was this question put to you on
being an exemplary Muslim state. As a Malaysian (ex-Muslim) I would like
to dismiss this farce once and for all.
is a federation
of peninsular Malaya, Sabah & Sarawak (in
) formed in 1963. It was a British colony for more than 130 years. In
a way, the British did
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.
the Brits decided to grant
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.
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.
bulwark that prevented the encroachment of nascent Islamism is the import
of Indian and Chinese workers into
. When they were granted citizenship,
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
states are ruled by secular parties. This, coupled with the Malays
being generally peaceful people, led to
's development as a peaceful and prosperous nation.
no mistakes about it.
is a secular nation, like
. 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
being a Muslim nation, is partly rhetoric against the opposition party,
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
is why FFI is important to
. 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
, can be subdued and defanged.
What about Malaysia?
Muslim burial for Malaysian hero