The Real Enemy of Malaysia……. by Mariam Mokhtar

This is a re-posting of an e-mail I received. I would like to say that some of my good friends are Muslim. They are accepting of all people and all Faiths. It is the radical few that cause the problems, and unfortunately. since they raise the biggest stink, they are often given more notice than due. The article is dated May 9th 2011;


This Lady is really brave, dares to speak her mind even the subject matter is religion which is considered “sensitive” in Malaysia. I have read some of her other equally bold lampoons, not tampoons please!

If you or I write like this, we will find ourselves arrested and consigned to Taiping Jail under ISA without trial and for any length of time they don’t like your flipping face!


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The Ugly Muslim

The Muslim NGO Pembela is wrong to blame Christianity for the alleged decline of Islam in Malaysia because the worst enemies of Islam, in Malaysia , are from within the ranks of the Muslims.

Islam may be a beautiful religion, but some of the Muslims in Umno, Utusan Malaysia, and the extremist groups like Perkasa and Pembela are ugly. Islam may preach love and tolerance, but Muslims in Umno, Utusan, Perkasa and Pembela are bigots who are consumed with hate.

Perhaps the so-called Muslims in these organisations, who profess to be true Muslims, are Muslim in name only.They lust after power and are aware that without the Malay vote, the activities of their party, their newspaper, their institution or their way of life (the Ketuanan Melayu lording it over other communities) will be curtailed or cease to exist altogether.

Umno has been stung by the successes of the Opposition in Sarawak . They then suffered further humiliation with PAS rejecting their overtures. So,their only recourse to remain in power, come the general election, has been to provoke and manipulate Malay/Muslim minds, especially the rural Malays.

Umno has capitalised on the power of distraction. The trick is to divert Malaysians from BN’s failure to stabilise the economy, to reinvigorate the private sector and investment, and to manage the public finances.

Instill fear in Malays, blame the others

They do this by instilling fear in the Malays and by shifting the blame onto others. This time, the hapless recipient of Umno’s degeneracy, are the Christians of Malaysia . On previous occasions, it has been the ‘ungrateful’ Chinese.

Last Saturday, Utusan Malaysia defiantly provoked Malaysians with a front-page headline claiming the DAP was in league with a group of Christian pastors to instal Christianity as the country’s official religion. The insinuation was that the act would pave the way for a Christian prime minister.

Had this been a non-BN sanctioned newspaper, the editors would have been sacked and jailed, their licence to print revoked and the paper shut down..As Utusan is owned by Umno, it was business as usual at this Malay daily.

Time and time again, Utusan has got away with seditious publicationswhen others, like Raja Petra Kamaruddin, face arrest for publishing revealing documents. It is the same treatment meted to Clare Rewcastle-Brown, the non-Muslim founder of the online website, Sarawak Report (SR).

SR prints original documents alleging Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s corruption and illegally obtained wealth. Clare is trying to make Malaysians aware of Taib’s corruption, but very few of the Muslims in Umno have taken heed.

It is without doubt that weak leadership of the country has given rise to this dangerous state of affairs.

Najib’s pledge may prove to be just hot air

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak finally broke his silence on the Utusan article; however, his announcement that the government would ‘investigate the matter before it was blown out of proportion’ and lead to ‘serious polarisation in society’, may prove to be just more hot air.

Perhaps he should ask himself how many times Utusan has been guilty of sedition and escaped censure? Most will say far too often.

How soon, and how severely, will he clamp down on the extremist Muslim elements in Malaysia , who have fanned anger and suspicion in the community?

Perkasa has already lodged a series of police reports in every state, saying that the ‘Christian state issue’ was a threat to national security.

Pembela finds fault with the Christians, by claiming that the Christians were on a mission to convert Muslims in the country, starting with “confusing” Muslims by the use of Islamic terms, presumably like the word ‘Allah’.

Those who have lived in the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s will recall that Christmas was a time when all the races and religions would mix and mingle in open houses. There was no issue with the food or drink, no issue with the religious symbols like crosses or that there was a Christmas tree and hymns and carols were sung. Those times are but a distant memory.

If it is any consolation, all these machinations by the media are an indication that the general election is near.There is nothing like a dose of fear to manipulate people to do the wrong thing.

Perhaps the best way to reason the perceived threat to Islam, in Malaysia , is in the Muslim populace. If Islam here is under siege, it is because the enemy is the ‘Ugly Muslim’.

They are the ones who crave power. They are the ones who maintain that the term ‘Allah’ cannot be used by non-Muslims in Peninsular Malaysia , but is permissible in Borneo . They are the ones who confiscated the Bible in the Malay language and held the Christians to ransom.

So, why do they keep silent on the serious issues?

If we dig deeper, who are the ones who force children to convert to Islam, if one of the parents becomes a Muslim? How about body snatching or grave robbing? What about the child in Sarawak who was whipped for eating food that had been prepared for his school break?

What about the women who are treated like cattle? Or those who are abandoned by their husbands who yearn for a younger model? What about the Muslims who are flogged for drinking beer when this should be a personal choice?

What about the moral policing which has caused several deaths? What about the endemic corruption or the public screening of sex videos? What about child marriages?

Why do the Muslims keep silent on these serious issues but harp on about a fictitious demand by the Christians for Christianity to be the official state religion?

The biggest threats to Malaysia and Islam in Malaysia are the thieving, power-grabbing Muslims in political parties, the media and the NGOs, who know the truth but prefer to manipulate it for their own selfish means.
They have failed their fellow Malaysian and others of their religion. That is the profile of the Ugly Muslim.

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MARIAM MOKHTAR is a non-conformist traditionalist from Perak, a bucket chemist and an armchair eco-warrior. In ‘real-speak’, this translates into that she comes from Ipoh, values change but respects culture, is a petroleum chemist and also an environmental pollution-control scientist.

About rokuth

With a few exceptions, all the prose poems I have posted are at least a decade old. A reflection of some of the things I've lived through. New ones seem to be emerging, though... The blogs are more current. Rokuth = Ro(dney) Ku(lanayagam) Th(illiampalam) 'Khanahdhara' is actually a Sci-Fi/Fantasy story I'm working on.
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7 Responses to The Real Enemy of Malaysia……. by Mariam Mokhtar

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  2. Abdullah says:

    With all due regard to your other valid social concerns, your identification of the “power-craving individuals” as those who disapprove of the use of “ALLAH” in Malay language bibles, is simply misguided. Any Muslim would properly not believe that Allah is a “three-in-one” godhead and most Muslims do not craze for power. What a liberal exaggeration of “facts”! You ought to know that the academic input on this issue has attained the magnitude of a seminar by now. Our Lord is One and Absolute, Wise and Compassionate but He will not bear any association with His Divinity. Sister, try contacting the scholars at IKIM for a thorough and balanced evaluation.
    Ya Allah grant us wisdom to know truth from falsehood, and to live by what is right and to keep away from misguidance, And I seek refuge in Him from my own mistakes and shortcomings.

    • Simplicity says:

      Dear Abdullah,

      May I remind you that how Muslims believe Allah is does not concern Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Taoist, so long as your belief would not infringe on our own beliefs. Christians do not expect you and your fellow Muslims to agree with us on our beliefs, especially on the divinity of Jesus Christ. Similarly, you cannot expect us to believe what you believe. You must learn to respect the differences & focus on strengthening the Muslims faith than find fault in Christianity’s trinity.

  3. rokuth says:

    “… grant us wisdom to know truth from falsehood, and to live by what is right and to keep away from misguidance, And I seek refuge in Him from my own mistakes and shortcomings.”
    I’ve heard many a Christian utter the same words. I would like to ask though, since both Islam, and Christianity trace back their roots to Abraham, or Nabi Ibrahim, wouldn’t the God that Nabi Ibrahim/Abraham is worshiping be Allah? Since Nabi Isa also taught the teachings of Nabi Ibrahim/Abraham, wouldn’t the God that Nabi Isa is preaching about be Allah? And if Christians today are following the teachings of Nabi Isa, wouldn’t the God of the Christians be Allah? No matter how twisted Man’s view of God is, if there is only One God, wouldn’t that God be Allah?
    What most Muslims don’t know is that there are Christian sects that believe as they do, that there is only one God, and not a Trinity. These sects are often referred to as Unitarians, and their beliefs line up more closely to that of Islam.

    • Abdullah says:

      True enough brother Rokuth, there are Christians who do not assert that Jesus is divine but that he is the Messiah of salvation but still an entity in the creation of the Essential Creator Who is not circumscribed by space nor time (therefore has no beginning and end; and is unchanging and everlasting). “ALLAH” is a proper noun Muslims have been informed by the blessed Prophet Muhammad that refers exclusively to that Essential Creator, hence is not in league with the created beings “Holy Spirit” nor “Jesus”.

      Prophet Abraham is known as our Father “Hanif” meaning the first of human beings who strictly worships none other than the One True Essential Creator. The rishis must have had teaching lineages back to Ibrahim – just as Islam does – for whom ritualistic idolatry and the caste discrimination anywhere, anytime is perversion because in traditional Islam (non-Wahhabi nor modern liberal interpretations) we understand that Allah commands : “The foremost in religion is to know God (Allah)” and “know thyself in order to know Allah”
      Allah also commands : “Love one another even as I am merciful to thee” and the Sufis strive over their own passions and their minds to realize the Compassionate Lord of all in their hearts.

      The natural scientist Sir isaac Newton was a unitarian who though he revered Jesus as Messiah never doubted that he was a creation of God (visit, but Newton was compelled to keep silent about his convictions in the cutural climate of Trinitarian Christianity in 17th century England. With Muslims to know that Allah is a unity leads on to the imperative of knowing Muhammad His beloved light of creation – the first to be created and to accept his teachings in the divine Qur’an and his prophetic words and actions (the Sunnah Rasulullah).

      Prophet Muhammad always reminded the people : “I do not bring you a new religion but a divinely sanctioned amendment to the rites and regulations of the original worship of the One Truth which will be valid up to the Day of Judgement”

      Peace be upon you.

  4. Simplicity says:

    A reminder to all Muslims out there who still harbour resentment towards Christian concerning this issue, you may come up with as many academic seminar or thesis as you want to about who can and cannot utter “Allah”. While doing that you must be absolutely sure it is indeed the Muslims that own the rights to “Allah”.

    As for Christians, we absolutely DO NOT OWN “Allah” for He is our king and reigns over His subjects. Hence, we the subjects DO NOT have the authority to demand who can and cannot call out to Him.

    Put aside your ego & pride, for your actions of claiming “ownership” magnifies your desire to be more special than say, perhaps the Christians. Would it make you feel more superior to have the power to demand changes in how another religion is runned?

  5. don too says:

    Please contact me Mariam for some pertinent feedback from a discerning citizen?

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