Dare to be yourself?

January 24, 2016

and those who dare to be themselves let alone being different would be subjects of not just ridicule but meant to be burnt by the fire, to be annihilated. The call for participation in the war against Dissidents of the Norms being drummed into the minds of the compliant believers, amplified and blared with impunity (no loudspeakers just horns or the high horses) . Who would dare challenge the commands originating from the pulpits. Who dare ask? Often The situation was just too comfortable and the alternative too scary for the lazy herd .

Often the simplistic conclusion was to solely blame the nobility. In reality it was the case of one depending on the other to perpetuate control, to subjugate others, to hijack all rights to being oneself to being freemen, robbing all rights not to belong to any herd. Easily done with the instruments of state at their total disposal (A page from medieval Spain or that medieval kingdom irrespective of the flag of the deen or the God they submit to)

 

 


The society I grew up in

January 24, 2016

Someone wrote this about the Malay in him . He is kelantanese a descendent of a petit beaureucrat installed by the Siamese. Later the family lorded over the Rakyat on behalf of the Brits. Here is his assessment of the situation under the present political and religious hegemony

“”Are we not the ra’ayat’ who are being multi-subdued by a political hegemony too complicated for us to understand.? The religion that appeals due to its simplicity but made to be difficult at the call and beckon of a clergy class that monopolised interpretation. …a comprehensive subjugation that is still not completely cleared off until today, if not enforced further. A reinforcement with renewed legitimacy in every religious establishment putting weight and burden of retardation on the ‘ra’ayat’ still, the ‘ra’ayat ‘ empowered by mechanical possession with no will of mind and thinking.

I grew up in this circumstances, of a madrasah with feudal lord patronage with a momentary revolutionary fervour that retreated once again into that mind of the oppressed ra’ayat squalor right into the perceived sophistication of urbanisation and modernisation that we see today””


Beza ular dan naga

June 25, 2014

Apa beza
ular dan naga hai pendita

Naga mengejar Mastika ilmu

Biar berbatik coraknya
Terjelir lidahnya
ular tetap ular
#Mastika dijajanya


Tidak kah pernah terfikir – Pemahaman takrifan siapa Bani Israel dan Yahudi itu salah?

December 20, 2012

Apakah  perbezaan antara Bani Israel, Warga Israel Dan Yahudi? (Israelites, citizens of Israel and Jews). Ramai yang ambil pukal bahawa Israel, yang Yahudi itu dilaknati Allah dan musuh Islam.  Adakah ini betul?

Satu soalan yang mudah tetapi ramai yang terkeliru dan yang terpesong. Sebelum diperincikan satu persatu perbezaan diantara istilah  diwadah  yang lain, saya membincangkan  disini proses pemesongan dan kesan yang besar kepada penghayatan dan kefahaman ajaran ALLAH.

Walaupun dari segi akidah kejahilan sebegitu mungkin tidak menyesatkan, ia menghadkan kebebasan pemikiran dan peluang menikmati keindahan Islam sejagat dan keindahan pehubungan antara manusia. Bukan itu sahaja kita menjadi sebahagian dari masaalah bukan membantu untuk selesaikan masaalah.

Perkara yang sebaliknya  sering dipersoal: tak tahukah mereka perbezaan diantara Teroris/Pengganas, Islam, Arab, warga Saudi  atau Afghan atau muslim? Sering didebat dan dirintih, malahan ramai yang tak bersalah menjadi mangsa.

Tidakah pernah terfikir, apakah kita tidak lakukan perkara yang sama sehingga khatib dimimbar pun berkhutbah Yahudi wajib diperangi, mengeluarkan hadis darah Yahudi itu halal tanpa membezakan siapa itu Yahudi, siapa itu Israel siapa itu Bani Israel. Kepada yang baru berjinak kepada Islam dah tentu keluar dengan kepercayaan Islam itu RASIS anti Yahudi, Anti semetik.

Tidakkah kita terfikir yang mungkin kita jadi mangsa mereka  yang sengaja memesongkan kerana niat buruk, prejudis dan fahaman perkauman/rasis  mdenebal yang diwarisi? Tidakkah kita ingat yang peperangan dan perselisihan diantara Arab Israel telah berlanjutan begitu lama, begitu juga pertelagahan Judeo- kristian-Islam yang menjangkau ribuan tahun. Tidak kah kita terfikir sedikit sebanyak kita mewarisi prejudis ini tanpa disedari dan tanpa banyak soal?

Adalah wajib kita bebaskan diri dari prejudii Ini dengan berfikir dan menyoal amalan dan kepercayaan yang diwarisi. Sekiranya kita gagal, kita hanya  bolih menyalahkan diri sendiri.

Langkah pertama yang wajib dilakukan adalah berfikir menguna akal dan merujuk kepada Ibu Kitab iaitu AlQuran.

Seburuk makhluk disisi Allah adalah yang buta dan tuli yang tak guna AQAL (8:22)”

Berhati-hati apabila merujuk kepada Terjemahan Alquran. Walaupun ia dipanggil Terjemahan, kebanyakan yang dipasaran khususnya terjemahan Melayu adalah Tafsiran. Ia menjadi tafsiran kerana diselitkan diantara ayat selalunya didalam kurungan, fahaman sipentafsir. Terjemahan yang lebih tepat adalah “word by word” atau yang literal, atau terjemahan istilah dan perkataan satu persatu.

Kepada umat melayu yang menguasai bahasa Inggeris, risiko salah tafsir berkurangn kerana terdapat puluhan Terjemahan. Dimanamana timbul sangsi, perbandingan dibuat malahan terdapat kemudahan untuk mengkaji hingga ke kata pokok dengan mudah.

Didalam Tafsiran beginilah Terjemahan yang salah dibuat, walau tidak sengaja diselitkan prejudis dan fahaman yang diwarisi penterjemah. Kita ambil contoh ayat berikut

An-Nisa (4:53) Patutkah ada bagi mereka (Kaum Yahudi itu) sesuatu bahagian dari kekuasaan memerintah? (Tidak, bahkan kalau ada) maka sudah tentu mereka tidak akan memberikan sedikitpun kebaikan kepada manusia.

Bagaimanapun bila kita rujuk didalam ayat asal, kita tidak berjumpa pun perkataan  YAHUDI didalamnya.

مْ لَهُمْ نَصِيبٌ مِّنَ الْمُلْكِ فَإِذًا لَّا يُؤْتُونَ النَّاسَ نَقِيرًا

Am lahum naseebun mina almulki fa-ithan la yu/toona alnnasa naqeeran

dimana perkataan Yahudi? sah tiada namun diselitnya Yahudi

Bukankah ini satu penafsiran yang salah? Didalam konteks ayat ini dari ayat 4:50 hingga 4:54 tiada pun disebut istoilah yahudi. Kumpulan yang dirujuk adalah  orang yang mencipta dusta keatas Allah, sebagai contoh kaum atau kumpulan manusia yang telah menerima kitab yang mempercayai tahyul dan menyembah makhluk lain, memilih sebahagian dan tak mengendahkan yang lain.

Bukan kah dengan mentafsir sedemikian kita telah membidaah quran Allah? Bukan kah ayat ini bolih merujuk kepada sipembaca, KITA?
Bandingkan pula  dengan terjemahan bahasa Inggeris untuk ayat yang sama “Or have they a share of dominion? Then , they would not give the people the speck on a date seed”

Adakah  mereka telah diberi  kongsi kuasa alam?  Jika diberi tidak akan mereka beri kepada manusia lain  walau selaput dibiji kurma

Jauh sekali beza terjemahannya dari dua punca berlainan.

Cara terbaik yang bolih kita lakukan khususnya yang baru berjinak memahami AlQuran adalah dengan tidak membaca apa yang terkandung didalam kurungan supaya kurang risiko salah erti. Juga usaha untuk merujuk kepada Terjemahan lain untuk mengelak salah terjemahan.

Kepada Allah juga kita pohon Hidayah dan dia jugalah yang dapat lindungi kita  dari syaitan yang direjam.


I am in BalikPAPAN

November 8, 2012

There was this book, my canadian friend Donald Warnatzh, gave me, “90 days across Borneo” written by his fellow countryman who walked across the rainforest of BOrneo. He travelled on foot from Kuching to Balik Papan.

One story that remained in my mind was this phrase “mother of all parties” to describe the festivities of the dayaks the writer was invited to, complete with the rice wine, the sultry dayak Women and the gongs. He could have come from the frigid Arctic but the the mention of the wine, the women, the swines, the days of partying and combine that with gambir sarawak,it would be difficult to match the geity and fun.

I did that yesterday, flying from Kuala Lumpur across the Island of Borneo in the comfort of Air travel with the redhot air asia girls for company and the redhot pak yassin’s nasi lemak for lunch.

Whilst in the air, i saw miles after miles of rainforest, and I was trying to spot that longhouse where that Canadian had so much fun.

You could sense the optimism in the air. A new airport was under construction. The boulevard to the city was well kept and clean and the buildings way above my expectation. Balikpapan, is the cleanest and the most well organized Indonesian city I have been to.

I tweeted:

“In Balikpapan u get this sense of public law n order where TERTIB is the culture unlike home where even banglas dare break traffic rules”

“It is not even 7, the sun is already high up as if it is 9”

“Bebek goring (fried duck) for the world, better then KFC”

“I am in Balik Papan where you could see numerous platforms from the shore, unexplored tropical jungle, giant caterpillars. Any MCOB here? Logging, mining and E&P or chasing the puteri Dayak”

” Balikpapan: I see more poor ppl in SG Way then here and the market much better organized, This is Reformasi Indonesia”

If Balik Papan were to be the indicator of what Indonesia is today, then the future is indeed bright for this great country.

Tomorrow I am going to vist SAMARINDA, of that sarong fame. I just discovered that samarinda originated from the phrase SAMA RENDAH, to depict the equality of men. A sound democracy, combined with reduced corruption, the wealth of the country and the tenacity and enterprising people the only direction for Indonesia is up up and away….


terlajak perahu boleh berundur, terlajak kata say lah I am sorry

September 9, 2012

Terlajak perahu boleh berundur

terlajak kereta boleh gostan

terlajak kata say lah I am sorry

katalah I am sori bebanyak kali

yang dengor lemutkan hati

yang terbuat sedor diri

say soli sekali lagi

siraturahim tak lah tiori

jangan sakit ati

sakit badan ubek leh boli

sakit ati merana diri


Mat Indera & MPAJA – your hero could be my villain

September 3, 2011

The Malayan People Against the Japanese Army, MPAJA, played the role of a resistance movement, during the Japanese occupation of Malaya. Now, after 60 years, Mat Indera, a key member of the Johore MPAJA is the subject of a controversy. Should the MPAJA/Mat Indera  be honored? Is Mat Indera a hero, a freedom fighter? Such debates  if done without  chauvinism and cynicism could be healthy . Unfortunately, that is not often the case. The cynicism and chauvinism that skew rational arguments are too visible.

If only  Malaysians could discuss the subject openly and rationally, it would reflect well of a maturing, self-assured nation, with diminishing insecurities. Malaysian should be confident and magnanimous to recognize the roles of the many people from all sides of the divides who charted the history of the country.

Was the MPAJA effective in fighting against the Japanese, to merit honor? The Japanese surrendered because of Hiroshima. The  MPAJA was no match for the might of the Japanese Imperial Army. But, neither was the last stand of the platoon led by Lt Adnan of the Royal Malay Regiment in defending Bukit Timah.

It is not about winning or the right match to merit honor. It is the courage, the spirit, the patriotism, the valor, that are to be admired and earn  a place in the honour’s roll.

To the proponent of the MPAJA , the sales pitch has been to tell the people that  the 3 star symbol  signify the three main component races of the then Malaya. But it has been well understood that  it is the same  red stars of the Communist Party of China. The British knew very well that the organization had been infiltrated by the communists but they were pragmatic  and smart  enough to exploit the anti Japanese sentiments amongst the Chinese, exploiting the deep resentment of the Japanese after  the massacre of Nanking.

It did not help the MPAJA cause  that it was disproportionately represented by the Chinese with a sprinkling of Malay fighters one of which was the BATU PAHAT born Mat Indera. The communist inclined MPAJA did not appeal to the Malays. The frustration and the resistance and the retaliations by both sides proved to be MPAJA’s undoing in Batu Pahat, the hot bed of anti Japanese and anti MPAJA movement in Malaya.

To honor means, to give high respect, credit and distinction. However, before honoring people with hero status let us examine the quality of heroes we want.  We want our heroes to be having  distinguished courage or ability, admired for brave deeds and posses noble qualities.

If we apply the above test to the MPAJA, the group would have easily qualified for courage, ability, brave deeds but unfortunately they failed in the noble qualities test. Even their patriotism is suspect to some, because of the link with the anti communist led  Japanese movement of CHINA.

All over the country there are still living custodians of history, with first hand experience of going through hell, being at the receiving end of the MPAJA.  Before HIROSHIMA, there were just too many fellow Malayans, who suffered for refusing  to support the likes of Mat Indera and Chin Peng. THE MPAJA failed miserably  to win the hearts and mind of the people particularly the Malays. The chauvinism amongst many chinese in the MPAJA did not help either.

In Johor, particularly in Parit Sulong, Sri Medan, Bagan, Batu Pahat the atrocities of the MPAJA, the banning of religious related activities amongst the Malays and the notoriety  of  Mat Indera, not to mention the numerous Chinese, resulted in the uprising against the MPAJA led by Panglima Salleh. Dato Onn the district officer of Batu Pahat at that time, was the person responsible to arrest the uprising from flaring further before law and order was restored.

The people themselves revolted against MPAJA without the Police or Government intervention.  The Malays established a self defence movement named the GERAKAN MUHAMADIAH. They did not fight for the Japanese nor was it on behalf of the British. They were fighting against the notoriety of the MPAJA. This revolt was more widely known as Perang Parang Panjang  and it stretched over a few years and not just the period after the fall of the Japanese.

Mat Indera and the MPAJA were just too atrocious to the Malays. The communist streaks were laid bare, the Malays were given a baptism of fire by the MPAJA who by then were inspired by what was happening in China and further motivated by the fall of Japan. Because of their notoriety they became enemies of the people.

The Perang Parang Panjang has often been wrongly projected as a chinese-malay  racial clash. No it was not, there were many innocent victims, no doubt. It was a faith-based fight to protect their own interest and their rights against the communist ideology. The big picture was the fight against the suppression, the chauvinism and  notoriety of the communist inclined MPAJA. The account  of the war is best and fairly narrated and recorded in the book Red Stars over Malaya.

To classify Mat Indera and MPAJA  as a   resistance movement   should be acceptable ,a notorious, communist inclined resistance movement,  but  to make heroes out of them, in my opinion is rather misplaced.