On Monday 16th May, PM Najib must have been one extremely proud person to be invited to speak at the Oxford Islamic Centre of the University of Oxford, United Kingdom on a subject titled ‘The coalition of the moderates and inter civilisational understanding’. It is a prestigious centre for Islamic studies established in 1985 where distinguished visiting lecturers are frequently invited to speak at the centre. Former Malaysian Prime Ministers i.e. Tun Mahathir Mohamed and Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi were among the many past speakers at the centre. The Patron of the centre is HRH The Prince of Wales.
I had a cursory read of the speech by PM Najib at the centre and I wondered who prepared the script? I am touched by the opening words where Najib said, “Diversity, dialogue and peaceful co-existence are important in Islam”. I wonder whether the words were meant to describe Islam as a religion that propagates universal co-existence regardless of ethnicity, creed, colour and religious belief, or was Najib referring it specifically to the Malaysian people. Regardless for whom the words were meant, it carries a deep meaning that is very much in need now more than ever before by all Malaysians.
As I read along, another sentence caught my attention when PM Najib said, “In Malaysia, Islam is synonymous with moderation, inclusiveness and good governance”. But what we see happening in the country today is the contrary and this give raise to questions by all peace loving Malaysians. I too begin to question whether Najib actually believes in what he says, or knows what is happening around him in the country today. My fear is that he is being shielded from the truth by the little Napoleons’ and gate keepers that surrounds him constantly; sees with blinkered eyes, and furnished with all that is good for his hearing only.
I believe a lot of truth has been kept away from him; hence the deafening silence over some serious issues that can badly affect the ethnicity and religious harmony among the people of this country. I last wrote about Perkasa’s Ibrahim Ali and his talks about leading a crusade against Malaysian Christians. I also wrote about Muslims slandering another fellow Muslim without any sense of responsibility and fear of Allah’s retribution. Of course, I have written lots of article about the need to fight corruption that is so rampant in this country today, and a sure recipe towards the country’s eventual destruction. And with so much of irregularities in our judicial system that is no longer seem to be independent off the executive; we can say that we will not have the full protection of the law in matters affecting the rights and privileges of individuals? Just try and say something that is not in consonant with the government, one can be arrested quickly with wide ranging charges (some crumpled) and kept safely in police custody. I do not wish to talk about custodial death anymore because there have been much too many cases without any positive and satisfactory outcome for the aggrieved families. And are we to believe too that there is so much of freedom of speech and assembly? Quoting RPK when he said that there is freedom of speech before one speaks, but not after one speaks.
My only hope and desire is for PM Najib to read back all that was written in his speech, and to reflect the many quotations from the holy Quran that he had used. Words quoted from the holy Quran are pure words of God, and it is not to be used unless one truly believes in those words, and practices its meaning to the letter. It is never to be used to build up one’s image as a God believing and fearing person.
If only PM Naijb preaches and practice what he says, then this country will not be in a state that it is today where ethnicity and religious tolerance has taken a serious beating by irresponsible politician like Ibrahim Ali, the war monger.
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