Thursday, January 12, 2006

Secular Malaysia ?
Secular Malaysia?
By Ilhan
Dear Ali,
There was this question put to you on Malaysia being an exemplary Muslim state. As a Malaysian (ex-Muslim) I would like to dismiss this farce once and for all.
Malaysia is a federation of peninsular Malaya, Sabah & Sarawak (in Borneo ) formed in 1963. It was a British colony for more than 130 years. In a way, the British did Malaysia a favour as the hundred-year rule resulted in a legacy of British law and constitution, excellent foundation for government administration & commerce. The British also laid the groundwork of the basic infrastructure of a modern nation (roads, telcos, utilities, postal service). Islamic influence was confined to the homes and mosques. The ulama only spew the rhetoric, at most.
When the Brits decided to grant Malaysia independence, they instituted a constitutional monarchy, where the king is but a figurehead, and the country is run by a democratically-elected government. This is British legacy. Malaysia is what it is not because of Islam, but because of western civilisation with its entrenched rule of law. The early leaders were secular anglophiles who followed everything British. This trend and influence went all the way until the current period.
Another bulwark that prevented the encroachment of nascent Islamism is the import of Indian and Chinese workers into Malaya . When they were granted citizenship, Malaysia guaranteed their rights to vote, and consequently, this led to them rejecting any Islam-based parties from ruling. Except for the seriously weakened state of Kelantan, all other Malaysia states are ruled by secular parties. This, coupled with the Malays being generally peaceful people, led to Malaysia 's development as a peaceful and prosperous nation.
Make no mistakes about it. Malaysia is a secular nation, like Turkey . Our first 3 Prime Ministers affirmed this, only to be overturned by Mahathir, who despite his vitriol against the West and the Jews, ushered in more modernisation. His rants on Malaysia being a Muslim nation, is partly rhetoric against the opposition party, PAS.
However, over the past 10 years, extremism is slowly creeping in. everywhere, Malay women are clad in hijab, and Malays are starting to exert more Islamic approaches to everything, including imposing shariah laws. The mitigating factor is the large population of economically influential non-Muslims (especially Chinese) which constitute 30% of the total population, who, by default, are the guardian of secularism in Malaysia .
That is why FFI is important to Malaysia . Before things deteriorate further, the middle class Malays (those who will become future leaders) must be enlightened about the bane of Islam before it is too late. I am doing my part to inform my friends & colleagues of this site. Some condemned it, but some embraced it quietly. Hopefully, it will reach critical mass over the next decade or so, so that when these people assume the position of power, Islam, if not eliminated in Malaysia , can be subdued and defanged.
What about Malaysia?
Dear Ali,
Your reader below asked the following question about Malaysia :
SkyliteSeven ______________________________________________________
"Dear Dr Ali Sina,
I was reading your article and you threw a challenge by saying “Show me one Islamic country that is prosperous and its people are free and happy or its jails are not filled with dissidents.” I was wondering if Malaysia fits the bill. What do you think? "
I want to clear up the confusion people have over Malaysia 's status as an Islamic country. Muslims are especially fond of pointing to Malaysia as a successful example, but is it really an Islamic country? The Federation of Malaysia, and I must stress the word FEDERATION, was formed in 1963 by the former British colony of Malaya, the crown colony of Singapore , and the largely Christian states of Sabah and Sarawak in Borneo island. At the time of Malaysia's formation, more than 50% of its population were non-Muslims - about 35% Bhuddist, 5% Hindu, 10% Christians and 10% agnostics/aethiests,animists,taoists,ancestral worshippers. It inherited its legal system and parliamentary form of government from the British. Islam was named the official religion out of deference to the Malays but we have to be clear that the federation of Malaysia was designed and formed to be a multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-lingual nation.
How its non-Muslim population percentages declined to about roughly 43% today out of a total population of 24 million was by kicking Singapore (today's population 4.5 million and 85% non-Muslim) out of the country in1965, giving PR and citizenship to large numbers of illegal Muslim Filipinos from Mindanao and Muslim Indonesians from Sumatra and Java (including Hambali, one of the world's most wanted terrorists), and making the environment so hostile to non-Muslims that an estimated 1 million fled to Western countries or to Singapore because they felt their future was no longer secure in Malaysia. Like elsewhere in the world, the birthrate of Muslims also exceeded that of non-Muslims. Still, even at about 43%, the non-Muslim composition of this country is nothing to be sneezed at. How this farce of being a Islamic country came about was when the former dictator, oops, I mean Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad, unilaterally announced that Malaysia is an Islamic country to appease ultra-Islamists at home and because he wanted to gain influence in the OIC (Organization of Islamic Countries). He also embarked on an Islamization exercise in the government when he came into power in the early 1980's called "Penerapan Nilai Nilai Islam" or the adoption of Islamic Values. He established Jabatan Islams or Islamic Departments and elevated the status of the syariah court till even the National High Court can be over ruled by the Syariah court!
As for Malaysia as a successful nation, much of the wealth generated in Malaysia are by non-Muslims. Most of the successful entrepreneurs and workers of global MNCs are non-Muslims. The Muslims, since they control the government, have official policies that discriminate against the non-Muslims. That's why many non-Muslims convert to Islam for a better chance at promotion in the government or to get government contracts and not because they believe in Islam. If any reader doubts, this, they should visit Malaysia and see for themselves. The government goes around claiming Malaysia 's achievements to be Islamic when non-Muslims contribute greatly to the nation's success. This is a gross injustice. Many muslims around the world are so desperate for a role model country that they quickly point to Malaysia not realizing much of what makes Malaysia successful is its non-Muslim population.
Nevertheless, as a result of this overt oppression of non-Muslims, Malaysia is actually less successful today than it should be. In fact, Malaysia should at the very least be as successful or more than Singapore , given its similar history as British colonies and the added advantage of vast natural resources. But this is not the case. Tiny Singapore is richer and more advanced than Malaysia . It is very fortunate that many Malays do not really practice Islam or the situation could be even worse! Malays, who were once Hindus, Bhuddists and animists and are by nature gentle, easy going and playful, are also feudalistic and obedient to their rulers and since their rulers tell them they must be Muslim, they don't fight back. Sadly, the utlra-Islamists have confused Malays so much many have lost their Malay identity and think they are only Muslims or even Muslim Arabs! Those Malays that want to leave Islam are threatened or denied legal status as non-Muslims. Google 'Ayah Pin' and 'Lina Joy' for details. Living in Malayisa, where non-Muslims are under increasing threat from Muslim authorities, I totally agree with you that Muslims have a religious agenda and that is to eventually subjugate non-Muslims Kaffirs and Dhimmis as required by the Koran. They will say one thing in front of non-Muslims to placate them but in front of Muslims they will say another.
As for peace and tolerance, it is a one way street. Muslims tell non-Muslims, don't speak up and don't talk about Islam and there will be peace and harmony. Isn't that like extortion and gangsterism? Muslim groups even opposed an inter-faith council this year saying it will threaten Islam! I invite all readers to visit open forums like and to see what the real Malaysia is like and don't believe government propaganda or clueless journalists.

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