The Kiasu Non-Muslims in Malaysia
I know this is a very unfair and a sheer generalisation...I wouldn't agree with it. But living in the UK, I would second such statement when it comes to the Palestine issue.
After attending dozens of rallies, demos, strikes and vigils for international issues like war on Iraq, war on Afghan, massacre of the Tibetians, and recently the Gaza holocaust... I force myself to agree with such generalisation. The Arab maxim says: al-Hukmu 'ala al-Ghalib (then the ruling (hukm) will be according to what is more dominant)...
Here in the UK, and all around the globe...especially in the European countries, thousands of non-Muslims pouring the streets to express their anger towards the oppressor (Israel) and showing their solidarity to the Palestinians the victims. They know no border of belief and skin colour...it is an issue of humanity, it is an issue of justice, it is an issue of human rights.
From my observation, even in the UK rallies, you can hardly find the non-Muslim Malaysians (students, professionals or workers)...I don't know what went wrong with our educational system.
I believe, and strongly believe, those Hindraf demonstrators that used to flood the KL street did not turn up on the rallies organised in Kuala Lumpur and elsewhere in Malaysia for the Gaza issue. I bet those Pengkids who shouted loudly swearing the Muftis were busy at starbucks or McDonalds when the kind-hearted Palestinian symphatizer compatriots were busy condemning Israel infront of the American embassy. I adamantly believe too that the young Chinese, young Indians, young Seranis or whatever they are called bother not to participate or even worst not even bother about what is going on in Gaza!
I know the non-Muslim leftists who have been together with the other demonstrators would never agree with me...but the fact that they did not do well in spreading the awareness amongst their non-Muslim communities can never be opposed.
But blaming the non-Muslims solely is unfair, since they did not get the true picture of what is going around. Our non-Malay speaking media failed to address this issue correctly. Yes it was in the news, but was that enough?
The Muslims also have to admit their failure too. The Palestine issue being hijacked as solely an Islamic and Muslim issue. Ceramahs on such topic were organised frequently in Masjids, but not in the churhces, temples and guldwaras. The speakers of such issue always the lebai with turban or kopiah, and the topic will always the stereotypical 'Ceramah kesedaran umat Islam di Palestin; derita umat Islam di Palestin...etc.'. When they speak about the issue, the language they used far away from the tune that can touch the hearts of the non-believers. They also failed to paint the issue with the univesal common interest...for them it is only about Yahudi laknatullah, jihad, hancur Israel, negara Islam, Amerika Syaitan, etc...
If I were a non-Muslim too, I will never bother, it is Muslim's and not mine to bother!
The bottom line is, everybody should try to open their heart and mind. No religion, or no human heart will accept such atrocities, no sane homo-sapien will agree with the killing of children, babies, women and old folks in Gaza by the butchers from Israel, nobody with sound mind will agree with the siege imposed on the Gazans since more than two years, no religion, organised or non-organised will condone the Israeli logic in shelling the UNRWA schools, killing the ambulance drivers and shooting the UN convoys...they are outrages!
So the challenge now is how to mobilize all Malaysians to listen to their dhamir (heart of purity) and to show their solidarity towards the victims (palestinians)?
I am throwing the gauntlet to those NGOs who are struggling for the cause, and to our government, and to our media, and to our politicians...Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
I would like to dedicate my respect to Hishamudin the Education minister for his brave initiative for the very first time in his life (apart from his joke with the keris) to convey this humanitarian message to the school pupils all over Malaysia.