough of it. The Saudis wormed their way into government policy, much like the recent RM2.6 billion donation, which was used to influence GE13. Jakim may deny this, but Malaysians know that the Saudis export a strict brand of Islam, which has no place in multi-cultural Malaysia. 
The Dakwah (missionary) movement took off in the late 1970s, in the run-up to the Iranian revolution of 1979. The Dakwahs sought to apply economic and social justice under Islam. They spread by word of mouth, and networks formed via discussion groups, prayer activities and peer pressure.
With the Islamic revival of the 1980s, former PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad knew that PAS was a serious contender for Malay votes. He had to make Umno more religious. Anwar Ibrahim, a charismatic and influential student leader, of the Islamic movement ABIM, caught Mahathir's eye.  
In 1982, Anwar was invited into government, and then he and Mahathir, sought to create a more Islamic Umno to rival PAS. 
The other contributory factor in Arabisation was the return of Malaysian students, sent to the Middle East to study. They started to implement many of the ideas and ways of life, to which they had been exposed in the Middle East.  
Arabisation is an unnecessary scourge on multi-cultural Malaysia. Adopting Arab dress, speech, practices and architecture, divide us further. It is not just Malay against non-Malay, or Muslim against non-Muslim. 
The strict form of Islam which accompanies the Arabisation of Malay culture, pits conservative Malays against secular and liberal Malays, pits conservative Muslims against Sunnis, Muslims of other Islamic sects, and also non-Muslims.  
Today, Muslim women think that wearing a tudung is optional. 
In a few years’ time, Malay women may not be allowed out of the house, unless accompanied by a male relative. Perhaps, Malay women will not be allowed to drive. 
Already, some politicians are suggesting that some people should be whipped in public. How much more Arabisation do we need?
Today, those who are behind the Arabisation of Malaysia, work on your mind. 
In future, Arabisation will lead to further controls on your physical freedom. It happened in Afghanisatan and Pakistan. What makes you think it will not happen here?

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