Friday, March 23, 2007
I Yam what I Yam! And Thats all what I Yam! But, Leave my Religion Alone!
I thought no one was interested in discussing a topic I posted so I decided to produce other topics, my apology, don't know if I can but I will try to re write it, when I wrote it I was pretty pissed off over easy remarks made by half-baked morons who can say thing like "my parents taught us to be a Muslim first and Malay second", well sorry about your parents, possibly a product of a very stupid and skewed education system!
It was indeed a beautiful overcast and cloudy Thursday morning when I woke with the sound of birds singing! The second generation magpie, we called Mabel (we knew it was her), came to nest and lays her eggs in the bamboo torch holder on my balcony without hesitation, even when my beautiful cat was there basking under the morning sun!
Mabel's mum was more protective and angry at first as when we stepped on to the balcony she was screaming and cursing in a magpie language I am sure! She was laying her egg, and ergo Mabel!But now Mabel is laying her eggs for the third generation to come! I am sure she will tell her children that they must always be proud to be a magpie and nothing else!
It gets me every time when I hear Malays saying "I am Muslim first and Malay second" without really thinking the impact of the statement made. My generation we were and are still proud to be associated with the Malay race, a race filled with rich tradition and custom. Today more Malays are trying to be another entity rather than being what they are!
That beautiful morning, I was reading the NST but gave up after reading about rape, murder and mayhem and that insinuation the world is not a safe place to live but "never mind the government is there to protect you" crap! assurance! So I picked up this glossy new magazine given to me to read and I swear I could not follow the article which is purportedly written in "English" so I threw the magazined away.
Then somewhere that morning I saw this article written by this writer, or at least I thought she was. She said she spent time abroad with her diplomat father and both her parents taught her and her sibling that they should be "Muslim first and Malay second".
The Arabs tried Pan-Islamic Nationalism to fight Israeli Zionism but could not find a united front, so they changed it to Pan-Arabic Nationalism and realise the fight began to take shape. So you see not all Arabs are Muslim! The Kurds fought for their independence against the Iraq, Turkey and Iran based on their ethnic identity and they have somewhat won the war.
The Serb, Croat, Bosnian, Chechen, Afghan, Kashmiri, the Basque and many more ethnic groups fought for their rights based on their ethnic identity, but the fact that they are Orthodox-Christian, Catholic, Shiate, Sunni is just incidental.
Back to the Malays, they want to be identified as just Muslim and I find there is something that is not right with their mental well being and psyche! As for me I am a Malay first, but my religion has always been part of my ethnic identity, but it is definitely not second. It is part of me that I will say only between me and my God! As a Malay professing Islam as the religion I have no problem in fulfilling the tenets!
But when anyone ask me I will have no problem saying "Yes I am a Malay first and proud of it", as for my religion? Who are you, you sanctimonous bastard, to want to be reassured every time as to what religion do I profess?
To MRH,C and Anonymous! I guess what I am trying to say is Malays should not be ashamed to be Malay first, and you will always have your religion, and be cool man! Fight for your ethnic identity or forever hold your peace!
Posted by Pasquale at 10:04 AM