Thursday, October 16, 2014

Malaysia's Pig Population

Ridhuan Tee Abdullah loves controversy. In his October 13, 2014 column in Sinar Harian, the madcap lecturer wrote about his infatuation with the swine population in the country. But he illustrated it with iridescences of irony. "I do not insult pigs because pigs are Allah's creatures. But I cannot accept pigs outnumbering cows, chickens, goats and ducks in an Islamic country”.
He is clearly unhappy that the country has a surplus of pigs and that many of the hogs are exported. Obviously, the fact that an Islamic country is sending porkers overseas is reprehensible, repulsive and repugnant to him. He is also alarmed that Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali might give approval to the RM100 million integrated pig farming project in Selangor.
Then he started to bellyache about his fellow Chinese. Calling on Muslims to open their eyes, Ridhuan said whatever he writes comes from his heart (“it is presumptuous of him to believe he actually has a heart”) and that he knows better about the "ultra kiasu", a term he uses to describe those who challenge the position of Malays and Islam – a loose reference to the Chinese community.
He clarified: "If they are good, adhere to the constitution, acknowledge the right of Islam, the Malay race and language, the bumiputera and Malay rulers, I will keep quiet”.
Furthermore: "But if they oppose, I will not remain silent because they are the enemy, they want to build a nation within a nation".
The way he babbles, you would think that just as New Zealand is overrun with sheep, in this country, we are besieged by pigs. Pigs, pigs and pigs everywhere!
Yesterday, I made the rain-soaked trip to Setia Avenue in Seksyen U13, Setia Alam, Selangor to attend the EcoWorld Toastmasters Club meeting. I was stirred by members' hospitality and swayed by their enthusiasm.

Not forgetting too, the food (I must have been impressed because Emily Bong and I took photos) and more importantly, the meeting itself was both energizing and enlightening. Sure, there’s a lot they can improve on but they have their hearts in the right places. That itself is a good harbinger of better things to come. Speeches were good and they had equally good evaluations from experienced Toastmasters. I am happy they started on time and I am giving this meeting a 7 over 10 score.


1 comment:

Man U said...

Ridhuan Tee just frustrated because after he converted to Islam he unable to enjoy the meat anymore. That's why where ever he looks, all he can see is pork. Isn't it normal that everywhere a hungry person look he will see food?
During fasting month some stupid Muslims will get angry if someone eats in front of them because they cant control their own urges to eat. Since he is converted now, his is trying to copy the same