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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Let’s ban ‘em all!

I quite like the way people in authority attempt to solve various problems in Malaysia.

A long time ago, safety helmets were made compulsory for every motorcyclist and pillion rider. Thereafter, some smarty-pants wore helmets with visors to rob banks. Although I was still in school at that time, I remember the so-called solution which our authority came up with to solve that problem. They simply banned helmets with visors. Problem solved, right?

Many years ago there were concerns over deaths caused by accidents involving water-scooters in Penang beaches. Of course, before everybody could finish saying “water-scooters”, I remember some hot-shots proposed that water-scooters be banned. Fortunately that did not happen..

Baby dumping? Oh well, that’s easy. Ban, among others, Valentine’s Day celebration.

The best of the lot is the efforts taken by some of our so-called ulamaks to sove the problem of Muslims having very weak “aqidah” or faith.

Muslims in Malaysia must be among the weakest when it comes to “aqidah.” After all, a Parliementarian readily told the Parliament last year, if I am not mistaken, that Malaysian men cannot “tahan” to see their wife (or wives) cooking in the kitchen when they come back from work. The wife (or wives) must thus be ready to have sex with the men there and then. This was, and is still, of course readily agreed to by the Obedient Wives Club which also advocates, among others, spiritual sex. (I think the OWC took the idea of spiritual sex from the cyber sex or phone sex phenomenon).

Sorry, I digress.

Yes, Muslims in Malaysia are very weak in their “aqidah”. Solutions, anybody? Yes, ban the poco-poco dance. Ditto Valentine’s Day celebration. In Bangi, someone actually said cinemas should not be built. What else ya? Oh, yes. Electronic Bible. Ban it please. While we are it, why don’t we ban the Bible in Bahasa Malaysia as well, right? That would be a hollistic approach. Yes. Superb.

If those were not enough, we should then have a seminar titled “Strengthening the Faith, the Dangers of Liberalism and Pluralism and the Threat of Christianity towards Muslims. What is the Role of Teachers?”.

Of course, recently, we have the Erykah Badu banning. All because of some art work on her body. The most recent is Irshad Manji’s book. Over in Indonesia recently, they went gaga over a Lady Gaga concert. You all know the result, right? Yes. What else but a ban.

Looking at the trend, the enemies of Islam are not just the Israelies, the Jews, the United States and their allies. The most potent poison one could unleash against us, Mulims, is nothing but women, apparently. Send Irshad Manji and that’s it, 15 million Muslims would lose their faith soon. Send in Lady Gaga and hundreds of millions of Muslims would be out of their Islamic mind sooner than one could spell “Gaga.”

Malaysia is, however, not alone when it comes to banning things. China, which coincidentally invented paper, started banning books on philosophy which came from anywhere other than the state of Qin in the 3rd century BC. In fact, China is still leading the way in this area of socio-illogical move. Most recent is its banning of Kate Winslet’s breast in Titanic 3D movie for fear of the men reaching out to touch them in the cinema. Classic.

Books seems to be the favourite for this activity. In this regards, Islam is not the only religion in whose name books were banned. The Catholic Church had forced Peter Abelard to burn his own book, which consisted, among others, his interpretation of the Trinitarian. There was also a time when the Bible was prohibited from being translated into the vernacular. And guess what? The Catholic Church also used to have issues with Greek plays as well as Arabic and Jewish texts. Hmm…déjà vu?

In England, Henry VIII led the way. He actually did not like William Tynedale’s version of the Bible and had it, of course, banned. Not enough with that, he burned him at the stake.

Meanwhile, the “greatest nation on Earth”, aka the US of A, is not spared with this desease as well. In Masachussettes, the Quaker texts were banned. And of course, they also hanged witches at Salem. Boston saw the imprisonment of Ann Austin and Mary Fischer for texts which offended the then acting-Governor.

One of the most astounding book burning happened in the land of freedom and liberty itself, France. In 1842, surprise surprise, officials at the school for the blinds actually collected books written in Braille and burned them. Of course we all know that Louis Braille’s method later became a universal writing method for the blinds.[1]

Anything which can be banned would be banned. Austalia, the land of wonderful beaches, man-eating sharks and kangaroos, a year or two ago sought to prevent exploitation of children in pornography. And how did they propose to do that? Hilarrious. That’s how. They proposed a ban of small breasted women in pornography.

Malaysia’s regulations on prohibited names is perhaps necessary due to the fact that some parents do give their children names such as Siti Mazda or Abdul iPhone. We can however take refuge in the fact that we are not alone. In Denmark, there is the Law on Personal Names to be content with. Under that law, people expecting children can choose a pre-approved name from a government list of 7,000 mostly West European and English names - 3,000 for boys, 4,000 for girls. Those wishing to have non-approved names must seek permission at their local parish or church. Among those who wish to deviate is Lan Tan, a 27-year-old Danish woman of Singaporean and Malaysian descent who is trying to win approval for her daughter's name, Frida Mei Tan-Farndsen.[2] Yes. Go Malaysia!

So, worry not for this madness. We are not alone.

[1] Refer to http://open.salon.com/blog/amelia_flood/2009/09/23/a_brief_and_rambling_history_of_banning_books_-part_1 for more.

[2] http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/08/world/europe/08iht-danes.html?_r=2


___P___ said...

ah, the usual great *art*istry!

foo wy len said...

They should ban themselves too!

Anonymous said...

Amal makruf, nahi mungkar...semoga Allah beri petunjuk kepada saudara harun. Amin

Anonymous said...

liberalism is a mental disorder

Anonymous said...

What is the problem ?

art harun said...

Alhamdulillah, ada orang berdoa untuk saya. Amin.

Simplex said...

Wish you had the time to write more..

Thank you and whatever you're doing, keep it up.

ps. something is wrong with the footnote links [1] and [2] in the paragraphs.

said said...

we get to easily swayed by the likes of azhar idrus telling us what is haram and halal and what should we do with our lives. thats why banning is the easiest options than thinking. i bet living in thailand is much better then socio psychological topsy turvy in malaysia when it comes to religion.

Anonymous said...

..judgmental ppl,.. muslims keep an eye on fellow muslims to see whether they follow 'true' practise,..ban them bcos muslims not happy that they create confusion or weaken their faith

....look like muslims not so happy in Arab countries like tunisia, egypt,iraq, syria, (always fighting there) but muslims are happy and not confused, living in the West

Anonymous said...

why muslims here always talk about weaknesses,.. however,the only strength they talk about is ' ketuanan melayu'

Anonymous said...

said, agree with you totally.

i have a friend who said that it's so inconvenient to visit Phillipine bcos there very few restaurants that offer halal food- no halal certs, dont trust.. but when she visit London or US, it's ok.!! puzzle??.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said... What is the problem ? 13 June 2012 02:02
Oh dear, you don't see the problem? God asked us to seek knowledge even all the way to China! How can we see the truth if everything controversial or deviate a bit is banned? Thank God the Church failed to effectively ban Copernicus' research or we would now be learning in schools that the sun travels around the earth!
"What is the problem?" Your question itself shows there is a mighty problem.

Anonymous said...

There should be more tongue-in-cheek stories. Makes life interesting . Thank you for your efforts.