Saturday, February 07, 2009

Rainy season and the frogs

I read with great interest the drama that is unfolding in Perak, the silver state. My sister thinks Najib deserves an Oscar for the Best Director award.

So much have been reported on the printed and online media, you can read all you want. In politics there are no friends forever, and no enemies forever, that's what people say.

What are we expecting from those folks who are suddenly elevated to positions of power and hang a Yang Berhormat title before their names? Just because they are swept into position during the anti-BN wave of March 8th, we expect them to be more than human? The YB, by the way, translates into "The Respected Ones".

We expect them to look in contempt the millions of ringgit offered to them (allegedly) to jump ship? We expect them to say no to the luxuries and wealth that each of us secretly long for in our hearts? Big cars, towering mansions, overseas holidays, trophies of wealth... things that our society declare to be symbols of success in this world, we expect the YBs to shun away from?

I don't even expect pastors to do that, let alone politicians. Even though I really hope they do.

We expect the Perak Sultan in all his wisdom and high moral ground, to make a wise and fair decision that pleases all?

Are we expecting too much from mere men? The Book suggests a "better" way, if you dare to believe it.

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
Rom 3:23

It is better to trust in the LORD than to depend on people.
It is better to trust in the LORD than to depend on human leaders.

Psa 118:8,9

Don't put too much hope on me too. I am going to disappoint you someday, and I apologize in advance.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Some attitude problem

Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, leader of the Upko political party in Sabah and Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, said the terminology is widely used in Indonesia and also in Arab countries by Christians.

'So it is a universal terminology used in the Christian world when they are praying in their vernacular language. There is no reason for the Home Ministry to continue harassing the Catholic Herald,' The Malaysian Insider reported him as saying.

His Cabinet colleague, Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, hit back at him last Saturday when he told Mingguan Malaysia: 'There are some non-Muslim leaders who are asking that permission be granted so that the word 'Allah' can be used, using Indonesia as an example.

'This is Malaysia. Do not equate us with another country. We are an Islamic country as stated in the Constitution,' he said, adding that there was a hidden agenda to use the word 'Allah' in the Herald, the Catholic publication.

Misquoted? Maybe. By the way, the report is from a Singaporean newspaper. I doubt any Malaysian newspaper would want to publish this, lest they want to lose Sabah and Sarawak in the next election.

So, if the word "Allah" becomes banned in Christian literature, you're gonna burn all the BM/Indon Bibles in Malaysia? You're gonna burn their songbooks and ban songs that contain "Allah"? You're gonna tear down signboards that contain the word, coz the word is now your copyright?

And you threaten your non-Muslim population with this?

'Don't play with fire and challenge the Muslims. We are willing to do anything to protect our religion,' he warned.

It never cease to amaze me how politicians take one or two sentence out of the Constitution/Law and stretch it as far as they like to justify their ideology.

Seriously, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, I don't want this guy to be my country's leader. And also the party that condones this kind of attitude.