Monday, May 25, 2015

Arabisation of the Malays must be checked! Hurrah for a brave voice!

Marina Mahathir. Took me a while to realise but she pesonify the progressive Malay women of Malaysia and not many of them are around anymore

Arabisation of Islam in Malaysia is critical and it must be checked.
The Malays are the most easily influence group in the country and Umno leaders are now using Arabisation of ISlam for more firm control over them.  Malay women are given a "gentle suasion" (read: do it or suffer) to be more subservient to their Malay men.
I feel  that over the last almost 60 years the Malay culture is slowly deacaying into a natural death where all aspect of the beautiful Malay culture where baju Melayu, baju kurung and kebaya are not seen anymore and women are encourage by the Muslim-Malay male dominated political system of the country to practice "tribal Islam" rather than the progressive one.
For this dudes, I am with Marina Mahathir, I may have not agreed with some of her stance in the past but on this score I am apt to agree with her.  Marina on this subject I am with you keep it up you have my complete support.
Below is an artilce which appeared in Malay Mail online:

 KUALA LUMPUR, May 23 — Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir has criticised the “Arabisation” of Islam in Malaysia amid the institutionalisation and growing conservatism of the faith here.
The social activist pointed out that that it is very difficult to find traditional “baju Melayu” for women during Hari Raya as Arab attire like kaftans, which are long tunics, became more popular instead over the years.
“This is just Arabisation. Our culture — it’s colonialism, Arab colonialism,” Marina told Malay Mail Online in a recent interview here.
“Kaftans are easy to wear. But what happened to our tradition, culture, everything? It’s lost,” she lamented, pointing out that Malay women below 50 generally do not know how to tie the ‘baju kurung’ skirt so that it falls into pleats and makes it easier to walk in.
The eldest child of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Islam’s biggest problem in Malaysia is the fear of knowledge of the religion itself.  Read more here....
And read more about her here....

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