This is what the Agong said yesterday in conjunction with the Islamic new year,
“Religion is not something to be joked about. I am afraid that such an act will fuel the flames of racism and destroy the bond of unity between all races that has been built for a long time,” he said in conjunction with the Maal Hijrah celebration and commemoration of Warriors’ Day.
Apparently the king, not unlike me, was concerned over the current trend of people insulting other people's religions.
The king was careful not to be too direct about it, but I believe what he actually meant was the trend of insulting Islam by some people who get a kick out of rubbing dirt on Muslims' faces.
The obvious example was the comedy club couple case.
The less obvious example was the Loh Siew Hong case.
I have highlighted both cases in my previous postings.
I'm perfectly alright with people discussing religions but not if it was done with malicious intent.
For instance, if you want to explain why you prefer to worship multiple gods instead of just one, that should be alright.
Explain all you want, but you don't have to insult the people who worship only one God.
And if you want to explain why your religion prohibits you from eating pork or beef, then by all means please do so.
I'm alright with that as long as you don't resort to insulting the religion of those who eat those types of meat.
Personally, I find eating pork repulsive because as a Muslim, I was thought that way since I was a little kid.
But I don't go around calling people who eat pork as swines.
The most I ever did was say, "Urgh...I don't know how you can eat that."
Pigs are not exactly nice looking animals, okay. At least not to me.
Anyway, I did accidentally eat pork once.
It was when I was having breakfast at Corus Hotel near Hyde Park in London in early spring of 2009.
It was the sausages that I ate that morning. I forgot to check first and was only told later that they were pork.
Pork is so repulsive to me, that I remember the incident in detail till this day. I even remember that it was a rather cold morning.
By the way, the pork sausages actually tasted so good.
Back to the issue at hand, why did some people get a kick out of insulting Muslims by smearing their religion?
I think it's primarily because these people feel they are superior compared to the Muslims and resent them for being the majority in this democratic country and thus have the power to influence its direction.
How could a group of people whom for them were inferior have more say in this country?
These Muslims are after all less wealthy and educated than them.
They are mostly backward kampung people, while we are sophisticated urbanites who speak English (mostly the broken version though) and part of the woke culture.
So, let's insult the Muslims to vent our frustration over the whole arrangement in this country, and the best way to do it should be by hitting where it hurts them the most - their religion.
Hey, it was just a comedy. Why are you Muslims so unsophisticated and can't appreciate a joke?
Hey, we are handling this case as according to the laws. We are after all smart lawyers and you are just a bunch of uneducated fools. What? You all feel insulted? Fuck you and your religious sensitivities.
Well, at least that's how I see the attitude of those people.
You know, when the majority of Malay Muslims started to return their support to BN, not long after Pakatan's 2018 victory, many people blamed Umno for playing up racial and religious sentiments.
They also blamed the Malay Muslims for being so stupid for wanting to go back supporting a bunch of people whom according to them were corrupted to the core.
What they didn't even bother to consider was that so many things were said and done by Pakatan leaders and supporters after the 2018 election that hurt the feelings of Malay Muslims.
Pakatan people felt that the victory gave them the rights to do what ever they please, including disregarding the feelings of Malay Muslims.
I could give many examples, but the one that really hurt me was the way they handled the death of fireman Adib. I don't think I could ever forgive the irresponsible comments of Pakatan politicians and insulting behaviour of their supporters in the social media.
Well, they don't even seemed to learn even after the Pakatan government imploded following a series of BN's by-election victories.
I believe they know now that the 2018 Pakatan's victory won't happen again, at least not for a very long time, and all they could do now is to throw tantrums.
That's why now we see more and more incidents of these people lashing out by insulting Muslims and their religion.
They knew that most Muslims in this country now don't want to support their cause and therefore they don't feel the need to be nice anymore.
Upsetting the Muslims is the least they could do to express their sense of superiority.
Yeah, go ahead guys.
I'll just wait until the Muslims form a super majority in parliament and change all the laws.
Let's see what will happen then.