I found it interesting when look at the array of local newspapers available today concerning the BBC interview with Anwar Ibrahim. What I found amazing was that the interview made the headlines on the front page of a Malay vernacular paper while in the STAR, and English tabloid, it only occupied a very small unnoticeable column on page 12.
The English version was straight forward while the Malay version had other motives. I guess it is a battle of the minds within the Malay Muslim community. Even though Anwar meant well, but the usual twist and turn makes it look like he is promoting gayism and of course its activities, all unacceptable in Islam. It would be better if Anwar avoided these bobby traps and get down to doing what needs to be done.
What I find equally amazing is that people who have plundered the country’s wealth, murders etc, have yet to be tried justly and punished or may have been tried and given holiday sentences, to be viewed by the same community in general with indifference but yet when it comes to sodomy, there is s hue and cry. Are not all kinds of offences treated with severity in Islam, but yet SODOMY occupies the headlines!
When further reflect on this issue, is it not archaic when we view the 20 year prison term in comparison to one year for plunder the nation’s wealth? I definitely believe that such laws are outdated while those in practice truly a joke.
In concluding, it can be said that there is a need to look at justice with a conscience rather than to manipulate it to serve specific interest.
Note: Hj. Mokhtar Stork blogs on http://thinkaloudtoday.wordpress.com
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