Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A Sweet Touch

First, Perkasa’s Ibrahim Ali fanned the flames of discord. Then, pamphlets were allegedly distributed by a little-known group called Pasukan Bertindak Anti-Bible Bahasa Melayu (Anti-Bible Action Force) urging Muslims to join in a Malay Bible-burning event on Sunday in Butterworth, Penang.

A squall of protests confronted Perkasa’s threat to burn copies of the Bible and in the end, the Malay rights group backed down and said it no longer wanted to torch the Christian scriptures.

“We do not plan any more to burn (bibles),” Perkasa secretary-general Syed Hassan Syed Ali told The Malaysian Insider on Sunday. What a climb-down!

It turned out to be a non-starter. But, why must Ibrahim Ali create a climate of disquieting tension in the first place? Why nary a sound from him now? For all you know, he may be burying his head in the ground!

And in Johore, it was reported that PAS and PKR flags were being defaced with the symbol of the Cross. I wonder who is responsible for these acts of mischief? If indeed this state is an UMNO fortress, why worry?

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Still in the aftermath of this uneasiness between the Muslim and Christian communities, it was heartening that the PAS Al-Mursyidul Am Tuan Guru Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat not only met up with the Roman Catholic Bishop of the Penang Diocese (which covers Penang, Kedah, Perlis, Perak and Kelantan), Bishop Sebastian Francis but that he also presented a cake to the latter – a sweet touch, a gesture that is bound to be warmly received by all except the bigots.

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Recalling his Monday meeting with the Bishop in Penang, Nik Aziz wrote on his hugely popular Facebook fanpage that his visit to Penang had succeeded in its mission to encourage religious harmony.

It is noteworthy to mention that both leaders agreed that so much energy had been wasted on religious polemics which could have been channelled to more important issues.

“I don’t know what the mainstream media are going to say about my meeting with you!” Nik Aziz had quipped as he posed for a group photo.

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1 comment:

Patrick said...

LISTEN...LISTEN....LISTEN....Saner head shall prevail....Ibrahim Ali's brand of comedic relief is as hilarious as his looks! Imagine is we allow IA's brand of comedic relief to flourish in Malaysia? We'd definitely have Predator drones circulating in our skies with their cross-hairs solely on PERKASA. Which will be a good thing seeing that Najib and cohorts are too afraid to shorten his leash. Then we'd all be indebted to the Americans and their charitable gesture of sacrificing a USD 2M IA seeking missile......

Which brings me to a lovely tale of people's revolution. The mother of all revolutions that hasten the development of modern democracy..Les Miserables! Never once imagines Russel Crowe aka Gladiator AND Hugh Jackman aka Wolverine, singing together.....in the same platform...in period costumes!!! The movie was very well done and the choreography was excellent. Its true to Sir Andrew Loyd Webber's original play....like the last movie rendition of Phantom Of The Opera....Superb! Worth the RM 10 ticket or 10 mins download time. I rate this a definite 9/10......Les Miserables = BERSIH = HIMPUNAN????? Malaysia's own revolution.....?????