As I write this, almost 100 comments have been posted in response to my article titled ‘The four-letter word called SEX’. I have picked up just four of these comments to reply to. I hope this will trigger some debate as I feel we need more discourse on what ails Malaysia. I have not edited or amended any of these comments and have published them as is.
NO HOLDS BARRED
Raja Petra Kamarudin
1. It’s wicked for RPK to say “The Malay mind can be summarised in just three words - sex, sex, sex!” There’s got to be something in between having sex.
The greedy Chinese have in their mind three letters “KTM” - Kuda, Toto and Magnum before the next orgy. The pious Malays remain pure with Konkek, Tidur and Makan. -- 1Beruk
1Beruk, you said, “the pious Malays remain pure with Konkek, Tidur and Makan.” But that’s just it. If you really were ‘pious Malays’, then you would perform what Islam regards as the most important task of all. And that is to practice ‘amar makruf, nahi munkar’. You know what that means, right? It means to uphold righteousness and fight against evil.
According to Islam, there are many levels of riba’ (usury) and the sin of the lowest level of riba’ tantamount to the sin of sexual intercourse of with your own father/mother (to quote Sheikh Imran Hosein). Usury means to earn money without any titik-peluh (without sweating or without doing any hard work). And bribery is within the category of riba’.
While I constantly hear Malays bashing other Malays regarding this man or that woman being involved in sexual misconduct, there is a deafening silence from Malays about the sin of riba’ (bribery) when that sin tantamount to the sin of sexual intercourse with your own mother/father.
So which ‘pious Malays who remain pure’ are you referring to? The Malays who remain silent about what matters most -- corruption, abuse of power, plundering of the national coffers, etc?
2. Feel free to bash Malays and Muslims here. You guys just made my work easier to explain to the Malay community how hypocrite you guys are. You guys talk about "Colour blind policy la, no discrimination la, equality la", then when RPK comes to Malay-Muslim bashing, it seems you guys changed to the other side of coin.
By the way, I'll start a campaign amongst my Malay friends and relatives to vote for Malays only. Judging from the comments in Malaysia Today for many years, I dare to say that I don't trust you non-malay guys..!! -- Anti-secularist
Anti-secularist, I agree with you and this is what I have been saying for so, so many years. If I write an article critical of the Malays/Muslims, the applause brings the house down. But if I make one, just one, remark against the Indians, the Hindraf people will scream RACIST! And if I criticise the Chinese, suddenly I am no longer a towering Malay, a national hero, and whatnot. Suddenly I am a chao kah bugger (bangsat).
I have reminded the Chinese from way back that they whack the Malays/Muslims at their own peril. It just makes it easier for PERKASA, PEKIDA, Umno, etc., to tell the Malays to vote Umno because the Chinese are their enemies and not their friends. And all they need to do is come to Malaysia Today for the proof to support this allegation.
3. I remembered when you posted videos instead of articles under this column not to long ago. I also remembered that after one or two days you updated those videos with Chinese translation. Why so Pete?
Reason I ask is that why can't you have your articles translated into Malay? The article above and most of your writings describe what you see wrong with Malay Muslims in this country. Your articles about what you see wrong with the Malay mindset should be given to the Malays to be read. Sadly as I am sure you are aware the level of English mastery (at least among the Malays) in this country is pathetic, most Malays would not get the message you are trying to send in your articles.
As you might be aware as well, Malays in general do not like to be mocked or to be told that they've been doing things wrong. However sometimes tough love has to be given but sadly your tough love message to the Malays I'm afraid is not being fully understood. Please try and find someone who can translate your articles into Malay. Could you also make sure the translation does not lose its intended message. -- Shafiq
Shafiq, the Chinese who translated my articles into Chinese did it on their own initiative. I did not ask them to do it. I am trying to get people to also translate my articles into Malay but no one seems to be interested or to have the time.
Some Malays, on their own initiative, have launched a Bahasa Malaysia version of Malaysia Today. The address is here: http://m2daybm.blogspot.com/. The problem is to get people to translate my articles. “Please try and find someone who can translate your articles into Malay,” you said. I would be very prepared to allow YOU (and maybe some of your friends if you can speak to them) to help do this translation work. Are you interested?
I am tired of people telling me that I should do this and should do that. Why can’t YOU do it? If it needs to be done, and if it is important enough, then do it yourself. Don’t keep expecting others to do it. Do you expect me, alone, to do the work of educating the Malays and to try to change their mindset?
Is not Islam about the ummah? We call ourselves ‘Ummah Islam’, the Muslim Community. So where is this community spirit that Islam shouts about? Why is the community sleeping?
I know Malays do not like to be mocked. Nobody likes to be mocked, not even I. But the Malays have a saying: sayang anak, kena pukul. So I whack the Malays not because I hate the Malays but because I love them (in fact, I love ALL Malaysians whether they are Malays or otherwise). And I have said this before. If I hated the Malays I would just ignore them and let them dig their own graves and bury themselves in the ground.
Shafiq, you just do not know how much my heart bleeds for the Malays. When I was in my 20s and 30s back in the 1970s and 1980s, I used the gentle approach. Then I was in the Dewan Perniagaan Melayu. That was 30 or 40 years ago. I am now 61. How long do you think I still have to live? In maybe 10 years time (or could be less) I will be dead. I no longer enjoy the luxury of time. Time is not on my side. I am in a hurry before I die. So now I whack, whack, whack, and then go to my grave knowing I have tried my best for the people of my father’s ethnicity. The rest I leave to God.
4. Uncle Pete,
Is there any possibility maybe in another 20, 30, 40 years so on, that Muslim can convert to Christian peacefully in Malaysia? Or it will be never happen? -- HermoineGranger
HermoineGranger, I don’t know. But by then I will not be around any longer anyway. My task now, while I am still alive, is to try to make the Muslims convert to Islam. That in itself is so difficult. They think they are already practising Islam but in reality they are not.
So let’s talk about now, not about 20, 30, or 40 years in the future when I will already be dead.
And for those other comments, sorry that I did not respond here. If I do, this piece will be ten pages long.
Translated into Chinese at: http://ccliew.blogspot.com/2011/09/blog-post_26.html